Bring your fur babies to the studio for a pet photoshoot!
We’ve thrown the old advice of never working with children and animals out of the window because we do both. Whether your fur family is a dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig…or even fur-less (Sphynx cat and reptile lovers we’re looking at you) we love to meet all kinds of creatures in our studio, and everyone is welcome! Except, we must admit as much as we love all animals, we can’t accept them all for a pet photoshoot, a horse just won’t fit in our studio…sorry folks!
Pets are as much a member of the family as anyone else as far as we’re concerned. They might drive us bonkers sometimes, but we love them unconditionally. They know how to give us those puppy dog eyes, or curl up on our laps like little angels having caused chaos 10 minutes earlier…yep, we’re suckers for our four-legged friends!
Our pet photoshoot environment is relaxed and friendly, and our photographer’s love animals so if your pet is a bit nervous in new environments, we aim to quickly put them at ease, and of course we’ll have treats on hand to calm any nerves! Don’t worry if you have an incredibly energetic pooch, or a curious cat, we’re used to animals running wild in the studio and having a good sniff around to suss the place out, and of course they’ll want to get to know who is taking their snapshot and make sure we get their best angles.
We often get people say “Our pet would never sit still for a pet photoshoot”, but we have some tricks up our sleeve and, failing that, our hi-tech photographic equipment and highly experienced photographers will make sure we get some fantastic crisp and clear of your pet in motion – in fact, these are often the shots people love most as they capture their faithful friend’s true character. We also encourage you to bring any favourite toys or treats to make your furry friend feel at home – it’s important to us that your loved ones enjoy their pet photoshoot experience!
We know how important it is for people to have beautifully captured photographs of their loved ones, whether human or otherwise, and we take huge pride in giving people the gift of photographic keepsakes that will last a lifetime. Let us capture your pet’s unique personality with a pet photoshoot at our state-of-the-art photography studio in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
Introducing Cake Smash: A baby photoshoot with a difference
Do you love watching your little one have lots of messy fun, but dread the mammoth clean-up afterwards? Well, our cake smash photoshoots might be the answer to your messy prayers and they’re a great way to mark a special occasion!
What’s included in a cake smash photoshoot?
When you book one of our cake smash photoshoots, you’ll get an hour-long photoshoot in our state-of-the-art studio next to Willows Activity Farm in St Albans, Hertfordshire. We’ll provide a yummy and beautifully decorated cake for your little one to smash AND we’ll take care of the clean up afterwards – you don’t have to lift a finger! Plus, you’ll get an hour long personalised cinematic viewing where you get to see the results of the photoshoot in one of our luxurious viewing rooms.
Why would I book a cake smash photoshoot?
We have lots of parents’ book cake smash photoshoots for birthday celebrations or special occasions, or to use as party invitations for their children’s special celebrations. They’re a great way to celebrate important milestones and capture the fun and playful side of your little one, giving you mementos you can treasure forever. We have a range of backdrops, props and toys to create beautiful scenes for your little one’s photoshoot.
Won’t my baby be a sticky mess at the end?
Yes! That’s the idea and it’s hilarious watching them get stuck in, either using their hands or a wooden spoon, or just diving right in. Not only is it great fun (for us and them!) a cake smash photoshoot is also a brilliant sensory experience and sometimes it can be a rare opportunity for truly messy play. Don’t worry though, we provide a nice warm bath for your little one to get cleaned up after they’ve had their fill of cake – this can also make for some beautiful photographs to capture you all together as they splash around.
Should I worry about giving my baby an entire cake to eat?
Don’t worry, we find most of the cake doesn’t get eaten – it’s really just intended for play. Often kids will try a little, but are more interested in getting their hands in it and yes, even their feet sometimes too…I mean it is called a cake smash after-all! There’s usually far too much laughter and silliness for any serious cake eating…and our photographers are certainly hungry afterwards!
We often get queries from clients about what to wear for a photoshoot, and we know it can be stressful for some people to know what to wear to look their best so we hope this blog can lend a hand in helping you to prepare for your shoot and avoid a fashion faux pas on your photoshoot.
What to wear to a Family Photoshoot
Some of our clients want to know what to wear to a Family Photoshoot and our first answer is always: plan ahead. Although this would be our go-to advice for all our clients, this is particularly useful for family photoshoots as there can be lots of people involved, particularly in multi-generational photoshoots. You don’t want to be rushing around trying to figure out what each family member should wear on the day of the shoot, so discuss it with your family ahead of time and decide on an outfit choice for each person to avoid a fashion faux pas on your photoshoot.
What to wear to a Newborn Photoshoot
We’ve also had clients wanting to know what to wear to Newborn Photoshoots, and we know it might be tricky trying to choose just one outfit for your little one so we’re always happy for parents to bring a couple of outfit changes to get a variety of different shots. Your precious newborn will look beautiful no matter what they’re wearing, so it’s personal choice as to whether you want to dress them up, or have them in a simple onesie or baby grow.
As a rule of thumb, our advice is to try to coordinate colours as much as possible, and avoid anything too patterned or any large logos. Coordinating outfit choices is particularly important for group shots, as if one person is wearing something exceptionally bold it can be distracting, or throw off the balance of the finished photograph. Given that these photographs will live in your family album and adorn the walls of your house, you may also want to give some thought to whether the clothing choice is timeless and if the colour of the clothing would work well in your home, generally speaking the simpler the better.
Wear what feels comfortable
Truly though, for any photoshoot, it’s whatever you feel comfortable in and whatever suits the style of photograph you wish to have. If that means getting your glad rags and high heels on, then you’re free to do so, but if you’d rather be in jeans and a plain coloured t-shirt that’s great too!
Make it your own and personal
The point of any photoshoot is that it’s yours. These are photos you will keep and cherish forever so you should have a say in the clothes you wear and how you want to look. The more comfortable and confident you feel, the better the photos will be. If you have hobbies then don’t hesitate to bring along outfits and props to make the shoot more personal to you! This is our advice to help you avoid a fashion faux pas on your photoshoot.
Call 01727 809 140 to book now or click here to book online.
Thinking of having a family photoshoot? Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Book a Photohoot that we think make capturing those special moments mean more than buying the latest gadget or fashion item…
1. Photoshoots force you to spend time together
Yes, we know this sounds silly but we can all be guilty of not spending enough quality time with our loved ones. Life can be busy and hectic and sometimes we need an excuse to pause and reflect. A family photoshoot is a great opportunity to switch your phone off, get the kids away from their screens and gadgets, and get everyone together for the day without any distractions to create special moments with the people you love. Plus, you’ll have memories you can take home with you, literally! Spending time together is one of out Top 5 Reasons to Book a Photoshoot.
2. Photoshoots can capture a moment in time, before it’s too late
Sometimes we’re reminded of how fragile life can be and how precious our time together truly is. From time to time we get requests for photoshoots from people who have a family member who doesn’t have long to live. It’s always a heart-breaking thing to hear, but we know those people are reaching out because they don’t want to miss their last chance to bring the whole family together and create a precious keepsake.
3. Photoshoots are fun!
You only have to read some of our reviews to find out how much people who come to us enjoy their photoshoot experience. We have a friendly team who genuinely love what they do and we think that comes across to our clients, and helps them to relax and enjoy the process. Whether you’ve got a teenager who wants to feel like supermodel for the day on one of our All Grown Up photoshoots, or you want some memories of you and your furry friend with a Pet Portrait photoshoot, or you want your little one to experience the mess and laughter of our Cake Smash photoshoots, we like to think you’ll have a good time with us!
4. A photoshoot makes a great gift
We all know the struggle of finding the perfect present for a friend or relative, but what could be better than gifting an experience? Our photoshoot experience gift vouchers let you give the gift of lasting memories, instead of the usual physical gifts that sometimes go unloved and don’t hold as much meaning. Our Photoshoot Experience’s Gift Vouchers are one of our Top 5 Reasons for Booking a Photoshoot.
5. A photoshoot can help you decorate your home.
We’ve all been there, looking through hundreds of photographs to find just one decent picture of you and your partner, or your family, or best friends, that you can display in your home. We love being able to give people photographs that they can proudly display in their home of the people they love, or cherished memories. Whether it’s a large canvas, or prints for a picture wall, or just a beautifully framed memory, we can’t think of anything that brings a home to life more than filling it with the people you care about.
If we’ve convinced you with our Top 5 Reasons to Book a Photohoot and you’re ready to book a family photoshoot with Photographic Synergy then visit our website, or if you’d like to chat to us further give our friendly team a call on 01727 809 140.
Pregnancy is such a special time and those 9 months can fly by so quickly. We know how important it is for many women to have more than just the memory of being pregnant, with baby bump castes and maternity photography to capture those magical 9 months is becoming increasingly popular these days.
For those of you that do want to capture those special 9 months with a commemorative photograph, a maternity shoot is a fantastic way of recording your pregnancy journey. We work with our mothers-to-be to come up with maternity photoshoot ideas that make them feel comfortable, and capture the beauty of their bump. Photographic Synergy know it can be a very personal experience, and our photographers are here to make sure you get the results you want, in a calm and relaxing setting.
When to have your Maternity Photoshoot
There’s no right or wrong when it comes to a pregnancy photoshoot and the best time to come is when you feel it’s right for you, but as a guide, to get the best photos we normally recommend around 30 weeks, as by this time you will usually have a lovely round bump, but you (hopefully!) won’t be feeling too weighed down and uncomfortable.
We have sometimes heard women being put off by seeing lots of women who look completely naked for their pregnancy photoshoots, and although we’re happy to work with you if this is what you’d like (we have clever ways to make sure you’re never completely exposed!), we also understand that not everyone wants to bear quite as much skin, and we have plenty of women who keep their bump covered at all times during the shoot, with just as beautiful results. It really is a personal choice as to how you want to show off your bump and your body and we will always take guidance and direction from you on this.
A Maternity Photoshoot with your Partner
We also offer baby bump photo shoot with partner in tow, which always makes for a great first family portrait, and we often get couples coming back once the little one has arrived for a ‘before and after’ style shoot. Alternatively, you can bring the whole family along and involve them in the family photoshoot too. We love to see your little ones captured bonding with their soon-to-be sibling. A truly magical moment!
If you want to find out more about our maternity photography to capture those magical 9 months, please give us a call on 01727 809 140 and we’d be happy to chat through. And why not take inspiration from our Pinterest Maternity board.
It’s Mothers Day next month, so it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to celebrate the mother figure in your life. We thought we’d put together our top 5 tips for how best to say “Thank You Mum” this Mothers Day!
Breakfast in Bed
What better way for your mum to wake up to on Mothers Day than a home-made breakfast in bed? You know her best, so whether she’d prefer a full English, or pancakes with all the toppings, she’ll appreciate the effort you’ve gone to!
Makeover Photoshoot Experience Gift Vouchers
If you’re looking for a lovely unique gift for Mothers Day, our makeover photoshoot experience gift vouchers are a real treat! They include an hour-long makeover including makeup and dry hair styling from a professional hair and makeup artist so she’ll be really pampered, followed by an hour-long photo session (with up to three outfit changes), plus an hour-long cinematic style viewing and £195 credit towards products of her choice.
A Spring Walk for Mothers Day
Spring will hopefully have sprung by the time Mothers Day comes around, so make the most of it and take Mum out for a relaxing stroll in the countryside. We’re blessed to have plenty of beautiful parks and country walking spots in and around Hertfordshire, and there’s nothing better than spending quality time together.
If your mum prefers not to be the centre of attention, our family photoshoots make a great gift. Not only is it a great opportunity to get the whole family together, following the shoot your mum can choose her own keepsakes from the shoot to treasure forever. It’s a gift that lasts and lasts! Reserve your photoshoot online now or give us a call on 01727 809 140.
As Mothers Day falls on a Sunday, it’s a great excuse to take her out for a slap-up Sunday lunch. Why not get the whole family involved? Whether it’s a fancy restaurant, a cosy country pub or a cute little café or bistro, a meal out means she can relax and enjoy the day, plus there’s no washing up for you at the end!
Don’t forget Mothers Day is on Sunday 22 March 2020!
Love is in the air at Photographic Studio!
Valentines Day is less than a month away, so why not celebrate your love with a couple’s photoshoot in our state-of-the-art studio? Give us a call on 01727 809 140 to book your photoshoot now.
Alternatively, give the gift of a unique photoshoot experience this Valentines Day! Whether you would like an intimate couple’s photoshoot, or to make it a family affair and bring the whole clan along to the studio, our photoshoot experience gift vouchers make a wonderful gift for your other half.
Another option could be to surprise your Valentine with framed prints. Perhaps you’d like to book your kids or pets in for a secret photoshoot so that you can then surprise your partner with beautiful framed prints from the shoot. We’ll help you arrange everything, just give us a call or drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know this is a special day so we’ll help you celebrate in style. We’ll give you a warm welcome, drinks and a bespoke and personal photoshoot experience.
Don’t forget Valentines Day is just around the corner, so please book early to avoid disappointment!
Meet Tiggi, a 3 year old Dogue de Bordeaux sitting pretty with her humans at their family photoshoot. We just love this big girl’s relationship with her two human sisters… you just cannot ask for a bigger pooch to cuddle up to. This Dad is truly outnumbered with the most lovely ladies!
More often than not, our clients choose to bring their pets along to their family photoshoot as they simply would not be without them. Why leave out such an important, present member of the family in your cherished memories?
Lucky Tiggi has her own personal vet in the family and seems to be pretty happy about having her obs taken. What special memories for the girls to have when they grow up and look back on Tiggi’s younger years.
Pets play such a significant part in our lives, they are with us through thick and thin, supporting us, distracting us and loving us along the way! Just look at that face and those chops. Let’s not leave Dad out… there’s a lot of Tiggi love to go round.
You’d think from the shots above that this was a pet photoshoot but the beauty of this session was that we were able to capture a variety of images in our family photoshoot so we have a wide range of choice at our viewings. This shoot is also great for getting sibling shots, couple and group photos. We were gifted with superb smiles all round for this photoshoot which makes these images a joy to view.
We’ve had dogs, cats, rabbits and even birds join us at our family photoshoots! We also love pet photography – if you’d prefer to be in the limelight with just your animals, your wish is our command.
With February half term just around the corner, why not book in and join us before you head over to Willows Activity Farm for February Frolics – make a day of it!
Congratulations Mum & Dad!
You’re on one of life’s most exciting, life-changing and overwhelming journeys – we know it’s not easy being pregnant and the last thing you need is stress when discovering your perfect newborn photographer. Every expectant mum is unique with different needs and expectations so we’ve put this blog together so you can focus on the important details without the worry of missing anything out.
When To Book…
It’s sensible to book your newborn photoshoot in your 2nd trimester – a common mistake is booking too late, one or two weeks before your estimated due date or once baby has arrived. There will be limited if any availability with your photographer at such short notice and we recommend your baby should be between 1-14 days old. Before 2 weeks of age, a newborn has almost 300 bones & cartilage pieces which start to fuse together into calcified bone at approximately 14 days. It is more comfortable for them to be moulded into those sweet, adorable positions whilst they still have pure flexibility.
How To Select Your Photographer…
Firstly, it’s best to decide how far you’re willing to travel bearing in mind you’ll have a newborn baby with you. Your journey will potentially take a lot longer with pit stops along the way if you decide to go outside of your local area. This is definitely a factor to consider as you’ll all want to arrive at your photoshoot as relaxed as possible – it’s also a great idea to plan a feed just before your session begins. A full belly = a happy baby! If you’re having a newborn photoshoot at home then you’ll want to dedicate a specific area for your photographer to set up.
You’ll probably have a budget in mind but do be open minded – you pay for what you get when it comes to an experienced, professional photographer. If you’re being quoted a bargain price for a 1 hour photoshoot opposed to a photographer requiring 4 hours of your time with a decent booking fee then you want to question their skills and experience. Typically the duration of a newborn shoot will be between 2 to 4 hours, giving you the opportunity to feed, take toilet breaks, attend to your baby and have refreshments for yourself! Your ideal photographer won’t rush you or pressure you to feed in any way other than what you are comfortable with. If you’d like some privacy feeding, ask ahead if they have any private rooms where you can go for some down time with your little one for example, a dressing or viewing room.
Newborn safety is an absolute priority when posing your bubba and creating the shots you have planned – you’ll need a professional photographer with oodles of newborn experience, someone who is fully insured and knows all too well that your baby hasn’t yet developed any neck strength so supporting their head at all times is compulsory in achieving safe and brilliant composite images. You know those gorgeous shots where the baby appears to be holding their head on their hands? Well, this is an example of a composite photo – a number of photos are taken and simply merged together to create the illusion that the baby supports itself.
Check out newborn photography blogs, search Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook for styles and ideas then make a shortlist of photographers near to you whose work you really love and connect with. Do you want modern, authentic shots which showcase your baby’s natural beauty or do you prefer a shoot filled with fun props, backdrops and multiple themes? There’s no right or wrong, it’s all personal preference and something fun to discuss with your partner! However, don’t forget to arrive open minded, after allyour photographer is very experienced and will advise you on the shots that will get the best end result.
Ideally you want to meet your photographer in person before booking (or at least speak with them on a call/skype if you can’t). This’ll give you a sense of how you feel around them, how approachable they appear and best of all you’ll see the environment you’ll be shooting in. If you’re planning a home shoot, invite them over to see your space and you’ll get a sense of their personality and offering – is this the sort of person you’d like to welcome into your home for your intimate session?
Key Questions To Ask…
Ask and ask away some more – you’re not the only one learning about your proposed shoot… your photographer will be learning about you and your family too!
Here are some key questions to put forward:
How long will the photoshoot take? Will there be plenty of rest, feeding, fussing, toilet & refreshment breaks?
Is there anywhere to feed privately if needed?
What newborn safety experience do you have? Do you have testimonials I can view?
Are you fully insured?
Is the environment pre-heated before the shoot so your baby stays comfortable throughout? Do you have white noise available if my baby needs it to relax?
How flexible is the photoshoot? Can I submit my ideas beforehand and can we discuss them pre-shoot?
What outfits should we bring? Can I bring sentimental items or special outfits?
Will we (the parents) have the opportunity to get involved with some of the shots?
What should we, the parents bring and wear?
What is the cost of the photoshoot and what product options are available afterwards? Is there a deposit or fee to reserve the session?
Do we attend a viewing post-shoot? How long do we wait until we return for this?
Tips For Mum & Dad…
You’ll want to be as relaxed as possible when you arrive to your newborn photoshoot – it’s better be a few minutes late rather than rush, argue and be stressed upon arrival. Your photographer will know you are tired and on an emotional rollercoaster, so they should take the edge off by making you feel welcome and comfortable. If they top you up with coffees or delicious herbal teas throughout, all the better! It’s not just about your gorgeous new loved one – you deserve to enjoy this amazing, intimate experience too. Be as involved and as present as you can even though tired and hazy, be open minded and join in with some of the shots – in years to come, your child will love to see you all together at this wonderful time.
Matt Fisher – Director & Master Photographer Photographic Synergy
Matt shares some all important tips and advice on why he enjoys capturing precious little ones in their newborn photoshoots:
“It’s such a highly intimate time so already the studio will be pre-heated, white noise to hand when I welcome new parents and babies into our studio. It’s so important to let them know, there’s no pressure, just be themselves as I want to capture what they want to achieve. There’ll be lots of pitstops along the way and I’ll be looking to inspire them further on their ideas – why not involve any siblings too? The key is being open minded and trying out different ideas on the day. My favourite aspect about these shoots is often the true realisation of parenthood with such an intimate session, then experiencing them reflecting on themselves in the photos at the viewing. It’s capturing the glint in parents’ eyes, a proud dad, the natural love of a mother. Newborn safety is imperative – always, always choose an experienced professional who can prove and show you their work. There’s a real affinity between the family and the photographer, a real trust that makes the shoot such a truly bonding moment. This is a time mum and dad likely won’t remember… 2 weeks go so quickly and even the size of the baby at the viewing just 7 days later is far bigger! My advice is, go big, cherish the moment – these are timeless photos to celebrate!”
When are you reopening?
In line with the latest government guidance, we will be reopening on 18th July. While photo studios have been allowed to open since 15th June, we have taken the extra time to finish building our second studio, and to ensure that we have all the measures in place to keep everyone safe. We’ve been so grateful to everyone who has booked in with us so far and supported our small local business. Don’t forget you can book online, or give us a call on 01727 809 140.
I have an outstanding order with you, when will it be ready?
We understand some customers who placed orders before lockdown have unfortunately had a long delay and our top priority is to ensure we fulfil all outstanding orders as quickly as possible. Once we reopen, we will be in touch with you to update you on the status of your order and give you a timeframe for when your order will be ready.
I have an appointment that I booked with you before lockdown, what should I do now?
Once we reopen, we will be in touch with everyone who has appointments booked in the coming weeks, as well as those that were unable to take place due to lockdown.
What has Photographic Synergy done to ensure my safety?
The health and wellbeing of our clients and our team is of the utmost importance to us. Using the government guidance, we have undertaken a COVID-19 risk assessment to ensure we can work safely and keep you safe when you visit us.
We have put in place a range of special measures to keep everyone safe once we reopen, these include: • We’re staggering all our appointment times to minimise any overlap of clients on our premises. • Thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting high contact areas between each appointment. • Social distancing guidance and signage throughout our premises, taking all reasonable steps to maintain the 2-meter distancing where possible. • Hand washing and sanitation facilities available. • Keeping staff numbers on the premises to a minimum.
Can I book a photoshoot with friends and/or family who don’t live with us?
As per the current government guidelines, you can meet in a group of 2 households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household), in any location ‒ public or private, indoors or outdoors, so we are happy to book photoshoots in line with this guidance.
I have a photoshoot experience gift voucher that has now expired – can I still use it?
If lockdown has meant you haven’t been able to use your photoshoot experience gift voucher before it expired, please don’t worry as we will be more than happy to extend your voucher. Please contact us to discuss.
I entered your online competition, when will the winner be announced?
We will be announcing all our online competition winners very soon.