Baby sitter session

Capturing your baby’s first year in photos

 

 

Having a baby is nothing short of life-changing. As a parent, your baby’s first year is undoubtedly the most exciting and precious time in your life.

And in that short time, you’ll see them transform from teeny-tiny baby to walking and talking toddler. SO many changes take place in a baby’s first year. It’s just incredible!

Which is why the majority of the families who come to me to have their baby photographed as a newborn also choose to invest in my Baby Plan package.

What is the ‘Baby Plan’?

‘Precieux Moments’ is my Baby Plan package which has been created for parents like you, who value professional photography and who are keen to document how your baby changes as they develop and grow.

It’s an incredible value discounted package which includes three ‘milestone’ portrait sessions, held at stages throughout your baby’s first year.

Why ‘Precieux Moments’?

Well, I’m French and that is the French term for, you’ve guessed it, ‘Precious Moments’.

And indeed, how precious those memories are!

Why invest in the Baby Plan?

There are many reasons to choose the Baby Plan.

  1. You’ll have a professional-quality photographic record of your baby’s first year, so you’ll be able to remember how they were at different stages in that first twelve months – priceless!
  2. You have the flexibility to choose when you want your baby to be photographed. There are two options available (read on to find out more)
  3. By booking the Baby Plan, you’ll not need to worry about having to remember to book in for future photo sessions. We will pencil in a date in your diary for all three sessions at the time of booking, so you’ll have the peace of mind that the session is secured in my schedule.
  4. And, last but not least, you’ll save more than £500 on the photo sessions, images and photo products (see below) by opting for the Baby Plan, rather than booking individual sessions throughout the year!

The Baby Plan is a great value way of capturing your baby’s first year

With my Baby Plan, you benefit from:

Discounted session fees

You’ll pay just £95 (the cake for the cake smash is not included in the session fee) which covers all three photo sessions.

If each session was booked separately the cost would normally be £79 each, so this is a total saving of at least £115 on session fees.

Discounted digital images

For each of the three sessions within the Baby Plan, you’ll pay £400 to receive all the images I capture on the day (a minimum of 20 images). All images will be provided to you as digital downloads after each session, ready for printing and sharing with your family and friends. Then, all images from the three sessions are also provided on a USB at the end of the plan.

If you opted to purchase all the digital images outside of the Baby Plan package, the cost each time would be £449, so this is a total saving of £147 on images across the year.

A complimentary photo product of your choice worth £399

With the Baby Plan package, also included is a fantastic quality ‘end of year’ photo product, worth £399.

This can be either:

  • A beautiful nine-aperture frame which has room for you to display three of your favourite images from each of your Baby Plan sessions, suitable for hanging anywhere in your home.

  • Or, a bespoke print and USB box which can be customised to your preferences and can also be personalised with your child’s name. The soft-touch box is a great way to store your beautiful prints from the three photo sessions.

  • Or, a luxury, 40-page keepsake album with matching USB box which is a simply stunning way to display your favourite images.

Key milestones in your baby’s first year

The Baby Plan includes three ‘milestone’ portrait sessions, which you can take at any time. However, I recommend that you return to have your baby photographed when they have achieved a significant developmental milestone.

Option 1:

I could photograph your baby when they are aged 4 months, 7-8 months and one year:

  • At four months old, babies are typically starting to show an interest in ‘tummy time’. Or, if they aren’t fans of that, I can photograph them lying on their backs looking up at the camera, which is really cute!
  • At 7-8 months old, they have learnt to crawl and are now sitting independently
  • Then, by their first birthday, they’re starting to talk and, perhaps, even walk unaided. Aren’t they clever?!

Sandra Cullen Photography Baby Plan portraits

 

Option 2:

A second option is that I photograph your baby slightly later in their development. That way, the third and final session ties in with them reaching 18-24 months old:

  • The first photoshoot would be a ‘sitter’ session with your baby aged approximately 8-9 months
  • Next, I would photograph their first birthday with my ever-popular cake smash and bath splash celebrations –these are such fun!
  • Finally, in the third session, I can photograph your baby at aged 18-24 months along with other members of the family, for a lovely family portrait. Even the dog can be included if you wish!

Record your baby's first year in photos with a Baby Plan by Sandra Cullen Photography

Precious moments you won’t want to miss

My goal is to capture these not-to-be-missed moments in stunning professional portraits while documenting your baby’s growth.

The pictures I create at each session become lasting memories of this incredibly special time.

An investment you won’t regret!

So, while choosing to invest in newborn photography is undoubtedly a great decision if you want lasting memories of your child’s first few weeks of life. There are so many reasons to also invest in professional photography throughout your baby’s first year too!

To recap, my Baby Plan is a very competitively priced package which offers you three private portraits sessions for your little prince or princess, as well as significantly discounted studio time, photos and photo products.

Each session takes place here in my photography studio in Greenwich and lasts up to one hour.

Capturing your baby's first year

I’d love to help you capture your baby’s first year in photos

You’ll only get one chance to capture photographs like these while your child is small. My Baby Plan is a great way to get portraits of your child at a quality, unlike anything that you can create yourself at home.

The images are high-quality artworks in their own right – perfect for hanging on the walls at home and will give you years of pleasure (unlike the snapshots you might take on your smartphone and never print or look again!)

Yes, professional portrait photography is a great investment if you value being able to record and remember all those ‘Precieux Moments’.

While a newborn photography session is a great way to start a photographic record of your baby’s development, my Baby Plan captures all those adorable, not-to-be-missed moments in your baby’s first year.

Why not book your little person in today?!

For more details please call me on 07507 665493 or email me at sandra@sandracullenphotography.com.

Sandra Cullen Photography family photo walks

Coming in 2018: New portrait services from Sandra Cullen Photography

As I’m writing this, 2018 is literally weeks away. So, I’ve been reflecting on what’s happened this year in my portrait photography business and been hatching some exciting plans for the next!

I’ve gotta tell you, 2018 is going to be an exciting one here at Sandra Cullen Photography! I’m launching several new portrait services which I hope you’ll love.

But before I tell you any more, here’s a quick recap of the two stand-out things that happened in 2017.

Successes of 2017

  1. Studio portrait photography in south-east London

I made the successful transition from being a mobile photographer to a studio photographer back in October. And ever since, I’ve been putting the finishing touches to the new studio.

Have you been to visit me here yet? If not, here’s a sneak peek!

Sandra Cullen Photography Studio

I’m really pleased that it’s coming together. It’s becoming the cosy, welcoming place that I’ve been dreaming of offering you for some time.

And with all my props and equipment in one place, and with room for more than one camera setup plus a place for parents to relax, I’m able to offer you a more streamlined, comfortable and convenient experience than ever before.

  1. I was also featured on the BBC!

My cake smash portraits of the adorable baby Oliver got some great exposure in May by being featured on the BBC. So, my work got seen by hundreds of thousands of people across the country!

Oliver's cake smash photoshoot was featured on the BBC

As a result, I’ve seen an upturn in the number of bookings for cake smash portrait sessions. Which, of course, is great, as I love doing them! They’re such fun sessions and a great way to celebrate your baby turning one.

Read on for some more exciting cake-smash news!

New portrait services in 2018

So, what can you expect from Sandra Cullen Photography next year?

Well, I’ve been busy behind the scenes fleshing out plans for some new portrait services.

Watch this space for news about brand new mini sessions and great value, all-inclusive photography packages.

These will make it easier than ever before to get the professional family photos you want to be done and up on your walls at home.

  • Newborn ‘mini’ sessions

These will be short and sweet versions of my signature newborn photoshoot experience.

I’ll be offering the same premium quality service, although offering you the chance to have a streamlined session, at a great value price.

  • Family ‘mini’ sessions

I love it when my clients book me to photograph a family get together. And my recent autumn photo walks were a great hit! So, in 2018, I’ll be doing more family sessions.

Sandra Cullen Photography family photo walks

And I’ll be offering family ‘mini’ sessions for the first time – again, a short and sweet session, at a great price. These will be held in the spring and are suitable for up to six people.

  • Fixed price ‘Sitter’ sessions

These sessions are great for capturing the important changes that your baby goes through in their first year.

All parents know that when your baby sits up alone for the very first time, that’s a great achievement! And it’s one very special occasion that my clients choose to celebrate with a professional portrait.

Sitter sessions south east London

New for 2018 will be a fixed price sitter package including prints, which I believe are so important to include so that you can enjoy the pictures every day as you walk around your home.

  • ‘Smash Saturday’ sessions

Finally, I’ll be introducing my brand new ‘Smash Saturday’ photoshoots next year. One Saturday per month I’ll be dedicating exclusively to ‘mini’ cake smash portrait sessions – ideal for babies of any age from sitting independently to the toddler years!

Smash Saturday sessions new for 2018

There will be four slots available throughout the day. Each session will be a fuss-free 30-minute studio session, which is a shorter, streamlined version of my popular cake smash service.

Again, I’ll be offering an all-inclusive package of digital and printed images. More details to be announced very soon!

So, I hope you like the sounds of what’s to come in 2018?

Most importantly, the new portrait services and photography packages are based on what you’ve told me you want more of. So, I hope they hit the spot!

And, if you know me, you’ll know that I truly believe that photos should be printed and enjoyed rather than left to languish on a USB stick in a bottom drawer.

Therefore, my new all-inclusive packages, which include prints, will help you to get even more value from your investment in a professional photoshoot with me.

Printed photos

Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Bookings now being taken for Spring 2018 sessions. Please contact me today to register your interest in these new portrait sessions by calling me on 07507 665492, emailing me via sandra@sandracullenphotography.com or completing this contact form.

Young baby boy smiling to camera

New photography studio to open this Autumn

I will very soon be opening a new photography studio which will become the permanent and official home of Sandra Cullen Photography.

I’ve literally been bursting to tell you about my plans for several months now. But finally, with a move-in date confirmed, it’s all starting to feel real!

So, why the move to a new photography studio?

Well, if you know me or have used me as your portrait photographer before, you’ll know that up until now I’ve been a mobile photographer.

I’ve been providing professional portrait photography services for several years, photographing clients and their children in their own homes across south east London and Kent.

And I just love capturing the unique personalities of your little ones and recording some of the most important moments in your family’s life.

Young baby boy smiling to camera

But while being a mobile portrait photographer in the Greenwich area has been wonderful and has given me great flexibility (and, truth be told, has kept the overheads of my business down), I’ve been yearning for something more permanent.

Why now?

Well, the word has been spreading about my portrait photography over the past twelve months or so.

I’ve been getting busier and busier and so it seems the right time to commit to a photography studio.

What are the benefits of the new photography studio?

With a new photography studio, I will be able to serve more clients (I’ll be spending less time traveling around south London and more time behind the camera). Which will bring lots of benefits for my clients too!

Cake Smash birthday baby

More convenient for you

Firstly, you’ll no longer need to worry about preparing your home for your photo session or have to move furniture around in order to create the space I need to work in!

A more streamlined experience

Secondly, portrait sessions will be quicker since I won’t be needing to set up my equipment each time – everything will be setup ready for when you arrive at the studio.

Shorter photo sessions

For this same reason, I anticipate that newborn sessions, which usually take several hours, will become quicker. Since I will have space within the new photography studio to have two setups ready, the transition between shots will be easier and the process will be smoother and faster overall. (Which means more cuddle time for you and baby after the session!)

More choice for you

Having the new photography studio will also allow me to offer a greater variety of portrait sessions, so there will be more choice for you.

I’ll be expanding the range of services I offer as well as introducing new packages and special offers going forward. For example, I’ve plans to offer maternity sessions at a special price for clients booking in conjunction with a newborn photoshoot. Watch this space for more details!

Where is the new photography studio?

The new Sandra Cullen Photography studio will be at Thames Side Studios, Trinity Wharf, Harrington Way, Warspite Road, Royal Borough of Greenwich, London, SE18 5NR.

There will be plenty of free customer parking outside the studio.

Sleeping baby in mother's hands by newborn photographer Sandra Cullen

When will the new photography studio open?

I get the keys on October 1st and will be making it my own for a couple of weeks. My plan is to officially launch and open the studio in mid-October.

After that, all future portrait sessions – whether maternity, newborn, older baby or child or cake smash – will be held at the studio. I will no longer be offering mobile photography.

What will the new photography studio be like?

The new photography studio will be a cosy, warm and welcoming place for you and your children.

It will be custom-designed, complete with comfy seating, refreshments and all the facilities that you could possibly need during yours or your child’s photoshoot.

My intention is to create the studio in a way that makes your entire time with me enjoyable and relaxing. Your photography experience should be wonderful, and it’s my intention to ensure that it is!

Come and visit the new home of Sandra Cullen Photography

So, will you be visiting my new photography studio? I hope you will!

I’ve been dreaming of having a permanent studio and finally, that dream is becoming a reality. So, as you can imagine, I’m really excited about this next step in my business journey and really hope that you will be part of it.

I’m so looking forward to welcoming clients, old and new, to my new photography studio and hope to see you there very soon!

Up-coming photo sessions available to book now

I’m already taking bookings for sessions in the new photography studio so get in touch today to confirm your portrait date and time.

In November, these will include my Christmas mini sessions. These are great value, and are a chance to get up-to-date family portraits for use on personalised Christmas cards or to give as Christmas gifts!

Plus, I am offering Autumn photo walks which are a great opportunity to capture relaxed family portraits in the great outdoors.

Special rates apply for early bookings and to those who book both sessions!

Two boys in the woods during Autumn

Please get in touch for more details and to book.

And if you’re looking for something sooner than that, I do still have some spaces available in September and early October – for these I will travel to your home.

You can contact me on 07507 665493, email me at sandra@sandracullenphotography.com or complete the contact form on my website.

Sandra x