Never stop learning

Being a photographer is like being on a never-ending learning curve. There is always a way to improve, or a new technique to try. Regular training is important, to learn new things to keep your work fresh, and to remind yourself of those important aspects such as safety, to keep you from getting complacent and cutting corners.

So as a photographer, when you find yourself child-free and caught up with work for a morning, having just received some beautiful new goodies, what else is there to do but get yourself set up and practise practise practise?

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My daughter’s doll acted as my model this morning, testing out my gorgeous new bonnet and stuffie set. Just one of many new props and bits I have arriving over the next few weeks. I will be putting out a model call on my Facebook page for real babies to test these soon!

So keep an eye onΒ Little Pandas PhotographyΒ for more details πŸ™‚

Kelly.x

New heirloom products from Hythe family photographer Little Pandas Photography

Exciting times here in Kent at Little Pandas HQ. I’ve just received samples of a fantastic new product I will offering very soon.

Handmade from poplar plywood sourced from sustainable forests in Slovenia and Austria, these wooden photo blocks are made to last.

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These blocks are available in many shapes and sizes, from 4″x 4″ squares (shown above) to 16″ circles, to 16×24″ rectangles. There are even beautiful collages available (see below). The smaller sizes are freestanding, for displaying on desktops and shelves. But all come with a small hole at the rear for wall display.

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I’m so happy to be able to offer these beautiful, heirloom products to you all as soon as my 2017 price list is finalised!

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Kelly.x

 

Mothers day mini sessions – family photography near me

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I know what you’re thinking. Its a bit early to be thinking about Mothers day right? Its not until the end of March! But I like to be organised, and I like to offer the best to my clients. So my sessions have been released nice and early, so as to give you plenty of time to plan, and me plenty of time to get your prints and products to you πŸ™‚

I have a beautiful location planned for these mini shoots. I’m lucky enough to live just across the road from the Royal Military canal, and this is one of my favourite locations for outdoor shoots! There are so many beautiful areas along the canal.

This, my first of two planned mini session weekends, is aimed at children and families. The perfect opportunity to capture some beautiful images to give as gifts to your Mum, or the Mother of your child or children πŸ™‚ As always, I’ll have some exclusive on the day packages that you can purchase too if you so wish, and offers on some of my favourite products. I just need to keep my fingers crossed for good weather!

To my middle child

To my beautiful, crazy middle child,

People talk about “middle child syndrome”. They say the youngest and the oldest get all the attention, and the middle just plods along. At best, just quietly going about their business. At worst, ignored and not thought about.

You, my darling middle child, are no different. I’m not proud of it. I try my best to make it not so. But you are quiet, polite, hard working and eager to please. Your elder sister and brother, and your younger sister and brother, are hard work. They command attention, for various reasons. They are beautiful too, inside and out. But because of being a teenager/toddler, or because of having their own (suspected but undiagnosed) issues, they take more effort. You are none of those things. You’re just you.

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You were never supposed to be the middle child. You were meant to be the youngest. We were stopping at three. But you made your presence well and truly felt, before you were even born.

27 weeks – kidney stones. I thought I was in early labour. Then the real pain hit, and I thought I was dying. Even morphine didn’t touch it. I’ve never known pain like it. Even giving birth didn’t come close. The relief when I passed those two little bits of gravel was immense. But I was left with a dilated kidney, and was on strong painkillers for the rest of my pregnancy.

33 weeks – Severe vomiting, resulting in dehydration and hospital admission. They sorted me out, were ready to let me go. But then they noticed my eyes were jaundiced.

34 weeks – My fears were confirmed, Obstetric cholestasis. My wonderful planned homebirth, gone. Induction and resulting c-section at 37 weeks.

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Then at 6 weeks we could have lost you. Bronchilitis meant you spent 4 days, the scariest 4 days of my life, in high dependency.

Your pregnancy and birth haunted me. It wasn’t supposed to be like that. My last experience of pregnancy couldn’t be my body failing me, failing you. I couldn’t get over it. So we decided to have your sister. Then your brother surprised us all, almost 5 years later. So here you are, the middle child.

But I want to reassure you my darling, you are not forgotten. You are not any less loved, or any less appreciated. We adore your quirky ways, the way your eyes twinkle when you laugh. Your odd sense of humour and those expressions you pull when you’re telling a story or having a rant.

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We see you. You are part of us, our family. And we wouldn’t change you for anything.

All my love,

Mummy.x

 

Print sizes – Wall display guide

I often get asked about sizes for prints. What size will look best on my wall? Its hard to visualise sizes you are unfamiliar with, so often people will opt for the sizes they know. 5×7 and 10×8 prints are great, low priced options. They fit into an album, are great for table top display. But they often get lost on the wall.

Thats when you get into the realm of larger sizes, and it can be a bit overwhelming!

So I’ve put together a little infographic, which will hopefully help you to see how some of the more common sizes would look when displayed on the wall.

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My motto is, if in doubt, go large! Photographs are made to be displayed πŸ™‚ Research shows that children who grows up surrounded by family photographs have better self esteem and a greater sense of belonging. Some researchers even recommend displaying family photos in a child’s bedroom, so that they are the last things they see before they go to sleep, and the first things they see when they wake. They believe that this shows a child they are loved and cared for, that they are important.

So don’t just stick them in an album, or hide them in a drawer. Print them, display them. Talk about them with your children as they grow, share the memories with them, even if they were too young to remember when it was taken. Photographs are more than just a snapshot in time, they are memories. They are something to be proud of, so put them on the wall for all to see πŸ™‚

Christmas mini sessions – James

My Christmas mini sessions were so much fun! It was a busy day, a busy few weeks, but Sasha (my eldest daughter, and assistant) and I had a lovely time. Getting to wear a Santa hat and play Christmas music at the beginning of November particularly pleased Sasha!

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Little James was a star. He is such a smiley baby, his whole face lights up and it is beautiful to see. I had such a hard time narrowing down the photos for his gallery!

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I’m so excited for Christmas now. And I really can’t wait to plan next year’s Christmas minis! Bigger and better next year!!!

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Meanwhile, sessions are available as usual. Sessions or print package make great Christmas gifts πŸ™‚

Just use the contact form or message me on Facebook to enquire or book.

Mini Sessions – What are they and why should I book one?

Its that time of year again, when the shops start filling with Christmas cards and tinsel, mince pies and yule logs. Yep, it must be early October! For portrait photographers, this time of year inevitably brings up the same old question; to offer Christmas minis or not.

This year I’ve decided to go ahead and offer them. They are not my usual thing, although I will happily try a mini for a newborn. But being a photographer often means stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new! One question keeps cropping up though. What exactly is a mini session? What do I get out of it that I couldn’t get out of a full session? So I thought I’d write a post to answer those questions πŸ™‚

So, whatΒ is a mini session?

A mini session is like a taster, a try before you buy if you like. Its a short session, so you can get a sample of how I work and who I am before committing to the cost of a full session. In the case of Christmas minis, its a chance to get photos of your child or children for gifts or cards, without having to pay out for the whole kit and caboodle that goes with a full session. Because who wants a whole plethora of photographs of their kids in Christmas hats or jumpers that they can’t display all year round right?! So a mini is the chance to pay less, and get just the few shots you need.

Why should I book one?

A mini session is for you if:

  • You’re not sure about committing to a full session, you want to try it out first
  • You just want a few photos to use as gifts
  • You’re not sure how your child is going to react to being photographed, so want to start off small
  • You don’t want lots of set changes or costume changes, and are happy with just one set up.

 

Hopefully that answers any questions that you may have, but I am always on the end of a message if there is anything else you would like to know πŸ™‚

Most of all, mini sessions areΒ fun!!!

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My mini sessions are booked for Saturday 5th November, at Palmarsh village hall in Hythe, Kent. Sessions take place for approx 20 minutes, every half hour (starting at 10.30am). Spaces are limited, so advance booking is essential.

Kelly.x

Another newborn……Welcoming my new baby boy!

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Its been so long since i updated, apologies for this! I had a very difficult pregnancy, and have since been incredibly busy. I’d forgotten how time consuming newborn babies can be! But now my little dude is sleeping, and i thought I’d take the time to post a few of the shots from a little shoot i did with him when he was 4 weeks old πŸ™‚

He is quite a difficult baby, he suffers quite badly from reflux so having him settled and still is quite a rare thing. It took lots of patience to achieve these, good practice for the future when he is grown a little and I photograph newborns for a living πŸ™‚

So here are a few of my favourites.

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