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Cake Smash Photography, First Birthday Photoshoots in Hinckley, Leicestershire

Did you know that I offer Cake Smash Photography here at the studio in Hinckley, Leicestershire?

A cake smash portrait session is a fun and unique photo shoot often booked for a baby’s first birthday as an alternative to a more traditional studio session.

What To Expect From A Cake Smash Photoshoot:

Lots of messy fun! Your baby will be encouraged to smash up the cake and have lots of fun playing with it. They will get messy but the clean up is part of the fun, do be prepared and bring some spare clothing.

Three mini photo shoots all rolled into one fun session. Before the cake comes out we will create some beautiful studio portraits of your baby. Then out comes the cake and it’s time to get messy and take some fun and quirky pictures. Finally it’s time for the clean up and out comes the bath tub, we’ll create some more cute images and get your baby all cleaned up at the same time.

A unique set of images to remember their birthday. Every baby responds differently to the cake smashing so no two sessions are ever the same. Some babies dive straight in and there’s cake everywhere in no time at all. Others are a little more hesitant and might need some gentle encouragement, and who can blame them when it might be their first time encountering cake! However your baby reacts you can expect to view a set of wonderfully unique and fun images afterwards.

Due to the risk of food allergies parents are required to provide their own cake, if you require guidance on what type of cake will be best for smashing please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

The cake shoot session fee is £65 which fee includes my time and talent on the day, my skills in editing the best images and a viewing session where you will return to the studio and I will help you choose your favourite images. You will also receive a complementary 10×8” gift print.

If you would like more information or would like to book your cake smash photo shoot please call Lesley on 01455 233224 or fill in the form on the Contact Page.



Studio Portrait Photography in Hinckley, Leicestershire

I often feel very fortunate that I’m able to welcome anyone who books a portrait photography session with me to a studio that’s in a location as beautiful as the Atkins Building in Hinckley, Leicestershire. The Atkins Building is a former hosiery factory that has been converted to a wonderful space that is now home to lots of creative businesses and even has a coffee shop.

My own space in the building is a lovely bright and airy photography studio. It’s very spacious so I’m able to offer studio portrait sessions right from babies through to larger groups such as extended families, corporate teams and groups of friends.

As you can see from this gorgeous group of cousins, the space is perfect for larger groups.

My studio portraits are very relaxed and informal and I’m endlessly patient. Which comes in handy, especially when photographing small children and pets!

I offer a friendly and personal service, starting with an initial consultation where we can chat about your portrait session, I can offer advice on clothing etc. and help with any other concerns you might have. I totally understand that booking a photography session might sometimes seem a little daunting.

Saturday studio portrait photography sessions cost just £60 and midweek sessions are £45. Your session fee includes my time and talent on the day, my skills in editing the best images and a viewing session where you will return to the studio and I will help you choose your favourite images. You will also receive a complementary 10×8” gift print.

I offer a range of beautiful products to display your favourite images including canvases, bespoke framed images, print collections, albums and digital collections. I’ll show you samples and take time to help with your choice at the viewing session.

Studio portrait photography sessions are available for all of the following:

Babies and toddlers
Teenagers (including groups of friends for birthdays etc)
Extended families
Corporate headshots (individuals and groups)

I hope you enjoy this small selection of just a few of my favourite images from recent portrait sessions in the studio.






If you would like to have a chat about your own studio portrait session or wish to request a full price list please call Lesley on 01455 233224 or fill in the form on the Contact Page.



Family Photography Leicestershire

Are you thinking about booking a portrait photographer?  Do want natural, very relaxed, fun photographs of you and your family?  If this is the case, I could be the lady for you?  I very much love to photograph families on location.  I find that children have far more fun being photographed outdoors where they can run free.  Studio photography is sometimes a little restrictive, especially if your children are a little lively.    Often parents can become a little tense if their children are not playing ball during a studio session.  However, allowing your children the space and freedom to run around whilst I photograph them, will inevitably lead to photographs similar to these examples shown here.  And just as important – you will enjoy the photo shoot and not get stressed or unhappy if your children don’t play by the rules in a studio environment.

I often run 45 minute ‘mini’ sessions at Burbage Common in Leicestershire.  However if you would like to book a ‘one off’ photography session, I can meet you at your favourite park, woods, or even come and photograph you in your garden at home.

Please call me on 01455 233224 to discuss a photography session and I will chat to you about locations, what to wear etc.

Photography should not be tense and unexciting, it should be fun, relaxed and a pleasant experience for everyone.  Call me – Lesley Bee today on 01455 233224.

Portait Photography at Home – Leicestershire

Would you prefer a photo shoot in the comfort of your own home?  I have visited many families at home for a photography session and sometimes this is more suitable for little children who perhaps would not be comfortable in a studio environment.  This is a few images of a recent photo shoot with two beautiful little girls.  Natural window light is perfect for portraits at home.   A home visit is £80 and includes a complimentary 10×8 print from your photo shoot.


Portrait Photography Leicester

Believe me, portrait shoots don’t always go to plan.  In this game you definitely need the following skills:-

– people management

– empathy

– understanding

– a sense of humour

– patience

I will absolutely guarantee that your photo shoot will be stress free and as relaxed as possible.  This little one just wanted to be with mummy.  He arrived for his session with the biggest smile on his face, but when we began to take some photographs and mummy put him down, things went just a little downhill.  This is where my empathy, patience and understanding comes into play.  How do we work around this?    Simple!  Photograph him with his mummy.  Have lots of understanding.  Work around his needs.  Ensure mummy doesn’t get stressed – very important.

We always get there in the end…

Portrait Photography Leicestershire

I am so lucky to have a studio space at the Atkins Building in Hinckley.    The building is a converted former Hosiery factory  and a grade II listed and was completely renovated almost 3 years ago.  I was one of the very first tenants in the building and I have loved every minute of working here.  The style of the architecture sits very well with my portrait photography especially when I can get outside and use the old brick walls, steps etc to compliment my studio shots.   The weather is improving now (it’s been a very long Winter) – so it really is nice to get outside for a few shots with clients.   Olivia below loved being photographed and these shots were taken at the front of the building at the very end of her photo shoot with mum and dad.  Little 2 year old Jack was like a ‘gust of wind’ so it very much suited him, his parents and me, to let him go outside for a little while and burn off some energy before we took him back inside for some photography using studio lighting.   Jack’s photographs were taken on the back steps of the building and he was a happy little boy just loving having a little run about.

If you would like some portraits that are just a little bit different in terms of having a photo shoot that involves some studio shots and some outside images too, please call me – Lesley Bee on 01455 233224.  A studio photography session is £35 including a 10×8 complimentary print.  If you are flexible and can come along for a week day shoot (early evening appointments are available) you will receive a 10% discount at your ordering session.

Studio and Location Portraits Leicester

A few of my favourite images both in the studio and on location.  If you would like to book either a studio session for your photography, or would prefer to be photographed at home or at your favourite park or special place, please call me – Lesley Bee on 01455 233224 to discuss your requirements.

I am running some ‘mini sessions’ at Bosworth Park on Saturday 4th May, hopefully to take advantage of the bluebells being in full colour (fingers crossed).  These sessions are £50 and include a complimentary 10×8 print.  Further information can be given if you wish to get in touch.


Studio Portraits Leicester

I’ve been really busy with studio portraits just recently and have had so many lovely clients come to me for photography.   I have had a lot of extended families to photograph and one particular family of 14 came for a photo shoot recently during a visit to Leicester.  This family all live in London and were visiting friends and family to celebrate grandma’s 80th Birthday (I had to call her ‘Ba’ – which I am presuming is Indian for grandma or nanny, unless they were having a joke on me…).

We really did have lots of fun during this session.  It was noisy, chaotic and a bit bonkers at times, but the family were so full of joy and I just love the colours in these photographs.  They had a mixture of images taken both in traditional and casual dress.   I must admit, I had to have a lie down for a few minutes when they left, but it will be a family I will remember for a very long time.  Joyful…


Location Portrait Sessions – Leicestershire

At some point this year the sun is sure to show its face?  Mmmmmm… fingers and toes are crossed at this point in time.  However, I am being positive.  I am running location portrait mini sessions on Saturday 4th May at Bosworth Park.  The photography will be about capturing natural, relaxed, fun portraits in and around the park, including the Bluebells which should be in all their glory by this time.

If you would like to book a session for your children, or indeed a family shoot then please call me, Lesley Bee on 01455 233224.  The session will last for up to an hour and is £50 inclusive of the shoot and 1 x complimentary 10×8 print.  The location portrait session is especially ideal for toddlers who are full of energy and would perhaps not enjoy being stuck in a studio environment.   If you are interested in chatting, or indeed booking please do get in touch.


Studio Portraits Hinckley, Leicestershire

Total  yumminess…

Such adorable little babies and kiddies at the studio recently.  For a studio shoot for you and your family, please don’t hesitate to contact me to talk about booking a session.  Lesley Bee – 01455 233224.




Twins…! Baby Phography Leicestershire

These two just sparkled the whole way through their photo shoot.   Toddler twins are often quite difficult to photograph as they are usually more interested in running around and going crazy for the whole time.  However, this little pair were very well behaved, a complete joy and actually followed instructions too.  Adorable…

Baby Smiles… Baby Photography Hinckley, Leicestershire

I so love this shot…  Still smiling whilst losing balance and tipping over during his studio photo shoot.  If you would like a photography session of your baby, please call me, Lesley Bee on 01455 233224.


Baby Photography Leicestershire

I offer two options for photography of your baby.  The studio shoot is £30 and includes a complimentary 10×8 print.  I love to create contemporary images with minimal fuss and understand that photographing a baby cannot be rushed.   I will take the time to work around you and your baby.  If you would like a studio photo shoot of your baby please get in touch.

Or, would you prefer to have your baby photographed in the comfort of your own home?  I can visit you at your home  and take natural, relaxed images in your own surroundings.  Perhaps you would like to have your baby photographed in their nursery or perhaps your garden?   This session is £75 and also includes a complimentary 10×8 print.

Call me, Lesley Bee to discuss your ideas and inspirations.  I am happy to chat to you about your photography shoot before you book.


Location Portraits in Leicestershire

It was off to Skylark Farm for a photo shoot with 2 lovely boys who are so lucky to live in such wonderful surroundings.  7,500 chickens, a couple of piggies, sheep and a lovely doggy called Jessie.   With lots of visitors all day long to spend time at their fab coffee shop and to purchase from the farm shop.   These boys have the best fun ever, running around all day enjoying their surroundings.  What a perfect place to grow up!


Location Portraits Leicestershire

Location portraits are becoming more and more popular when it comes to children and family photography.    I firmly believe that children need space to run around and should be captured having fun and being children.   The studio environment is perfect for working with controlled lighting, but not so good for controlling children.  I would prefer to let the little ones have fun and capture their true personality.  Location portraits start at £75.00 and this fee is inclusive of a 10×8 complimentary print.  Around 1-2 weeks after your photo shoot I will present your images to you and you can select your favourites for prints, wall art or digital files.  Please contact me, Lesley Bee on 01455 23324 to discuss your ideas and inspirations and I can visit you at home or at a favourite place to photograph you and your family.  The images below were all taken either in the home, at the woods, park etc.  And I love every one of them…



Photo Shoots in April

These photo shoots were great fun with some fantastic kids.  I’ve had a few teenagers and toddlers for studio photo shoots during April, along with a family of 3 generations which was a gift for Grandma’s birthday.   It really is great to have variety and I certainly meet lots of lovely people in my job – I love people… and capturing personalities so I guess I am in doing my dream job.   If you would like to book a photo shoot with me – Lesley Bee, then please get in touch.  Call me on 01455 233224 to book your portrait shoot.  I love photographing babies and toddlers, teenagers and grandparents, doggies and cats, in love couples, corporate head shots etc.  You name it, I can photograph it.  And I promise you will enjoy your photo shoot too.




We took little Alfie outside to run around outside the Atkins Building, as a tag on to his studio shoot.  Alfie is only 2 so had lots of energy.  We started off in the studio but I decided it would be great to get him outside to run around.  Zoom lens in place and I left him to do what he wanted to do.  He’s wearing a lovely Jules coat – I think he could be their next model…   


This family photo shoot was great fun.  3 generations – grandparents, children and grandchildren.   I always try to add some fun to family shoots and the kids especially loved pulling silly faces.  Grandma purchased a lovely wall portrait of her whole family (don’t worry – she didn’t purchase one of these images) but they did get a laugh at the portrait viewing.    I love the action shot of little girl falling off the sofa…


Portrait Photography Leicestershire

I have had some very smiley, fun clients in my studio during April, extended families, doggies, grandmas and lots of children.  These are just a few of my favourite images from the bunch.  Still a few more shoots to do before April ends.  If you would like to book a studio portrait shoot, please contact me – Lesley Bee on 01455 233224.


Family Portraits Leicestershire

Isn’t it nice to feel the warmth of Spring?  I think I have come to the end of my hibernation period now, only coming out to work and then scuttling back home and putting my pj’s on at silly o’clock!  I am very much looking forward to the lighter nights and the warm sunshine (please let us have a nice Summer this year).  I am really looking forward to our regular trips to our caravan in Formby and catching up with my ‘nearest and dearest’ family and friends.  Even the little Bees are getting revved up now, following our first visit there last weekend.  Easter is just around the corner and with this in mind, have a look at this little Easter Bunny…  photographed on location last year she’s now another year older (where did the last 12 months go?)

If you would like a photography session for your family, why not consider a location shoot at a favourite place – the woods, the local park or your garden at home.  Let your Easter Bunnies run around and have fun whilst being photographed.  I really do love my photography work, but my family life is just as important, and my girls are growing up way too fast now.  Children are not children for very long… cherish the moments and have fun!  Happy Spring Time Everyone!!!

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Contemporary Portrait Photography

Are you looking for relaxed, contemporary portrait photography.  I will go out of my way to ensure you feel at ease during your photo shoot here in my studio at the Atkins Building, Hinckley.  Please contact me if you would like to book a portrait shoot.  I can also photograph you in the comfort of your  own home or a favourite location.  Please call me – Lesley Bee on 01455 233224 if you would like to discuss your photography requirements.


World Book Day

Do you have children and have you been involved in World Book Day?  Well I’ve sent off my 12 year old today, dressed as Dorothy from Wizard of Oz.   Easy – one checked blue school dress, a white pinafore, plaits and the obligatory bright red shoes (shoes painted with red gloss paint – the shoe dye didn’t work).  Oh … and not forgetting Toto – one stuffed cuddly toy dog.  It then reminded me of a location portrait shoot I did last Summer with this lovely little girl who loved her books.  In fact, she read with her grandparents, she read on her own and one of these photographs is her with her auntie.  Maisy Mouse was her book of choice.  This portrait shoot on location in Coventry was really fun.  We had a picnic, we ran around the garden and this little girl had so much fun.  Her mummy was delighted with the final set of images which really showed the family relationship in familiar surroundings.  If you would like a family portrait shoot in Leicestershire, Warwickshire or Northamptonshire, please contact me – Lesley Bee on 01455 233224.