How on earth is Christmas only 4 weeks away!
Every year I say this!
“It feels like Christmas was only a few weeks ago, now it’s here again!”
I suppose it doesn’t help that in the UK Christmas cards and decorations come out in shops in September!!
Now I’m actually breaking a little rule here talking about Christmas. In my family we don’t start Christmas themes, events or decorating till the 5th of December. Our son’s birthday is the 1st of December. So he will always feel like his birthday will be celebrated without Christmas being splashed around it we put up decorations on the 5th (6th this year as his birthday party is on the 5th). Like any normal birthday we celebrate for a good week, right? Cards stay up for at least 2 – 3 weeks, that’s normal for everyone!
But back to a bit of sneaky Christmas talk as not everyone starts a bit later like us.
Obviously I am thinking about gifts.
I have always believed photographs are a gift.
I have worked in the photography industry for about 8 years now, first in studios.
I will always be thankful for that experience, I gained so much confidence and I learnt a lot.
The main thing I learnt and discovered was I was not happy being a studio photographer.
Photographs are precious. They are timeless.
Seeing couples sit and struggle over choosing one photo or having to discard so many milestone images of their precious children really tore my heart.
I couldn’t bear it.
As some of the studios were not completely up to date with technology, the purchase of every image on disc or USB was nearly impossible financially.
So many broken-hearted families left those studios and I felt helpless and like a thief.
Now I don’t want to give any wrong impressions about studio photographers. The image quality is always outstanding, the shots taken were beautiful and fun, the printing options were almost endless. The prices were high but that was expected, that is how they keep running and keep upgrading. They are in business after all.
For me, it was personal choice and feelings.
I didn’t feel right charging those prices, I felt so helpless sitting and telling a mother in love with the images I just took of her precious baby that they were going to cost hundreds.
And she could only realistically afford to buy one or two.
Then the struggle and fighting of tears to choose.
It was then I chose to start my own business. To choose prices I thought were realistic. Packages to include a multiple of options.
While still having a fun, beautiful and happy photo shoot of their baby, family, dog, fiance, grandparents and so on.
To me the images I give are gifts. They are my art. Not something to be used or held hostage.
I like to spoil my clients.
I don’t feel Christmas is a time to make you feel like you have to spend everything to have some memories to share with loved ones.
I don’t feel there is any time to do that really.
I believe in kindness. One kind thing I can do is make a christmas wish of being able to have a beautiful shoot of your loved one or loved ones.
I can spend the right amount of time with you to capture a truly natural and happy experience. Without telling you your session will be costing hundreds and hundreds.
How about an online gallery to go with it? Do you like being on social media and sharing photos on there? Easy! View and download the images from the gallery app right onto your phone and you can upload onto everything – just do me a favour and don’t edit with really out there filters, I spend hours editing each image so it looks perfect for you!
Do you want to give family some prints for Christmas? Easy too, you can click and order right from the app!
Your photos are exactly that, yours!
Christmas is about kindness and giving. Making sure people know they are loved.
I can tell you from my personal experience that nothing feels more special than having a family session. I look at our photos over and over again. So stress free, just having fun together! We barely noticed the camera. Now we have those memories of us all together to cherish (without it being a selfie). Also all the grandparents just love them!
You can view my family session here, by Dinky Heart Photography.
To talk to me about a family shoot or to organise a voucher for someone you know who would love their own photography session, head over here to my contacts page!
Only 4 weeks till christmas!!!