Heather elizabeth photography uk

Photographing Siblings - Newborn photography cheshire

We see them everyday, or at least I know I do. These beautiful 'angelic' images of a brand new baby beautifully wrapped in the arms of their very 'well behaved' sibling.  I follow that many newborn photographers on Facebook and Instagram I am like a Serial Newborn photographer stalker! As simple and as perfect as the shots looks, sometimes (my judgement is about 90% of the time) its a little bit more tricky and a lot more hard work to get something that has the correct mix of emotion, reality and usability. 

As a mum of two now I know first hand how hard it is getting that perfect sibling shot, even now my babies are getting a little bit older and the baby is more sturdy, its almost impossible to get two smiles, or a perfect cuddle. Hiring a professional sometimes is a great option and sometimes its all about letting them be and capturing something more natural. This image here is probably as 'natural' as it gets. This particular one I have up in my house as it makes me smile. 'My' children clearly are a little bit 'Camera Shy'. Anyone that knows me, knows how much I adore kids being kids and how much I love the more candid shots of my own babies. 

We as mums (and dads) don't always have time or money to go the photographer to get a lovely sibling image and sometimes you just want a nice image for nana and grandad, so heres so few tips...

 

1. Take your time...

Its always very daunting for a new sibling when they become that 'big brother or 'big sister'. A lot of the newborn babies I photograph are between 3-16 days old, which in sibling time isn't a lot of time for them to 'get comfortable' with their new baby. You get siblings who are extremely excited and happy to hold, kiss and cuddle their newborn baby. And then theres the other side of the scale which is a nervous sibling who wants to cuddle mum and would quite happily cling to an iPad than be within an inch of this new baby who has taken over their world! (this type is my son Jude). Its all about taking time with them, easing in with maybe a parent in the = shot, letting them choose the parent they want to sit with etc. Children are much happier when they feel they are little bit in control. 

 

2. Take away all the scary props..let them be. 

A photography studio can be an extremely daunting place for a young child, clean backdrops and scary fluffy wool blankets. Not to mention a scary women with a camera in your face...Who you have probably never met before in your whole life!  What if we take it all away and just let them be, ask them if they want to hold the baby? give them options so they feel in control, do they want to kiss the baby or give them a cuddle? Some of my favourite family/sibling shots have been from lifestyle sessions at home where we let the children be as close or as far away as they want, they are in their own environment and don't feel under pressure to 'Perform'.

 

3. Bribery - Wheres that biscuit tin!

I have heard it all, Maccie D's, Toy shopping, Cakes, and of course the classic 'Kinder egg'. If all else fails sometimes a little treat can do the trick as does the old - Its 'Just one photo' promise. Quietly turning my camera to continuous mode and hoping to get a good 20 images in a brief moment. 

Even as an experienced newborn photographer and a mum. I don't always get these photographs exactly how I plan them and sometimes they are challenging to get perfect or even get at all. In some cases the less than perfect ones turn out the best ones. 

Something I do love is that every single sibling shot is unique, every child is different, different ages, sometimes more than one, older, younger, some bold and some shy. Thats what also makes these Newborn Photographs so special. 

So to conclude my little blog today heres some of my work when it has been a success...

Newborn Photographer Cheshire
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Newborn photographer Runcorn

 

And after a moan, a full on tantrum, and the promise of a yes a 'Kinder Egg', Jude decided his Newborn sister wasn't that bad after all....x

Newborn Photographer Cheshire - Siblings

What age babies and children do I photograph?

The majority of the time I am photographing Newborns, but from this age I do also do 'Sitter sessions' at 6-10 months, Cake Smash at 12 months and beyond that well I don't actually have a limit heres a recent shoot I did with these lovely three to show you my style when it comes to the ones who can walk and talk too! 

 

My most common questions answered...

 

How much is a children's photo session?  

Each photosessioin is just £25 (for up to 3 children) which covers the session, all editing and you even get your initial investment back towards the price list. 

Prices? 

I offer both packages and individual products, including digital only. All prices are up front there are no hidden fees or terms, a price list can be requested at any time. There is a minimum spend of £125. 

When do I work? 

I have session availability both mid week and weekends. 

How to book? 

Simply contact me ether via the contact form, phone, email or Facebook :)

Seeing the light workshop - with the amazing Sarah J Evans

A while ago back in March (yes ages ago) I did a fantastic workshop with the very talented Sarah J Evans. I'm a firm believer in not becoming complacent in my work or anything within my life, I love working with children and families. My main aim from attending this workshop was making sure I am able to give my clients the 'BEST' outdoor photographs I can. 

We worked with some amazing children, a lovely family, and some ponies! I also met a very talented group of photographers too :)

Want to see some of my images from the day ? Here we go...

 

 

Dunky's Nursery Discount

Exclusive Photoshoot offer

*Dunky's Families*

 

As a Mum who's little boy has been at Dunky's for a few years now I can't recommend their work enough! I am a local photographer I offer all types of photography services from Newborn to Weddings, I love working with little ones and having my own three year old, so I have bags of patience too!

 

We all love photographs of our children and our families so I am offering all Dunky's Families an exclusive 15% off all portrait packages, for Babies, Children & Family photo sessions.

 

 

Which Families does this apply too? 

Any families who have a child at any of  the Dunky's branches, Runcorn, Widnes & Warrington branches too.

 

Whats the deal ? 

15% off all price lists all year! 

You will receive a FREE Premium 16"x12" print worth £65 with your first order! 

 

Wheres the studio? 

My Studio is based in Runcorn. I do also do on location shoots if you'd love an outdoor session. 

 

How to book in? 

Simply get in touch ether on my contact form here or add my Facebook page to see my most recent work and see all the latest offers! 

 

 

Like me on Facebook to keep update with the latest deals and offers! 
 

Newborn Baby photography - Winter Promotion

Are you expecting your little one to arrive in November, December or January ?

Would you like some beautiful newborn photographs with over 50% off the regular price? 

 

For these 3 months only I am doing a special newborn promotion which is a package worth a huge £320 for just £125! Limited availability....

 

SECURE YOUR SESSION SLOT TODAY FOR JUST £35! 

**Balance of £90 due on the photo shoot day, Upgrades are available. 

There is also 20% off all other newborn packages. 

To discuss booking in please contact me via my Facebook page or contact me on my number 07814201281. 


Autumn & Winter Outdoor sessions 2015

November & December dates now available

Its finally getting colder, time to wrap those little ones up in lots of warm winter woolly's or a casual elf costume! Do you want some gorgeous natural family portrait in a location of your choice?

One hour outdoor photo session

Up to four people

Your choice of location

Free 10"x8 print worth £45

Images will all be beautifully edited

 

Just £25

** To be paid upon booking

 

 

Price List 

 

Prints Packages

£60 - One 10"x8" Prints & Two 8"x6" prints 

£100 - One 16"x12" print, Two 10"x8" prints & Five 8"x6" prints 

 

 

Digital Images on USB

**Get 50% off any digital bundle when purchased in conjugation with a print plan

 

£60 - 10 Digital Images with full sharing and printing permissions 

£100 - 20 Digital Images with full sharing and printing permissions 

£150 - All Digital Images with full sharing and printing permissions 

 

Now taking bookings! Weekday & Weekend dates available... Heather x

Details on this link ...


The Simplicity Price plans

Keeping it Simple! 

I started my business nearly two years ago, doing lots of unpaid work and building my portfolio, as I started gradually charging my clients, I have been trying to learn what my clients want and also trying to fit within their budgets.

 

So what do my clients want? 

1. Simple price structure 

2. Prices that are realistic and affordable

3. Value for money (Good product range)

4. Rewards for purchasing more!

 

So what is the Simplicity price plan?

Its my new price plan for portrait shoots - Maternity, Babies 1 month +, Children & Families.

 

 

How much will a photoshoot cost?

For the types of photo shoots listed above for a one hour Photosession its just £15.

Then you have a choice of using the £15 back as credit towards your order or you can choose a 10"x8"print worth £35. 

 

Three Price bands & Three product options - Simple.

You can choose just one option, or if you combine...

Two options you will get £25 off your order

Three options you will get £50 off your order 

No minimum spend and no pressure.

Prices starting from just £60.

 

What is important to me? 

Well I love my job, and I like my clients to know they are never just a number. I want you to enjoy my work, the overall experience from booking in to receiving your images.  

 

Upfront realistic prices - Leaving you in control at all times! 




The new website!!!

So after much time, effort and many many cups of tea, my website is complete! (I think)

Why change the website?

After completing my Wedding website which I love, I wanted to streamline all my work and my information so it all looked the same and people recognise me as being a brand.

Whats new?

Well as I have grown into my style and learned from good and bad experiences over the last year I wanted to use all my new business and creative wisdom to create something easy for clients to use where all the information was clear and my work can be showcased in the best way.

Over the next week I will posting a bit about the new aspects of my site and how its designed to make the client experience both simple, easy and enjoyable.

Hope you all enjoy looking round it! 

Heather x