Pregnancy Journal: Capturing Your Journey to Motherhood

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Pregnancy is an incredible journey, a rollercoaster of emotions, and it’s amazing how those 9 months, which might seem long at first, pass in the blink of an eye. I should know—I’ve been on this wonderful adventure with pregnant women and new moms for over a decade now, and one thing they all tell me...

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  • Kelly Diane14 September 2023 - 08:33

    Funnily enough I’ve been looking for a pregnancy journal to document this incredible journey I’m on so this post has come at the perfect time. ReplyCancel

    • Valentina14 September 2023 - 10:02

      Amazing! I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Also any suggestion is welcome too.
      All the best with your pregnancy!ReplyCancel

  • Rosie15 September 2023 - 17:18

    Lovely! A pregnancy journal is priceless! A great way to commemorate an important and momentous moment of a woman’s life. Thank you for making this available.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa's Notebook18 September 2023 - 16:15

    Ah, I feel quite sad, I didn’t do any of this when I was pregnant, and it’s such a lovely idea! Thank you for sharing, Valentina, it’s definitely something I’ll be recommending to any pregnant friends.ReplyCancel

    • Valentina18 September 2023 - 16:49

      I know! It was the same for me and I regret not having more memories of my pregnancy. That’s why I created this and I hope I can inspire mums-to-be to keep a journal.ReplyCancel

  • Corinne19 September 2023 - 17:23

    I would have loved this! I kind of journaled in my blog during my pregnancy and it was great to document it all.
    Corinne x

    • Valentina20 September 2023 - 10:18

      Well, if you blogged about it, you have still some memories. Well done! ReplyCancel

  • Rachel | Crossbow Crafts20 September 2023 - 17:46

    This is a wonderful idea! To have something to look at and remember your pregnancy journey and something to show and tell your children when they grow older, especially for first-time moms out there.


  • Charity24 September 2023 - 13:15

    This is such a great idea for pregnant mamas out there to document their journey! Thanks so much for sharing! ReplyCancel

Unveiling the Truth: Debunking 5 Myths About Maternity Photography

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Becoming a mother is one of life’s most beautiful journeys for a woman. It’s a time filled with anticipation, joy, changes and surely fears and challenges. Gosh, you have so many questions popping into your head: What vitamins should I take? How do I stay fit? Which antenatal class should I book and what can...

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  • Unique places29 August 2023 - 14:00

    Nice blogReplyCancel

  • Raji13 September 2023 - 01:32

    Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Karalee21 September 2023 - 09:30

    This was an interesting post to read on debunking the myths! I never did a maternity photoshoot when I was pregnant with my daughter, but you do sound like a wonderful photographer. It’s great that you make the expectant moms comfortable, and you are upfront about your prices.ReplyCancel

    • Valentina22 September 2023 - 12:35

      Thank you. I’ve been there so I know a mum can feel awkward. I hope you have a t least some kind of memories on your phone!ReplyCancel

The Therapeutic Influence of Photos on Daily Well-being

5 reasons why photos are important for well-being

5 reasons Why Photos are Important for Well-being. In the era of smartphones and social media, where everyone has a camera at their fingertips, we find ourselves capturing and sharing moments like never before. Whether it’s a stunning landscape, a group selfie, a delectable meal, or a candid shot of a loved one, we document...

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  • Charity14 July 2023 - 22:56

    I love this! Photos are definitely important for well being. Thanks for sharing all the reasons why.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina20 July 2023 - 11:09

    As a photographer myself I totally agree with everything you’ve written here. It’s definitely about the preservation of memories as well. Lovely post.ReplyCancel

    • Valentina20 July 2023 - 12:03

      It’s good to have another photographer’s point of view. And definitely, preserving memories is a big one! Thanks for stopping by.ReplyCancel

  • Molly | Transatlantic Notes20 July 2023 - 14:20

    It’s great to have some photos that we can connect to in this way; this has reminded me to spend some time looking through the ones I have and seeing if I can display them in some way. Great!ReplyCancel

    • Valentina20 July 2023 - 16:14

      Amazing! Yes, having photos around, especially of the people we love, make us feel closer to them.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty20 July 2023 - 15:23

    I agree with everything you’ve written in your post. Photos are so important, I know I wish I had taken more photos of/with the family members I’ve lost over the years. It’s a big regret of mine. I enjoy being behind my camera rather than in front of it x

    astoldbykirsty.co.uk ReplyCancel

    • Valentina20 July 2023 - 16:11

      Yes, we all look for photos when a loved one has passed away. So it’s important to have photos of them and most importantly be in the pictures with them.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy20 July 2023 - 20:23

    Photos are definitely a mood boost for me, what a lovely post! x
    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.ukReplyCancel

  • Jenny Marston21 July 2023 - 12:17

    I definitely get how photos can improve well-being! I have a scrapbook where I get photos printed and it’s such a lovely activity xReplyCancel

    • Valentina23 July 2023 - 17:36

      Scrapbooks are so great to create memories and such a calming activity too. Thanks for stopping by xReplyCancel

  • Mind Beauty Simplicity21 July 2023 - 13:47

    taking photos bring me joy! I love reminiscing on memories…ReplyCancel

  • Fransic verso21 July 2023 - 17:06

    It’s TRUE that it boos5 mood. Something I love doing when going back to old photos and good memories. Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Corinne22 July 2023 - 21:53

    It’s true! I love having photos of my baby 🙂 ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette23 August 2023 - 18:13

    I love the point you made about enhancing gratitude. I was just looking at an old photo thinking ‘I was genuinely happy in this photo’. It’s a memory I hold dear. I love photos.ReplyCancel

    • Valentina24 August 2023 - 11:01

      Thanks for sharing this. Yes, photos close to our heart make us happy indeed xReplyCancel

  • The Blog Standard Parent24 August 2023 - 09:48

    Really interesting post! Having a 3 year old, I just love taking photos to capture moments and use them to compare in futureReplyCancel

    • Valentina24 August 2023 - 10:56

      That’s great! At the age they love to be photographed as well – I remember my daughter, she loved to be in front of the camera and taking photos as well. Now that she’s nearly a teen she run away from it!ReplyCancel

From Chaos to Control: How a CRM System Transforms Your Business

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Being a photographer is not just about taking pretty photos. It’s also about running a business, and like every little business, managing daily admin tasks can be challenging and overwhelming. From the first enquiry to scheduling the photoshoot, sending the invoice and managing all the steps in between is not always easy to stay on...

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  • Charity16 June 2023 - 20:31

    This is such great info! I didn’t know much about CRM systems before this post, so thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa's Notebook20 June 2023 - 10:46

    I’ve never used a CRM for my own business, although I have worked with HubSpot for a client. I like the idea of birthday emails and such, I’ll have to check out 17Hats, thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Valentina20 June 2023 - 14:09

      I’m sure all CRM have valid features. I’ve been using 17Hats for so many years now and couldn’t do without it 😉 
      Thanks for reading Lisa!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie21 June 2023 - 07:42

    Wow, this sounds like something I should look into. I don’t want to fumble over things and right now I’m using Google Calendar but that kind of overwhelms me seeing all of the things I have to get done. Thank you for sharing, I’m going to check into it. I’d love to own a photography business!ReplyCancel

    • Valentina21 June 2023 - 15:52

      A calendar definitely helps, a CRM system does so much more. It’s like a personal assistant. Thanks for reading.ReplyCancel

  • Corinne4 July 2023 - 23:04

    This sounds very useful! I am more of a Google Sheets girl for organising. Making a move like this does seem quite daunting! ReplyCancel

    • Valentina7 July 2023 - 15:14

      Spreadsheet are great! I used to used them a lot, now less. But a CRM does much more – I love particularly the fact it sends for me email reminders, outstanding invoices reminders, there is a lot of automation that makes my life easier.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren5 July 2023 - 17:14

    This is a really informative blog post. Thank you for sharing your tips. 

    Lauren – bournemouthgirlReplyCancel

Beyond the Snacks: What Pregnancy Cravings Reveal

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One of the strangest things about being pregnant has got to be the cravings. We’ve all heard crazy stories about women eating coal or sponges – but thankful these types of cravings aren’t too common. Studies show that 50-90% of pregnant women experience cravings for specific foods and these are usually high-sugar and high-fat foods,...

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  • Corinne31 May 2023 - 22:03

    I craved coke and cheesy things as they were the things that helped with the sickness! ReplyCancel

    • admin1 June 2023 - 14:10

      I know that soda can ease digestion and I once read coke helps with stomach blockage. Didn’t know it helps with sickness. thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Molly | Transatlantic Notes2 June 2023 - 14:31

    For those who have experienced pregnancy, this must have been quite an interesting (and sometimes unusual) experience. It’s definitely fun to think about what the cravings could mean because there has to be something specific to it even though scientific research maybe hasn’t quite caught up with this. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • admin2 June 2023 - 16:22

      Yeah, definitely a unique experience as no other! I believe that when we crave something (pregnant or not, but especially during pregnancy) is a response to our body lacking something else 😉 ReplyCancel

  • Raji5 June 2023 - 21:12

    Thanks for sharing, this was an interesting read!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa's Notebook6 June 2023 - 11:14

    I had a craving for milk and bacon – so I drank a pint of milk and ate a chicken and bacon sandwich for lunch every day for about 6 months! And yes, my daughter loves milk and bacon sandwiches now too 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Valentina8 June 2023 - 14:29

      Oh wow! Bacon sandwich every day for 6  months? Not sure I could do it for more than a week. I guess pregnancy makes us doing strange things 😉 Thanks for reading and sharing your experience Lisa.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren5 July 2023 - 17:33

    I haven’t had a baby yet, but I am sure many parents will probably be able to relate to this post. Thank you for sharing. 

    Lauren – bournemouthgirlReplyCancel

  • Lauren5 July 2023 - 17:34

    I haven’t had a baby yet, but I am sure many people will be able to relate to this post. Thank you for sharing. ReplyCancel

    • Valentina7 July 2023 - 15:11

      Some women have cravings, others don’t. Some have very weird cravings haha Thanks for stopping by LaurenReplyCancel

Capturing Perfection: Qualities of a Great Newborn Photographer

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Welcoming a newborn into the world is a magical experience. As parents cherish those precious moments, it becomes imperative to capture them with utmost care and creativity. This is where a great newborn photographer comes into play. Being a newborn photographer is an incredibly rewarding profession. The part I love most about being a newborn...

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  • Karalee28 May 2023 - 10:51

    This is a fantastic post for those that are already newborn photographers or are looking to become one as it encompasses what it entails and the qualities you need to have. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa's Notebook14 June 2023 - 17:59

    I’d never stopped to think about photography of new borns, this was a really interesting read. I love your point that the baby doesn’t need to be awake for you to capture a lovely photo!ReplyCancel

    • Valentina15 June 2023 - 09:39

      Yeah newborn photography is a “thing” of the past 10 years, at least in the UK. Such a lovely memory to have and yes sleepy or awake they will be either adorable. Thanks for reading.ReplyCancel

Breast is best. Is it really true? A breastfeeding project

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The statement “breast is best” refers to the belief that breastfeeding is the optimal way to feed an infant. But is it really? While there is strong evidence to support the numerous benefits of breastfeeding, it is essential to keep in mind that every family and situation is unique. The decision to breastfeed (or not)...

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  • Lisa's Notebook11 July 2023 - 09:01

    I had a similar experience in that Flora wouldn’t latch on and because I’d had such a traumatic birth (emergency C-section and lost over half my blood supply) my body couldn’t produce enough milk. Midwives were no help at all. Eventually the senior consultant told me to use formula to top up. So that’s what we did – started out on breast milk and topped up with formula for every feed. Worked like a charm. Really fed up that the “breast is best” mantra is still so prevalent. It doesn’t work for all women and ultimately, “fed is best” however you do it!ReplyCancel

    • Valentina11 July 2023 - 09:48

      Sorry to hear you had issues as well. Breastfeeding is bloody hard and no one really prepares you for it. So many women live the early stage in guilt and failure because they think it’s their fault.
      We don’t openly talk about it much and things don’t change.
      That’s why I decided to start this project and hopefully it will bring more awareness.
      Thanks for sharing your story Lisa.ReplyCancel

  • Gail21 July 2023 - 13:15

    I agree it should be entirely the mother’s choice. Women should not be bullied into breast feeding if it doesn’t suit them or the baby. ReplyCancel

    • Valentina23 July 2023 - 17:35

      Definitely! But this is still a very hot topic to talk about.ReplyCancel

3 Reasons Why Photos Can Boost Your Happiness

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There is a saying “Money can’t buy happiness”. I’m sure you all heard it, right? Lots of people disagree with this. Others think it’s partially true, as with money you can buy some of the things that make you happy. Well, of course, truly poor people could be happier with money as they don’t have...

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  • Gail15 June 2023 - 06:55

    Photos are so precious. I regret that I didn’t take many of some of my homes and workplaces.  This was before smartphones and photos were taken to Boots or sent away to be developed. ReplyCancel

    • Valentina15 June 2023 - 09:36

      Yes I remember those days. But at least we have printed photos because it was the only way to see them. Not that everything is digital we take loads more photos but print less or hardly any of them. Thanks for stopping by.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa's Notebook3 July 2023 - 17:10

    Yes, you’re right, taking photos acts as a journal, a memory of times and events we will probably forget otherwise. Definitely agree about family photos improving happiness!ReplyCancel

    • Valentina4 July 2023 - 09:22

      Definitely! We look back at photos all the times to remember moments or people. Thanks for stopping by Lisa.ReplyCancel


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