Christmas mini sessions are back by popular demand, but for just ONE MORE DAY THIS MONTH!

2 GORGEOUS sets! I have some fabulous new props for a whole new look.

GREAT value at £100 for shoot and 5 digital files- perfect for Christmas cards, family print gifts, mugs, anything!

Your shoot will be 20 minutes long (don't be late or you will miss your turn), 10 minutes in each set, I will then edit your beautiful gallery and send you a private online link.

You choose your favourite 5 from the gallery and I email you the files.

Simple.

You will also have a couple of options:

• upgrade to all your pictures in the gallery (minimum of 10 images) presented on a sweet USB for an additional £70

• an all-inclusive package of shoot, 5 digital files and 5 mounted 10x8 fine art prints for £140

Bring party clothes, Christmas jumpers, reindeer antlers, to add to the fun- I also have some cute pj's and bobble hats in various sizes, too.

These sessions have been very popular so book here as soon as possible.

Payment of the session fee (£100)l is due at the time of booking and will secure your place.

And as an extra thank you, all families who book a Christmas session will receive a 50% discounted FAMILY SHOOT in 2018, and 15% off all products!

Book your session now: MERRY CHRISTMAS !


 

Uh oh, the clocks are changing!

 

 

Woo! The clocks are going back. That means an EXTRA HOUR in bed! Unless of course you are a parent of a small child, then it typically doesn’t.
In fact it probably means you’ll be bleary eyed, staggering about in the dark at daft o’clock wondering what time it is!

We all know that once a year, at end of October, we put our clocks back an hour. We even get why. Harvest/daylight/yada yada/blah blah.
But sadly that message doesn’t quite translate to babies, toddlers and young children. Which is why your child free friends all shout on social media about how awesome it is to get an extra hours sleep while you secretly hate them a little through sheet envy.

What a surprise that they’re up at 5am on Sunday morning, rather than 6am – because it really IS 6am. Which is exactly what I see mums and dads sharing on Facebook…

“8month old son was up for the day at 5.30!”     or   “Wouldn’t mind if it was the baby awake but he’s still snoozing and it was my 4 year old demanding I woke up and came downstairs at 6.45”   or    “My kids thought they’d be clever and get up two hours earlier”

Sound familiar? Or is this your first time as a parent so you really want to avoid this?

So how do you prepare your baby or toddler for the clocks changing?

When should you do mealtimes? And if you’re basically living life an hour later, how on earth do you synchronise with your child so you’re not all waking at stupid o’clock until Spring?!

Of course, there’s lots of advice online and in Facebook groups about what you need to do, but just how helpful is it? I’ve seen loads of things suggested on various threads on social media any overall there is a huge amount of conflicting suggestions so I decided to ask Sarah Carpenter from Baby Matters for her advice. Here are her top tips on how to prepare your child for the clocks going back and avoid a 4am start!

  • Think ahead – don’t wait till the day the clocks change before you decide which approach to take.
  • A few days before, so for this change start today, alter your baby’s routine, including meals, naps and bedtime.
  • We would suggest 10 minutes each day so it’s a gradual undisruptive change.
  • If you start your day at a set time you should also adjust this by 10 minutes earlier/later depending on clocks going forward or back.
  • If your baby/child’s bedroom is particularly light try using a black out blind to help keep them settled.
  • Don’t disrupt the overall routine as this will only unsettle yourself and baby so small adjustments are all that’s needed.
  • If you do find you have an unsettled baby/child don’t worry it’s only going to take a few days of you implementing your normal routine at the new time and you will all adjust accordingly.
  • For some the change doesn’t affect them at all, if you have a baby/child who enjoys a long lie anyway you will sail through the time change without making any adjustments.

 

I really hope they are of help to many of you! Good luck and sleep well! Oh and let me know how you get on!

 


 

Christmas Minis Are Here!

Yes, I know it's only October, and we have Halloween and Bonfire Night to
come, but I've heard there's quite a few of you super-keen,
uber-organised people out there who want to get cracking!

So here they are, Christmas Mini Sessions 2017!

 

Friday 28th October- yes, half term!

2 GORGEOUS sets! I have some fabulous new props for a whole new look.

GREAT value at £100 for shoot and 5 digital files- perfect for Christmas cards, family print gifts, mugs, anything!

Your shoot will be 20 minutes long (don't be late or you will miss your turn), 10 minutes in each set, I will then edit your beautiful gallery and send you a private online link.

You choose your favourite 5 from the gallery and I email you the files.

Simple.

You will also have a couple of options:

• upgrade to all your pictures in the gallery (minimum of 10 images) presented on a sweet USB for an additional £70

• an all-inclusive package of shoot, 5 digital files and 5 mounted 10x8 fine art prints for £140

Bring party clothes, Christmas jumpers, reindeer antlers, to add to the fun- I also have some cute pj's and bobble hats in various sizes, too.

These sessions are always very popular so book here as soon as possible.

Payment of the session fee (£100)l is due at the time of booking and will secure your place.

And as an extra thank you, all families who book a Christmas session will receive a 50% discounted FAMILY SHOOT in 2018, and 15% off all products!

Book your session now: MERRY CHRISTMAS !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We're Moving!

But not too far...

Where?

To the centre of Leominster- down to the bottom of Broad Street and turn left:

Map of new photography studio location in Leominster Herefordshire
We are here!
My gorgeous new studio is now on the ground floor for easier access: it's bright and spacious with a dedicated shooting space, comfy client area where we can discuss your shoots and order your beautiful wall art, plus a kitchen and wc.
It's the perfect boutique space, all in stunning white, and I'm sure you will love it!
new-studio-leominster-perfect-photography
That's me, on the ground floor, opposite Teme Vets!
Why?
It's time for a change!
It's been a big decision to leave my current studio where I've been for 11 years, happily creating thousands of beautiful photographs, and meeting lots of lovely families, babies, toddlers, children and pets, but it's time to try something new in a town I love.
I live just outside Leominster, and am really looking forward to no longer making the 30-mile round-trip into Hereford each day, and no more battling through Hereford traffic! You will still find everything you need in Leominster: it's perfect if you want to combine your trip to my studio with some grocery shopping, a trip to the bank, browsing the brilliant antique shops, or enjoying lunch at one of several tasty cafes or pubs (I can personally vouch for many of them!).
PLUS there's lots of affordable parking just 2 minute's walk away:
Just £1.50 up to 2 hours in the Central Car Park
or
A brilliant £2.50 ALL DAY at Broad Street car park, by the fire station!!!!
When?
Early June!
I'm currently busy renovating the new space, stripping wallpaper, painting, painting, painting!
New studio needs work
New studio/old wallpaper!
dismal old space before I got busy!
Dismal old space before I got busy!
clean-bright-studio-space-leominster-perfect-photography
Nearly there!
There's a LOT to do, but I'm getting there and really looking forward to seeing you at my planned Open Day!
I'm so excited about my new studio in Leominster, still offering you beautiful maternity and newborn shoots, classic portraits for any age, gorgeous pet sessions and high-quality commercial and product images, but in fabulous new surroundings!
For more updates, news on the Open Day, and to help me choose the new colour for the studio front door (!), visit and 'like' my Facebook pages : Jay Watson Photography and
Angel Face Newborn Art
Jay x

Happy New Year, welcome to 2017!

I've had a wonderful break, spending time with my family and a trip to Anglesey (if you haven't been, you must, it has some of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen!), did you enjoy yourselves, too?

Now I'm back to work in my Hereford studio and excited about the future...

In between the festivities, I was busy planning exciting things for the studio and getting organised for the year ahead!

So, to kick 2017 off, I thought I would ask how many of you have had a new arrival over the festivities, or one due this month?

If you are expecting this month (even in the next few days!) or know someone who is, I have a couple of VERY rare last minute luxury Newborn Art sessions available this January- Visit HERE for more information on these beautifully-styled collections, or CONTACT ME HERE ASAP to secure your shoot.

Even if Baby has already arrived you are not too late!

New for 2017 are my Sweet Dreams miniature sessions:

a tiny collection of newborn images with an award-winning Master Photographer, for those who may have missed the newborn window of 4-12 days, or who have slightly older babies up to 10 weeks.

Just look at how pretty they are!

tiny-newborn-babies-cream-background-basket-toes-lips-sleepy-awake-hereford-leominster-photographer-studio

 This is a miniature newborn baby session for an inclusive price of £225, shot in my beautiful studio in the centre of Hereford, Herefordshire, with around 10 simply edited images to choose from & a delivery via email of 5        digital images.

 Sweet Dreams sessions are just 30-minutes long, and include:

 Up to 5 simple poses of Baby (no complicated or composite images such as 'head in hands', 'teddy on a shelf', etc)

 Around 10 lightly edited images available to view just after your session

 5 medium resolution digital files* (up to 2mb)

 Sweet Dreams new baby sessions are very different to my full, luxury Newborn Art sessions- they do not include any outfits, bonnets, headbands, props or parent/family shots and are taken on a single, elegant cream background and a simple basket. Your beautiful baby will be photographed asleep or awake, and if unsettled will be invited back to a 3 or 4 month session at my discretion.

 Immediately after your session I will prepare your images to view whilst you enjoy refreshments- light editing is included in your fee & you can head home with a download via email waiting for you, from which you can print & share your favourite baby photographs.

 *digital images will be up to 2mb in size suitable for printing medium prints and gifts for your home and family. You may upgrade to all 10 images at high-resolution, suitable for wall art and canvasses, for an extra fee of £150

 

Sweet Dreams sessions are paid in full at the time of booking and are also available as gift tokens- perfect for baby showers!

**** To make your booking, please contact me here , or call 01432 347 979 ****

 

 


 

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells!!!!!

Look what's coming to town...

christmas mini sessions with little girls laughing and Christmas decorations
Christmas Mini Sessions at Jay Watson Photography Hereford Leominster
Yes, we're feeling very festive now they're finally here and the studio is all geared up for this year's Christmas Mini Sessions with not one but TWO wonderful themes:
- a light and bright, Scandinavian theme: complete with snow, festive tree, rocking horse and vintage sledge , there are even a couple of woolly hats!!
- a warm, traditionally Christmas-dressed cabin
*** your children will be able to try both during their session! ***
Christmas themed sets for mini photography sessons with snow, tree, log cabin, Christmas decorations, sledge, rocking horse, teddy bear
Christmas mini session themes: Scandinavian and traditional. Hereford, Leominster photographer
Digital files make perfect Christmas gifts for grandparents and family members once printed and framed, or even mugs, cushions, t-shirts and keyrings, plus it's a wonderful opportunity to create some truly original Christmas cards.
These images are also a wonderful memory-keeper of your family's Christmas, something that will be looked at and enjoyed for years to come!
You will receive a 20-minute shoot and an online gallery to choose your 5 (£95), 3 (£75) or single (£55) image files from
(purchase your complete gallery of approximately 10 images for an additional £100).
Sessions are limited and will take place on the following days ONLY:
SUNDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
FRIDAY 2ND DECEMBER
SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER
Jeans/dungarees, white shirts/t-shirts, Christmas jumpers, woolly hats and pyjamas are welcome!!! (take a look at the sets and decide what you think will look best)
Please email Jay to book our session HERE
Don't forget to read the details:
1. Sessions are in 20-minute slots and shot back-to-back (if you are late for your session you will miss your spot)
2. Sessions are suitable for a maximum of 3 children
3. Only suitable for children and babies who sit without support
4. Sessions are for children only
5. Sessions are Christmas-themed (portraits sessions are available at different cost and on different days for those who do not want themed shoots)
6. Image files are delivered via email and with a license to print
7. Payment is due at the time of booking

 Please email Jay to book our session HERE


 

 

 Christmas Pet Sessions

They Make Perfect Gifts!

I always find choosing that perfect, unique gift for a loved one so difficult; time is often short and I've been known to panic and end up buying something they
probably could have managed without!

One answer, perhaps, is a gift token for something I know they will really enjoy: a shopping-spree at favourite store, a day out, a longed-for experience.
Something I know will have meaning, will give hours of enjoyment and years of pleasure.

And when it comes to our pets I really don't think we can go wrong. And what could be better than a fine art pet photography session?

Which is why Jay Watson Photography (Hereford) is now offering GIFT TOKENS for  fine art pet sessions.

 

beautiful dog photographs
Christmas gift tokens at Jay Watson Photography

 

There are 2 options:

1. The Luxe Fine Art experience, which includes:

- a 1-2 hour shoot, including set-dressing, props and furniture
- Up to 10 images of each pet as proofs (not prints), edited to a high, professional standard with a fine art-style finish
- a beautiful 16"x12" box frame print (valued at £120) - it is possible to upgrade at extra cost to fine art frames at your viewing session
- a £50 print credit towards printed items from the Product Guide

£195

2. The Love Art experience:

- a 1 hour shoot, with simple background and no props
- up to 5 images of each pet as proofs not prints, edited to a high, professional standard
- a gorgeous, glossy 10"x8" acrylic block print (valued at £60)- it is possible to upgrade at extra cost to larger, fine art frames at our viewing
- a £25 print credit towards printed items from the Product Guide

£95

For more information, or to purchase your token, please contact Jay here

**** NB. Jay Watson Photography will donate £5 from every session to the local animal charity, Hereford and Worcester Animal Rescue ****

T&Cs

Full payment is required at the time of purchase
Tokens are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase
A maximum of 2 pets at any session- please discuss with Jay if you wish to bring more
Tokens are non-transferable
Tokens are only valid for PET sessions
Jay Watson Photography reserves the right to use all images for marketing purposes
All images are protected under the 1988 Copyright Act

Jay Watson Photography  |  Hereford  |  01432 347 979  |  Facebook

 

 


 

 

Master Photographer Awards!


 

Lovely Angels (and their mummys and daddys), please wish me luck- tomorrow night are the glamourous Master Photographer Awards- and these 4 gorgeous babies have all received Merit awards,
which automatically put me in the running for Newborn Photographer of the Year!
 
I'm hugely honoured to be recognised by such a prestigious professional body, especially as I only received my Master Photographer qualification in March this year. Joining the MPA is all part of my continuing photography journey,
growing and learning along the way, helped by a wonderful and hugely talented mentor. I may have been a professional photographer for 20 years, but there is always much to achieve!
 
 
Win or lose, the evening promises to very exciting, and I can't wait to cheer everyone on, surrounded by some of the top photographers in the World!
 
I shall let you know how I get  this Monday (fuzzy head permitting!)
 
Jay x
 
If you would like to book an Angel Face newborn shoot of your own, please contact me HERE

 

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Aeryn & Elythea

When Elythea was born, I was lucky enough to photograph her newborn session, and then again for her milestone sitter session, and 1st birthday!
I was overjoyed when her parents contacted me to say baby number 2 was on the way, and could I do the same, please?

Along came little Aeryn and we were very much hoping to capture the sisters together just days after her birth, but unfortunately, Elythea was poorly and couldn't come to the session, so I invited them both back a few months later for a catch-up.

And I'm SO glad I did!

This mini session turned into something really quite magical when Thea's mummy brought along the most incredible princess gown...

 

Of course, we couldn't leave princess Aeryn out, so we found a gorgeous tutu and head dress from my frankly, HUGE, collection...

 And I think you'll agree that we made something beautiful to will be treasured by the family for decades to come.

 

If a sibling shoot is something you missed, or would love to do, please contact me here for more information.

Jay xxx

 

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Baby Rinika, July 2016

 

 

Last month I met the most gorgeous little girl, 6-day-old, Rinika.

She was such a relaxed and sleepy girl I was able to shoot some lovely, soft, Summer sets and thoroughly enjoyed the shoot!

Rinika's parents are from Nepal, and we passed some of the time whilst she was fed and cuddled talking about their beautiful country, so much so that it's made me determined to visit one day.

One of the greatest parts of my job is sharing this exciting time with new parents, meeting their tiny babies and making new friends!

If you, or someone you know, are expecting a new arrival, please get in touch HERE as soon after your 20-week scan as possible- I can never have too many babies in the studio!

Jay xxx

 

 

 

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Are you IN or OUT?

Oh, The Referendum.

It's a tough decision that has us all wondering about the future for ourselves and our children, but, personally I'm finding it all pretty exciting!

I'm reminded that the World keeps turning, and regardless the outcome, our babies will be born and memories will be made.

And whatever the world looks like in 5 or 10 years time, one thing is certain, our babies will grow and the Referendum will be long forgotten.

Let's not be filled with doom and gloom, but look excitedly towards all the new, wonderful things to come!

So, are you an IN kind of family, or an OUT??

 

Let's hear the case for IN:

Are you the kind of family that loves to see their pictures IN an album or book? Who enjoy turning the pages and re-living all the memories?

I remember as a child spending hours looking through my parent's collection of albums, each one documenting happy times- I still love them now and treasure each one as an old friend.

Today, I create my own, one for each year, for us to look back on and smile. (I'm also a little scared that if I don't actually print them they may be lost forever if my computer, hard drive or USB crash).

But no more dog-eared, sticky albums for us, though, here at the studio I have a wonderful selection of beautiful albums, print boxes and folios that do the 'memory-keeper' job perfectly and you are able to see lovely examples of them during your shoot and at your ordering session afterwards.

If you are an IN family, then now is the time to take advantage of my fantastic offer to you:

a huge 25% discount on ALL my albums, print boxes and folios by booking your NEWBORN or FINE ART CHILD session between now and the end of August.
(and this is ALSO IN ADDITION to the £50 print credit INCLUDED in your session fee!)

 

Simply quote: IN25 at the time of booking your session to qualify

 

And now to hear from the OUT party:

Perhaps, though, you are a family who just loves to see their treasured pictures OUT on display? A beautiful piece of art taking pride of place in your lounge, hallway or bedroom? Something you gaze at each day, smiling at the memories it creates?

I found this wonderful article by the fantastic Design Aglow describing how having family portraits on the walls of you home can boost your child's self-esteem, it's well-worth a read:

http://designaglow.com/blogs/design-aglow/17493452-how-family-portraits-boost-your-child-s-self-esteem

Finding the right piece of wall art can seem a little daunting, but how better to celebrate your new arrival than something really beautiful and full of love hanging on your wall?

I bet you didn't know that I am happy to offer a measuring and picture-placement consultation in your own home, for those wishing to find exactly the right statement piece?

Even if you are an OUT family, you won't miss out on a fantastic offer- I'm also giving a 25% discount on all my wall art pieces when booking your NEWBORN or FINE ART CHILD session between now and the end of August.

(and this is ALSO IN ADDITION to the £50 print credit INCLUDED in your session fee!)

 

Just quote: OUT25 at the time of booking to qualify.

It's Summer Madness, I tell you- so let's celebrate!

 Contact me here, to find out more.

 Can't wait to meet you and your families very soon!

 

Jay x

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