A part of my job I love the most (as frequently been put on my Facebook status!) is growing with a family, capturing a happy couple on their wedding day and then the joyous occasion of an addition to the family. This is the very same for Louise and Steve, from their wonderful wedding in Leeds back in 2012 up to the birth of their beautiful daughter Grace.
Steve and I have known each other for some time, both working in previous lives for the same company, so when I was contacted to cover their wedding, it was a firm yes, I wouldn't have missed it for the world. A beautiful hotel just outside Leeds, on a cold but sunny February day, (I remember having to edit Louise's hands quite drastically as they were so blue from being outside!) I enjoyed capturing every moment as they became husband and wife.
Late last year, they announced that they were expecting and I was given the opportunity to do some maternity photography for them. So at 36 weeks (the perfect time for this kind of session), they arrived at the studio with Louise carrying what can only be described as the perfect bump! I must admit, that despite having such a cute bump, I struggled when posing her, too much of her back and you would have never known she was pregnant, too much front had the same problem! She was, as the saying goes, all baby!
And then on the 20th February, almost 2 years to the date of their wedding, little baby Grace arrived into this world. I had the privilege of meeting her for the first time just 8 days later. Louise (who looked amazing I might add after just giving birth 8 days ago!) and Steve (who looked ok for a new sleep deprived Dad ;) )set in for the day at the studio, at 10.30am and we finally finished around 3pm. A newborn session can't be hurried, so I always book out the whole day for this, the baby determines the day and if we need to stop for feeds, burps, nappy changes, feeds, nappy changes, nappy changes (you get the picture), then thats what we do. Once Grace was settled enough to go into a lovely long sleep, she didn't mind the moving about and posing I was doing with her. This is one of the benefits of an early days session, which I normally recommend at around 3 -12 days old, the baby will still happily curl up to what feels natural to them and it makes for a wonderful picture. So here she is, presenting baby Grace!