The most Important Safety Questions you should ask a Newborn Photographer before you book a session.

How do they practice safe posing?
You may or may not know that the newborn photography industry is currently unregulated. This means that there is no specific qualification or training that a newborn photographer must have before they start to offer this service.

So what that means is even a novice photographer can setup shop and call themselves a newborn photographer without any training and this can potentially put your babies safety at risk.

If you don’t have a personal recommendation from someone you trust do your own research. Your baby is thee most precious and important little human in your life so when you are going to book a session with a Newborn Photographer its absolutely fine to ask them these questions.

How much experience do they have in handling babies?
An experienced photographer will have no problem handling and soothing your baby and being able to get them to sleep if they are a bit unsettled, equally they may understand that the baby has a bit of wind that needs brought up before they settle. So its absolutely fine to ask your Newborn
Photographer how much experience they have handling babies and how many they have worked with.

How do they pose the baby using props that are elevated from the
ground?

Never should a baby ever be left on its own without someone being very near it (within arms reach) when posing either on a beanbag or an elevated prop. Equally babies should always be supported when specific specialised poses like the froggy pose are being done. I have included an example of how this pose should be performed safely.

Before and After shot of how to safely pose for the Froggy Pose

Here is a little bit about me and my history coming into the Newborn World:
From the second I seen a Newborn photography image that was it for me, I knew I had found my calling in life. So I set out to research everything I could about it. The first thing I did was go to the internet and watch as many videos as I could. I bought my first book Babies and Bellies by Sandy Puc and read it from cover to cover. I asked 2 friends could I take some images of their baby so I could handle the baby and try and get some experience and it was in those moments I knew 100% I needed professional training in this specific field. Even though I was already a photographer I had 0 experience in working with Newborns.


So I researched and found the top 3 UK newborn photographers. They were the founding members of BANP, which is now BANPAS A professional body of Photographers who practice safety while posing.
I contacted all 3 and I setup a 1-1 training in England with 1 of them. It cost me A LOT of money but it was an investment into my future career so I jumped onto that plane and I’ve never looked back.


The following year I did a workshop with the other 2 and 6 months later they were over in my studio running their workshop from it. During my training I was taught the safest way to handle the baby, how to soothe, settle and listen to the babies crys. How to pose the baby using props and how to make sure baby is safe at ALL times. I was also advised how to prepare the room for the babies comfort eg ambiance of the room and the optimum room temperature to pose newborns.

Now as an experience Newborn Photographer I have worked with hundreds of babies and not once have I ever had a baby that wouldn’t settle. It comes with experience and confidence being able to soothe the baby. They get windy and sometimes they cry but I know the difference between: “don’t annoy me” and “I’m in pain” crying and if the baby is windy or just needs to be soothed we stop what we are doing until they are happy again. All my sessions are baby led. I have NEVER forced a baby into a pose it didn’t want to do. I have even had parents joke several times saying “will you come and settle baby in the middle of the night for me?” I’ve also have had so many parents think their baby wont settle but with the experience and the right surroundings baby has settled and posed no problem.

So Parents whomever you choose as your Newborn Photographer go into the session fully aware of their knowledge and safety and experience. Your baby is thee most important and precious little human you have so make sure their in the best possible hands.

Mothers Day Offer

“EVERYTHING I AM YOU HELPED ME TO BE”

This year I am going to be running some mummy and me mini shoots to celebrate the all the beautiful and selfless mums and grannies out there and what a better way to do this than to capture your moments together with your amazing mum to cherish and keep forever.

Sessions have already booked out for Saturday 24th March so I have added an extra date of Saturday 18th March and you will receive either a mounted print or a digital image and a little gift for your mum.

So to book your 30 minute session just go to Booking Form on the Pricing Page and pay the £50. You can either pay via PAYPAL  or choose the CHECKOUT AS A GUEST  option and pay via card, or alternatively you can call into the studio and pay by cash or card.

 

 

Kicking off 2017 Feeling Thankful

After enjoying my few weeks off with my children, friends and loved ones I was excited and ready to embrace 2017 and all the adventures It has in store for me and I wasn’t disappointed. What better way to kick off 2017 than with 21 grand kids in for their photoshoot. Such a fun experience with them all.

Also all the adorable newborns in and their lovely families as well as the cakesmash’s and sitter shoots. Buzzing is an understatement for the studio.

I have to say though I absolutely loved having 3 generations in the studio today. You get to appreciate just how important it is to capture all these moments in life to cherish especially for this family because I know they’ve waited a long time to be able to have this moment and I feel so blessed I was the one on the other end of the camera capturing it for them.

Thank you little Logan for bringing such joy into your family. I have no doubt your entire family will cherish this moment forever

Holiday Opening Times

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my clients from 2016 for bringing in your amazing kids. We have laughed together and cried together and had the best fun ever. The studio has been so busy and buzzing this year. I couldn’t of asked for a better year.

I feel so so blessed that I get to walk out the door every morning and go to a place that never feels like work. A place of wonder and fun and just bliss.

So today is the last day I will be working in 2016. The studio will be closed until Thursday 5th January except for any of my pre booked Newborns who will be born over the next week.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy your time off spending it with the people who mean the most to you. I will see you all in 2017 and Im excited to see what new adventures await.

Leisa xxx

The Faeries and the studio…..

Anyone that has been into the studio will already know that the Faeries are a big part of studio life here at Leisa Smith Photography.

All the children love to see the evidence that they’ve left behind like pixie dust on the floor, the faerie bell ringing out the front and even their tiny homes and my newest piece a beautiful hand painted Faerie door canvas by a very talented artist called Sandra Kirkpatrick who is owner of Swan Arts. This will be used with the newborn shoots.

The most exciting new pieces are the Energised Faerie Nests hand made by the beautiful Zan from Rainbow Lighthouse. As soon as I seen them I knew the studio had to have some and the energy of the studio has been buzzing with them. Infused with the Aura Soma Pomanders they are not only just so beautiful to look at but they also have great healing properties for anyone who has them in their home. They are also all connected to the Nursery Rhymes.

I am delighted to announce that I will be the distributor for the Derry/Londonderry area so anyone who would like to buy one of these beautiful nests you can just drop me a mail. They can also be made to order so if you were struggling with a particular issue like stress they can really help you because of their healing qualities.

Here is a message from Zan herself about the eggs:

THE ENERGISED FAERIE EGGS

The Faeries are calling to the innocence of the child within . By hanging the Energised Faerie Egg in its new home you will start to experience great joy in your heart and an opening in love in everything. Inner children will let go of worries and fears, remembering the magic that surrounds them.

Christmas Themed Mini Shoots

This year I was beyond excited to have the Christmas Themed Mini Shoots in. I had originally run 1 date but they were so successful that I ended having to put on an extra date.

The children as always are magical to work with and I was so excited for my new themes this year. The most rewarding thing for me is seeing their little faces when they see the scenes and getting to jump straight into their world. My own inner child comes alive in those moments too.

I want to say a massive thank you to all the parents who booked their kids in with me. I honestly am doing what I love in life and every day is bliss.

As I end the year in the studio I have to say this year has seen me grow both in my personal life and working life. I am now beyond excited to see what 2017 and the Faeries have in store for Leisa Smith Photography.

Leisa xxx

Miss Mary Hills School of Ballet

This July Miss Mary Hill’s School of Ballet celebrated an amazing 40 years in business. So to celebrate this special occasion they decided to put on a wonderful ballet show for 4 days in the enchanted Playhouse.

Ive known Miss Victoria and Miss hill now for at least 16 years and Miss Victoria is one of my very good friends so when she rang me up in June and asked me to be the official photographer for the show capturing some behind the scenes moments of the little ballerinas I was so excited.

I arrived and got setup and watched as the first little ones arrived, the giggles and excitement as well as some little nerves was all in the air as they started to get ready for their show. I watched the bond with the older ballerinas as they did each other’s hair and makeup and realised how honoured I was to step into this world and see the friendships that had been created and will last a lifetime through their love of dance.

When I posted some of the images over the next few days the feedback was so good that we decided to run some sessions in the studio so the children could be captured in their beautiful costumes which were all hand made by Danielle from Miss Autumn Rose Designs. A local and extremely talented designer and she is such a beautiful being inside and out.

It was so successful that I had to run a further 2 dates and I have to say I had such an amazing time with the ballerinas. I loved watching them as they posed and I even got the Miss Hill ladies which are 3 generations of ballerinas in for some photos too and I LOVED every second of it.

Cant wait for next year…….