Angel Eyes Photography - Specialist newborn photographer somerset: Blog en-us Have a question? Text 'ENQUIRY' to 07936 146121 and I'll get back to you ASAP (Angel Eyes Photography - Specialist newborn photographer somerset) Thu, 31 May 2018 14:53:00 GMT Thu, 31 May 2018 14:53:00 GMT Angel Eyes Photography - Specialist newborn photographer somerset: Blog 80 120 Why Hire a Professional photographer when you can use your iPhone? Why Hire a Professional photographer when you can use your iPhone?


These days when phones have such good cameras on them, what really is the point in hiring a professional photographer to take photographs?  Hiring a professional with experience can seem unnecessary and expensive to some and with such a lot of people taking up photography as a profession these days the choice can be somewhat overwhelming and off putting.


I really believe though that professional photographs are such a great investment (Well why wouldn't I, I hear you say) 


Whilst at a wedding the other day I took a photograph of the bride and her bridesmaids on both my iPhone as well as my DSLR camera, I think that the results speak for themselves.


There are also other reasons I feel that booking a professional photographer is something everyone should be considering.


1.  Stress - Taking photographs of your own children for example is not an easy task, getting them to sit still, look at the camera, smile at the same time etc can seem impossible at times, especially when you're the parent.  With Weddings, would you want to rely on everyone else to capture everything about your day?


2.  Equipment and Training - Don't get me wrong, the iPhone takes great pictures, I use one myself.  But the capabilities of camera phones and photo editing apps isn't going to give you the same results as a professional.  Most professionals have the best equipment and have invested thousands on training.


3.  Print Quality - The prints that you buy from a professional photographer will far outweigh in quality the prints that you get from your phone.  Most photographers have access to professional photo printing labs where the high quality product means your photographs will not wear or fade considerably over time like the prints you can get on these cheap printing apps.


Finally here are the results from the wedding I was telling you about earlier in this blog.


This is the photograph I took on my iPhone

This is the one I took on my DSLR


Which one do you prefer?





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What to expect from your newborn photography experience – Newborn Photographer Somerset What to expect from your newborn photography experience – Newborn Photographer Somerset


If you are visiting my website blog today because you have booked a newborn session with me and want to know what happens next then you are in the right place.  If you haven't booked yet and are just researching then I am sure you will also find this helpful.


So, your gorgeous baby has finally arrived after a long nine months of waiting.  The newborn phase passes so quickly so you want to capture it perfectly - before you know it your baby will be smiling, crawling, walking and talking!  You’ll probably treasure the photographs from your baby’s first year the very most since they grow and change so much during this time.


You may have spent a long time researching and chatting with different photographers in Somerset and I feel honoured that you have chosen me to capture memories of this very special time.  You’re now probably wondering what happens next.


Firstly, please let me assure you that your baby is in safe hands.  I have completed extensive training in Newborn photography and the safe posing and handling of newborn babies.  I take newborn safety very seriously.  This is always my number one priority during the session.


I have been photographing newborn babies for over 5 years and have literally photographed 100’s of newborns in this time.


I am a member of a professional body called BANPAS (Baby and Newborn Photography Association) They heavily promote safety in newborn photography.  They have a great website with information on there aimed at parents of babies.  You can view their website here.


I am a Mum to 3 children myself so I understand that handing your precious baby over to someone you have only just met can be a rather daunting experience.


I encourage the parents to sit close by and watch me work.  Occasionally I may ask for one of you to help me.  This is because some of the props I use for your session might involve me being more than an arm’s length away from your baby and I’ll need one of you to sit very close by and watch while I take the photographs I need.


You can help the session run more smoothly too with some planning.


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Firstly, newborn sessions last 2-4 hours, sometimes longer, so please do not plan anything else on the day.  Newborns cannot be rushed and sometimes some extra time is needed.  Patience is definitely the key to a great newborn session.


On the Day before the session


Please pack your bags in advance.  You will be less likely to forget something you need.  Please remember to bring plenty of nappies and some spare clothes for baby AND yourselves just in case.  


Mum and Dad are a big part of the show!



If you prefer not to be shirtless, I ask that is possible you bring a plain, tight fitting v neck t-shirt to wear with a good, snug pair of jeans.  If possible, avoid wearing tops with logos.  A simple, white collared shirt with sleeves that can roll up is also nice.



A loose-fitting tunic top works well.  Keep the colour neutral and design simple.  Also, bring a strappy vest in either nude, white or black.  Please use very natural colour nail polish (or none) as your hands will make their way into the images.  


Please consider bringing an extra outfit, in case your baby decides to go to the toilet whilst we are taking photographs of you holding them.  Just as they encourage at the hospital, skin-to-skin contact creates the most beautiful images and these are the pictures you and your baby will cherish most in the years to come!


If you have older children please bring them along too to be photographed with the baby, I just ask that due to the length of the session, please if possible, arrange for another family member to take the older one’s home once we have done their photographs with the baby.  This will usually be done at the beginning of the session.  Children do tend to get bored and to get the best from the session noise would need to be kept to a minimum.  Please dress them in neutral plain colours which match Mum and Dad.


If you are breast feeding, then I advise avoiding certain foods before the session.  The list of foods below can sometimes make newborn babies windier and cause colic like symptoms.

Please avoid the following foods on the day before the session:

Foods containing Citric Acid such as:








Tomato based sauces






Spicy food


Please also avoid the following vegetables:







Brussel Sprouts



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The hours leading up to the session 


Please try as much as possible to keep your baby awake, try a bath and a massage, tickling toes and try not to give your baby a dummy for the few hours beforehand (if you use one).  This will ensure those squishy, sleepy pictures we all love!


This is perhaps the most important part of preparing your baby for an easy session but of course if your baby is very tired and needs to sleep or feed, please let them.  Your baby will normally fall asleep in the car on the way to see me, but will usually wake up when undressed once you have arrived.  We then feed your baby and usually do not have to wait long after that for them to fall into a deep sleep.  That is when we get those beautiful, dreamy newborn poses


If your baby could wear clothing that has popper fastenings rather than over the head as it will help keep them sleepy when we undress them.


Newborn sessions typically last between 2 and 4 hours and sometimes longer if your baby is a light sleeper, very alert or hungry.  The easiest way to ensure a sleepy baby is the willingness to nurse/bottle-feed on and off during the session, so bring extra bottles if you are bottle feeding.


Due to the time it takes to complete the session, I do offer tea, coffee and water, I would suggest that you eat before leaving and bring along some snacks, especially if mum is breastfeeding.


The temperature at the studio is fairly warm, I will be dressed like it is Summer and you should too.  I do this to keep your baby warm, snug and sleepy.  As a result, some babies to get hungrier than normal so if you are bottle feeding, bring a few extra bottles along.  


During the newborn session


Settling your baby enough to pose them and take photographs may take time.  A good 50% of the session will involve feeding, soothing and settling your baby.  It will all depend on your baby’s mood and willingness to sleep.  Unfortunately, this isn’t something that can be predicted so since your baby will pick up on any frustration in the room, please don’t worry about it.  It’s super important that everyone in the room remains calm and relaxed.  And if sleep doesn’t happen at all then providing they are settled we can photograph them in some poses suitable for an awake baby instead.


Some babies are extra fussy and sensitive to touch, these babies will always be harder to photograph but not impossible.  Please don’t worry if your baby isn’t cooperating.  I have picked up several tips over the years that will help to settle even the most unsettled baby.  The session is entirely baby led, we will go with what your baby is most comfortable with, occasionally this might mean that some poses will be missed out and replaced with poses your baby is happier and more comfortable with.


Please don’t panic if your baby decides to use my props, blankets or me as their own personal potty.  As you can imagine, this is something that happens at nearly every session so I expect it.  Please don’t be embarrassed.  All props and blankets are washed after each session anyway.


I want you to spend this time feeling comfortable and at home.  I am privileged to be able to document this incredible time in your lives and really look forward to getting to know you and your brand new baby!


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After the session


Once I have received your contract back, you will be booked in for your Ordering appointment.  This is when you will see the photographs taken at the session and place orders for any products you would like.  More information about the ordering appointment is available here.  Products and package start from £99 - The full product guide is available on request.


If you have any questions at any time, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.


Bye for now


Sarah – Angel Eyes Photography – Newborn Photographer Somerset








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I am a BANPAS (Baby and Newborn Photography Association) Member!

I am a BANPAS member!


As a newborn and baby photographer, I have to take the safety of my little clients very seriously.


It might surprise you to know that the newborn photography industry is completely unregulated. Photographers like me, who take safety seriously, have to take it upon ourselves to be trained and educated on how to ensure the beautiful images we create, are done safely.

For example when you see a beautiful image like this 

You may be forgiven for thinking that the baby here was left suspended in the air on the swing but actually I created this image using 2 different images.


Here are the ‘before’ images used to create the final portrait.

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Being a newborn and baby photographer requires a unique set of skills and there is a worldwide organisation that exists to support photographers like me, who want to have access to safety training and resources that we can use to provide clients like you with a better service.


I’m delighted to be a member of BANPAS (Baby & Newborn Photography Association). To find out more about BANPAS, you can view their website

It explains why your should book a professional photographer and how to know if your photographer is safe.  


You will be able to find me on their directory of photographers here: .


They also have a fabulous Facebook page for pregnant and new parents here


For more information, I’d be delighted to chat to you about how I can create a beautiful gallery of images of your newborn and how I do that safely.

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Gift Vouchers make great Christmas Presents! Gift Vouchers make great Christmas Presents!


Give the perfect gift this year for Christmas and buy your loved ones a gift voucher towards a photography session with me at Angel Eyes Photography.


Vouchers can be bought in any amount from £10 so can suit any budget.


All vouchers have a 6 month used by date and can be put towards any session or products.


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Vouchers can be posted or collected from my studio in South Petherton, Somerset.  Please note there is a postage and packing charge of £1.50.


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Give a gift they'll love this year!


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I am one of only 15 Photographers in Somerset to be awarded my LSWPP Qualification! I am one of the only Photographers in Somerset to be awarded my LSWPP Qualification!


For the last 6 months I have been working on my own personal goals with my photography.  One of those goals was to achieve my Licentiate qualification with The Societies of Photographers.  So I have been busy behind the scenes working on bettering my photography skills in order to meet the requirements for this qualification.


I'm very pleased to say that I submitted my panel of images last week and received confirmation in the post yesterday that I have passed and been awarded my Licentiate in photography.


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This is quite something for me a I am now one of only 15 Somerset Photographers who have been awarded with a qualification like this.


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I am the only photographer in Yeovil area to be awarded with an LSWPP in Photography and one of only 3 photographers in Taunton too!


I think having personal goals within your business plan is a must as it keeps you on your toes and means that you are always looking at ways you can improve your skills.  This can only result in you providing the best possible photography service to your clients.


The images below are the photographs that I sent to The Societies of Photographers for my Licentiate Qualification.

My Licentiate Panel of my baby photography in SomersetMy Licentiate Panel of my baby photography in SomersetAll of the images that I submitted to the SWPP

A big thank you to all of my customers who support me as a business and also those who allow my to use images from their sessions for this sort of thing.  With out you I would not have been able to achieve this so quickly.


Here is a slideshow of the images also for easier viewing.

Feel free to share this and any comments you have below.


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Tips on Photographing children that DO NOT what to be photographed! Tip’s on Photographing children that DO NOT what to be photographed!


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I expect that you can already relate to the title of this blog! 


I have parents telling me all the time about how reluctant their child is at home and on days out when it comes to taking photographs of them.


Photographing children can certainly be a complicated and frustrating task!


As a newborn baby, child and family photographer I’ve spent a lot of time over the years trying to photograph the most reluctant children especially my own!


So I am sure you’re wondering how I do it, right?  Well I will be sharing some of my top tips for getting even the most stubborn children on board when it comes to taking their photographs.  These tips aren’t just for photographing children in the studio though, lots of these tips can also be used at home!


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1. Always be ready to take the photograph


When I say this I mean having the camera ready and your desired settings already plumbed in!  You usually won’t get a very large window of opportunity with a reluctant child so having everything ready to go is a must.  You don’t want to miss that split second smile or striking glance.


2.  Don’t be shy!


Children love it when you act the fool!  But what makes one child laugh may only get a glare from another child!  Every child is totally different and just like you and me, they like different things.  So here’s a few ideas on what you can do:

  • Peek-a-boo Children, especially young ones love a game of peek-a-boo and this is usually a great way to get them smiling and looking at the camera.
  • Singing!  Singing not only engages the child with you but some young children will even do a little dance for you too!
  • Talking to them, this works especially well for children aged between 3 and 6.  Ask them what their favourite things are, colour, tv program etc etc.  Then ask what they don’t like and make a joke out of it.



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3. Do not rush the child


A child who feels rushed will generally not co-operate at all.  For example, you have an appointment or something else important to attend, the alarm didn’t wake you and you’re now running late, you’re rushing and you want your child to do everything you ask, when you ask so you are not late.  But your child is more interested in playing or anything else except doing what you ask.  You ask them to be quicker but they slow down. Sound familiar?  Creating a calm environment and allowing enough time for your child to feel more comfortable, especially in places that are unfamiliar to them are all essential to getting the photographs you want and most importantly, DON’T rush!  Good things come to those that wait so stay calm and be prepared to wait as long as necessary.


4. Do not pressure them


Children are very good at sensing things so keeping the pressure of is a must!  Children will usually do the exact opposite of what you want them too if they are feeling the pressure.  Just relax and let your child do their thing.  Give them choices so they feel like they have some control over what you are doing.  For example: Would you like to sit on the chair or the stool?  Or shall we go under that tree or in front of the hedge over there?


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I hope that you have gained some useful tips from this blog.  Please feel free to share your own tips and tricks and I would love to hear about any silly things you’ve had to do in the past to get that one photograph!  Please comment below.


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Newborn Photography FAQ's Newborn Photography FAQ’s


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When should I book my Session:


I only offer a limited number of newborn sessions each month so that I am able give each of these clients the best possible service and experience.  To guarantee a space for a newborn session I advise booking as soon as you can after your 20 week scan.  I will then book you in around 2 weeks after your due date.


My baby has already been born is it too late to book?


No!  Whilst I usually book clients many months in advance I sometimes have the odd space available so please don’t hesitate getting in touch even if your baby has already arrived.


My baby is older than your recommended age of up to 6-8 weeks is it still possible to have a newborn session?


Yes!  Babies are easier to pose without waking them when they are under 6 weeks but I have had some very successful sessions with babies up to 10 weeks.  Usually with an older newborn there will be a mix of awake and sleepy poses.  Sometimes with an older newborn it may not be possible to pose them in some of the positions seen in my Newborn Portfolio as they begin to develop muscle tone at around 6 weeks which prevents them from being able to be put in the positions.  There will still be lots of positions that we can do though to give that sleepy curly newborn style.  Without meeting your baby and trying the session I am not able to predict how successful the session will be though.


Where will the session take place?


Newborn photo shoots always take place at my well equipped studio in South Petherton, Somerset.


How long will the session last?


Newborn sessions can take between 2 and 4 hours so please make sure you allow enough time.


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I am expecting twin's or triplets, do I have to pay more for the session?


No, I don't charge extra for twins or triplets.



When do I have to pay for the session?


The booking fee of £99 is due when you book the session.  


What happens if my baby arrives early?


Please let me know as soon as you are able to if your baby arrives earlier than expected.  I keep a few sessions free each month to allow for early arrivals so we can bring the session forward if needed.  Please note that it may not be possible to offer a weekend or evening appointment though.



What happens if my baby is late arriving?


If your baby still has not arrived 1 week prior to the scheduled session date then please get in touch with me asap.  I keep a few sessions free each month to allow for late arrivals so we will reschedule for a later date.  Please note that it may not be possible to offer a weekend or evening appointment though.


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What can I do to make the session run more smoothly?


I have information that I send to clients with hint’s and tip’s on preparing for a newborn session, you can read this HERE.


Do you include a family photograph in the session?


Yes, the session can include a family photograph if wanted. This is limited to immediate family only (Newborns parents and siblings)


I would like a photograph of the baby with my older children is that included?


Yes, I can also include a photograph of the baby with their siblings.  Please note though that due to the length of the session, I do recommend that older children are taken home by a family member once their photographs have been taken with the baby as children tend to get bored during the session and we would need noise kept to a minimum.


What should we wear?


Keeping it simple is the best way.  Newborns are photographed tastefully nude.  The rest of the family I recommend co-ordinating your clothing with each other and I have some very good tips in another blog post HERE.


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Do you provide the props and hats etc or do we have to bring them?


Yes, I provide all the props, hats and little outfits you see in my newborn portfolio.  There is no need to bring your own however if you do have something of your own you want included in the session I will be happy to try and accommodate this.


How many final images will I be shown at my ordering appointment?


Each newborn session is dictated by how well your baby settles during the session.  It is not possible to say exactly how many images you would have to choose from but I do aim for a minimum of 20 final images.



Can I see the photographs in black and white also?



If I feel the image is suited to black and white, you will be shown a black and white copy of that image.


If I buy one of the photographs in colour do I get the black and white one too?


No, each image is separate.  If you want an image in colour and black and white then you would need to purchase both.



How long will it be before the photographs are ready for viewing?


Images are usually ready for viewing from 10 days after the session date.  An appointment will be arranged with you either before your session or while you are at the session.


Please if you have any questions that I have not covered you are welcome to use the comments below or contact me privately.


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What to wear for your photo shoot What to wear for your photo shoot


I can't tell you how much difference this makes to the final portrait when you make really good choices for your clothing during your photo shoot.


I get asked this quite often and although I do send out information to my clients I wanted to have something on the website which is accessible to everyone not just my clients.


What we are trying to achieve:


  • To make the people the main focus


  • To flatter the subjects and make everyone look their best


How to make good choices:


  • Wear solid colours, clothing with detail like patterns and motives will almost certainly be distracting and take the focus away from the people in the portrait.


  • Choose 1-3 colours that match and go well together and stick with it.  For example everyone wears the same colour bottom and the same colour tops like blue jeans and white tops.  Or just make sure you all blend well, beige, cream and dusky pink are all muted tones and therefore match nicely.  We don't want one person to stand out more than everyone else.


  • Wear a top with sleeves to at least the elbow and bottoms below the knee or full length, we want the most skin on show to be your face not your legs or arms.


  • If you are not willing to go bare foot for the photo session then everyone wear black socks.  You don't want the focus to be on your feet.


  • Keep jewellery simple and to the minimum, too much will draw the attention from your face.


  • Do your hair the way you normally do it, we want the portrait to reflect who you really are and what you really look like.


So you can see for yourself I have added a couple of photographs below where I feel the subject has made a good choice with their clothing.

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Thanks for reading.  Don't forget to leave with a like and share if you can.  I would really appreciate it.


If you have any questions or thoughts on this then please feel free to share them below.






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Why you should book your Newborn Photography Session early Booking your newborn photography session


With so many things to think about buying and getting ready when you have a baby arriving it's not unusual for clients to wait until their babies have been born before they think about booking a professional newborn photo shoot. However many photographers in Somerset don't have availability for last minute newborn photography sessions since most are ready to take bookings from as early as the 20 weeks scan many sessions are already filled.  This often leads to disappointment due to lack of availability or clients not being able to book their first choice of photographer to capture their newborn in their first few weeks of life.


I'd say my busiest time of the year is definitely the months leading up to Christmas.  The last three years I have been completely fully booked for newborn sessions from September to December leaving no availability at all until the new year for newborn photography sessions.  I always end up turning away several clients at this time of year and with many other local photographers in the same position a lot of these clients have been unable to book a professional photographer to capture their newborn.

Baby photographer TauntonNewborn sleeping in bed with Santa and Rudolf looking over her.Newborn Dorothy sleeping peacefully on my bed prop Many of these clients that were turned away either did not think about booking their session due to all the other things that needed arranging or simply were not aware that they could book in early from their 20 week scan.  So here is a reminder to all of you lovely expectant Mum's and Dad's, if you're looking for a professional newborn photography session NOW is the time to start looking around!

newborn photographer devonMum and Dad cradling their newborn sonMum and dad captured here cradling their newborn in their arms Then comes the next problem, unless you already have a photographer in mind, who do you choose to photograph your newborn baby?  Well here's how I can help!  Listed below are a few tip and things to look out for.


  1. Do you like the photographers newborn work?  Many photographers have their own style.  Do you like what you see in their newborn portfolio.
  2. Does the photographer have all of the relevant insurance like public liability and indemnity insurance for their business.  You want to know they are serious about what they do.  Insurance is a must, don't be afraid to ask for proof the photographer is insured.
  3. Have they had Newborn Photography Training?  Owning a great camera and running a successful photography business does not automatically qualify someone to practice The Art of Newborn Photography.  You want someone who is an expert at posing, settling and photographing newborn babies SAFELY.  You need to be able to trust your photographer.  After all this is your newborn baby!  Ask for the trainers contact details so you can check all this out.  Your baby's safety should be the photographers number one priority.
  4. ​Check out what other clients have said about the service they received, either their website or Facebook Page should have a section where clients can leave a review which can then be viewed publicly by any potential clients.


None of these questions or requests should phase a photographer and they should all be more than happy to provide everything you need in order for you to have peace of mind.

More information about the newborn photography I do can be found on my website HERE.


Please get in touch to check availability for your newborn photo shoot.  Text me on 07936146121 to see if there are dates available for your due date.  Or feel free to give me a call.


Please take a look at my recent favourites from my newborn photography work.


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Wedding Photographer Somerset Wedding Photographer Somerset - Angel Eyes Phtography

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Why I love being a wedding photographer in somerset

What local wedding photographer in somerset wouldn't love living and working in this lovely picturesque county?  With beautiful landscapes, country house weddings, gorgeous hotels, beautiful churches, with beaches not far away in neighbouring counties Devon and Dorset and the choice of fabulous wedding venues, what is there not to love about a Somerset wedding.  


I don't just love being a Somerset wedding photographer because of the location though.  I love being able to freeze those special wedding moments that my clients treasure forever, capturing the first time the Father of the Bride sees his Daughter in her wedding dress, photographing the first look from the Groom, the ring exchange, those meaningful vows, the emotion of the day, the speech, cake and first dance.  Photographing all of those final details.  I love that my wedding photography tells a story for every bride and groom that I have worked for taking them back to that day over and over.  I never get bored of being a Somerset Photographer.


My favourite wedding venues in Somerset

It goes without saying that the choice of wedding venues is extensive.  I love photographing weddings at any Somerset location but I have created a list below of some of my favourite wedding locations:

Hornsbury Mill

Haselbury Mill Old Bridge
The Mount Somerset Woodlands Castle Brympton House
St Audries Park Dillington House Northover Manor
Orchardleigh House Taunton School Taunton and Pickerage Golf Club


Also some of my favourite weddings have taken place in a Marquee in a field!


When should I book my photographer

As soon as you have booked your venue then you need to start thinking about everything else including your wedding photography.  With so many Somerset wedding photographers to choose from you may feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to choosing.  You may already have a wedding photographer in Taunton in mind for example or a local wedding photographer in Somerset but what will you do if they are unavailable on your wedding date?  Booking a wedding photographer that you can trust with this one time opportunity to capture your wedding day can be made easier by just bearing a few things in mind.  

  • Every Somerset photographer has their own style.  Take a look at their work, does it meet with your tastes and what you had in mind?
  • Pricing - Be wary of deals that seem too good to be true as unfortunately they usually are.  Remember your wedding photographs will last way beyond your wedding day.
  • Experience - How much do they have?  How many weddings have they photographed?  Unless you are happy to hire a new comer then you want your wedding photographer to have experience not just with the wedding photography but with the stress and time constraints of the day.
  • Insurance - It goes without saying that you should only book a wedding photographer that has all the correct insurance for their business, not only does it protect them but it also protects you and everyone that photographer comes in to contact with on the day.
  • Will the images be edited?  You want a photographer who is confident with editing wedding photographs.  Many weddings are photographed in low light conditions, you want your wedding photographer to know what they are doing afterwards when it comes to editing so that you know they are going to make every photograph the best it can be.
  • Does the photographer have backup equipment?  Should something go wrong with the photographers equipment on the day you want them to be able to provide a suitable backup to use instead.


I hope these tips and recommendations will be helpful to you when it comes to choosing you wedding photographer omerset.


Some of my favourite wedding photographs




If you are currently looking for a somerset wedding photographer and you have some questions, please take a look at my FAQs page.  If you would like to get in touch, please don't hesitate to give me a call on 07936146121.


My Wedding photography prices can be found HERE.








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Competition - Win a Photo Shoot with an A4 print of choice - Ends 4th July Competition


** As my Son still cannot decide on a name, I have decided to let the competition run a few more days to get some more entries in.  Winner will now be announce Monday 4th July at 9pm**


So I thought that I would do something a little different in the way of a competition this time.  I know a lot of my clients don't have Facebook so running this on my Blog seemed the ideal solution.


So some of you know that I have been getting quite into keeping rabbits and in the beginning of July I will be getting two lovely new little girls.


So, the competition will be to help us find two lovely new names for them.


Mini Lop girl

Mini Lion Lop Girl

All you need to do is comment below (comment must be public) Leaving your name, the name you are suggesting and your email (please note that your email will only be visible to me and is required so that I can contact you if you win)

I will choose my favourite name from the suggestions for the Mini Lop girl (top photo) and my Son will choose his favourite for the Lion Lop girl (bottom photo).  If more than one person has suggested the same name then the winner will be selected at random from those suggesting it.

There are two photo shoots up for grabs both include 1 free A4 print of choice.

Entries will be accepted up until 7pm on 4th July 2016 with the winner being chosen at 9pm on 4th July 2016



Only one entry per person

Entrants must be over the age of 18 (children wanting to suggest a name can get their parents to enter)

If you win then a refundable deposit is required to book the session of £20 (Sorry but there have been too many people that have messed me around in the past)

The winners will be contacted via email, if this is you please respond within 24 hours to claim your prize and book the photo shoot or it will get offered to someone else.

It is your responsibility to check your junk mail for any emails from me (you can add my email to your safe senders or contacts list to make sure my emails reach your inbox

Photo shoot must be booked to take place on or before 30th September 2016

​Photo shoot prize is limited to sessions that would normally cost £30.

The prize includes 1 A4 print of your choice but you are welcome to buy more products if wanted (no obligation)

Photo shoot will take place at my studio in South Petherton, Somerset

Once the photo shoot prize has been booked it cannot be rescheduled

£20 deposit will be refunded only when you attend on the agreed date and time


Good luck to all entering this competition and please do feel free to share with friends, family, on Facebook etc.






Photo credit to Katherine xx


Please note that entering the competition will automatically subscribe you to my mailing list which you are able to unsubscribe from if you wish.

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Free bump cast - photographer somerset near Yeovil Free Bump Cast


For a limited time, Angel Eyes Photography will be offering a free bump cast to all clients that book in for both the maternity and my newborn photo shoot.


photographer somersetPhotographer SomersetLovely image of beautiful Ivy being photographed in her Mum's pregnancy bump cast.

This is a fab keepsake from your pregnancy.


My studio is based in South Petherton, Somerset just on the Somerset, Dorset and Devon border, so within easy travelling distance of towns in Somerset, Dorset and Devon.


My maternity sessions are £30 and include the following:

30-60 minute photo shoot at my studio

Free bump cast if booking the newborn session also

use of all outfits and props on the day

choice of background

editing of the final images

an Ordering appointment back at my studio


Pregnancy last such a short time it is lovely to document the journey.


I recommend having this at around 34-38 week gestation in order to get the best from the bump cast and photo shoot.

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My Newborn sessions are £60 and include the following:

3-4 hour session at my studio - I know this seems ages but babies take time to settle and we don't want to rush

Use of all props available on the day

A choice of colour schemes

tea and coffee for Mum and Dad

An ordering appointment at my studio

A small number of family photographs if wanted


The newborn phase lasts just a few weeks, it is by far the most precious time for any parent.  I advise that the session takes place before your baby is 6 weeks old.  I usually book the session for 2-3 week after the Mum's due date, this gives baby time to arrive.  I advise booking the session as soon as possible after the 20 week scan to ensure you get a date best suited to you.  


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 To take advantage of the free bump cast offer you must book both the maternity and the newborn session.  The bump cast will be done when you attend the maternity photo shoot and the your baby will be photographed inside your bump cast during the newborn session.  Usual cost for bump casting is £50.


If you would like to take advantage of this fab offer then please don't hesitate to get in touch on my email address

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Out of School activities by somerset photographer Angel Eyes Photography Out of School Activities


Something I see getting asked a lot on Mum groups on Facebook and other places is 'what activities are available for my age xx child'  Or people are looking for new suggestions for activities in the area. 


A little while ago I conducted a little Facebook survey to find out what children in the Somerset are are participating in when it comes to out of school activities and I was really surprised to see just how much is available to children.  Especially if you don't mind travelling to the bigger towns such as Taunton and Yeovil.


I thought that this would make a really useful blog topic for parents looking to get their children in to clubs and doing activities.



This was by far the most popular activity the children were participating in.  Swimming is a great and fun way to get your child active and water confident.  Most pools offer swimming lessons and classes for babies who are just a few yeas old right up to adulthood.  There are many benefits to swimming such as improving physical fitness, co-ordination and of course learning to swim is a skill that could end up saving somebodies life.  I found this handy website which lists all of the swimming pools close to you and quickly links you to the pools website so you can see what they offer.  If swimming is something you're looking for then take a look at the website HERE.



Another popular activity was Dance Classes.  With so many different options available such as ballet, tap, jazz musical theatre and more this is a great option for both girls and boys.  There are several dance schools offering classes in the somerset area so you don't necessarily need to travel to the bigger towns such as yeovil and Taunton to find a class.  Smaller towns including Crewkerne Chard and Ilminster all have dance classes on offer.

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Rainbows, Brownies and Guides

RainbowsRainbows is a great first club for your little girl to join.  It is suitable for girls between the age of 5 and 7 years and they offer usually weekly meetings during term time.  Activities such as cooking, art and craft and day trips are just some of the things Rainbows have to offer.

BrowniesBrownies is the next stage up from Rainbows and is suitable for girls between the age of 7 and 10 years.  The Brownies usually meet once a week during term time and take part in local events, day trips and brownie camps.  Members can earn badges for different activities.

GuidesGuides is the next stage up for Brownies and is suited to girls aged from 10 to 14 years.  Guides also have a badge scheme where girls are awarded badges for different activities and for completing certain challenges.  Girl Guides usually take part in both local and some national events, one being the Bath and west show and have day trips and camping holidays.

To find out more about these 3 clubs and to get your daughter involved please take a look at the Guiding website HERE.


Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

Beavers - Beavers is suitable for little boys aged between 6 and 8 years.  They usually meet once per week during term time and have activities such as outdoor activities, art and craft exploring the local area and sleep overs.  They offer challenge awards and a badge earning scheme.

CubsCubs is the next stage for those leaving Beavers and is suitable for boy aged between 8 and 10.5.  Cubs offer outdoor activities day trips and camping holidays.  There are a range of awards and badges to be earned.

ScoutsScouts is suitable for boys aged between 10.5 and 14 years. Scouts are encouraged to work together and take the lead on all sorts of projects, from community based work to planning games and activities for their meetings.  They are offered a wide range of activities such as  as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.

For more information about these or to get your child joined up, please visit their website HERE.



Gymnastics is one of the most comprehensive lifestyle exercise programs available to children, incorporating strength, flexibility, speed, balance, coordination, power, and discipline. Whether they are involved in recreational gymnastics or with a competition squad, skills learned in gymnastics can benefit a child’s overall development.  There are many classes and groups available to children in Somerset with most being in Yeovil and Taunton.  To find a gym class near you, take a look at this website HERE.


Karate and Martial Arts

Activities like tae kwon do, kung fu and aikido are a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus.  Progress is often marked by the belt system, which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety of colors until black.


A system of self-development using kicks and punches. Its quick, sharp actions involve snapping movements of the joints, which means that kids need to warm up carefully.

Tae Kwon Do

A form of karate developed as a military art, which has become one of the more popular martial arts. It uses kicking and punching movements to energise the body, and breathing and meditation techniques to provide focus.


Taught as a competitive sport, judo teaches kids how to throw a partner using balance and leverage and helps them learn self-control and respect for their opponent.


A competitive form of self-defense that teaches students to use their opponent's weight and strength against him. Having a partner fosters cooperation.


Uses many of the same movements as jujitsu but is gentler and noncompetitive. It, too, is an excellent discipline for teaching children how to work with a partner.

Kung Fu

A rigorous and physical form of karate that involves more fluid movements than its Japanese cousin, making it easier on joints. It's fast-paced, so kids get an aerobic workout.

T'ai Chi

Focuses on balance, stretching and weight-bearing moves. T'ai Chi is easy on the joints, boosts flexibility and improves concentration skills.


There are loads of classes around these days for Martial Arts.  Towns including Yeovil and Taunton have many classes available on different days of the week but if you're looking for something more local then smaller towns like chard, Crewkerne and Ilminster also offer a small number of classes.  This WEBSITE offers a search facility to find Martial Arts classes near to you.



Participating in football, like any sport provides many health benefits for children.  Joining a football team helps children to make friends and learn to work as a team.  Nearly every town these days has their own football team for children.  A quick call to your local football association should give you an idea of the teams available for your little one to join.


Other activities mentioned which were a less popular choice on my survey but are certainly worth a look include:



Youth Club

Kick Boxing


Sunday School

Rock Climbing


Horse Riding






I hope you have enjoyed reading through this and found it useful.  Feel free to comment below and down for get to leave with a like!




















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Watch Me grow baby and newborn photographer yeovil Baby Photography in South Petherton Somerset near Yeovil, Taunton and Chard


Watch me Grow baby photography


Did you know that babies change more in their first year than any other year in their life?  All those milestones, learning to smile, laugh, sit crawl walk!!  

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With Watch me Grow photography you can document parts of the journey and have memories to treasure and look back on for years to come.


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The Watch me Grow package includes a Newborn, 6 month sitting session and 1st birthday photo shoot.



The photo shoots all take place in my studio in South Somerset.  I am just outside of South Petherton which is easily accessible from the A303 being just 5 minutes from the exit junction.  My studio is within easy traveling distance of Chard, Taunton and Yeovil.


For more details about this great package please click HERE.  Bookings for the first part, the newborn photo shoot, can be taken anytime after your 20 week scan.  It's best to book before you have your baby to ensure you get the full choice of available session dates.


Please feel free to ask questions, just get in touch via email on




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Newborn Photography Offer Newborn Photo Shoots reduced to £45


For a limited time only, Newborn Photo Shots will be reduced to £45!  This is available to May and June bookings only in 2016.


For more details about my Newborn photography please click HERE

Don't delay booking this fab offer as limited slots are available.

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Family Photo Shoot With Leanna Family Photo Shoot With Leanna


Last month Leanna visited the studio with her lovely family.


persuaded Leanna and her Husband to have a photograph together too!


​Here are some of my favorites from the gallery.


If you are looking to have a Family photo shoot then please don't hesitate to get in touch.  My studio is in Drayton Nr South Petherton which is arounf 10 miles from Chard. 

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1st Birthday Photo Shoot with Harrison 1st Birthday Photo Shoot with Harrison


Harrison came to me for his 1st Birthday photo shoot last month.


He also came to me as a Newborn, it's always lovely to see just how much the babies have grow and changed over 12 months.


It would have been wrong to do the session this near to Christmas and not have some Christmas themed photographs right?!


The photo below is of Harrison when he cam for his newborn photo shoot.  You can tell it's the same child but wow!  Look how much he has grown!


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If you are looking at having your little one photographer for their fist birthday, please don;t hesitate to get in touch!





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Newborn Photo Shoot with Leon Newborn Photo Shoot with Leon


Last month I had the pleasure of photographing one of my best friends newborn baby, Leon. 


It it is always lovely to do what I specialise in as I love photographing newborns but this was extra special as I know the family so well. 


Here are some of my favourites from his gallery. 



If you are looking to book a newborn photo shoot for your baby the best time to get in touch is just after your 20 week scan, this will more than likely give you a full choice of dates to book, this is ideal if you're looking for a weekend date which usually get booked up very quickly.



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christmas photo shoot with Harvey Christmas Photo Shoot with Harvey


Super cute baby Harvey came to me for one of my casting calls this month.  We had so much fun!


Harvey, who I am told won the 'Baby of the Year' competition this year did not fail to disappoint at all.  Even when we put him in one of my cute Elf costumes!


Here are a couple of my favourites.


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mother and daughter photo shoot Mother and Daughter Photo Shoot


My friend Becky came to the studio last month with her Daughter for a Mother and Daughter photo shoot.


It was really nice to do something a bit different from my usual newborn, baby or family photo shoot and it gave me a great opportunity to use some new lighting techniques I have learned. 


I am really enjoying using the darker backgrounds at the moment and liking the results even more.


I was hard to choose just a few favourites from Becky's gallery but I eventually narrowed it down to these.


If you are looking to book a photo shoot with me then I am only 5 miles from Crewkerne and 10 miles from Yeovil, just 5 minutes from the A303 at South Petherton.  Please get in touch for further information.



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