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Flutterbydreams Photography: My best ranked Photographer in the North West

Photographs, the perfect way to capture a perfect moment forever, these days you can capture them on your phone, devices and professional cameras are even affordable.

But like any profession, you can’t quite get it perfect if you don’t have the training, photography isn’t just about clicking a button, it’s about having a vision and being able to make those perfect moments happen and capture them at the right second.

The best way to make sure you have those memories to treasure forever is to hire the right photographer for the job.

Since Jack has been a baby, I’ve been going to the same person for our professional pictures, Danielle at Flutterbydreams.

My first photo shoot with her was actually supposed to be a pregnancy-bump shoot when I was pregnant with Jack at 30 weeks, but he was born at 29+5 so that didn’t happen!

But she came to do his newborn shoot, the day after his due date so he was 11 weeks old but only 5lbs! She came for around 09:30am in the morning when we had agreed and she stayed for around 5 hours! The photo shoot was in the comfort of our own home and she was so gentle and patient with Jack! He peed on her three times and she didn’t bat an eyelid.

As Jack was so premature I was extremely nervous about anyone handling him, but Danielle explained she had been specially trained to handle and pose newborns for photo shoots, I didn’t actually know you needed special training, but she explained to me how important it was that she had this training for Jack’s safety.

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It was obvious that she cared deeply about the babies and families she photographs, she has this great vision and wonderful ideas for poses and she made us feel completely at ease. We were her only clients that day and you could feel that she wasn’t rushing us at all, she took the time to rock Jack to sleep to get the perfect pictures.

My only regret is that after Mikey was born I didn’t get his pictures done, I always meant to get round to it, but we had literally just moved house and it was always on our list of things to do, I know that Danielle would have done a fabulous job photographing Mikey.

When we got married, there isn’t anyone else I would have gone to for the photography, Danielle was our first choice and she came along with another professional photographer Lauren and had the cheapest price of all the quotes I’d seen! She stayed from Bridal Prep all the way through to the First Dance and brought along a backdrop so we could do a photo booth. She wasn’t just a photographer on the day, she was a friend, nothing was too much to ask.

She waited until we were ready for our posed pictures and captured so many beautiful moments, you wouldn’t have even known she was there taking them, I received my photos within a month and there were over 600!! I’ve heard the biggest regret you can have on your big day is having a bad photographer, well we are so lucky we had Danielle, it isn’t just a job to her, you can tell she puts her heart and soul into getting the perfect pictures to treasure for a lifetime.

Shortly after our wedding I had our third baby Nicole and as you can imagine a selfie of the 5 of us together wasn’t easy to capture and getting a picture by anyone else just wasn’t cutting it, so we thought why not get Nicole’s baby pictures and a family portrait at the same time! I booked in with Danielle and she gave us a great price and the same as with Jack three years earlier she stayed for hours and waited patiently to get the perfect pictures.

As you can imagine getting a family picture with two toddlers and baby is near impossible, I wasn’t expecting any miracles, don’t get me wrong Danielle is a fab photographer but I knew my kids and how difficult they’d be to sit still and smile…well she proved me wrong.

She didn’t just get one but she got numerous pictures of us together all smiling and looking at the camera, the kids love her! At this time Mikey wasn’t speaking or making any eye contact and she managed to get him to come out of himself, it was amazing to see and even though I knew the shoot had gone well but I still couldn’t believe how perfect the pictures were when I saw them and all my friends with kids were amazed at how she’d managed to get a picture of us all looking at the camera and smiling.

I’ll continue going to Danielle at Flutterbydreams anytime I need a photographer in the future, I can’t recommend her enough! She’s everything you need in a Photographer:

✔ Professional

✔Qualified Photographer

✔Qualified in handling and posing newborns

✔Great with kids

✔Great prices

✔Patience and takes the time to capture perfect moments

✔Experience

✔High quality pictures

Check out the page and message Danielle for a quote: Flutterbydreams Photography

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Bidvine -Hire the right pro for the job: A review

 

Is it just me or is searching the internet for the service you need pretty tedious?

Plus how are you supposed to know who are genuinely trustworthy? Look no further…

Say HELLO to Bidvine!

Bidvine is a London-based local services tech startup, connecting customers with the right service provider, so like Tinder but for local services!

A handy website that not only finds the service you need but only uses the trustworthy ones!

The greatness of this site doesn’t stop there! How? I hear you ask…

Well they take your postcode and then take some more information about what it is you’re looking for.

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I needed a baby photographer, so I asked for one on Bidvine, it was a quick and easy as that! Here’s the questions I was asked:

 

Then you enter your phone number and the bids come rolling in…

I chose to just receive texts but you can get phone calls within 15 minutes I already had 5 offers!

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I really can’t believe how simple and easy it is!

So the tool itself was great for finding services, once you’ve submitted your request and the bids come rolling in you get a link with each individual texts which takes you directly to the Bidvine site with a message from the company who have quoted your request. It includes the name of their company, reviews from others who have used their service and a direct message to you!

All this just from a 30 second request I put in?! Where has Bidvine been all my life!?

No longer do you need to spend hours scouring search engines, put a few minutes into Bidvine and let them do the hard work for you!

Personally I feel this is a tool everyone needs! Think about it…you want the service, they want your business, so it should be easy for you (the customer) to find what you want, for the price you want and to know it’s a trustworthy service.

It is currently based in London but covers the whole country!

For the purpose of this blog post I searched for a photographer, but there are no restrictions to the services provided by Bidvine as long as they are rated they have it!

https://www.bidvine.com/

Looking for a service? Sign-up to Bidvine!

Own a business? Register it with Bidvine!

They also have a FREE app on app store: Bidvine App

Check out their social media:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Google Plus

Also check out their reviews on Trust Pilot

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A break from blogging

So  I’ve had a bit of a break from blogging the last few months. I’ve really missed it and feel there are so many things I have missed recording about my little monkey’s.

To re-cap I have two little boys Jack (2.5 yrs) and Michael (1.5 yrs) and write about all the trials and tribulations of being their mummy. Since I stopped blogging things have changed quite a lot, I am now expect a baby GIRL!

I will talk about my pregnancy more in upcoming posts but I’m still in shock it is a girl!

I just wanted to write a quick post about why I haven’t been blogging for a while, there has been no major reason other than life just getting in the way.

So now I have my 2yr old, 1 yr old, 20 weeks Pregnancy and my wedding in 8 weeks! Safe to say I have plenty to write about…..

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Child Safety Feature: The Faces Behind The Warnings

Social media has opened up a new platform to spread the word about child safety and the dangers around our homes. More often than not pictures or adverts will pop up and we’ll scroll past them, putting it to the back of our minds with the “it won’t happen to us” attitude, it’s not uncommon, if anything it’s a defence mechanism to protect ourselves from imagining something so terrible happening to our family.

Unfortunately these risks are very real and parents are taking to social media to share their heartbreaking stories of their children who have lost their lives by preventable “accidents”.

The purpose of this feature is not to scare-monger but to educate, I’m not going to present you with a government document telling you something is officially unsafe, but with real stories from real people who have suffered real tragedies and have found the strength to campaign and educate others so they don’t suffer the same pain. I have also included some information and videos to inform you of other possible risks to be aware of.

Please do not just ignore this feature, keep it bookmarked, come back and read each story at a time, however you prefer to take in this information is up to you, but reading and watching it will imprint it in your brain and if it can save just one child’s life, then we’ve done some good here.

Blog Post #1

Sophia’s Cause

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Sophia’s Cause is a campaign for window blind safety created in memory of Sophia Lily Parslow who lost her life to a blind cord. The main objective is to raise awareness of window blind dangers and to campaign for cordless alternatives. For the full Blog post click the link:

https://yummymummysblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/child-safety-feature-sophias-cause-the-danger-of-blind-cords/

Blog Post #2

Good Egg Safety

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Good Egg Safety have given advice on second hand car seats and the dangers involved with purchasing them, they also have even more car seat safety information on their website. Cick the link for the full Blog post:

https://yummymummysblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/child-safety-feature-good-egg-safety-the-danger-of-second-hand-car-seats/

Blog Post #3

Maison’s Memory

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Maison was 7 months and 1 day old when he was found dead by his mother, he had suffocated on a Nappy Sack, his mother is now raising awareness of the risks of suffocation with Nappy Sacks, for the full Blog post click the link:

https://yummymummysblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/child-safety-feature-maisons-memory-the-danger-of-nappy-sacks/

Blog Post #4

Ariel 3 in 1 Tabs

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Washer Tablets are colourful and attractive to children, often mistaken for sweets. Ariel have created a safety video, for the full Blog post click the link:

https://yummymummysblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/child-safety-feature-ariel-3-in-1-tabs-keep-away-from-little-explorers/

Blog Post #5

Rachel Sian Photography: Safety First

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Being trained to pose babies for a professional photo shoot is more complex than you may think, Rachel Sian Photography has created a safety post to inform parents of the risks, for the full Blog post click the link:

https://yummymummysblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/child-safety-feature-rachel-sian-photography-the-danger-of-untrained-photographers/

Blog Post #6

Meghan’s Hope

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Meghan was tragically killed by her dresser falling on her, Meghan’s hope was created by her mother Kim to raise awareness. For the full Blog post click the link

https://yummymummysblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/child-safety-feature-meghans-hope-the-danger-of-furniture-and-tv-tip-over-accidents/

Blog Post #7

One Decision: Vehicular Heat Stroke

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Leaving children in hot cars is becoming increasingly common, One Decision have created a safety video which visualises the actual dangers of Vehicular Heat Stroke. For the full Blog post click the link:

https://yummymummysblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/child-safety-feature-one-decision-vehicular-heat-stroke/

Blog Post #8

Energizer – Coin Lithium Battery Safety

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It isn’t widely documented that coin batteries occur in more than just watches, they are becoming increasingly popular in growing technology, which unfortunately puts children at greater risk of swallowing them and causing serious if not fatal damage to themselves, for the full Blog post and video, click the link:

https://yummymummysblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/child-safety-feature-energizer-coin-lithium-battery-safety/

Blog Post #9

CPR Kids

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CPR Kids have created a First Aid guide called: A life. A finger. A pea up the nose. By clicking on this link you can download a free copy of the guide:

https://yummymummysblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/child-safety-feature-cpr-kids-a-life-a-finger-a-pea-up-a-nose-free-e-book-download/

Please not this Blog Post is not a professional child safety post, I have used information taken from campaigns and safety causes to create this guidance.

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Baby/Toddler photo ideas

I love love love photography, I capture at least 20 photos of my children per day!

So I started dabbling with pro cameras, props, lighting and photo shop and discovered I am quite the dab hand.

I am getting a pro camera for Christmas plus backdrop, lighting etc.

Sooo I need ideas for photo shoots!

I have a 13 month and a 3 month old please send your pictures and ideas 🙂

Any pictures you’ve taken or off the internet welcome