London and Surrey family photographer 2018 in review

{London and Surrey family photographer 2018 year in review}

January has been a great start to 2019 and here is my 2018 year in review! I hope your year is off to a great start too?

Blogging Intentions

It came as a little bit of a shock when I opened up my blog today and find my annual review from 2017 was only a short scroll down the page! I was so upset to realise I had posted so few blogs in 2018. So how did this happen?  Well all I can say is that 2018 was one of my most varied years in business and being so varied meant I was extra busy trying to adjust to all of the additional admin and preparation that came with such an exciting variety of work.

So I am going to attempt to give you a brief snap-shot account of what all of this exciting variety in my working year looked like here in this blog!

Kids and their bikes (my charity project which you can read about here) came in to it’s own in 2018. I met some wonderfully enthusiastic children who had a love of cycling in common. They varied in age from 1 year old through to 14 years old and each child had their own story as to why they enjoyed their bike. They showed me some new biking locations in and around Surrey and together we raised over £660 in parent donations to The Farnham Bike Ride Charity.  The project is ongoing so I am looking forward to meeting new Kids and their Bikes this Spring. Please get in touch if you have a keen cycling toddler, child or big kid and you would like them to take part.

 

Farnham Maltings Exhibition.  Kids and their Bikes for 2017 /2018 culminated in an exhibition in July/August to coincide with the Farnham Bike Ride. I think the best part about the exhibition for me was meeting some of the parents and children again after their session at the exhibition and seeing the immense pride felt by the children, seing themselves portrayed in such a confident way doing something they absolutely love. Well done to the Kids and their bikes!

 

Busy Lizzy Pop Up Baby Studio. One chair once a month at my home studio, lots of cups of tea, coffee, biscuits and chat!  How fantastic it’s been over the last year working with the Busy Lizzy team and meeting so many wonderful new mums. I have loved developing this service for local mums with Rebecca Gray (Farnham’s Busy Lizzy franchise owner). It takes me back to when my two boys were little babies and I remember how invaluable the coffee mornings and mum gatherings were to my days on maternity leave.

 

Natural light newborn sessions in your home. I think I started 2018 saying that I would only offer newborn sessions in my home studio. However, due to the nature of my studio space, this was going to mean using flash lighting instead of natural light. I gave it a go and discovered I actually enjoy natural light for these types of sessions so much more. I also really missed seeing parents relaxed in their own home with their new baby rather than have them turn up at my studio stressed out after packing up baby gear and traveling to me. : ) Happy parents make for happy newborn sessions!

 

Lifestyle photography sessions for new families. I have always wanted to offer new parents the option of a newborn lifestyle session which means using the family home as the back drop for their session and incorporating lots of family interaction and nursery shots into the newborn session. I am so pleased I finally took the plunge and worked hard over 2018 to perfect this type of session which I can now confidently offer families. I hope to have a new gallery and session info updated on my website soon.

 

Sarah Angel Photography in the press.  The art of newborn photography, Wheelie Wellie Toddler photo shoots, a Christmas cover photo shoot and of course ‘Kids and their Bikes’ charity photography project have all featured in a range of publications including: Surrey Life Magazine (featured Artist for July); Life in Farnham Magazine; The Farnham Herald; and various other small publications local to Farnham.

 

Baby and toddler groups. This year I have enjoyed intereacting with a range of baby and toddler groups including the toddler group ‘Follow your Wellies’. We organised a Wheelie Wellie Walk, which I photographed and we raised money for my ‘Kids and their Bikes’ project for the Farnham Bike Ride Charity. Out of all the toddler groups I photographed in 2018 this one was my favourite as I loved the outdoors aspect of the group.

 

Beginners Photography Workshops have been a dream of mine for a number of years now as I am a fully trained photography teacher with nearly 20 years of experience in teaching photography alongside fine art in secondary schools. My photography sessions have always taken priority over the years whilst I juggled small children and working. Now that my two boys are a little bit older I have a little more time and energy to prepare and run a limited number of workshop days each year.

 

2018 has seen a higher demand for printed images and heirloom photography products from my clients. More and more of my clients are beginning to realise that whilst it’s good to have digital images to keep, it’s even better to have professionally designed wall art, framed prints, heirloom photography boxes or small canvas bound portfolio’s made for them as part of the photography experience that I offer. Most of you have told me that it saves you the hastle of attempting to design displays for yourself and you particularly enjoy the added excitement of opening up a large parcel of beautiful products after choosing your images with me.

 

I have regenerated my passion for black and white photography and I can’t wait to update my website this year to reflect this.  I love the timeless quality of black and white photography and it brings back wonderful memories of where my photography journey began, back when I learnt to develop my own negatives and photographs in a darkroom.

 

Headshots and personal brand photography. I took a step back from offering my headshot mornings last year whilst I felt the need to focus more on the core family and newborn aspects of my business. I am looking forward to providing this service again this year on a 1-1 basis with small start up businesses and self employed professionals. Get in touch if you are interested in having your headshot or branding refreshed in 2019. I have a list of recommended hair and makeup artists if you would like this additional service for your shoot.  Portraits pictures here were taken a couple of years ago. Hair and makeup by  Ema The Hair and Beauty Artist. 

 

A year of all-weather photography. Having lived in Farnham, Surrey for two years now our family have been enjoying more time outdoors and I have met some highly adventurous new families in the area with an ‘all weather’ approach to being outdoors.  For the first year ever I have run sessions throughout the winter and one or two families joined me for an impromptu snow session last February!

My first outdoor session for 2019 is booked in for next week and it’s looking like we might get a bit of snow. Fingers crossed! If you are thinking about booking a session with me in 2019 than I do highly recommend booking 3 months in advance if you are interested in a weekend session as these dates are very limited but if you are looking for a last minute session then please get in touch as I do sometimes have last minute cancelatiosn to fill and I have plenty of flexibity for weekday sessions within school term time hours.

I hope to see you soon. x