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Must have baby photos

Must have baby photos

10 must have baby Photos 

You’ve just had a baby!  That tiny tiny bundle will grow and change so fast yet you won’t even notice it happening and before too long they won’t be a curly little newborn anymore.  Weather you own a compact camera, camera phone or an all singing all dancing DSLR there are some key photos you really must capture whilst they are still super tiny!    So here are my top 10 must have photos for you to capture during those early weeks.

1. Fresh 48

Pictures of your newborn within the first few hours will be priceless.  You may choose to hire a birth photographer or book a professional fresh 48 session but if not pass your camera to dad or visitors and ask them to capture some very early pictures of your little one in the hospital whilst you rest. 

2. With Big Brother or Big sister 

Pictures with siblings will be so precious.  The look of wonder on your toddler’s face as they meet the baby for the first time, the love in their eyes as they place a gentle kiss on babies cheek!  Moments that you will treasure forever.

3. The details

Make sure you capture those ten little fingers and that cute button nose.  Tiny details like the fine hair on baby’s back won’t last long so grab your phone or camera and macro lens and record these details.  

4. The nursery

All those hours lovingly painting and carefully folding baby clothes.  Make sure you capture this beautiful space!  Before long it will become Peppa Pig, Unicorns or space ships instead!

5. With special Items

I’m sure you will have lots of wonderful gifts given to you but remember to photograph them too.  A special blanket knitted by great grandma, babies snuggle blanket or special bear!  They won’t love these items forever so record it now for prosperity. 

 6.  Windy smiles 

As a newborn photographer I am always delighted when I am able to capture a windy baby smile.  Be ready after baby has been fed and settled to sleep to capture that priceless moment.

 

7. Feeding

Weather your baby is having a bottle or your trying your hand at breastfeeding remember to record this precious time.  A photo of the closeness and bond that you will develop during the many hours of feeds is a wonderful keepsake to treasure.

 

8.  With Daddy  

That moment a man holds his newborn son or daughter in his arms for the first time and falls in love is priceless.  Capturing the love between father and baby is something that you will both treasure.

 

9. With Mummy

As busy Mums it is all to easy for us to be rushing around and doing things, generally we’re the one that grabs the camera or phone and snaps the pictures of the children.  It is important to be present in photos too so pass your camera or phone to Dad and make sure that the bond between you and baby is recorded too.

 

10. Family Photo 

And finally don’t forget to capture your first photo as a growing family .  Snuggle up on the sofa and capture everyone together.  

 

I hope these great suggestions of must have baby photos help you to capture some priceless memories of your newborn baby.  These natural precious family photos will be wonderful memories that you will look back on for years to come and are the perfect compliment to a newborn photography session.

I will be holding a one day beginners photography training course in my Spalding photography studio on 15th Febuary 2020.  If you would like to learn how to get the best out of your camera and capture great family photos.

Would you like to know more about my Newborn phtography sessions or the Beginners photography training?

If you would like further information about services available at Slice of Life Photography please get in touch via the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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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
Camera Vs i phone

Camera Vs i phone

Camera vs i phone

How many of you own a real camera?  Not many people do these day becasue we all capture so much with our phones.  I’m as guilty of generally using my i phone to snap day to day pictures and I rarely pull out my real camera for a family photo.  But are i phone cameras as good as the real thing?  I thought it would be fun to find out and so set about a camera vs i phone challange.  

Camera vs i phone challange

To keep things simple and as fair as possible I have intentionally photographed things that are easily accessible and some things that  I would not neccessarily photography in my capacity as a professional photograher.  All images were taken from the same postion.  I haave used my photography knowledge to maniputae my camera to get the best image possible and I have  manipulated my i phone settings as much as possible to again achieve the best outcome.  I have not edited any of the images other than to convert 1 set to Black and White and to change to aspect ratio so they are all the same.

Are you ready to take on the camera vs i phone challange.  Below are 6 images in pairs.  Can you identify which of each pair are taken using my DSLR camera and which are taken using my i phone camera?  I have mixed the order up so it isn’t all on the left or all on the right? 

How do you think you got on?   I’ve added the correct answers at the bottom of the page and would love to hear in the comments section how many you got right and wrong or what made you make the choices you did.  Was the camera always the better image?

 

You can find details of other useful photography articles here:

Learn how to use your camera

10 great photography tips 

I will be holding a one day beginners photography training course in my Spalding photography studio on 15th Febuary 2020.  If you would like to know more please follow the link below or get in touch via the contact me form.

Would you like to know more about Beginners photography training?

If you would like further information about beginners photography training available at Slice of Life Photography please get in touch via the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Keywords: baby photographers boston, baby photographers spalding, boston photographers, photographers boston, photographers spalding, photography studios near me, photography studios spalding, spalding photographers

Answers to camera vs i phone challange

Apple – camera, i phone

Church – i phone, camera

Rose – Camera, i phone

Dog – i phone, camera

Flower – i phone. camera

Child – camera, i phone

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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
10 Great photography tips

10 Great photography tips

10 great Photography Tips

There are many elements to taking beautiful photographs and combining them together will help you learn to take great photos.  This article will focus on 10 photography tips that will help you to create images that you and others around you will love.

1. Get out there and take photographs

This may seem like a daft thing for me to say but the more your practice the better you will get.   When you find something you want to photograph take picutres from diffierent angles, heights and framed differently within your view finder.  Over time you will start to see which images are visually pleasing and which aren’t.

2. Take Landscape and Portrait images

It is all to easy to take every photo in landscape (horizontal) mode.  Turn your camera round and take a photo in Portrait (vertical) too.  Again trying both for the same scene will help you learn what creates good compostion.

3. Shoot at different times of day

Light is such a key element of photography that going out and shooting at different times of the day will help you learn about light.  It is a well known fact that golden hour (just before sunrise and sunset) is a great time to photograph, but working with tricky light situations like the mid day sun will help you grow as a photographer.

4. Practice taking photographs of differnt things

Go and photograph

  • Buildings
  • Dogs
  • Bus shelters
  • Wildlife
  • People
  • Cars
  • Food
  • Flowers
  • The ground
  • Graffiti

Trying diffierent things is a great way to grow as a photographer.

5. Don’t use your on camera Flash

This may sound like and odd thing to say as in-built flash must be there for a reason, but honestly forget you have an on camera flash.

On camera flash is extreamely harsh and unflattering.  Instead learn to use the light around you and when your ready invest in a speedlight and a set of triggers so you can control your flash light. 

6.  Get in Closer

Practice moving closer and further away from your subject.  This will again help you learn to see your subject differently and learn what works and doesn’t. 

7. Check the background

The background is just as important as the subject with in an image.  It is all to easy to have something distracting in the background or have a horizon line in the worng place or tree sprouting out of your subject’s head. Considering these key things and changing your position or angle just slightly can progress your image from a good one to a great photo. 

8. Think about your focus point

You need to ensure that your point of focus is correct, this is even ore important when using a shallow depth of field.  Using single point focus instead of multi points will help you learn to do this.  A basic rule is if you are shooting animals or people ensure the eye closest to the camera is in focus. 

9. Learn basic post-processing

Whilst getting everything right in camera is really important having some basic editing skills can really help develop your photography.  Knowing how to crop an image, add some contrast or lighten and darken (dodge and burn) parts of an image can change it’s appearance massively. 

10. Learn your camera settings

Knowing how to work your camera beyond auto is essential to capturing beautiful photographs.  If you can develop an understanding of apature, shutter speed and ISO and how to control each you will instantly see a dramatic improvement in your photography. 

I hope these great photography tips help you to grow and develop as a photographer.  Go out and have fun practicing and learning your new art.  

You can find details of other useful photography articles here: 

Learn how to use your camera

I will be holding a one day beginners photography training course in my Spalding photography studio on 15th Febuary 2020.  If you would like to know more please follow the link below or get in touch via the contact me form.

Would you like to know more about Beginners photography training?

If you would like further information about beginners photography training available at Slice of Life Photography please get in touch via the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Keywords: baby photographers boston, baby photographers spalding, boston photographers, photographers boston, photographers spalding, photography studios near me, photography studios spalding, 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
Learn how to use your Camera

Learn how to use your Camera

Learn to use your camera

If you have recently brought yourself a DSLR camera or recieved one as a gift for christmas and, after unpacking it from the box, you are intimidated and by the thickness of the manual and all the dials, it can be very tempting to put the manual down, flick it onto ‘Auto’ and start shooting.

Whilst this will create some lovely images you can create so much more if you learn to use your camera settings.

This post is designed for a beginner who wants to learn to take their camera off auto.  Alongside your camera manual it will help you learn to use your camera in manual mode, using the basic principles of photography to capture images you will be proud of.  

When I think back to my early days owning a camera, I recall how frustrating it was trying to figure out the photography basics like camera settings.  I’m talking about learning aperture, shutter speed, and ISO…  Understanding these 3 elements and how they work together are the perfect place to start.

There are many principles to creating a great image, but correct exposure is one of the many key elements and the first thing you need to learn.  To create a correctly exposed image within manual mode on your camera the 3 elements of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO work alongside one another within the Exposure Triangle.  Manipulating each element will influence how your image looks.

How to use a camera – Understanding the principles of the Exposure triangle.

 Here is a summary of what each one does:

Aperture controls the amount of light entering the lens. The aperture is controlled by a diaphragm within the lens that adjusts its width based on the f-stop being used. The higher the f-stop, the smaller the aperture opening, and the less light coming into the lens.

 

How to Use a DSLR Aperture illustration

 

Aperture directly influences the depth of field, that is, the amount of an image that is in focus.  A large depth of field (achieved by using a small aperture, large f- stop number) would mean that a large area within the scene is in focus.  This is often used when shooting landscapes.  A shallow depth of field (achieved by using a large aperture, small f- stop number) would create an image where only the subject is in sharp focus, but the background is soft and out of focus.  This is often used when shooting portrais or wildlife images.  The confusing part for many people is that the size of the aperture is inversely related to the f-stop number, meaning, a large aperture is indicated by a small f-stop number.

 

Shallow Depth of field.  Low F-stop number

Large Depth of Field.  High F-stop number

Shutter speed controls the length of time the light falls on the lens.  A fast shutter speed means that the shutter opens and closes quickly, minimizing how long the sensor is exposed to light.  Shutter speed is measured in fractions of a second.   You would select a short shutter speed if you wanted to freeze a fast moving subject, such as shooting sports, action or wildlife.  You would use a long shutter speed if you wanted to blur a moving subject, for example water rushing over a waterfall.

Fast Shutter speed, Freezes movement

Slow Shutter speed, Motion Blur

ISO is responsible for the sensitivity to light  of the camera’s sensor.  Once the light has passed through the aperture and been filtered by the shutter speed, it reaches the sensor. This is where we decide how to set the ISO.  As you turn the ISO number up, you increase the exposure. But, at the same time, the image quality decreases. There will be more digital noise or “grain”.  The easiest way to consider your ISO is once your aperture and shutter speed are defined, go with the lowerst ISO needed to maintain the correct exposure.

So that is an overview of the 3 settings you will need to consider when you want to take the leap and take your camera off  ‘Auto’.  However if only it was that simple.  There are many more principles to photography that you will need to impliment to create images you will be proud of.  

I would higly reccommend finding yourself a beginners photography training course to attend.  This will allow you some practical experience manipulating the exposure triangle and an opportunity to learn further basic photography principles. 

If you can get to grips with the basic elements of photography and get out in the field and practice then it won’t be long before you are achieveing the results that you bought the camera for in the first place.

I will be holding a one day beginners photography training course in my Spalding photography studio on 15th Febuary 2020.  If you would like to know more please follow the link below or get in touch via the contact me form.

Would you like to know more about Beginners photography training?

If you would like further information about beginners photography training available at Slice of Life Photography please get in touch via the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Keywords: baby photographers boston, baby photographers spalding, boston photographers, photographers boston, photographers spalding, photography studios near me, photography studios spalding, 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
Bluebell Location Photoshoots

Bluebell Location Photoshoots

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Bluebell Location Photoshoots

We are so blessed in Lincolnshire to have some stunning Bluebell woodland.  The wild bluebells create such a stunning backdrop for woodland spring walks and quality family time.  A wonderful opportunity to make family memories in the great outdoors.   Why not sign up for a Bluebell Location Photoshoot with Slice of Life Photography so I can capture it all on capture for you so you also have precious photos to remind you of the fun.

Bluebell Location photoshoots are perfect for growing families, maternity photos, a couple shoot or even the family dog.

The Bluebells usually flower around the end of April and I am now planning dates.  As they are usually only in bloom for 2 – 3 weeks and I am running the London Marathon again this year in April there will be very limited availability for these beautiful outdoor photoshoots.   You will be able to reserve your slot with a £25 booking fee and then select from 3 great package choices (with the balance being payable one week before the session date).

What a perfect way to celebrate the start of Spring and the warmer weather.

If you would like to be first in the know when I release the date for these stunning Bluebell Location Photoshoots then please subscribe to the mailing list below.  All subscribers will receive a 24 hour advance booking opportunity via an email before spaces going on Public sale so its a great way to ensure you get the pick of times.

Keywords:  Family Photography, Family Photoshoot

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

Christmas Photoshoot

Christmas Photoshoot

Slice of Life Photography - Fine Art Photographer

Christmas Photoshoots

Booking Now OPEN

As I’m sure your all aware by now I love Christmas.  I love the magic, the sparkle, the quality time with my family and watching my little ones faces light up with wonder.  It truly is a precious time.  Every year I embark on a Christmas Photoshoot with my own children which is turned into Christmas cards for family members, and every year those family members comment on how nice it is to receive such a personalised card.

2018 Christmas Photoshoots by Slice of Life Photography

Award winning Christmas Photoshoot

This year I am offering something slightly different in the studio.   This year’s Christmas Photoshoot includes 2 extra special images.   The first of which is my award winning magic book images.  Created with a simple setup in the studio and extra sparkle added during the editing process this lovely images captures your children enjoying the delights of a Christmas story against the backdrop of christmas lights.

2018 Christmas Photoshoots by Slice of Life Photography
2018 Christmas Photoshoots by Slice of Life Photography

The second images included within this years Christmas photoshoot is this wonderful magic window scene.  This image is a composite and your children will be photographed against a plain background.   The magic window scene with your children looking up as Santa fly’s past is one of my favourites and looks amazing as a Christmas card for family or even as December if you you create calendars for grandparents each year.

2 Package option

When booking for this year you will be given the option to add an additional 2 images to your shoot.  These to additional images include the window scene but looking out at a cheeky snowman and secondly the wonder of the snow globe.  Every child loves snow globes and their expressions as they marvel in the delight of the falling snow makes for great photos to celebrate the Christmas season.

2018 Christmas Photoshoots by Slice of Life Photography
2018 Christmas Photoshoots by Slice of Life Photography

Christmas Photoshoot details

Please note each session is suitable for up to a maximum of 3 children, please contact me prior to booking if you require a session for additional children.  These mini sessions are only suitable for babies that are sitting unsupported.  Parents will be required to provide christmas themed / coloured Pj’s for their children to wear during the photoshoot.

2018 Christmas Photoshoots by Slice of Life Photography

Book your Christmas Photoshoot NOW

To find out more or reserve your space for a 2018 Christmas Photoshoot at Slice of Life Photography then please visit the booking page below,

Keywords:Christmas Photoshoot, Childrens Photoshoot, New Born Photoshoot

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