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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.

Photos you should take of your children include baby, toddler and preschool portraits

Thirty photos you should take of your children

As both a baby photographer and a mum, you won’t be surprised to hear that I’m passionate about recording family moments in photographs.

And this is true to the extent that I literally don’t go anywhere without my camera or my phone and am always taking snaps of my two boys.

Whether it’s them playing in the garden, at their much-loved jujitsu class or when they are just goofing around after school, I believe it’s so important to capture everyday moments in photos.

Photographing family moments

You, like me, probably have thousands of snapshots of your children, yes?

After all, it’s so easy to grab our camera phones. So, we certainly have no shortage of photos of our kids.

Smiling toddler by Sandra Cullen Photography

But, in addition to those important everyday moments, there are many key milestones that I think are absolutely essential to record in photos during your baby’s first few years of life.

There are just so many photos you should take of your children.

 

Free checklist

Which is why I have created a downloadable checklist which is available to you for free if you join my mailing list.

My checklist includes no less than 30 photos that I would encourage you to take throughout your child’s early years.

It covers off all the key developmental stages from newborn through to that first day at school, listing my recommendations of what to photograph at each stage.

Photos you should take of your children

The idea is that you download and print off the checklist, pin it to your noticeboard or fridge and tick them off the photos as you go. Plus, there’s space to add your own ideas too.

Subscribe to my newsletter to claim your free checklist

The free checklist will be yours as a thank you for signing up for my newsletter.

As a subscriber, you’ll receive occasional news and updates about my products and services, plus useful photography tips to help you capture great photos at home.

Sign up here and I’ll then send you your copy straight away.

Once you’ve downloaded the checklist, I hope you’ll agree that it serves as a handy reference of what moments to capture and as a reminder to ensure that you don’t miss any of those key milestones in your baby’s early years.

Whether you opt to take these pictures yourself or choose to hire a professional baby photographer like me, it will certainly be time well spent.

Fleeting childhood memories

As we all know, time just flies, and children grow up so fast.

You’ll be taking sleeping pics of your curled up newborn bundle one minute and then before you know it, you’ll be chasing after your carefree toddler.

The pre-school years go so quickly! Which is why I created the checklist.

A first birthday celebration is one of the photos you should take of your children

I’m often asked what occasions are important for parents to photograph, and the checklist answers that very question by listing all the photos you should take of your children.

Of course, I encourage you to take photos of your kids EVERY SINGLE DAY, but I’d recommend that you’re especially careful to photograph the 30 photos listed on the checklist.

Photos you’ll just love to look back on

Based on my experience as both a mum and a professional baby photographer, these are the important moments that you’ll love to look back on in years to come and you won’t want to miss.

Photos you should take of your children include baby, toddler and preschool portraits

If you don’t take these photos of your children, your memories will be all you have left. And as we all know, photographs last far longer than memories, which can fade over time.

So, don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter in order to get your free copy of the checklist ’30 must-have pictures of your children’.

And if you’d let to get in touch to enquire about booking a professional photoshoot with me, please contact me at sandra@sandracullenphotography.com or call 07507 665493.

I offer a Baby Plan package which includes the opportunity to have your baby professionally photographed at three stages within their first year – you can discover more details here.

Smiling baby during cake smash portrait session

Seven reasons to book a Short and Sweet portrait session

I hinted in my most recent blog that I’m launching some new portrait services in 2018. And it seems that the news sparked your interest as I’ve already had several enquiries about them.

So, with Christmas now done and dusted and the New Year in full swing, I wanted to give you the full details and let you know that these brand-new portrait sessions are now available to book!

What’s new at Sandra Cullen Photography?

There are three new services to tell you about. All are amazing value, so are ideal if you’re after beautiful professional portraits of your family but are on a set budget.

I’ve named them ‘Short and Sweet’, which is exactly what they are!  They are miniature versions of my full photography sessions.

Short and Sweet portrait session at Sandra Cullen Photography

Seven reasons to book a Short and Sweet portrait session

  1. Prices from just £150!

Whereas my photography packages have previously started at £395, you’re now able to experience a professional ‘Short and Sweet’ photoshoot with me at my new photography studio in Woolwich, south-east London for an amazingly affordable price. These new all-inclusive packages start from just £150!

This price includes the private photo session and five high-resolution digital images available for you to download. You can then arrange to have them printed, to the size and specification you want, ready for hanging on your walls at home.

2. Same quality service

You’ll get the same professional photoshoot experience that I offer all my customers. They’re simply shorter, pared-back and fuss-free versions of my full photography services.

3. Quick and fuss-free

The Short and Sweet portrait sessions won’t take long – you can pop in in the morning or afternoon and within an hour you’ll be getting on with your day.

4. Weekend availability

The miniature cake smash sessions (find out more below) are available on a Saturday – ideal if you’d normally struggle to get to me in the week.

Smiling baby during cake smash portrait session

5. Less hassle for you!

And since they’re done at my studio, there’s no cleaning up for you afterwards. Leave that all to me!

6. Lots of images to choose from

You’ll receive a good variety of images from your Short and Sweet portrait session. I’ll take lots of photographs of your baby and offer you between five-ten of the very best images, so that you’ll have lots of choose from.

7. Option to upgrade your package

And, finally, as well as the five digital images you’ll receive as part of your all-inclusive package, you’ll still have the option to top up your package to include your choice of prints, wall art and gifts if you wish.

I can arrange everything for you and will place your order with my professional print supplier, managing the entire process to ensure that your finished photo products are nothing short of perfect.

In fact, I highly recommend that you get your photos printed and up on the walls at home. That way, you can relive the memories and enjoy them every single day, while getting the maximum value from your investment in photography.

The new Short and Sweet portrait sessions

So, like the sound of all that? Great, let me introduce you to the new services.

  1. Short and Sweet Newborn Photography

First up, there are my custom newborn photography sessions in miniature, which are an excellent option for babies aged 3-10 weeks old.

This service is perfect for those who parents who may have missed the true ‘newborn’ phase of up to three weeks. Since it’s available for babies up to 10 weeks old, you can still get the beautiful baby pictures you want without having to panic that you have missed your chance.

Short and Sweet Newborn Photography

They are designed for those who adore newborn baby photographs but have missed out on the short 3 week window for a newborn session.

The session is just one-hour long, so I focus less on the fine art sleeping baby poses that I offer in my full newborn photoshoots (which can take a long time to setup), and there is more emphasis on relaxed baby photos.

The small print

  • ‘Short and Sweet’ Newborn Photography is a set price package. For £195, you’ll receive a private photo session lasting one hour, and five high-resolution digital images for you to download.
  • The cost of the session is due in full in advance.
  • These sessions include one shot featuring a prop from my studio collection, one baby portrait, one family picture and a couple of ‘wrapped’ baby pictures which are the most popular and best-selling photo setups I do.
  • If you are still pregnant when you book a £100 deposit will be due, then when we set the date for your session the remaining £95 will be due. If your baby has already arrived, the full balance is payable to book.
  1. Smash Saturdays

Secondly, ‘my new ‘Smash Saturdays’ is a stripped-back version of my ever-popular cake smash portrait service.

Cake smashes used to be associated with babies turning one but they’re actually ideal for babies of any age from sitting independently to the toddler years! And these sessions are such fun – take a look at my cake smash gallery!

Short and Sweet Cake Smash portrait sesson

The small print

  • For one Saturday per month only, I’ll exclusively be offering miniature cake smash portrait sessions. There are just four slots available throughout each ‘Smash Saturday’.
  • Each session will last 45 minutes in my photography studio.
  • These sessions cost £150, which is due in full in advance.
  • I’ll photograph your baby in front of a simple coloured backdrop with their smash cake, which is an iced sponge cake. For more options, including a bespoke professionally made cake, bespoke and themed backdrops and use of accessories, as well as before and after cake smash shots including a bath splash, please book my full cake smash package.
  1. Short and Sweet Sitter Sessions

Since your baby grows and changes rapidly in their first year, ‘Sitter’ sessions are great for capturing them at the different stages.

Sitting, crawling, learning to walk – these are all hugely important milestones for you baby and ones that you’ll want to capture in photographs to keep the memories alive.

Toddler boy photographed by Sandra Cullen Photography

The small print

  • Short and Sweet Sitter sessions cost £195, which is due in full in advance.
  • Each session will last 45 minutes in my photography studio

All-inclusive portrait photography

So, to recap, these three new Short and Sweet portrait sessions are all available from just £150 and include the five digital images, with the option to upgrade further.

I really hope that you like the sound of them? I for one, can’t wait to get started on my first of these new sessions later this week!

Please note that I’m going to offering a very limited number of Short and Sweet sessions each month, so I’m anticipating that they’ll book up quickly. You can reserve yours by emailing 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.