Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Friday, February 1, 2013
When new mum Kerri-Alana Burrows began taking photos of her own baby she soon realised she had a hidden talent.
Friends were so impressed with the results that they asked her to take pictures of their children.
Word spread and today mum-of-two Mrs Burrows runs her own business, Pitter Patter Photos, from her home in Foxglove Close, North Walsham.
She travels all over East Anglia and can spend several hours at the home of a cranky baby waiting for the right moment to get an “aah”-inspiring shot.
“I know how difficult it can be to get photos of children. I’m very much a perfectionist. I won’t stop until I know I’ve got the perfect picture,” said Mrs Burrows, 30, who has two children: Zach, two-and-a-half, and Brooke, one.
“Seeing the end results with my own children made me want to do it more. I know that most people haven’t got the time to do that.”
Mrs Burrows studied online for a photography degree with the Photography Institute in 2011 and has learned many tricks of the trade for working with babies and young children.
“Newborns are easier because most of the time they are asleep. It’s a case of transferring them from different props I use. You keep them warm and comfortable with something fluffy round them, and move them gently.”
However, she has been known to spend up to six hours at the home of a newborn baby waiting, through several feeds and changes, for it to settle.
Two-year-olds are distracted with favourite toys playing peek-a-boo behind the camera, blowing bubbles or clipping accessories to her camera lens, including a sparkling butterfly and a little owl.
Among Mrs Burrows’ most memorable jobs was a date with a one-year-old who was put on the floor next to her birthday cake.
Mrs Burrows snapped away while the little girl first put her hands in the cake and then her feet. She was later joined by her five-year-old brother who stripped off to join her and the pair were soon covered in cake and icing.
Mrs Burrows said: “I call it the ‘cake smash’. It was worth the wait.”
● Visit: www.pitterpatterphotos.co.uk