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Festive photo tips

Tina’s Top tips for great Festive photos

Christmas pictures lacking a little something?  Follow these great tips to add a bit more sparkle to your festive photos!

  1.      Make sure your camera is fully charged, that there is room on your memory card and your lens is clean!
  2.     For fab party pics of your friends, ask them to put their heads together, lean forward a little bit (never back) everyone looks their best and less chins are visible!!
  3.     Remember:  your camera flash will only work up to a distance of about 10-12 feet maximum, on smaller cameras even less. 
  4.     Make sure you have the ‘red eye’ flash on your camera, remember that the first smaller flash is followed by the bigger flash.
  5.    For those cute, adorable nativity play shots, Choose either a front seat  OR an aisle seat so you can stand up without blocking anyone’s view from behind.  Use flash only if you really have to. Most camera’s have a night-time    function which increases your camera’s ability to take low light shots without a flash.
  6.  Wait until the end of the play – or the ‘gathering around the manger’ bit as this is usually well lit and everyone is still.
  7.  Christmas cards, we love the cute ones of our kids in a Santa* outfit!!  (*Or whatever you choose!!)  Make time to dress them up and pose them, sit them safely (deep in the sofa perhaps), as near to window light as you can and   take  some pictures.  Better still come to one of my free toddler group mini sessions with that special outfit (see below for details).
  8. On Christmas Day – have that camera to hand ALL the time, especially for when Grandad falls asleep and you manage to draw a moustache on him!
  9. Take a photo of each present your children opens, you can then print/email this out as a thank you to the person who sent it, they’ll love seeing the smiles of delight.
  10. Make sure you are in one or two pictures with the kids as well, looking suitably festive!

 Have a lovely Christmas!  

When you open that new camera on Christmas Day, remember to book your place on one of my photography workshops in January, so you can REALLY get the best out of your camera – better still, make sure that a workshop gift voucher is part of the package!!  Download Tina Bolton Photography festive photography tips as a pdf.

Mini Santa Shoot Sessions are being held as follows:

Thursday 8th November – NCT Small Talk & Baby Talk, United Reform Church, Petersfield, 10-12

Wednesday 14th November –  Baby Sensory Classes, Greatham Village Hall, 10-12

Monday 19th November – NCT Haslemere – Royal School, Hindhead, 10-12

Tuesday 20th November – Baby Sensory, St Alban’s Church, Hindhead 10-12

Thursday 22nd November – Baby Sensory, Haslemere Prep School, Hill Road, 9.30-2pm

I will also be at Stepping Stones in Sheet, date to be confirmed.

 

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Very special Autumn mini shoots are available from today.

Book yours here

Shoots can be bought now and taken anytime from 5th September to 31st October 2012 (limited weekend availability) from just £95 inc 5 images as digital files (usual price £275).  Ther are just 15 slots available on a first come – first served basis.

Gift vouchers are also available, pls contact Tina to arrange

Beautiful albums, canvases and digital file packages are also available.

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MOD-ern Jubilee shoot fun!

 

 

Phew, these last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind of Jubilee photo shoots.  Thank you to everyone who has been involved so far…there are still more to come! (Details at the bottom)  At one school we had great fun with an amazing Union Jack Scooter…

 

Even I got in on the act!

I wasn’t the only one, many of the teachers and even some of the Mums hopped on too!

The Jubilee shoots were for children of all ages and we visited many toddler groups and nurseries.  We did a special Jubilee shoot in Cute of Petersfield (a wonderful children’s shop!) which helped to raise money for the www.owenbishopcharity.com fund and www.wave105.com/cashforkids

Your feedback has been wonderful, thank you, one mum said: “I just wanted to say that the Jubilee shot of my daughter is fantastic!!  In every other supposedly professional shot we have, she is always pulling a self conscious ‘photo-face’.  She tells me that having the photos taken were great fun and that she enjoyed it – definitely a first!  Order already placed, thank you so much.”  Clare, Liss

There is still time to place your orders – you should have received your gallery password by now.  Here’s a few more to make you smile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we will be at the Baby Sensory classes in Hindhead, Haslemere and Greatham w/c 11th June, no need to book just come along!  See you there!

 

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Studio or location?

This is a question I am asked most often.  The answer I usually give is it is your choice.  I love photographing children, who are capable of walking, out and about – jumping, chasing, exploring.  The light is usually great and you can capture them in a very natural environment.  Sometimes though, a cleaner, ‘white’ look is required – in the style of the iconic GAP ads.  If you are considering a shoot and don’t think your home is suitable, think again!  The majority of my work is in client’s homes.   Some of these shots are most definitely taken on location, but which were taken in the studio?

Check out my other blog posts to find out!
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Generation game

This is one of my favourite families to photograph, and we have shared many photo shoots together including, weddings, bumps, newborns and now a big family birthday celebration.  They all managed to keep smiling despite the rugby results the previous day!

This shot reproduced a family shot they had when their hair was far more embarrassing!

Now more importantly we had three gorgeous grandchildren on the scene, a beautiful sweeping staircase and a classic shot just crying out to be taken!  I couldn’t resist!

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