Lincolnshire Photography Studio 2017 review

Lincolnshire Photography Studio 2017 review

Slice of Life Photography - Fine Art Photographer

Photography Studio Lincolnshire

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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    Slice of Life Photography

     Specialising in Newborn Baby Photos, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fine Art Fairy Photographs

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

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       Specialising in Newborn Baby Photos, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fine Art Fairy Photographs

      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 get the best from your wedding photography

      How to get the best from your wedding photography

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      Top Tips for getting the best from your wedding photographer

      3rd October 2017

      As you all know I absolutely love being a wedding photographer. Capturing a couple’s love story and the many beautiful moments during their wedding day is a true honour and privilege. I thought it might be helpful to create some top tips on how a little preparation from the couple, friends and family can help to ensure that myself or your chosen photographer is working in the best environment possible to help them to create stunning photos.

      1. If you are having your hair and bridal makeup done at home, consider carefully the room that you choose for this. A bright and airy room will allow the best light for the MUA and photographer to work in. Ideally be seated close to a window but not with your back or front directly facing the it.

      2. Ensure work surfaces are clutter free and tidy. Whilst your photographer will move distracting items during shots that are set up and staged, this is not possible while capturing natural shots, as they happen so ensuring the area is clean and tidy ahead of the day will help to prevent your final images from having distracting items within them.

      3. If you have space, hang your dress somewhere nice (consider the hanger too) before you are ready to put it on. The photographer can get shots of the bridal preparations with the dress in the background. This will help to tell the story and gives context to the photos.

      4. Generally the photographer will want to photograph dresses, shoes, jewellery, perfume, button holes, bouquet, garter and rings (if they are at the location). Ensure you have gathered all the items your photographer will want, for detail shots ahead of their arrival. This will mean they are not interrupting you while you are getting ready asking for key items.

      5. My full day packages include Bridal preparation as standard. As the boys usually get ready elsewhere this gets over looked. Consider booking a package that includes a 2nd photographer to allow groomsman preparation to be captured too.

      6. Lots of Brides get into their dress at the last minute, but if time allows its helpful to be ready 20 minutes or so before your car is due to depart. This allows a little time for you to gather your thoughts and time for your photographer to capture some lovely photos of the girls all dressed up. If you intend to have these photos in your garden, then ensure the garden is clean and tidy too.

      7. On your wedding day, everything will take longer than you think, from getting your hair done to getting dressed. And mishaps will happen (trust me!) — from misplaced vows to terrible traffic — so set a strict schedule that leaves extra time to deal with delays without cutting into your photography session.

      8. Remember to keep your head up and look forward during key moments, such as walking down the aisle or during confetti throwing. The emotion on your face during these moments will add to the memories and storytelling element of your wedding album.

      9. It is important to discuss a list of key shots with your photographer. I always plan a meeting with my Bride and Groom a few weeks ahead of the big day to discuss this. If there are key moments, you want captured make sure they know. For example, many brides want a picture of their Dad’s reaction when he sees her in the dress for the first time. Try to keep the list of formal group shots to under ten. Although these photos are important, neither you nor your guests will want to stand around for ages while these are done. After all everyone is there to celebrate with you.

      and finally

      10. Just Enjoy the Day. Try not to worry about the little things, like if it starts to rain or the little page boy refuses to join in the family photo. Your photographer will take care of it and generally has a trick up their sleeve. If you are worrying about the little things and watching the camera, it won’t capture the moments, you laughing with your friends or sharing a secret look with your new husband / wife. Let your photographer keep you on schedule and capture the day as it unfolds.

      Keywords: wedding photography, wedding photography tips

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         Specialising in Newborn Baby Photos, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fine Art Fairy Photographs

        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

        Mr and Mrs Krohnen Wedding Photography story

        Mr and Mrs Krohnen Wedding Photography story

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        Top Tips for getting the best from your wedding photographer

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        Mr and Mrs Krohnen

        27th September 2017
        Danni and Ash booked me to be their wedding photographer back in 2016.  They specifically wanted lots of relaxed reportage wedding photos telling the story of their day, so I set about ensuring that I captured lots of moments throughout the day as well as ensuring that more formal parts of the photography were undertaken in a manner that created emotive images showing the love that they clearly share.
        As their wedding day neared I started to panic a little as it became apparent that my reliable little car was on its last legs and I worried that it would not make the journey to Louth for their special day!  Not to be deterred and to ensure that I did not encounter hiccups on the wedding day I begged the garage that was supplying my new car to allow me to have it a couple of days early.   All well and good except that collecting the car the day before meant I was still unsure of the controls, this created much amusement for the newlyweds when it came to us leaving the church to head to the reception venue.  Whilst they waited in the lovely VW camper van for me to pull away they were highly entertained as I struggled to get my wing mirrors to return to the outward position for driving!
        A special mention needs to go to Danni’s Mum who made the unique bouquets and also to Dann’s Cousin who is an amazing seamstress and made the bridesmaids dresses and Danni’s stunning wedding dress.  I wonder how many hours she spent sewing on sequins?
        Mr and Mrs Krohnen married at the local church close to their home and enjoyed a fun filled reception at the local golf club.   They were surrounded by wonderful family and friends but, sadly the Groom’s best man was unable to make it back from abroad to attend the wedding, however his presence was still evident in the fantastic video speech he was able to provide for his 2nd in command to play.
        Danni and Ash truly are a perfect match and I wish them well for a long and happy marriage.  Thank you for choosing me to capture your wedding day.

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          Slice of Life Photography

           Specialising in Newborn Baby Photos, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fine Art Fairy Photographs

          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