I won runner up for newborn photographer of the year in UK & Europe!!


Wow what a few days it has been. I’m still on a high from Tuesdays awards evening at The Newborn & Portrait Show. I posted a few bits & bobs of my trip on Facebook, but here it is in detail.

Every year in mid May Rhianna (admin assistant at Inspirique) & I attend the show and at Heart of England Conference and Events Centre. There’s three days jam packed of training, talks, workshops and two large exhibition rooms full of props.

On the first day, there's a whole day of live judging for the print competition (which I entered and won, I'll get to that), you can actually go and sit and watch the judges give live feedback to everyone's images. Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the judging this year as it was my daughters Christening on the same day, but the lovely Emma from Little Love Photography (who did my newborn images) live streamed it so I could watch it at home, which was amazing! This is such a valuable experience, and the feedback alone is worth entering.

This is the image I entered, you can read the story behind the image here.

This year I entered one image, which was live judged by industry famous names Terrie Jones, Kelly Brown, Gary Hughes, David Stanbury, Christina Lauder & Clare-Louise. The feedback is invaluable in itself, but to score 85 was a shock (score 85 - excellent use of imagination, skill and technique in most areas), it was one of the highest scores out of the whole competition. 5 images are chosen from the highest scores to be in the final which I was keeping my fingers crossed for but didn’t have high expectations.

Here is the live judging and feedback on my image..

When I arrived on Monday I saw my image displayed at the entrance of the show and I was amazed to be in the final, I was 1/5 from the newborn category. Of course I wanted to win, but I was happy enough just to be in the final as this in itself is a huge achievement, and you still get to go up on stage.

So I was on a high from the moment I walked into the venue, which means with every purchase I made I said I was celebrating.. I'll always find a way to justify, I would have said I was drowning my sorrows and needed retail therapy if I didn't get in! Every year I say I'm not going to buy anything, and every year I just can't help myself. Just look, how can I walk past all of these beautiful stalls and not fall in love with something? This is just a small selection of vendors.

Here are my purchases.. Flokatis, mint backdrop & bear from Babyphotoprops. Ears headband & purple backdrop, wrap & headband set from Love Rosalie. Ears bonnet from Minnie & Morgan Newborn Photo Props.

On the Monday afternoon, I booked onto a workshop called 'Introduction to judging', I booked this before I knew I'd got into the final as I wanted more of an insight of what the judges look for, so I can prepare for next year. It was such an insightful course led by Terrie Jones who is ‘Head of Judging’ at The Societies, I came out with so much knowledge about how images are judged and how to perfect each image.

On Monday evening, Rhianna & I went back to the hotel and decided to have a takeaway in our pyjamas and an early night, to make the most of eating hot food and sleeping without the little ones present. We slept for 9 hours straight, and it was the best night sleep I'd had in about a year, I was like a new woman the next day!

The next day, on the Tuesday I took Kelly Brown's business class, which was amazing. If you've followed me for a while you'll know I'm just a teeny bit obsessed with Kelly (not in a weird way). She is one of the best newborn photographers in the world, owning Little Peices Photography from Australia. This amazing lady is the reason I got into newborn photography myself, I admired her for many years and she inspired me to start my business. I was lucky enough to meet her last year and I was star stuck then, and this time round I was no less star struck. I couldn't just walk past her at the show and not ask her for a photo! She gets asked this 100 times a day, I see her being stopped by everyone and she can't walk through the halls without someone grabbing her, so she's pretty awesome to be so kind and friendly to everyone who asks. I absolutely hate this photo of me, but I love it because of what it is.

Shortly after this was taken, we started her seminar, and it was so insightful. She inspired me all over again and I left the class feeling so motivated. I didn't have much time to think about business though, as I had only an hour and a half before I had to be back in that very building for the awards dinner.

After trying on about 10 dresses in the hotel, (feeling fat in them all since gaining pregnancy weight) and settling on one, we finally made it back just on time. On the last evening of the 3 day event, there’s an awards gala dinner, which is all very fancy as the dress code is black tie, it’s a three course sit down meal, and the awards are in between each course.

When I walked in and saw my image on the big screen, it was such an amazing feeling,

At the dinner I had to go on stage to collect my finalist award, which I was so nervous about, but I'd prepared myself for it and was praying not to trip over on stage in front of everyone! I had a few glasses of wine for dutch courage, although it didn't touch me because of the nerves! When my name was called my heart raced but I managed to do it without falling over. I was presented my award by Sarah Wilkes from Sarah Wilkes Photography, who is one of the organisers of the whole show. As soon as I sat back down I though phew, it's over, I can now relax and enjoy my night.

Here is the clip of the moment I was called on stage as a finalist..

The winners were then announced, there’s third, second and third place. I wasn’t being modest, I really wasn’t expecting to be given one of these places because the competition I was up against was just incredible. I was live streaming the results in our photography group for those who couldn’t attend so I wasn’t prepared for my name being called at all. It took me a few seconds for it to sink in and Rhianna had to take the phone out of my hands and tell me to go. It was such an incredible feeling. And to be presented the award by none other than Sandra Hill Photography - Newborn and Baby Portraiture. was an honour in itself.

Many congratulations to Aimee-Jo Ahmed from Dinky Days Photography LTD for coming third and Natasha Ince from Photography By Natasha Ince for coming first. Both absolutely amazing photographers, and so well deserved.

Here is the clip of the moment I was called on stage as a finalist (disclaimer: be cautious if watching with children, this video has (muffled) swearing in. Someone in the background says “I love that f*cking image” as I’m walking on stage)...

Here I am, feeling happy and proud holding my awards.

Big thank you to Tracy Willis & Sarah Wilkes for organising such a brilliant event each year. I’ve loved seeing friends, making new ones and networking. I’m already looking forward to next year.

And finally a very special thank you to Gemma and James. Without your input I couldn’t have done this. From the initial chat about my idea, to lending me your IVF needles to make the design and allowing me to photograph your precious little girl and share your personal journey. You’ve been so supportive from the start and you guys are awesome!

I'm already looking forward to next year. I need to get my thinking cap on for next years competition!


Sarah Rest

 

We had a newborn photo shoot with Jade, our little 2 weeks old baby girl certainly made her work for it! Jade is so patient, creative and passionate about her work. She made us feel so welcome incorporating things personal to us, her studio is so well set up and even tho our daughter was awake for the majority of the session we weren’t made to feel rushed and left feeling totally relaxed which I wasn’t expecting at all! The finished prints are just too adorable for words and an amazing memory for us to treasure. Thanks so much Jade - you’re a genius!

Ashee Bathia

 

Would highly recommend Jade at Inspirique for a new born photoshoot. She’s very professional, very patient and fantastic at what she does! No regrets whatsoever!

Lottie Swift

 

Jade has been amazing from start to finish! We booked our shoot when our little girl was a week old and she still managed to juggle things around to get us in for the newborn shoot. I have just been to the viewing session and the photos are amazing! Totally fallen in love and would recommend to anyone! Thank you Jade for also being so accommodating! Anyone who is thinking of having a session I would definitely do so!

Gemma Payne

 

Myself and my partner went to choose our photo package yesterday and all I can say is WOW!! The photos are absolutely perfect! I love each and everyone of them. When Jade sat us down to watch the slide show of Rosie and the family pictures it brought me to tears. It made me realise that our long journey of IVF, all the injections and hard times was a distant memory as we have our beautiful little Rosie now apart of our family finally. For me the pictures capture every last detail of how precious Rosie is to us and how our family is complete. I will treasure the pictures forever. The family photos are amazing and the picture of all 3 of our girls is incredible. I can honestly say you can tell Jade loves her job, she adds that small personal touch to every picture taken, every set up she chooses, and every position she places your baby in and you wouldn’t get anywhere else.

An incredible person and an incredible photographer. Thank you again Jade for the beautiful photos and we cannot wait to use you again.

Mack Falconetti

 

As a bloke I turned up where my mrs told me to go. I was not sure what to expect with the shoot. Jade was very welcoming and great with our son Theo. She was very professional and easy going. We bought some of our own props and Jade was happy to use them in the pictures, they turned out great! Even my son weeing on Jade's camera didn't phase her. Men be aware the shoot is long... bring plenty of snacks and something to read... But there's plenty of tea and coffee on the tap. The pictures are definitely worth it... thanks Jade!

Amit Odera

 

We first used inspirique for our daughter 1st birthday cake smash photo shoot, and I must say the service and photos taken have been excellent. Most recently Jade took photos of our sons cake smash, and again she has gone above and beyond with presentation and the picture are brilliant. We have recommend inspirique to friends and family, and we can’t wait for the next shoot.

James Clayton

 

Excellent service and jade is so good with little ones. Had some amazing photos and even ordered a large glass picture for the wall at home. All packages are value to money and no pressure to buy. Would defiantly recommend. Thanks Jade

Rowena Goonetilleke

 

I had always wanted to do a photo shoot with my newborn but as my pregnancy wasn’t as smooth sailing, I didn’t have the heart to book something in advance. Then once he was born i really wanted a photo shoot and realised he was approaching 6 weeks already by then! I contacted inspirique and they fitted me in the next day! Jade was very professional, clearly having handled new born babies. Her patience was amazing! Baby even managed to do a poop in studio but she took this in her stride! It was an enjoyable few hours and our images are dotted around the house as a reflection of our experience and the quality work! Thank you Jade!

Emily Martin

Jade at Inspirique was truly professional whilst being informal and making myself and my son feel very relaxed to create natural and amazing photos we will treasure forever! We loved the shoot and the time flew by and we could not be happier with the prints created! Jade was natural and caring with our son who was extra delicate as our shoot was a week before his due date as he arrived early. It was very easy to book and Jade was flexible in arranging times that were convenient to both! Jade went above and beyond for us as a family and we will be returning for further shoots in the future! Amazing!

Andy- 16/07/18

 

A welcoming and relaxing time in the studio both times. Thanks for the photos.

Gemma - 04/06/18

 

I’ve seen Jade twice; I visited Jade a couple of months back for a maternity photo shoot, as I wanted to capture some timeless images during my first pregnancy. Jade was so professional and friendly she put me at ease throughout, as I spent most of the shoot in my underwear and some shots I was nude (which for most women would be an apprehensive thought even without being 7/8 months pregnant). I was able to be clear about what type of photos I wanted to create, and got to choose which outfits to wear, I only needed to bring black and white underwear, everything else was provided for. I also opted for the powder photo where Jade’s lovely assistant threw flour over me to get a beautiful shot, and didn’t mind at all that her clothes were also covered in flour in the process.

My second visit was a few weeks ago when I took my 3 week old baby boy for his newborn shoot. Again Jade was very professional and spoke to me and my husband about the type of photos we wanted and colour backdrops, outfits we wanted to use, if any. She handled Joel with care and worked to his timetable- we stopped when nappy changing and feeding was needed. We were both very pleased at the end result and couldn’t choose which photos to have so we had them all!

I’d definitely recommend x

Kerry- 21/05/18

 

Had a very enjoyable photo shoot and I love the photos

Andy Martin

 

Jade was absolutely incredible, she made the whole process easy. Jade was very professional and understood everything we wanted. Her flexibility made it easier for us especially having a new born. Would highly recommend to anyone who wanted to capture those special early days. 10/10 thank you x

Vikki - 16/07/18

 

Jade was brilliant with both our children (Florence who was just 2 weeks and Ethan who on that day was every inch a terrible 2). She was so patient and worked her magic and produced a stunning family shot (we’re still stumped as to how she did it) and beautiful portraits of Florence. This was all in the stifling heat and standard newborn poop explosions!! When we returned to choose they were all displayed to help us choose and there was no pressure as to what to have/ spend. We even changed the colours on some to make them work as a group display piece. Really happy and worth every penny also loved the gift bag with little treats as it made it feel much more personal and was a lovely touch x

Jess - 15/07/18

 

Would just like to say a massive thank you to jade for the amazing photos. You did an amazing job. You was very helpful in letting us have a second attempt as Isabel would not play ball the first time. I'm one happy mummy.

Jasmin- 11/05/18

 

Amazing photos from the mini newborn shoot!! We really struggled to choose which 3 to have as they were all adorable. Jade really had to work for the shots she got as Penelope was really not playing ball bless her, but all the hard work (rocking and soothing her for over an hour) paid off! She has the patience of a saint! Would highly recommend. We can’t wait to come back and get some more lovely pictures as she gets older! Thank you.

Matt- 04/05/18

 

I booked in at Inspirique as a surprise present for my at the time heavily pregnant fiancée! From the get go Jade was an absolute pleasure to work with and was so friendly yet professional! We both aren’t keen on having our photos taken but Jade couldn’t have done more to make us feel comfortable and relaxed. We’ve since received our photos and are over the moon.

I couldn’t recommend Jade (Inspirique) more and have since been for our newborn shoot!

Look no further than here if you are after a quality, comfortable photo shoot!

Jeff - 01/04/18

 

Excellent experience in a warm and welcoming environment.
Jade worked wonders with my son Charlie to achieve the perfect shots.

Sam Davenport

 

I have used Inspirique Baby Photography twice so far and both times i have been excellently looked after by Jade! I had my maternity shoot at 30 weeks and wasn't feeling my best but jade made me feel so confident and the photos were great! We was not pressured into buying any! We went for our newborn shoot this week and was great to watch jade work with our little girl and she is brilliant with them! She was in safe hands! The service u get is first class and communication is brilliant! Always reply to messages and feel I have been well looked after throughout! Waiting on viewing our newborn photos but happy they will be worth the wait. 100% recommend Inspirique to anyone!

Melissa Robinson

 

I message Jade right at the last minute for a new born shoot. She fitted me in straight the way , Jade was really good with my son and the photos she's taken I love them so happy with the service thank you jade , can’t wait for the next shoot thank you

Charlotte - 16/07/18

 

We booked in with Jade for the newborn photo shoot, when our Daughter was 2 weeks old. We hadn’t experienced anything like this before, and didn’t know what to expect. Jade made us feel very welcome and relaxed and explained everything to us along the way. There was no time limit for the photo shoot, which made us feel at ease. The photo shoot was a lovely experience and we would definitely do it again. When viewing the photos, it was a very calm atmosphere. Jade made us feel very relaxed when choosing our photos, and didn’t make us feel rushed at all. Choosing our photographs was very difficult as they were all beautiful! 
We are so happy with our photographs and canvas! Thank you Jade.

AJ - 15/07/18

 

Thank you very much for the lovely images you took of Isabel they are beautiful. Also thank you for allowing us to have a 2nd attempt at the photo shoot as Isabel was a little upset and not her bubbly self you were amazing. I will highly recommend you to all others out there, friends and family. Can't thank you enough.

Lisa - 04/05/18

 

I went in to this photo shoot not really knowing what to expect & fairly nervous about getting my clothes off with a stranger. But as soon as Jade invited us in to her studio she made both my partner & myself feel so comfortable. Jade is such a lovely lady, she made me feel so confident! I wasn’t convinced I’d like the photos as I felt a bit silly doing some of the poses, but now I have had my beautiful baby girl and have viewed the photos they are amazing and I’m so proud that I carried her, also captured my baby bump in the most perfect way. Brilliant way to remember/ look back on my bump!!! (As you do forget how big you can get.) I can’t recommend Jade enough, thank you so much for our forever photos.

Emma Platneur

 

Wow, just wow!!! I am a Mummy of four and after having my last daughter Effie, I finally decided to a have a newborn shoot after seeing Jade’s amazing work. I was not disappointed!!! Not only does Jade provide amazing photography but she makes the whole experience extremely enjoyable and special. Effie was only a few weeks old when we ventured over as a family 6. Effie was handled with care and love and Jade had this magical ability to keep her calm and content throughout the session. Jade was also kind and patient enough to take a picture of all four of our children (literally a genius!!). The way in which our images were displayed for us to choose from was beautiful, personal (and emotional). Everything is done with care. We love our prints and can not recommend Inspirique enough.

Khyati - 16/07/18

 

I wanted to capture the beautiful experience of pregnancy. As soon as we met Jade she put me and my family (husband and toddler) at ease. She was very friendly and professional, took us through the process with patience. I had used one of the dress and head piece from her amazing maternity collection for the maternity shoot.

We also had our newborns photoshoot done few weeks ago. Again she was brilliant with him and handled the session with thorough professionalism. All the props she used for the shoot were so beautiful we couldn’t wait to see the results! It was more than we had expected. Both me and my husband are very happy with the whole experience.

We would definitely recommend!

Sandy - 16/07/18

 

I was really worried about venturing out so soon after my son was born. In fact I regretted booking the session because I wasn’t up to getting out of the house. But I mustered up the courage in the end and did it, and I’m so glad I did. Jade was brilliant with my son and you can tell she’s so comfortable with handling new borns. And despite the heat, she did everything she could to keep all of us comfortable!!! The photos came out beautifully. Would definitely visit again!!

Kathryn - 15/07/18

 

Thank you for our lovely newborn and sitter photos!

Laura- 24/03/18

 

We recently did a cake smash for our 1 year old daughter. The whole experience was really fun and our daughter instantly took to Jade. Thank you again for making her 1st birthday so memorable.

Leah - 01/04/18

 

THANK YOU!!! Jade was amazing with our little boy Charlie. She was so patient settling him, resulting in some absolutely fab pics. All of which was fascinating to watch from jade soothing him to positioning him. We can not wait now to show off the prints. Thank you again. We will be back.

Sarah Wilkinson

 

Jade did a fantastic job on our daughters newborn shoot. She's so determined to get that perfect shot. nothing is ever too much trouble she was brilliant with my two girls too. Would highly recommend!

Krishna Gorania

 

I’ve recently given birth to my first and I really wanted someone to capture my precious baby in his first few weeks, all Mother’s say time flies by so quick and before you know it they are all grown up. Jade was recommended to me by a family member, I’d seen the great pictures she had taken of my Niece already. I was quite nervous about someone posing my baby who was only 10 days at the time but boy am I glad I had the pictures taken.. Jade was amazing! Before the shoot I received an email containing all the information I needed to know about the day. On the day I felt so comfortable with the shoot, Jade was so great with him, she stopped to let me feed him and didn’t rush me at all, she wasn’t bothered about the wee and pooh everywhere during the shoot either.

I’ve now seen the images from the day, I had initially planned to only buy the basic package but the images were so amazing I purchased them all along with a framed canvas! Thanks Jade!!!

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