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Choosing your Baby name: February-Inspired Baby Name

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Choosing a name for your little one is an act of love, a thread that weaves through the tapestry of their life story. Each name carries a unique charm, and what better way to infuse enchantment than by choosing a name inspired by the month they are born? As a London newborn photographer, I often...

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Capturing the Magic: London Maternity Photoshoot and the Art of Constant Learning

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As a seasoned maternity photographer in London, I’ve had the privilege of capturing the intimate and beautiful moments of countless expectant mothers over the past decade. Yet, in this dynamic field, one thing remains constant – the art of learning. Last week, on the day of my birthday, I decided to gift myself an experience...

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  • Lisa's Notebook5 February 2024 - 19:04

    These photographs are just STUNNING, you have a wonderful eye and style. I wish I’d had this done when I was pregnant, it would have been a wonderful treat!ReplyCancel

    • Valentina7 February 2024 - 16:34

      Aw thank you! Yes, I hear you, many women regret not having pregnancy photos done. In another life 🙂ReplyCancel

Embracing the New Year: Reflections, Resolutions, and Gentle Growth

New Year’s Resolutions – they’ve got a bit of a mixed reputation, haven’t they? You’ve probably heard people dismiss them, claiming they never work. The other day I asked my 12-year-old daughter what New Year’s resolutions she has and she told me none because they don’t work! So not sure where this belief comes from...

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  • Emma T4 January 2024 - 19:56

    I don’t really have any resolutions, but I do want to get back to eating keto again, and getting more active with stepping/walking again so I can lose the weight I need to. Working on my 2 smaller blogs as well, although now I have the target to get to Mediavine on my main blog which I just missed out on this month by 300 sessions, so I need to sort out my SEO. And stopping nagging my son about his homework and projects because he gets really annoyed with me doing it, but I think he needs the kick otherwise he just won’t get the grades he is capable of.ReplyCancel

    • Valentina8 January 2024 - 10:07

      I like to think more about goals than resolutions really, and it looks like you have so many! I believe if we take daily small steps towards something we can achieve it. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Fransic verso4 January 2024 - 20:54

    I wasn’t paying attention more for the self-care but I regretted it because now is all I needed. Working on making it a habit to give myself time for self care.ReplyCancel

    • Valentina8 January 2024 - 09:58

      So important indeed as it helps us to function better and therefore to be there and more helpful to others.ReplyCancel

How to Make You Feel Comfortable and Relaxed During Your Maternity Photo Shoot

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As your London maternity photographer, my mission is to ensure this magical experience extends beyond the lens. It’s about capturing not just moments but emotions, creating a tapestry of memories for you and your little one. To achieve this, it’s crucial to establish an environment where you can feel comfortable, relaxed, and confident. I understand...

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    From Lens to Legacy: Why Printing Photos Still Matters

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    I just had to sit down and share something that’s not just close to my heart but is also incredibly important—why printing photos still matters in our digital age. In today’s world, our lives are dominated by screens and gadgets. We’re quick to snap photos with our smartphones or save memories on our laptops, but...

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      Preparing for the Big Day: What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

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      As you’ve likely spent the last few months carefully selecting baby gear, stocking up on baby essentials, and lovingly preparing the nursery, there’s one task that may have been hovering on your to-do list—the art of packing your hospital bag. I remember procrastinating a lot on this task. Even pondering the very basics of bag...

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      • Charity5 November 2023 - 20:39

        This is a great list for someone who is preparing to pack a hospital bag. I am sure mamas to be can find this post very helpful and useful! ReplyCancel

      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
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        • 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.

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      • 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

      • Lauren - bournemouthgirl6 October 2023 - 15:18

        If I am ever lucky enough to fall pregnant I would like to keep a pregnancy journal. ReplyCancel

      • Lauren - bournemouthgirl6 October 2023 - 15:19

        If I am every lucky enough to fall pregnant, I would definitely want to document it in a pregnancy journal. 

        Thanks 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

      • Eleanor19 October 2023 - 10:10

        This is so interesting! This is such a lovely way to commemorate your experience, especially if it’s your first child 🙂 people shouldn’t let common misconceptions put them off xReplyCancel

        • Valentina19 October 2023 - 11:39

          Maternity photos are extra special if it’s the first child, but they are great at any stage!ReplyCancel

      • Fadima Mooneira19 October 2023 - 15:18

        I agree with no.4. You don’t behave to be naked to look beautiful in maternity photos. ReplyCancel

        • Valentina19 October 2023 - 16:09

          Definitely! There are so many lovely photos you can have with fitted dresses and still have the baby bump visible.ReplyCancel

      • Fransic verso20 October 2023 - 01:03

        I agree with you, although it’s tiring and stuff I can see moms always feel good about the journey and ups and downs.ReplyCancel

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      My name is Valentina. I'm a London baby and maternity photographer.

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