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Lavender Mini Shoots are BACK!!

 

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Back by popular demand from award-winning Hampshire Photographer Tina Bolton, the GORGEOUS Lavender mini shoots will take place on Friday 8th July.

 

Early Bird tickets are now available until Friday 24th June and with only 14 slots available,  spaces are going fast!!

Vibrant meadow and lavender flowers combined with playful children having fun in the sun PLUS award winning photography at a very special price EQUALS an exclusive opportunity to have amazing family memories created to adorn your walls and excellent value for money!*

Places are strictly limited. Each mini -shoot is up to 25 minutes long and will take place in amongst the beautiful setting of the Lavender Fields and meadows of Hartley Park Farm, Selborne. Friday 8th July 2016

£30 per family (will rise to £35 per family on Friday 24th June)

Please note there is a minimum order value of either 3 prints or 3 digital files or a combination of both.    Prints start from £20 each and high res digital files are £29.99 each.  Digital file packages apply.

 

BOOK HERE

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If you go down to the woods today…

woodland family-tina-bolton-photography-6431ss“We’ll be shooting blanks in 30 minutes and we’ll need a 100 metre exclusion zone!” the army sergeant informed me.

Well, shooting family portraits in a wood is never boring!  The boys looked excited, the parents less so!  Luckily this is an unusual encounter and we all escaped unscathed with these fantastic photos!woodland family-tina-bolton-photography-6169sswoodland family-tina-bolton-photography-6143

I adore this family, 10 years ago we first met at my studio, full of expectation and hope, celebrating the impending arrival of their first born with some unique pregnancy portraits.  We have met many times over the years on farms, in fields as well as studios and now a prettty woods – all for photo shoots!

Each time as their family grows and matures, their children’s boundless ‘tigger style’ enthusiasm for life is a truly wonderful thing to celebrate within these images.

They LOVED having their photograph taken, jumping, running and skipping their way around the woods, peeping around trees, tickling each other and generally having a ball at my ideas for photos!  Each sibling, looking out for the other, trying to make each other giggle, holding hands or picking each other up!  I find children of this age prefer to be set free from a studio environment and as long as the weather is not a howling gale, outdoor photos are a wonderful way to capture their characters and allow them to express themselves more naturally – just the way parents prefer.woodland family-tina-bolton-photography-6217sswoodland family-tina-bolton-photography-6414

woodland family-tina-bolton-photography-6328With glorious sunshine in beautiful wood- land we whizzed through a delightful array of races and jumping competitions, culminating in an array of natural, fun family portraits and the knowledge that we escaped from the army just in time – phew!

If you would like an outdoor shoot with your family, there are a few places left on our lavender farm mini-shoots this weekend (26th and 27th June) for more details and to book – please either call me: 07976 302937 or click here.woodland family-tina-bolton-photography-6261

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Flash Sale – choose your package

Flash sale on family, pregnancy and newborn shoots

 

Spring has sprung, it feels truly wonderful to have warmer days and lighter evenings!!  So to celebrate I have decided to hold a spring flash sale.  Perhaps this will be the ultimate, low calorie, Easter gift for the whole family!

 

This means that you can enjoy a family photo shoot, capture a special time in your life, or simply give a shoot voucher as a gift, simply click to choose your preferred option:

Photo shoot, Disc of all images in colour & black and white PLUS an Album (with up to 20 images) AND a set of 7×5″ prints £599 (Usual package price £1,899)

Photo shoot, Disc of all images in colour & black and white PLUS an Album (with up to 30 images) £499 (Usual package price £999)

Photo shoot and Disc of all images in colour and black and white £399 (Usual package price £698)

 HURRY – LIMITED AVAILABILITY AND SALE ENDS ON THE 1ST APRIL 2015 – NO JOKE!!

Types of shoots available in the sale are: Family, Pregnancy, Newborn and Baby shoots.

 

Each shoot will last for up to 1 hour in a location of your choosing (some travel may be charged)

Your images will be professionally edited, ready for you to view in a private gallery a week after the shoot.

Each package includes a disc of professionally edited images in colour and black & white as well as a unique phone app for showing off your fabulous photos.

All Flash Sale shoots must be taken by the 25th September 2015 (if not then the value will count towards the prices of shoots at that time and are valid for use until 31st December 2015)

Can be bought as gifts.

Limited availability – sale ends 1st April 2015

 

 

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New Year’s Day Sale

Happy New Year!! For those of you who like a bargain today’s bargain links on photo shoots and camera courses is here
Remember – this is the last of our special festive flash sales which ends tomorrow. Grab your bargain now!
Vouchers can be downloaded upon payment so you can still surprise that special someone!

 

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The online course for the Take Better Photos has a code too- use this for a whopping £135 OFF so you pay only £60!!! NY2014

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Festive Flash sale day 3

Happy Christmas and for those of you who like a bargain today’s bargain links on photo shoots and camera courses is here

Remember – each day the bargains are still there but the price rises slightly the later you leave it!!
Vouchers can be downloaded upon payment so you can still surprise that special someone!

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The online course for the Take Better Photos has a code too- use this for a whopping £145 OFF so you pay only £50!!! BOX1

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Day One of the Festive Flash Sale

Have a wonderful Christmas and for those of you who like a bargain today’s bargain links on photo shoots and camera courses is here:
Remember – each day the bargains are still there but the price rises slightly the later you leave it!!
Vouchers can be downloaded upon payment so you can still surprise that special someone!
The online course for the Take Better Photos has a code too- use this for a whopping £165 OFF so you pay only £30!!! XMAS1

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Festive Flash Deals

As I know so many of you hunt for bargains on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (I know, I know!!)  I thought I would treat you to my Festive flash sales – they will start on Christmas Eve and end on the 3rd of January 2014.

 

There is a knack to bagging the best of the bargains though, you see, although you’ll get great offers on any of those days, the earlier you purchase the deal – the more savings you will make as each day the prices increase ever so slightly.  Best of all, if you wanted to buy a last minute gift to give on Christmas morning, you can!  With our downloadable Gift vouchers!!  Offers include Complete Photoshoots (inc prints and all images on disc from £400 – saving over £500!!)  and Photography Workshops from £25.

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So  Best Bargain Ever!  + Downloadable Vouchers = Remember to go to the Tina Bolton Website from Christmas Eve onwards!!

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Working with your professional photographer

 

How much of an active part do you play in your family’s professional photo shoots? Do you sit back and let the photographer get on with it, or do you hover and check out what they are doing and even join in?

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As a parent you can make or break a professional photo shoot of you and your family.

Now, I am not suggesting that without your help the shoot wouldn’t go so well, far from it, I am encouraging you to take a really active part in your next professional photo shoot. Following on from our recent blog about how to get children to smile, photographers who conduct family shoots, should know a lot of the ‘tricks’ I have already mentioned.  However, when it comes to getting a group or even a single child to laugh, a shoot really benefits from some silly antics from you AND your photographer.

Why? I hear you ask? You’ve paid a lot of money for a professional to come and do something you want done to the highest of standards and of course YOU can be in the shots as well this time.

Well, who do you think a 2 year old is going to find funnier? Your photographer (who has just met them and is using a big black thing in front of their face) or YOU their parent doing silly things behind the photographer and thus distracting them from what is happening!?

As well as chatting to children in order to get to know them and tune in with them quickly, a good photographer will also make sure that they tune into the parents too, in order to make sure everyone has fun.

I encourage my clients to do silly things behind me, so when I am taking shots, I will quickly turnaround and pretend to be ‘cross’ that the parents are being ‘naughty‘ behind my back but it really does make the children laugh. Getting into the spirit and fun of a family photo shoot is also part of the experience. How often do you just simply act like a kid again with your kids? Try it.  It’s very liberating, funny plus your kids will love you for it (unless they’re teenagers, in which case DON’T!!)

In a recent shoot, the parents joined in with my rendition of ‘I’d like to move it, move it’ dance from Madagascar, which the children adored! Despite not being able to hold a note, I will sing for the children (yes, really!) songs such as ‘Wheels on the Bus’ or ‘Wind the Bobbin Up’ so that they smile, sit still or join in but I have to say it’s always a relief if a parent sings with me!!

Look at these examples, the first image is a group of cousins who I had just set up in a way that I knew would look great and that they could interact well.

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Then I asked the parents to do ‘Parents Got Talent’ behind me……..this was the result!!

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So next time you book a photographer, go with the flow and if they encourage you to be silly, go on do it! It’s not as if the photographer can see you or capture you doing it as they should be concentrating on your children! Plus – I won’t tell anyone!

 

Of course, if you are doing the photography, then you can see how effective some help working on your behalf behind you can be!

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What about runny noses?

Runny noses, blotchy faces, scratches….all these things happen just before that special photo shoot don’t they?  Will the photographer be able to ‘do something’ in Photoshop with them?

 

I thought it would be interesting to show you a before and after of a recent shoot in the forest.  It was a very cold day and this cute little chap had got everything! Runny, red nose, cold blotches and a scratch on his forehead!

Runny noses are best wiped but sometimes that expression is so fleeting that it needs to be captured quickly and there simply isn’t time to wipe that nose!  Plus, who likes having their nose wiped anyway, guaranteed to annoy any small person and potentially ruin the moment.

 

Children LOVE being outside, so we took this family on an adventure in the woods and went hunting for rabbits and dinosaurs!!  The mum was worried that his little red nose would spoil the pictures, as I am sure most mums would, but as you can clearly see, some careful post-production means that his skin is clear and there is no need to worry!

 

It’s not just outdoor shots that need help, newborn babies are notorious at scratching their faces the day before a shoot or suddenly coming out in ‘baby acne’.  All these things are skillfully fixed in Photoshop.  I take the time to check each image and carefully remove marks and blemishes.  The trick is to make it look as if it’s completely natural.  New parents usually look a little tired…some subtle adjustments again means that those dark shadows are all but gone!

So, when deciding whether or not to have a shoot, choose your photographer carefully, sometimes that little bit of extra care in the post production stages can make all the difference.  Not everything can be dealt with ‘in-camera’!!

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Cameras and Cake Photography Workshops

 

You know that moment when you think you have taken the picture of THE CENTURY, only to look at that back of the camera and discover it’s out of focus/too dark/too light/you missed that smile….

The Cameras and Cake workshops are designed to give you enough information in just three hours to improve your photography so that you never experience that disappointment again, plus you get to eat cake and share a cuppa with other like-minded people.

These workshops are going down a STORM!  The cake is delicious and at our last workshop Aleshia (who runs For The Love of Cakes and makes the cakes) attended the workshop and is now LOVING her camera.

  • The workshops are held in Greatham (near Petersfield) on the last Wednesday of each month.
  • Groups of friends can book their very own morning to suit them (min of 4 people needed).
  • From 9.30am-12.30pm with a maximum of 6 people.  You only need to attend one course.
  • We ALWAYS have a delicious cake* and lots of TEA!!  (and coffee!)
  • Easy to absorb (no geek jargon allowed) and more importantly, lots of opportunity to put into practise information on using your camera.
  • Suitable whether you have the latest DSLR or a dinky little point and shoot.
  • The tips and tricks I share with you will enable your photography to improve straight away!
* Gluten and dairy free options available please ask.
What have other people said about the workshops:
” I am LOVING my camera now, I seem to get so much more out of it, I am even eyeing up my husband’s camera…watch this space”  Aleshia, Liss
” I took some photos of my boys playing rugby at school that afternoon, not only were they in focus, they looked so much brighter and vibrant, thank you again!” Emma, Bradshott

 

It’s just sooo nice doing something for yourself and focusing on something different, the cake was good too!!”  Dawn, Havant

 

” I learnt more in three hours than I did on a course I took a few years ago, thank you”  Matt, Farnham

 

“I am never using the automatic button on my camera again!”  Ian, Guildford

So…

Read and print out a cameras and cake photography workshops leaflet OR pop along to our facebook page!  Remember to hit ‘like’.

Book your place by calling Tina on 07976 302937 or emailing her.

 

 

 

 

 

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