It’s Competition time :-)

Kelly Hermitage Photography is 3 years old today, wow that has gone by fast. Those three years have been amazing, I have gained so many skills and trained with one of the best newborn photographers in the country, taking my photography from strength to strength. I also achieved more than I ever dreamt possible by being awarded with a number of awards from The Guild of Photographers and also The National Photographic Society. But if it wasn’t for my wonderful clients then I wouldn’t be where I am today. So I would like to say thank you, thank you for choosing me to capture your memories, thank you for standing by me through the past three years and thank you for every like, comment and share that you have given on my Facebook posts. If it wasn’t for you then my business wouldn’t be where it is today.

So how about a little competition?

To be in with the chance of winning a £100 product voucher then all you need to do is find three differences in the images below and email them to me at kelly@kellyhermitagephotography.com

A winner will be chosen at random and announced on my Facebook page on Sunday 21st August 2016

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The rules:

  • Session will take place in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, UK so please only enter if you can get to me.
  • The prize is for  one £100 credit which will be deducted from your product order, no change will be given.
  • The £100 credit can be used for a product purchase after any full session. (Maternity, Newborn, Baby or child) Mini sessions are not included.
  • My usual session booking fee will be required to secure your session. Please see my website for more information.
  • Session will be arranged at a time to suit both parties.
  • Closing date for entries is 12pm Sunday 21st August 2016, entries after this time will not be included.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced on my Facebook page.
  • By entering this competition you will be added to my mailing list, from time to time I will send you special offers or upcoming events. If you do not want to be added to the list then please add ‘no mailing’ with your competition entry.

GOOD LUCK 🙂

 

Kelly Hermitage is a specialist newborn and children’s photographer based in Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northamptonshire.

To find out more about my sessions please visit my website www.kellyhermitagephotography.com

or email me on kelly@kellyhermitagephotography.com

You can see some of my latest work on my Facebook Page HERE.

 

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Amara and Mya

I know, I know, my poor blog has been neglected again but I  do have a few photo sessions to blog about so I will try my best to get all caught up soon.

Sisters

 

I  will start though with two beautiful sisters. These gorgeous girls came to me a while ago now and the bond that they have was apparent as soon as they walked into the studio. We had so much fun during this session. and followed instructions perfectly

They were both absolute stars during the session and we got a lovely variety of images for their gallery.

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Here are a few of Mums choices from her gallery, I love how these images all work well together and if you know me you will know that I am a big fan of black and white 🙂

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Kelly Hermitage is a specialist newborn and children’s photographer based in Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northamptonshire.

To find out more about my sessions please visit my website www.kellyhermitagephotography.com

or email me on kelly@kellyhermitagephotography.com

You can see some of my latest work on my Facebook Page HERE.

 

 

Marvellous models

Wow what a busy few months it has been, I had hoped to write this little blog post ages ago but finding the time has been hard. Anyway I have stuck myself to the chair and planted the computer on my lap so here goes….

If you follow me on Facebook you may remember a lonnnnggg time ago I posted a model call. This model call was to enable me to build up a portfolio of images for older children as beforehand I had only offered sessions for children up to 5 years old. I was overwhelmed by the amount of applicants that I had and choosing my final models was a very difficult decision. (I will admit that I had help from my poor Mum as she got roped in to help me decide.)

So invitations sent out and sessions booked in, and into the studio came my four beautiful models. I absolutely loved these sessions, the girls were all brilliant and listened so well to my instructions. The images were exactly as I had envisioned and I gained more than enough images for my portfolio. So with that in mind I would like to share a few of my favourites with you now.

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Finally I would like to thank these four beautiful young ladies for helping me achieve these images and for being truly fantastic models, it was lovely to meet you all. I would also like to thank the Mums and dads for allowing me to photograph their Daughters. I hope you are all as pleased with your images as I am. 🙂

Kelly Hermitage is a specialist newborn and children’s photographer based in Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northamptonshire.

To find out more about my sessions please visit my website www.kellyhermitagephotography.com

or email me on kelly@kellyhermitagephotography.com

You can see some of my latest work on my Facebook Page HERE.

Preparation is the key to success.

Did you know that before we even meet for your session my work has begun? I plan and prepare for your session as soon as you have confirmed your booking. So what do you do then, it can’t be that hard surely? I hear you say.

Well I won’t bore you with the paperwork side otherwise you will be zzzzzzzzz, who likes paperwork anyway.

But the fun starts when I do your session plan, I use all the information that you provide on your booking form to plan the perfect session for you and your family. For those who haven’t had a session with me I will give you a little insight into what a booking form asks. I will ask you to think about colours that you would like included in your session (look at the colours in your home, what will work well and look good on your walls). There is no point in me planning a purple session theme if your home is decorated in orange (unless that is the look you are going for of course). I will also ask you to tell me about your children, what are their names? What are their likes and dislikes? Are they shy? Are there any poses that they will be unable to do (medical reason or just won’t be happy)? Anything you tell me about your children will help me make the session as fun and relaxed for them as possible. By knowing all this information before they arrive means that I can talk to them and relate to them in a way that will help them relax while they are here. I can talk to them about their favourite tv show or plan poses that I know they will be happy doing. The booking form is also your way to let me know what you want from your session and which photos are important to you, do you just want photos of your little one or do you want family photos as well?

So I have your booking form and have read through all the information and I am ready to plan 🙂 I write a list of the poses and set ups that I will be doing and pick out the props and outfits that I will be using (maybe buy a few more to add to my collection just because it would work so well with your chosen colour theme, sssssh).

I have all this set up before you arrive so that your session runs as smoothly as possible. Of course where little ones are involved there may be a need to rethink or change set ups. This is especially true when newborns are around as they have a tendency to poop on things. Therefore I always have a back up plan with a few extra outfits/blankets and a lot of wipes and muzzys just incase.

Hmmm that would lead perfectly to a what happens after your session but that’s another post 🙂

This photo shows perfectly how planning can work, these images were all based on a yellow and brown colour theme for a little boy who can now sit up. Because the colours were used throughout the session the images will work together perfectly as a wall collection as well as individually.

 

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Kelly Hermitage is a specialist newborn and children’s photographer based in Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northamptonshire.

To find out more about my sessions please visit my website www.kellyhermitagephotography.com

or email me on kelly@kellyhermitagephotography.com

You can see some of my latest work on my Facebook Page HERE.

The New Studio

As some of you may know we moved to a new house at the end of last year and with that move meant a new studio for me.

I have finally got around to taking some photos of the new studio to share with you all. I still have a few things to do and there is of course plenty of room for new props 🙂 but here it is my brand new space, I hope you love it as much as I do and look forward to welcoming you inside soon. xx

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Why choose a home studio?

Well….I want to provide a comfortable and relaxed environment for my clients and to me there is nothing more comfortable than being at home. My studio is warm and comfortable with space for you to sit and watch as your little ones pose in front of the camera and I work my magic behind the camera. Tea and coffee is available and sometimes if I have been shopping I may even have biscuits 🙂

I want you to enjoy your photography experience and to do that you need to feel comfortable so please come in, take a seat and relax. X

Kelly Hermitage is a specialist newborn and children’s photographer based in Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northamptonshire.

To find out more about my sessions please visit my website www.kellyhermitagephotography.com

or email me on kelly@kellyhermitagephotography.com

You can see some of my latest work on my Facebook Page HERE.

 

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 🙂

www.kellyhermitagephotography.com
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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.

If you would like to discuss your photography experience please send me a message at kelly@kellyhermitagephotography.com

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

www.kellyhermitagephotography.com