I don’t know about you, but something about this time of year makes me think of getting photos done. Maybe its the whole autumn/back to school vibe or that Christmas is just around the corner (yay!) but it always seems like the right time to to find someone to capture the change in time. For Maisie. I obviously have no desire whatsoever to record my own changes in time!
This year the lovely Sara-Jane from ShutterBaby asked if I would be willing to review her services in exchange for a shoot for Maisie. I seriously got the much better side of this deal!
First off, Sara-Jane comes to you. Which is all kinds of awesome because last year I nearly lost my mind trying to keep Maisie clean & not looking like the world’s klutziest child (which she is). But also it meant that there were some great spontaneous moments – for example Maisie really wanted to put on her “ballet outfit” (her petticoat & shoes from the wedding she was in six weeks ago) which ended up making for my absolute favourite photos of the whole shoot.
Second, she had absolutely no problem getting down to Maisie’s level or letting Maisie suggest what to do next. Maisie’s not an easy kid to photograph (which is why I have next to no good photos I’ve taken) but she also LOVES taking photos so has lots of ideas of what she thinks *should* happen – it was lovely that Sara-Jane worked with Maisie to get the shots we wanted.
Third, the shots are beautiful. Maisie was well captured (see above!) just chilling at home as much as she was jumping in muddy puddles which means I have beautiful momentos which capture several different sides of her – which is priceless.
One thing I think is really cool is that Sara-Jane offers Group Bookings (Baby party package) which is a half hour photo session (per child), and you receive ten digital images on CD all for only £100 per person. A really great way to get some shots done reasonably and… with Christmas coming a great way to get some images for creating photo cards. (I was kicking myself that I hadn’t grabbed some Santa hats for us to do something with!)
Was there anything I didn’t like? No, not really – there was a bit of “beautiful princess/model” chat which makes me kind of ill but most people seem to like all the princess/beauty rubbish which makes me slightly furious so that’s just me being difficult. Sara-Jane was a delight to work with and I think you’ll agree the photos below are wonderful!
If you’re in London, Kent or Surrey I highly recommend Sara-Jane & ShutterBaby!