Lemon Babies is the must do portrait session for many Somerset mums.

One of the fantastic projects I do at Made Portraits is the incredibly fun and unique Lemon Babies. When my daughter Grace was a baby and tried raspberries for the first time, the result was a highly-amusing 5-minute video filled with amazing expressions. My wife and I always regretted that we didn’t take any photos of this so we could have hung them on the wall to enjoy every day as we got so much joy from this little movie when we watch it. Since then, I had always wanted to do some form of project around this idea of fun expressions and near the beginning of 2014, I decided it was time to get on with it. I set about looking for babies who were sitting unaided but yet to take their first steps to participate in a project I called Lemon Babies!

The only condition was that the children participating needed to be able to sit up unaided and yet to take their first steps. I also had to be allowed to use the photos taken for posting on my Social Media and any other marketing I chose relevant to Made Portraits.

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The Experience

The surprising part has been that the majority of the babies involved have gone back to the lemon after the first taste. It’s obviously not an unpleasant taste but as most of the kids have never tasted anything sour, I personally hadn’t expected that. This is great as it really does create the best reactions and the more they taste, the more options we get.

When I initially started Lemon Babies, I had every intention of getting to 80 children and then wrapping the project up while using the 80 to create a collage for the studio however at the end of 2014, I decided I wanted to make a change. There were a couple of different things that I felt could be added to the shots to give the parents a little more from their sessions.

I was and am so grateful when anyone volunteers to be in one of my projects as the only way they work is when people put themselves forward. This is why I wanted to change it a little so the image would feature their babies feet as well as have the option of stitching the images together as well. I also put it onto black as I had done with Movember Portraits 2014 project to bring up the colours and make it a little easier to bring all the images together.
For 2017 it was updated again. Now the images have a spotlight in behind to really draw your eye to the subject and allow for any colour of clothing. These images then make a modern collection of 3.

Do you want to be a part of this unique portraits project?

The project will be running throughout 2017 although only on certain days on certain months with the above mentioned style change for the year. The sessions themselves take anything from 10-20 minutes and all that happens is that we give our little volunteers a couple of slices of Lemon and just wait to see what happens. After this, I go through the images, edit them down to no more than 3 images, which I then send through fully retouched as High Resolution Digital Files.

If you would like to volunteer your baby, you can check the Lemon Babies Experience Page to see if there are any spaces left for the next date or get in touch by Emailing: info@madeportraits.com

ONLINE SHOP

With plenty of vouchers available starting from JUST £20, the shop covers a variety of fantastic session styles and family types with each experience designed to save you money. Whether a couple or a group of 15, there’s a voucher for everyone.
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Neil Bremner has pretty much worked in photography since he left school in 1994 at 17 years old. After 19 years working for other people, he decided it was time to go it alone. His Made Portraits studio is situated in a stunning converted barn just outside Glastonbury which he opened on the 30th of January 2013.