I spend hours looking for new things to do in Shropshire. Before my little girl started school in September, we used to have girly Monday’s and I started the list so that we would always have something new to do. The list grew and lots of people helped contribute more ideas so now we have a helpful list of places to visit with children around Shropshire.
Last year this list proved really popular, so I have produced one for this year too. Obviously this year is a little bit different- as we come out of lockdown there are still a number of places that are shut, limited opening hours etc. For this reason, I have not included softplay centres on the list- but if they reopen during the summer I will add to the list. There are still some indoor attractions on the list, but please check beforehand if they have reopened. There is a link attached to almost every attraction so it should be easy enough to access this information.
I have also attached a free downloadable PDF checklist for you to print and pop on the fridge and check them off as you go.
If you have any more suggestions, please let me know, and feel free to share this far and wide. Help the mummies and daddies that are in need of a new place to go after so many weeks being at home!
As we entered lockdown and I had to explain to my children why we wouldn’t be able to see family and friends for a little while, it got me thinking about the importance of family, the importance of capturing the precious moments and the importance of photography to preserve these memories. It also made me realise that I don’t have a single photograph of my children with myself, my husband and my parents altogether! I was pretty horrified by this realisation and I have no idea why I didn’t realise this sooner. Anyway, I got on the internet to hunt down a photographer whose style I love, in South Wales who can capture my family together, and I plan to have that image printed huuuuge for the walls! Of course I have plenty of individual parent/grandparent photos with my children (and my children love looking at all the photos on our photo wall!) but I’m desperate for one together! One that can be passed onto my children, and their children. I can’t wait!
How many photos do you have of your little one your partner and you? How many aren’t selfies? Apart from our professional photoshoots, we barely get any. I take loads of my kids with my husband in a few. He takes some of me and the kids. Never do we get one altogether. But they are important! In a long time from now, photographs will be how my children remember me! If I’m not in them, what will they have to look through. Certainly USB’s will be long gone, just like CD’s are on their way out.
But it got me thinking about my sessions. And just how many parents ask not to be photographed at their baby’s newborn photoshoot. It’s hardly surprising as mum will have just given birth but I always ask (multiple times) in an attempt to convince them that it’s worth it!
There is no better time than when you are in the studio anyway! I’ve got 2 children myself. I know mum’s especially wont necessary feel like getting ready for a photoshoot. You’re both probably surviving on minimal sleep and your far from feeling your best! But you’ll receive photographs at flattering angles, captured memories of unposed moments that show pure love between you and you baby and family images that wont be able to be captured after the newborn stage has passed. After all, they don’t fit in your arms like this for too long!
Parent images are absolutely some of my favourite to capture! There is nothing like seeing the love and adoration parents have for their brand new baby. A little look or a kiss on the head are little things that we don’t think twice about, but make the most beautiful images!
And they can be as simple as you like. This is one of my absolute favourite poses. Simple. Timeless. Beautiful!
And of course, if you don’t like them, you don’t choose them! You have nothing to lose!
I loved breastfeeding. I didn’t manage it with my little girl so I was really happy that I could breastfeed my son for the first year. I’ll be honest though, I couldn’t wait to get back into my pre-pregnancy tops and dresses. I found so much lovely, comfortable maternity wear during both my pregnancies, but really struggled to find nursing clothing that I actually thought looked and fitted nicely. I often fed Edward while we were out and about so it was important to me that I had nursing wear that was really easy to feed in. I spent the year in clothes I didn’t particularly like or feel very confident in.
With that in mind, I have searching the internet for companies that offer a good selection of nursing wear so that the mummies that follow my work don’t get stuck with the same problem (especially whilst we are in the middle of a pandemic and don’t necessarily want to pop into town!). I’m so pleased to see so many companies now producing nursing wear! I just wish I had known about them 3 years ago.
Where to buy in Shrewsbury-
Jojo Maman Bebe- The Square, shrewsbury
You can find a beautiful selection of maternity and nursing wear in Jojo Maman Bebe! And it’s all super comfortable! I purchased a dress from there towards the end of our feeding journey and I wish I had got it sooner! They have everything you could possibly need- bra, tops, dresses as well as feeding supports.
I fist came across this company when I was searching for maternity outlets for my maternity clothing blog. They have a range of really fun, beautiful nursing clothing. It is so easy to find on their site and they have a gorgeous kids range too for your little one!
I was really pleasantly surprised when I found this ‘breastfeeding friendly clothing’ section on the Sainsburys website! Such a good idea! Their items aren’t necessarily all modified for feeding specifically and I can’t see much in the way of hidden access (though there are a few items with these) but there are some lovely dresses and tops that would be really straight forward to feed in!
So as lockdown eases, following government guidance, I have been busy preparing the studio for sessions again! I can’t wait to welcome back babies and families, but for now, sessions will be slightly different.
My home studio has been thoroughly cleaned, rearranged to provide the greatest distance possible between my clients and myself, and stripped back to basics.
Safety is always a top priority in my photoshoots, but I have been working hard to bring in even greater health and safety measures for the foreseeable future.
Of course, those who have missed their photoshoot with me, or are on my interest list will be given priority booking. Then I will opening up remaining sessions to everyone. For now, sessions will be very limited- until at least September. With this in mind, please get in touch early if you are thinking about booking a maternity, newborn, baby, family or cake smash session.
Cancelling newborn photoshoots due to the Covid-19 restrictions was heartbreaking- for both myself but more importantly for my clients! The newborn phase is so short and so beautiful- photographing it and capturing memories is such a privilege and just the most incredible job!
Whilst I have no doubt that new parents everywhere are taking hundreds of photographs of their gorgeous brand new babies, I wanted to be able to offer something that parents were able to do, to capture baby photos from home- hence the introduction of my newborn composites from home service.
I have loved creating these and have had some lovely feedback from mummies who were upset to have missed their photoshoots but really happy to have something to remember this time by. The rainbow has been particularly popular with the current pandemic! Its never going to replace the experience and the images that are created during a full newborn photoshoot but it does provide a beautiful memory during a time when a full newborn photoshoot quite simply isn’t possible.
Not only do you and your baby have this keepsake, it is also something lovely to share with grandparents and friends who I have no doubt are absolutely desperate to meet your little one if they haven’t already done so.
For these images, you need to take the photograph at home. I have 15 backdrops for you to choose from and a guide which will talk you through taking the best image for your chosen backdrop. Take the image following my instructions either on a smart phone or a camera then email me over your image. You don’t pay until I have your image and have checked that it will work so there’s nothing to lose by having a go! Of course, if you need any help or want to check images work, please feel free to email me and I will point you in the right direction.
Want to know more about capturing baby photos from home? Access the guide below.