Photographer of Families, Small People and Delightful Places, Travel and Lifestyle Writer and Blogger, Lives in Newcastle, Loves the North, Often Accompanied By A Beagle Named Holly Bobbins

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Kids Photography in Newcastle by Mandy Charlton

So you want to have your kids photographed and you live in Newcastle, I guess I'd like to tell you why you should pick me kids photographer newcastle to do that very task?

Well I have over 7 years of experience and photograph up to 20 sessions every week, 95% of which include kids.

I adore children, have 3 of my own and I think you can't have a bad day when you get to spend your days with little people.

At the last count I'd won over 100 worldwide awards (you can see some of them on Pixoto) for weddings and portraiture.

Whilst I'm not an egotist, far from it in fact (it took me 2 years after starting my business to even be able to say out loud that I was a photographer because I thought people would say "OMG, your stuff is awful) I do think I'm really very good at capturing kids in a natural happy way, whether that be at a 30 minute mini session or a 1 hour portrait session at home or on location.

I think there are a lot of people who photograph children but would you believe me if I said that some of them don't even like kids, I once heard someone say that Children brought him out in a rash and yet they've set themselves up as a childrens photographer.  I'm pretty sure the kids will suss this out, I give them credit for being a lot cleverer than some big people dear reader.  It does really upset me when people who don't like children photograph them, I truly love what I do and I think it shows, I have ended up with so many little adopted nieces and nephews and I love that some of my little clients I've photographed since they were mere bumps and now they're nearly big little people.

I actually can't imagine not photographing kids, I'd be a much less happy person.

And so here's what I've been up to and I think you'll see my love for what I do through these images.



I photographed 10 month old twins this week, there's a double handful of fun, you definitely can't pose them at this age, you just have to sort of wait until they do what you'd like them to do, in this case sit together.


Gosh I adore this furry coat and hat combo, it's a whole bundle of cuteness




a little client who is over here visiting from the US, I think without a doubt every day should have a happy dancing moment!



beautiful, even photo shoots in the home result in quite special images, by the time I left yesterday I had the biggest hugs and she'd even learned to say Mandy which was a bit of a heart melter.



behind the scenes, Looby often comes along to help at photo shoots, here she's looking after clients doggies while I take a photo of the family sans dogs




I love the challenge of shooting in unusual places, this weekend I shot a whole family portrait session at Riding Mill station, it's actually a really beautiful old station and there are plenty of places to get gorgeous photos


This one was in Jesmond Dene, I think another couple of weeks and it'll be beautifully green and leafy again.

If you would like to book a mini session (£20) or a portrait session either at home or location (from £40 per hour) please do get in touch either by email or my facebook business page or my website and no matter what happens please don't accept cheaper imitations.

Have a wonderful Easter and I'll be back again next week with previews of this weekends 10 Easter mini sessions in Saltwell Park (now sadly all sold out but I am booking for 7th of April in Jesmond Dene, morning sessions all gone but afternoons remaining) and weddings at Horton Grange and Jesmond Dene House Hotel




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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

It's Spring! Easter mini sessions are just around the corner

It's Spring dear reader, I thought I better tell you just in case you were currently sitting dusting the snow off your shoes!

Can you believe just how cold it's been?  I must be so lucky with the weather because this weeks mini sessions all went ahead without issue and it didn't even feel too cold, at one point there was even sunshine!!


So this weekend there are available sessions at Tynemouth Longsands at 1pm, 1.30pm, and 2pm

Next weekend on Saturday it's Easter mini sessions at Saltwell Park and I'm giving out free Easter Eggs to all the kids who come along.  The day is already quite full but I have availability at 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm and 3pm, I may even squeeze another couple in at 3.30pm and 4pm but that is only if I fill the other sessions first.

So what do you get? well you get a 30 minute shoot, a web gallery for 30 days, 15% off for the first 7 and it's only £20 which includes your favourite image as a 7x5 print.

Print prices start at £10 for a 5x7, £13 for a 10x8 and £15 for a 12x8.  if you would like to book one you can email me, contact me through my website or I'm always posting my latest photos on my Facebook Business Page.

Mini sessions are suitable for babies and kids (babies must be able to sit with very little support, if yours can't you might want to consider having a family portrait shoot at home) families (including the family pets) couples or maybe even just you!

and why wouldn't you want to have a mini shoot dear reader, take a look at some recent sessions and what I've been getting up to in this last week.




I'm shooting this lovely couples wedding on the 6th of April and it's going to be a beautiful thing!





we had a teacher training day on Monday so we hopped up to Kelso in the scottish borders, it's one of our favourite places and we get to tell everyone that we left the country to go to lunch, and had a very cold but lovely family day out.





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Monday, March 11, 2013

busy, busy and more busy




Do you ever wish there were an extra couple of hours in the day dear reader? I certainly do, in the last couple of weeks I literally haven't stopped working, I took a short break to go to Focus on Imaging last week but apart from that it's pretty much been nose to the grindstone type of stuff, Mini sessions, business but not boring headshots, photographing a wonderful baby group called the Baby Vine, "At Home With" photo shoots, and a couple of regular 1 hour photo shoots all happened in the last couple of weeks, is it any wonder that I've not had time to get my blogging shoes on?

So I think I'll just let the images speak for themselves and if you want to book me for a photo shoot or maybe even talk to me about shooting your wedding (I shoot 20-25 weddings a year you know) please get in touch via my website or my Facebook page






















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