Lots of lovely babies in the studio this week. I run a ‘KidsClub’ offer, with (usually) three studio visits over the first year, at 4 months, when they are able to lift their head, at 8 months when they can sit up, and at 12 months when they can stand.
Not everyone want to have their kids featured on a website or social media of course, but thankfully, these two lovelies had no such reservations.
Baby Daisy, celebrating her 1st Birthday with a special cake. Baby Edison, at his eight month session.
Here’s Baby Teddy who visited the studio on Saturday to swing in the Dream Catcher in our Enchanted Garden.
And it all an optical illusion?
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.
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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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 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!
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!
They create interest and make a baby shoot irresistible! I found this wooden boat in a new shop in Belfast and immediately I thought it was well worth the £25 or so that it cost!
Combine it with a green backdrop and a couple of lights in the studio and it’s a great asset! And young Arlo here seems to be enjoying it too!
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
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?
Baby James visited the studio today with Mummy and Daddy to pose for the camera. It’s his third visit as part of his ‘Baby’s First Year’ photography package. What amazing childhood memories!
Here’s Baby Isla, visiting our Dundonald studio for the second of her Baby’s First Year’ Photoshoots.
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.
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.