Congratulations to photographer Sonja Barnfield (Little Beans Baby Photography) who has achieved a first winning image in the Baby of the Month competition!
Sonja’s entry of baby Fiadh proved popular with our Photographer and Mum judging panels in the February & March 2022 competition. Fiadh can look forward to receiving a £100 Boots voucher and being part of the 2021/22 Baby of the Year competition, where they could win £5000!
As a first time winner in our competition, we asked Sonja to tell us about her studio, and her life as a photographer:
“In my previous non-photography life, I had a very different set of clients chasing debtors who hadn’t paid their legal fees, and there wasn’t much to love about what I did. I jumped ship 12 years ago, returning to education to study photography as a mature student. After graduating from University, I moved into photography full time with my own studio, and I can promise that now I have the best clients in the world. Although I photograph other genres, baby photography is my specialism and I absolutely love the happiness that every fresh new life brings.
It’s a real pleasure and a privilege to be trusted to capture a baby’s first professional portraits and to witness them growing up. It is a joy to watch their little personalities blossom when they come back again as big brothers and sisters and return for their birthday and Christmas sessions. There is nothing like a beautiful baby or giggling toddler to brighten up the day!
I am new to Emma’s Diary, and this was my first opportunity to enter the Baby of the Month competition; I only entered four images, so I am delighted to be selected as a winner from nearly 500 images!
My purpose-built studio is in an amazing 400-year-old barn on a working farm, on the outskirts of the historic medieval city of Salisbury. The Little Bean studio is very easy to get to with plenty of free parking right outside the door. For energetic toddlers, we have our own little field for letting off steam and a beautiful woodland walk on the doorstep. The city is only a few minutes’ drive away with several parks, a stunning cathedral, the Fisherton Mill Art Gallery and Café and just in case your little one still has the energy to burn, there is also a popular soft play centre in the city.”
We look forward to seeing more winning images from Sonja in the future!
We have been really impressed with the whole experience at Little Beans and the flexibility around timings and shoots. Sonja has been so friendly, welcoming and great with our little girl. The photos are amazing and the memories will stay with us for a long time. Massively recommend anybody to have a shoot with Sonja, you won’t regret it.