Author Archives: Charlotte Gale

Children’s photography … how to avoid getting ripped off!

Parenthood is a magical time in one’s life and as children grow up so fast, a professional photo shoot can be a great way of preserving memories for the future. However, as many new parents discover, it is an experience which can often leave a larger than anticipated hole in your wallet.

A free or discounted studio shoot may sound like a fantastic way of capturing those special moments and can also be a tempting gift from a friend or relative. However, the reality is that some more unscrupulous studios then make up the lost revenue by selling parents expensive photo packages after the event, often using overly aggressive sales techniques which can leave people feeling pressurised into buying something they can’t afford.

This informative and somewhat shocking article on MSN Money delves deeper into the problem and makes an interesting read for any parent considering getting their children photographed. It also highlights the virtues of commissioning an independent photographer, who may charge more realistically for their time initially, but is also likely to be upfront about the price list from the start.

http://money.uk.msn.com/features/are-parents-being-pressured-into-debt-for-family-photos

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For more information about my baby and toddler photography or to view my portfolio, please visit: www.charlottegalephotography.com/portfolio/children-babies or email charlotte@pictur-esque.com.

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New Yorkshire Greetings Cards by Charlotte Gale – August 2013

It’s been a busy summer for me with all this good weather, but in amongst the baby, interior, food and events photo shoots I have somehow found time to photograph and design 20 new blank greetings cards. I love this part of my job as it not only enables me to get creative, but I also have a great excuse to get out and about in the Yorkshire countryside.

The latest additions to the Pictur-esque card range include scenes from Harrogate, Knaresborough, Goldsborough, Sutton Bank, Sandsend, Whitby, Hawnby, Leeds and further afield in the gorgeous valley of Borrowdale in the English Lake District.

You can view and buy all my cards online at www.pictur-esque.com and at selected local retailers, including Fodder (Yorkshire Showground), Oatlands Mount Post Office (Leeds Road, Harrogate), Zigzag Cards & Gifts (Knaresborough High Street), The Old Foundry Kitchen (Boroughbridge) and Meadow (Whitby)

I will also be selling my cards this August Bank Holiday weekend at a special event at the Lightwater Valley Shopping Village. Do come along if you’re in the area. I will be selling my products between 10am and 5pm on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August.

 

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Welcome to Prince George of Cambridge

Unless you have been living on the moon for the past week, you have probably noticed that a certain Royal baby has been born!

Having spent hours waiting patiently outside St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, the hoards of press photographers finally got their first snaps of  William, Kate and His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. A special moment in history forever captured in the couple’s happy smiling faces.

Whilst the World’s press watched and waited, I was busy capturing my own snapshots in history – for a lovely couple and their three month old daughter in Leeds and then later in the week for a family and their three week old son (aptly named George) in a leafy suburb of London.

Although unlikely to be future Monarchs, both babies were just as special and it struck me that my job as a baby photographer is all about bottling up the goods parts of new parenthood and storing them for future enjoyment. Time moves quickly, but memories – and images – last forever.

You can view my baby and toddler photography portfolio at www.charlottegalephotography.com/portfolio

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