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When holiday shopping for an expecting friend or partner, it can be tough to find that perfect gift! With all the bibs, bottles and cute outfits she is likely to receive, finding something that stands out is important! In our latest blog post, we will look at some unique and thoughtful gift ideas for your favourite mom-to-be!
Professional photos are something any new mom will want and appreciate. Whether they be maternity photos, first baby photos or photos of the family all together, giving a gift certificate for professional photographs is always a great idea. It’s one of those things everyone wants, but may not always purchase for themselves. Many people will focus on the necessities and not on the special mementos that will mean so much in the years to come. Here at Alma’s Home Studio, we offer gift vouchers for all types of sessions!
Album & Frame
Whether you decide to give that special someone the gift of professional photos or not, an album and/or a picture frame will always be well received. New moms may want to choose their own baby books, however a photo album will always be a cherished gift. Combine these items with a gift certificate to the best newborn photographer in Dorset, and you are sure to make the recipient very happy.
A Special Christmas Ornament
It’s not uncommon for new parents to have a “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament for their tree. Giving something to commemorate the little one during the holiday season is a wonderful sentiment. The new parents will always remember who gave it to them, and will love to unpack it with the other ornaments year after year. Choose something meaningful and personalised if possible.
Handprints, Footprints and Even Belly Prints!
There are all kinds of kits available to help the new parents create hand and foot prints of their little one. There are many plaster kits on the market, many of which include a picture frame. There are other “no-mess” ink kits that can be used in a number of ways. The prints can be copied for friends and relatives too! You can even find plaster kits for the mother-to-be’s belly! The plaster will cover much of the torso and will be a wonderful keepsake to look back on.
Massage or Spa Treatment
While most people will be doting on the new arrival, moms are sometimes overlooked. During
pregnancy is when mothers should be spoiled the most! Think of all the work, pain, discomfort and sleepless nights they endure during these nine months (and also for the next 18 years!) A wonderful gift idea is to offer some pampering for the new mom. You can choose to give them a prenatal massage, or maybe a spa day where they get their hair and nails done. These kinds of things are often skipped over by pregnant women as they are more focused on the little one.
Pre-packed Maternity Bag
Of course a mom-to-be will want some of the comforts of home with her, but having a pre-packed maternity bag with everything she might need will be a huge help. The bag can include the necessities such as a tooth brush, lip balm, headphones, and other toiletries. You can also step it up a bit by adding fancy lotions, a kindle or something to read, slippers, a robe and some comfy clothes. This will help mama avoid the stress of having to pack her bag for her hospital stay.
Make It Personal
People love receiving personalised gifts for their newborn. You can have almost anything personalised from receiving blankets to story books, from picture frames to teddy bears. You can choose to have the baby’s name added to something or opt to provide a gift certificate so the new parents can customise the item once the baby arrives.
BABY Shower Ideas…
If you are planning a baby shower during the holidays, there are a number of things you can do to make it festive! While there is no shortage of decorations available, you might want to differentiate the shower from a Christmas party. You could choose to do a white theme, making the space look like a winter wonderland. Or you could opt to make it feel warm and cozy by having the guests come in their best flannel pyjamas. You could offer a pie and hot coco bar, with different flavours and varieties available. For games, you might have a gingerbread house making contest or a “fill in the blank” Christmas carol game. You could even have classic Christmas movies playing in the background, both to set the mood, and to let mama know what’s to come in the next few years! No matter what you choose to get for the new mom or mom-to-be in your life, take the time to choose something thoughtful and from the heart. If you are looking for a newborn photographer in Dorset, or if we can help you in any other way, please don’t be afraid to reach out!
Alma’s Studio is based in Blandford Forum, at West Barn Business Park. You can call us at 07392 844408 or send an email to:
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It is indeed a long journey.. 9 month growing another human (or humans) in your womb. For some it is a surprise, for some it is a planned pregnancy, for some it is a rainbow, and for some it is a true miracle.
It is so much to think about! Where will baby sleep? what colour to decorate the nursery? Birth plan! Hospital bag? Home birth? Is it enough of baby grows you got (after folding pile up to a ceiling) Or wait, nappies and socks! - I have been told that is never enough of those! Baby name? The list never ends.. But have you thought about the Newborn Photographer near you to document this incredible and so ever short phase - The Newborn Phase. It only lasts few weeks and it will never come back. This is it, after that baby becomes infant and it grows into a smelly naughty "threenager" before you know it. :)
My little precious baby girl is almost 2 and a half, and I can tell you there aren't enough books of how to deal with terrible twos! :)
Newborn photographer near me Blandford Forum, Dorset , which is me, Alma, and I am most blessed with my job. I meet newborn babies and their parents and siblings (and sometimes even dogs) at my cosy home studio. I have a huge collection of props, wraps, outfits, hats bonnets and headbands to make creativity flow and make sure I document your new baby till every detail and create art for your walls. Ideally I would like to schedule the session in the first 10 days, when babies are happy to pose and be curled up how they were in mummy's tummy. It is a very fleeting time for new parents and that is why it is so important to book your photographer before baby comes. Knowing that you have that sorted is a piece of mind that you really need, especially when heavily pregnant! And all mums told me that they feel so exited for their session and cant wait to see what I will create for them. Mostly I start receive bookings after mums had their 20 week scan, and that is why I keep my diary open mostly for 4 month in advance. And because babies come whenever they are ready I only have a certain number I can take and maintain flexibility to make sure I can meet the baby on time even if he/she is late or a bit early. Booking early prevents dissapointment x
So if you are looking for a newborn photographer near Poole, or Bournemouth or Wimborne or even Salisbury and Weymouth. I am based in Blandford Forum and as one of my customers said "well worth the trip" :) I would love to hear from you and will be forever grateful if you would share this blog with someone you know would benefit too.
I hope you enjoyed reading my blog and I hope it was a useful read and helped you to find me.
First let me share my excitement! I had newborn twins in my studio, little Nathaniel and Elodie. Beautiful babies and loads of cuddles..
I felt really organised and prepared for the session. I had a posing flow, several sets ready and assistant Lucy (who is my sister in law, but really good with babies, true whisperer) I have Instructed Lucy what the plan was and we waited for twins to arrive.
The session was really hard and the twins were taking turns to sleep, and most of the planned sets didn’t happen. But this happens a lot, as sometimes I just go with the flow and make sure baby is happy. Therefore I offered a location shoot for part 2 to make sure I have outstanding images for the family.
This session also inspired me to write about newborn photography safety. One baby is hard work, two - very hard work. However I always put safety first. I have had newborn safety training including emergency procedures. I plan my sessions in advance and babies are always kept safe and looked after. I always have a spotter (either assistant or mum of the babies are always there if I’m not)
All poses are completely safe and where required, baby always supported.
This pose, where it looks like baby is holding her chin on her hands is a composite and baby was never alone or unsupported. It is really important to understand that photos I produce comes from experience and post processing magic and should never be attempted without special training and skills.
Always Safety First.
Hope you have enjoyed my blog and to see more of my work, you can follow me on instagram (almas_home_studio) or Facebook (www.fb.com/almashomestudio)
Hello and welcome to my first blog. I have never done this before, so be kind.
I am so blessed to be able to document the first days of a new baby, all the squishines and pouts and tiny feet and tiny hands.. 3 hours usually flies by and than the other part of newborn photography starts - retouching.
Editing is a huge part of the process and newborn skin is what I can spend hours on.. why do I edit newborn skin..?
When I gave birth to my little girl, I remember her eyes, tiny nose and lips so pink.. she was and still is just perfect to me! why don’t I remember her eye being so red, bit bruised from birth, I don’t remember the massive bruise on her forehead too.. because I love her so much I never noticed any of that and in my head I have a perfect picture of my baby girl.. and If I would ask any mother, she would tell me exactly the same - my baby is perfect.
So when a baby comes to my studio, I don’t see the bruises, the jaundice, milk spots, super dry skin, redness, discolouration, rashes etc.. what I see is cute facial expressions, cute pout and tiny fingers, most amazing hair, eyes and I could carryon forever! I see the beauty and I capture perfection. And that is why I edit newborn skin, I want everyone to see exactly how new mums see their new baby - complete, absolute perfection.
Just to finish it off Ill show you before and after from Oakley’s gallery. The skin itself took me nearly 2h and than another 2 because I couldn’t decide should I do colour or black and white :) (i did both in the end, as he is so cute! :)
Thank you for reading. and look out for my new blog x
Im completely blessed and will have loads of new babies coming in for their session in the next few month, I only have few sessions left, so will encourage to book early ( I already have 1 booked in February 2017!)