Tinytoes and Stickyfingers – Special offer for NHM Readers!!

Tinytoes and Stickyfingers, Capturing a moment in time forever…

Hi, my name is Sherilyn and I started ‘Tinytoes and Stickyfingers’ nearly 9 years ago, when my second child was born. I create beautiful keepsakes of all your little ones.

I’ve always been a ‘maker’ gaining my degree in Fine Art Sculpture (a long time ago now!) followed by a career in graphic design. When I discovered how to make fingerprint jewellery, it seemed a perfect fit for me and my family, and Tinytoes was born.

The range of products I now produce has grown every year and now includes 3d casting, raised impressions, family and nursery prints as well as the original line of fingerprint/hand and foot/doodle silver jewellery. All personalized to you and your loved ones.

Having been established for so long it is lovely to catch up with mums and dads whose own families have also grown in the last 9 years and to take prints and castings of their new additions, even the furry ones!

For the last three years Tinytoes and Stickyfingers has also been part of the very lovely ‘All Our Own Crafts’ popup shop in Festival Place Basingstoke. Where you can see just a small selection of the range I now produce.

This year the ‘Hook Home and Garden Centre’ are also showing some of the Tinytoes and Stickyfinger range, and they just happen to have some amazing cakes and a fabulous children’s area so well worth a visit.

Everything is handmade, fired and finished by me at my home studio in Basingstoke, giving me the flexibility to offer casting or printing appointments either in the comfort of your home or mine. Or if you prefer, you still have the option to simply use my website www.tinytoesandstickyfingers.co.uk and be sent a kit with full printing instructions.

As a special offer for NHM readers I’m offering a 15% discount on all framed 3D cast bookings made by the end of March 2018. Just mention this offer when you make your appointment.

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Tot Cross Buns: Children’s cooking classes!

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Childrens cooking classes

Tot Cross Buns is a cookery class for children aged from 2 years old. The business is the brain child of Allison Woolford, a Basingstoke mum who is passionate about cooking and wants to pass on this passion to children – giving them confidence with food and encouraging them to try new tastes and have fun in the kitchen with mum and dad, granny or grandad.

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Allison says:

‘I am a home cook for my husband and little girl, Lilly. I believe every child should have fun cooking, tasting and exploring food.  I have many happy memories cooking with my Dad from a young age, giving me the inspiration for Tot Cross Buns.”   Classes are educational and fun!   I also have Kerry Marsay on the team who is also a home cook with a passion in baking, she has spent many an hour baking and cooking with her two children.

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Fun and Relaxed

At Tot Cross Buns we aim to introduce children to food through taste, smell and touch all in a fun and relaxed environment. They’ll be cooking healthy recipes (some treats too!), which have all been tried and tested, and will involve the children every step of the way – and there will be no washing up to worry about!

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Food Related Activity

The classes will involve cooking anything from muffins and scones to pizza and quiche and while they’re cooking there will be a fun food related activity. This could be anything from exploring textures and tastes to planting seeds.

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Course Details and Prices

With just 8 children per class the environment is relaxed and friendly – and above all fun. The courses run for 6/7 weeks in line with the school term times and and cost £56.00. Sessions will last 45 minutes, though you should allow an hour, and children will be able to take home their goodies to share with friends and family, if they last that long!  We run classes most days of the week here is our current list:

Day/Time/Location

Monday           10am, 11:30am & 1pm             Carnival Hall, Basingstoke

Tuesday           9:45am                                    Hatch Warren Community Ctr

Carnival Hall Basingstoke

Wednesday      9:45 and 11:15am                     Hook Community Ctr

Thursday          9:45 and 11:15am                     The Point Tadley Community Ctr

Friday              9:45 and 11:15am                     Cliddesden Millennium Hall

Sherfield Village Hall

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All venues have their own parking outside the halls, including Basingstoke’s Carnival Hall in the town centre.

We also run Saturday kitchens more information on these can be found on our website and facebook pages.

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Allison and Kerry are CRB/DBS checked with a Food Safety Hygiene Certificate and First Aid Qualification.

Tot Cross Buns are offering an amazing 10% discount to all NorthHantsMum members, just enter code NHM10 on your enquiry form or through Facebook.  

To contact us please go to www.totcrossbuns.co.uk or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/totcrossbuns/

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It’s time to get those slow cookers out!

There is definitely a chill in the air in the evenings now, so it feels like it must be the start of “slow cooker season”. Yay!

As I’ve mentioned before, I use our slow cookers all year round but they really come into their own in August.

Those of you who have been reading NorthHantsMum for a while, will know how much I LOVE our slow cookers and how useful they are to cook healthy and cheap meals for my family.

Over the past few years I’ve put together a list of slow cooker recipes that I use regularly and have emailed them out to readers.

I’ve now taken this a step further and consolidated them into a “booklet”.

If you would like a copy of my slow cooker recipe booklet, which is great for someone who is starting out with using their slow cooker, please email me at NorthHantsMum@gmail.com.

However, please remember that NHM is my hobby, so it might take me a while to email it across to you.

Hope you find your slow cookers and the booklet useful!

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Review 2016: Studio 1314

Recently I saw some pictures that Jaz from Caterpillar Music had of her family that the team at Studio 1314 had taken. They were so gorgeous that it reminded me that I needed to get some more pictures of our family taken.

Lucy and Wayne run Studio 1314 and I met Lucy at one of my NHM Networking lunches. So when I mentioned to her that I’d like to get some pictures taken she very kindly suggested we do a Review for them.

I cannot praise Lucy enough. The whole experience was sooo lovely and relaxing and I am beyond delighted with the final pictures!!!

Lucy and Wayne are also very kindly offering a Special Offer just for NHM Readers, which is listed at the bottom of this post.

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Pre Session briefing with Lucy

I had a twenty minute call with Lucy about a week before our shoot and she asked me some questions and told me what to expect. She advised us to bring lots of changes of outfits, especially for Miss NHM, and some items that reflect our personality (You can see one of the final pictures on the banner of “Louise nhm Smith” on Facebook).

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Photo Shoot at Studio 1314

The Studio is based just past East Stratton which is about 15 minutes drive from Hatch Warren Sainsburys.

We followed the signs to East Stratton and the studio is on the other side of the village on the left hand side. If you follow the postcode it’s very easy to find.

The site of the studio is beautiful as you can see below:

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I was really surprised at how big the studio is. It’s HUGE and that’s without even seeing the Viewing Room!

It’s a really big space with lots of seating and you can easily fit up to 15 people in the studio, so it’s a perfect place if you wanted to do a big family shoot.

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When we arrived Lucy asked us to take our socks off, offered us drinks and then we got started. There was music playing in the background which gave the shoot a real party feel and Miss NHM kept wiggling to the music, on and off camera! lol.

I loved that we could spread out and not have to worry about having out outfits all over the place. We had about 15 different outfits with us!! Thankfully there is a private changing area if you need it.

Lucy was one of the most relaxed photographers that we have ever worked with. I don’t know if it’s because Miss NHM is older not but we barely had to get involved, apart from helping with outfits. I also don’t know if it helps that Lucy has a three year old daughter of her own, so she knows how to interact with children.

Miss NHM really enjoyed asking Lucy questions and following her directions and if you see some of the final pictures, you’d think that Miss NHM was a professional model!!! (not that I’m biased of course! lol).4

It was really nice that Lucy wasn’t constantly shouting Miss NHM’s name to get her attention, but was interacting with her and just going with the flow of whatever Miss NHM wanted to do.

It was a 90 minute shoot which really took the time pressure off. Lucy said that if it’s a newborn shoot they allow 2 hours!

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We ended up with lots and lots of different pictures that all capture an element of Miss NHM’s personality in all her different outfits.

I even liked the ones that Lucy took of me and Mr NHM and I HATE having my picture taken! :-D.

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Miss NHM normally gets fed up after 20 minutes of a photo shoot but we really enjoyed it. Even Mr NHM commented on the way home that he really enjoyed it, and I didn’t even prompt him! :-D.

Reviewing the pictures

A few weeks later (our fault cause we have such busy diaries!) we went back to see how the pictures came out.

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They are absolutely BRILLIANT photos that were WAY better than I expected.

There is a separate viewing area which even had popcorn, biscuits, Mr Men tissues, colouring books and even a play area for the children to play with whilst we looked through the pictures!

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There was a massive screen in the viewing room and we spent about an hour going through them whilst Miss NHM amused herself with the colouring, trying to snaffle all of the popcorn and playing in the play area. She really liked seeing pictures of herself too!

Lucy has a tablet that she uses instead of a mouse which helps her move the images  around directly on the screen and both Mr NHM and Miss NHM were really intrigued with this. It also made it really easy to decide which pictures we wanted printed.

Special Offer for NHM Readers

Lucy and Wayne are also very kindly offering a very special offer for NHM Readers. (Thank you very much!!!)

The first 5 people to contact the team at Studio 1314 and book before April 2016 will receive a  Free family photoshoot and 2 mounted 7×5 inch prints of their choice.

This would normally have a value of £150.

This offer is ONLY open to the first 5 people who book and ONLY available to NorthHantsMum Readers. Yay! 😀

Facilities on site

  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Toilets in the studio
  • Changing room area with a baby changing stand (loved this!)
  • Plenty of free parking
  • Occasional Groupon Offers
  • Pets are very welcome for photo shoots too

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Final Thoughts

We are absolutely delighted with the final pictures. I can’t stop raving about them!

Lucy and her husband Wayne have thought of everything! It definitely is the little details that count.

It was by far one of the most relaxing photo shoots we have ever had. It was a really lovely experience, a lovely studio and we were really impressed!

You can find out more about Studio 1314 at:

Website: www.studio1314.co.uk

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/studio1314photography

Disclaimer: This post is a review of Studio1314. Our photography shoot was supplied free of charge for the purposes of the review. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Brush-Baby: Infant Dental-Care Education and Products for Babies, Toddlers and Children (0 to 6 years of age)

We used the Brush-Baby when Miss NHM was tiny and she loved it!

AND the Brush-Baby team are offering NHM a special discount!!! 😀 (see bottom of the post).

I had no idea the business was located near Winchester, just down the road!

Brush-Baby: Infant Dental-Care Education and Products for Babies, Toddlers and Children (0 to 6 years of age)

Did you know?

  • Over 40% of children under the age of 5 have some form of tooth decay.
  • Babies have more tastebuds in their mouth than an adult and which are more sensitive – hence the reason why some dislike the adult ‘minty’ toothpaste.
  • Baby teeth start to form in the womb and at birth all 20 baby teeth are present under the gums.
  • It’s vitally important to keep baby and toddler gums clean as it helps to prevent severe teething pain caused by the accumulation of food particles and bacteria under tiny gum flaps.
  • The common perception that baby or ‘milk teeth’ ‘don’t matter’, as they will eventually fall out is incorrect. Milk teeth help children to eat, speak and smile. They also act as ‘space holders’ for developing adult teeth and help give the face its shape and form affecting how a child will look.
  • Fluoride toothpaste is important – but it needs to be the correct level for the age of child. Too much fluoride can cause ‘fluorosis’ – which is evidenced by white ‘specks’ on teeth.
  • If your child refuses point blank to brush their teeth, at least try to get some toothpaste in their mouths because then at least fluoride will get in contact with their teeth and gums at some stage!
  • A recent survey conducted by YouGov and Denplan – 69% of parents wish for ‘no tooth decay’ as their wish for children’s oral health.

So what can I do?

Brush-Baby offer an easy-to-follow 3 step routine, for early years gum and toothcare.

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Started by an entrepreneurial mum, based near Winchester, who frustrated by the lack of dental-care products available to her baby daughter, she designed and developed her own unique range which offer ergonomically-designed products for babies, toddlers and children from newborn to 6 years of age, taking into account their skills and behaviours. 

Brush-Baby – innovative 3 step routine for Early Years Toothcare

Brush-Baby bridges the  gap between the dental industry and the consumer by not only providing a unique early years (0 to 6 years) dental-care products for babies, toddlers and young children, but also educates parents on new thinking about dental care and covers the three stages of ‘no teeth’, ‘teething’ and ‘teeth.’

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Step 1 – Cleaning Baby Gums (0 to 16 months)

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Impregnated with Xylitol (a natural-occurring substance which acts against decay-causing bacteria), this easy-to-use, disposable fingersleeve, is worn by the parent who puts their finger into the baby’s mouth to:

  • clean the mouth and cheek areas
  • massage and soothe gums
  • prepare a safe, clean environment for the development of milk teeth. 

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Step 2 – Teething and Brushing – (10 months to 3 years)

Chewable Toothbrush and Teether

  • Capitalising upon a child’s natural urge to “chew” – the Chewable Toothbrush/Teether can be cooled in the ‘fridge and used with teething gel to offer relief for sore teething gums.
  • Then as teeth emerge and combined with a small blob of toothpaste, the soft, pliable, top and bottom silicone bristles help clean teeth, upper and lower at the same time including the ‘hard to reach’ back teeth.
  • Familiarity with the Brush and ergonomically-designed the Chewable Toothbrush fit a baby’s dental arch perfectly and they are able to conduct the brushing and cleaning activity themselves with adult supervision.

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Step 3 – Brushing & Flossing – From 3 years

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Flossing should be introduced as soon as two teeth start to touch as it removes the plaque that brushing misses. However, many children find it difficult to master the ‘act of flossing’.

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Baby and Toddler-Friendly Toothpastes         

Due to their development babies have far more, and in fact, much more sensitive tastebuds than an adult, hence sometimes their dislike of the adult ‘minty’ toothpastes which they may find too harsh and too high a fluoride-content and hence tooth-brushing off-putting.

  • Non-minty toothpastes:
    • Teething Toothpaste- Gentle Applemint flavoured toothpaste with Camomile to soothe gums
    • Baby & Toddler Toothpaste: Non-foaming with a gentle Applemint flavour to encourage brushing. Contains both Xylitol and low fluoride* (500ppmF) to protect teeth
    • Children’s Tutti Frutti Toothpaste: Great flavour gets kids brushing.  Contains both Xylitol and fluoride (1350ppmF) to protect teeth.

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Available

  • Asda
  • Boots
  • John Lewis
  • JoJo Maman Bebe
  • Mothercare
  • Ocado
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Superdrug
  • Tesco
  • Waitrose

10% discount for NorthHantsMum Readers!!!

Special offer for readers of NorthHantsMum – Join our e-newsletter to get 10% off Brush-Baby products online at www.brushbaby.co.uk.

Just click this link: http://www.brushbaby.co.uk/pages/newsletter.html

www.brushbaby.co.uk

Tel: 0845 520 2229

Email: sales@brushbaby.co.uk

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The English Charm Company

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A cherished moment, captured to keep for a lifetime, bespoke and personalised to you. Claim your 15% discount online.

The English Charm Co. your local Independent Jeweller making bespoke handcrafted silver keepsake jewellery and gifts.

The beautiful range of keepsake jewellery, features your babies/child’s handprints, footprints, fingerprints, drawings, handwriting and also your pet prints too, perfect  Christmas gifts. Finish off your personalised 99.9% pure silver charm with an extensive range of bracelets, necklaces, men’s gifts and Pandora style jewellery to choose from.

“The presentation box was beyond my expectations and matched the quality of the charm inside. Lovely gift for someone special”

”Excellent final product. I would happily pay £45 for the fingerprint pendant alone as the quality and presentation is excellent”

“The lady that works at the company was good at keeping in touch with me to ensure that the product was what I wanted. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it looked and I am very pleased with the charm as it is something I will wear for a long time.”

Reviews by customers at www.Bizziebaby.com

Appointments in the comfort of your own home or you can buy online from the website and the team at The English Charm Co. will send you your impression kit with full instructions. It is non-messy and super easy to do. www.theenglishcharmco.co.uk

Now you can give a gift that is totally unique this Christmas, and take advantage of their Special Offer, as The English Charm Company are offering an amazing 15% Discount to all Northantsmum followers.  Just enter code NHM15 at the checkout on their online shop and save 15%.  This offer is valid until 30th November 2015.

An accredited member of the Keepsake Guild, the English Charm Company’s work has been independently assessed for quality of workmanship.

A registered member of the ASSAY OFFICE Birmingham, all the charms are made from 99.9% pure silver. Jewellery findings such as chains and bracelets are 925 sterling silver. If a piece of a charm weighs over 7.78g we send it away to the Assay Office to be independently reviewed and hallmarked, including their own unique sponsor mark which provides traceability to the English Charm Co. This is a compulsory part and legal requirement of every hallmark struck.

Find out more about hallmarking

Find out more about Natasha the founder of the English Charm company and view this lovely video https://youtu.be/fsteeocrMEY

The English Charm Company has multi-award accredited and also features on Sky TV.

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Happy Shopping everyone and don’t forget to claim your Exclusive 15% Discount when ordering online.  Check out all on offer by clicking onto www.theenglishcharmco.co.uk and you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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New Class: Pop Tots!

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Pop Tots

Totally bespoke interactive children’s disco experience, Pop Tots is a disco with a difference.

Pop Tots is a new venture started by Ali a local mum in Overton.

Pop Tots started in 2015 to provide a toddler group in Overton with a difference.

Pop Tots offer a weekly toddler group based in Overton during term time and often run holiday specials – check out our summer discos in August!!!

The group is a fun and interactive session suitable for crawlers to school age and offers lots of sensory experience including pom poms, flashing balls, coloured scarfs and bubbles, and a chance to have a good boogie to a variety of pop songs, nursery rhymes and action songs.

The great thing about Pop Tots is that it offers flexibility to the parents has the group is pay as you go so need to book.

Pop Tots also caters for children’s parties and is suitable for all ages up to 8 years and is great for children’s parties in any venue.

Not only can your child help create their perfect playlist we will entertain the party with a variety of different props for each child to dance with, such as pompoms, coloured scarfs, animal masks and guitars, we include fun action songs such as the hokey cokey and keep your party fun and energetic so you can relax in the knowledge that your kids are having the best party ever!!!

Pop Tots Summer Disco

Locally based in Overton and covering all areas from Basingstoke to Andover. Pop Tots offers a variety of different packages from DIY discos to full 2hr party packages.

Location

Overton Church Rooms St. Marys Church, Church Road, Overton, RG25 3HF

Price

Pay as you go

£5 per child

£1 siblings

Please contact Ali on 07747671732 or info@poptots.co.uk

Keep up to date with all the latest info on the Facebook Page

Review 2015: Ideal Imaging, Lifestyle Bespoke Family Photography by Alistair Jones

Alistair runs Ideal Imaging and I met him a few years ago, via NorthHantsMum. I’ve been desperate to have a photography shoot with Alistair for a couple of years now but the timing has never worked.

Alistair has always been very supportive of NorthHantsMum and when I saw that he was running a special offer earlier in the year, I leapt at the chance.

I’ve been following the Ideal Imaging facebook page since I met Alistair. I’ve seen many of the pictures that Alistair has taken and thought they all look fabulous. I love that the pictures are taken at several different locations including Tylney Hall, a beautiful hotel near Basingstoke.

Pre Session briefing with Alistair

About a week before our shoot, Alistair came to our house to talk us through what to expect and to advise on how we should prepare for the shoot.

We discussed what to expect, what we should wear and the pre session also gave us a chance to introduce Miss NHM to Alistair, so that she knew who he was when we saw him a week later.

It also gave Alistair an opportunity to meet us and to understand the personalities involved and to stress that he wanted to make it into an “adventure” for Miss NHM.

We talked through what to avoid (big logos and high heels!) and what to bring with us on the day (wet wipes was a key thing to remember!) and Mr NHM and I learnt about the colour wheel and how important this can be to ensure that the colours we were wearing didn’t clash with the colours of Spring at Tylney Hall.

Mr NHM also asked questions about the weather. Alistair explained that if it’s bad then we’ll simply re-schedule but said that 95% of the time it’s fine. We learnt that you don’t really want bright sunshine on the day of your shoot as this can cause shadows, squinting and the sun can wash out colours. It’s actually much better for the photographs if the weather is overcast as the colour come out better. Not really difficult with our English weather! :-D.

At the end of our initial pre-shoot session Alistair gave us a few print out’s that reiterated what we had talked about, just to ensure that we got the best out of our experience. This was great because it meant I didn’t have to remember everything, I had a handy sheet reminding me of it all! Lol.

I really loved the Pre session briefing with Alistair. It gave Mr NHM and I a chance to ask lots of questions and helped put my mind at ease as to what to expect on the day.

Photo Shoot at Tylney Hall

On the day of our shoot the weather wasn’t great. However, we weren’t worried as Alistair had already mentioned that this wouldn’t be an issue when we saw him at our Pre-Session.

If you have ever been to the hotel before, you will know that it is a very grand location and the drive up the main road to the entrance is beautiful. We met Alistair in the car park to the side of Tylney Hall.

I took a couple of outfits with us because I’m like that (no comment!). When I asked Alistair which outfit he thought would be best, he chose the same one I wanted Miss NHM to wear so I should really have just gone with my gut instinct. So we did a quick change for Miss NHM in the car.

Alistair then pulled out his teddy bear assistant and Miss NHM chose a name for the teddy bear and we were off to start the shoot.

I’ve only ever been in the hotel for Afternoon Tea and a work do, so never spent time in the gardens at Tylney Hall. They are Stunning!! It’s the perfect backdrop for some gorgeous photos. There are lots of different areas that you can walk around so you get a lot of variety in the pictures taken.

I have to admit that Miss NHM was a bit of a rat bag during her photo shoot. She really wouldn’t do anything we wanted her to and Mr NHM and I found it very challenging. Mr NHM and I even reverted to reverse psychology which seemed to work really well. If we asked Miss to do the opposite of what we wanted her to actually do, she would then do it!

Alistair took it all in his stride. He did a great job of letting Miss NHM do her own thing whilst he captured the best of her character and natural personality. When I look at the pictures now, I’m amazed that they came out so brilliantly. It just shows how good Alistair is, at what he does.

We walked all over the grounds and the photos tell the story of our experience. The shoot lasted about an hour which was just the right amount of time for Miss NHM. We finished in the daffodil area and despite Miss NHM getting tired at this point, you can see that the pictures are still fantastic.

Reviewing the pictures

Alistair came to our house about 10 days after the shoot and we looked at all of the pictures on his laptop. It must be wonderful for Alistair to do this because literally every picture we saw we were saying things like “Wow” or “Isn’t that fab”.

I was very nervous about reviewing the pictures. I was still worried about the fact that Miss NHM had been a rat bag on the day. However, I should have trusted in Alistair’s professionalism because I’m not lying when I say that every picture was brilliant. We had over 50 pictures taken during our shoot and every single one is just perfect.

As the pictures were taken outside and not in a studio they aren’t staged, so the expressions on Miss NHM’s face are really natural. I love this! I will always be able to look at these pictures and remember her at four years old, having the time of her life running around outside! Lol.

Alistair brought a number of samples along with him, to show the pictures at their best. One thing I really like all is that all items purchased are built to stand the test of time and become family heirlooms. For example, the Wall Art is all UV protected and stain resistant.

There is no obligation to buy but when you see the pictures it’s very difficult not too want all of what’s available!

Final Thoughts

When you book a lifestyle session with Alistair you get the complete service. I really liked the idea of having the pre-session briefing and then the follow up review. I was very impressed at how Alistair goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. It was clearly very important to him that we got the most out of the whole experience and had some fantastic pictures to take away from the experience.

The pictures themselves are just perfect. We couldn’t have asked for any better.

You can find out more about Alistair’s Lifestyle Bespoke Family Photography at:

Website http://www.idealimaging.uk.com/

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/idealimagingphotography

AND Alistair has kindly agreed to give all NHM readers 20% off his Family Lifestyle sessions! Simply quote NHM when you book (expires 31st December 2015)

Thank you very much to Alistair for a fabulous experience and for the wonderful memories that we have of our shoot!

Disclaimer: This post is a review of Ideal Imaging. Our photography shoot was supplied free of charge for the purposes of the review. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own. 

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Baby Love Photography: Baby, child and family photoshoots for just £100

Baby Love Photography – Baby, Child & Family Photographer based in Fleet, Hampshire

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and that couldn’t be truer than when you have a child. It seems like only yesterday my son Flynn was born, but it was in fact nearly eight months ago. Where has that time gone?! Now thanks to a lack of sleep and the dreaded ‘baby brain’, I can barely remember what happened yesterday, let alone cast my mind back half a year to what facial expressions he used to pull, the clothes he used to wear, or how his hair used to look…..

….Fortunately I have my photographs to remind myself of those little details.

My name is Emily Gregory and I am the owner of Baby Love Photography. I absolutely adore taking photos, whether it be of a newborn baby having not long entered the world, a six-month-old who is really starting to explore or a one-year-old well and truly on the move. I’ve spent many a shoot running after toddlers or gently encouraging dads in front of the camera, despite their protests of “You don’t want an ugly mug like me in the photo”. If it falls under the remit of baby, child or family, I’ll capture it!

I am a lifestyle photographer, meaning I take the most natural of photos in the most natural of environments. I don’t work in a studio – I shoot on location, so either in your home or at a location of your choice. I use natural backgrounds and light wherever possible, but don’t worry if your home isn’t blessed with windows galore – my camera is well equipped to cope in darker conditions.

For just £100, you will receive a 1-2 hour photoshoot and 10 digital images. These will be delicately edited and emailed over to you to use as you please, whether that be displaying them on social media for all to see, forwarding them to friends and family abroad or printing them out and giving them as Christmas presents.

So what are you waiting for? Book a photoshoot with Baby Love Photography now and allow me to create some beautiful lifestyle shots that you will treasure forever.

Website: www.baby-love-photography.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/babylovephotography2014

Twitter: @Baby_Love_Photo

Email: Baby_Love_Photography@hotmail.com

Telephone: 07891 908319

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Ideal Imaging Photography: Don’t just think outside of the Box; GO outside of it

I’m very fortunate to be able to start this guest blog with a friendly hello to many of my existing local customers. 2014 was a truly amazing year during which I met so many wonderful families that I feel rewarded on a daily basis in my chosen career. Your support has been incredible and I would like to publicly thank you for putting your trust in me and my camera to provide you with lasting memories from your lifestyle photography shoots.

For those of you who I haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting, a warm welcome to Ideal Imaging.  Based in Old Basing, Hampshire, I specialise in family lifestyle and newborn portraits, along with wedding photography. Despite being my bread and butter, photography is my passion. I love what I do and that is reflected in my excitement over each and every couple or family that I work with. In fact, in my spare time, I enjoy … more photography – this time in the form of landscape photography. I’m always learning and have recently returned from an unbelievably satisfying week of one-on-one instruction in Italy with one of the top landscape photographers.

I believe that my love of landscapes enhances my ability to spot a great shot in a lifestyle shoot and this is one of the reasons that I take my camera and my creativity outside of the traditional studio setting to bring out the best in people. Don’t get me wrong, studio photography has a place. But it is a very different scenario to a lifestyle shoot.  To put this in to context, imagine that a studio photo shoot is about spending two hours trying to get one ‘perfect shot’ whereas a lifestyle shoot is about spending two hours capturing lots of great, candid images of everyone thoroughly enjoying themselves and therefore at their very best and ‘just being’.

Ask yourself the question; what do you love to do as a family? I’d be willing to bet that it isn’t the former scenario described above.  I’m a parent too; I understand the pressures of creating that perfect photo. The constraints of both time and space in a studio setting simply do not lend themselves to you (the collective you) being yourselves. Worries about children ‘warming’ to the photographer, ‘performing’ for the camera and generally being on their best behaviour mean that this is not conducive to creating a relaxed collection of memories to look back on. This is why I don’t just think outside of the box with my photography, I go outside of it.

With my old-fashioned approach to customer service I spend time getting to know you before I take a single photograph.  I want you to feel inspired to break free from the accepted norms.  I’ll encourage you to wrap up warm on a crisp, frosty morning and head to the beach for an invigorating walk, or to think of the warmth of spring and imagine running through a dreamy bluebell wood. You might prefer to consider a late afternoon frolic in the sunshine with the family dog or to feel the rush of the wind kicking up the autumn leaves and the glorious autumnal colour palette that season delivers. Whatever the time of year, we can work with the weather to provide you with a collection of stunning portraits that come alive with the personalities of each individual featured in the shot.

We’re programmed from a very early age to ‘smile for the camera’. I can give you a guarantee that you will never hear me give that instruction during my time with you. Not because I like to capture the enigmatic Mona Lisa pose, but because it just isn’t necessary as you’ll be doing the things you love, all with the bonus of having an expert photographer on hand to facilitate and capture the enjoyment that comes naturally to your family.

With my local knowledge, I have immediate access to many beautiful locations including Tylney Hall in Rotherwick, The Elvetham Hotel in Hook and The Vyne in Sherborne St John. All of these locations are steeped in history and make a spectacular backdrop to your personal portfolio. But lifestyle photography is all about you and if you prefer another location, or even your own back garden, we can tailor the session to suit you.

Without the constraints of time or the fixed limitations of four walls, we’re able to include more of what you love, and who you love. Bring the whole family along. In the past year alone I’ve worked with groups of up to 18 people covering the entire family tree. From newborns to great grandparents and every member of the family in between; including the person who is usually nominated as the family photographer!

Whether you’re looking for a piece of wall art to display, a timeless album to showcase your entire shoot or mounted prints and digital images of the highest quality, my flair for design and creativity guides you through the experience seamlessly to create unique galleries to last a lifetime.

After the shoot, a lot of my clients choose to stay and play a while longer.  After all, they’re simply having fun with the family! For me, giving you a fantastic experience is only half the job done and I set to work on creating a professional slideshow.  This is usually within about a week or two, for your review in the comfort of your own home. No trekking off to another studio and feeling the pressure of a sales pitch. The photographs that we’ve created together will speak for themselves allowing you to make relaxed decisions about how you’d like to remember your time with me!  I firmly believe that your images should be presented at their very best so that you can cherish and adore them for years to come. I work very closely with a couple of leading labs to bring you the finest selection of products, all made from the highest quality materials that will last in your family for generations to come.

As a thank you to you for taking the time to understand a little bit more about my approach to lifestyle photography, I have a special offer for all NHM readers. It’s for a Spring time themed family lifestyle portraits session in the grounds of Tylney Hall Hotel. A summary of what’s included appears below but for all the information, FAQ’s and to secure your package please go to: http://wp.me/p4A8xE-3gd

I wish you all a very happy 2015 and hope to meet you in the coming months.

All the best,

Alistair Jones, Ideal Imaging

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