Smash and Splash First Birthday Fun!

Your little one is getting ready to celebrate their first birthday, do it in style with some Smash and Splash First Birthday Fun!

Cake smashes are a great way to commemorate their first birthday. Each cake smash booked with us  is bespoke and specifically designed to your specifications. We try as hard as we can to create something original for each session. If there is cake smash set that we have done previously that you love then we will recreate it for you with a few differences thrown in.


Our cakes are specially made for us by the amazing Tiers and Teacups, we can cater for most any allergy too. Many people think oh what an awful waste of cake but its truly not as most of the time there’s so much left parents take it home to have with a cup of tea! Once you have given me the brief of what you would like for your little ones cake smash I pop it over to Lucianna {of Tiers and Teacups} & she creates her magic! If you’re looking for a cake for a special occasion be sure to check her out.

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Once all the smashing is done its splashing time!! This is most little ones most favourite part of the smash as we literally let them splash until their hearts content, we’ve been wet a fair few times too. We have a selection of tubs for you to choose from, our most popular is definitely the little roll top, claw footed style one. It suits both boys and girls and makes for some amazing pictures.

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This  Cake Smash was designed by myself for the filming of my promo video & this little miss did not disappoint, just watch what she does!! Do you think your little one would do the same?

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This has got to be the only way to eat cake, let’s see a show of hands if you agree!!Filming by : Truly Madly Films Cake by : @Tiers and Teacups Styled by : Moi 😉 Ashleigh Shea PhotographyBeautiful baby made by : Lizzie Sheehan 😉

Posted by Ashleigh Shea Photography on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

If you would like to book your little one a Cake Smash session pop us an email we’d love to hear your plans for their birthday and plan their smash with you.

With Love
Ash.x

Enchanted Fairy Photo Session

This year we are going to be doing some special & magical mini sessions.
The first being our Enchanted Fairy Photo Session.
These are perfect for all little & big fairy fans alike & are going to be so much fun! They are not to be missed.

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My daughter had an inset day from school so we had some fun in the studio turning her into a fairy. We have had so much interest in these that we have decided to offer them as one of our special mini sessions for this year. When you come into the studio for these sessions it won’t look nothing like the final result you see here, the magic is all created in post. You & your little ones will be able to choose the outfits they would like to wear, we will do a various different poses so we have a base to create their magical images.

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We will invite you all back to the studio a week later to view your images & see what magic has been created. No two sessions will be the same, each of these sessions is completely unique. Our Enchanted Fairy Sessions will be £45 each with additional children added at £15 each. We have a  special price for our launch weekend, this price will only be available this once so be quick if you’d like one of these sessions at a great price.

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We are starting these sessions March 3rd, they will be £25 for the first child & £10 each additional child. Not only are we doing a special on the session fee but we are also giving 10% off all orders too. We are so excited for these sessions and know that they are going to be loved by all.
The range of products we have chosen to go alongside these are absolutely stunning. Our favourite is our bubbles, they are on the way as I type & we will be sharing with you just as soon as it arrives.
To book your slot click here & fill in our contact form & we will send you times available.

We look forward to seeing all you beautiful fairies.
With Love Ash.x

 

The Big City | London Family Photo Sessions

This year we are venturing outside, not just to any old place though, we are off to The Big City… London!
We will be doing family sessions, child sessions & styled shoots with the beautiful backdrop that is London Town.

These shoots are going to take place all year round but will be limited to specific weekends, get your interest in early! To check out some spots for these sessions I headed over with my friend & awesome Scottish photographer Rachael of Beautiful Bairns who was down visiting for a few days. We got ourselves some of the cutest kids ever & got location scouting.

This little guy had never really had professional photographs taken but thats what I wanted kids with lots of personality so I could capture them as their true selfs.


Look at that cheeky little grin he’s giving his daddy who was standing to my right watching his little dude completely rock his session!

Is he not the coolest looking little lad you’ve ever seen….

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Would you just look at this gorgeous little face & big personality beaming through, kids definitely have something right in how amazing they see every moment.. maybe we should as adults grow younger & not older to get some of that joyful silliness back from time to time!

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Here’s what this awesome little dudes mum said in her review about his session;

This was the first time Stanley had had any pictures taken professionally so we were a little unsure of how it would go (he can be quite shy!) but we needn’t have worried as Ashleigh made Stanley feel so relaxed and at ease because the shoot was fun. He had a blast and was fully engaged in the process. The results show this and rather than ‘posed’ forced smiles Ashleigh has captured his cheeky character perfectly, and even on a miserable grey day in London, the pictures are beautiful x Thankyou Ashleigh, and would highly recommend you to anyone thinking of getting some nice shots done of their little ones x

I bet your sat thinking ‘oh I might book one when the weather warms up’ if I’m right & you are let me tell you that this was a grey & chilly January afternoon! Yep one of the coldest months of the year but as he had lots of layers on we were good & popped his coat on & off as & when he wanted to!

These Big City sessions are going to be so much fun if you’d like to be informed when they go live please fill in our contact form here, I can’t wait to meet you & capture your amazing families portraits in our amazing city!

With Love,
Ash.x

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Twin Newborn Session | Bromley, Kent

These beautiful babies came in for their newborn session before Christmas. It has been ages since I’ve had a twin newborn session & I loved having two babies in the studio again.
They were so good for me, we were done in 2 hours I think! One of the amazing things about twin shoots is that they settle each other as they love to snuggle up together!

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I have sooooo many favourites from their session & some GORGEOUS individual shots too but as we see so many individual babies I thought I’d share only ones of them together.

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Look at that little hand under her chin she is totally the sweetest little thing.

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A brother is your protector, your first friend & has a love like no other.

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A sister will listen to your problems, will help you solve them, be your biggest secret keeper & will love you fiercely.

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I’m sure you’ll agree that this is an absolutely stunning family.

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Twin newborn sessions are one of the most amazing sessions to do as a photographer. Being entrusted with not just one baby but two is a complete honour, thank you both for bringing your beautiful babies along for me to photograph for you.

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How beautiful are these babies & their parents?! Are you a twin mum or dad? Did you have a twin newborn session? What would be the one top tip you could give to others awaiting the arrival of their twins? Post your tips in the comments, I look forward to reading them!

If you’re having twins or indeed multiples & want to see some real honest views of parenting multiples head over to My Little Wildlings & check out Zoe’s feed.

With Love,
Ash.x

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways | Bromley

Hohoho, its that time of year again & we’re starting our 12 Days of Christmas early & even better than that it will be 12 special Christmas giveaways!!

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12 Days
12 Prizes
12 Winners

Entering is simple all you need to do is the following three things, please make sure you complete each step to be in it to win it!

1. Head over & like our page Ashleigh Shea Photography {click here to head straight there!}

2. Like & comment one the ’12 days of Christmas Giveaways’ post on our Facebook page for the one/s you’d like to enter {you may enter once each day}

3. Lastly Share our ’12 days of Christmas Giveaways’ post on your Facebook profile
{if your friends comment on your shared post to enter please ask them to comment on the original post for their entry to count!}

**Please ensure you complete all three steps to enter**

Each offer will end at midnight

A winner will be chosen via a live drawing of a name from a hat the day after the offer closes. Winners will be notified via Facebook.

Don’t feel sad if you don’t win as just by entering you will all receive a voucher for £25 off a family, little sitter or cake smash session!

– excludes Newborn Sessions
– As well as £25 off you will also receive an 11″x 5″ frame with three 3″ x 3″ images
– Sessions will last 30-45 minutes, after your session we will schedule your view & order appointment to view your images & purchase more if you wish
– Sessions must take place between January – March 2018
– Please note no digital images are included in these offers

With all that being said we wish you the best of luck, wish you an early Merry Christmas & look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

With Love
Ash.x

 

Christmas Mini Sessions 2017

Christmas Mini Sessions 2017

Hey lovelies!
I hope you’re all well?
With it being October & Christmas being right around the corner it can mean only one thing… well two things cosy jumpers & CHRISTMAS MINI SESSIONS!!
I am ridiculously excited for this years sessions, our set up is going to be amazing! Actually I have two & they’re both going to be amazing! The kids are going to love them & will have so much fun. Get your Christmas gifts & cards in the bag early this year so you’re not part of the last minute dash 😉

Every year these are sought after sessions & this year we are doing a special early bird release!! That’s right not only do you get to get organised but you also get a little bonus for doing so – who doesn’t love a little something extra?!

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Those that book in for a session on the 29th October or 7th November {baby – preschoolers only}  before Friday the 20th of October will receive 3 prints of their choice from their session.

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We have two dates to choose from & a special weekday that is for babies – pre-schoolers only.

Tuesday November 7th
Sunday November 12th

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**Available Products to Purchase**

Luxury Christmas Cards
40 – £55
20 – £45
10 – £30

Beautiful White Framed Desk Print
10×8″ – £45
7×5″ – £30

Stunning Print Pack
Two 10×8″
Two 7×5″
Two 6×4″
£55

 Digital files upgrade
10 – £65
All – £100

(Please note these prices will be available for one week only after your session, if order is not placed within that time usual prices apply)

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I can not wait to see you again & capture some more memories with your gorgeous families!!

Ash.x

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Master E’s First Birthday Cake Smash | Bromley Photographer

Master E celebrated he’s first birthday with a Cake Smash & what a smashing time we had!

Mum requested a giant cupcake with pale blue & silver stars the rest was up to me so out came my creative hat. I had started toying around with the idea of hanging stars right from the off it was deciding what style to have & how to hang them that took some thought.

On a wonder around Hobbycraft, I came across the felt aisle & soft puffy stars sprung to mind & the set came together right there in the felt aisle! I hand cut (I must buy a circuit cut machine asap!) al the stars then stitched & stuffed them. Leah helped me set up for the cake smash, you may have caught our live videos?! lol, for those that didn’t we hung some large & small stars in the front on a backdrop stand. We then hung the larger ones in various places over the ceiling & stuck some little ones on the back wall. To finish the set we put some clouds (toy stuffing) along the back to create a dreamy effect.

 

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I absolutely love the effect, it is completely what I pictured! Isn’t it great when things just come together! Lucky for me Mum & Dad loved it too 🙂

This little guy also loved he’s cake…

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What a little Smasher!!

Not forgetting a splash in the tub amidst the stars well we got one splash & so many adorable expressions.

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Isn’t he just adorable! Thank you all for coming, it was so great to see you all again & capture another milestone!

As you can see I love creating custom Cake Smash sets for my little smashers, if you would like a unique cake smash for your little one pop me an email today. I look forward to hearing from you.

With Love

Ash.x

Top 7 Teacher Gifts | Bromley Photographer

Top 7 Teacher Gifts

As the school year draws to a close & plans for the summer start to roll in first we give thanks to those that have taught, nurtured, helped & watched our little monkeys grow over the year.

With our little & big ones teachers in mind I asked all the teachers & teaching assistants I know what their favourite gifts they’ve been given are to help take the guess work out & make the end of year gift giving go smoothly.

It seems we’ve all been doing things right all these years & the personalised items are actually loved & are not ‘oh another one’ type of things, which is great for a crafty gal like me! So without further ado here’s my top 7 given by teachers themselves for you!

1. Alcohol(!)

Yep the majority loved being given a bottle of wine or brandy for the gents. To make these even better you can get a personalised bottle sticker with your child’s name & a message on too. I love these labels from etsy, ‘Our child might be the reason you drink, so have one on us’ Brilliant!

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2. Cups

Cups were next on the list. With these you can get really creative, one told me that her class knew she loved skittles so they stuffed as many bags as the could into the cup, she said its one of the best gifts she got. Going that little extra mile makes a big difference! In the cup range you could also for for a travel mug or if the teacher is fond of exercising perhaps a nice water bottle, you could personalise them to give that extra touch.

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3. Gift Vouchers 

If you collect as a class to give something bigger gift vouchers are most appreciated. Even more so when bought for that teachers favourite store. One teacher said ‘My class got together to get me a monsoon voucher. I bought a dress and I think of them every time I wear it.’ how lovely is that!

4. Personalised items

Next on our top 7 teacher gifts are Personalised items which were mentioned by all! Whether they be handmade by little fingers or purchased with a thoughtful message. Favourites included a jewellery box saying “Thank you Miss C”, a personalised photo frame with an image of the class in it, hand painted photo frame with your childs image inside, personalised keyring, the list really is endless. Here are a few of my favourite personalised items;

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4. Pandora (or similar) Charm/Jewellery Item –

Another great one for whole class collection gifts. Paying attention to what your little ones teacher likes to wear can go a long way in making them feel appreciated. One of the teachers I asked is a drama teacher & at the end of the year her class bought her a theatrical face charm for her bracelet rendering it such a priceless & thoughtful gift that is so loved.

5. Coffee Shop Voucher

A Costa coffee voucher was mentioned a few times too, personally I’m a Starbucks girl & would love it if I was gifted with a voucher. Whats better than going to your favourite coffee shop on a quiet day with your book & sitting & enjoying a peaceful cuppa 😉

6. A Mini Hamper 

Mini hampers are very well received by teachers. Little thoughtful gifts in miniature size added into a little bucket/basket is a gift that keeps on giving! Here’s some ideas for you;

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Soap & Glory Hand Sanitiser £2.50 – hand sanitiser, top 7 teacher gifts, soap and glory, teacher gift, ashleigh shea photography, bromleyTed Baker Mini Gift Set £8 Boots – teacher gift, ted baker, top 7 teacher gifts, ashleigh shea photography, bromley, thank you,7. Paint a flower Pot & add some Seeds 

This is fab for those little ones that love to paint & is very inexpensive. You could put a range of things on your pot my favourite is “Thank you for helping me grow, I’ll miss you now its time to go” simple but lovely!

This Pinterest link has some great flower pot ideas teacher flower pot, top 7 teacher gifts, thank you miss, end of year, ashleigh shea photography, bromley

I hope all your little & big ones enjoy whats rest of the summer term, if you have any other ideas for gifts please feel free to post them in the comments we could all use fresh ideas. Let us know if you use one of our recommended top 7 teacher gifts!

With Love

Ash.x

Newborn Photographer Bromley – Miss I’s Newborn Session

Newborn Photographer Bromley – Miss I’s Newborn Session

This beautiful little miss came in with her mummy & nanny & her session became one of my dreams! Sophia wanted pastels (my happy colours!) & lots of them, so as you can imagine I was in my element.

Miss I practiced her diva skills during her session with it being one of the longest in a while but as always all was worth it in the end, I mean just look at how gorgeous she is.

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The first set up we started with was a beautiful pastel blue & a little tiny pastel blue body suit but she wasn’t having none of it so we wrapped her to help her little tummy settle & went back to it & oh am I pleased we did…

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Once this little beauty was in a nice deep sleep her session went swimmingly.

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How to Book your session – 

Your little ones newborn session can be booked at anytime during your pregnancy. Most expectant parents book in from their 20 week scan. Booking your session is simple you can fill in this form or contact me via email with your little ones due date. Your due date is reserved in our diary once the session fee has been paid, paying your session fee secures your little one in our diary.

What to do once baby arrives – 

I ask all parents to try their best to contact me within the first 48 hours of baby arriving so that we can get you all booked in during their first two weeks. I will send you a selection of dates & see what works for us all.

Parent, sibling & immediate family shots are encouraged & will take place at the start of your session so the little ones can then kick back & relax or dad can take the off to the park while we get on & finish baby’s portraits. At the end of your session we will schedule your view & order appointment.

If you have any questions at all please feel free to ask.

With love

Ash.x

Help To Keep Your Newborn Cool in The Hot Summer | Ashleigh Shea Photography

Help To Keep Your Newborn Cool in The Hot Summer

With this amazingly hot weather & having trouble keeping myself cool I thought I’d do a quick post on the top tips shared by those in my VIP group, from the NHS site & of course from my own experience.

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1. Keeping Baby Cool Outdoors – 
As we all know babies shouldn’t be in direct sunlight so shade is paramount at all times when its as hot was it is, if your going for a stroll or shopping don’t forget babies hat & your parasol/sunshade for the buggy. Remember that placing a blanket over to block the shade also blocks the airflow & can be very dangerous to baby so avoid that at all costs.

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2. Keeping Baby Cool Indoors –
When indoors keep curtains & blinds closed especially in the room where baby sleeps so its at a nice temperature for them when they go down for naps or to bed. Babies tend to sleep well when the temperature is between 16-20c. Sleeping in just a vest or a baby grow with no vest also helps.
A litre or more of iced water could help to keep their room cool as it melts during the night.
If you’re using a fan place bowls or bottles of ice water in front of it to help cool the air that circulates around the room.

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3. Have a Little Paddling Fun –
A paddling pool is great for keeping little ones cool, just yesterday I saw that one of my clients had popped her little ones bath support into the paddling pool & had her lying on that to help her keep cool in the heat, such a good idea!

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4. Bath Before Bed –
Give babies a luke warm bath before bed to help cool them down ready for bedtime. If you have a loft opening the hatch will help disperse some heat.

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5. Stay Hydrated –
Breastfed babies stay hydrated with breastmilk as your milk is perfect combination of milk & water, they may feed more often but its all good as its more cuddles 😉 There is mixed reviews on giving cool boiled water to little ones under 6 months but with it this hot defiantly consult your health visitor.

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If you have any top tips we haven’t mentioned please feel free to add them in the comments so that others can see!

I shared a couple of weeks ago top tips for expectant mummy’s to keep cool heres the link to that if your expecting & would like some tips to help you survive 😉

Sending you cool vibes lovelies!!

With Love

Ash.x