My Story - Kalysha Howard-Smith

My Story

Hi, my name is Kalysha, here is a photo of me and my Mum on 05/06/1992

I love this photo so much! It shows the beginning of my journey, and it shows how much my parents loved me from the very first day I was born.

I asked my mother if she has any photos of when she was pregnant with me, and my heart broke when I heard her reply:

“No, I don’t think so; my tummy was too ugly to take photos.”

Too ugly??

I would give ANYTHING to have a photo of my mum when she was carrying me – I wouldn’t care how she looked, she is ALWAYS beautiful in my eyes.

Little did they know, by taking that photo in hospital, my parents had already started creating a legacy for me - a timeline for me to look back on. 

I could quite easily fill my website with hundred of photos of me growing up, I have so many fond memories of my childhood. 

This is one of the main reasons I decided to become a newborn photographer - to have the ability to freeze time for new parents, and offer them a way of remembering this moment forever. 

If you carry out a quick Google search, you’ll find lots of photographers that offer maternity and newborn services.

However, you’ll find that most of these photographers also offer family, wedding, pet, event, corporate, and commercial services as well.

What does this mean? It means that newborn photography is just another bullet in their arsenal – they don’t specialise in newborn photography, and for a very good reason: Newborn photography is HARD.

Newborns are one of the most challenging subjects to photograph.

They are so tiny and so fragile, unable to hold their head up, unable to tell you if they’re in an uncomfortable position, unable to tell you what they need (if they’re hungry, if they need winding, if they’re in pain, or if they just want some Mummy cuddles).

Most studio portrait sessions last around an hour, whereas newborn sessions require a minimum of 3 hours.

During this time, I don’t just photograph your baby – I rock them, soothe them, (bottle) feed them, burp them, wind them, and clean up their messes (that come out of both ends!).

A single pose can take up to 15 minutes to ease a baby into – I never rush them, nor do I force them into a pose they don’t like. I always put their safety and comfort above “getting the shot”.

I am not interested in other areas of photography, I focus on one area, and one area alone. Maternity and newborn photography is my PASSION, and I aim to be the BEST.

I have invested extensively in newborn training with some of the world’s top newborn photographers (Elli Cassidy, Ana Brandt, Kelly Brown, and Julia Kelleher, just to name a few) to learn about newborn safety and the best posing techniques.

I am not a a jack-of-all-trades photographer, I am exclusive to maternity and newborn photography - this makes me a SPECIALIST.

The photographs I take are timeless, natural and simple.

They will take pride of place in your home, for you to cherish forever.

This small window of your life is incredibly fleeting – it lasts less than a year. You will no doubt be running on very little sleep, and you may not remember every moment of this special period, no matter how much you try and hold onto it.

Allow me to document your special journey through parenthood, capturing you and your baby in portraits that will last forever; because when your baby is a fully grown adult, they will look back at these photos and know that they were loved and treasured right from the very beginning.

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