Last night we attended the Kingston Business Excellence Awards and we were COMMENDED! Thank You to our amazing customers for 7 years of wonderful support, it really means a lot to us as a small business! It’s a honour to be on Surbiton high street and we will continue to strive, create beautiful photographs and build lasting relationships with our Rock and Rose families!
YEAH! How exciting! WE ARE FINALISTS!!! Rock and Rose Photography has been shortlisted in the Kingston Business awards for Best Independent Retailer of the Year 2018! We work very hard every year to bring our customers excellent service, high quality products and beautiful lasting memories to treasure. It’s an honour to be selected amongst other amazing businesses in Kingston-Upon-Thames, we feel a strong connection to our community and we are constantly building relationships with the people and families living within the borough. We are a photography business who love sharing special moments with each family that comes to the studio and we like to thank you all for choosing us as your photographers.
Now it’s time find suitable outfits and dust off the high heels. We’ll find out our fate on Thursday the 11th October. We can do this!!! Please cross your fingers and toes and wish us luck!
Love from the Rock and Rose Team, Orli, Cate and Emily xxx
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)
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 your session.
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 having your little one present. As well as an array of props we have a beautiful selections of handmade outfits, headbands and hats as well as a bespoke flower crown made by yours truly!
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 get to see 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 to display in your home.
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
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
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!
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!
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!
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! 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!
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.
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”.
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”.
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.
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”.
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!”
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.
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!
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.