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April 27, 2017

Hi Everyone, 


I wanted to share some new photo work, I've have become a sculptor of late! Okay not really but a sculptor of sorts...


I bang on (a lot) about getting newborn photos as babies are only this little for a very short time, I also bang on about you being in the photos with your little ones so they have something tangible, a memory of you both together i.e. 'Mummy & me' session.  I am now excited to be offering another memory for those mums out there... would you like to have a memory of your bump? 


A friend of mine has 3 beautiful children and has had a cast made of each bump, she keeps them all on a shelf and likes to glance up every so often, giving her a reminder of what it personally means to her.  I kept thinking what a lovely idea this was, I also started to think how great it would be to capture a beautiful pregnant mum, cast her bump and then photograph baby in the cast...so we did and what a lovely time we had.... 


I consider myself to be a photographer of simple tastes, I don't like too much faff or too much going on and I feel this is incredibly important when photographing a pregnant woman, you don't need anything else, just a mum to be and her precious bump.... 



So the lovely Laura came to the studio and we had a great maternity session which was all about her and baby.  



 All very natural and beautiful... 



Then it was time to have some fun...I first applied petroleum jelly to Laura's bump (so once hardened the cast would peel off easily) then used plaster gauze bandages which were cut into strips and soaked in warm water, it was simply a case of pasting them on to Laura's bump...but I had to be fast as they start to harden very quickly.   The process didn't take long, around 20-25 minutes to do, it was quite messy but Laura was prepared and had brought paper pants with her which was a great idea! Laura sat comfortably on my stool whilst I worked away, having a chat and a laugh!  Doing a cast is completely safe and no harm can come to you or your baby and it is certainly not painful at all.  


Once the cast had hardened which only took about 15 minutes I carefully removed it from her tummy for it to be in the lovely shape of her perfect bump!  the instructions were to leave it to dry overnight and harden completely. 


Then we had our cast... 


Our next meeting was going to be very exciting as I would be welcoming back Laura, her lovely (very tall) husband James and....Leo their beautiful baby boy who had arrived safely into the world!! 



I wanted to capture the family, to capture some very simple newborn photos of Leo and most importantly get him back into this lovely cast we had so carefully moulded...he was a big boy so we had a wee challenge ahead...you see he was 10 days new, they change so quickly! 




As with all new babies Leo had other ideas but like with many newborn sessions once he was settled and secure we slipped him into his cast and all was wonderful as he slept peacefully...



From start to finish this was a lovely experience for myself as a photographer, I loved every aspect of it...from the relaxed maternity session talking about Laura's birth, the excitement and expectation of it all, capturing her beauty in all her pregnant gorgeousness to then having the whole family come back in to see me, capturing lovely family togetherness and the main star himself...LEO!!! I could have squished him all day... 


So now Laura has photos to look at whilst being pregnant, newborn and family photos plus a lovely cast to give her that little extra memory of when she had her precious bump... 


Some feedback from my client: 


'I had a great experience at both photo shoots. I didn't think I was that bothered about getting good pictures of me whilst pregnant, but looking back at the bump photos now, I'm so glad they were taken. Even though the pregnancy felt like it lasted forever, it really is only a short time, and I'm really pleased to have such beautiful photos of that special time now. Getting the bump cast done was messy and fun, and it's great looking at Leo back home in his bump! The photos of my newborn baby are so beautiful, it's hard to choose which pictures to keep. I'm so happy to have these gorgeous photos to document my first pregnancy, my big bump, and the arrival of our perfect son, Leo. Thanks so much Maxine for your beautiful work'


For further info on maternity/cast sessions and newborn sessions please contact me via my website www.maxinemccallphotography.co.uk 









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