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Christmas Mini Shoots 2017 by Children's Photographer Sarah Jamieson

Children's photographer Sarah showcases a few shots from our recent Christmas Mini Sessions, can you spot Santa Claus?

How to Take Better Group Photos On Christmas Day (That Look Good, Without Tears)

It’s not long now until Christmas so I thought I'd post 7 quick tips on taking better group photos on Christmas Day that might be useful to you, even a couple small adjustments to the way you take these photos can have massive visible results.

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1.  Time it well: Group photos are usually taken at the end of the evening or day when everyone is looking at their worst. For a ‘fresher’ shot take it once everyone has arrived.

2.  Plan ahead: think about where you might take the shot, your home will likely be all twinkly with lovely decorations so be sure to include some of your favourites to give the photo some context, make sure you choose a position where your group will fit and where there is enough light for the shot (windows light is great, make sure the group are facing the window).

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3.  Pose the group:  In most cases your group will pose itself pretty naturally (we’ve all done it before). Tall people will go to the back, short people to the front. But there are other things you can do to add to the photo’s composition: Make sure no ones head is hiding behind another person and tell everyone to raise their chins a little – they’ll thank you later when they see the shot without any double chins!

4.  Continuous shots: One of the best ways to avoid the problems of not everyone looking just right in a shot is to take multiple photos quickly. I often use my iPhone in ’burst mode’ when taking photos of people and shoot in short bursts of shots. I find that the first shot is often no good but that the one or two directly after it often give a group that looks a little less posed and more relaxed.

  • To use burst mode on an iPhone: 
  • Launch the camera app from your iPhone or iPad's Home screen.
  • Hold down the Shutter button or Volume button to take a burst of pictures.
  • iOS will automatically choose the best photos from the burst. If you don't like photos it chooses, you can choose your own.
just keep your finger on the white 'shutter' button

just keep your finger on the white 'shutter' button

5.  Go outdoors: If you don't feel that your house has the space for everyone in front of the tree, take your camera outdoors for a lovely pre or post dinner wintery family walk but remember the sun goes down just before 4pm in December so make sure you go out before that.

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6. Smile

Yes YOU should smile! There’s nothing worse than a grumpy stressed out person taking photos. Have fun and enjoy the process of getting your shots and you’ll find the group will too.

Get ready to enjoy better group shots!  

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P.S.  You are probably feeling a little bit stressed out trying to think of what to get everybody for Christmas at this point, well.. I can help you with some amazing Christmas gift vouchers for mums of young children (or young children who love to dress up)..

Our limited edition mini studio shoots are fun themed shoots, perfect for children and available on different dates throughout the year, check out our mini shoot page for ideas of what they could do.. (think, fairys, superheros, disney princesses....)

You can choose vouchers from the following:

£195 – a themed mini session of her choice plus a 16×20 wall box frame – a luxe gift that will let them hang their favourite image in their house right away.  Perfect for a family who just moved, added a new member, or deserves special attention.

£100 – a mini session plus a set of 3 archival prints – perfect for someone who would love a mini session, but who might not have space for a large piece right now or you aren’t sure what they’d want.

£25 – gift someone a session with one print.  Perfect for repeat Happy Photography customers who are already familiar with the photography process.

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Just call us on 01289 302832 we can arrange this over the phone and post out the gift voucher pack to you.

Princess for a day - reportage photography for Cash for Kids, Radio Borders

Kid's photographer Sarah documented the Radio Borders Cash for Kids day at Wedderburn Castle.

It’s every little girl’s dream to be a princess and for Sarah and Emily Macleod (aged 5 and 3) it became a reality last week when they were treated like royalty at Wedderburn Castle. A day of pampering and being treated like a princess was their prize in the Radio Borders Cash for Kids charity auction. The winning bidder was dad Ross, who bought it for his five year old daughter Sarah. However, when everyone involved in the auction heard that Ross had two daughters, who had tragically lost their mum, one princess became two and Emily joined her sister at Wedderburn Castle.

Radio Borders Cash for Kids manager, Candy Rafferty, said: “One of the radio presenters happened to know him (Ross), and told me that he had two daughters and tragically his wife had died, so they didn’t have a mum. I phoned the owners of Wedderburn who immediately said they would be very happy to have an extra princess. I phoned the dressmaker who immediately said she would design two dresses. I phoned the hairdresser... Same story.

“It’s just such a lovely example of the generosity of Borders people, and as the charity manager at Radio borders Cash for Kids, I am blown away by it every single day.

On arriving at the castle for a day, Sarah and Emily were greeted in regal style and escorted to the Wedderburn’s grandest chamber, where they had their hair styled and were fitted out with tiaras and princess outfits from ‘A Perfect Fit’ in Coldstream.

Attending the princesses were Brian Rafferty, Royal Warrant holder and hairdresser to HRH the Queen when she is in Scotland, and a dressmaker, lady-in-waiting and courtiers from Radio Borders and Wedderburn Castle.

Amongst the princesses’ royal duties was the official opening of Wedderburn Barns, a new rustic party and wedding venue in the former Georgian stables at Wedderburn Castle. The princesses cut the ribbon on the barns, toured the premises and had official photographs taken at the castle and barns by Pictorial Photography.

Other official engagements included sealing documents and letters at the grand dining room table at Wedderburn and inspecting the castle and grounds to ensure that all is in order. Lunch for the princesses included a selection of special cupcakes designed especially for the day by Borders Cakes and Cupcakes.

A horse-drawn carriage ride around the ground of the castle finished off their day, courtesy of the Cornhill Carriage Company. Then after spending the day being treated like royalty in the castle, it was back to reality for the two girls.

Cash for Kids is the official charity of Radio Borders and provides a helping hand to children around the Scottish Borders and north Northumberland. They are currently running their Christmas Mission to help the thousands of children in poverty who would otherwise wake up to a Christmas without presents this year. They’re asking you to buy just one extra present this year - new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people or make a cash donation online, in person or over the phone.

Read more at: http://www.berwickshirenews.co.uk/news/the-cash-for-kids-charity-1-3197082

Spring Mini Shoots - Better than Easter Chocolate!

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SPRING MINI SHOOTS

Think daffodils, spring chicks and easter bonnets... it's even better than chocolate!

N.B. Last years set shown here  *** 2017 set not designed yet - you will just have to trust us, it will look great!***

£25,  includes 10x8" print, additional prints may be purchased at session.

 

TIME SLOTS: Will be allocated on a first come first serve basis (via ticket distributer eventbrite.com) and WILL run on time. Bookings are limited to one per family. Booking fee is payable by client.

CHILDREN: All under 18’s to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure the subject is wearing attire suitable for the conditions. Max 3 children per shoot.

LARGE FAMILY GROUPS: These session are not suitable for large family groups.

PUBLICITY: By booking a mini shoot you are granting Pictorial Photography the usage of any shoot images for the promotion of its business and services. These uses include, but are not limited to: blog posts, website usage, website promotion, social network pages, marketing materials, professional publication, product demos and studio display.

PAYMENT: Full payment is taken upon booking to secure your slot.

COPYRIGHT: All images are copyright protected to Pictorial Photography unless otherwise stated.

SESSION IMAGES: Clients should expect to see between 5 and 10 images from a Mini Shoot.

ORDER TIMELINE: Pictorial Photography will fulfill product orders within 28 days of the order being recieved. All image files that are not purchased will be deleted after the ordering session.

 

Bath Time Mini Shoots - 9th and 10th June 2017

BATH TIME MINI SHOOTS

£25 session,  includes print, additional prints may be purchased at session.

TIME SLOTS:  Will be allocated on a first come first serve basis (via ticket distributer eventbrite.com) and WILL run on time. Bookings are limited to one per family. Booking fee is payable by client.

CHILDREN:  All under 18’s to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  It is the responsibility of the client to ensure the subject is wearing attire suitable for the conditions. Max 2 children per shoot.

LARGE FAMILY GROUPS: These session are not suitable for large family groups.

PUBLICITY: By booking a mini shoot you are granting Pictorial Photography the usage of any shoot images for the promotion of its business and services.  These uses include, but are not limited to: blog posts, website usage, website promotion, social network pages, marketing materials, professional publication, product demos and studio display.

PAYMENT: Full payment is taken upon booking to secure your slot.

COPYRIGHT:  All images are copyright protected to Pictorial Photography unless otherwise stated.

SESSION IMAGES: Clients should expect to see between 5 and 10 images from a Mini Shoot.

ORDER TIMELINE: Pictorial Photography will fulfill product orders within 28 days of the order being recieved.  All image files that are not purchased will be deleted after the ordering session.

SIMPLICITY MINI SHOOTS - 8TH AND 9TH SEPTEMBER 2017

For children who can sit unaided (6m+) and sibling groups, all you need to do is bring them along in a simple outfit.  We have a range of simple props to choose from if required but feel free to bring favourite toys and heirloom items that you would like included in the shoot.

Sessions last 20 minutes.  Different colour backdrops are available.

BOOK NOW

TIME SLOTS: Will be allocated on a first come first serve basis (via ticket distributer eventbrite.com) and WILL run on time. Bookings are limited to one per family. Booking fee is payable by client.

CHILDREN: All under 18’s to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure the subject is wearing attire suitable for the conditions. Max 5 children per shoot.

LARGE FAMILY GROUPS: These session are not suitable for large family groups.

PUBLICITY: By booking a mini shoot you are granting Pictorial Photography the usage of any shoot images for the promotion of its business and services. These uses include, but are not limited to: blog posts, website usage, website promotion, social network pages, marketing materials, professional publication, product demos and studio display.

PAYMENT: Full payment is taken upon booking to secure your slot.

COPYRIGHT: All images are copyright protected to Pictorial Photography unless otherwise stated.

SESSION IMAGES: Clients should expect to see between 5 and 10 images from a Mini Shoot.

ORDER TIMELINE: Pictorial Photography will fulfill product orders within 28 days of the order being recieved. All image files that are not purchased will be deleted after the ordering session. 

 

Fairy and Elf Mini Shoots - Models Required

This is super exciting... Fairy and elf photo shoots are coming to Berwick very soon...  We are in the process of designing the sets, think giant toadstools, wings and fairytale magic!

We will be asking for some little models in the near future, sign up to the mailing list (form below) if you think your little ones would make magical little fairys or elfs - we will send out a model call when the sets are complete.

Details will be released shortly, including what to bring, what to wear, pricing and ordering arrangements.

February is going to be fairy month in the studio here at Pictorial, I'm looking for a few LOCAL models to launch our new mini shoots online and in print.  There will be NO session fee and no obligation to purchase images although the option will be available.

Models required are:

girl and boy age 3-4

girl and boy age 5-6

2 girls age 7

Please share this if you know someone with fairytale children who would enjoy this and lives local to Berwick upon Tweed and can travel to the Quayside studio.

Expressions Mini Sessions - February 27th and March 21st 2017

An old contact sheet was found in my grandmothers possessions..

Photographer unknown, Glasgow (50... something years ago, sorry mum!)

Photographer unknown, Glasgow (50... something years ago, sorry mum!)

A contact sheet was found in my grandmothers possessions.  I was mesmerised by it.  The print shows my mum as a 7 month old, blond, curly, inquisitive, cute and bossy little baby girl who had just learnt to sit up.  My grandmother’s hand accidentally reaching in on a few of the shots to wipe away the dribbles or change the favourite toy is what makes it such a special little collection. 

Everything had been left in, the outtakes and wobbles add to the charm and story of the photography session. In fact, some of the expressions and funny little looks show a glimpse of my mothers personality now!

I loved looking at this contact sheet so much that I have used the idea to create a new product for Pictorial Photography called ‘Expressions’.  Some of you may have seen this framed copy in the studio behind my desk.

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I trialled Expressions last year and it proved a popular offer, this year I am offering a limited 8 exclusive Expressions mini shoots on February 27th and March 21st 2017 at a special price of only £45 (a whopping 65% off!) which will include:

  • 30 minute studio shoot at our studio on Berwick Quayside (with free all day parking outside)
  • In-person ordering session where you can choose your favourite expressions for your wall
  • An 18"x12" (45x30cm) expressions print of your child as shown above (usually 30 pictures on the print)

The photographs are all taken in a vintage high chair so the resulting framed photograph looks best on display in your kitchen or dining room.  Every time you look at these photographs your heart will fill with love and you will have beautiful memories to treasure forever.

To book one of our Expressions mini shoots click HERE, only 8 spots available.

Your baby needs to be able to sit unsupported in a high chair (usually around 6 months - 2 years old). Expression mini sessions are NOT suitable for babies who can not sit unaided.

You will need to bring babies favourite toys, any heirloom toys you would like to include, a bib and a change of top.

a few of the boards from last years expression mini shoots

a few of the boards from last years expression mini shoots

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TIME SLOTS:  Will be allocated on a first come first serve basis (via ticket distributer eventbrite.com) and WILL run on time. Bookings are limited to one per family.

CHILDREN:  All under 18’s to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

PRODUCTS: Products included in the shoot can not be changed or swapped. Further prints, frames, products, packages and/or digital files can be purchased after your session. Facebook images will be watermarked.

FAMILY GROUPS: Mini shoot sessions are not suitable for large family groups.

PAYMENT: Payment is taken upon booking to secure your slot.

COPYRIGHT:  All images are copyright protected to Pictorial Photography unless otherwise stated.

SESSION IMAGES: Clients should expect to see between 30 and 50 images from an expressions Mini Shoot.

ORDER TIMELINE: Pictorial Photography will fulfil product orders within 28 days of the order being received.  All image files that are not purchased will be deleted after the ordering session.

To book one of our Expressions mini shoots click HERE, there are only 8 spots available.

2017 Christmas Mini Shoot Sessions in Berwick

The following scenario happens to me every year...

Giant baubles and candy canes twinkle at you from the high, white ceilings as you wander aimlessly around the bustling and queued out shopping centre.  Once again, Fairytale of New York starts 'ringing out' and then it dawns, you only have two 'non child' days in which to think of, purchase and wrap some heartwarming and meaningful presents for pretty much the entire family. 

A cold sweat breaks and the panic sets in - You don't want to be the one who disappoints..

I can help you avoid that! 

During October and November I am offering children's Christmas Mini Shoots in Berwick that will give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside and leave you feeling super prepared and organised.

We even have great value mini shoot packages which include something for everyone - A perfect way of sorting out this year's Christmas presents for all the Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles!

The mini shoot session will only take 20 minutes, yes it could be 20 minutes of madness and tantrums or shyness and hiding behind mummy's legs but I know every trick in the book to get a giggle and a few shots that will make your heart sing!

 So, what is included?

  • 20 minute mini shoot session in our studio with a professional childrens photographer using our lovely Christmas backdrops and props.

  • Personal view and choose ordering session of your edited photographs.

  • A deluxe, photographic christmas card with your favourite photograph mounted inside.

  • A digital web size file of your favourite photograph (to use as a Facebook profile pic or to e-mail to loved ones who live far away).

  • Gift for each child (that will keep them entertained for hours after the shoot!).

  • Great value print packages from £65 on offer at your ordering session (with absolutley no obligation and no pressure to buy).

You will need to bring cute Christmas pyjamas or party clothes for our 'Christmas eve grotto' set and bright chunky knits or coats and boots for our ever popular winter woodland, sledging set.  (Full details on what to bring will be sent out to you before the mini shoot session.)  We are currently creating a new set for Christmas 2016, surprises await! 

As you can imagine, our Christmas mini shoot sessions are VERY popular and spaces are limited so click HERE to book now!

***Book before 1st October to receive another digital web size file, absolutely free!***

So, why not avoid the queues and enjoy this December without any manic shopping trips?

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TIME SLOTS:  Will be allocated on a first come first serve basis (via ticket distributer eventbrite.com) and will run on time. Bookings are limited to one per family.

PRODUCTS: Items included in the shoot can not be changed or swapped. Further prints, products, packages and/or digital files can be purchased at your ordering session. Digital web size files will be watermarked with our studio logo.

FAMILY GROUPS: Mini shoot sessions are not suitable for large family groups.

PUBLICITY: By booking a mini shoot you are granting Pictorial Photography the usage of the resulting images for the promotion of its business and services.

Due to the time limit and props involved, unfortunately the Christmas mini shoots are not suitable for babies who can't sit up unaided.

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS: Please ensure that you back up digital downloads to prevent loss, Pictorial Photography does not keep backup copies of digital photographs. 

COPYRIGHT:  All photographs are copyright protected to Pictorial Photography unless otherwise stated.

SESSION IMAGES: Clients should expect to see between 5 and 10 photographs from a mini shoot session.

ORDER TIMELINE: Pictorial Photography will fulfil product orders within 28 days of the order being received.  All photographs that are not purchased will be deleted after the ordering session.

Spaces are limited for 2017 so BOOK NOW.

Check out some of the photographs from last years Christmas Mini Shoot Sessions..

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