Photographing gorgeous gummy babies: it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.
So I was delighted to be asked to photograph baby classes at Mummas & Beans, in Godalming. Nicky, who runs this fab cafe and space for local mums, babies and under-fives, wanted images that would reflect the feel of both the Tinies class (which is for younger babies and involves massage and bonding touch) and the Wrigglers class (which is for slightly older babies and involves music and movement, sound and touch).
I must admit, I was fully prepared for a large dose of babies crying, possibly even some ear-piercing screaming. It’s only a few years ago that my two girls were babies themselves, so I remember it all very well. (Note: they can still emit a rather spine-curdling scream if they need to!). What I wasn’t expecting was to find a completely calm, rather wonderful, nurturing atmosphere where everyone clearly was completely immersed and enjoying their time at the class – both babies and mummys alike.
It really was a joy to observe and capture the mums and babies playing together and enjoying both each other’s company and also the company of the other mums around them.
I will admit, I actually felt quite emotional whilst witnessing and capturing photographs of it all. I think it was partly the knowledge that this part of my life is most definitely over. It was also the fact that I know these lovely mummys are just at the beginning of their journeys and yet the bonds were obviously already so incredibly strong. That is the miracle of motherhood and it never fails to amaze me.
I also know just how quickly it all passes and how important it is to capture it. Trust me, before you know it, they are 9 years old and already up to your shoulder!
Thank you ladies for letting me watch, capture your classes and have a little trip down Nostalgia Lane. I really enjoyed it, even if my ovaries did ache a little bit afterwards.
If you love photographing your baby or children and would like to learn how to understand your camera better so that you can really beautifully capture those moments as they grow, I run Creative Photography Workshops for Parents at Mummas and Beans. The next one is this Saturday 22nd June, 1-4.30pm and if you book this week, you get a bonus one-to-one mentoring session as part of the £80 workshop price, worth £125!