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Reading Family Photographer

specialising in maternity, baby and family photography

Not all heroes wear capes. Indeed, sometimes they wear dungarees, mum jeans, work boots, pyjamas on the school run, scrubs or (just occasionally) Saturday night heels around Reading town. When it comes to parents, there’s no one-size-fits-all template but make no mistake, they’re all utterly heroic. Anyone feeling their way down the path of parenthood deserves hero status in my book. 

No matter where you are in your personal parenthood journey, you’ll have heard this old adage before:

“They grow up so fast”

And it’s true. No getting around it, one minute they’re a tiny curled up ball kicking away in your belly, the next they’re packing up the car for Freshers’ Week. Childhood is precious and fleeting, so it’s a good idea to stockpile a few excellent family photographs before they fly the nest for good. 

I specialise in fun, gorgeous family photography that snaps up those lovely, fleeting moments and captures them forever. Your kids might leave home, but you can hold on to a memory forever.

Anna x

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I’m Anna a Reading photographer (but you’ll have guessed that from my website address) and I’d like to tell your story. My work has been featured in Vogue Italia and I’m a guest blogger for Berkshire Mummies. I photograph expecting mums, babies and families in a relaxed and natural style that makes for beautiful family heirlooms that will fast become the most treasured possessions in your home. Your milestones are exciting little chapters that make up one magnificent life story – let’s get them in film.

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You totally get the value of amazing photos that can be treated as an heirloom.

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Maternity Photo Sessions for Soon-to-Be Parents

Maternity Photo Sessions for Soon-to-Be Parents

Hey there, Berkshire parents-to-be! Huge congrats on embarking on this incredible journey to parenthood! As you gear up for the arrival of your little bundle of joy, consider seizing the moment with a maternity photo session. Below, I delve into why opting for a maternity photo session is a stellar idea, what to anticipate during the session, and why investing in this experience is a decision you won’t regret.

Why Choose A Maternity Photo Session

Uniqueness of a Maternity Photo Session

A maternity photo session isn’t just about striking a pose; it’s about capturing this beautiful phase in your life. These sessions focus on celebrating the tiny life growing within you. From showcasing your baby bump to highlighting the anticipation you’re both feeling right now, maternity photos freeze this special time together.

I love creating a personalised experience, tailoring each session to reflect your personality and style. Whether you envision an epic outdoor shoot or a snug indoor setting, I’m here to bring your vision to life, ensuring each session is as distinct as your journey to parenthood.

How I Capture Special Moments

My maternity photo sessions go beyond the traditional smile-and-click routine. I understand the importance of authenticity, and I excel at capturing those genuine, heartfelt moments. From the tender touch between parents-to-be to the shared laughter and giggles, my goal is to freeze these emotions in a frame, creating timeless memories.

I’m not just an expert in composition and lighting; I’m a storyteller, weaving the narrative of your pregnancy through each photograph. I believe in capturing the love, excitement, and anticipation, ensuring that every image tells a unique and heartwarming story.

The Experience of a Professional Photographer

Entrusting your maternity photo session to a professional photographer – that’s me – elevates the experience to a whole new level. I’m not just skilled in using top-notch camera equipment; I bring a wealth of experience and creativity to every session. I know how to make you feel comfortable in front of the lens, ensuring that you feel super relaxed on the day.

As your personal photographer, I add an artistic touch, turning your maternity photos into timeless works of art. With an eye for detail and a passion for storytelling, I transform every session into a memorable experience that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

What to Expect from Your Maternity Photo Session

Preparation for the Photo Session

Preparing for a maternity photo session with me is a breeze. I’ll guide you through the process, helping you choose the perfect location, outfits, and overall theme that aligns with your vision. Whether you prefer a cozy indoor shoot or a casual, outdoor setting, we’ll work together to make sure everything is tailored to your preferences.

I understand that you might have concerns about posing and looking your best. Rest assured, I’m skilled at making you feel at ease, using lots of prompts instead of poses. The goal is to capture the real you.

How I Ensure a Relaxed and Comfortable Environment

Creating a relaxed and comfortable environment is at the heart of my maternity photo sessions. I understand that the best photos come when you feel at ease. I create a friendly and supportive atmosphere, allowing you to be yourself and enjoy the experience.

I take the time to get to know you, listen to your preferences, and address any concerns you may have. From the moment you arrive at the chosen location, my focus is on ensuring that you feel comfortable and excited about the upcoming session.

What Moments I Aim to Capture

Maternity photo sessions aim to capture the beauty of the journey to parenthood. From the glow of a mum-to-be to the loving connection between partners, I focus on documenting the genuine emotions that make this time so special. Whether it’s the tender moments shared between you and your partner, or the adorable baby bump, I love capturing the essence of what makes you, you.

Investing in a Maternity Photo Session

Why a Maternity Photo Session is a Worthwhile Investment

Investing in a maternity photo session with me is an investment in memories that last a lifetime. These photos serve as a beautiful reminder of the incredible journey you’ve gone on together. As time passes, you’ll look back at these images with a warm heart, reliving the joy and anticipation of welcoming your little one into the world.

Beyond the tangible prints and digital files, maternity photos become a family heirloom, passed down through generations. They tell a story that goes beyond words, encapsulating the love, excitement, and pure magic of this special time.

My Competitive Pricing and Package Details

I believe that every parent-to-be deserves the opportunity to capture the magic of their maternity journey. I offer three packages that cater to various preferences and budgets. From my ‘Taster’ package allowing you to get a few perfect prints on the wall to ‘The Full Story’ package that includes all the digital files and £200 print credit to spend in my store, I have options to suit every need.

Transparency is key, and I provide detailed information about my pricing and packages upfront. No hidden costs or surprises – just a straightforward approach to ensuring you get the best value for your investment.

The Long-Lasting Value of Your Maternity Photos

As your family grows and life unfolds, the value of your maternity photos only increases. They become a special part of your family history, a visual representation of the love that brought your family together. These images serve as a reminder of the strength, joy, and resilience that define parenthood.

A maternity photo session with me is not just about taking pictures; it’s about capturing the magic of a moment that will shape the rest of your life. From the uniqueness of each session to the heartfelt moments I freeze in time, investing in maternity photos is a decision you’ll never regret. So, parents-to-be, let’s create memories that will last a lifetime – book your maternity photo session today!

P.S the maternity photo session below was taken in December so it’s never too late to get booked in!

Spring Maternity Photo Shoot Outdoors in Reading

Spring Maternity Photo Shoot Outdoors in Reading

An explosion of spring flowers, vibrant colours, and two excited parents to be. The perfect mix for a maternity photo shoot outdoors in some of the prettiest gardens in Reading. The timing of this session was planned around golden hour so we could take advantage of the low spring sunlight and a stunning sunset.

Embracing the Blooming Spring Gardens:

We started the photo shoot by walking through the gardens which led us to a large patch of cow parsley where mum decided to bare bump for a few photos amongst the delicate flowers. As the sun set, casting a warm glow across the gardens, the couple was surrounded by a sea of tall purple flowers. Against this pretty spring backdrop, mum’s baby bump took center stage as the couple messed around and giggled together.

A Hat from Mexico, a Turtle of Love:

Adding a touch of personality, mum brought along a gorgeous hat that she purchased during a trip to Mexico. This cool accessory added a stylish element to her outfits and now has me wanting to go to Mexico to buy one for myself! We also incorporated a knitted turtle, a special memento from the same trip where mum discovered she was pregnant. These meaningful additions infused the photo shoot with love, joy, and a touch of wanderlust.

Celebrating Love and Adventure:

This couples love story is a blend of shared adventures, laid-back living, and a deep love of board games. And while it might seem like a case of opposites attract (with dad at 6 foot 4 and mum at 5 foot 2!), they have similar energies and love spending time in each others company. Mum, an avid reader, and Dad, a passionate rugby fan, have built a life centered around travel, relaxation, and spending quality time together.

A Perfect Day in Their World:

Their perfect Saturday is a lazy morning in bed with freshly brewed coffee, followed by a walk outside, with a stop at a country pub for a pint (or two!). Returning home, they love firing up the barbecue, playing board games, listening to music, and enjoying a delicious dinner in their garden. Sounds pretty perfect to me!

If this sounds like you and you’re interested in a spring maternity photo shoot outdoors then contact me today and we can start planning your dream maternity shoot. Hope you enjoy this gallery as much as I have!

P.S. If you love mums maternity dresses you can buy the sage green tea dress from ASOS and the orange ditsy midi dress from Miss Selfridge (just size up a few sizes to fit over bump).

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5 Tips for a Fun Spring Family Photoshoot Amongst the Blossom

5 Tips for a Fun Spring Family Photoshoot Amongst the Blossom

Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. As the flowers begin to bloom and the trees fill with leaves, it’s the perfect time to capture the beauty of nature and create lasting memories with your family. One of the best ways to do this is by scheduling a family photoshoot amongst the blossom.

As an experienced photographer, I’ve captured countless spring family photoshoots and have learned a few tips and tricks to help make your session a success. Here are some of my top recommendations:

  1. Choose the Right Location: When it comes to spring family photoshoots, the location is key. I know some great spots with lots of greenery, as well as flower beds and blossoming trees. When you book a shoot I’ll share my location guide with some of my favourite spots to choose from.
  2. Plan Your Outfits: The clothes you wear can make or break your photos, so it’s essential to plan ahead. Choose colours that complement each other, and avoid wearing patterns or logos that may be distracting. Light and pastel colours work well in spring, and don’t forget to layer up as it can still be chilly at this time of year.
  3. Consider the Time of Day: The best time for a spring photoshoot is during golden hour, which is the hour before sunset or after sunrise. The light during this time is soft and warm, creating a beautiful glow in your photos. If you can’t schedule your photoshoot during golden hour, we’ll aim for a time when the sun is lower in the sky and the light is less harsh.
  4. Bring Props: Props can add interest and personality to your photos. Think about items that are relevant to spring, such as a blanket (i’ll bring these!) or a flower crown. These can also help keep children engaged and entertained during the session.
  5. Have Fun: The most important thing during your spring family photoshoot is to have fun and enjoy the experience. Play games, tell jokes (I’ve got a few gooduns), and enjoy each other’s company. These natural interactions will create genuine and candid moments that make for the best photos.

Spring is the perfect time to capture the beauty of nature and create some gorgeous photos of your family. By following these tips, you can ensure a fun and memorable family photoshoot amongst the blossom. Book your session today and capture the magic of spring for years to come.

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Celebrating a First Birthday with a Family Photoshoot at Mayfield Lavender Fields

Celebrating a First Birthday with a Family Photoshoot at Mayfield Lavender Fields

What could be better than capturing beautiful memories with your family in a stunning location? If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, then look no further than Mayfield Lavender Farm. Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing a family of four on their trip to the lavender fields. They were celebrating their youngest daughter’s first birthday, and it was truly magical!

Wonderful Props for Photos

The family brought along some wonderful props for the photos including a gold crown and a wooden basket. As well as this, I borrowed a bunch of lavender from the shop so that the girls would have something to hold in their pictures and stop them from picking the flowers. It was a great way to make sure they stayed still while we captured some amazing moments!

Photoshoot Timing

To ensure that we got the best possible shots and avoided any crowds or harsh sunlight, we arrived at Mayfield Lavender Farm at 9am – when it opened. This meant leaving Reading at 7:30am but it was worth it! We had plenty of time to get all of our photos taken before the crowds arrived and it looked like we had the place to ourselves.

Costs Involved with Photoshoot

In addition to my usual photography fees, there are some extra costs involved if you decide to use Mayfield Lavender Farm as your backdrop. This includes petrol costs for travelling to the farm as well as purchasing a photography pass (prices start from £55) which is required for any professional photo shoot. Each guest will also be required to pay an entry fee of £5. For more details you can view their guidelines here. The farm is open between June and August and requires booking so make sure you plan ahead if you want to take advantage of this stunning location!

I absolutely loved capturing these precious memories with this beautiful family at Mayfield Lavender Farm. It was such an incredible experience and one that I won’t forget anytime soon! If you’re considering having a photoshoot here then I highly recommend it – just make sure you factor in all additional costs before booking or contact me to have a chat.

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If you’ve enjoyed everything you’ve seen here (and I do hope you have!) then don’t be timid, drop me a line and book in your family photo shoot with me now. Right this second. No time like the present.

A Heartwarming Large Family Photoshoot

A Heartwarming Large Family Photoshoot

As a photographer, there’s nothing quite like a large family photoshoot to capture the joy and love that a family shares. I recently had the pleasure of photographing a large family who had come together for a special occasion. The eldest son had arranged the photoshoot with me all the way from Australia, and had flown in with his family, including his new 8-month-old baby, so that everyone could meet for the first time.

It was heartwarming to see how excited everyone was to be together. Great grandma, who was an impressive 92 years old, looked amazing and I think we all struggled keeping up with her energy. It was clear that her ever growing family was the most important thing in her life and she was so proud of them all.

The family consisted of three children, all with their own families, and it was amazing to see how much fun they all had together. As I snapped away, it was clear that this was a family that cherished their time together.

During the photoshoot, we chatted and caught up on all the news. I was amazed to find out that one of the sons had actually been on my business studies course at Bournemouth University, and we laughed about the times we spent at the Old Firestation nightclub (if you know you know!). I always love a trip down memory lane!

The whole experience of dealing with Anna has been great. Timely responses and super helpful in organising the shoot and helping us prep; accommodating with a large group, and amazing at getting the best out of 5 kids – the shoot itself was great fun; and the resulting photos were natural and captured our extended family beautifully. Can’t recommend highly enough. Thanks Anna!

As a photographer, it was a lot of fun capturing the essence of this large and loving family. We took photos in all sorts of groupings, from the whole family together to individual family units. It was clear that everyone was having a great time, and it was an honor to be a part of such a special occasion.

I know that these photos will be treasured for years to come, and I feel lucky to have been the one to capture them. It was a reminder that family is the most important thing in life, and that it’s the love and connection between family members that truly matters.

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Newborn Photoshoot Ideas with Just One Window

Newborn Photoshoot Ideas with Just One Window

Are you worried that you don’t have the perfect space for a newborn photoshoot? Fear not, because you can create a beautiful gallery of photos in just one small room with a single window light.

Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful newborn in the client’s mum’s house while she was cooking a Sunday roast downstairs (yummy). The room we used was small and cozy, with just one window letting in natural light. But with a few tricks up my sleeve, we were able to create a stunning gallery of photos that the family will cherish forever.

First things first, we positioned the baby near the window to capture as much natural light as possible. This not only provides a soft and flattering light, but it also creates beautiful catchlights in the baby’s eyes.

Next, we added some simple props to the scene to add a personal touch to the photos. We used a soft blanket which was knitted by a friend and the family dog jumped in to say hello too. These small additions added a personal touch to the final photos.

We also played around with different angles and poses to create variety in the gallery. We captured the baby sleeping, snuggled up in lots of blankets, and even some candid shots of the family interacting with their newest member.

One of my favourite shots was of the baby’s tiny feet resting in Daddys arms. It was a beautiful moment that perfectly captured the love and connection between them.

In just one small room with a single window light, we were able to create a beautiful gallery of newborn photos that the family will treasure forever. So, don’t worry about having the perfect space for a photoshoot. With a little creativity and some natural light, you can capture stunning photos that showcase your family’s love and joy.

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If you’ve enjoyed everything you’ve seen here (and I do hope you have!) then don’t be timid, drop me a line and book in your family photo shoot with me now. Right this second. No time like the present.

Anna was amazing from start to finish! She went and scouted out the best spot, in our chosen location; she took all of our wants and needs into consideration; she made us feel at ease throughout the photo shoot, which resulted in some beautiful natural family photographs, with genuine smiles.

HAZEL – READING, BERKSHIRE MUM

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