2018 AN INCREDIBLE YEAR FOR SARAH SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY ESSEX

AN INCREDIBLE YEAR FOR SARAH SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

“Multiple awards with The Guild of Photographers”

“Qualified Baby and Newborn Photographer 2018”

“Newborn Photographer of the year 2018 – Essex” Lux Life Magazine

“Top Ten National Finalist for Baby Photography in The Guild of Photographers Founders Cup 2018”

I began my professional journey in newborn and baby photography in 2016, after wanting to merge my love of photography and midwifery. From experiencing the magic of having my own two daughters and after helping to deliver my goddaughter a few years back I fell in love with everything to do with child birth and everything that goes along side it.

I first took the plunge by driving hundreds of miles to complete my first set of newborn posing and safety training and I loved every minute of it. It certainly felt like I had found something that I could give my all too, and with more and more training, it quickly developed into me having my own amazing independent award winning company providing a service of excellence to all my clients.

Awards with the Guild of Photographers

The past year has just been incredible. In September 2017 I won my first set of prestigious awards with the Guild of Photographers. The Guild of Photographers (The Guild) is a professional organisation that supports and mentors photographers to be the best photographers that they can be. They are run by a highly regarded group of highly skilled professional photographers and without them I just wouldn’t be where I am today.

Each month The Guild run an “Image of the Month (IOM)” competition designed to push photographers to challenge themselves and produce exceptional images to be judged by a panel of some of the best photographers in the industry. In the last year I have challenged myself to enter month on month and I am delighted to have won awards in every month entered. Below are the very first images that were awarded a bronze bar by the The Guild. A Bronze bar is a highly sort after award and the Guild describe this as a professional level of imagery that is incredibly tough to achieve.

Qualification in Newborn and Baby Photography

Although winning the awards has been absolutely incredible, I still wanted to prove to myself that my newborn and baby imagery was amongst the best in the industry, and I thought that it was about time that I had some letters after my name, to show just how good my images were and that I conduct my newborn sessions in the safest and most professional way.

So in April 2018, I plucked up the courage to place 21 of my images from 7 regular client sessions in front of a panel to be judged, alongside a supportive statement. All of these images had to be of exceptional quality and were judged on my technical skill, consistency, lighting, composition, styling, the list goes on. As you can imagine my stomach was in knots as I waited patiently for the result and I am over the moon to say that I passed first time with no advisories. I couldn’t believe it, The Guild had recognised my work and working practice to this high standard and with my new title of Sarah Smith QGBNP (Qualified with the Guild of Baby and Newborn Photography) I also became an ambassador for them. I am incredibly proud of this achievement and just adore all the little babies that helped me achieve it.

Here is what the Guild officially say about this level of achievement

“The Qualified status is aligned to standards of competence that reflect a level where the customer should be ‘pleased with the results’, when employing the services of a skilled tradesman (the photographer). In other words “Qualified” indicates professional ‘competence’ to a level where the Guild is willing to recognise the photographer as an ambassador of the association, so those who achieve that level should be proud of doing so”

Here is the collection of all my beautiful tiny clients …..

A huge big thank you to Fox…..

A huge big thank you to Harry …..

A huge big thank you to Kit …..

A huge big thank you to Luna Violet …..

A huge big thank you to Oscar …..

A huge big thank you to Tallulah …..

A huge big thank you to identical twins Poppy and Isabella …..

Newborn Photographer of the Year 2018 – Essex

Back before the summer I received an email from Lux Life magazine to say that a number of people had nominated me to be awarded “Newborn Photographer of the Year 2018” for Essex. At the time I wasn’t even aware that this award existed, but I was dying to know who nominated me so I called the magazine. Of course they were not able to give me any names, but they did tell me that they had a large numbers of calls and online nominations for my business, each stressing how amazing I am at my job and how there is no one better. As you can imagine, i was and still am incredibly touched that those people who took the time to nominate and vote for me. I accepted the nomination and thought no more of it.

Then to my amazement I received the email in August, (whilst sitting on my sun bed in Mallorca, I might add!!) that they had done extensive research into what I do and have awarded me with the title of Newborn Photographer of the Year 2018. At first I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I must have read the email one hundred times. I still didn’t let it sink in, until the press release came out and my company was named amongst the winners, for each category, online.

I am still in shock to win such a title, but it just goes to show how much I love my job. I put my heart and soul into every session and I am just so pleased that my clients are getting the experience that they deserve at their newborn session and award winning images that they will be able to cherish forever.

Here is a link to the magazines website to see my company name up in lights. A huge big thank you to everyone that nominated and voted for me, I can’t thank you enough.

“Top Ten National Finalist for Baby Photography in The Guild of Photographers Founders Cup 2018”

The Guild of Photographers is an Association with several thousand members that promotes learning and high standards for photographers everywhere. This year it is celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary and as part of the celebrations has launched “The Founders Cup” to acknowledge Roy Doorbar and Ian Gee who founded the Guild in 1988.

This national competition has been sponsored by EPSON. Entrants had to submit 3 images which were connected or themed in some way. A panel of highly respected judges have reviewed all the entries and narrowed them down to just 10 finalists.

I am absolutely over the moon to have been chosen as one of the finalists. These images will now be prepared in print format and assessed by another panel of judges in December 2018.

The overall winner will be announced at an Awards night held at a Jacobean mansion in Cheshire in February 2019 where the winner will receive a trophy as well as a printer worth over a £1,000.

I am keeping my chosen images to myself at the moment, so not to interfere with the judging. I cannot tell you how proud and happy I am to have reached the final of this amazing competition, I literally couldn’t stop crying when I heard the news.

Whether I win or loose, I will always be incredibly proud of how far I have come and I will always look to better myself and push to continue to provide such a high level of standard for all my clients. I have the very best job in the world.

Sarah Smith Newborn & Baby Photography - Rayleigh - Southend on Sea - Essex - 07795 278048 - enquiries@sarahsmithphotography.co.uk