With the festive season fast approaching, it’s a popular time of year for parents across the country to be booking themselves in for Christmas family photoshoots.
After all, family photos make great Christmas gifts; either as prints or mounted in a frame. Or as a piece of artwork destined to be hung on the walls.
But, here at Bundles of Joy Photography, I choose NOT to offer Christmas family photoshoots. Curious to know why? Read on!
Why Christmas family photoshoots aren’t for me!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate why you might consider a Christmas family photoshoot.
Just like you, I enjoy looking at family portraits.
If they’ve been taken during happy family times, looking back at the photos can bring back lots of lovely memories. And you can realise how much young children have grown in the time since the photo was taken (which is always a little bit mind-blowing!)
And, I also enjoy taking family photos. I really do!
But, for me, on a professional basis anyway, Christmas family photoshoots are definitely a no-no!
The Bundles of Joy difference
I see lots of photographers at this time of year offering a quick, cheap photo session and a handful of digital images on a USB stick for less than £100.
A ‘stack them high, let them fly’, bums-on-seats type approach.
That type of service just isn’t the kind of work I enjoy doing.
Instead, here at Bundles of Joy Photography, we do things a little differently!
1. As a newborn photography specialist, I focus on the baby
You see, I learnt very quickly after setting up my photography business that there is no benefit to trying to be a ‘jack of all trades’.
I’ve found success in sticking to the formula of offering a high quality, premium newborn photography experience which offers my ideal clients exactly what they are looking for.
As such, any family pictures that I capture for clients are part of my signature newborn photography service.
I don’t offer separate family photoshoots because the focus in my work is on the baby.
The ‘family’ portraits I take are done to complete the portfolio of images I take in a typical newborn session, and usually only involve the parents or the sibling(s) of the baby or both.
I aim to capture the close bond between a parent and their newborn baby; a mother and newborn son, father and newborn daughter. Whatever the combination, these are intimate and special family photos.
Some of the examples I include here (and see more in my gallery) are among my favourites.
2. Timeless newborn portraits
What also makes us different is that we offer timeless newborn portraits which are pieces of art in their own right. Unlike novelty portraits taken during a typical Christmas family photoshoot.
Our images remain relevant and beautiful to look at as the months and years go by.
And yes, while they’re more expensive, our happy clients agree with us that they’re worth the investment because of the years and years of enjoyment that can be had from them.
And, if you invest wisely in quality printed products, they’ll be durable too! Professionally printed portraits – such as the ones I source from my suppliers – retain their vibrancy and colour for years and years. Far longer than a photo printed at your nearest supermarket would.
3. A passion for newborn photography
Finally, I specialise in newborn photography because I love what I do and am extremely passionate about it. Not because it’s the latest craze or way to make a quick buck!
In fact, I have been a specialist in newborn photography now for four years and have worked with hundreds, if not thousands, of newborn babies!
My assistant (and mum) Sue and I welcome our clients into our cosy home-based studio here in Froggatt in the Peak District, and we believe that we offer something really quite special.
I offer limited sessions each month and am dedicated to offering an exceptional experience to my clients.
Come and try it out for yourself!
We’re now taking bookings for Spring/Summer 2018 babies. Please get in touch as soon as possible to book your preferred session date and time.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to meeting you!