Newborn photographer Hampshire getting to know new parents..
As many of you already know I was a wedding photographer for 16 years and loved that I could re-train as a newborn baby photographer. One of the things I loved about being a wedding photography was getting to know the couple at their engagement shoot before the wedding. I find it quite similar taking maternity photographs now. I get to share the excitement of their journey to becoming new parents.
I got to meet Sarah and Oliver when they came for their maternity photography session in early August. The maternity photo session was amazing and so pleased I was able to capture this special time in their life. I loved that Sarah and Oliver had brought flowers with them that they had at their wedding and not only did we use these at the maternity session but also at Rebecca’s newborn session.
As I am looking to hopefully buy property in Brittany next year, I was interested in the French connection with Sarah being French and Oliver English. I had to put my knitting skills to the test and create something that I could include in the photography session.
As part of getting to know Sarah and Oliver I asked them a few questions.
I asked Sarah what brought her to England… “I came to England with an English friend, after spending two years in South Korea. Found a job and settled here before meeting my husband a year later. I have to say I miss my family and friends the most but food is close behind. The good thing about being so close from France is that I can easily find products in case of some cravings”
Sarah and Oliver came to the studio one Saturday morning and loved getting to know them. I asked Sarah what she thought of the maternity session. “ I wasn’t sure of what to expect for a maternity session, especially as I don’t like being alone in front of the camera. However, Jennifer contacted me to choose the dress (so many pretty dresses) and on the day of the session, I felt beautiful in it and happy to show my 8 month bump. The fact we could incorporate our wedding flowers into the photos was very special to us. “
Little Rebecca will be fortunate to learn both English and French growing up. A long time, I watched this programme that stated that children learn languages from a different part of their brain. Sarah is going to speak French to Rebecca and Oliver English. It might help improve Oliver’s French too. I’m also starting to learn French this week, so hopefully I can catch up with Sarah over the coming months and have a French conversation.
I asked Sarah why she sees it important that Rebecca grows up learning both French and English and how Rebecca will be introduced to the French culture. “ I always thought that if we decided to have a child, he or she would need to speak French, for few reasons. The first one is that being bilingual French /English could only be a bonus in life. The second is French is such a difficult language to learn, speaking in it to Rebecca daily will be easier for her.
We will introduce French culture to her so she knows her background. During my pregnancy, I listened to a lot of French music so hopefully she will like some.
How would growing up in England be different for Rebecca opposed to living in France, Sarah shared “I have noticed the school system very different from the French one, which is way stricter. We hope to teach her both of her cultures for her to be open minded about the world.”
I asked Sarah what she felt about the newborn photography experience. “We came to the studio when Rebecca was 6 days old and we chose the colour theme with Jennifer beforehand. On the day, she explained the steps and took care of our baby girl amazingly, it was so beautiful to witness. Rebecca was so sleepy and we got a bit emotional looking at her poses. The photos came out amazing and everyone around us loved them. “