Who will be Baby of the YEAR?

Mothers’ Day is two weeks away, but two local mums are hoping for an extra present the following day.

Little Teddie won the December Baby of the Month competition
Little Teddie won the December Baby of the Month competition

They are the proud parents of two of our Baby of the Month winners who have won a place in the national final – and the chance of winning £5,000.

Leo and Mason Ripley were winners in the April Baby of the Month competition.
Leo and Mason Ripley were winners in the April Baby of the Month competition.

The images of little Teddie and twins Leo and Mason are among 60 being considered by a panel of judges including mums, photographers and sponsors.

The overall Baby of the Year winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on March 6 with Professor Robert Winston, who is a renowned fertility expert and has also presented several television programmes on babies and children.

Baby Teddie was the winner of the December Baby of the Month contest, while Leo and Mason won in April. Thousands of images from photographers across the country are considered throughout the year., and each is judged by a panel of mums and separately by a panel of photographers.

Their scores are combined with points based on the number of Facebook likes each image receives on the competition’s page. The top five each month then go forward to the final of Baby of the Year.

It’s an understatement to say we are excited about having not one but two photos in the final, and our tickets arrived this week which makes it even more real.

So watch this space for the announcement on March 7. And if you have a little one who is under one year old, why not enter them for the 2016 competition? It could be your tot’s photo in the final next year!

Entry to the Baby of the Month competition is free with special offers on prints from the studio sessions. For more information or to reserve your slot call 01227 370650 or text BOMCOMP to 07824 166141.

More Baby of the Month success…

Jacob with model boat and lifering

Remember this post from earlier this year?

Well, we’re equally delighted wto receive news this week that not one but two of our images have been successful in the national competition.

Newborn Brooke wrapped up like a present
Brooke’s portrait for the Baby of the Month competition

Adorable Brooke, packaged up as the perfect present, was placed joint third in scores from a panel of mums, while baby Jacob’s cheeky grin and shipshape sea-themed photo took third place in scores from a panel of professional photographers in the Baby of the Month competition.

Jacob with model boat and lifering
Maritime mischief abounds in this potrait of Jacob

When the scores were combined with points based on the number of Facebook likes each of the 500 entries received for the August competition, it meant we took two of the five runner-up spots, with prizes of swimming equipment worth £50 for each baby and their proud mums, Claire Sears and Holly Wickham.

It’s always gratifying to have your work recognised, especially by your peers, and we were particularly pleased that two very different shots were chosen.

As we’ve said before (like here…), we are trained in handling delicate newborns and  creating poses like the one seen in Brooke’s photo, and it’s not something that parents can do at home.

But it also takes skill to set up shots like Jacob’s, starting with making him and mum feel comfortable and then trying to get him to look at the camera, smile and stay in the right place!

Add to that our desire to create images that stand out from the crowd, that capture the magic of those precious newborn days,  and the developing personality of your little one, and it becomes quite a task.

Despite that, photographing babies is still some of our favourite work, and it’s reward enough to be able to share the images with parents and see the look on their faces.

Winning competitions is just the icing on the cake!

If you’d like to enter your little one in the Baby of the Month competition, for free, do get in touch – call 01227 370650 or text BOMCOMP to 07824 166141.

Leo and Mason are Babies of the Month

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Leo and Mason Ripley were winners in the April Baby of the Month competition.
Leo and Mason Ripley were winners in the April Baby of the Month competition.

If you were in east Kent earlier today, you may have heard some excited squeals coming from our photographic studio.

It wasn’t delighted clients viewing their images, or a group of friends having fun on a makeover shoot – although similar sounds are often heard then. Instead, it was our reaction to the news that this image of beautiful baby boys was a winner in the national Baby of the Month competition.

We’ve written something for our local papers to use, so we thought we’d share it with you too…we’ll be sharing the May Baby of the Month images soon, and June is booking up so please do get in touch if you’d like your little one in the spotlight!


Little Leo and Mason Ripley were named top of the shots in the competition after scores from a panel of professional photographers and mums, winning the title for the studio and £100 Mothercare vouchers for their proud mum Rozella.

The points were added to scores awarded based on the number of Facebook likes to find the winners for the April 2015 competition, who will now be entered into the 2015 Baby of the Year competition.

Photographer Doug Brown, who runs Style Photography in Herne Bay High Street with partner Sheila Mann, said they were delighted with the accolade.

He said: “All babies are adorable and it’s a real pleasure to be able to work with them and their parents.

“But as all parents will know, little ones can be tricky models and it does take skill and patience to get the best shots.

“Leo and Mason were fantastic in the studio but getting both of them to look in the same direction at the same time took quite a lot of work!

“We were so pleased when we heard the results, because unlike a lot of other competitions it’s not just a popularity contest where the winner is the one with the most ‘likes’ on Facebook.

“Instead, professional photographers and mums give their scores too so it really is a judge of our skills.”

Leo and Mason’s mum Rozella will receive a £100 Mothercare voucher and is in with a chance of winning £2,000 in the Baby of the Year competition.

Judging has now begun for the May Baby of the Month competition, and Doug and Sheila are busy with bookings for June. Entry is free and they are offering special deals on prints from the studio sessions. For more information call 01227 370650 or text BOMCOMP to 07824 166141.