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Family photography can be done in the studio in Edwalton, Nottingham, or at your home or perhaps on location at your local park.

Mother’s Day 2.

Mother's day

With Mother’s Day just around the corner I thought it would be a good time to call and see Lucy, Ben and baby Mia. To see how their lives are progressing and changing and the effects of having a new personality in their beautiful, cosy home. This is a series of portraits which reflect and celebrate how working mothers in 2017  balance their busy lives. Lucy works part time in her family’s opticians business in Sherwood so has time to have Mother’s days with her growing baby Mia, as well as professional days at work. Thank you to Lucy for your time and frank and thoughtful answers. You’re doing a great job! x

Mother's day photo Beverley Perkins family photographer

 

Now that you have an established routine, do you think you have got a better work/life mix?

Yes the routine definitely helps me to make the most of my time both at work and at home. Without it it is easy to let being busy get on top of you. Having a routine takes the stress out of working out the logistics of drop offs, pick ups, making sure bags are sorted for childcare arrangements, and everything else, so that we can just relax and enjoy the time we do have as a family. 

What do you think is the biggest unexpected change in your lives since having Mia?

I think the biggest change is just having to constantly plan! I’m not the most organised person and having a baby means I am constantly thinking 4 hours ahead to work out what I need in my bag, what I need for Mia and tying all the meals and naps with the daily plans. I do admit that more than once I’ve left the house without nappies so now have to do a full mental checklist when I walk out the front door! 

Do you think your expectations, (based on media and your friends and family’s stories) and the reality are similar?

I do think the expectations I had when I was pregnant about having a baby match the realty, however even so it’s still a huge learning curve and I can only now appreciate the stories mums tell about sleepless nights, exploding nappies and the ridiculously overwhelming level of love you feel for the little cutie! 

What aspects of being a working Mum do you find the most challenging?

I probably find the most challenging thing keeping up to speed with the goings on at work. It’s difficult going from working full time to part time, as much as I love it. I feel exceptionally lucky to have the option of working part time, but feel like I play catch up on my first day back in each week to find out what I’ve missed.

Mother's Day baby photo shoot

If you “knew then, what you know now” what would you do differently?

I honestly don’t think I would have done anything differently!…. not because we are perfect at it all but because it’s been a huge experience learning all the new tricks and treats of having a baby.

What would you say has been the biggest help when you have a difficult day?

After a difficult day the simplest things are the best! It’s so nice to get Mia bathed, into fresh pyjamas and snuggled down in bed so me and Ben can get our feet up on the sofa with a tasty dinner and something good on the tele! 

Mother's Day and baby photographer Beverley Perkins Photographer

As a predominantly child and family portrait photographer, I know most of my work of children is about capturing the fabulous, fun, unexpected and un-choreographed moments that show their personality and innocence.  These are arguably  the most precious moments, but it’s fair to say that not everything is like a studio photograph. Being a Mum is hard work!

This project is to show a glimpse of all the effects and changes that having a young family can have. It can be quite isolating when you leave work and have to find a new life rhythm, new friends and a new way of doing things. But this seems to be the way that modern life is going. More and more women are returning. It’s  tough being a working mum:-  but staying at home full time can be even more difficult, and brings a totally different set of challenges; so it’s fair to say that there’s no perfect scenario – or if there is,  I haven’t met the mum who has found that magic balance.

I’ve met some wonderfully inspiring stay at home mums and working mums alike. There are no rule books ….that’s actually not true! There are hundreds – no, thousands of books out there, but I have yet to read the one that answers all the important questions. We just have to make it up as we go along and make the best of what we have. We do the best we can with what we have and hope that the kids turn out well, dinner gets served and of course the mortgage gets paid! Guilt seems to be the tune of choice for so many Mums for not being around when you think they need you, or that the work emails are not answered quickly or efficiently enough. For me it was about getting clients’ photos edited in time for their viewings or preparing their orders for the lab efficiently and in good time. This often meant working at night when I might not be at my best, (being sleep deprived) or when the children had naps or play dates as they got older. I wanted to offer the best service to my clients and feel worthy of referral work and continue to build, but at the same time I wanted to be the best Mum I could too! Balance!

Maintaining your own identity and your confidence that you are still the same capable woman you were before the children is one of the most common struggles that women have these days. So many Mums think of themselves as Mums first and when you ask them about themselves that is how they identify themselves as (their child’s name’s Mum). I remember it well!! But here’s the thing…by looking after yourself and having a great self image is not only a great role model for your children, but will help lift you up in the tough times. So look after yourself girls! Be the best self you can!  Being a mum is a smorgasbord  filled with huge highs and lows  and I think we all need to give ourselves a break from time to time. Whether we’re working mums or not – the job description means 24-7, and whilst we may not be perfect we just have to keep pedalling!! Mother’s Day isn’t just about celebrating Mums on one day a year..Mother’s Day is every day and we have to congratulate ourselves for the great job we all do!!

If you’re interested in having your own Mother’s day photo session, please give me a ring or ping me a mail and we can chat about the options! Studio or home lifestyle shoots are both available. 07773938669

Mother's Day photo session 2016

 

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Introducing Baby Chester

Newborn home photo session

Welcome little feet Chester

 

Newborn home photo session

 

Last week we had a small flurry (not sure if there is a proper collective term for lots of newborns!) of new babies in the studio – makes you all soppy and sigh! Continue reading »

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How to take the YAWWWWN out of family photos

Beanie Baby and Girl Guide cap. family photos 4

Image showing homework, sharp pencils and Girl Guide cap

 

Keeping your family photos fun and interesting can be a challenge……

Are you one of those parents who only tends to get the camera out for the children’s birthday parties and family gatherings? If so, then you’re not alone! Continue reading »

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Beautiful Chinese Tea Ceremony and wedding at Hassop Hall

Chinese Tea ceremony and wedding Hassop Hall

The ancient and magnificent Hassop Hall

 

Think the ultimate in elegant sophistication combined with a generous dose of the orient….. Jennifer’s dress was a dream in princess-esque glam; the flowers classic and timeless, and the venue, glamorous and decadent…. And an awesome chinese girl or boy favour in every place setting.

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Tollerton Playgroup 50th Anniversary party

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Tollerton Playgroup celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year! This has probably got to be a record for longevity of playgroups! For many years it ran successfully in the old St Peter’s church hall in the village, but then in 2010, the long-waited purpose built building, (which is annexed to Tollerton primary school,) began!  Here’s a link to the photos taken at the time:

 

http://www.tollertonplaygroup.btik.com/News/Newbuilding. (I cannot take credit for those images though!)

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Japan visits Edwalton

Revisiting familiar haunts in EdwaltonFourteen years ago, when I was still shooting film, a tiny little Japanese boy came to the studio with his Mum to have his 7th year commemorated. This is a normal ritual in Japan, where the children are photographed in a very formal and traditional way. They carry a small bag with gifts from the parents, which must be included in the photos too. I also photographed Kazuki’s Mum and sister at the session, and have the negatives to prove it!

I was stunned when a few months ago, Kazuki messaged me to say that he and his friends were coming to the UK this month and wanted to visit me again! The photographs are not quite so formal this time (apart from this one!)

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It was fantastic to see him again and find out what has become of his family and see how he has changed and grown up! He wanted to visit his old school Edwalton Primary School, which is famous locally for being the school with the farm animals, and one which has won the Green Flag National Accreditation for Eco-schools.

Animal farm at Edwalton Primary School

 

Mr. Owens, the head teacher very proudly gave us a guided tour of all the fantastic innovations that have been made since Kazuki’s departure,

Kazuki visits his old school Edwalton primary School

and Kazuki even ran into an old classmate’s Mum who works there now too!

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Kazuki and his friends also visited the house that he stayed in and then went on to Wollaton Park to check out the site of the last Batman movie (of which he is an enormous fan!) what an action packed day!

Revisiting familiar haunts in Edwalton

three Japanese boys happily leaning down from a monkey puzzle tree, smiling.

To arrange your fun- filled family day shoot please phone, or GO HERE to send an email with details of your ideas and dates.  I look forward to meeting you.

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Family Studio Photo session in Edwalton

Fun family studio photo session in Edwalton

Fun family studio photo session in Edwalton

 

Last Friday, Abigail brought her new baby brother James for his first photo session in the studio. Whilst Abigail is an old hand at these things now, having been to see me 3 times before, James was not quite so excited and was more calm and interested in all the goings on! What an adorable little boy! Abigail was a great helper though, and I know exactly where to look in a few years when I’m searching for a new assistant!

Whilst the trend these days is more in favour of lifestyle sessions at a local park or nearby stately home, (like Wollaton, Clumber Park, or Elvaston Castle), a studio photo session still has a lot to offer, particularly for people with very young babies and children, or more elderly family members, who are cannot manage a 30 or 40 minute walk in the open air. It’s brilliant being able to offer both alternatives, as I think both options have strong advantages and we can always play to their strengths. A studio session means that we don’t have to worry about the weather, but if you want to, we can still step outside for a few minutes into the gardens, to get a feeling of the great outdoors!

On the other hand, a lifestyle session offers an opportunity for larger family groups to meet up and have group photos taken together in very informal settings and situations, often where family members are self conscious and don’t enjoy having their photos taken. The children can bring bikes, balls and wellies and tear around letting off steam….usually the results are very natural, relaxed photographs that really capture the personalities of the people. The self conscious ones are usually the ones who enjoy it the most, saying afterwards that it was loads better than they had anticipated and the photos are perfect! If you have young teen children who are a bit awkward and starting to become self-conscious, a lifestyle session offers an opportunity to have more photographs with a more “fashion” feel to them, which they tend to enjoy posing for.

If you have some ideas for a fun family photo session, please phone for a no-obligation chat 0115 9231537 or to make an appointment to visit the studio and see what its like!

 

 

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How to store old family photos

How to store old family photos

This last weekend, I met up with a few of my old friends from my misspent youth! We arranged in advance to bring photos…..so, on Friday evening, I was searching for some old family photos, and it got me to thinking about how precious and important these things are, and yet, I have taken such bad care of them! They are no less precious than old family photos taken professionally in the studio or on location, but they seem to get less careful attention. Nowadays, people are tending more and more to want digital images on discs or memory sticks, as their preferred mode of storage (as it is deemed to be safer!) Whilst this may be true, thought is never given to what they would do if the disc or memory stick becomes corrupt! There is nothing like a photo print or an album of images  to remember people and places. Whenever we get the old albums out, my own children love to gather round and reminisce about days, holidays and people. AS we become more obsessed with technology and viewing photos on our mobile devices, we seem to isolate ourselves more and more. I don’t think there is a better way to create and build connections with people when sitting around looking at old photos. Photos are such brilliant, immediate reminders of days or people or places and I really believe their importance is undervalued. So, my task is to ensure that these wonderful souvenirs are kept as safe as I can make them to ensure their chances of survival. I thought I would share some

Tips about how best to store old family photos:

  • make sure that old family photos are kept away from exterior walls in the most stable environment so that the temperature is more constant and stable and really as cool as possible. Uninsulated lofts are probably the worst place as they experience high heat in the summer months and freezing temperatures and dampness in the winter, which will cause the photos to become brittle and crack.
  • if you have any of those ‘magnetic’ type albums that were so popular in the 70’s and 80’s, and the photos aren’t already trapped in, it would be worth spending the money to transfer your photos to better quality archival albums that have acid free paper (these are becoming more easily available now on the high street) It usually will say on the packaging that it is acid free.
  • In the same way, that you wouldn’t handle an watercolour or oil painting, be careful how you handle your photos, as the natural oils on your skin can erode the emulsion. Just handle the edges and the same for negatives, which are also fragile.
  • A good idea for smaller photo prints ( i.e under 8″ x 10″) is to store them on their edges in boxes in cool but constant (between 50 and 75 degrees F) temperature avoiding damp where mould is likely to develop.
  • keep your negatives separately so that if your old photos are lost or damaged you can have them reprinted.
  • Don’t write on the backs of photos unless you are using acid free pens, or alternatively write lightly using a soft lead pencil.
  • if you still shoot film, it is worth paying to have these developed professionally, rather than at an hour mini lab, as it is vital that fresh, uncontaminated chemicals are used (to ensure longevity.)
  • Don’t store photos with newspaper clippings as the newsprint will deteriorate the image. Best solution is to photocopy the newsclipping onto alkaline paper and store that away. Don’t use paper clips, though as they might scratch, and rubber bands may also have damaging chemicals in them.
  • Having said all that, it is also worth getting photos scanned and stored digitally…but keep more than one copy to allow for them becoming corrupt or other unpleasant  eventuality!

If you are interested in finding out more about all this, the Smithsonian museum website has some really useful and informative videos about some of the topics covered . Here’s a link showing how to extract your pics from the sticky magnetic books. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geqVsJJK5rs

 

 

 

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Baby Aliki’s Greek Christening

Greek Christening Nottingham

Baby Aliki at her Greek Orthodox Christening Nottingham

Baby Aliki was the most happy, easy going baby I’ve ever photographed at a Christening. It was such a pleasure to see her smile and laugh as she was dipped in and out of the font. Afterwards she quietly watched all the goings on and smiled and smiled. Such a poppet. Here she is wearing her beautiful christening gown from “Anna’s Christening Centre” @ www.annaschristeningcentre.co.uk

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The hotel staff at Eastwood Hall www.eastwoodhallhotel.co.uk were wonderfully welcoming and accommodating to Aliki’s lovely family and friends and we all enjoyed the most delicious Sunday roast dinner. The beautifully decorated cake from Susan’s cakes at Newark www.susanscakes.com

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and music, dancing and chatting for everyone else!

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To see Adam Galwas’ beautiful short video of the day visit this link https://vimeo.com/85272337 www.adamgalwasproductions.com
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Christening photographer at St Cyril and Methodius Church Huthwaite

Greek orthodox christening photographer Huthwaite

Baby falling asleep on mother in greek orthodox christening ceremony

On Sunday, baby Kyriaki got her first public photo session at her christening at the Greek Orthodox Church St Cyril and Methodius Church in Huthwaite. Whilst she was remarkably patient with all the proceedings, she did get a little fed up towards the end; it was a long service! She stayed interested and looking around at all the people looking at her , as well as the funny woman with the camera! We got lots of wonderful photographs not only during the service, but afterwards with the proud parents, god parent and grandparents. A girl has to nap every now and then though! awww! gorgeous!

The reception party was held at Eastwood Hall. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t so good for outdoor photos, and it was a little late in the day. Eastwood Hall is set in 26 acres of spectacular grounds with rolling lawns and lovely old trees for fantastic photo opportunities. Its particularly great for bridal portraits too.

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