Christmas mini sessions 2018: Now on sale

***IT IS TIME TO BOOK YOUR LIMITED CHRISMTAS MINI SESSIONS***

This year we have two really wonderful Christmas sessions to choose from,

The Santa Experience and The Rustic Christmas bed set

The Santa Experience Sessions

This we year we have some AMAZING sessions, the big man himself is coming to visit he Photography by Fiona studio, little ones can experience some amazing one on one time with Santa,
perhaps reading a Christmas story, chatting to him about the elves or enjoying a Christmas cookie together.

-These sessions will take place on the 3rd November
-15 minutes at our BS3 based studio
-Styling guide and use of some selected outfits
-Online gallery to choose from
-Includes 5 high resolution digital images emailed
– A small age appropriate gift
– £99 for first baby/child, extra children can be added at £25 each

We Can’t wait to share this magical time with you and your children.

Purchase a Santa Experience session here photographybyfiona.bigcartel.com/product/father-christmas-sessions

The Rustic Christmas bed jammie mini sessions

Photography by Fiona is so excited to offer this exclusive 2018 Rustic Christmas Bed mini set up.
You may remember from last year we had a bed set up for our ‘my first Christmas’ sessions but this year we wanted everyone to be able to take part. So we have a brand new four poster rustic bed set up which is perfect for babies, children and siblings.
This session set is timeless and would look great in a Holiday Card to send to family and friends. These Mini sessions are also a great way to see what Photography by Fiona is all about.

For more information please email us at photographybyfiona@live.co.uk

Or to secure your session slot please purchase a session through this link

photographybyfiona.bigcartel.com/product/christmas-jammie-mini-sessions

 

 

 

 

 

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World Book Day Last minute ideas

World book day last minute ideas! We’ve all been there haven’t we? An event at school or nursery either sneaks up on us when we think we’ve got loads of time to sort it all out. Or we totally forget about it until the night before. My children have already had one dress different day this week as yesterday was dress in yellow for St David’s day, and dont even get me started on numbers day…. say what?!!

Sound familiar?

I am terrible for reading school letters then putting them down somewhere and completely forgetting all about it. Especially when I have weeks to prepare, because it’s not a priority at that time – as I have a million other things to prioritise.

Last Minute World Book Day 2020

World Book Day is the biggest of them all. It’s all about choosing a character from your child’s favourite book and dressing up that day for school or nursery. Heck even my child in Year 8 is doing it and there is me thinking id be done when they went to senior school.

The high streets and supermarkets seem to be jumping on the World Book Day bandwagon, selling fancy dress costumes. That makes life so much easier too but they can be expensive and sold out by now.

Choosing a character can also be problematic, mine have changed their minds last minute so many times. We also like to dress the four cousins in matching as they all did go to the same school. In previous years we have done PeterPan and Tinkerbell, oompa lumpa’s and Charlie, Mary poppins and Bert, and this year we are going for the classic Wizard of Oz.

Follow us on Instagram here to see our four, Josh (13), Liam (9), Chloe (9) and Keira (8) and some more ideas.

Here are some ideas I have come up with perfect for last minute:

The Boy in a Dress/Matilda/

You could keep things simple by going for a general character. If your son is brave enough to go in a dress, then The Boy in a Dress is an easy one!

Matilda is easy grab a blue or maybe denim dress and a red bow for her hair, white tights and school shoes and away you go. A few thick books for a prop too if you like.

A witch or wizard

If you have a witches hat and a cloak then that’s great. Otherwise, use a piece of black card or sugar paper (or stick two pieces together if you need more) and curl it round to make a cone shape. Measure around your child’s head and then tape it together. You could decorate with stars by using stickers, or by cutting out shapes and sticking them on.

Keira loved to decorate her hat for the year she went as winnie the witch.

Harry Potter/Hermione/Moaning Mertle

A great choice and super easy as it mainly their school uniform which they already have of course we go for black trousers and shirt for the boys, skirt and blouse for the girls.  Supermarkets usually have a clock or you can pick up novelty glasses pretty easy.  If your child is wants something less common they can always go as moaning Mertle and wear the skirt/blouse but with a toilet seat over there head!!!

Paddington Bear

A blue duffel coat, welly boots, a red hat and old suitcase. For the finishing touch by add a luggage tag and write ‘Look after this bear’ on it.

Dennis the Menace

Red and black stripy long sleeve tshirt with black shorts and red socks.

Alice in Wonderland

Blue dress + stripey tights + a key, maybe a empty milk bottle with a drink me label and you’re Alice in Wonderland!

The little Princess

A perfect one for younger children.

I Want My Tooth!

White dress (or pillowcase you don’t mind cutting holes in) + cardboard crown painted gold? You’re The Little Princess!

Bruce Bogtrotter

Also from Matilda is the character Bruce Bogtrotter – the one punished for eating the headteacher’s chocolate cake by being force-fed the entire thing.

You can do this one easy just a plain white top and lots of chocolate cake to get messy with. Shouldnt be too hard to get your child to eat chocolate cake in a white top should it?!!!

So what are your children being? I’d love to know tag me in your posts on Instagram or comment below.

If you would like to read our blog from 2017 please do here

 

Fiona

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Twinkle Twinkle little star cake smash

Cake smash photographer, Bristol

I wanted to blog Jenson’s cake smash photography session because he was such a cute cake smasher and it has been such a pleasure to watch him grow from his newborn photography session with us. It is also nice for potential clients to be able to see a few more images from the same session to give you an idea of what you full gallery will look like from a Cake Smash and Splash session with Photography by Fiona.

        

Happy first birthday Jenson.

You can have your cake and eat it

 

After all that mess its time to clean up in our baby roll top bath. We are one of the only Cake smash photographers in Bristol to offer a bath such as this one to clean up. So when choosing a cake smash and splash photographer make sure you choose us to get these adorable bath portraits too as part of the package.

 

Yep we do also get very splashed so do bring a towel too and maybe a change of clothes for mum and dad too if planning on going straight out from the session.

Cake Smash sessions are a great way to celebrate this important milestone in your baby’s life, from baby to toddler.

If you are looking for a cake smash photographer near Bristol or Bath, I would recommend that you contact me as early as possible if you want to have the images back in time for the little ones birthday. A lot of parents also chose to have the cake smash on the little ones actual birthday so do contact me today on 07828877598 or email photographybyfiona@live.co.uk to see if I have availability for your babies special day.

Award winning newborn and baby photographer based in Bristol, Somerset and covering, Bristol,  Bath, Somerset, Gloucestershire and the South West.

To book your cake smash and splash session click here to contact us….

BOOK YOUR CAKE SMASH SESSION

We look forward to meeting you!

 

 

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Winter wonderland mini sessions-styling guide

Photography by Fiona Winter wonderland mini sessions styling guide

It’s just 2 weeks until we transform our studio into a magical winter wonderland and we are so excited.

We have put together this styling guide to help you decide what to dress your little one’s in to compliment our set up.

For the girls

We will have a range of boutique dresses in a variety of sizes for your little princess to choose from however if you wish to bring your own we have put together some of our favourites that would look amazing in our winter wonderland set.

http://uk.monsoon.co.uk/view/product/uk_catalog/mon_3,mon_3.1,mon_3.1.1/3130663207

http://uk.monsoon.co.uk/view/product/uk_catalog/mon_3,mon_3.1/3132070207

http://uk.monsoon.co.uk/view/product/uk_catalog/mon_3,mon_3.30,mon_3.3.1/3151423208

For the boys

We recommend keeping any clothing plain/neutral, avoiding patterns and logos. A simple pair of chinos with a shirt or knitted jumper would look great. If you want to create different looks then mix it up with accessories including hats, bow tie, braces.

http://www.next.co.uk/g212608s2#178126

http://www.next.co.uk/xo11066s2#891720

http://www.next.co.uk/g77486s1#755628

Shoes/footwear

Children will be asked to remove shoes and socks before going into our set up so there is no need to worry about finding matching shoes for their outfit.

 

More inspiration

Head over to our Pinterest board with lots more ideas including links to buy. http://pin.it/SKKURoi

 

 

If you wish to discuss the outfit for your child/children further please do email photographybyfiona@live.co.uk or call/WhatsApp Fiona on 07828 877598.

 

Is it too late to book?

If you are reading this but haven’t yet booked then please do book here http://photographybyfiona.bigcartel.com/product/winter-wonderland-christmas-mini-sessions as we only have a couple of slots left.

 

We are looking forward to seeing all our past clients as well as meeting lots of new ones.

Fiona & Natalie x

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TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR OWN CHILDREN FOR THOSE BACK TO SCHOOL PHOTOS

Photographing your children 

 

TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR OWN CHILDREN-BACK TO SCHOOL PHOTOS

Now the summer holidays are almost over, I wanted to share a few tips on capturing your own children as they head back to school. I hope these are useful for you, please comment underneath if they are.

 

DOWNLOAD THE PHOTOSHOP APP

My first tip has to be downloading the photoshop app if you haven’t got it already. This app is a scaled down version of the software the professions use to edit photographs. I use this app a lot of the time with my iPhone photos since it’s got the most needed features and it’s extremely easy to use. You can adjust the image contrast, exposure, brightness, add effects, borders and more and its free.

 

USE NATURAL LIGHT

Look for indirect natural light—the shade of a tree or an awning, or diffused by your window. When light shines beside your child, you will notice interesting soft shadows adding dimensionality to your composition. Facing your child straight on, light from the front creates a very soft, shadow-less portrait. Behind your child, backlight enhances colors and creates a bright backdrop.

 

SAME POSE, SAME LOCATION

Back to school time is a great opportunity to document your child’s growth. Consider creating the same photo year after year so you can compare the photos as your child grows.

 

BE IN THE FUN

As mum’s, we often find ourselves behind the camera rather than in front of it and these special moments are the perfect time to be a part of the action, even if only for one photo. It doesn’t matter if it’s a quick selfie, a photo of you doing their hair or outside the school gates.

 

DETAILS

You may not have much time for taking photos on the first day so it maybe a good idea to take photos of the details a few days or night before. Shoot a close-up of their perfectly laid out school uniform, their new backpack, lunchbox and those newly brought school shoes. Remember if it’s important to you or them then photograph it!

 

I really hope you enjoyed this blog post, likes comments and shares are much appreciated.

 

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