Newborn Photography
Hertfordshire


Shot on Pentax 645N & Nikon F100
Kodak Portra 400 & Kodak Tri-X 400
Developed & Scanned by Carmencita Film Lab


Just 17 days old and absolutely perfect. I love, love, love  these special photographs of baby Rufus.

 Newborn photography sessions are probably my favourite. I love the fact my job lets me capture such important memories – and any parent can tell you how fast their baby grows and changes in that first year (even those first few weeks!)

So, at 17 days old, Rufus is a charmer already. Incredibly well behaved, extremely sleepy and dressed up in an adorable, hand knitted cardigan made with love by his Grandma (another reason to get newborn pictures – the items that may get lost over time are recorded forever.)

I headed out of London, to Herts, to photograph this little family of three.  We kept the shoot simple and relaxed, using natural window light, lovely hand knitted clothes and blankets – and simply focusing on organic moments between them all. Capturing the little details that change so quickly – his hands, his feet and his head full of hair! It was one of the most enjoyable and peaceful sessions I have shot. And the reply I received – after seeing their online gallery – is proof enough why a newborn shoot is so important:

“..thank you so much for giving us these memories. He’s changed so much already, it’s such a special time and so worth doing.”

Throughout the shoot I used a mixture of black and white and colour film and I can’t tell which I love more! Black and white offers so much in terms of honest, timeless images. But then the colour  – especially his gorgeous, colourful nursery – looks pretty fabulous as well!

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If you want your little one photographed, drop me an email at info@fionacaroline.com. Bear in mind that it’s best to shoot a newborn when they are under three weeks old! Have a look at what you can expect from a Newborn Photography Session here. I also offer Year One | Story of Their First Year packages – a great option if you want newborn, 6 month and one year images. You can find out more here.

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A Healthier Banana Bread Recipe


Shot on Nikon F100
Kodak Portra 400


Laof of banana bread made with dates and no refined sugarBanana Bread recipe with Dates and Walnut. Slices of bread.

So, I’m no baker. I really enjoy baking and the results are usually pretty decent but rarely out of this world incredible.

There is one exception.

Banana Bread.

And, not to blow my own trumpet too much, buuuuttttt my banana bread is pretty awesome. Especially since it’s free from refined sugar and all the sweetness comes from the bananas and dates. So a slice or two feels totally guilt free, a great quick breakfast or post work out snack.

This banana bread recipe can also be ‘slimmed down’ if you want to reduce the calories/sweetness/natural sugars by halving the amount of dates added. And still tastes really yummy! If you do decide to half the date quantity, just add a little extra hot water and all will be well!

Okay, here you guy guys. Enjoy baking!

p.s. You can freeze it too!

Recipe.

  • Yummy, squishy madjool dates. About 10 big dates. Cut up & chuck the pits in the bin
  • 3 medium (browner the sweeter) bananas
  • Big handful of chopped/crushed walnuts (or other nuts can work I guess!)
  • Generous helping of tasty, dried coconut flakes (optional – as are the nuts!)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (another optional choice – but adds extra sweetness)
  • Teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • 2 x medium eggs at room temperature
  • 4 x table spoon scoops of raw, unrefined coconut butter
  • Hot wSlices of healthy banana bread.ater (to soften the dates – about 50-60ml)
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Big pinch of salt
  • 250 Flour! I use white bread flour. You can use whole wheat flour if you fancy.

Go cook.

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Grab your banana tin (by the way you can get them from The Pound Shop!) and grease or line with parchment.
  2. Get your dates, slice ’em and remove the pits! Pop them into a bowl and pour over the hot water for them to soften (10 minutes or so). Remember, you can half the date quantity for a healthier loaf – just add an extra dash of water here.
  3. While waiting, pour the flour into a big bowl, add the baking soda, baking powder and that generous pinch of salt. At this point I’d also slice the bananas and chop up the walnuts ready for later.
  4. Blitz the dates, slowly at first, until you get a sweet, date puree. Now add the raw, unrefined coconut butter. Blitz again.
  5. Crack in an egg. Mix. Crack in the second egg. Mix again. Making sure each one is well blended into the date puree.
  6. Add the vanilla extract and mix. At this point you may want to add in honey for more sweetness. I rarely do to be honest.
  7. Pour the whole lotta puree in your bowl of flour, and gently mix together. Grab your bananas and gently fold in. Then your walnuts (and coconut flakes if desired). You should have a lovely bowl of dough now! Don’t mash up the bananas too much.
  8. Pour your doughy mixture into your banana bread tin, and bake for about 1 hour. Maybe a tad less. Check the bread at 50 minutes (use a skewer and make sure it comes out pretty clean). Once ready, pop on the side to cool.
  9. Once cool (or coolish!) cut a thick slice, spread on some butter, sit and enjoy while watching Frasier.

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