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Christmas gift voucher for grandma: Family photoshoot with everyone on the farm.

Thank you so much for sending the photographs from the photoshoot. We are delighted with them! You have given us a very precious collection of images of our family at this moment in time which we will treasure for years to come.
Particular favourites are some of the individual ones of the children, the 4 children together, the light on the ones near the cartwheels beside the stone building, the ones on the bridge and Billy and I in the garden. Thanks again and Best Wishes
— Alison Brockie

Hi Sarah,
Thanks so much for sending these through, they are fantastic! Mum & Dad are so pleased with them, a perfect Christmas present. They perfectly capture our family.
Thanks again.
— Rachel Burns

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Casting Headshots for Child Actors

Recently some children from Drama classes, ‘Scripts to Stage’ in Berwick have been selected and signed up to an agent so I have started taking portfolio head and full body shots which bring out their individual looks, these images will appear in Spotlight magazine (which lands on casting directors desks all over the world), it is a very exciting opportunity for them and I hope the photographs will make them shine out from the rest, fingers crossed for some great acting and extras parts!

Beautifully Styled Family Photo Session at 3 different locations, Beach, Park and Home

Lisa chose 3 locations for her beautiful family to have their photography session, we started at the family home, in the garden and inside for a few then we went to a local park which was down by the stream, we ended up at Cocklawburn beach (it was a good idea to end there because, sand).   After looking through our what to wear guide, Lisa had 3 outfits outfit ideas so we matched them up with the locations before we set off, I would usually advise against 3 changes as children can become impatient but these two were troopers right through.  I loved this shoot and I'd love know which location you prefer, let me know in the comments below, beach, park or home... I think my favourite was the beach at the end of the day - it was that really misty weekend that we had, remember?  It was like pea soup at the beach!

Let me know your fave location in the comments below :)

Chloe and Martyn's Engagement / Pre Wedding Shoot

After taking a break from weddings over the last couple of years, here I was shooting a pre-wedding session for Chloe and Martyn on Saturday who are getting wed this year!

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I have been photographing Chloe, Martyn, and their 2 children for the last 5 years (starting with a lovely black and white maternity session if I recall correctly) so when they asked me to photograph their wedding I almost squealed with excitement - Chloe has the most amazing taste and the venue they have chosen together looks utterly gorgeous. https://www.cherrytrees-kelso.co.uk/

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I thought this would be a good session to blog about as it is quite 'typical' now for a pre wedding session to include the couples children and pets, including children allows them to get used to my being there and photographing them with a big camera ahead of the wedding day which means they wont find my unobtrusive approach at all unusual or unfamiliar at the wedding, making the big day much more relaxed for everyone involved.

Today was also a special birthday for someone!  The balloons were a great idea until...

Today was also a special birthday for someone!  The balloons were a great idea until...

Ooops!  Well we did still manage to turn things around and get some lovely family shots on the beach..

We then left the kids with granny and grandpa and headed off, out of sight for a few couple photos in preparation of the big day!  I always think it is a good idea to book a session like this before a wedding, alongside creating a beautiful set of portraits to mark your engagement I can show you both how to look your very best together, Ill pose you in a way that looks as natural as possible.  

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Here we are on the way home minus a bunch of balloons but plus 2 penny floater balls, compliments of Granny and Grandpa who kindly came along to help with the Daphne the dog and also to give us some time without the children to practice the couple photography!

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Restoring Treasured Memories..

Last week Susan came into the studio to ask if we could do anything with a treasured photograph of her children from when they were little, she had had the portrait taken of them and at the time had only been able to afford to purchase one framed print which had had to go to her in-laws where it had hung in pride of place on the wall for over 30 years. 

Susan had at last got the photograph back to hang up in her home but unfortunately the grandparents were smokers and over time the image, which was not under glass had become stained yellow and was also badly marked.  

As you can see, there was quite a lot of colour work to do, removal of the staining and the marks and splatters, all in it took me about 4 hours to restore whilst retaining the detail, all the work was worth it to see the tears of happiness when she came to see the finished thing.  

As a mum, Susan's story really resonated with me and I enjoyed the challenge of doing something quite different from my usual work.

Sarah

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Children's Photo Shoot at Cocklawburn Beach

Finlay and Isla were both absolutly fab on their beach shoot, we went down to Cocklawburn where someone had built this little wooden teepee for us, it was just perfect.  I had brought a couple of little props, the bunting and the pink tutu but at the beach simple is always best.

Finlay and Isla's mum ordered a beautiful 24x16" black and white image on canvas along with some digital files so she can print away to her heart's content :)