The Alice Experience

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We recently held an Alice experience in our portrait studio and not only did we capture some classic images, we’ve had wonderful comments from parents saying it was magical!

Mum of Lexi says “Cannot thank you enough for such a magical experience! Lexi was amazed by the real Alice being there and spotting the rabbit hopping into the shops!

The attention to detail, to how magical you made Lexi feel to the lovely photos – just perfect ❤️ cannot recommend highly enough xxx ”

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Years of ideas, creativity and training and it takes us just a second to capture something that lasts forever… photography helps us capture those magical milestones and imprint something on the hearts of the little ones that visit us.

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Why not join us for a portrait session with a difference and let us create beautiful and enchanting images to last a lifetime..

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Im afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are.” ~ Lewis Carroll

 

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Thank you for reading :) To book your session get in touch! Visit us on facebook  01704 548032  info@dianaceline.co.uk

A big thank you to Lily and Lola  for the beautiful handmade Alice Dress

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Look forward to seeing you soon for your adventure.

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Rub a dub dub, 3 sisters in a tub!

Look who made the Birthday club in this week’s Southport Visiter! One very lucky little lady who turns 1 today (17th October) and actually shares her birthday with me … what a great day ;).

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Evelyn Rose, had a jelly packed portrait session and shared the fun with her very cute sisters Freya (1 year old ~nearly 2) and Caitlin (2 years ~ nearly 3!)… imagine the fun these sisters are going to have growing up!

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Evelyn had no hesitation about tucking into the Jelly and her sisters were eagerly waiting to join in the fun on the sidelines… once we had a few portraits to celebrate Evelyn’s 1st Birthday, there was no stopping the other two!

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As you can imagine, Jelly is very sticky, messy and slippy so what’s the solution? A lovely jubbly, bubbly bath! I got my biggest vintage tub (I have a just a few :) ) and filled it with water and bubbles… I think I got a bit carried away with the bubbles but you can never have too many… right?

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The girls loved it and I loved capturing the joy on their faces too. I’m so glad I can offer this as part of the cake smash / jelly smash portrait sessions as this is the bit they love best.

So once they were all squeaky clean and tired (but happy) it’s time for snuggles and (hopefully) a nap so mum can get a brew and look forward to viewing all the portraits…

Just before you go… here is a portrait of the girls from a year ago compared to now… amazing how quickly they grow isn’t? photographer southport photographer southport

To book your updates click here or call the studio 01704 548032.

Thank you for taking the time to read and I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Diana

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Tips for Newborn Photography

Capturing beautiful images of your newborn baby is the best thing in the world… teeny tiny fingers and toes, scrunched up nose and all the little things in between. The thing with newborns is, they don’t stay tiny for long! For those sleepy, snuggly pictures the window of opportunity is very small and we recommend 4-10 days… eeeek!

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With 3 babies of my own, I understand the anxiety of routine, feeding, changing, crying, sleep (or lack of it) but if you can put all that aside and make time for a newborn session, you will always have those first precious moments to look back on. We all take hundreds of “snaps” on our phones but nothing quite compares to having professional images with gorgeous lighting and styling to really capture the beauty of your tiny baby.

Of course I’m recommending professional portraits as it’s what I do!  However I also love giving advice on capturing your own images so read on for a few hints and tips…

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To capture the best images you need a calm and quiet environment not to mention nice and cosy :)…. We heat the room to a lovely temperature which sometime feels slightly warm for us adults but remember, your baby has just been in the cosiest place on earth for nine months and you are stripping them down to their bare skin… brrr!

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  • Have plenty of supplies to hand such as blankets, nappy changing supplies and lots of milk…. you can guarantee they will need all of these at some point during your session.
  • For light, we use a big window and use the daylight available to us – no flash – We love to embrace the light and shadows which really accentuate the tiny wrinkles, folds and newborn loveliness .

 

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  • Personalise your session with teddys, hand knitted accessories and blankets. There’s nothing quite like having your baby’s personal items and keepsakes on the portraits… plus you can use them every year as a marker to see how they’ve grown!

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  • Capture the smiles ~ windy or not, capturing a newborn smile on camera is sooo satisfying… It takes plenty of milk, patience and a quick  reaction (it’s usually just a split second!)

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  • Capture the little details…

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  • And of course, include loved ones in the session too! We love the natural portraits where you are looking at your beautiful baby…

 

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The pride of being a big sister…

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Or big brother…

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One thing’s for sure with a newborn… they will never be this small again so embrace the little things, take your time and try to enjoy every second…. even when they have woken you up every hour on the hour 😉

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Thank you for reading!

If you would like us to capture the magical milestones, we have a priority register which is just £10 and includes a dedicated “keep in touch” diary, plus priority booking for you and your baby within the tiny window of 4-10 days. It also secures your time in the studio which could be up to a couple of hours (We leave plenty of time to capture those beautiful images and of course, time for feeding, changing and cuddling)  For just £10… really! Once you view your portraits you have the chance to buy whatever you like from the session and you can find all our prices on the website. You can also register for priority there too.

Di

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“Splash” the Cash for little Noah

Every Birthday is special and we love celebrating the Magical Milestones with all of our little birthday clubbers, however this week,  we would like to give a mention to Noah Woods who turns one on 29th of June….

Photographer Southport (2)  Noah enjoying a “Splash” after his messy cake smash!

Noah and his sister Sienna, were both born with Cystic Fibrosis. His mum Shelby is raising funds for a vibrating vest to help improve their lung function and help make their physio therapy sessions easier, as trying to get a toddler to stay still is always a challenge! (We can vouch for that!)

Photographer Southport (3)Noah and Sienna enjoying a babyballet class together.

The vests cost £8000 each and through lots of events and support, Shelby has managed to raise enough for one vest for Sienna and is now desperately trying to raise the remaining £1400 for Noah’s vest. If you can help in any way, visit the gofundme page: www.gofundme.com/S4SNS4N

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Thank you for all your support and happy birthday to all those in the birthday club this week… We hope you have a wonderful day and magical year!

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Goodies Galore Giveaway!

As our Birthday Club grows in popularity year on year, we are delighted to work with so many local companies who have exclusive offers and deals just for you… Meet the lovely Sarah from Fab Party Bags :)

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Sarah has been supplying goodies for our Birthday Bags for 2 years and they are a great hit with parents and kids alike! Not only does she supply a fantastic range of things for all ages (the birthday club is 0-12 years), she also gives 10% off an order too.

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Sarah has supplied party bags for my own kids parties and Angeline’s too. I can’t recommend her highly enough… the attention to detail, and quick turn around plus value for money is fantastic.

Sarah’s personalised and bespoke bags are really popular. She says “They can be designed to match any theme. Wedding activity boxes, which can be tailored to match wedding colours / themes and Christening activity boxes. Both sets of boxes can be bought empty or filled with activities and toys to keep children occupied during the party!”

To celebrate our 2 year friendship with Fab Party Bags we are running a competition to win a lovely Portrait Session & digital album from us plus a personalised goodie bag! To enter just register here for the Birthday Club xxx Good Luck!

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The competition closes Monday 25th June 2018 @midnight

Winner will be contacted by telephone by Saturday 30th of June 5pm

Only one entry per family

Portrait session is to take place at Diana Celine Photography, Southport Studio 5 Wesley Street PR8 1BN

Appointment necessary and includes a digital album with watermark for viewing and sharing on social media (not for printing)

Appointment to be secured with a £10 refundable deposit which can also be used towards a purchase if you so wish.

Sarah will provide one personalised goodie bag for one child. Contents will be chosen by Sarah from Fab Party Bags at her discretion.

By registering for the Birthday Club you are agreeing to our privacy policy   and are happy to be contacted from time to time with special offers. If you wish to just enter the competition and would not like to be registered with the birthday club, please state your preference so in the address box on the registration form.

 

 

 

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A cake, a car, a superhero and more :D …

Working with kids and families for such a long time gives us experience in making the most of each and every portrait session… How is possible to fit a cake, a car, a superhero and more into one photo-shoot you ask?….

Preparation, intuition and getting to know each family individually are key ingredients to a jam packed, lovely session.

This beautiful family have been visiting us since 2013 (10 times in total!) and we have watched the family grow from one gorgeous boy, to two gorgeous boys… we have met the whole family including Grandparents, Uncle and Aunty.

renata rovo 004        It really means the world to us when people choose us as their family photographer and return to us time after time. It means we can really personalise each session and we also know the personality of your little ones. This, along with our experience, means we can create portraits which we know you will love.

Renata and her family are the perfect example, showing that a portrait session is for any occasion… whether it’s for Cutest Kids in conjunction with the Visiter..

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Nelson Nagy – Cutest Kids winner 2013 (0-6months category)

A Maternity portrait session…

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A cute family moment between Nelson, his mum Renata and dad Imre

Teeny tiny Newborn portrait session

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Little Nelson actually did fall asleep next to his baby brother Nolan 😀 – how sweet is that?!

Festive Portraits!

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Cheeky little elves

1st Birthday Portraits – Cake Smash!

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How cute are these two together <3

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When Renata got in touch to book Nolan’s 2nd birthday photoshoot she asked what theme she could do this time. I had a little think what we had done over the years with Reni….

We have a gorgeous vintage style portrait in the studio of two boys in braces and everyone comments on it so I wanted to re-create this with her gorgeous boys using our vintage style pedal car. They have just the right look and I knew the boys would love playing in the little car.

The picture I wanted to re-create

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I got flat caps at the ready and braces for the boys to wear… with Nolan being two years old it can be a challenging age but we always have a few tricks up our sleeve! Renata brought a couple of outfits for the boys including something for the vintage portraits, superhero outfits and something for the family portraits…

We have to move quickly with little ones as the window of tolerance closes very quickly! We know when to look for the signs of tiredness/restlessness and when to distract or move on. Our aim is to capture natural shots, particularly the in between ones so we make it lighthearted with not much hanging around “trying to get the perfect pose”.

The session was as much fun as I hoped it would be and I absolutely love the pictures… Renata did too 😉

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Nolan says “You can have that segment… the rest is mine!”

Laughs and giggles

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I smile because you are my brother… I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it 😉

Light colours for the family portraits are always a firm favourite

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Nolan makes everyone chuckle here…

Nelson test drives the vintage pedal car

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He certainly looks the part, don’t you think?

Even Superheroes love bubbles…

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So there we have it…. 1 family, 5 years of different portrait sessions and lots of fabulous memories! We look forward to the next portrait session 😉

If you would like us to be your family photographer contact us We book at least 2-3 weeks in advance (sometimes longer for prime appointments) and it can take up to 4 weeks for us to turn around your order depending on your chosen finish/product. Remember to book well in advance to avoid disappointment :)

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Di and Angeline

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Rub~a~dub~dub…Another Birthday Club!

One of my favourite party games when I was a kid was hook a duck which my mum and dad used to set up along with some other weird and wonderful games …

Another ~ pop the balloon to find your treat… some of the balloons had flour in and some had water in and some had sweets… Not sure you would be allowed to play this sort of thing due to “health and safety” nowadays but I have amazing memories of parties growing up!

I always try and transfer some of the magical memories and effort into whatever I do with my own children and those that visit us here at Diana Celine Photography, Southport.

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We want kids and parents to have lovely memories of their visit with us and of course, lovely photographs to keep forever too. This is one reason we started the Birthday Club with the Visiter, Southport. To give people a chance to capture a Magical Milestone and have some special photographs to cherish forever plus feature in the local newspaper!.

Over time it has evolved and grown to give even more to birthday boys and girls… on their visit for a birthday photoshoot, we give them a goodie bag with free things/amazing offers from our local friends that we have built relationships with over the years….

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This week we would like to say a HUGE happy birthday to these little cuties…

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Alesha Oriesek strutting her stuff and Amari Tomlinson getting squeaky clean after his cake smash. We hope you had a lovely day and you have a fantastic year… look forward to seeing you again soon :)

Thanks for reading and get in touch if you wish to book or have any questions about our photoshoots.

Di and Angeline

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Real Fairy Magic!

Everyone loves a fairytale and I believe the opening of Diana Celine Photography, Southport was a dream come true… (at the risk of sounding cheesy) It happened at the right time and everything fell into place with a lot of patience, determination and I believe a little bit of magic…

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We had been open a couple of years and from the start we hit the ground running. For two years were busy offering newborn photography, family photography and more… I always love a new project I wanted to offer something a little bit different.

I wanted to not only produce beautiful portraits but give little ones an experience to remember forever and for parents to cherish for a lifetime…..Something magical that would tap into their imagination … of course it had to be fairies!

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I wanted the experience to be real… I wanted little ones to really believe they were entering a magical world which they can touch, smell and hear .  This was they only way we would capture natural and captivating portraits.  (A plain greenscreen and digitally enhanced images weren’t going to cut the mustard for our Victorian inspired Fairy Portraits).

I started collecting lots of lovely things to create an enchanted wonderland for photos…        (Collecting is one of my favourite things ) and let me tell you… I did collect a lot of stuff!

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Now for the real Magic…

I searched and searched for the perfect outfits and ordered some things online  (just until I could make my own outfits)….Now all I needed were a couple of willing models. My son (3 at the time) and my Niece (6) were best of friends and practically inseparable. We set a date and I was eagerly awaiting for a particular fairy outfit… one that I thought would be perfect for my niece. A gold and shimmery design to go with her beautiful long golden locks.

The day arrived but alas… the outfit hadn’t… not to worry as I had another lovely back up outfit.  We prepared the children and told them they would be visiting a magical pixie dwelling and that they were to help the fairies by finding wishes.

JUST as we were about to transform them into their outfits… there was a knock on the door……. the pixiepost had arrived (in the form of Royal Mail) and I couldn’t help feeling there might be something special inside…. I ripped open the packaging and lo and behold, there it was, the magical shimmering fairy dress!

I couldn’t believe my eyes and I truly believe we had a little help from the fairies that day.

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The children explored the wonderland and found lots of wishes for the wishing well. We captured some gorgeous photographs and learnt lots of things before, during and after the event. This would help us make a magical experience for lots of boys and girls for years to come. If you would like your little one to become a fairy and have a real, magical experience, get in touch xx

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My Niece with the Magical gold dress xx

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Exciting new signing for the Birthday Club!

We are thrilled to be working with Southport Football Club as part of our weekly feature in the Southport Visiter! Working with another local business in Southport means another win for our Birthday Club and we can’t wait to add free tickets and information about FREE season passes to our goodie bags 😀

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Diana Celine Photography, Southport, have been running The Birthday Club for a number of years. It gives boys and girls the chance to benefit with special offers from our friends, feature in the local newspaper and receive a digital photograph for sharing on social media plus feature in our Birthday Club blog!

We have been celebrating out new friendship with Southport Football Club by photographing the birthday boys and girls in the club shirts. It’s been great fun so far and we are hoping to inspire little ones to support their local companies.

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Be a part of our  Birthday Club and join in the fun :)  (0-12 years)…  Just like these little ones!

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Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you soon

Di and Angeline

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A dabber and a ballerina

Remember kids parties when you were little and I always seem to remember having a dance off / dance competition. I thought I was the best dancer in the world but never won any of those little packets of sweets…. Now I realise the reason was probably this.

 

 

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Well in this week’s birthday club we have actual dancers who probably win loads of sweets (deservedly – if that’s such a word).

Our Birthday club boys and girls (0-12 years) are invited in for a fab photoshoot and receive a goodie bag of special things from our friends, a digital image for sharing on social media and the chance to feature in the Southport Visiter newspaper… Join the Birthday Club!

Here’s a big hello to our Dabber and our cute Ballerina in this week’s birthday club :)

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Thank you for reading and we would like to say a big thank you to The Southport Visiter, Southport Football Club, Cake Creations, Babyballet Southport, Formby and Crosby, Fab Party Bags, Book in Style and Fancy Faces who all contribute to the goodie bags and promoting the birthday club for the last 6 years.

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