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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.

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.

Christmas minis sutton coldfield

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.

Backdrop is from Props for Togs

Award Winning Newborn Photographer

Award Winning Newborn Photographer

I wrote a blog before about the benefits about being involved with The Guild of Photographers.  One of those benefits is being able to enter into the Image of the Month competition. 

 

Every month, all members have the option to enter their images into a variety of categories.  There are set criteria that must be fulfilled in order to enter.  Images are then judged by a panel of 3 of their master craftsment (absolute top of the game photographers) and given a score.  That score could be converted into a Bronze, Silver or Gold award depending on how high the image scored.

 

I’ve not had the guts to enter before.  Having only started my newborn photography journey 2 years ago (Thank you Facebook for reminding me of that last week!), I am still at the beginning of my journey.

 

Maybe it was the effect of lockdown that pushed me over the edge – haha! – but this month I entered a few images into the image of the month competition.  

 

21st of every month is results day and they’re usually posted at 12pm.  I kept refreshing from about 11;45 just incase.  I don’t think I was this nervous about getting my a-level results!  But at 1pm I refreshed again and 

 

I GOT A BRONZE AWARD!!!!!!!!!

 

My other images were classified which is still really good and I am absolutely super proud of myself and how far I have come in my journey so far.

 

So I am now an award winning newborn photographer.

Award winning newborn photographer sutton coldfield

If you’re a photographer and would like to become a member of The Guild of Photographers, my referral link below will get you a discount!  https://photoguild.co.uk/r/5CB4pa

Great to take advantage of their special offers, competitions, advice and discounts with a variety of industry suppliers.

Photographing newborns and families during covid

Recommended Businesses in Sutton Coldfield

I know a lot of my clients come from recommendations from their friends.  It’s the best and I love that you’ve been so happy with your photos, my service and the quality of my products that you would tell your friends and family to use me too.  It’s honestly the best complement I can get.

 

I once actually had a client leave my house after the shoot, call her best friend to book in for a 6-10 month sitter milestone session too – which she did within 20 minutes haha!

 

So I have decided that, as a thank you and to show my appreciation, to introduce a referral scheme.

 

For all new clients who book a full price session with me (this does not include mini sessions or special offers) I will be giving you £20 credit to use with me on your future shoots.  You can use the money towards your session fee, digitals, collections or printed products.   The more yu refer, the more you get!   

 This is open for all my previous clients.  £20 will be credited with me once the referral pays in full for their session and is valid for 24 months from that date.  All credit will be kept in my records.  The referral must mention you when booking for the £20 referral to be counted.  The credits cannot be exchanged for money and can oly be used with Nicki Byrne Photography.