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The Suffolk Baby and Toddler Show 2017 Newborn Photographer Exhibition Ipswich

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I had the great pleasure of exhibiting at The Suffolk Baby and Toddler show on the 15th October.

It was my first time at the show exhibiting, but I had an idea of what to expect as I had visited the show myself when my little girl was a few months old. Usually it is held at Trinity Park, the Suffolk Showground, but this year it was at the Ipswich Cameo Hotel. It was handy as I knew exactly where it was having been there earlier this year!

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After setting my stall up, I had a chat with a few of my fellow business women. The lady next to me made keepsakes out of silver, and the lady behind me was selling really cute hair bows (I bought a few for my daughter!). I also spotted Katie from Jo Jingles, and Lisa, who I used to work with who now runs Moo Music. It was great to see some familiar faces and have a natter while we waited for the doors to open.

The first guests came in at 10am and collected their goody bags. I was lucky being right at the front so had a lot of people stopping. There was a lot of oohs and ahhs at my prints and people were amazed at the quality of the products I offer.

The show was fab, it gave me the chance to meet future clients face to face and get to know their requirements. I ended up with some fab bookings that I am really looking forward to and left full of excitement for the future of my little business.

I will be attending again next year, so if you didn’t have the chance to come over this year then I would be very pleased to have a chat with you next time round!

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Ipswich Suffolk Photographer now offering Family Photo Sessions

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My model call gave me some lovely photos to use in my marketing for my new Family Photo Sessions. Book your session today to get some lovely memories of your family, and make the most of the Summer (though saying that, I’m not sure where the Summer has gone just lately!)

I aim to capture your family in a very relaxed, documentary style way. So not a lot of posing instruction, just natural positions and interactions. Depending on the size of your family, some guidance is necessary, but I keep it light hearted for the little ones as they can find it hard to understand otherwise!

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I am a strong believer that every family should have their own beautiful professional family photos adorning their walls, so they can smile every time they see them and bring back the lovely memories of that time.

My Family Photo Shoots will take place in and around Ipswich. Making the most of our big selection of gorgeous parks, nature reserves and woodland. We are blessed in Suffolk to have such a lot of places to choose from! Imagine your family photographed in bluebells in the spring or poppies in the summer. They always make such gorgeous family portraits.

I will be offering Studio family sessions too once my new Studio is completed. You can book now for September onwards.

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Golden Hour Location Shoot Model Call for July 2017 Ipswich Suffolk Photos

Wow, the weather has been so hot lately, it has been truly glorious outside. I have really been enjoying getting out and about with my camera on the dog walk, photographing him and my little lady.

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Nature is a perfect backdrop, offers diverse colours and textures and is forever changing. The light is unpredictable, which throws up challenges, but makes photographing during random times of day interesting. When the sun is high in the sky it throws dark shadows on your subject, and blows out areas of definition, causing photos to be overexposed. There are ways around this, but my hands are pretty full already with a buggy, 1 year old and very lively large dog!

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All photographers I know the ‘golden hour’ (a time frame shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky) is an ideal time to take photos. However I am not a morning person, and my children’s bedtime is 7.30pm! So this presents some difficulty in actually shooting during this time. I am very determined to get some evening shots with my kids, but this could prove to be a complete failure as my 1 year old may be tired and grumpy! Saying that, with the heat, she has been staying up later anyway so it may work out!

It was while I was viewing the results of my little session with my daughter in the poppies (I keep her ‘sessions’ brief as she is at a difficult age to photograph (18 months today!) and doesn’t want to stay still long, that I thought I’d really like to do some family location shoots. So thought I’d put out a model call and do just that for golden hour family photos!

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I need some images to promote my new golden hour family photo sessions so a model call is a great way to get some! Models get a free shoot and some free images, with the opportunity to purchase more.

Want to enter?

Entries are still being accepted until the end of next week, so get your skates on over to my Model Call page and apply if you are interested.

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Newborn Composite Images for Newborn Sessions Carly Seaman Photography Ipswich

Big news! I am going to be delivering at least one composite image (an image created using two or more separate images) similar to the ones below in your Newborn gallery.

I will decide the theme unless you have any special requests, so let me know if you have a specific idea in mind. Composites are great as they expand the possibility of themes and backgrounds.

Composite images mean baby is kept safe at all times, and not balanced precariously on unsuitable props. We can place baby on a guitar, horse saddle, in a summer field when it’s really winter, etc etc. There are unlimited possibilities.

Safety first!

Please DO NOT attempt any of these poses at home. As with any newborn photography, it should only be undertaken by a fully trained professional who has been trained and knows what they are doing.

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Stand In Baby Newborn Training Aid Ipswich Newborn Safety Suffolk Newborn Photographer

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I had a special delivery today! The stork brought me a Stand in Baby! Stand in Baby, or SIB, was created in Australia by a couple of newborn photographers who wanted to offer a fully articulated training aid to help other newborn photographers practise posing and lighting techniques to ensure Newborn Safety.

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SIB is just amazing, she moves like a real baby. She is weighted to around 7lb, the weight of an average newborn, and you have to support her head and body as you would a newborn baby.

I handled a couple of SIB’s in my training workshop, and after a lot of careful thought, I felt she would be a worthy investment to my business. How better to try out new poses and lighting? I don’t need to ‘practise’ on real babies as my practise is with SIB. She is going to help me out loads.

You may get to see her during your session if I feel she is needed. She is handy with sibling shots, preparing before your real baby is placed in brother or sister’s arms. She will also be modelling my new props soon.

She does need a name though! I have asked over on my Facebook page for some help with naming her, so pop along and leave any suggestions you have.

In the meantime I need to keep her well out of Lucia’s way, as when she first saw her she shouted “baby!” and thought she was an early birthday present!

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Ipswich Photographer Carly Seaman Gains Newborn Safety Training Certificate

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As part of my training I had to submit multiple edited images from the day, as well as answer some questions on Newborn safety and posing. Happily, I passed, and I am now very proud to show off my certificate! It will be on display in my studio for you to have a gander at your session 🙂

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I take Newborn safety very seriously, and have further training sessions planned for 2018 with other trainers.

Fairy at the bottom of the garden!

My little lady is 9 months old today… How better to celebrate than to turn her into a fairy?


I might offer these sessions in the future, let me know what you think.

A Cornish Visit

Apologies for the tardy update again. I know you realise I have a lot going on aside from my photography, so hopefully I won’t get a slapped wrist!

I kept meaning to post about my lovely family holiday in Cornwall last month. Such a beautiful place with many more spots yet to discover. We will definitely be returning at some point!

We of course, ate plenty of Cornish ice cream!


Chuffed to receive some beautiful prints in the post this morning. I think I have found my new Photo Lab 🙂

Woo – it’s a Brand New Website

I have made some changes to the website to make it look a bit more user friendly and interactive.

Hope you all like it!