This little guy made it into 2014, just! He is almost two months old now and was high-fiving and fist pumping his way through the photo shoot. His little arms and legs didn't stop moving - mum and dad are going to have their work cut out when he is mobile! I couldn't resist putting on one of my mum's knitted creations, which came off pretty swiftly (good skills baby Matthew!). Perhaps the woolen hat was a little excessive for Kenya (especially in Summer) but it was too cute to resist and this picture was one of his mum's favourites.
I'm a sucker for little details and you don't get more miniature and delicious than baby toes and little fingers. I love the way that mum's hands are holding Matthew's little feet to create a gentle heart shape.
We did the shoot at home late morning. The light in the master bedroom was beautiful and Matthew was happy to spend most of the shoot on the bed in a warm patch of sunlight. In Kenya I don't need a space heater (something I always bring with me to baby shoots in the UK!) and I know that if I'm sweating then baby is happy and comfortable.
So this little trick to get baby to drop off is new to me and I had to capture it in action, its genius. You stroke your fingers over the forehead, eyes and bridge of the nose to lull baby to sleep. It worked in under a minute and when I asked where mum had picked it up from I was not expecting the answer I got...chickens! Apparently this is how chicken whisperers get their birds to sleep. Magic!
I'm Helen and my passion for photography began in-front of the lens. No, I wasn't a model - far from it! This is me with Spot-the-dog when I was about 3. I love this picture but as a teenager I endured formal family portraits that still seem to make it back onto my parent's shelf (despite my numerous sabotage attempts). I now channel my creativity into creating pictures that every member of the family wants on display!