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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So the adventure starts here with me, his Mummy, who between work and looking after my two I really haven’t got the time to make things like I used to or would like to… so I bought myself a sewing machine! Yes I’ve used one back in my college days and gone to my Gran who’s helped me sew a patch on ripped jeans (15 years ago!) but this is the first one i’ve owned!

I have bought lots of felt… I mean lots and I have bought lots of stuffing… I mean lots! Now what to do I do with it all?!

My first challenge is Theo’s Cake Smash, I have decided on a grey background with hanging clouds and a blue and white cloud themed cake one of our lovely cake makers @passionfruitbakeryuk is making

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My inspiration has been from our recent cake smashes photographed on grey, this one below is our darker grey, which just looks gorgeous with our grey and white pom poms and heart bunting

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and this is our lighter grey, with homemade bunting and balloons which really makes it look colourful and fun as well as really messy with the blue icing!

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and here are the hanging stars we made which I just love! What would you choose? There are so many options and pinterest is a great place to find them we have just been updating our pinterest board and you can find our recent Cake Smash Photographs here!

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So his outfit: What should he wear? Do I go all out with what I call fun-ness or put him in jeans and a t-shirt or a baby grow?

This is what I found on etsy, a fun outfit with hat, braces and even a bow tie! Our Jelly Cat fancied modelling it!

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I’ve had the shoot pre booked in the diary for about 2 months so all that has to happen now is making sure that Theo has a good breakfast and a nap before I arrive for 10.30am, I have also been doing a bit of messy play with Theo recently to make sure he’s happy having messy hands as I really want him to enjoy smashing the cake!

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for the photo’s of Theo’s Cake Smash!

To Celebrate Theo’s Birthday this month we would like to give you a free digital image when you book a Cake Smash with us, it can be pre booked for any time in the year it just has to be booked in March!theo1 For more info please visit rockandrosephotography.com/cake-smash or give us a call in the studio to discuss any ideas for your little one!

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Before our competition ends I wanted to just take a moment to really focus on why we are fundraising for Born Too Soon. When I became a mum I had a really positive birth, I laboured and gave birth to my beautiful daughter and I held her in my arms and it was like time stood still. I remember waking the night she was born and looking over at her tiny sleeping face next to me. It was surreal and incredible and life changing. We had no complications and were able to take her home the next day and with that our new adventure began. For many of you, thankfully your babies were also able to come home with you soon after they were born. Now stop for a moment and just imagine what it would feel like to give birth and then watch your babies be whisked away and not even be able to hold them in your arms and then after that not see them for a few days. I can’t even begin to comprehend how that feels.

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For Sarah, that’s exactly what happened with her twins. “I had an emergency C-Section at 28 weeks, I wasn’t ready, I had no pram, nothing. I knew nothing about NICU units, I saw my babies for 5 seconds and then they were gone” Callum and Jackson were born at Kingston Hospital and were immediately cared for by the wonderful NICU nurses and Born too Soon. “They were a great unspoken support system for my partner and I when our twin boys were born at 28 weeks”.

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Born Too Soon was set up in 1985 by Pauline Woods after four of her own children had benefitted from services provided by the NICU unit at Kingston: “The Charity was started as we recognised a need for not only support for parents but also for a need to purchase specialist equipment for the Neonatal Unit. Having had four children who benefited from the services provided by the unit, I felt it was time to give something back. We are based at Kingston Hospital Neonatal Unit. I am on the unit on a daily basis to offer information and support”.

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Sarah told me just how valuable Pauline’s support was.  “Pauline gave constant updates on the boys when I was unable to see them in the unit due to my surgery. She printed pictures of the boys for me to look at whilst I was recovering from my C section” Sarah told me that the first images she saw of her babies were bought to her bedside by Pauline. “Pauline provided us with constant photo updates of things we may have missed when we weren’t at the hospital And we were given a memory card with all the digital images on for us to take home. Including print outs of those extra special photos with names, dates, times and children’s weights written on the back of each” Sarah told me it was the little things like seeing those precious images that helped her get through those first few days and the continued support that saw her through the long weeks after.

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Sarah explained to me that the doctors, staff and support workers all become family when you are part of the unit. “You dive in to a very surreal situation and become almost in your own bubble. the staff take the time to explain what every piece of equipment does for them. You become obsessed with oxygen levels, blood pressure, feeding, breathing, infections, illnesses, scans, test results etc. The alarms, the bleeping, and every noise become second nature to you but also the scariest things you can hear, you sit watching a screen whilst numbers drop, lines go up and down and you have no idea what they mean!  everywhere outside of the unit seems quiet because of the constant noise your surrounded by”.

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Sarah tells me that the staff on the unit make sure that they are constantly available to help support parents and explain everything that is happening in understandable terms. “The staff are at constant hand to help the babies And also the parents,  they take the time to explain what is happening. They make sure you are ok, make sure your eating, drinking, sleeping, expressing…. you can cry or get angry and you can also relax knowing they have the best care they can” Not only does the charity look after the babies, but it looks after the wellbeing of the parents too.  The unit helps by providing clothes and blankets to keep babies warm at no cost to families on the ward, and as Sarah reminds me “finding premature baby clothes is like finding gold!”

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The unit also has a dedicated room for expressing which is so important in helping babies on the unit to receive Colostrum and as Sarah was unable to continue expressing for her babies, they also supported her with formula which was provided at no cost. As many of the babies cared for on the unit are there for weeks and sometimes even months, parents are unable to stay on the unit every night. This is one of the things that I find most difficult to even imagine and I have so taken for granted what it’s like to have my baby at home with me every night, the thought of leaving her just breaks my heart. Sarah told me how daunting it was for her but again the unit were there to give her round the clock support. ” The unit provides 24 hour care for our little miracles and it’s great to know you can call and speak to someone 24 hours of the day just to hear that your child(ren) are ok”. This must be such a huge relief to know that at any time of the day or night you can have that reassurance.

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Before the boys left the unit, the charity also organised a resuscitation course for each parent to provide vital lifesaving skills should anything happen at home. When the day finally came to take her beautiful boys home, Sarah was presented with a box from the Unit which contained hospital bands, umbilical cords, tubes, wires and 2 tiny knitted hats which they were first given when they were born as well as the memory card and photo print outs. There are also lots of events organised by Born Too Soon to enable parents and babies to meet up and to stay in contact with each other. Many families become close during their time on the ward and many of them become lifelong friends. I am happy to report that Callum and Jackson are cheeky as ever and are absolutely thriving as you can see from their recent shoot with us below!

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So what more can I say? Please help us to raise as much as we can, as well as equipment on the ward, your money is going towards providing all of the things Sarah has talked about. Just imagine what a difference that would have made to you and your family. There is still plenty of time to book your competition slot with us as entries close on the 26th of August. We are asking for a £20 donation to Born Too Soon and everyone who books a session  will receive a beautiful 8×6″ photograph too. The competition is open for ages 0-5 years and there is some stunning wall art up for grabs as prizes!

Thank you Sarah for taking the time to talk to me and for sharing your incredible journey with me. Thanks to everyone who has come in for the competition so far, for your support as always and thank you for helping to support a local charity who do wonderful amazing things for beautiful babies who are born too soon.

Cate xxx

 

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This week we thought we’d let the lovely Sophie who’s been doing work experience with us do a take over of the blog and let you know a little bit about what to expect from your shoot. Take it away Sophie…!

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When you’re told to go out and look for a work placement, it’s pretty daunting to say the least. You’re expected to go and find somewhere that’s willing to take you on for just a week, get involved in a completely different environment to what you’re used to, all while trying to target an area in the business that will give you the perfect start for later on in life – yadda, yadda, yadda. Most of the people that I know have gone to spend a joyful time filing and copying documents in offices for eight hours a day or cleaning up mess made by animals at the Vet’s – which, I assure you, is not what you want to be doing two weeks after exams and one week before the holidays.

Fortunately, I was one of the lucky ones. I’ve done my week of work experience here at Rock and Rose Photography, in which I was given the opportunity to learn the basics of what happens behind the scenes, such as editing, framing and how to use a camera properly. Not only that, I’ve also seen a number of different shoots and was even able to help out in them – from trying to snap pictures of an excitable French Bulldog puppy to attempting not to wake a thirteen day-old new-born.

In my week here, I’ve had a lot of fun but I’ve also learnt a lot about photography that I probably wouldn’t have even considered beforehand – stuff like how lighting can make such a huge impact on a photo, or how different the atmosphere of the photo can become through a simple change in backdrop.

So, from my week’s experience, here are my dos and don’ts on what to bring to your photo-shoot – which are things I probably wouldn’t have realised otherwise.

 

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Bring Personal Items – for photo-shoots with children, this is a massive ‘do’. Items that could perhaps link to the parents’ jobs or hobbies could be incorporated into the photo to make a little ‘mini-me’, and it just adds a bit of humour and fun to the photos. It can also stop the child from getting nervous or embarrassed as, instead of having to awkwardly pose in front of the camera, they can have a bit of fun and a laugh. It’ll make the photos look really natural – and really cute too.

 

 

Bring Sentimental Toys – a lot of children have a favourite toy or teddy that they just can’t be torn from. I remember mine was this redheaded rag doll with long arms and legs, and I’d take her everywhere with me. Toys like that are memorable, probably because of all the embarrassing family stories that go with them too, but it might be nice to have some photographs of your child with their favourite toy – after all, they’re usually inseparable anyway. That way, those funny memories of your child constantly dragging around that forlorn bunny or that teddy bear that’s seen better days will always be remembered, and can be brought out to embarrass your child when they get older. Overall, it just adds a bit of sentimentality and softness to the photo.

 

 

Equally, you could do the same if you’re considering having a picture of a pet. My dog used to have this Build-a-Bear rabbit that he adored – until he got a bit big and accidentally ripped it to shreds. But, it’s nice to still have the photos of his fun times with all of his favourite toys over the years and, if you’re considering having professional photos done of your pet, you could consider bringing a toy for them too.

 

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Have Some Outfit Changes – to add some variety to your photos, you should consider bringing some outfit changes. At Rock and Rose Photography in particular, there’s a number of different backdrops that can be used – mint, red, yellow, blue black or pink – as well as an array of beautiful rugs and flooring to suit your images. So, you can be prepared to get creative, think outside the box and have some fun!

Within your hour session, you can have a number of different background changes to see which ones work best for you, your family or your child (which includes any pets!), and it also gives you more of a variety when selecting your favourite photos, and this is where outfit changes come in handy.

Outfit changes can be used to compliment the colour of the background and make the photo a bit more aesthetically pleasing.

Equally, when it comes to photographing a pet or young child, you might want to do themed photos, such as being at the beach or in the bathtub, so again, outfit changes would be a good idea so that you can run with the theme properly, like bringing hats, sunglasses, or maybe even a shower cap.

 

 

Consider Colour Schemes – you might want to consider wearing outfits that could tie in with home too. For example, if you have a theme in your living room of having blues or reds, you might want to incorporate this into your photograph so that it matches your decor by dressing in similar colours. Equally, if you have quite neutral interiors, you might want to consider brighter clothing to make the photograph stand out.


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Wear logos or branding – this is something that I had no idea about before working at the studio, but it actually makes a lot of sense. If your child comes in for the shoot sporting a rather zazzy Paw Patrol t-shirt that they adore, you might not want that animal character hanging somewhere in your house or stuck in a photo album in ten- or fifteen-years’ time. After all, by that time, the hype of Paw Patrol might have died down a bit, and now you’re looking at a cartoon cat that you can’t for the life of you remember. Even if you can remember who this odd animal is, you probably won’t want it on your walls, stealing the limelight from the main focus of the photograph – your child.

 
Fancy Footwear – well, this is less of a forbidden, ‘do not ever do this’ but more of a ‘don’t bother’, if that makes sense. Of course, you can wear those fancy heels that you’ve been dying to show off if you want to but, more often than not, you’re probably not going to get a photo of them unless you specifically request it. That’s because, not only are most photos aimed at your upper half than your lower half – as you probably would’ve guessed – having shoes off adds to the relaxed, informal nature of the photographs at Rock and Rose Photography. It also ensures the canvas stays fresher and whiter for longer, and doesn’t need repainting as often (which is a hard job to do, as I found out!). You can bring along your fancy Jimmy Choos for a nice shot, but comfort is key and you’ve got to be relaxed for the best photos!

 

 

Over this week, I’ve had a lot of fun being at the studio, and it’s been really interesting learning about everything that goes on behind the shoot. I’m glad that I chose somewhere like here to do work experience over anywhere else, because it’s helped me to realise what kind of thing I’d like to do in the future – and it’ll definitely be something more hands-on and different, like at Rock and Rose Photography. I’m actually going to miss coming to the studio and helping out!

P.S. here’s my application for a permanent job – my very own photo-shoot with my dazzling model, Marley

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We don’t give dads enough credit do we? I love Father’s Day as it gives me a chance to spoil my dad, who is probably one of the most selfless people I know. Of course we shouldn’t need a day to spoil the dads in our life but somehow between trying to hold it all together ourselves, time just slips away. We don’t get to make that phone call, that visit or even have a meal together, we grow older and change and we don’t say thank you enough. I bet if I asked you when the last time you all were in a photograph together it would be over a year or more ago.

What about our husbands and partners too? Some are the absolute rocks we come to lean on through all that life will throw at us and yes some may be idle and lazy when it comes to looking after the little ones, but just seeing that beaming smile as daddy walks in the door makes you realise the impact father’s have on our children. After I gave birth to Florence I was marooned to a sofa for nearly 5 weeks. For two of those weeks I was lucky to have her daddy with me. This generally meant the house remained tidy, I ATE three meals a day and I could sleep whilst he looked after Florence. The day he went back to work I got up and my house was like World War Three. Even the cat had decided to spectacularly vomit all over the hallway floor and all of a sudden I was alone. It was only then that I could truly appreciate everything he had done for us. Florence’s relationship with her Papa (As she likes to call him) has blossomed, you can see he is her hero. Countless times I hear their giggles echo through our home and I feel so utterly happy.

 

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Anyway I digress- My point is don’t wait to show your love and your thanks. Just being together and making those family memories is SO important. You do not know where life will take you tomorrow so live for today. Family photography is so important in keeping these memories safe so get everyone together and make an appointment with us. We have been photographing your families in Surbiton and all around for the past 5 years here at our studio and I want to see even more of you getting organised and updating your family albums- no excuses!!!

 

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We can make up personalised vouchers for gifts that can be given at any special occasion and of course we have launched our latest Father’s Day Offer which can either be given as a voucher, or pre booked as a surprise. Why not present him with a photograph of his children which is all framed up ready to proudly display on his desk at work? Lastly as promised to celebrate our dads I have promised One lucky winner a Fathers Day Session and Framed photograph. All you have to do is leave a comment below about why the Dad’s in your life are so special and we will draw one lucky winner at Random on Saturday 27th May.

Good Luck!

Cate

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