Can you believe it you have made it through the first year and you are now a parent of a lively one year old.
How on earth did that happen so quickly? People always talk about time going by fast, but my goodness that past year just flew by. So how to celebrate?
The best way to remember just how your little one was when they reached this important milestone is by a Birthday portrait session. I do not offer cake smashes, but instead offer award winning, timeless professional photography to capture your baby’s true personality.
Birthday portrait sessions are offered to children of any age, so if your little one is way past the baby stage its still just as special to capture them as they grow.
NOTHING SHORT OF MAGICAL
I am completely spellbound by her passion
“I don’t often write reviews but I couldn’t not for Sarah Smith Newborn & Baby Photographer. I have used Sarah for my daughters newborn, first Christmas and first birthday shoots and each time I am completely spellbound by her passion, love, skills and professionalism. My daughters first birthday shoot was nothing short of magical. I had a vision of the kind of photo’s I wanted and Sarah went above and beyond to create them perfectly. My daughter Tallulah can be quite the character and I was desperate for her photos to reflect that, with Sarah’s patience and perfectionism she did just that and not only did she capture all the best emotions of a one year old but she also managed to photograph in a way where for a brief moment you yourself become immersed in that feeling also. They were just wonderful.
Sarah is everything and more that you could ask for in a photographer, and I will continue to recommend her for as long as she’s doing this – which I hope is a long time to come.
I’m looking forward to my daughters second birthday shoot already – it’s like visiting an old friend”.
To secure your Birthday session, I charge a non refundable session fee of £95. This covers the session itself, all the props and styling, the relevant and necessary insurances and the viewing appointment.
The session fee does not include any images or products. These can be chosen and purchased after your session once all the images are professionally edited. Each Birthday session has a minimum spend of £250, but you may spend this on which ever products you want to display your images on. The minimum spend is payable straight after your session to allow for the professional editing of your images to commence.
Digital images are provided via digital download unless the full gallery is purchased.
5 DIGITAL IMAGES – £250
10 DIGITAL IMAGES – £400
FULL GALLERY OF IMAGES ON USB – £495
Professional prints to display your professional images.
6″ x 4″ – £10
7″ x 5″ – £14
10″ x 8″ – £22
12″ x 8″ – £30
Larger prints available upon request.
A range of stunning hand made wall art is available to display your favourite images for all to enjoy.
CANVASES – From £155
FRAMED CANVASES – From £220
MULTI APERTURE FRAMES – From £406
ACRYLICS – From £217
WOODEN BLOCKS – From £150
CLASSIC FRAMED PRINTS – From £94
Beautiful hand made personal albums available for the perfect keep sake.
15″ x 20″ ALBUM – From £32
20″ x 30″ ALBUM – From £475
20″ x 30″ ALBUM WITH USB OF FULL GALLERY – From £800
The pictures were amazing
‘Both of our boys had their 1st birthday photo shoots with Sarah. The boys were a challenge as you can imagine a 1 year old does not follow instructions very well 🙂 Sarah was very patient with them and made both shoots fun. The pictures were a m a z i n g! Very professional, highly recommend!”
Many of my clients start to think about their little ones first birthday when they are around 6-9 months of age. Before booking, it’s important to think about whether you would like your little one’s images to display for their actual birthday, therefore the shoot will need to be scheduled prior to that date. Most of my clients like the session to be around their birthday, so that they can capture exactly how they are at that age, but it is all personal choice. Once you have made the decision, booking in advance is essential.
Just like the Newborn and Sitter sessions, the Birthday sessions will be led by you and your little one, therefore I will work with you to agree the best time and day to capture them around their routine. For example, I would not book in your session at 10.30am if they are likely to be in their morning nap. I only book in one client per day, so there will be plenty of time to capture those impressive shots that you have dreamt of.
The Styling of your portrait session will depend upon many factors, such as what colour eyes they have, what colours of clothing suit them, what they are interested in. However, please remember that the very best sessions are all about your little one, so keep it simple. If you have any ideas about what you would like please feel free to discuss them with me prior the session, but if not I will create a magical experience for you resulting in images that you will love forever.
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The editing process
After your session you will be required to pay a minimum spend, this is so that the editing process can commence. A minimum of 20 images from your gallery are selected and professionally edited. This is where your images really come to life. The editing process can take up to 6 weeks during busy periods.
The ordering session
After you images have been edited you will be invited back into the studio to view your gallery. It is at this point that you will choose your bespoke package. The minimum spend payment will be deducted from your chosen package.
All packages can be completely bespoke and you will get to purchase the products that you love, from wall art to albums to prints etc, there is so much to choose from and I will be there every step of the way to help.
How will my session be styled
The session is always styled to your wishes. Your preferences will be discussed before your shoot and I will add a little bit of magic to create the most beautiful set of images. I will agree everything from colour schemes to props. Everything is taken care of before the session so that on the day you just have to sit back and relax and watch it all come together as you had dreamed it would.
How should I prepare my child for the session
Children are always most happy when they have a full belly, so its advisable to feed your baby just before your session. If this is not practical, then you are welcome to feed your baby when you get to the studio.
Sitter photography is best practiced when your baby is most happy, I am happy to work my sessions around your babies routine.
What do I need for the session
You don’t need to bring anything at all! However it is advisable to bring any drinks, snacks, interactive toys or favourite items you may want to include in your photographs.
How long does a session take?
As the sessions are child led this can vary. Typically a birthday session will take 1 – 2 hours.
Can I include all my children?
No, but I do offer family sessions if you have multiple siblings or want some photos of parents too. Please contact me for details.
I would like to book a shoot, but money is tight. Am I able to pay in instalments?
Absolutely! I am so passionate about capturing your baby at this magical stage, that I would hate for you to miss out, just because of financial reasons. Getting everything ready for your baby is an expensive business, but whereas your pram, outfits, feeding equipment, car seat are all essential, they will not last longer than a year. You Newborn images will last more than a lifetime and will become an important heirloom for your family. It really is such a special thing to do. For more information on payment plans, please feel free to contact me via the contact page. I will look forward to hearing from you.
If you have any questions or would like to book a session then I’d love to hear from you.