I’m hitting the tarmac again for the 21k Great North Run in Newcastle in September (I must be mad). The Great North Run was a fantastic experience and together with my Bestie we raised money combined £650 for our chosen charities. We proved to ourselves anything is possible with determination, friendship… and chocolate.

So why am I running the 13 miles for a second time? fun…?   I completed my first Great North in  2hrs 33mins in 2017 BUT this year I want smash it and raise money for a fab charity. I’m not a fantastic runner and haven’t really ran since last year (I told everyone I would never put myself through it again, but here I am)  I want to push myself even further and do something amazing for someone else. I’m running for The Guide dogs for the Blind charity. They are the oldest running blind charity, established in 1931, since then the charity has helped over 29,000 people to achieve life-changing independence. For those who have lost sight or were born without sight,  the world is a very scary place, a guide dog provides protection, independence and companionship.

The money I raise will go to training each puppy and helping those who are blind or partially sighted make day-to-day activities possible. The guide dog service receives no government funding and depends entirely upon public support to train puppies and provide a much needed service. Other than training dogs, the charity campaigns for the rights of people who are blind and partially sighted to have the same freedom of movement as everyone else. They also undertake quality canine, ophthalmic, psychosocial and technological research that informs our services, policies and campaigning activities.

Please support me throughout my training and on the big day by donating as much or as little as you can. You can book your photography session (pets are very welcome) with me for £20, which goes towards Guide Dogs for the Blind, drop me a call on 0208 390 5558

Best Wishes,

Emily x

 

 

 

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I cannot believe it has taken me this long to introduce you all to Emily but the studio has been SO busy!!! We are delighted to welcome Emily into our Rock and Rose Family! For those who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her yet here she is! (with Dippy the duck):

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Emily is fun, bubbly and a very creative photographer meaning she fits right in with us crazy ladies!

Here is a quick fire round of questions so you can get to know more about her!:

Why do you love being a photographer?

I love meeting new people, capturing moments that last a lifetime (cheesy)

What is your favourite colour?

Blue because its calming and relaxing and it’s the colour of the sea and the sky!

What are your hobbies?

Exploring new places and reading and my artwork (she paints skulls!!!)

Emily is running the great North Run for guide dogs uk for the blind and partially sighted. ( keep an eye out for her fundraising post coming soon!)

What is your favourite movie?

Can’t pick one so top 3: Guardians of the galaxy, Star Wars Empire Strikes Back, Lord of the Rings trilogy

 What are you most excited about working at Rock and Rose Photography?

 It’s a new chapter so I’m excited about developing my own signature style and being able to be creative and have fun

What are your fears?

Dropping the camera! Deep water!

(This is despite Emily’s boyfriend being a lifeguard and previously working in a swimming pool capturing family portraits!!!)

Who is bossier Cate or Orli?

The bossiest has to be Orli who keeps me on my toes (haha Orli I knew I was a soft touch!) 

Who inspires you?

 My parents because they work hard and taught me very valuable lessons about life (awww we love parents!) 

Who is your celebrity crush?

Kit Harrington (because Emily says he knows nothing)

Your stranded on a desert island for 6 months, you can take 3 things. What are they?

Film camera with lots of film

Suncream (because I burn)

A stash of chocolate (she’s a bit of an addict and this does not bode well for our studio diet) 

What have you enjoyed the most about working in the studio so far?

Meeting all the babies and shadowing newborn sessions and being creative with the Summer Window display especially the session where we got to eat pineapples!!!

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I asked Emily to share some of her favourite images she has taken so far, we think they are just gorgeous too!

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If you have your newborn session booked with us it’s likely you will get to meet Emily too as she is training in the art of newborn Photography with us.

She certainly has the magic touch as so many of our little studio stars have immediately warmed to her and she has been capturing some gorgeous giggles for our families. Me and Orli love how super organised she is keeping on top of things and reminding us daily of things we need to do (did we mention we are literally the most disorganised pair on the planet so thank Goodness we have her to keep us in check!)

This is how you will find Emily shooting most days (full of giggles):

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So Welcome to Rock and Rose Emily! We hope you love it here and get to fulfil your goals of growing and expanding your creative flair. We’re very glad to have you shooting by our side!

Lots of Love

Cate & Orli xxx

 

 

 

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It’s been an interesting, crazy and funny journey. It began with us all sat melting in studio in the unbearable heat, our fan rattling in the background a reminder summer has officially landed in England. It’s time to change the window display and celebrate the coming months! From the beginning flamingos were on our minds, trending tropical themes, white sandy beaches and funky sunglasses…now don’t you wish you where abroad right now?… So, how do we mash together the ‘feel of summer’?

The road took me browsing the high street in Kingston. My eyes met by bright and dazzling colours, palm trees and inflatable wild animals! What’s trendy? What’s on the high street? Lollipops, ice cream, dinosaurs and … footballs…. (it’s coming home 2022, right?) summer themes filled the window displays at every shop. We wanted something creative, fashionable and fun for the little ones!  On my prop shop I grabbed a couple of fresh pineapples, a little red parrot, 2 pairs of funky sunglasses, water melon hat, a little furry flamingo and a pineapple cup (which would soon become the most popular prop in my photo sessions) later, I  was able to persuade my housemate to lend me her faux palm plant! With all the props ready it was time to start the photo shoots! Blue, pink, yellow, mint and white backdrops worked the best, helping set the summer feeling scene. Our set ups where a huge hit with all the children, smiles all round and a buzzing atmosphere. Lots of fun playing with  sand, palm leaves, beach balls, shells and monkeys. We ate pineapple and made a sandy beach mess! (sand in my socks and I’m still hovering up the remains). For a brief while the studio was transformed into a mini summer paradise.

After the exciting sessions there was much debating, drawing and Pintrest mood boards but we all finally came to an agreement, a flamingo and pineapple theme with a hint of jungle fever. All we had to do was decide on materials! What looks good and what looks awful? Good old Ebay… We decided that a mint background would compliment the baby blue images and leafy green props, faux palm leaves would frame the window. Hanging pineapples and photographs (with a Polaroid feel) hanging like snapshots from a holiday in the tropics. The model photographs I took in the studio will take centre stage and the wonderful pink flamingos Frank and Larry either side basking the sun.

Even if it rains outside, our display will keep you smiling and dreaming of a tropical paradise.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped me with my model shoots over the past couple of months. It’s been a pleasure meeting the little ones and creating fun, creative photographs for our new exciting summer window display and meeting all you lovely parents! It’s been a warm welcoming to the studio. The summer display is now ready for to see! Summer session are now available £25 session plus complimentary 8×6″ print, please call us on 0208 390 5558 to book!

Love, Emily, Cate and Orli x

 

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I’m so excited for this! Finally (and believe me I have been wanting to do this for AGES!!!) I am pleased to announce we have just started taking bookings for our Fine Art Sitter sessions! Perfect for babies who are confident sitting up to just before they start crawling (around 6-10 months)

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I absolutely love shooting this age, big beautiful eyes, cherub features, rolls and smiles. If you missed out on having a newborn session then this is the perfect opportunity to capture some fine art images for your walls. Sitter sessions can be anything you want them to be from creating bespoke set ups and themes to incorporating fresh flowers and custom made props. The sky is the limit and whatever you dream we will work with you to create! Every sitter session we book we will have a telephone consultation or meeting beforehand to ensure everything is perfectly planned. Because of the bespoke nature of these sessions we recommend booking in advance so we have plenty of time to plan the session.

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Milk baths can be a lovely idea for this age and we have a beautiful enamel tub which is perfect for our little sitters. For an additional charge we can source fresh flowers for the session for you so you don’t need to worry about anything other than bringing your little one along. As well as props and backdrops we have a beautiful selections of handmade outfits, headbands and hats as well as a bespoke flower crown made by yours truly!

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The photographs are then specially edited to give them a really fine art style and finish. Although the editing is specialised you’re portraits will still show off all those gorgeous natural details. When you come in to view your photographs we will have created some beautiful pieces of art for you to see and we will as always give you our expert guidance on choosing the best options for your home. Sitter sessions are £50 to book and include a beautiful 10×8″ print. To Book your sitter session please use the contact us page on the website or give us a call in the studio on: 0208 390 5558.

I can’t wait to meet your little squishes! 

Cate x

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  • May 29, 2018 - 9:37 pm

    Karen Gangotra - I am interested in a photo shoot for mum and baby in about 4-6 weeks
    My baby has just turned 5 months
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    • July 10, 2018 - 2:06 pm

      rockandrose - Hi Karen,

      Please can you email us using the contact page on the website or dm us your phone number on Facebook and we can arrange this for you!

      Best Wishes

      Cate xReplyCancel

Good Evening to all our beautiful followers. So we have some changes happening at the studio! Our lovely Ruth who has been with us for just over 2 years is now leaving us to venture off to something new!

Today I was sitting at my desk editing a gorgeous Newborn named Noah while listening to Ruth perfect the way a dress is flowing on her customer who is in the studio for her maternity session. Those of you lucky enough to have had portraits taken by Ruth know how much she puts into every shoot she takes. We really can’t put into words how much we will miss her. When Cate and I had our babies there was always this deep set fear at the back of our minds, how can we keep our very first baby going? Who can we entrust this huge feat to? When we interviewed Ruth it was like everything fell into place, all of those worries were allayed and we had not only an extremely talented photographer on board but a truly lovely human being too!

Maternity shoots has been a speciality of Ruth’s, she has been extremely passionate about creating those beautiful natural maternal photographs and when we gave her a project of capturing images for our advertising campaign Ruth created beautiful images we were all too happy to show off. Ruth holds a licentiate with the Master Photographers association so she is absolutely gifted with her eye for detail, light and composition. So many images have taken our breath away. Ruth being young and adventurous has taught us even more with our own equipment in the studio! So as a little bit of fun and as a leaving farewell we are dedicating this blog to you Ruth! Let us begin with some of the things we will miss and some of the things that have surprised us about Ruth…..

The Spotty top: Ruth is renowned for her spotty top (pictured above) that we probably see about 2-3 times a week!

Her pet snake: Ruth has owned a snake since she saved up enough pocket money to convince her Mum she was that dedicated about owning one at 9 years old! She is also a ‘Cat’ person but she has been amazing with these French Bulldogs Ziggy and Frank who even have their own instagram account each!… check them out over on Insta @ziggy_stardog1 and @frenchie_frankthetank

The Eclectic Playlists: Dolly Parton to Vera Lynn, anything goes. I know Cate will miss this in particular….i’m glad i’m not in on those days!

The Conspiracy Theories: Cate has told me that one of her favourite things to talk about with Ruth is conspiracy theories!!! She says there are just too many to mention. Now I understand why some work doesn’t get done!

Hypothetical questions: If you could live your life again, and you could do any job in the world what would it be? Cate says these chats can last all day (Ruth would be an astronaut) Again… now I know why Cate gets no work done!!!

The Honest Opinions:  I will ask Ruth for an opinion whilst editing and with a big squint she’ll say “that one” I will repeat: “are you sure Ruth?” before she’d admit:  “No, I haven’t got my glasses on so I can’t see”! I will miss those laughs!

The Crafting: Ruth…we need clouds…..Ruth….we need a fabric hot air balloon…..Ruth….can you make frog and chicken from Hey Duggee!?… I am sure this is one thing Ruth won’t miss too much!!!

 

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Interview time! So here are some questions I asked Ruth today:

Have you enjoyed working at R&R?

Yes, with all the lovely customers and fun with babies (and obvs with us)

What has been your highlight of working at Rock and Rose?

What a hard question! I have loved watching some of my customers families as they have grown

Which type of shoots would you say were your favourite?

Maternity photography is definitely my favourite. It’s such a personal and unique shoot for each person and I love capturing the beauty of bumps. Big family groups and three generations shoots are always fun, I like the Grandads that crack a good joke and the Grandmas in their glamorous glad rags!

Off the top of your head, is there a shoot that you have been really proud of?

Domi’s maternity shoot, it was a surprise booked by her husband and she thought it would be cheesy and awkward, but she absolutely loved her experience and cried whilst looking through her photographs. I was so proud of the photos and the way they made her feel about herself.

 

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Who is the Rock and who is the Rose?

Well I guess you’re Rock – Hard as nails

You might just be right!

Why is Cate, the Rose then?

Delicate, a bit softer

Thanks Ruth!

How has it been working with us?

Fun and occasionally challenging. It’s like I am the external hard drive for your brains, because you both forget things and I have to prepare myself to remember and keep you both up to date with everything

What will you not miss?

Having to replace my trousers very few months because I’ve been sliding around on the floor too much! I also won’t miss how hot it can get in the studio during summer

Is there a certain family you will miss?

Lucinda (Mummy) and Harriet-Rose

I have photographed Harriet-Rose around 3 or 4 times over the past year and Harriet-Rose is so funny and such a character! She’s always a pleasure to photograph and we have a good giggle, you never know what she’s going to say next. She’s going to be a big sister soon and it’s so lovely that their family is expanding.

Sophie (Mummy), Grace 3 years, Alice 1 year

I’ve watched Grace grow from 3 months old as I was photographing her in the previous studio I worked for and now she’s 3 years old! Grace is definitely a little diva and it’s so nice to see her acting as big sister to Alice, who is equally as strong willed and gorgeous as her big sister. They both have huge beautiful eyes that you just can’t forget.

 

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We have Emily who is joining us to take your place, what would you like to say to her?

Good Luck and have fun! Here are a couple of secret tips for working with Cate and Orli: Christmas tunes and Deliveroo will always keep Cate happy, iced coffee and John Mayer is the way to keep Orli sweet.

Also, remember to buy milk and turn the heaters off when you leave for the day.

Where are your adventures taking you next?

I’m excited to go on some adventures travelling and seeing where my photography career takes me next

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you to all my lovely customers and for choosing Rock and Rose Photography. Thank You for trusting me to capture your special moments.

 

 

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Bon Voyage Ruth,

We both wish you all the best on your new adventures and we want to say a massive Thank You for all your help, input and passion in the studio over the past 2 years AND for covering 3 Maternity leaves! And most of all for putting up with us, our forgetful, sometimes erratic, mostly stuck in our ways nutty crazy selves

Best Wishes

Orli and Cate

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