First birthday photo shoot by Anna Hindocha/Warm Glow Photo

First Birthday Photo Shoot

21st October 2014 Child photography , ,

J was just about to turn one when his parents asked me to come and take some portraits of him. Luckily it was a beautiful late summer day and he really enjoyed crawling about the garden and showing off his new standing skills. Despite the best efforts of their cat to steal the limelight we got some great pictures.

I’ve previously said that toddlers are my favourite age to photograph but I had forgotten how amazing this pre-walking stage is. J was flexible and fearless, somersaulting over his walker without blinking an eye. I also had to regress to crawling to be able to take the photos so was muddier than him by the time we had finished.

I’m really looking forward to the other photo shoots of children this age that I have coming up.


Black and white photograph of a newborn baby girl by Anna Hindocha/Warm Glow Photo

Newborn photo session of a home-birthed breech baby

14th October 2014 Child photography , , ,

Every child’s birth story is special and unique, but the story behind this session was especially interesting for me.

The mother booked me months ago early on in her pregnancy for a newborn shoot, with the baby due just when I was returning for my summer holidays. I arrived back ready for the shoot but the baby was not quite ready to come out. We kept in touch and a couple of weeks later I was finally able to go and photograph this family and hear all about the birth. I’ll let the mother tell the story in her own words: (more…)


Photograph of a newborn baby boy by Anna Hindocha/Warm Glow Photo

First Year Package : Newborn

24th September 2014 Child photography , ,

These photos are from a newborn shoot for a lovely family who have booked me for a first year package (three photo shoots in the first year: usually as a newborn; at six months and at one year). I love this kind of booking as I really enjoy seeing children grow and change.

This session couldn’t have gone better. Baby L was five weeks old, which is a bit older than my usual newborn shoot age but it meant that he was very alert, giving little smiles and even lifting and holding his head up a lot. He is a very strong little boy. He started off the shoot all wide eyes and kicking legs, then half way through drifted off to sleep so I was able to get close up photos of his hands and feet as well (I seem to have a thing about photographing baby feet at the moment). I don’t always get wide-awake and comfortably asleep in the same shoot so this was a really special one.

I am looking forward to meeting him again at six months old.


Newborn baby girl photographed by Anna Hindocha/Warm Glow Photo

Adding a new sibling

16th September 2014 Child photography , ,

Hello, I’m back!

I’ve had a busy but wonderful summer with lots of holidays and family time. Now thoroughly back into work to find that I am a finalist for the Brand Amplifier awards – very exciting.

Since getting back from holiday I have been so busy shooting that I have got a bit behind with the blog, but I’m doing my best to catch up now.

The first session I want to share with you is a very special one for me. I am often called back to photograph a new sibling joining a family and it is always a very wonderful thing to be asked to do. However, this session meant even more to me because the older brother is the child I have photographed most extensively during his life (except for my own son). (more…)


At last…cool maternity clothing.

1st July 2014 Fashion , , , ,

As well as portraits, I also photograph products for businesses. I usually keep the two strands separate but thought this was worth sharing. I spent an evening last week photographing Campbell Crafts new vintage inspired maternity clothing line. I think anyone who has bought maternity clothes will agree that they are not usually that exciting….but this is changing. I wish these 1950s style maternity dresses had been around when I was pregnant. This limited edition range will be expanded soon to include shirts so watch this space.

If you like this and are not currently expecting, Campbell Crafts make great non-maternity clothes too.


Black and white studio portrait of a baby girl by Anna Hindocha/Warm Glow Photo

Black and white studio photo session of a seven month old baby girl

2nd June 2014 Child photography , , , ,

This was a really enjoyable and successful session, largely due to good planning by the parents.  The mother said very early on that she wanted the photos to be black and white and it made a great change for me to be able to think about and compose them all with that in mind. The photoshoot had to take place in the evening when the little girl was usually asleep and they had a long drive across London in a Friday rush hour to get here, so I think we were all a bit nervous about what mood she would be in. However, she was an absolute star and really looked like she enjoyed her photo session.  It makes it easier to get great photos when you work with people that have thought about what they want from the shoot. They shared a pinterest board of example images with me (a big help in understanding what clients want) and brought lots of different outfits and toys. I also got to talk tattoos with the dad during the session, which always makes me happy!

Many thanks to them for such a lovely shoot.


Young girl eating an ice cream in The Rookery, Streatham Common photographed by Anna Hindocha/Warm Glow Photo

Family portrait session at The Rookery, Streatham Common

27th May 2014 Child photography , , , , , ,

Last month I came straight back from a lovely holiday to this fun, sunny family photo session on Streatham Common. It’s always great to work with families I already know and have photographed before, as everyone is already relaxed with each other and we can just enjoy ourselves.

The session also led me to reflect a little on why I love photographing toddlers and preschoolers. (more…)


Don’t smile please – A manifesto for responsive photography

25th March 2014 Child photography , , , ,

 

As a parent I follow the principles of attachment parenting, particularly aiming to always “respond with sensitivity”.  I was also very influenced by a ToddlerCalm workshop I attended, which spoke about the toddler’s “job description” and the qualities they need to fulfill it, such as perseverance, inquisitiveness, and creativity. Watching my son use these traits to learn about the world is the most amazing and inspiring part of motherhood for me, and something that I really hope to capture in other children when I photograph them. (more…)


Bride's father and brother, New Year's Eve Wedding, Woodlands Park Hotel, Cobham. Photographed by Anna Hindocha/Warm Glow Photo

New Year’s Eve Wedding

28th January 2014 Wedding Photography , , , ,

I just wanted to share some pictures from the wedding that I photographed on New Year’s Eve. Despite the weather it was a fantastic day. The bride and groom and their families and friends made me feel very welcome. I had the most helpful group of ushers ever, which meant I could concentrate on the photographs rather than running around looking for people. There was also the cutest and most photogenic group of flower girls that I have had the pleasure of photographing. Both venues were great and I would especially like to mention the staff at Woodlands Park Hotel  who really went out of their way to help with the challenges of photographing inside due to the rain.

All this and I finished in time to go out myself for New Years’ Eve – a satisfying days work.


Busy times

23rd December 2013 Child photography , , , , , , , , ,

The final month of 2013 has been really busy. Christmas started for me in mid-November, as I had to organise photo shoots early to ensure I met pre-Christmas print deadlines.

The pop-up portrait studios at Serendipity have been a great success. All the toddlers were really comfortable in front of the camera, and I had the pleasure of getting to cuddle a few smaller babies too.  (more…)