About the competition.
We are supporting the Lullaby Trust, a charity formed to promote safe sleep for babies and to help parents who are coming to terms with a cot death. (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
In support of this very worthy cause, we are participating in the national Child Portrait Awards, with a first prize of £1000 and runner up prizes too.
Entry to the competition is open to children up to 16 years old and to enter we expect a voluntary donation of at least £10 for the first child and at least £5 per child thereafter.
Booking Deposit £25
Please note that from 1st August 2017 EVERY studio booking (Including Promotional Vouchers, Charity Events etc) will be subject to a £25 booking deposit. This deposit will be fully refundable at your gallery viewing or can be used as credit towards our print packages. Please have your card ready when you ring to book.
‘Mini-Models’ and ‘Pet Portrait Awards’ etc where a charity contribution is involved, will have the contribution deducted from the amount before refund or credit.
We regret that this has become necessary due to a small number of inconsiderate people who fail to keep appointments and give no notice.
Judging will take place in January and the winner from each participating studio will go into the final, judged by the charity.
About your studio session.
Your competition studio session lasts 30 minutes. In order to be considerate to others we ask you to be on time (not more than 5 minutes early or late). If you arrive more than ten minutes late you will lose your appointment.
During the short session we will capture photos of your child/ren and you can join in the fun too if you like. (Only photos with one single child can be entered in the competition.)
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.
Relax. It’s only a bit of fun! Count slowly down from 10. As you count down, just breathe slowly and unwind your shoulders. Take 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.
After the studio visit.
We’ll let you see around a dozen photos from your session. Choose one for the competition!
And if you’d like to buy some prints, or purchase the digital files, that’s no problem. Our price list is below.