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What happens after your Newborn Session?

July 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

So what happens after your Newborn Session?  

First of all, there is usually quite a bit of washing and tidying!!  A lot of it is hand washing as those delicate wraps are not best friends with the washing machine.  But hey if you take a babies nappy off this is what happens and it happens every session, part and parcel of the package so please don't worry about it.  It's expected! 

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I would love to say that the washing and tidying is done as soon as you have left but I have to confess that I much prefer to get cracking on your images and so that usually takes priority:

I upload your images to Lightroom and I make a 2nd copy onto an external Hard Drive, I then make a 3rd copy onto a separate external Hard Drive.  Can't be too careful!  Then I start to sort through the images and make a shortlist of ones to edit.  This takes ages!!  I always overshoot!  Mental note to self - must be stricter and limit the number of images I take in each session.  

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Next I decide on the final shortlist of images and prepare them in Lightroom before exporting them to Photoshop for the final stages of editing.  Once each image has been individually edited I save 3 separate copies in addition to the original file.  The first one is the photoshop file - to enable me to perform any further editing required, the second is a high resolution jpeg ready to be added to your USB and the third is a web sized jpeg for online galleries and social media.  It's a lengthy process.  The web sized images are then uploaded to a private viewing gallery and the password is emailed to the you with details of how to access your gallery.

Alternatively, I also offer a Viewing Session where you come back to the studio and view your images here.  If you can find the time to pop back for this session it is well worth it.  You get to view your gallery on my large iMac screen which is regularly calibrated so what you see on my screen is how your images will look when I print them at my print lab.  It's a relaxing session, about an hour long, we have a cuppa and discuss what products are available and what suits your requirements and budget.  You can handle the products and feel the quality and see which are suited to your home.  I will be happy to offer advice if asked but otherwise I very much leave the decision making up to you.  Please be assured, there is no sales pitch, it's not my style.  I would much rather you look at the products and decide what you would like and what you can afford.  I want you to leave feeling happy with your choice not feeling that you have been rushed or pressured into something.

All packages offer digital images on a Portraits by Sarah USB; the premium package offers wall art and digital images and the deluxe package offers wall art, a luxury portrait box and digital images.  I am also researching album providers as I would like to add a really gorgeous album package to my price list.  For those of you who aren't in your "forever" home yet you may not want to commit to a piece of Wall Art and an heirloom album is a fantastic alternative option.  It's also something you can keep for your baby and give to them as a gift when they are older.  Hopefully the album package will be available from September 2017.

Your order will usually be ready for collection/delivery 2 to 4 weeks after your order has been placed, depending on what items you have chosen.  I will keep you updated throughout the process.

Anyway, I just thought I would share a little insight into what happens after your session.  

For more details on viewing sessions or if you have any other queries please contact me.


Newborn Season is in full swing

July 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It's newborn season again!  

 

I've had 3 newborn sessions in the last week and I've got one more to do at the end of the week so it definitely feels like Newborn Season.  I've been doing a lot of Cake smashes recently and now all my bookings are Newborns.  Funny how it goes like that!  I would like to say a big thank you to all the babies for being so considerate and arriving in plenty of time for me to do their sessions before the school holidays!!  Usually I have a few that carry over into the holidays but not this year!  Just some editing and orders to prepare and deliver.

Bookings for Autumn 2017 are open and going fast.  October is particularly popular this year.  Dare I say it?  Must have been a good Christmas ;-)

I only have two sessions left for October so if you would like one of them please contact me as soon as you can.  September has a few more spaces available, which is unusual as last September was booked up very early, but please don't leave it until the last minute to book as I receive enquiries daily.  I am also taking bookings for November and December.  

*Please note that Saturday 18th November is that last session date for pre-Christmas delivery (apologies for mentioning the "C" word in July!)*

A good time to book your Newborn Session in is just after your 20 week scan.  Obviously we only book a provisional date at this stage as we don't know exactly when baby will arrive.  For this reason I limit the number of bookings I take each month to enable me to keep a flexible diary for my Newborn Sessions.  If you have your Newborn Session booked in, I can guarantee it.  If you haven't, I will try my best to accommodate you but I can't make any promises.  Clients who have booked early always take priority.

 

This little man's session was booked in 4 months ago and it was a pleasure to meet him yesterday.  Booking early meant that Mum had time to visit for a studio tour whilst she was on Maternity leave.  I think this really helps on the morning of your session as you know where you are going and exactly what to expect.  We had a great session.  It was very relaxed and at just 9 days old this baby boy was a just adorable.  I have some lovely images of both him and of his new family.  I am looking forward to showing his gallery to Mum & Dad but in the meantime here's a little taster.

 

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Portraits by Sarah - info@portraitsbysarah.co.uk

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July 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It's taken a while but I am delighted to report that Portraits by Sarah's new studio is finally finished and it was well worth the wait!  A lot of thought and effort (together with many years experience) has gone into creating my dream studio with everything you should need to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.

From safety to comfort it has all been considered.  It starts when you arrive with secure private dedicated parking right outside the studio so there is no driving round town looking for a parking space and worrying about how long is left on your parking ticket.  Fill the car with whatever you need and just pop down to get it when you need it.  The studio is very spacious.  Plenty of room to bring some toys to keep children occupied whilst their siblings are having their photos taken.  Relaxing chill out area with cosy seats; tea and coffee; a fridge full of cold drinks & snacks for you to help yourself to.

Don't worry if you have forgotten something, there is a fully stocked baby changing table in the bathroom complete with nappies, wipes, cotton wool, nappy cream, it's all here ready for you to use.  

On the technical side of things I have professional Elinchrom flash heads with varying size soft boxes and I use Canon DSLR's with top range lenses.  I have a variety of backdrops which are all ceiling mounted for safety.  My newborn posing area is also benefitting from a new posing frame which helps to produce those dreamy smooth backgrounds in those soft, squishy newborn photos.  There are plenty of props to choose from.

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My aim is to produce exquisite images of your baby/family for you to treasure on the walls and coffee tables of your home long after your little ones have grown up.  You will be provided with high resolution images on a USB and should you opt for a package that includes Wall Art, Portrait Boxes or Albums please rest assured that you are purchasing top quality products that are going to stand the test of time.  All of my products have been fully researched and tested for quality and are created by a variety of skilled specialist providers.  There are samples of all my products in the studio.  Please feel free to pick them up and feel the quality.  

I also encourage Clients to pop along for a studio tour and a chat before their session which helps to alleviate some of the stress of trying to find somewhere new on the day of the session.  Believe me it's hard work for Mum, getting everyones outfits ready, making sure everyone is presentable, packing everything needed for the session and then leaving on time and trying to find somewhere new!  At least if you have popped in before hand you know where you are going and what to expect when you arrive.  Plus it's a really good opportunity for us to discuss your requirements and expectations and for me to show you what I can offer.  If you would like to book a studio tour please contact me here - Portraits by Sarah Studio Tour.  

I am currently taking bookings for Autumn 2017 so please get in touch if you are interested in a session during that period.  I also have unexpected last minute availability for a couple of sessions in mid July.  If you are interested in a session in July please contact me asap as they will go quickly!  You can get in touch here for Bookings & Enquiries.

Please be assured that your baby and families safety and comfort are top priority at all times.  No image is worth compromising safety for.  If I don't feel that your baby is safe I won't use that particular set up.  I have undergone intensive training in handling, posing and photographing delicate newborn babies.  I am a Professional Member of The Baby and Newborn Photography Association a Licentiate of The Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers.  I am dedicated to ongoing training and development to offer you the best images I possible can.

If you would like further information please call me on 07827 443960 or email info@portraitsbysarah.co.uk and I will be more than happy to help.

 

Sarah x

 


Summer Photo Session Fun

June 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It's a scorcher of a summer we are having so far and it was fantastic fun hosting this gorgeous summer lemon themed cake smash.  Mother Nature even played ball and allowed us a little shade to take a few outdoor images next to some beautiful summer flowers that matched our theme.

 

This handsome little man took a little while to get going but once he did he really got stuck in!  Lovely way to celebrate his recent 1st birthday and capture his transition from a baby to a toddler.  Won't be long now until he is toddling all round the place.  That's when the fun really begins ;-)

 

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For more information on summer Mummy & Me Sessions, Baby Portrait Sessions or Cake Smash Sessions please contact Sarah today for a chat.

 

 


How to choose the best photographer for pregnancy photos

June 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

So your bump is blooming, you are about 28 weeks now and into the third trimester of your pregnancy and apparently baby is the size of a large aubergine!  She can blink her eyes and her eyesight is developing.  You may even be able to feel her hiccuping!  You are researching the safest car seats and buggy systems, the latest fashion in nursery furniture and colours that will soothe and comfort your precious new baby.  The list of things you need to do and purchase is extensive and constantly expanding but you love it because you are a Mummy to Be and you can't wait to meet this miraculous new person that you are growing and already love with all your heart.

What else is on your list to do?  Have you considered maternity/pregnancy/baby bump photos?  Have you thought about a newborn baby photography session?  And which photographer are you going to choose?  There are so many about.  Where do you start?  When do you start?  

Well if you haven't already done so I suggest you start looking now (any time after your 20 week scan) and approach this is in much the same way as you would research for other important baby purchases.  Obviously nothing is going to compare to the importance of safety equipment for your baby but choosing the right photographer to capture this fleeting and precious time is nonetheless a big consideration.  

 

Speak to friends who may have had pregnancy or newborn photo sessions - did they enjoy their sessions?  Would they recommend the photographer?

Search the internet for local photographers and decide on how far you are willing to travel; browse through their galleries, blogs and social media.

There is no point booking the photographer at the end of the road for convenience if you don't like their images!

Decide on your budget - having a baby is an expensive business, how much can you afford to spend on a photo session and products?  

Does the photographer offer payment plans?

Are there family members or friends who want to give a gift but don't know what, would they like to contribute?;

What would you like to achieve from your session?  Beautiful wall art, a stunning album, digital images

Make sure your chosen photographer offers these products 

and make sure they are good quality!

 

Now you have a shortlist I would arrange them into the order of preference.  Don't worry too much about individual prices at this point.  Just put them in order of your favourite work.  Whose style do you really love?  If money wasn't an object, who would you choose?  This will help you decide on the style of photographer you are looking for.  Now unfortunately we all have a budget so it's time to put your practical head on, revisit the list and remove any photographers that are way out of your price range (unless of course you really really love their style and they offer payment plans that are agreeable to you).  Out of the remaining photographers whose style is closest to that which you had originally at the top of your list?  Are there still a few to choose from?  At this point I would suggest getting in touch, drop them an email or give them a call, ask them for further details on how their sessions work, their location and studio space, products, prices and availability.  Request a studio tour if you are unsure.  Check out the space and the photographer and see if you have a connection.  You need to feel comfortable and relaxed in your surroundings to enjoy and have a successful photo session.  Make sure you are comfortable in your choice, it's important!

So, why am I writing this post?  Surely I want you all to come and have your photographs taken at my brand new boutique Hertfordshire studio (sorry, shameless plug!)!  

 

Well actually I don't!  

Not if it isn't right for you.  

Not if it doesn't feel right.  

Not if you aren't happy with my prices and/or products.  

Not if you don't like my style and images

Not if you don't feel comfortable or you just don't like me!  

 

But I would like you to include me in your considerations!  Check out my images and compare me to other local photographers; whose style do you prefer?; check out my location and the ample secure parking (no squeezing out of the car in ridiculously small parking spaces at Portraits by Sarah ;-) ); look at the quality of my products (if you are looking for cheap and cheerful I'm afraid I'm not the right photographer for you.  I offer premium quality products that last); peruse my prices and payment plans; come and see me for a studio tour and a cuppa.  I am more than happy to discuss your requirements and for you to see if Portraits by Sarah is a good fit for you.  Contact me today for a no obligation chat whatever stage of pregnancy you are at.  

 

And just incase you didn't realise - I have a brand new exciting boutique studio that just so happens to be the perfect space for Maternity and Newborn photo sessions!  Funny that, seeing as I am a Maternity and Newborn Photographer!  Earlier this week I had a very stunning Mummy to Be very kindly agree to model for me so that I could try out my new space.  I think we all agree that she looks absolutely fabulous and I am really delighted with how the images look in the new studio. 

  

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Summer 2017 Cake Smash Special Offer

May 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It’s finally starting to feel like summer, long may it continue.  To celebrate the last 7 weeks of term and the opening of Portraits by Sarah’s new boutique studio I am extending my cake smash special offer to all bookings made and sessions taken before 21st July 2017.

If you haven’t heard about cake smash sessions you are missing out!  They are fabulously fun and they are a great way to capture some photos of your baby’s 1st birthday or their transition from a baby to a toddler.  The sessions are suitable from 10 months to 2 years and start with a short 5 minute pre-smash baby portrait session before things start to get messy!  This is followed by the Cake Smash where your little darling is given a giant handmade cupcake in your choice of colours to demolish and devour!  There will also be coordinating balloons and optional bunting or pom poms.  Once the cake has been demolished or baby has had their fill we move onto the post-smash bubble bath session.  (I must just quickly add that I have found babies very rarely overeat during these sessions but of course you are free to call time at any point you wish).  The bubble bath is in an old tin bath tub and I usually use Johnson’s Baby bubble bath but of course you can bring your own preferred bubbles if you prefer.  This part of the session serves two purposes: 1. some cracking images of your little one splashing away and 2. cleaning little one up and winding down a little so that when you leave you have a clean and tired baby ready for a nice nap in the car!

Bonus is that you get to take home any cake that we can salvage, which surprisingly is usually quite substantial, and your balloons.  After the session a “Sneak Peak” will be posted for you on social media and/or Portraits by Sarah’s blog to whet your appetite whilst you await your gallery.  Your private gallery will contain 15 to 20 fully edited images from your session and you will choose your favourite 10 images which will be provided on a Portraits by Sarah USB with full print release.  You will also receive a 10x10” board backed print of your storyboard image (a collage of images from your session).

So how much is this fantastic offer going to cost me I hear you say.  Well usually it would cost £425 - £65 session fee; £325 for USB of 10 high resolution digital images with print release and £35 for 10x10” board backed storyboard print.  However for bookings made and taken before 21st July 2017 you will save a whopping £100!  This whole package including your bespoke handmade giant cupcake, coordinating balloons and bubble bath for only £325, payable in two parts - £65 when booking and £260 at your session.

This is going to be popular so book fast if you are interested as there is limited availability.  For enquiries and bookings please contact Sarah here today.

 

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Outdoor Cinema comes to Buntingford!

May 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Who loves going to the cinema?

Me!  

Who loves the Great British Countryside?

Me!  

Who thinks a mid summer movie night in the gorgeous garden of a fabulous local country pub is a great idea?

Me!  

Who loves Grease and can probably recite the whole film from beginning to end?

Me!  

But enough about me let's hear more about the outdoor movie night that is coming to Buntingford...

Big birthdays can be a little thought provoking and always seem to be a time of reflection.  What have I done so far?  Where am I now?   What do I want to do going forward?  Well for one of my lovely Clients, fabulous Mummy and local hairdresser it was a challenge that called to her: 

"I decided I wanted a challenge before I turn 30.. this trek came up and I decided it sounded perfect. I am trekking Tanzania in October with my sister for the Herts and Essex Air Ambulance. Fundraising is tough so I was looking for something that was reasonably priced but would bring everyone together.. and what better way than a cinema night in a pub garden 😀

So we are showing Grease at The Sword Inn Hand in Westmill, Buntingford on Sunday 25th of June. People can arrive from 6:45 for live entertainment and a BBQ ready for the film to start when the sun goes down.

We will also have popcorn/sweets and a raffle on the night.

People can email me or call me for ticket at emma_hunter988@me.com or they can call me on 07970393429"

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If you have ever been to The Sword Inn Hand you will know that it is a fabulous country pub in the gorgeous village of Westmill, Buntingford.  The food is amazing and the garden is huge!  What a fantastic venue for an outdoor night at the movies!  The whole evening sounds like great fun and I wish Emma, Stuart and Kerry every success with the event and their bigger challenge.  

 

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I would also like to say that Herts and Essex Air Ambulance is a very worthy local charity that is vital for people who live in areas like Buntingford and the surrounding villages which are a long way from their local hospitals.  Obviously in an ideal world none of us would ever need to use them but the reality is that at some point one of us, or a member of our families or local community will need their help so let's support them in any way we can.

"The Essex & Herts Air Ambulance service is not part of the NHS and receives limited Government funding.

We are a Charity and rely on the money you give. Your support provides a free life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas.

Our Pre-Hospital Care Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics provide advanced medical care on-site that is normally only found in the Hospital Emergency Department. Once stabilised, patients are rushed to the most appropriate hospital for their needs. This early intervention makes a dramatic difference to each patient’s survival."

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Please note that none of the images in this blog were NOT taken by Portraits by Sarah or Sarah Cockerton.  They have been used to help promote this fundraising event.


Smash & Splash Photo Session

May 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Isn't it just amazing how much little humans grow in their first year!

I find it truly inspiring and it is one of the reasons I started hosting Cake Smash Photo sessions, an opportunity to capture some fun images of your baby growing into a toddler.  Each baby is different and therefore each session is different.  Some babies get really stuck in and others are a little reserved and need a little helping hand.  Some aren't too fussed with the cake but love the bubble bath at the end.  However the session flows it ends up being fabulously fun with lots of lovely images of your gorgeous baby.

This little lady loved smashing her cake and made a really good job of demolishing it and she had great fun in her bubble bath too.  Don't you just love her gorgeous little dungarees!

 

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For details on Portraits by Sarah's current Cake Smash packages/special offers please click here.


Newborn Baby Photo Shoot Hertfordshire

February 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Welcome gorgeous girl

may you

splash in muddy puddles

run through flower filled meadows

feel the sun on your skin

make special friends

find the end of the rainbow

sleep under the stars

swim in the ocean 

spread your wings and fly like a bird

the world is yours

explore & enjoy

x

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For further information about Newborn Sessions and for Bookings please contact Sarah.


The Best of 2016!!

January 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

A little celebration of my Clients in 2016, can you find your pic?

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1st Birthday Cake Smash Photo Session

November 29, 2016  •  1 Comment

Another Cake Smash photo session in the studio today and what fun it was too.  This little lady had a wonderful time and it was a delight to see her doing so well and having such fun after being very poorly just before her birthday.  So a little belated but a great 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Splash nonetheless.

It led me to thinking about the history of the birthday cake and where it all started, so I did a little research and this is what I have found out:

Cakes, interchangeable with bread until the middle ages, have been used in wedding celebrations for thousands of years.  The bread mix would be sweetened with honey for celebrations.  It wasn't until the 1400's that German bakeries are thought to have started marketing cakes specifically for birthday celebrations.  Initially only the wealthy could afford to purchase these cakes as they were expensive to make but the industrial revolution led to advanced technology and materials making production of cakes cheaper and therefore more widely affordable.  

What about candles?  Why do we light candles on our birthday cakes?

This tradition is thought to stem from Ancient Greece.  For the Ancient Greeks, putting candles on a cake was a special way to pay tribute to the Greek moon goddess, Artemis (also the goddess of the hunt). They baked round cakes to symbolise the moon. Candles were added to represent the reflected moonlight.  In the 1700's the Germans started to add candles to birthday cakes for children during their birthday celebrations, Kinderfesten.  The tradition was for a candle for each year of age as well as extra candles to represent the years to come.  Very similar to our tradition now.

Many ancient cultures and religions believed that smoke carried their prayers up to the gods.  It is possible that today's tradition of making a wish and blowing out the candles stems from this belief.

And we have the Romans to thank for celebrating birthdays in the first place, however this was only for men.  Women's birthday's were not celebrated!!

Fortunately we are no longer under Roman reign and Cake Smashes are very popular for boys and girls alike!  

If you would be interested in some more information about a Cake Smash Photo Session for your babies 1st birthday please click here or call/text 07827 443960.

 

Thank you to Carly's Cakes for a stunning handmade cupcake that matches this little ladies gorgeous bloomers perfectly.

 

 

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Luxury Christmas Gifts & Presents for Mummies To Be, New Mummies and Mummies!

November 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

"It's the most wonderful time of the year!"

 

So now that all the Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations are complete we suddenly realise that Christmas is only 6 weeks away!!  Every year I promise myself that I will be more organised than last year and each year I find myself doing last minute online orders and dashing round the shops in a bit of a frenzy!!  Sound familiar?   Well let's make this year different!  Let's enjoy the run up to Christmas safe in the knowledge that we have some really luxurious and unique gifts, that are guaranteed to be winners, under our belts before the end of November.

This year I have teamed up with the very lovely Angela from Spoilt Mama (also known as Angela Holland Yoga) to offer some really sumptuous and indulgent Christmas Gift Packages for Mummies to be; New Mummies and Mummies.  Spoilt Mama and Portraits by Sarah will be hosting a Luxury Christmas Shopping Evening on Facebook on Sunday 20th November between 8pm - 10pm.  We will also have a carefully selected range of guest sellers attend so this should be a wonderful opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done and you won't even need to leave your chair!!  The events are showing on Portraits by Sarah's and Angela Holland Yoga's Facebook pages so come along and register your interest here to receive a reminder nearer the event.  Information about the event will be posted throughout this week so make sure you keep an eye out for the posts.  If you know of anyone who may be interested please feel free to invite them along, the more the merrier!  Oh and you might want to make sure your other half is about incase you see a pressie that you fancy for yourself!

So what's on offer?  Well without spoiling all the fun there are presents suitable for everyone but particularly Mummies & Mummies to be.  We all need to buy a present for a Mum (whether it is our Mum, partner's Mum, Sister, Friend etc) or a Mummy to be and all Mums, and Mummy's to be, deserve to be pampered with a little luxury.  Look no further we have a variety of exquisite luxury gift packages that will be available to purchase at the Luxury Christmas Shopping Event.  You can view Spoilt Mama's selection here.  


Portraits by Sarah and Spoilt Mama also have a Luxury Gift Hamper available to purchase which includes a Holistic Silk Eye Mask; Heaven Scent Facial Kit; one of Angela's fabulous Yoga Classes and a choice of one of these Portraits by Sarah Mini Photo Sessions: Blossoming Bumps Mini Photo Sessions; Beautiful Baby Mini Photo Sessions & an Outdoor Kids & Teens Mini Photo Session.  Please see further details of the Mini Sessions and their dates below.  If you are pregnant and you would prefer to swop the Blossoming Bumps Mini Session for a Newborn Photo Session that can be arranged.  Please contact Sarah to discuss the details.  

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Portraits by Sarah's extremely popular Mini Sessions will also be available to purchase individually at the Luxury Christmas Shopping event.  Do you know someone who has been meaning to get Professional Photos of the kids done for years?  Well what better gift than an Outdoor Mini Photo Session suitable for toddlers, older children and teens.  The date for the Outdoor Mini Sessions is Saturday 28th or Sunday 29th January 2017 (depending on which day the weather forecast is better!).  Is it your Baby's (or your Grandchild's, Niece's, Nephew's or Godchild's) 1st Christmas?  Would you like to buy them something a little special?  Look no further - how about a Beautiful Baby Mini Photo Session?  A fabulous keepsake that will be treasured for many years.  Suitable for babies aged 4 to 9 months, the date for the Beautiful Baby Mini Sessions is Friday 20th January 2017.  Are you expecting a baby and would you like to capture the amazing journey that your body is going through?  How about a Blossoming Bump Mini Photo Session?  These sessions are being held on Saturday 14th January 2017.

Mini Sessions are extremely popular and get booked up very quickly, they make the perfect gift.  I don't know a single Mummy who wouldn't love a professional photograph of her child as a present.  If you would like to include additional images in your Mini Session Package Upgrades are available, please ask for details here.  Each purchase will receive a Gift Certificate and a Mini Session information Card (with details on how to book your preferred session time slot) presented in a Portraits by Sarah folder as seen in the image below.

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Please note: To ensure that the sessions run smoothly and on schedule they are strictly 30 minutes in duration.  

These gifts will be available to purchase from 8pm on Sunday 20th November 2016 at the Luxury Christmas Shopping Evening.  They will be offered on a first come first served basis.  They are limited availability and once they are gone they are gone!  Any remaining gift/Mini Sessions will be available to purchase throughout the remainder of November and December at Portraits by Sarah and Spoilt Mama.  

Details of guest sellers to be added each day so don't forget to pop back and see what else will be on offer...

 

 

 

 


Autumn Mini Sessions|Portraits by Sarah|Hertfordshire Photographer

October 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I LOVE AUTUMN!!

I love the warm palette of colours, fabulous variety of textures, crunchy colourful leaves, tiny acorns, rounded pine cones and shiny conkers.  I love the golden sunlight, blustery days and fresh Autumn walks. I even love cosy rainy days snuggling in front of the fire.

 

This year I decided to host my first batch of Autumn Mini Sessions and I am so pleased that I did, they were great fun.  I caught up with some existing Clients (it's always great to see Clients again and to check out how much the kids have changed) and I met some wonderful new families.  The Mini Sessions were thirty minutes long and it gave us plenty of time to get some stunning images for their Mini Galleries.  Infact it was a struggle to keep the editing to a reasonable amount as for most sessions I could have filled a full gallery!

 

Being outdoors is always such a hit with the kiddies and the weather, although a little variable, was generally pretty good and none of us ended up soaked, which is always a bonus! The conker hunt was a firm favourite and I believe that this little lady was the Conker Hunt Champion with a whopping 101 conkers found!!  Apologies if I got this figure wrong, it was a busy day!!  The basket of Autumn trinkets was also a favourite and a very successful way of keeping little bottoms seated for just long enough to get some more posed photos.

 

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Here are a few of my favourite images from the Sessions:

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Autumn Mini Sessions with Portraits by Sarah, Hertfordshire Photographer

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I'm delighted to report that everyone who attended purchased the Deluxe (top) package, and upgraded if that isn't what they originally booked, as they were so pleased with their images.  I also had a few requests for additional images on top of the Deluxe package!!  I therefore think it's pretty safe to say that Autumn Mini Sessions are going to become an annual event at Portraits by Sarah so don't worry if you missed out this year just keep an eye out for details of next years sessions. The sessions are extremely popular and are great value.  As a thank you to my existing Clients they are offered priority exclusive booking before the sessions are offered to my Mailing List Subscribers and finally, if there are any sessions remaining, they are offered on Facebook and Instagram.  

To ensure you don't miss out on your Autumn Mini Session next year please make sure you are on Portraits by Sarah's Mailing List (I promise you won't be bombarded with irrelevant emails and your personal details are never passed on to any third parties) and are following Portraits by Sarah on Facebook and Instagram so that you receive regular updates on special offers and upcoming events.

For more information about the type of sessions Portraits by Sarah offers

or to make a booking enquiry please contact Sarah here.

 

 

 


Newborn Baby Photography Session at Portraits by Sarah's Hertfordshire Studio

April 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Isn't she just adorable!!  Beautiful baby girl, just 14 days new, from yesterday's Newborn Session.  

 

Mum had a Maternity Session with me in March so it was really lovely to see her again and to meet her beautiful baby girl.  It's always an honour to be a part of this very special journey and to help capture those precious Newborn features.

 

I chose this taster pic for Mum as she particularly liked this beautiful handmade felt tulip hat.  Very sweet.

 

My Newborn Session Special Offer has been extended until 30th June 2016 so if you are pregnant or know someone who is and are considering having a Newborn Session please Click Here to request further information or make a booking.  For details of the Special Offer please follow this link.  

 

Newborn Baby Photography Session at Portraits by Sarah's Hertfordshire Studio, UK


Maternity Photography Session|Portraits by Sarah|Hertfordshire

March 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Oh my goodness, I am in love with the look and feel of the images from today's Maternity Session.  

 

This beautiful Mummy to be wanted to use pastels in her session and the result is a gallery of gorgeous light, soft and very feminine images.  I think she looks fabulous and I loved the cardigans and wraps that she brought to use during the session they all worked wonderfully well and helped make the images very personal.  Of course no Maternity Session is complete without using some of my wraps and materials but it's always nice to use new props.

 

I must admit I am a huge fan of floral crowns so I was delighted that one was required for todays session.  Delicate and pastel was the order and I spent a peaceful half hour before the session creating the crown.  So pretty - both the crown and Mum!  Doesn't she look just amazing at 36 weeks...

 

I always say that Newborn Sessions are my favourite sessions with Cake Smashes coming a close second place.  However I must admit that Maternity Sessions are creeping up in the favourites.  They are lovely sessions, relaxed with a hint of anticipation and excitement.  Discussions about whether baby is a boy or girl, potential names and nearly finished nurseries, house moves, decorating and of course the impending Newborn Session!  

 

Pregnancy is a truly amazing journey for a Woman.  No two pregnancies are the same and each brings different emotions, experiences and sometimes ailments.  However all pregnancies involve the most incredible changes to a woman's body albeit that some of these changes are more welcome than others.  Every Mum to be that has been to see me in the studio for a Maternity Session has had a concern about at least one area of her body that has changed during pregnancy.  We can discuss these concerns and use different poses and props to reduce the visibility of these areas of concern if required.  We can also discuss how images may be edited if necessary.  Having been through pregnancy twice myself I do understand these are very real concerns and I am very sympathetic towards them.  Although I must also say that these things always seem worse to you.  From the other side of the camera I just see a beautiful glowing woman doing the most amazing job of growing another human life and embarking on a whole new journey and I can assure you that this is what everyone else sees too.

 

If you would like to discuss or book a Maternity Session with Portraits by Sarah please click here.

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