Rangiora Newborn Baby Photographer » Rangiora baby photographer Martha Grieve, award winning newborn baby photographer, Rangiora New Zealand

Introducing my very own baby girl, Lucy Evelyn Grieve

Long over due! My baby girl is 6 month old today and its about time I share with you some of my favourite images I photographed of Lucy as a tiny newborn baby.

First of all my bump. From the joy of when I started  to show, to the inevitable excitement of when I was ready to pop. I loved my pregnancy. There are days I still miss my bump! Thank you to my very patient husband Bob for helping me with these images.

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Having photographed so many newborn babies over the last 6 years, it was such a blessing to finally photograph my own precious baby girl.  She was an absolute delight, so calm, so content, a real joy, such a natural. Obviously having Mummy settle and mould her was a great advantage. Even today, she still loves the camera, making my job way too easy.

Yes I was tired but I was so determined. Most of these images were taken on day 9 and the black & white ones directly below were day 14. I really expected to be taking loads everyday and I honestly thought at the end of the month I had failed. However looking back, I now believe that I captured every moment perfectly.

This is where I spent a couple of hours on my own in the spare room making quite a mess. As you can see, not organised at all and no actual plan.  I remember thinking, why on earth am I trying to attempt this myself! However I got through it. It can be done! You can photograph your own newborn baby and looking back now, I’m pleased and grateful.

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Here she is, my precious little Lucy. My all time favourite of Lucy. I love her in Daddys arms – love those lips.

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In Daddy’s hands. 

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I love her little features here. 
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The side profile is always a popular choice with my clients. Now I can really appreciate why. My sweet baby girl.

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My baby girl, wrapped up tight in a ball. I like to imagine that’s what she looked like in the womb. 

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Thank you Manu from Emanuela Redaschi Photography

Thank you Manu from Emanuela Redaschi Photography for assisting me with the image above for Lucy’s birth announcment.

Welcome to the world my baby girl

My camera was still at hand every other minute of the day. In between feeding, sleeping, washing and being slightly hormonal, I loved to capture Lucy and her many expressions. I just adore the ones below in her bird suit. My favourite at the time. Eyes wide open and you can really see that she will be quite a character!

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Making sure I captured every angle. Just loved her hair. Didn’t realise at time how precious these photos would be as she lost most of her hair around 4 weeks. 

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Hands always above her head. In her beautiful cardigan Oma knitted.

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Tiny fingers to grow into and her tiny sleep suit she wore for the first two weeks. 

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Love the little details – her little chicken legs.

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Gazing at her Daddy. In LOVE!

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I didn’t realise how much I would love feeding her. Her little hand stretched out – such precious intimate moments. 

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Self timer… A must have for family photos! 

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Testing the self timer and she smiled. bliss!

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And a yawn… Who doesn’t like a baby’s yawn?

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This image is so special to me. Her first sponge bath. She still absolutely loves baths today. She was always so patient, so content, so calm. Daddy bonding time.

6 months old today

Wow how time flies! From newborn to 6 months, my baby girl is growing up fast. Chubby little hands and chubby little toes. Wearing two very special bracelets. Both from her great Grandma. One is 87 years old and the other is brand new. She looks so very proud and her Mummy is very proud too.

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Martha Grieve named UK top 10 Newborn & Baby Photographer 2014

INTERNATIONAL TOP 10 PHOTOGRAPHER AWARD 2014 -WITH THE UK GUILD OF PHOTOGRAPHERS

4TH – NEWBORN & BABY CATEGORY

What an absolutely fantastic evening at the annual awards evening with the UK Guild of Photographers in Crewe last weekend. I was so thrilled to be awarded 4th place in the Newborn & Baby category, Top 10 Photographer award 2014. With so many incredibly talented photographers in the running, I was delighted that my determination and consistency  paid off in the end.

A little bit of background on the award…  The competition is a culmination of a year’s worth of monthly entries (3 maximum images per month) with scores tallied up to determine who wins one of the top ten photography awards in each category . Over 10,000 images were entered by photographers from all over the UK and Europe.

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Image courtesy of Rachel Foster Photography

 

I have been fortunate to meet so many amazing and gifted photographers along the way, many of whom have become lovely friends. It was so special to have shared the evening with them and to have celebrated our achievements together. A big thank you to Nina Mace, Sam Hayward, Mark Lynham, Rebecca Spencer and Sally Masson, to name a few.

I’d especially like to acknowledge Stephanie Belton, who has been my mentor over the last 6 months. I owe so much to Stephanie for her guidance and encouragement, which has really helped me shape my skills and form an effective business model.

 

UK top 10 Newborn & Baby Photographer 2014

Steve Thirsk, the director of the Guild of Photographers  says  he is “both proud and delighted that Martha Grieve has achieved this recognition after 12 months of submitting the highest quality of images. The Guild has very demanding standards when judging photographic competitions. The judging is undertaken by a panel of internationally recognised experts from a variety of photographic backgrounds, so Martha Grieve should be delighted with her extraordinary achievement!”

 

UK top 10 Newborn & Baby Photographer 2014

Celebrating the evening with my husband -Bob Grieve

UK top 10 Newborn & Baby Photographer 2014

 

It has been an absolute pleasure working in and around London, capturing these beautiful images and meeting such amazing families. I love the fact I can offer a service that caters for new parents in the comfort of their own homes. I work solely on location to create these naturally-styled posed images, thus offering the bare minimum of stress and hassle for my clients.

I am a proud member of Banpas, an association whose members are amongst the UK’s leading baby and newborn photographers. They promote safe working practises and are dedicated to ensuring that safety and comfort takes priory whilst creating these pieces of art (a very important attribute to consider when choosing your newborn baby photographer).

My most sincere gratitude also extends to all of my clients and casting call models who have allowed these images to be considered for competition.

Below are a few of my favourite award winning images from 2014

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Martha Grieve Photography – UK top 10 Newborn & Baby Photographer 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I had such a fun morning photographing these two angels earlier this month. This was the result from my casting call I had promoted in a previous blog to capture some beautiful images especially for competition.  Thank you Emma for welcoming me into your home to spend the morning with you and your sweet little girls India & Georgia. They were so happy and full of character. An absolute delight!

As you may know I specialise in newborn & baby photography sessions in South West London. I am based in Balham and regularly have photo sessions around Clapham, Wandsworth, Earlsfield and Dulwich. However I travel all over London with my baby photography. My sessions take place in the comfort of your home, capturing natural expressions and creating pieces of art to cherish for a lifetime.

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I just love the connection I have captured between these two beautiful sisters.

Working on personal projects is such a good way to keep inspired. As you can see, I LOVE my job!

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For more information about baby sessions, do explore the rest of my website. baby gallery, baby sessions.

To request a “welcome pack” or if you would like to discuss your upcoming baby photography session, please contact me via my contact form or email me directly on martha@marthagrieve.com

I look forward to hearing from you!

Martha Grieve

Your london baby photographer SW18, Clapham SW11, Wandsworth, London

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Family photography session Wandsworth Common

 

I don’t often photograph outside, but just couldn’t resist on this beautiful Autumn day! Finn has just turned one and his Mum & Dad wanted to celebrate it with a family photography session.

Don’t you just love the golden autumn leaves?! Such a beautiful backdrop.

Family photography session in Wandsworth Common

What better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than at Wandsworth Common? A popular spot in this beautiful, family oriented suburb.

 

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Finn found his feet early.  He started walking at only 9 months old, and he hasn’t looked back. Exploring the common with his bunny pal in hand, he had such a spring in his step I think he forgot it was Autumn.

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Family photography session in Wandsworth Common

 

I photographed Finn as a newborn baby. The joys of return clients, you get to see how much they have grown up!

Want to have your little one captured this Autumn? I have a couple of spaces left in November for some outdoor baby portraits.

Do contact me for more details.

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Casting Call – babies 4-8 months old – London

I’m announcing a casting call – babies 4-8 months old – London.

As some of you may know  I am a member of the Guild of Photographers. They run monthly photo competitions which I have entered consistently throughout the year. I enjoy taking part in these competitions as they really push me as a photographer to continue to grow.

To view some of my  2013 Bar Awards

I am looking for babies between 4-8 months old – smiley, bubbly, with an outgoing personality (not yet crawling), to be available Wednesday-Friday morning, late October early November. These images will be taken in the comfort of your own home.

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Do share to anyone you think may be interested. A fantastic opportunity to have your little one photographed with a gifted image as a thank you and to remember this occasion.

Pop over to my Facebook page and leave a comment to note your interest. Please include gender, age and maybe even a photo.

Look forward to hearing from you!

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A few awards from this year from the Guild of Photographers

 

1 year old twins – London Baby Photographer

Do you remember these little girls? I photographed them 6 months ago and had the privilege to photograph them again a couple of weeks ago.  This was to document their 1 year old milestone, a photo session at their own home local to Clapham.

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With the whole family recovering from a week of illness and a house packed up ready to make the move over to the States the following week, nothing was going to stop them from having these memories captured. A busy session full of excitement and the unknown. This age is so unpredictable and with working in the dedicated space, I think they did great!
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Lots of moving around, changing angles to keep them entertained. Books are always a winner and so is climbing all over the furniture!
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A beautiful connection between Mummy and Molly and a lovely moment between Daddy and Maggie.

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If course we managed to capture the family shot, the most unpredicable moment of the session yet all co operated and what lovely expressions from them all. 

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This was a fun 1 year baby mini session. Do follow my Facebook page and my blog for up coming mini sessions. These sessions last about 45min-1hr, are photographed in the comfort of your own home and consists of files as a direct download. A set package which include the session fee. A perfect session to capture and document a special time in your child’s life. Special terms & conditions apply and subject to availability. Do contact me for more information. Another sample of a “mini Session”

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1 year old baby photo session, introducing Isabella.

We had fun during her 1 year old baby photo session last week. Such an interesting age to photograph.  Isn’t she gorgeous! I can’t expect all smiles and a happy dance. 1 year olds are unpredictable. They can be laughing, crying, serious and stubborn all within seconds of each other. Trying to settle them in one spot and smile at the camera is not always an option. However, I do strive to capture at least one image where there’s a connection between the child and the viewer.

Isabella was no exception. She loved her freedom therefore it was important that she didn’t feel restricted. Running around may not have been the original plan, however we captured some beautiful peek-a-boo shots and spinning around in circles.

What really finished these images off was her clothing. Her parents did a great job choosing a plain neutral outfit which complimented her natural beauty, giving a light, timeless feel to the final images.

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Reading stories and sitting in her toy box are some of Isabella’s favourite activities. These were great ways to keep her in one place, photographing some action shots, telling her story.

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To a little one, a room can feel rather small and confined quickly, especially when working with natural light as positioning is important to capture beautifully lit images. Therefore we moved around. We went out to the hall and took advantage of the stairs, having her climb up, leading the way.

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She seldom looked directly at the camera, so when she did, I had to be ready for whatever expression she gave me.

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I hope you enjoyed these images from Isabella’s 1 year old baby photo session. For more information about these sessions, do give me a call on 077916 55354 or fill out the contact form and I’ll get back back to you for a chat.

Silver Awards

A quick update, last month I received two Silver Awards and a bronze for the images I submitted in the Guild of Photographers monthly photo competition. I have gained steady bronzes over the last few months but am thrilled to have reached the Silver level again. Two in one month, bonus!

As some of you may know, I took the challenge last year and managed to gain a ‘Photographers Bar’. Rather pleased.

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Every month entries are assessed and given points by a full panel of highly respected judges. At the end of the year, the points are added up to give you your final score.

This can take up hours of my time, choosing and editing images ready to be judged, not an easy task! This however continues to push me as a Photographer to continue to learn my craft. There are thousands of entries per month and only about 15-40 Silver and Golds are awarded on average monthly. So a great achievement to be amongst one one them.

Click here to see all the awarded images from the Guild of Photographers

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Bronze Award

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Clapham mini photo session

Sophie and Emma’s Clapham mini photo session

I had a lovely morning with twins Sophie and Emma for their mini photo session. They were such sweet little girls, both full of character.

Easing into the photo shoot, they had a walk around in Mummy’s shoes which they really enjoyed. Giving them freedom to enjoy their surroundings is important to capture those natural expressions. We photographed up in the loft where there was beautiful light. We had some fun singing, playing and lots of laughing.

You need to work quickly especially with twins. Turning everything into an enjoyable game. When it came to the individual photographs, I would have one of them stand next to me to be my special helper. It is important to make sure both are included somehow in all photographs otherwise they tend to become bored and can start playing up.

Having a portrait together is always fun and believe me they did! Every time they heard the camera click  they would throw themselves backwards in fits of laughter! I had to work quickly. I started to make really loud noises so they wouldn’t hear the ‘clicking’ straight away, buying me some extra time.

Sophie enjoyed diving up close towards the camera. Emma enjoyed pulling her craziest facial expressions. I then began to sing the ‘sleeping bunnies’ song to keep them settled in one place, what was I thinking! Sophie decided to pretend she was asleep and would not open her eyes until I had finished the song. It made quite a sweet photo in the end. An absolute pleasure to photograph.

Enjoy the photos from Emma and Sophie’s ‘Clapham mini photo session’.

 

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Wandsworth newborn Photographer | Caleb

Introducing little Caleb and big brother Aithen. Doesn’t he look so proud! I love capturing siblings together especially after the arrival of a newborn baby. It is so important to allow the older child to feel just as special when coming into photograph the new baby. This can be tricky as it takes a few hours to pose and photograph a little one. The room also needs to be super warm and calm. I like to focus on the sibling shot first, that way the older sibling can go off and enjoy the rest of morning without the pressure to perform again later in the morning.

Little Caleb was a star and pretty much slept through his entire newborn photo session. We enjoyed some natural Mummy & baby shots and if course the Daddy and baby shots.  Fantastic. Thank you so much for the opportunity to photograph your little ones and to capture these memories for you. A delightful session. Enjoy these photos from your “Wandsworth newborn Photographer’

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A short drive to Balham and had a lovely newborn photography session with little Finley, 12 days old. Gorgeous hair and beautiful long eye lashes. He adored the cuddles and extra attention but enjoyed his  long deep sleep as well. Perfect to capture these curly adorable poses. An absolute joy to work with. Enjoy these sneak peeks! 

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Gorgeous little Holly & James, 4 months old. Loads of attention with a busy morning in front of the camera. I love it how twins tend to find each others hands so easily. These two were no exception.  Rather serious at times but they couldn’t resist giving me the odd smile! Such a beautiful age to capture.

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Just around the corner right here in Wandsworth, I got to photograph this sweet newborn baby boy only 10 days old.  It was so lovely to meet up with his Mummy a couple of weeks before he was born. We had a lovely chat over a cup of tea about what the kind of images we wanted to produce. A look around the nursery and selecting the most comfortable room to work in is all part of the service. A lovely way to bond and made meeting little Iliyan that much more special.

Loads of cuddles as he decided sleep was over rated. Best part of the job I reckon! He was so calm, so placid, so laid back, just an absolute joy. A short feeding stop and wide awake moments half way through the session. A perfect break and more excuses for more cuddles. Photographing in the comfort of my clients home means these moments are so relaxed. Being at home you feel you are on no time schedule. I encourage my clients to potter around and use this time as a well deserved break.

I loved hanging out with you Iliyan! We managed a range of set ups in the living room and if course a beautiful Mummy and Son shot. Don’t you just love the way he is mimicking her. Just adorable. So excited to show you your full gallery of images.

Your Wandsworth newborn baby photographer. Covering Clapham, Balham and all area around South West London.

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7 month old baby girl – Wandsworth baby photographer

I left my home base of Wandsworth, London and in taking the road less travelled, found myself in Harpenden, where I had a lovely photography session with this beautiful baby girl!. The session was all about her and she knew it! She dominated the session at all times with her fiery but infectious personality. So full of character and with constant  spurts of laughter. It was such a joy to meet you Bea, and spend the morning capturing your special and unique little quirks.

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The four “M’s” had a blast yesterday morning during our photography session. Mummy, Maggie, Molly and if course me, Martha. Such happy little girls and full of smiles!  Well, Molly was, Maggie made me work for it. Such a busy hour, making the most of every wakeful happy moment. An absolute joy to work with. The nursery was full of the letter “M’s” which I adored as I am an alphabet collector myself. Enjoy!

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