Congratulations Hannah and Rob!

Yesterday was incredible - a spectacular tipi wedding, with the most relaxed and enjoyable of celebrations in the warm May sunshine. It was such a beautiful day - I can't begin to say how stunning Hannah's dress was, or how beautiful the flowers and styling of the tipi, how much fun everyone had with the fairground games and photo booth. I'll have to save all of that for another blog post, with a whole lot more images! In the meantime here is one little tiny preview...  huge big congratulations to the lovely Hannah and Rob. I can't wait to share the rest of your gorgeous images with you very soon!

Newborn photography at home: the Northam family

New parents sitting on the stairs with their baby

I loved this moment above with Lisa, Nick and their newborn boy, Elliott. I asked them to sit together and pause for a moment, just to think about the fact that they had just created this beautiful baby. In all the madness of the first few days of a new baby, it is amazing to just spend some time contemplating it all as well, and incredibly special for me to be able to capture that with my camera. I photographed Lisa and Nick's gorgeous wedding day back in 2012, so they feel very much like old friends now. Since then, their lovely Old English Bulldog Alice has joined the family (I did promise you more dogs and babies!). And now, another wonderful new addition. Elliott was just five days old when I photographed their new family together, so it was an incredible privilege for me to spend some of that special time at home with them. Here are a few images from their session:

Newborn baby lying on a bed
Newborn baby's shoes
Parents holding a tiny baby between them
A baby sleeping on a sheepskin rug
A newborn baby's feet
An Old English Bulldog family pet
New parents cuddling their baby
Newborn baby yawning
New mother cuddling her baby
Family pet cat
Mother with baby
Father with baby
Baby sleeping in babygro
New parents cuddling their baby at home

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Dartmouth pre-wedding shoot: Lucy and Chris... and Elliot and Billie!

This is the first of two posts this week that also involve a baby and a dog! It is always a real pleasure to include couples' children or pets in any pre-wedding shoots that we are doing, and it was great to have baby Elliot and beautiful Staffie Billie along too. Lucy and Chris are getting married at gorgeous Maunsel House later this year, but they were in Dartmouth when Chris proposed, so it was the perfect location for their pre-wedding shoot. We had great fun trying to tempt Billie to stay still for a photo... and you know what they say about animals and children! Elliot was an absolute superstar and put up with lots of cuddles and photographs, when he would clearly much rather have been having his lunch. It was lovely to meet them all and get to know them a little before the wedding day. Here is a little peep at some of the images - more dogs and babies to come soon:

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