West Sussex Baby Photography – Ben West Sussex Newborn Photographer

Posted by Claire Hill on Apr 7 2015

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Good Afternoon Folks and today’s post is all about west sussex baby photography!

Here is another beautiful newborn boy for you today. Well it is Spring and we have just had Easter so it seemed very apt.

I was very lucky enough to photograph Ben’s Mummy and Daddy’s wedding in 2013 and it was a joy to see them again with their lovely little boy.

Newborn shoots are generally much longer than normal because it takes time to settle little bubs and get them into that deep, deep sleep that makes these shots so special. I always tell parents not to worry as it will take as long as it takes and there will always be ‘stuff’ happening when the nappy is removed so not to worry in the slightest. The studio is also much warmer than usual as the environment needs to be just right for the shoot. I always wear short sleeves and I advise parents to do the same so they do not overheat!!!

The result is always worth it though and there is nothing more satisfying than capturing those first shots within the first two weeks of life. The newborn phase is so fleeting and once gone can be forgotten so easily if it has not been captured.

I always laugh and say my Mummies and Daddies are getting their blackmail shots ready for when their bubs turn 18 and bring their first Girlfriend or Boyfriend home…so little ones watch out and make sure you behave yourselves!!!

I hope you all had a smashing Easter and however you chose to celebrate it you had a wonderful time. It was nice to have a few days off Chez Hill and today I am straight back into the swing of things; although I did take a sneaky Friday off a week ago to visit the Ideal Home Exhibition. I do love looking at all the new gizmos and it is just fab for a geek like me : D

Have a great week all and if you are interested in West Sussex Baby Photography then don’t hesitate to get in touch 🙂

Claire 🙂

West Sussex Newborn Photography – Jacob

Posted by Claire Hill on Mar 26 2015

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Good Afternoon Folks,

So something a little different from weddings in today’s blog; some West Sussex newborn photography!!

I had the honour of photographing Katy and Andy’s wedding in 2012 and I loved hearing the news that Katy was pregnant with their first baby. Katy’s sister was also pregnant so we did a ‘double trouble’ bump shoot, which I blogged about ages ago. Little Jacob was born right at the start of the New Year so he came along to the studio when he was just days old to make his photographic debut. He was such chilled little man as you can see from the shot where I was desperate to try out my new donkey slippers; little Jacob obliged and was chillin’!

We did a variety of shots and here is just a small selection from the day. I love the one of Katy and Andy together, the look on their faces says it all; pure love, pride and an amazement of the beautiful new life they made together. I am so privileged to be able to witness these moments and really appreciate how wonderful life truly is.

I hope you love them as much as I do 🙂

I have lots on this weekend work wise; this week has been a busy one as I have lots of plans in place for the studio along with setting up my new Eizo monitor. It took a while but I now have a two monitor shenanigans going on in the office. I can whizz from one to the other and being able to display things over two monitors is amazing…I know, humour me!! I purchased a couple of other studio bits and bobs so cannot wait to try them out in the coming weeks.

Have a fab weekend all and be sure to pop back to catch up on my monitor musings…Rockin’!!!

Claire 🙂

Graveteye Manor Luxury Intimate wedding venue in Sussex – Jasmine and Christian

Posted by Claire Hill on Mar 10 2015




Good Afternoon Folks,

I am a bit closer to home this week at Gravetye Manor and I am very much looking forward to photographing at this luxury intimate wedding venue in Sussex.

Jasmine first contacted me after she was chatting with our very own award winning designer Emma Tindley as she had been badly let down by her previous photographer. She came along to have a chat with me; I am not usually so vocal but I was shocked when she told me that she had paid this photographer a substantial booking fee with the firm agreement that her wedding date could be changed. Despite Jasmine contacting this person on several occasions with the new date, they did not get back to her at all; eventually when Jasmine persisted the photographer e-mailed back saying they were no longer a photographer!!! This photographer had not supplied her with any receipts for her money, the website was a blogspot (so completely free) website with not contact address or telephone number, just an e-mail address. When Jasmine was looking for her photographer originally she researched one of the biggest bridal blogs and because they had this person on their recommended list along with two or three articles that featured the photographer, she felt confident this person was professional! I hate to hark on but lots of brides use these blogs as a valuable resource and I think Jasmine has been badly let down. So just a few last things; make sure your photographer is professionally qualified with one of the organisations, has a proper website with an address and telephone number(s) and always insist on a receipt or paid with thanks invoice for money that you pay to them. If a photographer talks about passion without the back up of qualifications then you can be pretty much rest assured they don’t have any!

So onto happier things because I am so pleased to be photographing their amazing wedding and the pre-wedding shoot was to explore a very distinctive style they had in mind; when we chatted at our initial meeting with Christian I knew this was going to be great. I think you can probably see the style we are aiming for on the big day from a small selection of the images you see here and it suits Gravetye perfectly. They are having a very intimate wedding, which is Gravetye’s speciality; we are so lucky to have this gem so close to home and I cannot wait to be there with them on their wedding day.

For Jasmine and Christian it is all about the excitement now and really looking forward to a wonderful day that will be the start of the rest of their lives together.

See you soon you two,

Claire 🙂