While my camera roll is completely full of shots of Dougie – blurred photos of crawling, awkward selfies and messy teatime images – I’ve always wanted some more professional photos that we can share with our families and hang up proudly in our home.
When the lovely folks over at Emma’s Diary asked if I wanted to take Dougie along for a photoshoot with Barrett and Coe, I was so excited. I organised a date with Gill, the photographer at the Leatherhead studio and obviously decided to buy an adorable new outfit for Dougie!
Unfortunately, Dougie was poorly the night before our scheduled shoot, but Gill was really understanding, so we rearranged for a few weeks later.
When our new photoshoot day rolled around, we made our way to Leatherhead. Dougie did have a nap in the car but he was still a little sleepy and a lot grumpy when we arrived at the studio.
Gill explained how the session would work – the key point being that we would work around Dougie and how he was feeling, particularly as the session can be really stimulating and tiring for babies.
After a few attempts to get a family photo, we realised Dougie was not going to make the shoot easy, and Gill suggested that maybe we call it a day. I admit I was really disappointed at the thought of coming away with no photos, but I completely understood, Dougie wasn’t in a good mood and he was very much in charge!
This is a pretty accurate representation of Dougie’s mood…
Keen to give it one last go, we spent some time trying to cheer him up, and Gill got out a few toys and props to see if he wanted to have a play. He absolutely loved playing peek-a-boo with the box, so Gill was able to get some shots while he was playing. He then decided he wanted to move around, and was quite happy crawling back and forth across the studio, again, allowing Gill to take more photos.
We had really wanted a family photo, but Dougie was starting to get tired and irritable again, so Sam picked him up and as we were comforting him, he started to perk up. Gill grabbed her camera and captured a few moments of us as a family, which I was so happy about.
Dougie had well and truly had enough by this point though, so I gave him some milk and entertained him while Gill got the images ready to show us. Normally the viewing would be done at a later date, but we’d travelled a bit to get to the studio, and as both Sam and I were there, she was happy to do it straight away.
Exhausted after his busy morning
The photos are absolutely beautiful. He wasn’t quite his usual beaming self, but so many of the photos had captured very ‘Dougie’ expressions which I loved, especially some of his determined face when he’s crawling, and his slightly curious expression when he isn’t sure what’s going on!
Gill was extremely professional, and we could see immediately how used she was to dealing with young children – especially when a certain someone was not a happy baby! It would have been great to have been able to take more photos, but I was so impressed with the images, especially considering the mood Dougie was in, and I can’t wait for our prints to arrive!
Have you ever had a professional shoot? Is it something you’d like to do?
*Disclaimer: I attended the shoot free of charge in exchange for an honest review of the day