Why should I book Slice of Life Photography?

Why should I book Slice of Life Photography?

Slice of Life Photography - Fine Art Photographer

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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Keywords: baby photography, boston photographers, cake smash photoshoot, fairy photography, newborn photography, peterborough photographers, spalding photographers

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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

    Top tips for your Newborn Photoshoot

    Top tips for your Newborn Photoshoot

    Slice of Life Photography - Fine Art Photographer

    Top tips for your Newborn Photoshoot

    18th October 2017

    Slice of Life Photography - baby on bum up pose on curved stool by Slice of Life Photography, specialist newborn photographer Holbeach

    Congratulations on booking your newborn photoshoot with Slice of Life Photography. I am very much looking forward to meeting you and capturing some precious timeless baby photos for you and your family to treasure. In order to ensure your newborn photography session runs as smoothly as possible here are some top tips to help you prepare for your baby’s photoshoot.

    Keep me informed

    Please let me know as soon as possible after baby has arrived so that we can confirm a date for your newborn photoshoot. Baby Photography Sessions are best carried out within the first 14 days.  After 2 weeks they start to stretch out and stay awake for longer periods so it is more difficult to encourage the deep sleep required to capture the curled up poses you will have seen on my website.

    Slice of Life Photography - Sleeping baby girl holding a rose by Baby Photographer near Kings Lynn

    Feeding

    A well-fed baby is a happy baby.  With this in mind, I ask that you come prepared to feed baby on arrival and top up on demand throughout the newborn photoshoot.  Having a full belly will help your baby fall into a nice deep sleep, you will hear me refer to this as being milk drunk, and a nice deep sleep means the session will progress quicker and more calmly for baby.

    Sleep

    Although it is possible to create some beautiful images while your baby is awake and alert, the styled curled up posed images displayed throughout my website require baby to be sound asleep.   In order to facilitate this, I ask that where possible please try to keep your baby awake in the couple of hours leading up to the session.

    Slice of Life Photography - black and white newborn baby image by slice of life photography, spalding photography studio

    Clothing

    Babies are unable to regulate their own body temperature and they will be naked or lightly clothed for the majority of their baby photoshoot so the studio will be very warm during the session.   If you’re not sweating it probably isn’t warm enough for baby, so come prepared with layered clothing so you can remove layers and cool off.  It is also sensible to bring a change of clothing as we all know accidents happen and I’d hate for you to have to travel home in yellow poop stained clothing.

     

    Plain, neutral clothing works well for family photos so please consider this when choosing your outfit. You may find my blog post on What to wear for your photoshoot a useful point of reference.  Please bring baby in loose fitting, easy to remove clothing, this will achieve two things.  Firstly, it will reduce the chances of seam, elastic marks on babies skin and secondly if baby arrives at the studio fast asleep the session will be able to get underway without waking baby.  If baby arrives in clothes that are fiddly to remove the chance of waking them whilst undressing them are much higher.

    Slice of Life Photography - big sister, pushing newborn girl in victorian pram by Slice of Life Photography, Stamford Photographer

    Duration

    Newborn photoshoots last on average of 3 hours but be prepared to be here up to 4 hours.  With this in mind I try to schedule sessions to start at around 10am.  Be sure to have a filling breakfast and bring snacks with you.  Bottled water will be available at the photography studio.

    What about big brother or sister?

    Newborn photography sessions can include family photos if desired, however as already mention the studio gets very warm and sessions are long. With this in mind I don’t recommend that siblings remain for the whole session. We will discuss if family photos are completed at the beginning or the end of the session and siblings can join us for the first or last hour to allow them to be included.

    Beautiful mummy and baby parent photograph by Slice of Life Photography, specialist newborn photographer, Lincoln

    Bring a Dummy!

    I understand that many Mums try to avoid using a dummy, especially if you are trying to establish a positive breastfeeding routine.  However, please consider bringing a dummy to the session, even if it is the only time it is used.  Having a dummy to hand can help to settle baby into poses quicker and more calmly, making the newborn photoshoot a more relaxed enjoyable session for everyone.

    Research

    When you arrive at my Spalding Photography studio I will chat with you about your baby, your delivery experience and what you would like from your newborn photoshoot.  It is helpful to think about this ahead of time. Do you have any colours or props in mind?  Feel free to browse the images on my website and make a note of any images that you particularly like.  Sessions are very much led by how baby responds to posing and although not every baby will be happy to be posed in certain ways I will always try to accommodate any special requests.

    Slice of Life Photography - baby in dads arms black and white image, newborn photo studio Stamford

    Relax

    During your newborn photography session I will take the lead and provide baby with much of the required care. This helps to keep baby calm and reduces the risk of baby becoming distracted by the smell of Mum’s milk. There will be times throughout the session I will call on Mum or Dad to assist as a spotter to help ensure baby is safe at all times, however the rest of the time you will be able to sit back, enjoy a little down time and relax.

    Slice of Life Photography - baby girl with purple flower garland, Spalding based photographers

    If you have any questions ahead of your newborn photography session, please don’t hesitate to drop me a message or give me a call and I’ll be happy to help. I look forward to welcoming you and your new baby soon.

    Marie

    Keywords: advice for mums, baby photography, newborn photography, spalding photographer, spalding photography studio

    Reserve your Newborn Photography Session

    Newborn Sessions start from just £79 and can be reserved anytime from your 20 week scan.

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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

      Slice of Life Photography - Fine Art Photographer

      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

      Keywords: children’s photography’, ‘photoshoot advise, family photography, kids photography, what to wear”

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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

        School Holiday Activities in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire

        School Holiday Activities in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire

        Slice of Life Photography - Fine Art Photographer

        School Holiday activities in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire

        26th May 2017

        What to do with children during the School Holidays in and around Lincolnshire

        It looks like we are in for a scorching hot half term this May so I thought it might be helpful to share some of the local attractions to help keep the kids entertained in the heat. With the help of suggestions from some of my wonderful clients here are a selection of the local attractions you could visit.

        1) Wells-Next-The-Sea – This is one of my favourite sea side resorts locally. Just along from Hunstanton it is a beautiful sea side town with a lovely beach, colourful beach huts, a fun train ride and is great for some crab fishing fun.

        2) Lincolnshire wildlife park – One of the largest animal sanctuaries in the UK, it is home to Parrots, Tigers, Reptiles and many more. I know my children love watching animals in action so this is one that is definitely on my list to visit.

        3) Barnwell Country Park – Home to 37 acres of lakes, riverbanks and meadows as well as a woodland adventure play area and Hobbit garden for toddlers. There is plenty of space for family picnics or even a BBQ.

        4) Fineshades woods – Fineshades has trails for all ages and abilities to enjoy. You can walk or hire bikes and enjoy the cycle routes or even go on a Gruffalo Hunt.

        5) Rand Farm Park – There are many working or tourist farms within the area but Rand Farm Park is a favourite with my children. It has a great balance of indoor play, outdoor attractions and hands on animal experiences.

        6) Ferry Meadows Country Park – Ferry Meadows is where many of my own childhood memories were made and is somewhere I visit regularly with my own children. There are a range of play areas for children, boat and train rides, walks around the lakes and plenty of open fields to kick a ball or throw a frisbee. There are also lots of picnic areas and BBQ spots that make for a great family picnic. Ferry Meadows also has a water sports centre where older kids can try a spot of wind surfing and canoeing. They often run activities during school holidays so it’s worth checking out their website for more info.

        7) Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary – Who doesn’t love a donkey? Home to lots of rescued donkeys who can live out their days in comfort, Radcliffe is free to visit.

        8) Stanwick Lakes – Take your swimmers and towels if you chose to visit Stanwick Lakes as it has a fantastic water play area that will definitely help keep the kids entertained and cool. They often run activities in the school holidays like pond dipping so check out their website to see what’s on.

        9) Bourne outdoor swimming pool – This wonderful heated outdoor pool opens its doors for the season on 27th May and in my experience, is one of the cleanest and quietest outdoor pools in the area. It is maintained by volunteers and is always a welcoming place to visit.

        10) Rutland water – Rutland water has so many things going on that you could probably fill the whole week at just this one location. Water sports, bike rides, man-made beach, water obstacle course, nature reserve, outdoor adventure centre, boat rides and so much more.

        I hope that you have found this article helpful and that you have a great May Half term. Are you planning on visiting anywhere different this holidays? Why not share your top places to visit in the comments for others to share or let me know what you think if you visit any of my recommendations.

        Enjoy the sunshine everyone and long may it continue.

        Marie

        Keywords: advice for mums, family days out in lincolnshire, school holiday

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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

          Award Winning Wedding and Newborn Photographer

          Award Winning Wedding and Newborn Photographer

          Slice of Life Photography - Fine Art Photographer

          Award Winning Wedding and Newborn Photographer

          2nd November 2016
          Since starting my photography business just over 3 years ago I have become more and more determined to better myself and develop my skills. Not only do I have a thirst for learning but it is important to me that your wedding photos and baby pictures are of the highest possible standard. Working from my purpose-built garden Studio in Market Deeping, just outside Peterborough has allowed me to offer Newborn, Children and Family Photography in a relaxed and homely environment which in turn leads to more natural, relaxed photographs.
          I attend regular training to learn new areas or build on the skills I already have and continually read and research new things. 2016 has seen me train with some of the world’s top photographers. In April, I spent 2 intense days with Kelly from Little Pieces Photography by Kelly Brown who has won photographer of the year many times in Australia. This training really helped me home in my posing and styling for Newborn Photography. In May, I spent a fantastic day finally learning an area of photography that I had longed to develop. Fran from Fran Stephenson Photography showed me the skills needed to create stunning Fairy Photos and last Sujata from But Natural Photography share her secrets for amazing outdoor portraits, something that I can apply to my wedding photography as well as outdoor family photography. In 2017 I am spending a whole week in Lake district learning lots more techniques and I cannot wait to get stuck in.
          Along with this training I am a member of 2 professional bodies. The Guild of Photographers and BANPAS (Baby and Newborn Photography Association). Being a part of these allows me to tap into many learning resources and liaise with like-minded people which again helps me grow. Part of the resources within BANPAS are tutorials and learning material to ensure the safe posing and care of Newborns during their baby photoshoot.
          The Guild of Photographers run a monthly Image of the Month Award programme. Each month members enter images of their choice and these are judged against competition criteria. We are then able to seek feedback and advice on our images after awards have been released. This feedback is extremely valuable as it allows us to evaluate our work and gain advise on how we can improve and develop. Since joining the Guild I have entered several images and have been delighted to have received 9 Bronze Awards. Bronze Awards are only awarded to images of a strong standard in this national competion (something to be proud of). My target for 2017 is to grow further and work on receiving some Silver Awards.
          Thank you for stopping by and reading my ramblings. Here are my 9 award winning Images.
          Keywords:  baby photography, cake smash photoshoots, children’s photographer, fairy photography, newborn photography, pet photography, wedding photography

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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