The winner of November’s image contest was Baby Photographer Hayley Cattell from Hayley Cattell Photography. Hayley’s website can be found here: www.hayleycattell.co.uk
Hayley shot this gorgeous image as part of a client session, and is no stranger to the image contest having come first in May and July of this year too. Hayley chose this image because she adored the neutral colour palette and pale colours and felt that it emphasised the focus of the image on the baby. She loved how snug and sweet little Louis looked all tucked up cuddling the little teddy.
Tell us about how you lit and set up the image, do you use natural or studio light?
“For this shot I use natural light from wide floor length windows. I use blinds over one third of the window so there’s not too much light streaming through as I like to have enough shadow to see the depth of baby’s face. I swaddled Louis with a stretch wrap, then neatly wrapped the knitted wrap on top. I finished the styling with a matching bonnet and that sweet little teddy.”
What does winning the showcase mean to you?
“I really can’t explain just how much it means to be voted in first place in the showcase by so many other incredible photographers! Not to mention the sheer number of gorgeous photos entered as well. Honestly, it means the world. Thank you very much to everyone who voted.”
What other elements of your ‘The Baby & Newborn Network’ membership do you enjoy most?
“Obviously the fantastic member content, but mainly the wonderful and ongoing support and help that’s always so readily available.”
How long have you been shooting professionally and where did your love of photography come from?
“I’ve been shooting professionally for almost 8 years, and working for myself for over 5 years now. I actually fell in love with, but mainly stumbled across, photography when I was around 16 years old. It was mainly by accident, I actually fell ill and was unable to start college when I was supposed to. With more spare time on my hands than anyone knows what to do with, I came across the old photo sharing website, Flickr, and just totally fell in love with it from there! That combined with always wanting to work with young children, it seems like this is where I was always meant to end up.”
Would you like to mention any suppliers whose products or props are used in the image?
“Of course! My very talented and lovely mum (www.petitepropsuk.etsy.com) knit the wraps, bonnet and gorgeous little teddy.”
Where do you work from, (ie home or studio) and where are you based?
“I work from my home studio in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.”
What are your best selling/most popular products?
“My most popular item to sell are digital images – but what I think makes mine special and my clients really love them is that I also provide a gorgeous little linen album with any USB of all images. I think it’s so important for clients to walk away with a beautifully printed, physical product! Everybody seems to purchase that, but my next best selling product would then probably be one of my stunning 24 x 24″ multiple aperture frames.”
What photography training have you undertaken and why?
“I’ve had 1:1 newborn posing and safety training, as well as in-person and online workshops. I don’t think you ever stop learning, and it’s so important when first starting out to get some proper training on how to safely pose those precious little babies.I also have an A-Level in photography.”
How far in advance do clients have to book and what is your booking process?
“I take bookings from my client’s 20 week scan. I can sometimes squeeze in babies who have already arrived depending on how busy I am, but I definitely recommend parents booking while still pregnant to guarantee availability!”
What is your favourite genre of photography?
“Newborns & Babies – 100%!”
How do you win your subjects over, that goes for any age from Newborn to adults?
“With newborns and babies, it’s always a lot of patience and perseverance. With adults, usually humour at my expense!”
We’d love you to share some customer reviews.
“I am so happy we chose Hayley to photograph our son, all her work is just beautiful.
From first meeting Hayley she was very welcoming and she handled our son with such care and patience. Hayley’s passion for photography definitely shows and is reflected in her stunning work.
I cannot thank Hayley enough for capturing the most precious moments of our sons first year and creating the most special memories which will be treasured for a lifetime.
We have recently had a new addition to our family and we did not hesitate to have Hayley again to photograph our baby boy.
I would highly recommend Hayley to anyone wanting beautiful and flawless photographs of their children.”
“Hayley was absolutely amazing with our baby girl as a newborn and at six months which can both be challenging times! Her attention to detail is outstanding and the photos are ever so beautiful and we will treasure them forever! We could not have hoped for a better newborn and baby photographer. Her patience and attentiveness to our baby ensured the most perfect results! Thank you so much for capturing some of our baby’s most precious moments ❤️“
“Hayley did a new born session with some sibling and family photographs in August 2019. We selected Hayley after looking at her website. Compared to other photographers in the Sheffield/ Rotherham area, we liked the natural colours and baby poses used. Her studio is gorgeously presented and extremely comfortable. I don’t believe we would have captured the same quality or quantity of photographs had we selected a photographer that came to our home. I found Hayley to be extremely friendly, professional and kind, instantly putting our 3 year old at ease. In fact at the end of the day he didn’t want to leave her studio! We were really keen to capture some images of our two children together and Hayley was extremely patient with both our new born and 3 year old son. We felt that her time and patience yielded beautiful shots of our toddler’s personality. We haven’t yet seen the finished outcomes but I am sure we will treasure the photographs. When communicating with Hayley, she is extremely responsive and provided all the information we required. Our photograph session was an excellent experience and we would highly recommend Hayley.”
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