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Ten reasons to invest in newborn baby portraits

Newborn baby portraits are definitely all the rage. But they are more than a passing fad!

#10yearsofPhotojos

I’ve been a newborn photographer now for ten years. In fact, as I write this I’m celebrating the 10th anniversary of setting up my business this very month.

So, while I’ve been photographing babies for a decade, what’s clear to me is that although over time things have changed in newborn photography, the appeal among parents continues to endure.

Sleeping newborn baby portrait by Photojos Photography

Tying in nicely with my #10yearsofPhotojos anniversary, here are ten reasons why I believe investing in newborn photography is a decision you’ll never regret.

My top ten reasons to invest in newborn baby portraits

1.       They grow so fast!

This is an obvious thing to say but literally can’t be overstated! Babies, as newborns, grow so quickly and change every single day.

So, having a professional portrait taken of them in their gorgeous sleepy, and curled-up shape as they were in the womb is incredibly precious.

If you don’t invest in newborn baby portraits, you’ll only have snapshots from your phone and your memories. Neither of which are likely to last that long!

Sleeping baby girl

2.       Becoming a parent is life-changing

Most couples spend hundreds or even thousands of pounds on documenting their wedding day so that they can relive their special day. For the same reason, parents around the world hire a newborn photographer every single day of the week.

Becoming a mum or dad is one of those unbeatable and unforgettable moments. It’s literally nothing short of life-changing. Mind-blowing even! It’s arguably more significant than any wedding day.

You and your world will never be the same again after your baby is born. So, to be honest, why wouldn’t you want to document this special time with pictures that celebrate the arrival of your new baby?

Newborn baby photographed by Photojos Photography

3.       Newborn baby portraits allow you to relive their first days

Baby portraits, taken by a professional photographer, will capture all the important details – your baby’s soft wispy hair, the teeny tiny finger nails, wrinkled skin and curled up legs, the long eyelashes, and the super soft skin.

These are the things you will notice and adore in the moments after your baby is born. Capturing them in photos is a way of you remembering how it felt to hold your newborn baby in your arms in those early days; something that you will cherish more and more with every passing year.

4.       These moments WILL be forgotten!

Baby brain is a ‘thing’! You will likely be sleep-deprived after your baby is born and things do get forgotten. There’s no point trying to fight it, it’ just a fact.

So, even with photos of your baby, you’ll still probably find yourself saying “I can’t remember him/her being like that!”.

Newborn baby with older sibling

5.       There won’t be any second chances

If you decide not to invest in professional newborn baby portraits when your baby is born, I hate to break it to you but there won’t be any second chances!

Newborn photography needs to be done in the first couple of weeks after they are born, and making the decision to not go ahead now isn’t one that you can undo later.

6.       Photos stand the test of time

Baby gadgets, toys, and equipment – you’ll buy them all as a new parent. And these things cost a LOT of money! But, they don’t last. You’ll use things and then either pass them on or bin them!

There’s nothing left to show for the investment you made, whereas an investment in newborn baby portraits will be one that you’ll enjoy the benefits of for years to come.

7.       Family is art

What better to have on your walls at home than precious pictures of your nearest and dearest?

You’ll get years of pleasure from the professional portraits you have of your new baby (and no doubt, many compliments too!).

Creative newborn baby portrait by Photojos Photography

8.       There is no substitute for professional newborn baby photos

Newborn photography is an art form. There is an incredible amount of skill involved. It takes a creative eye and an artistic vision to create professional baby portraits like these.

Professionals, like me, invest tens of thousands of pounds into professional training, high-quality equipment and mentoring. This all contributes to the images I take of your baby in my photography studio here in Liverpool.

Unless you have a particularly creative eye and have been trained – as a professional has – in newborn posing and lighting, no attempts you make at home with your smartphone will produce anything like the results that a professional newborn photographer can achieve.

9.       Professional newborn photographers will take safe newborn baby portraits

I couldn’t create this list without highlighting the importance of safety because it is crucial that any photos taken of your baby should be taken safely.

Sleeping baby in Bump Bowl by Photojos Photography

Newborn babies are delicate little things and need to be handled with great care. They can’t be handled with anything other than the lightest of touches, and a professional newborn photographer knows this.

So, by investing in professional newborn baby photography you can be reassured that you are creating portraits that have been taken safely and which aren’t putting your baby at any risk.

10.   Professional photographers arrange professional quality printing

Here at Photojos Photography, we not only capture timeless portraits of your baby in our fine-art style, but we can also arrange your wall art.

Not only does this make it extra convenient for you – we can arrange your photo books, prints, frames, and canvases, leaving you free to enjoy the initial weeks after your baby is born without the hassle of contacting photo printers and framers yourself.

But we also use only professional printers. We don’t use cheap high-street or online print companies which offer low prices and questionable quality. Our print suppliers are the crème de la crème of the photographic printing industry.

Yes, it costs more. But the quality of the final finished product is a league apart from anything you could source yourself.

Precious moment between a mum and baby

Ten years of newborn photography at Photojos Photography

I’m currently celebrating #10yearsofPhotojos Photography, and I would love to have you book your baby’s newborn baby photo shoot with me in this, my 10th anniversary year.

To find out more about my newborn portrait photography services, please visit my website or call me today on 07929 768371, email me at jocelyn@photojos.co.uk or contact me via this form.

Jos x

Celebrating ten years of Photojos Photography!

I can’t quite believe I’m writing this, but I’ll soon be celebrating the tenth anniversary of Photojos Photography! Yes, I’ve been a professional portrait photographer now for a decade. And those ten years have literally flown by!

You may already know my story. But if not, I setup my photography business after being a midwife here in Liverpool for over twenty years. I must have delivered more than 1000 newborn babies in my time as a midwife!

Truth is, I adored being a midwife and helping to bring so many gorgeous little babies into the world. But the interest I had in photography – actually since I was a teenager – just kept nagging away at me.

Jocelyn Conway of Photojos Photography

So it was ten years ago, in September 2007, that I finally decided to go for it and to start up a portrait photography business of my own!

Starting my portrait photography business

Starting my portrait photography business was the best decision I ever made!

They say time flies when you’re having fun. Well, I have literally loved every minute and yes, the time has flown!

Baby portrait by Photojos Photography

What am I most proud of after ten years of Photojos Photography?

  • Lovely clients

I’ve been lucky enough to have worked for so many lovely clients over the past ten years.

Standing baby by Photojos Photography

It is no exaggeration to say that I am extremely grateful for all my wonderful clients over the past ten years. Without them (you know who you are!), I wouldn’t be here today celebrating ten years of Photojos Photography.

Mother and baby by Photojos Photography

I am also very proud to have become the preferred portrait photographer for Liverpool-based footballers and celebrities including Wayne and Coleen Rooney (and am unbelievably excited about the news that they are expecting another baby!).

Family portraits by Photojos Photography

  • A new custom-designed studio and a growing team!

As my client base has grown, so too has my studio!

I started ten years ago by photographing babies in my client’s homes. Then five years ago setup my very first photography studio in central Liverpool. It was small but perfectly formed, and I loved having a dedicated space where I could do my work and create beautiful portraits for my clients.

The first Photojos Photography studio

I outgrew the studio within a few years though and moved to a larger space two years ago.

The Photojos Photography studio space is my happy place. I have the room I need to create an exceptional client experience and just love going everyday to photograph clients or do my photo editing.

|Photojos Photography Studio

I also welcomed Jan, my assistant, to the Photojos Photography team back in March this year, and this was an exciting turning point in the business.

With her onboard, I have the hands-on support in the studio that I need during photoshoots and she is a great help when it comes to setting up and closing down the studio and managing the day-to-day tasks.

Baby photography by Photojos Photography

  • Qualifications & Awards

Thanks to the ongoing support of my trainer and mentor Damian McGillicuddy, in the past ten years I have gained many professional photography qualifications. This has included my Fellowship of the Societies of Wedding & Portrait Photographers, which is actually the highest qualification a professional photographer can achieve.

And I have won a number of international awards including two prestigious ‘Photographer of the Year’ titles. Again, thanks to the guidance and support of Damian who really has challenged and pushed me over the past few years.

SWPP Fellowship Panel

These qualifications and awards have been personal highlights, but I believe that they also give my clients the peace of mind that my work is of an extremely high standard. They definitely help me to attract the type of clients who want to invest in high-quality portrait photography.

Another highlight of recent years is that I have had my work featured in many magazines and newspapers and even been on local TV. This has all helped to boost my profile and to attract new clients.

Christmas baby by Photojos Photography

Thank you for your support!

So, I’d love to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every single one of you who has been part of my journey during these past ten years! I really mean it when I say that I am so grateful that you chose me as your portrait photographer.

Precious family moments by Photojos Photography

Ten years on from when I started, I am thrilled to still be capturing your precious family moments in photos. Now, after ten years of Photojos Photography, I’m more experienced than ever and I feel more passionate than ever before about what I do.

Book your portrait session today

So, if you’ve been considering a professional portrait session do get in touch if you’d like to know about my services.  I offer newborn, older baby, maternity and artistic family portrait photography, as well as maternity bump casting and hand/body casting.

To book a portrait session with me, please call me today on 07929 768371, email me at jocelyn@photojos.co.uk or contact me via this form.

Jos x

Learning to judge professional photography

I’m not just involved in the photography world because it is my job. I am so passionate about photography and am happiest when I immerse myself in anything and everything photography related!

Despite having been a professional maternity, newborn baby, child and family photographer all these years, I’m always striving to learn new things about photography.

Case in point, I’m recently been through ‘Judge’s School’ to learn how to assess photography at a professional level.

Fellow of the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers

If you’ve been following my blog, you may recall that I was awarded my Fellowship with the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP) earlier this year.

SWPP Fellowship Panel

Gaining my Fellowship of the SWPP was a HUGE step in my career as it’s a worldwide association for serious photographers.

Fellowship is the highest judged award level that a photographer can achieve. I am now among only a very small cluster of professional photographers across the world who have achieved this standard in their work.

It was a huge boost to me as an independent photographer.

It also hopefully gives you, my clients, reassurance that my work (some examples shown here) is of the very highest quality – even when judged by international standards.

Fine art photography by Photojos Photography

 

Photojos Photography goes back to school!

As a Fellow of the SWPP, I’m now welcome to train to become an official judge for their regular and annual photography awards schemes.

‘Judge’s School’ has been a really interesting exercise so I thought I would tell you more about it and share with you what I have learnt.

International photography awards

The SWPP holds monthly photography competitions and an annual awards ceremony where overall winners of the year in various categories are announced.

Photographers from around the world enter these awards to have their work professionally assessed and to continue learning about how their images can be improved through the feedback they receive.

Now as a qualified judge on the SWPP’s judging panel, I will now be involved in its highly regarded international photography awards.

I will also judge photography submissions, made at their annual conference, for special awards such Fellowship panels – like the one I submitted last year!

Judging professional photography submissions

 

Developing my photography skills

Through the Judge’s School training, I am learning more and more about how to assess photography with a critical eye.

I am learning how to look at images thoroughly and how to spot things that could be improved in other photographers’ work. This, of course, is therefore, helping me to develop my own photography.

Assessing photography submissions

You may not realise it but the assessments are based on all manner of things, not just the image itself.

The image print quality, how the image has been mounted, the paper choice and the degree of digital editing that has been done in the post-production phases – these are all these things come into play during judging.

girl with long hair defying gravity, strong wind

I love checking out all the finer details that make up an image so this is heaven for photography geeks like me!

Learning from the masters

Throughout Judge’s School, I’ve been learning from existing SWPP Judges including the likes of Terri Jones, Damian McGillicuddy, Allad Oldfield, Peter Ellis, Peter Jones. These are all well-renowned photographers, each with over three decades of professional photography experience.

It’s very exciting to be working so closely with such masters of the photography world!

Fine art photography by Photojos Photography

Judge’s School training now complete

I have now completed the Judge’s School training and have independently judged two Licentiate panels. I’m learning loads about photography and am really excited about having this opportunity to add another string to my bow.

So remember, if you are looking for a Liverpool-based photographer who doesn’t just talk the talk but walks the walk as well, I’m definitely your girl!

Please take a look around my website for more details of my portrait photography packages.

Join me for an enchanted adventure photoshoot

Calling all beautiful fairies and handsome elves!

I’m offering something brand new this month – something that I think you and the young children in your life will love!

For one weekend only, on Saturday September 17th and Sunday 18th September, my photo studio will be transformed into a magical and enchanted forest!

Enchanted adventure photoshoot

Enchanted adventure photoshoot

Does your child ever dream of being transformed into a graceful fairy or an elegant elf – perhaps like the characters in their favourite mythical stories?

Well, my enchanted adventure photoshoot offers you an exclusive opportunity to let their imaginations run wild and make their dreams come true!

Flower fairy during an enchanted adventure photoshoot

Fine art children’s portraits

I’ll be transforming all children who take part in my special enchanted adventure photoshoot weekend into elves and fairies, and I’ll be recording the fun so that you can keep a record of their magical day.

The fine art portraits that I will create will look more like paintings than photographs! The result will be something that you’ll treasure forever.

Beautiful fairy in an enchanted adventure photoshoot

Who can take part?

The enchanted adventure photoshoot is suitable for boys aged 8 months to 6 years and girls aged 8 months to 12 years.

Magical photoshoot with Photojos Photography

What’s included?

Your enchanted adventure photoshoot costs just £25 per child.

I’ll be dressing the girls in charming fairy costumes and boys as fine elves.

Each child will be able to sit amongst a magical forest setting and I’ll complete the look with an assortment of fairy wands, garlands, magical lakes, toadstools and forest greeneries.

You’ll get:

  • a private 30 minute enchanted adventure photoshoot experience at my studio in central Liverpool
  • all portraits will be taken by me, Jos, Fellow of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers, current ‘Bump to Baby Photographer of the Year’, Principle photographer and owner of Photojos Photography
  • use of my props and beautiful costumes
  • the chance to purchase your photos from an especially created price list, offering great value packages
  • PLUS you can save £25 off photo prints because you can put your session fee towards the cost of any photos that you buy (see below for my photo product prices)

Fairy in an enchanted adventure photoshoot

How much do the photo prints cost?

You are under no obligation to purchase anything after the enchanted adventure photoshoot, but I’m confident that your pictures will be adorable and hard to resist!

The photo prints will be lovely mementoes of their magical day – ideal for the child’s bedroom walls or as birthday or Christmas gift perhaps. (Yes Christmas is now only 17 weeks away!)

I have created a special price list especially for my special fairies and elves.

  • Prices start from £49 for a 10×8 inch photo print
  • Print packages (multiple prints) start from £95
  • Packages of digital images are priced from £250

Ready to book your enchanted adventure photoshoot?

If so, please book now to secure the time slot of your choice. I have limited availability since I am offering this service ONLY on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September.

I’ve had lots of lovely feedback from people who have already seen my fairy photoshoot portraits and am anticipating that slots will get booked up quickly.

Click here to book your time slot.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0151 203 6439 or 07929 768371 or email me at jocelyn@photojos.co.uk