Learning is never ending

Learning is never ending

Slice of Life Photography - Fine Art Photographer

Learning is never ending

1st June 2018

I have often shared posts on Facebook with you all about training I have undergone as part of my photography journey. I am a firm believer that you never stop learning and that to be the best newborn and children’s photographer I can be that I need to develop and improve my skills regularly.

Last year I invited the wonderful Claire Elliott from Forever Memories Photography to my studio for a 1:1 training day to work on my Newborn posing skills. I was so inspired by her teaching and everything that I learnt that I was quick to enrol for her 1 week residential training retreat in May of this year.

This course took place near Ashbourne in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside, in a beautiful converted Barn. Myself and fourteen other likeminded photographers spent five wonderful days immersed in all things photography.

We studied from dawn to dusk (and that is no over-exaggeration), covering everything from photographing newborns, posing and styling for little sitters, toddlers and older children, lighting techniques, photographing outdoors, editing techniques, business management and for me the most important one, a session surrounding being a responsible photographer and baby / child first aid.

The week was very intense with lots of learning and hands on practise with some wonderful children and models, we even spent time practising on one another to capture some up to date head shots. It truly was an amazing week with a wealth of knowledge learnt and some amazing friends made.

I look forward to putting into practise what I have learnt with you all soon.

Marie

Keywords: Training, photography training, newborn photography, sitter photo shoot, lighting techniques

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    Slice of Life Photography

    Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

    The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

    Address

    Whaplode
    Spalding
    Lincolnshire
    United Kingdom

    Telephone

    07545 778016

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    Slice of Life Photography is easily accessible from Boston, Kings Lynn and Peterborough.

    My home based garden studio is the ideal environment to create wonderful memories during a newborn photoshoot, celebrate your little ones first birthday with a cake smash or create some wonderful family portraits. Step inside my Spalding based Photography studio to see where the magic is created.

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      Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

      The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

      Address

      Whaplode
      Spalding
      Lincolnshire
      United Kingdom

      Telephone

      07545 778016

      Lincolnshire Photography Studio 2017 review

      Lincolnshire Photography Studio 2017 review

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      2017 in review

      1st January 2018

      Well what an amazing year I have had at Slice of Life Photography. A record number of clients have stepped through the doors, I have relocated the studio close to Spalding in Lincolnshire and I continue to love every minute of what I do. Not every session has been easy, there have challenges along the way. Children who don’t want to co-operate, babies suffering colic or that don’t want to sleep, rain and freezing temperatures to battle on wedding days, but the end result has always been worth the persistence and determination. I absolutely love creating beautiful newborn photos for you to treasure, capturing you little ones birthday with a cake smash photoshoot and transforming your little ones into timeless fairies and elves. Here are the highlights from the most amazing year to date.

      Newborn Photography

      I have had the pleasure of recording the arrival of 54 newborn babies this year. Capturing their early days with timeless beautiful baby photos in my Lincolnshire Photography studio. Some babies have slept through their newborn photoshoot and others have watched me intently and been far too interested in what I’ve been doing to close their eyes, but each and every one has been a wonderful precious gift and a delight to photograph.

      Little Sitters

      A few of my newborns have returned for the little sitter part of their Milestones Photography package and other Little sitters have visited for the first time. I love to capture sitting babies as it is a great opportunity to capture their emerging personalities as they start to see the world for a different vantage point.

       Little sitters at Slice of Life photography, Watch Me grow Photography packages, Boston Photographer

      Cake Smash Photoshoots

      Cake smash photoshoots are a great way to record your baby turning one. As well as 16 1st birthdays this year, I have also captured my first 2nd birthday and mustn’t forget capturing my own cheeky 11 year old as well. A fun photoshoot for any age.

      Slice of Life Photography - 11th Birthday cake smash pastel unicorn themed by Slice of Life Photography, Boston Photography Studio

      Bluebell Mini Photoshoots

      The Spring time is one of my favourite times of year to get outside and create some wonderful family memories during location photoshoots. This year 11 families joined me for sessions in the wonderful Bluebell wonderlands. The beautiful purple flowers making a wonderful setting for outdoor photography sessions and mark the start of spring for me.

      Slice of Life Photography - Collage of Bluebell Photoshoots, Location Photography by Lincolnshire Photographer Slice of Life Photography

      Family Photoshoots

      I have seen a rise in families visiting this year with 12 families joining me either in the studio or on location for an outdoor family photoshoot. It is lovely to be able to capture the whole family together; it’s so important to have pictures with Mummy and Daddy in too.

      Maternity Photography

      Bump Photoshoots are so precious. An opportunity to document your pregnancy and the life growing inside of you. 6 Mummyies have stepped into the studio to document their amazing bodies this year, all glowing in the beauty of pregnancy.

      Fairy Photography

      This year has seen my Fairy Photography grow massively, with the introduction of Elves and Fairy outfits for Mummies.   Fairy Photoshoots are held on limited dates throughout the year and every date sold out during 2017!  2018 fairy dates are already booking up and I cannot wait to create more magical Fine Art Fairy Portraits for you all.

      Pet Photography

      Pet Photography is an area I hope to expand during 2018.  Capturing our 4 legged family members is so important.  As I write this I am preparing to let my own fur baby go to sleep forever and it breaks my heart that she will no longer be here to greet you all, but I take comfort in the many amazing portraits I have of her.  Riley is the 1 fur baby that visited in 2017 and he was a dream to photograph.  Watch this space for details of Pet Portrait Days coming in 2018.

      Slice of Life Photography - Sweet portrait of a dog by Slice of Life Photography, Pet Photographer Spalding

      Christmas Photoshoots

      Christmas is such a fun magical time and it is lovely to document the magic through photography. Many clients chose to document their little ones every Christmas as it is a great gift to share with family and document how they have grown each year.

       Christmas photos by Slice of Life Photography, Boston Photographer

      Engagement and Wedding Photography

      My 2017 journey in wedding photography will follow in a separate article, after I have completed the final 2017 wedding collection.  Just one couple chose to include a pre-wedding engagement shoot in their wedding package this year and together we chose to take advantage of the beautiful Bluebells to document this.  I hope that more couples will add an engagement photoshoot to their wedding packages during the 2018 and 2019 wedding seasons.  It is so wonderful to capture couples so much in love and allows us to work together ahead of the pressures of a busy wedding day.

      Slice of Life Photography - Engagement Photo in Bluebell woodlands but Slice of Life Photography, Spalding Wedding Photographer

      Finally I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy new year and  to thank each and everyone of  you for the 134 sessions, 5 weddings, 1 prom and one Charity Ball that I have had the privilege of documenting throughout 2017.  Here is to an amazing 2018 x

       

       

      Marie

      Keywords: baby photography, cake smash photoshoot’, fairy photography, newborn photography, wedding photography

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        Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

        The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

        Address

        Whaplode
        Spalding
        Lincolnshire
        United Kingdom

        Telephone

        07545 778016

        Why should I book Slice of Life Photography?

        Why should I book Slice of Life Photography?

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        Why should I book Slice of Life Photography?

        Spalding Photography Studio

        5th November 2017

        What am I paying for?

        I just wanted to write a quick post about what goes into a photoshoot at Slice of Life Photography. Just like within any industry there are many price brackets for the same product, and photography is no different, however it is not uncommon for me to hear the words, ‘you’re too expensive’, and this is absolutely fine as I don’t expect every enquiry to turn into a booking, but I want clients and potential clients to understand what is involved within a Newborn photography session, what happens behind the scenes before I press the shutter for your cake smash photoshoot and to understand the time and skill that goes into editing your Fairy Photos. I pride myself in offering a unique and personal service to all my clients and hope that it is this that sets me apart from my competitors and is the reason that my clients choose me. Whilst this blog article isn’t about justifying what I charge I hope it helps you to understand that the unique images created during your baby photoshoot, cake smash session or even as part of your wedding photography package are not a simple ‘click of the button’,

        So let me outline some of the essential elements to running my Spalding photography studio.

        My purpose-built garden studio offers a home from home experience and I hope ensures a relaxing and enjoyable environment for your photography session. Whilst I like to try and maintain business hours to ensure a work life balance, working from home does mean that I can offer a little more flexibility to my clients. I appreciate that many of you work 9 – 5 and so it is not uncommon for me to make myself available for clients to collect orders out of hours on the way home from work or at weekends.

        It is important to me that my props are updated and replaced regularly to ensure that the images that I create for my clients are personal and unique to them. My wonderful studio space has been kitted out with a range of props and outfits, some of them unique and handmade by me. I pride myself in offering variety and choice to my clients and I want them to walk away with memories and images that are special to them and not just the same as the next persons.

        Slice of Life Photography - Inside the photography studio, Photographer near Boston

        Cake smash photoshoots are styled to individual clients’ preferences. If I client requests a set up I haven’t created before then a new outfit is purchased and items linked to the theme are brought, this may include bunting or more specific items (like carrots for a recent Peter rabbit themed session or a Unicorn headband). In addition to these one of expenses every cake smash photoshoot includes the cost of the cake which is made by a professional baker, styled to your chosen theme. In order to ensure I maintain a high standard of hygiene all cake smash sessions are photographed on a paper back drop which is thrown away after the session. Outfits and towels etc. are also washed and the studio cleaned after every session to maintain the high hygiene levels important when working with young children.

        Slice of Life Photography - vintage pink themed cake smash photography by Slice of Life Photography, Spalding studio

        During a newborn photography session many wraps and blankets are used, some get pooped on, some peed on but regardless each and every blanket and outfit that is used during a newborn photoshoot is washed and dried prior to being used with another baby. If my clients have a specific colour or image in mind for their session I go out of my way to source the necessary items to create the image. I am currently designing a prop for an upcoming newborn session as a surprise for my client. The time and love that I have put into creating this unique item is because I love what I do and I want my clients to have the perfect images for them. I’m sure there will be a blog post to follow on this after the big reveal.

        Slice of Life Photography - baby girl on rose garland swing with water reflection, Award winning Image by Slice of Life Photography

        Insurance provides cover and peace of mind to both myself and my clients that should the worst happen, everyone concerned is fully protected. This is particularly important within my work as a wedding photographer or a newborn photographer where should a memory card become corrupt and the files lost a simple reshoot isn’t an option. It ensures that should my equipment become damaged I will able to get the items repaired or replaced without delay. My insurance has proved invaluable already. When my camera was dropped during a wedding in November 2015, it was repaired and back to me within 10 working days, In time for the next wedding I had booked.

        Camera’s, Lens, Lighting, and Computers are some of the many pieces of equipment essential to my job. Aside from the initial outlay for these, they don’t last forever and need to be replaced frequently. It is also paramount to me that I have back up equipment available should a failure happen during a photo shoot. I would much rather grab my spare camera than stop the session.

        I want to be able to provide the best service possible to my clients, this means regular training to develop my photography and business skills. Previously I have undertaken Newborn Photography training with some of the world’s leading photographers, I have undertaken training in Newborn Safety, and specialist training to allow me to create stunning fine art Fairy Portraits and in 2018 I will be completing further training including baby first aid. I hope that this ongoing training provides my clients with the peace of mind that they and their children are in safe hands and that the images I create for them are of the highest possible standard. I am also a member of The Guild of Photographers and BANPAS, these professional bodies support me to continue to provide a high standard of professional service.

        Slice of Life Photography - before and after of newborn photography edit, Boston photography studio

        The process of editing is time consuming and this is factored into the overall cost of your photography session. All images are retouched to a high standard, removing blemishes and correcting skin tones etc. takes time and patience. It is important to me that your images are finished to a high standard and so a lot of care and attention goes into each individual image. All images within the final gallery are fully retouched prior to your personal viewing and ordering appointment. Whilst this means that there is a two week wait for your viewing appointment, it also means that you can see exactly what the final image looks like rather than trust that my editing will match what you visualise.

        Slice of Life Photography - Before and after Fine art fairy edit, Photographer near Boston

        Recently a few clients have asked why I stopped on-line galleries for viewing and ordering. There are two main reasons behind this. Firstly, I want you to see the images exactly as they will appear in print. Every screen, TV or monitor has a different colour tone and this means that what you view on your computer at home may not be what appears in print. The screen that images are viewed on in the studio matches the colour tones of the professional printing lab that supplies your final prints, so by viewing your gallery within the studio you can see exactly how they will appear in print. It is also important to me that I am able to offer you support and guidance in making your final order selections. I do not run your ordering appointment with a ‘pushy sales pitch’, I simply provide input on what would work well in terms of crop, size etc. based the images you have selected and our discussions surrounding your personal home decor and style.

        Slice of Life Photography - Stunning framed canvas supplied by Spalding Photographer

        Your prints and products are sourced from high quality professional printing labs. Yes, you can get items printed on the high street for a lower cost, but my products are designed to be displayed for many years and survive the test of time and so the quality and standard of production reflects this. Digital images are a purchase option for those clients that which to source their own products.

        I hope that this article goes some way to demonstrating the care, love and attention that I put into providing the best possible service to my clients. I want each and every one of you to choose me for my unique personal style and to love every image that I create for you. Photography and creating timeless memories are my passion and I want this to shine through in the service that I offer to you all.

        Marie

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          Slice of Life Photography

          Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

          The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

          Address

          Whaplode
          Spalding
          Lincolnshire
          United Kingdom

          Telephone

          07545 778016

          What to wear for your Photoshoot

          What to wear for your Photoshoot

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          What to wear for your Photoshoot

          Studio Photoshoot – Clothing Ideas

          18th October 2017

          Many factors are important when creating the perfect photograph. Lighting, posing, facial expressions and clothing all play an important part. If one element is off balance the result can be that the final image doesn’t look right. Your photographer will work with you to ensure that most of these factors are set to create the perfect family portrait, however clothing is something you will need to consider in advance of your photoshoot. Whether it is a family portrait, photos of the children or a maternity photoshoot what you wear is an important factor, so below are some top tips from me to help you plan your outfits.

          Slice of Life Photography - Beach sunset photoshoot with sisters, Stamford Photographer
          1. Co-ordinate Outfits

          It is important to ensure that what each person participating in the photoshoot blends together well.  This doesn’t mean everyone should wear exactly the same colours and tones but it does mean that you should complement one another.

          1. Simplicity is best

          Photographers want to emphasis your faces and emotion and wearing plain clothing helps to avoid distractions within the photographs.Logo’s and patterns can draw attention away from you and your family.

          Slice of Life Photography - Sweet little boy sitting on log, Lincoln photographer

          3. Be Timeless

          Try to avoid wearing clothing that represents the latest fashion. Timeless clothing such as jeans, or a classic style will still look good displayed in your home in years to come.

          4. Dress for the time of year

          This is particularly important if you have opted for an outdoor photoshoot. You want your images to make sense so consider where you are having your photos taken and dress appropriately for the location and time of year.

          Slice of Life Photography - outdoor photoshoot in hay bales, Boston Photographer

          5. Use accessories to show your personalities

          It is important that the portraits created show your personalities and style, so use simple accessories to do this without over powering the finished look. A pretty hair bow, soft scarf or funky shoes can all bring out your personality without distracting from the co-ordinated look.

          Slice of Life Photography - Beautiful mummy to be, maternity photographer Peterborough

          Fine art portrait Spalding photographer6. Wear layers and textures

          Wearing textures and layers can add depth and interest to a photograph whilst maintaining the co-ordinated colours. Linen, Lace, and cord can complement one another whilst helping to separate individuals.

          7. Shoes matter

          Don’t forget to think about your footwear. If you are in the studio it maybe that your photographer will ask you to go barefoot but for outdoor photoshoots your footwear can make or break an outfit.

          Slice of Life Photography - Fine Art Portrait Spalding Photographer

          8. Be comfortable

          This is especially important for young children. You don’t want them in an outfit that they don’t like or find irritating. The likely outcome is they will be fidgety and tugging at their clothes during their photoshoot.

          9. Don’t forget hair and make-up

          Your make-up should be subtle and natural and compliment your chosen clothing. It is important that your hairstyle is representative of you, but it is also helpful to try and avoid your hair falling across your face to avoid distracting shadows and hair falling into the eyes.

          Slice of Life Photography - Fine Art Portrait of 2 Brothers, Boston photographer

          10. Consider your home decor

          This may sound like a strange thing to consider but you want your pictures to compliment your home, particularly if you are planning on displaying a wonderful piece of large wall art.

          I hope that you have found this helpful in planning the perfect outfit for your photoshoot. Your photographer will be the perfect person to chat to about styling ideas if you want further advice. At my photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire I have a range of outfits for many photo shoot styles so it is always worth asking as it maybe that outfits can be provided for all or some members of the family.

          Marie

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            Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

            The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

            Address

            Whaplode
            Spalding
            Lincolnshire
            United Kingdom

            Telephone

            07545 778016

            How to celebrate your baby’s 1st Birthday!

            How to celebrate your baby’s 1st Birthday!

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            How to celebrate your baby’s 1st Birthday!

            7th June 2017

             

            Ways to celebration your baby turning one

            Even though your baby won’t remember their 1st birthday celebrations, they still create wonderful memories for family, and hopefully some great photos you’ll treasure forever. It is all too easy to get yourself into a “Pinterest hole” trying to throw the most creative party ever, but here are some top tips on simple but fun ways to mark your little one turning one.

            1)  I’m sure you’ll want to throw a party.  Even though they won’t remember it, you and family will love watching them celebrate and have fun.  But keep it simple, a family BBQ or soft play fun with their friends.   You could include so quirky memories as part of your decorations.  A personalised homemade banner or a number one decorated with photos of baby.

            2) Take a photo of baby in a specific spot, one you can use each year.  Then take a picture in that spot each year so you can see them grow.  Against the front door would be a good place to show how much taller they are, or even next to their wall height chart if you have one.

            3) Make a time capsule. Include the headlines from the day’s newspaper, a recording of what is number one in the charts, a picture of the family and his little friends. Something special for them to open when they are grown up.

            4) Enjoy a nice family day out, a trip to the local petting zoo or somewhere similar.  Take lots of photos and enjoy making memories as a family.

            5)  This one’s my favourite.  Write your baby a letter.  This is something to do on each birthday and keep safe.  Then give them as a gift on their 18th Birthday.   The letters can be about anything you choose, how much you love them, the best and worst highlights of the year, maybe include a photograph too so they get a record of how they changed as they grew up.

            6) Book a family photoshoot. Record your baby as they grow with some professional family photos.  As my children have grown up they love to see pictures on the wall that include me too.

            7)  Book a cake smash photoshoot.  These are currently one of the most popular photography sessions I offer, they can be themed to represent baby’s emerging personality and create a wonderful record of baby’s special day. 

            8) Baby won’t need lots of toys and presents. Let’s be honest their toy box is over flowing already, but buy them something special they will be able to keep and treasure as they grow up.  Both my girls have a ‘treasured bear’ ornament that has the same name as them. 

            And finally don’t forget to celebrate your achievement too, you’ve survived the first year of parenthood, a year of nappies, sleepless nights, messy baby led weaning and teething. This needs to be recorded too, so once baby has worn themselves out playing with the cardboard boxes and balloons crack open the champagne and toast yourself to a job well done. 

             

            Do you have any suggestions to add?  What did you do to celebrate your baby turning one?  I’d love to hear in the comments below.

             

            If you’re interested in finding out more about a family photography session or cake smash photo shoot then please enquiry below.

             

            Marie

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              Slice of Life Photography

              Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

              The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

              Address

              Whaplode
              Spalding
              Lincolnshire
              United Kingdom

              Telephone

              07545 778016