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.

From left to right William Howard 4 years, Nyah Howard, Natalie Atkinson...    William Howard, Nyah Howard, Natalie Atkinson from Southport Football Club and Me! (Di)

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

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Logan John Sargent

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Amari John Tomlinson

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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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The Birthday Club

Isn’t it weird how balloons have become a traditions for birthdays and other celebrations? … here’s an inflated sack of my breath… Happy Birthday! I wonder how many sacks of breath these birthday clubbers got?… none off us thank fully!

I’m sure they all had a wonderful time, whatever they got for their birthday 😉 With Diana Celine Photography, Southport, they had a lovely photoshoot, received a digital image for sharing, a goodie bag AND had their picture featured in the Southport Visiter!

We just love capturing the magical milestones. If you would like your little one to be a member, join here and we will be in touch ~ The Birthday Club!

If you are a lovely business and would like to add a special offer/free gift to our goodie bags then just message us for a chat.

Have a fab day

Di and Angeline

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Yazzmin Newman 4 on 18th of May

Yazzmin Newman 4 on 18th of May

Blake Clark 4 on 19th of May

Blake Clark 4 on 19th of May

Olivia Paige Bates 1 on 15th of May

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Olivia Williams 1 on 16th of May

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Sofia Daw 3 on 11th of May

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Christening Cake smash!

We have been offering cake smashes for about 4 years and thought it would be one of those crazes that disappears…. but it seems to be more popular than ever!

Traditionally, most smashes have been for birthdays but now people are finding any excuse to let their little ones get messy with cake 😀 …. nursery graduation, new home, gender reveal cake, Christenings and more.

We are really excited to be working with Cake Creations, one of our lovely neighbours on Wesley Street, Southport.

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Debbie and Meg from cake creations with me and Angeline from Diana Celine Photography

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Meg and her team create amazing cakes, that not only look fantastic… they taste delicious too….Proof is in the pudding as they say (yum!)

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Me testing the goods.

Meg was thrilled to make a Christening cake for a very special, cake smash photoshoot involving a very cute baby called Felicity and her best friend, Alfie the Jack Russell!

The beautiful cake was delivered and the studio was ready… We wanted to add to the Christening element of the photoshoot so we used a silver trinket and tied up some shoes in the background. We wanted a hint of colour so used vintage style bunting which goes beautifully with the soft pink cake and white cross.

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Soft butter cream is best for smashing as it gets super messy.

The real Christening dress is being fashioned from Grandma’s wedding dress and as the Christening is in a few weeks, we didn’t want to risk ruining it. Instead we opted for a cute ivory tutu. The tutu also ties in nicely with the newborn session we did for Felicity..

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Felicity’s mummy is a good friend of mine and she owns babyballet in Southport, Formby and Crosby so the dance/tutu theme is obligatory!

Felicity was in good form and we couldn’t wait to see her reaction when the cake was placed in front of her…. We can safely say, she was very pleased!

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That face!

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Am I really allowed to do this?…

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Well…. if no one is going to stop me….

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You didn’t want me to save you any, did you?

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Ok Alfie… I suppose we can share!

After a thoroughly fun and messy cake smash, it was time for a nice soothing bubble bath for Felicity. We prepared the warm water in our vintage tub and let the splashing commence! (Actually, Felicity was more like a princess and there wasn’t much splashing but she was delighted to see the bubbles… )

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Could this day get any better?

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Look at those peggies!

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Bye Bye bubbles….

Once Felicity was nice and clean, it was time for snuggles in a fluffy white towel. We wanted to carry the Christening theme right through so included lacey whites, ivory and silver.

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All clean!

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Who’s that cute baby? (says Felicity looking at her reflection)

So to round up, it was a very busy morning! Remember…Cake smashes are for any celebration and we are always open to suggestions :)

Meg from Cake creations is kindly offering discounts to our customers on their cakes plus an exclusive offer for the “Smash Cakes”. Cakes are tailored to suit each individual just like our photoshoots so feel free to get in touch and discuss what you need. We look forward to hearing from you!

Enquire/Book here

We also welcome your comments :) See you soon

Di and Angeline

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Mum to be? A real and honest account

So….. you’re going to be a mum! Whether you are a first time mum, 2nd or 3rd (or more!) … each time brings something different but one thing remains the same…

There’s always lots to learn :)

My aim here is to share an honest account of some things to expect plus the highs and lows of being a mum.

Here is me, tired and bloated with my 3rd baby.

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Photograph by Angeline Foulkes of Diana Celine Photography

This was Christmas eve and I had been taking photographs at a Grotto all day. I had been meaning to have bump pictures to match up with the other two – mainly to avoid the future questions of “Where are all my pictures mummy?”… Anyway long story short….

I had been so busy in the run up to Christmas and kept putting it off and off and off and then, the only chance I had was a quick 10 minutes before I finished for Christmas. I really didn’t feel like it and if you zoom in closely (although I wouldn’t recommend it :D) , you can probably see, I hadn’t shaved my legs for about a year. eurgh

I am so glad I managed to summon up the energy for a mini photoshoot… A picture to keep forever.

 

Plus, alleviating any guilt of having pictures of the other 2 in my huge tummy but not baby number 3, as guilt plays a big part in motherhood… we feel guilty about everything.

(If my picture has inspired you to be brave and get your bump out Click Here)

Overwhelming feelings

“Wow, that’s a big mouth”

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When that baby is placed in your arms, you will always remember your first thought. Now don’t feel guilty (although you probably will), if it’s not “Oh wow you are the most amazing thing ever”. Now I will be honest… With Rockrhun, my first, I did get this weird rushing feeling and thought “Gasp…Oh my god, I love him”.

Because the feelings were so strong, I was expecting for it to happen with Cielle (my 2nd) but as the labour was so different and so quick, (plus didn’t have time for drugs) my first thought was “Oh wow, look at her beautiful….red face” Poor little thing, came out so fast,  her face was all swollen and practically purple. Within seconds of having her, guilt no.1 had already happened. 

Now, Lucina, baby 3 was a funny one. I started with a slow labour but my waters hadn’t broken like with the other two. As soon as my waters broke, woah! The midwives described it as a flood (sorry) and Lulu came out within seconds. eurgh.

When I held her she was crying. My first thought was “Wow, that’s a big mouth” . Guilt no.1 with baby no.3 in 0.001 seconds.

Sleepless Nights

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So when you are well and truly ready for bed, the little one wants to party and when you want to party (well just try and get out of the house before midday), the little one wants to sleep.

I think our body tries to prepare us but we somehow ignore the signals. I remember having to go to the loo 5 times a night when I was pregnant with the girls (2 times a night with my son) and this strangely correlates with how many times they had to feed in the night… might be just a theory but let me know if yours matches up too. we might be on to something :)

Lots of crying

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Now, I have been working with babies for about 12 years and some people have called me the baby whisperer (ha ha – if only I was with my own children)  Over the years, I have learnt the signals and techniques to help calm a crying and unsettled baby.

As a parent, the overwhelming feeling of trying to make your baby happy and stop crying immediately, sometimes clouds rational thought.  Being able to calmly assess the needs of a crying baby during our photoshoots, has an advantage. We can read the signals and can usually tell if baby needs food, sleep, cuddles or just wants to be left alone (sometimes they do!).

I have learnt a lot through trial and error with my own children. Rockrhun was an easy baby, slept through anything, didn’t need a dummy. Cielle, needed a dark room, no sound, swaddling, and a dummy… my word, it took lots of trials and tribulations to find her sleeping/settling routine!

The point is, every baby is different but there will always be crying…. always.

Trying to appreciate the little things

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I remember having so many plans for when Rockrhun was born. “I’m going to sort out all my photos and put them into albums” etc. “I’ll have so much time!” Errrrr no.

Seriously. Rockrhun was a dream baby but remember, I was a first time mum and learning everything from scratch. I laugh at the silly things I did for example. We had a changing table in his room, so for the first few days (might have been hours but felt like days), every time he needed his nappy changing, I took him upstairs… to change his nappy… why?!  Then I realised I could use the foldout changing mat that we had and keep a load of nappies down stairs.

Anyway the point is, you will be so busy learning and going from one end of the house to the other and trying to be the perfect mum, that it’s important you appreciate the little things. Don’t feel guilty for not sorting the photo album and all the other things you had planned.  babies-wont-keep1

I found this here…

Constant Washing

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How is it possible for tiny people to create so much washing?!

Sick, poo, dribble, snot. Be prepared….That’s all I can say on the matter really. You can always get cute pictures like this. Although at home, mine would also be mixed in with huge knickers and maternity bras.

The urge to kiss, hug and stare… all the time. 

 

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You won’t believe the love you have for those little people. They will probably be the most kissed little things on the planet… especially if they have siblings (or maybe not – depends on the jealousy factor) You can capture really cute photographs like this though if siblings are willing to give kisses away… or they can always be bribed 😀

One of the worries of having another child is “Will the other one be jealous?” “What if they don’t accept the new baby?” Well, we will never know until it happens but we just have to relax and not put too much pressure on them. One memory that sticks in my head is when the 2nd one came along, my family and friends, made a conscious effort to make a fuss of my first child before rushing over to the new baby and I always try to remember this when meeting a new baby with a sibling. It helps them feel included and special.

“Will I love the new baby as much?” is another. It’s hard to imagine loving another person but it just happens..  you will want to kiss, hug and stare at your new baby just as much as you did the first time.

 What will my little person love?

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Whether it’s dinosaurs, trucks or Peppa Pig, we will also have to love what they love, as we will see and hear alot of it. From about 2 and a half, my son was obsessed with Fireman Sam (eye roll emoji). That theme tune is so annoying after being on repeat over and over. From them being young,  I learnt that getting out of the house is best for everyone’s sanity. Tire them out plus you can’t give in to the demands of annoying kids programmes.

That being said, sometimes annoying kids programmes can come in handy when you have an ipad and you need them to sit still for a little bit whilst you wait eagerly for a cooked breakfast in Bill Rimmers.

There are millions of other things I could harp on about but I will just say one thing. Having kids is definitely a journey, whether you have just set out or have been on the path for a while, remember to stop and smell the flowers. Appreciate the little things, the funny things, the silly things, the memories and take lots of pictures of course (for when the memories fade – you must have heard of baby brain?). Even the ones of them throwing tantrums (we need something to bribe them with when they get bigger and bossier than us)

We would love to hear your experiences! Let us know how you are finding pregnancy or motherhood.

If you want us to capture some memories for you click here .

A cheeky family picture of me and my lot

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Thank you for reading!

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6 ideas for half term and how to get great pictures!

uh oh….. how did it get to half term SO QUICKLY?! Don’t panic… we have some cheap and free ideas to tire them out, plus you can get some lovely photos to show off on social media 😀

I do love a good duvet day but my favourite days, are the ones that get you and the kids outdoors. When indoors, I find myself constantly picking up toys then pens, back to the toys, a lego trail and then the same pens again?!

So read on for my ideas and feel free to add your own in the comments xx

Be a Superhero…

 

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Photograph by Angeline Foulkes of Diana Celine Photography

Get your kids to dress as superheroes and stop petty crimes like picking up litter, give them secret missions like finding a red post box and posting a letter to their favourite superhero… The possibilities are endless! The best superhero pictures are the natural ones of them in action. Try and capture the flowing cape and go for some different angles that make them look super!

Go sand sliding

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If you don’t mind a bit of dirt (it’s worth it to see their faces…… asleep at bed time because you’ve tired them out 😉 ) then go sand sliding. I went with a good friend of mine, to Formby Pinewoods and we ended up at the beach. This was one of my favourite photographs of the day. It wasn’t planned and I managed to capture the action as it unfolded… look at his little face!

Obviously safety comes first but if you try and capture some action shots instead of them standing on the dunes with cheesy smiles, it tells a much better story, don’t you think?

Go on a picnic

summer location window 044_01Ok so not the most original idea, but the kids love it! Wrap up warm and pack some yummy goodies… go to the park or local woods and let them run off some steam..

The picnic basket isn’t the most practical but here it makes a great photograph. Capturing images from the back is one of my faves as it gives a new perspective and we can see the road ahead though their little eyes. These two remind me of a little old couple and I would love to know what they were talking about.

Go on a train ride

 

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All kids love riding the train. It’s an adventure to them… in our busy lives going to and from school… in the car, “seatbelts on!”, out of the car “seatbelts off”, the train gives us and the kids the freedom to move and watch the world go by. If you buy a daysaver, you can go on a “kidventure” (more about this in the next idea).

For capturing some lovely pictures, try and take natural ones of them enjoying the view. If you crop in quite close and fill the frame, you will edit out those crazy patterned seats you usually find on merseyrail, and you are left with a lovely thoughtful image.

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Now, this is one of our favourite things to do, however, you do need a bit of patience and probably a good few hours (it does tire them out though).

A kidventure is basically just letting the kids take the lead and going in whichever direction they choose! They love it because they feel they have the freedom to go wherever they like. We have ended up in some weird and wonderful places, and the great thing is, they got to do exactly what they wanted. Remember to bring some drinks along and some pennies for a lollipop/cake.

Take pictures of the simple things they enjoy on their kid venture.. Here they were looking at grains of sand on a table and it makes a very cute picture. Play around with the filters to create the mood. Here I have used a sepia tone, giving a warm glow.

Magic in the Woods

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Tailor the magic to suit what your kids are into! With the little ones you can look for fairies/elves. Let them find a magic stick they can use as a wand or staff… you can even take it home and decorate it later. Mine are really into Harry Potter at the moment and we spent hours avoiding Voldemort and finding the Philosophers Stone.

The woods look extra beautiful on a wintery sunny day. The low lying light shining through the trees, helps capture some great shots. Here they were standing on an “ancient stone” which had magical powers :)

We hope you find some inspiration from these and we would love to know what you get up to with the kids. Feel free to let us know and even share your lovely pictures on our facebook page.

 

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7 ideas for Valentines…

Whether you have been dating a while or not long at all…. we all know Valentines is looming around the corner! If you are looking for some ideas that could also include the kids (if you have them or if you have to 😉 ) then read on for a list of our favourite dates (my particular favourite includes wine -not for the kids – obviously,  pyjamas and a television!)

For the Adventurous Type….

 

Be a Tourist!

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I bet you know your town like the back of your hand… but have you ever been a tourist? Go to the places where tourists go to and explore. Take cheesy pictures of the landmarks… if all else it’ll be fun to show the kids when they are older 😉 If you fancy going a bit further afield… jump on the train and visit the next town. Use trip advisor for the best places to go and be totally random!

For the humerous couple…

Laugh out Loud at a Comedy Club 

laughing-coupleThere is something about a good old belly laugh that brings us closer together. Follow it up with a few cocktails and that’s the perfect night right there!

For the competitive types…

STRIKE it lucky at 10 pin bowling!

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Personally, I am rubbish at 10 pin bowling… I even managed to throw the ball behind me once which is a whole other story (involves alcohol of course). Even if you are useless at this “sport” it could create a few laughs… you could always put the kid bumpers up?

For those feeling a bit brave…

a Couple Photoshoot

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Now, we know every (normal) adult hates having their picture taken… but…. this is actually very fun. It’s something you will probably only do once as a couple and you will have the pictures and memories to last forever. Here at Diana Celine Photography, we aim to make you feel relaxed, comfortable and you probably won’t even realise you are having pictures taken!* *well you might a little bit but it’s not as bad as going to the dentist!

Bring the kids and family pet if it helps….. Photoshoots start from just £10 Book now or buy a voucher

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Been together a while?…

Look back at old Photographs

 

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Now this follows on nicely from our photoshoot idea as you will be able to do this in years to come! That aside, everyone loves looking at old photos, whether it be your holiday photos or childhood photographs … grab a glass of wine and reminisce. The good thing about this one is you can sit in your pyjamas/yoga pants! (always a good thing)

For those wanting to go back to their youth..

Have a Games Night in

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I really wanted to go back to my youth for a “Date night” I had with my other half. When we first met, we used to spend hours playing Tomb Raider on the Playstation. This was well before kids as lets face it… now I have to actually be tomb raider to get into their rooms and do the washing, cleaning etc

I borrowed a console off a friend and after a few glasses of wine, encouraged my other half to keep playing as he was doing a good job (in all honesty, I couldn’t remember how to use the controls after the wine had kicked in).

For the comfy couple

Movie Night in

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Again, this can (should) include pyjamas plus you can pause to go to the toilet, eat as much as you like without spending a fortune and if you don’t like the movie half way through…fall asleep or choose a new one! win/win/win

I hope this has given you some inspiration for Valentines this year and future years! If you have any additions or have a twist on any of these ideas, feel free to let us know 😀

Here are the links to find the original posts and pictures

Tourist  Comedy Club  Bowling  Photo Album  Games night in  Movie Night in

 

 

 

 

 

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Smash and Splash!

So how do you take the stress and mess out of a cake smash photoshoot?…. well, we are very excited to add a new twist to our cake smash photography in our Southport studio….. We like to call it Smash and Splash! It’s a cake smash followed by a lovely jubbly bubble bath!

We have been planning this for a while but you know how it is (especially when you have kids, a house, cats/dogs and a business to run) things get put on hold…. Well finally, one of my new years resolutions can finally be ticked off! (I’m as amazed as you are :D)

Our first little model was this cutie pie, Sonny.  sonny-smash-and-splash-logo-043

Mum, was a bit apprehensive as of course, with all children, you never know how they are going to perform, what to bring? what to wear? all of these questions we could answer and put mum at ease.

Once mum felt more prepared she couldn’t wait to capture a magical milestone and let her baby get really messy with a yummy cake then leave us to take out the stress and clean up with a bubble bath and fluffy towel, allowing us to capture some more cute pictures.

The Photoshoot

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On the day,  mum and Sonny arrived at our family friendly, photography studio in Wesley Street, Southport.  Thankfully for mum, Sonny was in a fantastic mood! (he must have known about the cake) The photoshoot lasted around an hour and we had a full, tired, giggly little one and a happy mum. Mum was especially excited that we would be sending a picture to the Southport Visiter Newspaper, as part of our famous Birthday Club!

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Mum said she would be recommending the experience to her  friends, which of course means the world to us :)

If you fancy trying out a cake smash photoshoot, they are becoming more and more popular, especially for 1st birthday, 2nd birthday and even 3rd birthdays, however we will accommodate any age (0-12 years for the birthday club – 0-3 years for the splash bit! )

We are an established photography studio in Southport town centre, with a large and spacious studio space plus a separate reception area in which we have had many a natter and brew  helping you choose your pictures. We like to see ourselves as a home from home and are very down to earth… we want you to feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

Your session is tailored to suit you, and we work very hard to make it  personal and memorable.   For £30, it would include the time for cake smash photographs (bring your own cake) and then a lovely warm bubble bath.  You can choose a 10×8 from the session,  a goodie bag with some surprises from our friends at Fab Party Bags , a picture in the Visiter … PLUS the chance to buy one of our fantastic photography packages.

Register for the birthday club and we will be in touch to book your fun photography session.  The birthday club runs from 0-12years. Birthday Club

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