Maternity Milk Bath Shoot


The idea of doing a milk bath shoot developed with the purpose of it being for maternity shoots. I'm really pleased that I had Natalie along for a shoot. Natalie had never had a professional photoshoot but was such a natural in front of the camera! She had a doctors appointment after our shoot and 3 days after she was off to have her c- section. What a mum!  I can now say she has another beautiful baby girl! 

At the beginning of a session for the milk bath shoot we start with some simple outside portraits. For some people the idea of having a photoshoot alone can make them feel nervous but getting in a bath for a photoshoot can seem like a strange idea at first! By starting with some portraits we can get to know each other, I can direct you and get you feeling comfortable in front of the camera so you can feel confident when it comes to the bath shoot. 

The bath shoot itself is quite relaxing as it's in lovely warm water with the scent of the flowers in the air. 

I have tested it myself! As they say don't ask someone to do something unless you've had a go. I will share photos of that once I have received them. I have discovered some good tips and tricks along the way that I will share with you on your session. 

Please click on the photos below to take a look. 



Fancy a milk bath shoot? 

It's great for a maternity shoot! A unique and beautiful way to show your baby bump.

Of course it doesn't have to be a maternity shoot. You can see in the milk bath gallery for other examples and ideas to have a very unique shoot for yourself. 

There are more options with this type of shoot than you might think! You could try lots of ideas such as fresh flowers, zesty lemons and mint, lots of fabric, floaty dresses or get creative with make up looks (a make up artist can be booked just enquire for this). 

Bath Time →


Flora and Fauna Milk Bath


Another milk bath this time with Sophie. Sophie is also a make up artist who can do very creative make up so this really added something different to this shoot. We also used some beautiful headpieces as well.  

This time I started shooting with clear water and added in the flowers to see what it would look like with out the milk powder. It looked lovely but the white of the milk powder gives a lovely bright soft light as the light bounces off the white water. 

I love the colour theme with these flowers. I used Peonies, Alliums, Roses and Baby's Breath. 

Please click on the photos to have a look.



Fancy a milk bath shoot? 

It's great for a maternity shoot! A unique and beautiful way to show your baby bump.

Watch this space. I have just photographed a maternity milk bath shoot so a post on that is to follow.  The photos are already in the milk bath gallery in the portfolio section of my website so you can go and check them out. 

There are more options with this type of shoot than you might think! You could try lots of ideas such as fresh flowers, zesty lemons and mint, lots of fabric, floaty dresses or get creative with make up looks. 

Bath Time →

Milk Bath Shoots


I was approached by someone who wanted a milk bath shoot. I have never done this before! I thought why not give it a go! 

This is totally different to my preferred style of natural light location shoots, so where do I start?!

The Milk

The milk isn't actually milk! It's a soya powder alternative to milk. I'm veggie myself and I thought if I had a vegan model they wouldn't want to lay in a bath of milk, so I found this alternative! Holly, my model for this first milk bath shoot, has modelled for milk bath shoots before. She said they did used real milk for the shoot, but I couldn't imagine the amount of milk it must take!

Ideas- what to put in the water

Flowers

After doing some research I loved the look of flowers floating on the water. Flowers are rather expensive so I did some shopping around! The pink flowers hanging over the edge of the bath are Hyacinths which are no longer standing straight but have flopped over, which I thought would be perfect for hanging over the bath (and of course I got them at a reduced price because of the "poor condition" they were in)!  

Zesty Mint

Sliced fruit also looked really good. For a different feel to the flower shots I thought I'd go for a fresh, cleaner, less over the top look using lemon, cucumber and mint. The mint was from my own garden as well! Hand picked just before the shoot. I found it best to wash everything before hand as even with the flowers you get all kinds of shrubbery floating about. 

How to shoot?

Firstly I tested the idea to figure out how much powder to use and secondly to figure out the lighting. I tried using a ring light which gives lovely light and shading around the face, however it's tricky to work with as you have to deal with the reflection of the ring light in the water. If you have props then they can be placed where the reflection would be to hide it. The answer seemed to be using a speedlight off camera and using it to bounce light around the room. 

 

Take a look at what I created below.

You can click on the images to see the full photo.

 

Fancy a milk bath shoot? 

It's great for a maternity shoot! A unique and beautiful way to show your baby bump.

Watch this space. I have just shot another milk bath shoot with creative make up for another look. 

There are more options with this type of shoot than you might think! You could try lots of ideas such as fresh flowers, zesty lemons and mint, simple greenery with plants (rather than flowers), lots of fabric, floaty dresses or get creative with make up looks. 

Bath Time →

Featured on The Phoblographer

Everyone is a photographer these days. 

I am really pleased to have had an article featured on The Phoblographer about my medium format film work. Film is becoming increasing expensive and harder to get hold of. Independent camera stores where I would buy film have been closing down and it's becoming increasingly limited. I find it's harder work shooting on film as opposed to digital as well. Your back to manual everything; loading the film, manual focus, manual settings (make sure the dark slide is out), winding on the film and then you only get 12 shots so you better get it right. That's why I love it but you have a pressure on you each time not to mess up! Each film costs about £7 to buy and then you have processing costs on top of that. Having my work featured is a nice reminder that it is worth shooting film and there are still people out there who appreciate it.