Posted on December 14, 2018
Looking for that last minute Christmas Gift? Portraits by Sarah Mini Photo Shoot Christmas Gifts are the perfect solution to your Christmas Shopping.
With prices starting at £30 there is something for everyone.
Mini Photo Shoot Christmas Gifts are available to purchase until 22nd December. Limited Availability so don’t delay!
(Deadline for gift certificate posting is Thursday 20th December at 12pm.)
Please Contact Sarah with any queries.
Posted on November 24, 2018
I had the pleasure of hosting a Mini Newborn Photo Shoot for this gorgeous baby girl, Harper. So beautiful with tiny but perfectly formed features. She was a dream to photograph too! Congratulations to her parents, they must be very proud of their baby girl.
So, what’s a Mini Newborn Photo Shoot and how does it differ to a Bespoke Photo Shoot?
A mini newborn photo shoot is an hour long session which includes 5 photos, poses as above, using neutral backdrops (cream, beige, brown or grey). The images are all about baby, no hats, hair accessories or fancy props, just baby. It is possible to swop one of the images for a parents and baby photo but, due to the 1 hour timeframe, it isn’t possible to include sibling images. These sessions are suitable for babies from 5 days to 6/8 weeks and possibly older depending on each individual baby. Your 5 images will be provided as digital downloads (high resolution jpegs) or digital images on a Crystal Portraits by Sarah USB with a 7×5″ mounted print for each image depending on which package you choose.
A bespoke newborn photo shoot is 3 to 4 hours long (usually 3 hours but I allow 4 incase baby is unsettled or particularly hungry that day!) and is completely tailored to your taste and requirements. It starts with a pre-session consultation which can take place over the phone/email or during a studio tour, your session will be styled to take into account your preferred colours, props, accessories and images, family and sibling images are included and usually take place at the beginning of the session so that everyone can relax once they are done. We work at baby’s pace and I don’t book any other sessions in on a Bespoke Newborn Session day so you have my undivided attention. You will be invited back to the studio for a private viewing session and I will be on hand to provide advice when choosing your images. In fact I will provide you with unlimited email/telephone guidance throughout the whole process, if required. There are various packages for you to choose from, each providing beautiful products to compliment your home. These sessions are suitable for babies from 5 days to 3 weeks with 5 to 14 days being the optimal time.
Which session to choose?
Well that depends on your requirements, baby’s age and budget. If baby’s age and budget allows the Bespoke Session will always be the preferable option as it is completely tailored to your requirements, taste and home colour scheme. Family and sibling images are included together with a pre-session consultation and viewing session. However, sometimes things don’t go to plan and Mum and/or Baby need to stay in hospital for a little while, perhaps budget just doesn’t allow, maybe you hadn’t even considered a newborn photo shoot until baby had already arrived or perhaps you just want a couple of simple newborn photos! In any of these circumstances the Mini Newborn Photo Shoot would be a perfect alternative to the Bespoke Newborn Photo shoot.
If you are interested in either of these Newborn Photography Sessions, I am now taking bookings up to April 2019. There is 24 hours remaining to grab yourself a Black Friday Special Offer providing a £50 discount on a Bespoke Newborn Photo Shoot Session or a £30 discount on a Mini Newborn Photo Shoot. Hurry though as these offers expire at midnight on Sunday 25th November 2018 and they will not be repeated!
Please select and pay for your chosen session and I will be in touch to arrange a suitable date. If you have any queries, please contact Sarah via email or on 07827 443960.
Posted on November 9, 2018
Isn’t she gorgeous…
What a great 1st photo shoot we had with Mia. I’ve taken photographs of some of Mia’s cousins and so it was a real pleasure to welcome Mia for her Newborn Photography session.
Mia’s parents opted for a neutral colour palette for their newborn session to compliment their colour scheme at home. I love the soft ivory and grey in these images
and what about those gorgeous cheeks. Aren’t they just the cutest!
I alway enquire about a Clients home colour scheme and style when we are choosing backdrops and props for a photo shoot. We then go through and choose various items which will produce a gorgeous flowing gallery of images that will beautifully compliment their home. I can also incorporate sentimental items into the photography shoot like the gorgeous bunny in the image above which was a gift from Mia’s Aunt, Uncle & cousins.
If you would like further information about Portraits by Sarah’s Newborn, Baby, Child or Family Photography sessions please contact Sarah, email Portraits by Sarah or call 01763 289732.
Portraits by Sarah is based in East Hertfordshire but is delighted to have Clients who travel for their photography shoot from all over Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, North London & Northamptonshire.
Posted on October 29, 2018
Grand Opening of Portraits by Sarah’s Newborn, Child & Family Photo studio at The Black Barn, North End Farm, Hare Street, Buntingford SG9 0DY.
Please pop along and join me for a glass of fizz or a cuppa and take a sneak peek at the new studio.
Enter the Grand Opening Day free prize draw to win a complimentary photo shoot including a Framed Portrait. The winner will be drawn at 15.55.
Exclusive Opening Day special offers for bookings on the day. If you are thinking of booking a photo shoot it would be worth popping along. (Your booking fee will be reimbursed if you win the Complimentary Photo Shoot).
All welcome, existing Clients, prospective Clients, Friends, Family and Locals. I look forward to seeing you all.
Posted on September 23, 2018
What can be more miraculous than the ability to grow another human being? Our bodies are just truly amazing. The changes they undergo during pregnancy and childbirth are incredible.
This is Claire’s second pregnancy and she wanted to capture this incredible time in her & her family’s life whilst they eagerly await the arrival of their new baby. It’s an exciting time and my pregnancy shoots are peaceful, relaxed and enjoyable and a good excuse to get all glammed up! (I can arrange for a hair & make up professional to attend for the ultimate pre-session pampering!) The session can be just for Mum or they can include partners and children (if it isn’t a first pregnancy), the choice is entirely yours.
And, did you know that I offer Mini Pregnancy Photo Shoots exclusively to my Newborn Clients. A 30 minute session providing you with 5 beautiful images for just £145! But not for long – these are going to increase to £195 from 1st December 2018 so if you are expecting a baby and you would like further information about Mini Pregnancy and/or Newborn Photo Shoots please contact Sarah using the link below.
Maternity, Pregnancy & Bump Photo Shoots covering Baldock, Bassingbourn, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade, Bishops Stortford, Broxbourne, Buntingford, Cambridge, Cheshunt, Duxford, Essex, Harlow, Harston, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, Letchworth, London, Melbourn, Much Hadham, Royston, Saffron Walden, Sawbridgeworth, Stansted, Stevenage, Ware, Welwyn Garden City.
Posted on September 8, 2018
We’re all familiar with Street Photography with it’s derelict buildings, dubious walkways and graffiti, it’s the perfect setting to capture a bit of teen moodiness and rebellion. Well living in a small village in East Herts your fortunately don’t come across many dubious walkways or graffiti so Street Photography is a little bit out of reach. Yes our local town has a lovely high street, a car park and a path along the river but it’s certainly not moody or rebellious!
However, what we do have locally is lots of fabulous outdoor locations, fields, footpaths, buildings and farms and so my Country Style Moody Teens idea was born. Street inspired outdoor country photos using old farm buildings, barns, walls that are passed their best, gates, trees. Just stuff that we see everyday and take no notice of. The tattier the better really. Add some moody teens and we have a Moody Teen Outdoor Photo Shoot.
Obviously, permission is required if shooting on private property, as was the case for this photo shoot, however there are plenty of fabulous opportunities on public land too. This is a selection of images taken one evening this summer in my village with 3 teenage brothers. It was great fun.
If moody and rebellious isn’t your teens style we can put a different spin on your country style teen photo shoot. How about the day dreamer sitting under an enormous tree in the middle of a field with the sunlight filtering through the leaves just contemplating life or perhaps strolling through the middle of a field wearing your shooting gear or even a completely inappropriate prom dress and wellies! The options are limitless.
I am enjoying the Moody Teen Sessions so much that I have decided to run a 25% OFF September Special Offer.
For further information on Moody Teens & Older Kids studio or location shoots please contact Sarah.
Posted on August 3, 2018
“Happy 1st Birthday Leo”
Another fabulously fun cake smash. What a gorgeous baby boy and fabulous family. It was a pleasure to host a Cake Smash Photography Session to celebrate and capture this special milestone for Leo.
Did you know that a Portraits by Sarah Cake Smash has 3 parts?
Part 1 – The Birthday Portrait
We take a few minutes at the beginning of the session to capture a traditional birthday photo before the real “messy” fun begins.
We did get a head and shoulders image but I like this one better as its a bit more fun.
Part 2 – The Main Cake Smash Event
With a bespoke handmade giant cupcake in your chosen colour theme with balloons and decorations to match the fun begins. We sit back and watch as the confidence grows and smashing commences! Sometimes we assist, sometimes we are surplus to requirements but there is always fun, giggles and mess.
And just when you think they are finished, they change their minds and go for it big time!!
I would say that for pretty much every cake smash I have held we have managed to salvage some cake for the Clients to take home. Every cake smash, except this one! It was basically crumbs! Good job Leo!!
Part 3 – The Bubble Bath
The bubble bath is optional but it’s a great way to clean up after all the messy cake smash fun. It also has a calming and soothing effect on the babies and helps get them ready for a great sleep on the way home. But mostly it provides some fabulous “splash photos” to add some variety to your gallery.
I can honestly say with my hand on my heart that I love a cake smash. It’s a wonderful photography session and celebration of baby’s 1st birthday. A memory for parents to treasure and precious images to share with your gorgeous baby when they are older.
For further information about Cake Smash Photography Sessions please contact Sarah.
A big thank you to The Cake Rooms for the gorgeous and obviously very tasty Giant Cupcake.
Posted on July 26, 2018
Introducing the beautiful baby Remii-Lorraine & her handsome big brother Chayce. What a gorgeous family and wonderful Newborn photography session.
I do love a Newborn session with older siblings, it’s so heartwarming to see how proud they are to introduce me to their baby brother or sister. I always start a Newborn & Sibling Session with a couple of family images, followed by sibling & newborn images. These images can be the trickiest to capture, especially if the siblings are very young because they can get bored quite quickly which is why we get their photographs done first. Big brother or sister will be the centre of my attention for those initial photographs and they will be made to feel very special and important. After all, proud as they may be, we all know how tough it is for them to have to share Mum & Dad with their new baby brother or sister.
Once I am happy that I have a couple of family and sibling portraits I move onto the newborn photographs. At this stage, big brother or sister’s job is done and they are free to have a snack, play with some toys, do some colouring or watch their ipad while I focus on baby. Portraits by Sarah’s photography studio is very spacious with plenty of room for playing. Chayce brought his colouring with him and drew me the most gorgeous rainbow picture. It’s still on my desk and it makes me smile every time I see it 🙂
After the family and sibling images baby is usually ready for a feed and once he/she has had their fill I start their photos either on my beanbag with some lovely soft blanket backdrops or in a prop depending on whether he/she is asleep. I aim to provide a gallery of images with at least two different blanket backdrops and 2 different props together with family & sibling images. I work quite quickly during a Newborn and sibling session and we are usually finished in about 2.5 to 3 hours which I think is plenty long enough for the older sibling.
Please find following a selection of images from Remii-Lorraine’s Newborn Photography Session featuring “Big Brother Chayce”. Beautiful children and a lovely family, I wish them fun and laughter always.
For further information about Newborn or Family photography sessions please contact Sarah.
Clients travel to Portraits by Sarah from North London, Bedford, Watford, St. Albans, Cambridge, Saffron Walden, Stansted, Hoddesdon, Ware, Stevenage, Royston, Buntingford, Hertford, Letchworth, Hitchin, Baldock, Biggleswade and surrounding towns and villages.
Posted on June 29, 2018
Welcome baby Daisy – only 13 days new at her recent Newborn Photography Shoot. Such a pretty name for such a beautiful baby girl.
It’s incredible how each baby is unique – different features, personality, flexibility, hunger & digestion! That’s why no two newborn photography sessions are ever the same. I have a starting plan and a workflow to ensure I capture the images Mum & Dad would like but it’s very fluid and changes to suit baby on that particular day.
One thing always happens though. At some stage they go off to sleep, each and every one. If they are reluctant to give in to sleep, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help them on their way and together with a little patience we always capture some gorgeous curled up sleepy newborn baby photographs.
Here are a few of my favourite images from Daisy’s newborn session.
For further information on Pregnancy, Newborn or Baby Photo Shoots please contact Sarah here.
Posted on June 14, 2018
Beautiful Sophia was a star for her baby photo shoot at the end of April. At just under 6 months she was the perfect age for a baby photography session. It’s a great time to have your first family portrait taken. Family portraits are priceless, something to treasure. Yes we all take lots of snaps on our phones but invariably they stay on the phone, how many actually get printed and displayed, very few at most. And of course someone is always behind the camera and therefore missing from the photo.
A professional family portrait will stay on your wall for generations to come. As Mum to a teenager and pre-teen I know how fast time really does fly and those early years photos are such a precious memory. However it’s not just for us parents, imagine how much this family photograph is going to mean to Sophia when she is older and then in turn for her children. Do you remember looking at photographs of your Grandparents when you were a child? How cool was that. In an age of digital everything we risk losing those precious memories which is why taking time out for a Family Photo Shoot is so important.
It was a great session and here are a few of Sophia’s parents favourite images from their gallery. Hopefully I will have the pleasure of doing another family portrait for them at some stage in the future.
For further information regarding Baby Photo Shoots please contact Sarah here.