What is a cake smash?

What is a cake smash?

What is a cake smash?

 

celebration

A 1st birthday cake smash session, is a celebration of your babies 1st year!  So much has changed and life has been crazy! But you have all survived and you have the most amazing little baby that is growing up so fast!! This is not only a birthday celebration but also a celebration of making it through your 1st year.

The session is split into 4 parts… family photos, individual photos, cake smash and finally the clean up.. ALL for ONE price!

 

family photos

The first part of the cake smash session is to capture some gorgeous photos of you all together.  Celebrating that first year!

 

Cake Smash Birthday Session

the birthday child

 

Prior to presenting the cake, is a great time to capture some cute photos of your little one, surrounded by banners and balloons.  I like to keep my set ups simple, so that the birthday child is centre stage!

 

Cake Smash Birthday Session
Cake Smash Birthday Session
Cake Smash Birthday Session

 the cake smash

 

This is the part where the cake comes out.  Now this doesn’t actually have to be cake. 

It can be a bowl full of their favourite fruit, a donut or muffin, their favourite snack.. whatever you want. 

One of the little girls above had a raspberry cake… she completely ignored the cake and went straight for the raspberries!!  The look on her face was priceless and she just grabbed a handful (see below left)!  In the end we had to remove some of them, to stop her eating the whole lot and making herself ill.  

Cake Smash Birthday Session
Cake Smash Birthday Session
Cake Smash Birthday Session

the clean up

For some children, they’re not bothered about the cake BUT they do LOVE the bubble bath!

 

This is a time for your children to play in the warm bubble bath and enjoy some splashing around.  Some manage to make huge puddles around my studio but watching their little faces is a picture..

What is a 1st birthday cake smash?
Cake Smash Birthday Session
H&M wrap dress
Cake Smash Birthday Session
Cake Smash Birthday Session
what is a 1st birthday cake smash?

booking a session…

 

If you would like to book a cake smash session or would like more information, please click HERE and you will be taken to my cake smash page.  All prices are shown.  Normally, I say you will receive around 30 photos but quite often this can be more as we capture your child enjoying the session…. even when they don’t they still look cute though…

 

Cake Smash Birthday Session

A few more of my favourites from sessions so far this year…..

Cake Smash Birthday Session
Cake Smash Birthday Session
Cake Smash Birthday Session
what is a 1st birthday cake smash?
what is a 1st birthday cake smash?
what is a 1st birthday cake smash?
Cake Smash Birthday Session
Cake Smash Birthday Session
Cake Smash Birthday Session

What to wear for a bluebell photo session

What to wear for a bluebell photo session

choosing your outfits

 

colours

What to wear for a bluebell photo session doesn’t have to be stressful.  It is about choosing one outfit and linking all of the rest.

I love neautral colours with one main colour. For example:

Blues, whites and tans.

Yellow, blues and whites.

Burgendy and neautral colours etc

 

patterns or no patterns

It is also important to not have lots of different patterns.  Ideally choose one small pattern and work the other outifts around this.  For example, if dad wears a check shirt, pick colours from that to dress everyone else.

 

textures & accsesories

Textures also look fantastic when mixing outifts.  Chunky knitwear and scarves can be a great addition.

 

 

what to wear for a bluebell photo session

Below I have chosen some outfits which will give you a few ideas…

FOR MUM – I POPPED OVER TO NEXT

Next Maxi Dress
Next beige cardigan
Next Blue dress

and h&m

what to wear for a blueblell photo session
H&M ladies playsuit
H&M wrap dress
Family Bluebell sesion

for older girls I decided to head over to shein

 

Shein has a wide range of outfits so I wanted to find something that would look great but would also link with the rest of the family.

Lots of teenage girls currently like to show off some skin, so I decided to included some chunky over sized cardigans, to give an elegant look.  These can also be paired up with crop tops or shorter skirts.

Teenage girl outfit Shein
Shein Teenage Dress
Shein trouser suit
Shein denim skirt
Shein white blouse
Shein chunky cardigan - blue
Claire Wilders Photography Bluebells

whereas for younger girls i went to h&m

Girls Play suit H & M
H&M Yellow cardigan - young girl
H&M Girls dress
Claire Wilders Photography Bluebells

and the boys, i also stayed at h&m

For the males, their outifts are pretty similar as linen trousers or chinos look great on them both.  Paired with a linen shirt or jumper and they look gorgeous.  Younger boys can even be in a smart pair of shorts with braces.

H&M boys blue chinos
H&M Mens blue linen shirt
H&M mens jumper blue
H&M little boys linen outfit
Mens linen trousers
H&M mens linen shirt

I really hope this has given you a few ideas about what to wear for a bluebell photo session but please do get in touch if you have any more questions.  You can even visit my Pinterest page for a few more ideas.

 

For more information on a family photo session please head over to my family sessions page by clicking HERE

Family Bluebell sesion
Claire Wilders Photography Bluebells-2

the portrait masters award

the portrait masters award

The Portrait Masters award

Lockdown for photographers has meant we’ve had a crazy year with very little work.  Being a non essential business we had to close down early and still aren’t open.

 

the portrait masters award

lockdown life..

In amongst home-schooling, providing snacks, entertaining my children, walking the dog, updating my website and keeping the house from turning into a complete bomb sight, I decided to enter some of my photos to a very prestigious photography competition.

what is the portrait masters award?

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Sue Bryce is one of the worlds biggest names in portrait photography and her work is AMAZING!  As a photographer trainer,  The Portrait Masters Award was created to allow photographers to submit their work to be judged by a panel of international expert judges.  Enabling them the chance to win prizes, accreditation points, and awards. The accreditation program, is for portrait photographers of all genres and is  recognition of ‘high professional standard.’To find out more about this award please click HERE to visit Sue Bryce Education website.

the portrait masters award

why enter?

 

Entering competitions is a great way to help us grow and rather than competing against other photographers.  It is about improving your own ability.

Photographing a family is about capturing a feeling.  To me, it’s more about the love between a family and spending time together.  Recording a precious moment in time.  It’s not about getting the perfect pose, it’s about your family connection. Capturing YOU together and creating a memory for you, to look back on with happiness!

Whereas, for a competition all the details need to be perfect, right down to the smallest part.

Because I was in lockdown, I chose to include 2 photos from newborn sessions and 2 photos of my children.   Not everything is perfect but I do love these photos. (For example my sons socks definitely did not match the rest of his outfit).

the results

Choosing these four images meant it showed a variety of work that I do.  Each photo is judge by 5 different photographers from around the world and the result is an average of these scores.  To be awarded a Bronze you must score over 70 points.

Waiting for the scores to come out was very tense.  But I couldn’t believe it, I was SO excited!  I had been given a Bronze in all four images.  I was expecting to be given a score under 70 but really hoped I’d get at least one bronze.  So I was completely shocked to get four!  And even more surprised that one of them was only one point away from a Bronze distinction!

This means that my photographs have been recognised to be of a professional standard by some of the worlds top photographers. 

I am so proud of myself and my two amazing children, who are always there to support me.  They are often dragged out to help me and rarely complain! 

 Next time, I will definitely set out to capture some “competition specific” photos to see if I can improve my score, so feel free to watch this space…

If you would like to book a photography session, when we come out of lockdown please head over HERE to my main website where you can find more information.

 

DIY Photography Backdrop

DIY Photography Backdrop

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY CANVAS PHOTOGRAPHY BACKDROP

Being on lockdown and having watched many photography training videos I decided to attempt to paint my own DIY canvas photography backdrop.

WHY?

Photography requires lots of equipment to keep photos current but none of this equipment is cheap. However, there are lots of ways that props can be made on a budget so I thought I would have a go at one. A new backdrop.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:

Paint of your choice – being on lockdown I couldn’t get to the shops and because I wanted it beige or brown I used some old fence paint. I used Ronseal One Coat in dark oak matt because that is all I had. I also used some old white matt emulsion.

A 12ft x9ft canvas backdrop. Click HERE to visit Amazon where I bought the backdrop

A fluffy roller. Click HERE to see which roller I bought.

Old trampoline cover to lay on the floor to stop it staining the grass. Tarpaulin or plastic sheets could also be used.

The Method

Being impatient when it comes to DIY I decided to just wing it! I laid the canvas on an old trampoline cover, so that the paint didn’t wreck the grass. I had heard of people priming the canvas or buying a primed one but I didn’t do either. Others had also pinned their canvas to the ground but I didn’t do this either. I wanted to use the texture and bumpiness of the grass to help me when adding texture to the canvas.

DIY Canvas Photography Backdrop
The start of the canvas

With the paint, I didn’t have a plan because again I wanted it to be random. Using a roller was easier because you could add a decent amount of paint to the canvas and then spread it around at random.

Mixing The Paint

To start off I added white emulsion to the paint tray and then added a small amount of fence paint so that its wasn’t too dark, as I wanted the centre to be lighter than the outsides. I also added a small amount of water to thin the paint down a bit. A few people have added fabric softer to the paint, so that the canvas is more supple at the end. I forgot to do this but the crustier feel doesn’t bother me. To paint the canvas I started in the middle but just slapped the paint on and continued all over the place until I emptied the tray.

DIY Canvas Painted Backdrop

Each time I filled the tray, the mixture got darker plus the paint wasn’t always mix it properly. Meaning there was bits of dark and light paint all over the canvas, to add to the texture. As it dried I did make certain areas a bit darker, as the white came through as it dried. Although this is better than the canvas coming out too dark. This day was also really warm so the canvas did dry quickly.

The Finished Product

As a first attempt I was really pleased with this canvas, especially as it only cost me the price of a backdrop. Which was £21. I did cut the backdrop down a bit as it was rather large for my space but the length is brilliant. There is a seem in the middle but with a wide aperture you can’t see it. Plus if you cut it down to make smaller backdrops, this won’t be an issue. TOP TIP… make sure you have the seam underneath.. you’ll notice mine is on the backdrop side! Something I didn’t think about in my haste to start painting.

THE VERDICT

I’m really pleased with the finished product. It cost me a day out of my time and was pretty easy to do. Both emulsion and fence paint seemed to work okay and I really like the texture it gives in both colour and black and white. Neither of these photos were taken with studio lights, the canvas was hung up and I took a quick photo of my son looking out of the window. Am I going to paint more? YES! Watch this space!!

If you’d like to see this backdrop in use during your photo session please visit my Families session to view details.

DIY Canvas Photography Backdrop
Taking a break along the Wey and Arun Canal

Taking a break along the Wey and Arun Canal

Walking the dog along the Wey and Arun Canal

 

 

 

I love Autumn and today was feeling too lazy to tidy the house.  My springer was looking at me longingly so I decided to head out with my camera and take a break.  The Wey and Arun canal is beautiful and the colours are really starting to come out.

Dog walk along Wey and Arun Canal

 

I parked at The Onslow Arms Pub   http://onslowarmsloxwood.com/ car park in Loxwood  because I could head straight out onto the tow path and when I came back I could pop in a grab a quick drink.  It also does great food but today I just enjoyed their beer garden after my walk.The colours didn’t disappoint and the oranges were really starting to come out.

Walks in Sussex

The recently renovated locks are looking great and you can tell that the canal is really looked after.  I didn’t walk far today but you can walk all the way to Guildford which is also very beautiful.

 

loxwood

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