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Back To School Minis 2021

Back To School Minis 2021

It’s August now and my Back To School Minis are live and ready for booking.  

 

Not only is this a fun activity to do during the holidays, these images create that snapshot of exactly how our child was when they started this new school year in September.

If you’re like me, I forget those small things about my kids.  I forget exactly how they are and what they liked.  And this, as a Mum, is what I love about this photography session.  This is why it’s one of my favourite mini sessions that I do.

As the chalkboards are digital, I can change them up and adapt them to suit the age of your child.  This makes them perfect for nursery starters, Reception starters, starting a new school, going into a new year group or even going to Secondary school.

The mini session lasts about 20 minutes.  You’ll need

full school uniform

school bag

teddy

favourite book

You can reserve your session by booking on the following link

https://nickibyrnephotography.bigcartel.com

Once you’ve purchased your session, I will contact you to arrange the date and time.

Simple!

 

You’ll get a gallery of 10 images to choose from.

The chalkboard image (both printed and digitally) is £45

5 digital images and matching mounted prints £99

10 digital images and matching mounted prints £125

 

All digitals are sent via a digital download link

Prints will be available to collect from the studio approximately 2 weeks after the order has been placed.

 

Spaces are LIMITED and only available until the first week of September.  Make sure you book today so you don’t miss out.

Christmas Family Photos With Santa

Christmas Family Photos With Santa

Christmas may look a little different to normal this year, but I can certainly tell you that Christmas is FAR from cancelled.

As many family photographers, my Christmas Mini Sessions sold out very quickly.  They do every year!  Add that to a November lockdown and families are now struggling to get those beautiful family photographs with Father Christmas that they so desire.

Well look no further … I have the answer and it couldn’t be any easier.

Introducing my Family Father Christmas Photographs.

I have a choice of 10 different Santa backgrounds which have been shot by one of the most recognized newborn photographers in the world, Ana Brandt in the USA.

 

These gorgeous images are put together by myself taking either a photograph you’ve had with me in my photography studio or the favourite image you have taken this year of your children/family.

Some of the Santa pictures are more suited to landscape pictures and some are more suited to portrait pictures.  But I can be here to help guide you to make the perfect match.

How to order.

It really couldn’t be simpler.  Send me a message on 07850087754 or an email hello@nickibyrnephotography.co.uk to register your interest for one of my Santa pictures.  Then choose the image you’d like to go in along with which of the Santa backgrounds you’d like best.  Then let me do all the hard work.  Your stunning picture will then be sent to you via a digital download link and the digital image is yours.  You can print it, make it in to cards, share it on social media or just have it as a lovely memory.  

Price

These Christmas digitals are only £10 for one, £18 for two or £24 for three different digitals.

I can’t believe how popular these digitals have become this year.  I guess it’s mostly because we know that a lot of our Santa experiences will be closed this year.  And with social distancing in place, visits to Santa won’t quite be the same.  I know that all the families that have bought these digitals so far from me this year have been so pleased.  Their children have been fascinated that Santa is holding a picture of them.  It’s definitely proving to our children that Santa knows they’re on the Nice List.

 

Autumn Family Mini Photoshoot

Autumn Family Mini Photoshoot

My Autumn Minis are the ultimate family photography session. I LOVE THEM! It’s the perfect time of year to get some incredible outdoor family photos. Imagine having sorted everyone’s Christmas presents by the end of October. These colours will look stunning in prints but even more so printed as beautiful wall art.

My Family Autumn minis will be held on Saturday 24th October 2020 in Sutton Park.

These mini sessions last 20 minutes so are perfect for families.

Due to covid restrictions, I can only take one household at a time.

You get to view your images on an online gallery and the price includes 3 digital images of your choice with the option to add additional prints, wall art or digitals.

In the lead up to the session, you will receive a preparation guide which will help with outfit choices. I also enjoy discussing any wardrobe choices with you before hand too!

Message me today https://www.nickibyrnephotography.co.uk/contactme to get your Autumn Mini session booked 🙂

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Autumn family portrait sutton coldfield
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Photographing newborns and families during covid

Photographing newborns and families during covid

It feels like the guidelines are changing daily on what we need to do to be ‘covid safe’.  Currently, Birmingham is at the start of a local social lockdown.  From the guidelines I have read, it purely means that you cannot socialise with other families or friends in your own house or garden and cannot use family or friends for child care.

 

I think there are many different reasons for this.  Apart from it being the first small step to reducing our numbers, we do become more relaxed when in a home of a family member or friend.  We would be using their facilities and maybe not quite as ‘on guard’ with hand washing etc.  Businesses have to show that they are ‘covid safe’ which means complying to regulations which obviously our homes wouldn’t have to.  I do believe that if our numbers don’t go down, then a stricter lockdown (including closing some businesses) may have to happen similar to in Manchester.  Having been given ZERO in the way of support from the first lockdown (for 6 months!) for having to close my business, I really hope, from a personal/business point of view, that another retail/hair dresser lockdown isn’t enforced.

 

So what are we allowed to do in our current Birmingham Lockdown?

Photoshoots are allowed to happen both in my studio and outdoors.  I can photograph and pose newborns and parents and siblings are allowed for their portraits at the beginning of the session.  Siblings will then have to leave once we have captured those images.  

I am not able to photograph sessions with more than 6 people – this does not include myself as I am there for a business purpose.  If your household is more than 6, then that is fine but we wouldn’t be able to have extended family in these photos.

 

What am I putting in place to keep you safe?

Dettol.

For those clients who have been to the studio since reopening, they can vouch for the many different Dettol products and the vast amount of anti bac gel available.  I do laugh about it – it’s become a bit of an obsession for me.  My studio is sprayed and cleaned (within an inch of its life) from top to bottom before and after a session.  You will see me wiping down the door handles when you leave – sometimes clients haven’t even started their engines before I’m out there.  

As always, all items are cleaned either washed if they’re material or sprayed/wiped down with Dettol after being used.  Sessions are spread out with 72 hours between each session and props/backdrops/outfits and my studio is quarantined for 72 hours between uses.  I am currently only shooting on Mondays and Fridays.  

Covid-19 is a virus.  Many cleaning products state that they kill bacteria but as Covid-19 is a virus I have chosen my products with great care.  Dettol is one of the only products that states it kills 99.9% of viruses too.  This is why I have chosen Dettol as my cleaning product.  All my anti bac gel – available for parents, children and myself – is over the 60% ethanol threshold advised for killing the Covid-19 virus.  One is 70% and the other is 75%.  

Unfortunately, toilet facilities are out of order.  This minimises the area of my home that you, as my clients, can go to for the protection of my family but also to minimise the amount of contact for you too.

Although my refreshment area is set up and looks amazing, I am currently not offering refreshments.  You’re welcome (and encouraged) to bring your own drinks and snacks but I do ask that all rubbish (including nappies) is taken home with you.

Shoes need to be removed in the porch and masks are now to be worn.  During the family portrait part of the session, masks may be removed.

A questionaire is sent out to all clients and must be signed to say that they haven’t been in contact with anyone who has had Covid-19 symptoms and that anyone in their household hasn’t displayed any symptoms over the past 14 days.  If they have, the session will be rearranged.  I also assure families, in a text the night before, that myself and all in my household are Covid-19 symptom free.

 

As a business, I have signed up to the new NHS track and trace which I believe will be launched on 24/09/2020. I do ask that ALL families scan the QR code to log in upon their arrival.  This is to ensure that a speedy notification can be sent out (should that be necessary) and therefore help stop any spread more than necessary.  I feel that this is best for all my clients protection.

 

My covid risk assessment is available should you wish to see it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please message me.

 

If you were in a similar situation to me whereby you were excluded from any meaningful support from the government during our first lockdown, please head to www.excludeduk.org 

Christmas Family Minis Photoshoot Time!

Christmas Family Minis Photoshoot Time!

Well the temperature has dropped and the heating is on (just me?!) so I guess it’s time to think about those Christmas Minis, right?!

This year has been a very strange one for families.  Many exciting things have been postponed or cancelled and our spring/summer was not quite as we had imagined.  It will be great to have something exciting to look forward to … so get your Christmas Mini session booked now!

 

Christmas Mini family sessions are on Saturday 7th November or Sunday 8th November.

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Our family Christmas Minis this year include our bed set up.  There will only be one set up this year as the sessions will be taking place in my home studio in Sutton Coldfield (not the studio in Tamworth) and so I am limited with space.

All Christmas minis are up to 20 minutes and are for immediate family only (due to covid restrictions).  Siblings and parents can come and sit on my ‘bed’ for portraits, read a story together, enjoy a milk (choice of milk, chocolate milk, banana milk or strawberry milk) and cookies, pose with stockings ready to be hung up for Father Christmas and maybe end with a pillow fight!  If you have something you’d like to include in the family photoshoot (for example teddy bears, a story, a present etc), you are more than welcome to bring them along.  Please make sure you arrive in your pyjamas or Christmas jumpers (if that is what you’re choosing to wear).

 

There are two different packages available:

£55 will include the session fee and 3 mounted 8×10″ prints of your choice

£70 will include the session fee and 3 digital images of your choice sent via digital download

 

As always, you are welcome to purchase any additional images, prints or wall art should you wish.

Christmas family photoshoot

Special Christmas products are available including these cute tree decorations or the snowglobe.  All come with your choice of image from the session.

These images will make the perfect family Christmas cards or presents for Grandparents.

Sessions are already selling quickly so message me to get yours booked in today!

Due to my covid safe policy, there are a very limited number of 20 minute Christmas minis slots this year.

There will be an hour between each session to allow for a thorough clean.

A £35 non-refundable booking fee secures your Christmas minis session – your session is not confirmed without the deposit payment.  The remaining balance is due on the day of your family session.

 

Should I have to postpone the sessions due to covid (either myself needing to self isolate or local lockdown restrictions), the sessions will be rearranged at a date and time conveinent for both you and me.

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

For those of you that might not know, today is National Rainbow Baby Day.  

You might have heard me use this term ‘Rainbow Baby’ a few times and not know what it means.  This blog post will explain all about rainbow babies.

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The term ‘Rainbow Baby’ is used when a child is born to a family who have previously lost a child due to miscarraige, stillbirth or death during infancy.  For many parents who do get pregnant after losing a baby, there can be a huge bag of mixed emotions – worry, reflection, fear, overjoyed, anxiety, happiness …

 

Many parents can actually feel guilty for being excited about their new pregnancy whereas others are terrified to celebrate anything just in case.  These rainbow babies really are that light after the storm.

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For those families who have been through such a dark time, having that baby really can feel like the most amazing mircale ever.  And of course it is.

Many people are now a lot more open about struggles and complexities with pregnancy and conception.  It used to be such a taboo subject.  I, for one, am so pleased that many more people are so open about their journey.  It really does help those who are at the beginning (or the middle) of their own journey – to know that someone else is going through something similar to you. 

 

I love that my families often talk about their pregnancy journeys with me. 

Rainbow Baby Newborn photographer sutton coldfield

Our rainbow babies are to be celebrated just like the angel babies that were too perfect to be here.  And that is why, for many people, it is important to have that rainbow.  To show that there is light, there is hope.  But that the journey to get to this beautiful miracle hasn’t been forgotten.

rainbow baby sutton coldfield

So what can I do for your rainbow baby?

Firstly, you need to decide if you want to honour your angel baby in this way.  Some parents do and some don’t.  It’s 100% your personal choice – everyone deals with things in very different ways.

 

Then, when I’m planning your session I can include as much or as little ‘rainbow’ as you like.  Like all my sessions, the set ups are designed and tailored to you.  For example, in this set of images accompanying my blog post here, Mom and I discussed incorporating rainbows a lot.  Mom herself loves colour and wanted to celebrate her miracle whilst remembering her angel.  

Rainbow Baby

For me personally, it is a huge honour to be able to capture your newborn pictures especially when they can mean so much.  If you are booking in with me and would like your session to include anything special like this, please discuss it with me before the session so I can prepare my set ups accordingly.

Rainbow Baby

People work through their situations in different ways and there is no right and wrong.  But if you are needing someone to talk to there are many different charities out there who can help including those at Sands, Tommy’s and The Miscarriage Association.