The Photography Experience

Photography has changed a lot over the years, everyone nowadays has a camera and as such everyone in a way is a photographer. Photography is a way to capture a memory, freeze a moment in time in image form. These memories form an important part of our lives. I have albums full of prints from my younger years, my eldest son loves to look through our albums and I have lost count of the number of times that I have told him the names and relationships of the people in there.

So if you can take photos of your loved ones then why would you go to a professional photographer, why would you come to me?

Photography sessions at Kelly Hermitage Photography are not just about your finished product hanging on your wall they are about the feelings that those images provoke and the memories that you have from your photography experience.

I want you to look at your images and smile, not just because those images are of your beautiful little one but because you remember the excitement of reading through your session guide (I send these to you when you book), you remember picking out your colour schemes and filling in your booking form with all the little details that you wanted me to include in your session. I want you to be taken back to the moment you walked into the studio and instantly felt relaxed and then watched as I photographed your precious new baby knowing that they were safe, warm and cared for at all times or smiled with pride as your inquisitive toddler looked at the images I had taken of them on the back of my camera and declared ‘That me’. You will remember the fun you had as we pulled silly faces and blew raspberries to try to make your child smile (I will try everything to make them laugh, I have even been beaten up by a teddy bear.) and how although it took us a long time to get that smile you never once felt rushed. You may even be lucky enough to remember the quiet drive home as your children had fallen asleep from all the excitement. You think about the wait, the moments you spent looking at your walls and imagining your photos hanging there while I carefully edited your images to make them perfect for you, the anticipation you felt as you walked back into the studio and then how that anticipation melted away and you were filled with joy as you saw your images on the screen. You think back to the discussions we had and the mess we made laying sample products on the sides while you decided on the products that would fit perfectly on the blank walls that you had been looking at only a few days before. You remember the excitement of receiving a message from me to say that your order was at the studio and ready for collection, then driving down that day because you couldn’t wait a moment longer. You remember feeling like it was Christmas day as you unwrapped your images, holding them, looking at the detail, tracing your finger over the edge of your little ones face, smiling at the little face looking back at you and then hanging your photos on your walls and standing back to admire them.

I want you to look at the beautiful artwork hanging on your wall and be proud, proud that you chose to capture those early newborn days or the cheeky emerging character of your toddler and proud that you will be able to share those images and these memories with them as they get older.

Photos are a captured memory, a frozen moment in time and I want a memory made with me to make you smile 🙂
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Kelly Hermitage is a Specialist Newborn art and Children’s portrait photographer based in Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northamptonshire. Providing a relaxed and friendly photography experience within a comfortable home studio environment.

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School holiday, It’s gone to Potz.

Not long now until the older little ones break up from school for half term and we have to find something to keep them busy. If like me this is a challenge then read on.

You may have the same thoughts as me when trying to plan activities for the little munchkins. what can we do that they will both enjoy as one is 2 years old and one is 4 years old. It needs to be something that is accessible no matter what the weather and ideally something that doesn’t involve me needing to have two sets of eyes and stretchy arms (think the Mum in The Incredibles) to stop them running off.

Now my two absolutely love anything art related and the messier the better so today we tried our hands at pottery painting. I have also never done pottery painting before so this was a new experience for all of us. We found a fabulous little pottery place called Potz Ceramic Studios in Billing Garden Village, Northamptonshire and jumped in the car for our Arty journey. When we arrived at Billing Garden Village we found that there were plenty of places to park (always a bonus when juggling small children and bags). Billing Garden Village is an interesting place with a variety of stores based in funky little sheds. There is also a garden centre as well as a little shopping centre. Inside the little shopping centre we found Potz Ceramic Studios. We were warmly welcomed through the door and the process was explained to us. We then got to choose what we were going to paint. Ollie who is dinosaur mad chose a dinosaur (of course), Charlie who loves cars chose a bowl (hmm, thinking with his tummy I guess). I had to have a go so I chose a mug 🙂

We took our chosen pieces to our table and the lovely lady (I can’t remember her name, bad me) explained about the paints. She spoke to the boys which is always a good thing with me as so many people talk straight past the little ones to the parents. She made us feel at ease and then left us to our painting. The boys chose the colours they wanted to use and created two stunning pieces of art and most importantly really enjoyed themselves.

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I think Ollie would have been there all day if he had his way (luckily the pet store opposite has parrots outside which distracted his attention from an ‘I don’t want to go’ tantrum). Charlie also had a fantastic time and wants to go back again, next time he is going to do a car (his words). The staff were always on hand to help if need be and the atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly, definitely a family friendly place. I also got to meet a fellow photographer as one the the staff is also a photographer (we are everywhere). He photographs weddings so let me know if you are planning on getting married and I will pass on his details.

I would highly recommend Potz Ceramic Studios and will definitely go back again in the near future. Next time I may try something a little more challenging than a mug as they had some fab larger pieces. For now, I just can’t wait for next week when we pick up our finished creations.

You can follow the links above to their webpage or checkout their Facebook Page HERE