Category Archives: Child Portraiture

2017 CPA 1st prize

Today Michelle and Cianan came to accept their prize, – it’s a beautiful 20×16 inch framed print that would grace anyone’s home and will be a memory to treasure forever.  Cianan won the local 1st Prize in the 2017 ‘Child Portrait Awards’ – in support of the Lullaby Trust.

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You could win the 2018 CPA (or FPA, if you’ve two or more people to enter) and we’re still supporting this amazing charity.  And the UK prize is £1000!  Just a £10 donation to our charity fund is all that’s needed to enter.

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Beating the Beast!

This week the whole of the British Isles have been under a cloud of snow, with temperatures plunging into minus figures, snow drifts closing roads and causing traffic chaos, as The Beast from the East brings Siberean temperatures across Europe.  Just as the Beast took hold, ‘Storm Emma’ sent gale force winds to chill us even further.

The result was that most of our studio appointments were cancelled or postponed.  One determined client was Baby John, who (along with his parents) battled through the snow rather than miss his appointment for the last session in his Baby’s First Year package.  So here he is, in seasonal conditions…

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Saturday We’ans

Saturday 24th February was a day of babies and toddlers at Dundonald.  First we had the lovely baby Nisha, in for the last visit on her ‘Baby’s First Year’ package.  She’s ONE!

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Then later in the day, along came cousins John and Teddy, great buddies at the best of times, here they are demonstrating their friendship for the camera!

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NPA Studio Winners.

Studio Winners.

Our studio winners for 2017 have just been announced and here they are:

The Pet Portrait Awards

1st Meeko the Tibetan Terrier

2nd Sheepdog (I can’t figure out which of the family it was – there’s four of them!)

3rd Bentley the Lab-cross.

The Child Portrait Awards

1st Cianan

2nd Alby

3rd Olivia.

Last year our combined group of 74 studios UK-wide raised a grand total of £21690 for our three charities. A massive thank you to everyone who joined in. If you didn’t win this year – why not try again in 2018?

5 Tips for a Relaxed Photoshoot with Children

5 Tips for a Relaxed Photoshoot with Children

You know you are going to get some terrific family images that you will treasure forever. You are also worried that your youngsters (or husband) are going to be a nightmare. Just keep relaxed yourself and all the rest of the family will be fine too.  So here are some quick tricks you can apply at any moment you feel a slightly stressed, not only at your photoshoot.

Count slowly down from 10.

As you count down, just breathe slowly and unwind your shoulders.

Deep breaths.

In through the nose, out through the mouth. Calm, slow, deep breathing is a well known relaxation technique.

Laugh and Giggle

If your infant is being a little monkey, then pick them up, give them a tickle and tell them in a happy way they are being a little monkey.

Be prepared to be silly.

Maybe both you and your kids need the tension breaking. A quick game of piggy back, or walking like a chicken, dancing, singing or spinning might be all it takes to go to the next level.

Don’t get cross.

Really, that is when it is all going to go wrong. We understand that children won’t always co-operate and we are happy to work round it. If they are not doing what we’ve asked, then we will change tack and shoot something around them.

2017 First Round Finalists

ANNOUNCEMENT

Our three finalists for the 2017 Child Portrait Awards (Mini-Models) have been announced by the national judges, and here they are! In no particular order yet, it’s Alby, Cianan, and Olivia.

On Feb 5th we’ll find out who is in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and each will win a studio prize of a fabulous Art Print! One of these three will go forward into the national competition with a chance of winning the BIG £1K prize!

The 2018 MINI-MODELS COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!

0-16 Yrs – Top prize is £1000, and runner up prizes. Entry is by way of a £10 donation to The Lullaby Trust. We have limited free sessions for this competition, if you are interested please click

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for full details.

If you know anyone who may be interested please tell them!