If you’re a new mum or mum-to-be, you’ve probably signed up to Emma’s Diary and collected your free goody bags. You may also have heard of their Emma’s Diary photo sessions and Baby of the Month competition. When the opportunity arose to go to our nearest participating photographer and try it out, I couldn’t resist.
Our local studio was Love Lane Photography in Rochester, Kent, although they have locations all over the UK . Excitedly, I rang them up and we scheduled a time and day. I had been wondering what Autumn should wear. Catherine, the photographer, suggested that we brought a few outfits and toys for Autumn. It was also recommended that Dave and I wear black, to really make Autumn’s little face really ‘pop’ in the black and white photos. Likewise, the outfits shouldn’t be too ‘busy’, so as not to distract from her. Apparently 7 months old is a really good age for babies to be photographed!
The photo shoot was worth £170 and lasts an hour. You also get a viewing session where you can choose photos and another appointment to collect the photos and a photographic gift. You also get an entry into the Baby of the Month competition! They’re not this little for long, so it’s lovely to have beautiful photos that you can display in your home and look back on for years to come.
Catherine and her studio were wonderful. We were instantly made to feel comfortable.
Autumn took to Catherine very quickly and the funny noises she made at her, smiling for the camera. Of course, Dave waving my alpacasso behind her head helped too!
We had photos taken of Dave and I with Autumn, both individually and as a family.
However, you don’t have to have family photos taken if you don’t want to. In fact, the vast majority of photos taken were of Autumn on her own. Most of the toys we brought along were also incorporated into the pictures.
Along the way, she had several outfit changes and was photographed in various ways; sitting, standing with help from us and laying down.
We were able to make an appointment to view the photos a week after the photo shoot. I couldn’t wait and was very excited!
When we arrived, Autumn was asleep, which allowed us to have a proper look. A slideshow of the (unedited) images was projected onto the screen, with “All of me” by John Legend playing. I’m not usually someone who gets emotional about things easily, but I got quite tearful at one point and clasped Dave’s hand. The photos were just so gorgeous!
We need to go back in a couple of weeks to collect our photos. However, Catherine has kindly sent me three edited photographs across for the purpose of this review. (Thank you!)
I can’t stop looking at them, they’re just so beautiful! Catherine and her camera have created some gorgeous memories that will be sure to be treasured by our family for years to come. We can’t wait to collect them and display them in our home.
Autumn has been entered into Baby of the Month for May 2017, so please don’t forget to vote for her (it only takes 5 seconds – just click HERE and press LIKE!)
Disclosure: This review is a collaborative post with Emma’s Diary. I received a photo session and photo gift free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.
Welcome to my blog! I'm Laura, a 29 year old mum of two. I live in Kent with my high school sweetheart husband Dave, our daughter Autumn and newborn son Reuben.
I write about my experiences of parenting, as well as my plethora of interests including fashion, beauty, cars, weddings, mental health and the home.