This is just a reminder to back up your digital files regularly. This post was prompted a couple of weeks ago when I was contacted by a family I had photographed around 18 months ago. They had loaded their USB to a laptop and none of the photos would load or show up correctly, this meant they could not view or print from them :-(.
In this case, thank goodness, the laptop was to blame and the files were safe and showed and loaded correctly on another computer. Thankfully I'd kept their files as they were to be printed on some studio samples and displays, so in this case, I'd have been able to help if the worst had happened. But I can not keep files for everyone indefinitely and many images must be deleted to keep our systems working to an optimum.
However, imagine for a moment if it was the USB that had corrupted. I may not still have your files, as our files are turned over and storage is formatted and overwritten quite regularly due to the demand for my work.
Our USB's are the highest quality, but digital media can not be relied upon as archival storage.
So, here are some tips to minimise the chance of any problems
I was delighted to be asked to photography Baby Innes for Emma & Mark. Mark's a builder and owns his own company Mark Paterson Builder Ltd so as well as natural images, we also created some with his new son posed in his builders bucket alongside some of his builders tools.
Innes rocked his newborn session and was a little charmer, I have a huge gallery and i'm not sure how Mark and Emma will choose which to showcase on their walls. These are just a few of my favourites.
Young Apprentice - With his Daddies tools
Little boys are just MAGIC !
Inne's Dad is also a bit of a magician, and a member of The Magic Circle so we had to bring that through in a themed shot too.
Can you imagine the fun Innes will have at his birthday parties one day?
This wee crate was brought along by Mark and Emma, Innes will use it as a toy box through the coming years.
There are much much more images to come ... I can't wait to share those too.
Baby B came with his big brother for his photos, I'd already worked with the family to create his brother's photos. Such handsome boys!
Sure to be little heartbreakers one day.
How beautiful are Big sister Isabella, and her baby sister Freya, Isabella was our 'cover baby' and won a Silver award with The Guild Of Photographers in June 2015 look how big she is now! I love welcoming back returning clients, it's so lovely to see big brothers and sisters coming back with the newest additions to the family.
Isabella & Freya
Isabella's silver award winning image in June 2015
Beautiful Baby Cassandra rocked her newborn session.
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Susanne Grant from Grant Method of Birthing specialises in (Birth) Trauma, PTSD and Body Issues. She has been working all around the world helping women prepare for their birth using the KG Hypnobirthing and runs a “Heal Your Birth” programme for those to help them heal their own birth, or the birth with their little one.She works with clients in and around Aberdeen and shire, and online.
These are Susanne’s top tips for an empowering birth experience:
Tip1) Look into the way you were born
The way we are born into this world can have a long lasting effect on how we experience life and on our believe system. For example, my own birth was a traumatic forceps delivery and my umbilical cord was so tightly around my neck I couldn’t move down. My birth had a deadline, because my sister was a c-section, so I had until the next day to be born. Throughout my life I felt petrified when I was put under time pressure, at university this meant I couldn’t pass most of my exams because of performance anxiety and I needed to re-do many exams. Yet, if there was no time limit, I was absolutely fine. Besides this constant time trigger, I was never able to wear anything around my neck because it would freak me out – for some reason it made me feel unsafe. Time after time my birth was triggered in different situations without realising it, until I did the work to release it.
Tip 2) Hypnobirthing isn’t an easy trick; it is a life style choice
Embracing the possibility to be able to achieve a positive birth experience is a life changing process. To change your mindset is a daily task where you need to put yourself first; today, tomorrow and everyday to come. Fighting for your dreams isn’t selfish but it does require commitment. If you are not willing to fight for what you want, who will?
Tip 3) Don’t give your power away
I believe your partner holds great power in the way you are going to experience the birth and most of them do underestimate the amazing and positive role they can play! I think any birth worker, like myself, will agree with me on this. We have heard it all before when women come to us for support:
“I am thinking of doing a birth preparation course...”
“I want a home birth, because that’s where I feel safe...”
“I want to hire a doula...”
But my partner doesn’t think it is necessary. Or my partner thinks it is too expensive. Or he believes my birth shouldn't be where I want it to be as he thinks it's not safe.
You wouldn’t believe it, if I told you how many times women told me this in just one year! The way a woman gives birth is an experience that will stay with her for the rest of her life. Make sure it is a memory you want to remember! I really believe most of the negative experiences during birth can be avoided with the right preparation and the right support. Whatever this means to your family! Don’t give your power away, but work together to achieve what you want.
Tip 4) Surround yourself with people that want you to succeed!
Having the right support can make or break your birth experience. But what is right for you as a woman? It may be completely differ from my view which is absolutely fine! Trust me, normality comes in many different shape and forms these days. But where do you find positive support? A good place to start may be the Positive Birth Movement, which is a global movement hosting free antenatal classes all around the world. For more information and to find your local group, visit the website [http://www.positivebirthmovement.org/]. Together with hypnobirthing Doula Satu I run the group in Aberdeen and Shire, Scotland, and we have a range of freely available resources available in our group and the website [http://bit.ly/2bEK9DQ] to help you achieve your own positive birth experience.
To find out more about Susanne’s Hypnobirthing Course and support for releasing negative believes around past births and future births, please visit her website. [www.grantmethod.com]
Baby Brody 6 days old and just adorable !
A little peak at what I got up to with Baby Jada at her Newborn Photography Session
January 2015 kicked of with a gold award from SWPP, and Small Prints Newborn Photography was voted 'Best Keep Sake' award from Acheive Magazine. I was nominated as one of 8 'rising stars in 'Photo professional Magazine' by Mark Cleghorn from The Photographers Academy
February: I qualified as a Craftsman of the Guild of Newborn and Baby Photographers, won 2 Bronze awards with them and also a further gold award from SWPP.
March : One of my images won a much sought after Silver award with the guild, I was also awarded a bronze in the same month for another image. I then got a call from Julie Oswin, Editor of 'Creative Light magazine' and was delighted when she asked if my image could appear on the front page.
April:. I achieved another bronze award from the Guild.
May: I caught my breath, just as I received the news of making it through to the finals of the TREND awards
June: I was elected as a Scottish Ambassador for the Baby and Newborn Photography Association and later in the month Small Prints was mentioned in the Scottish Parliament, regarding the very important issue of baby safety during posing.
That the Parliament congratulates Donna Gray, who runs the Alford-based business. Small Prints Photography, on being elected as an ambassador in Scotland for the Baby and Newborn Photographers Association; understands that, in attempting to copy the style of highly-skilled professionals, amateur photographers can accidently pose a danger to babies; congratulates the ambassadors on their work to ensure that such photographs are taken in a manner that puts the safety of the babies first; commends Donna's dedication to raising awareness on how to photograph babies safely, and wishes her all the best.
Supported by: Hanzala Malik, David Torrance, Nanette Milne, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Rob Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Stewart Stevenson, Claire Baker, Richard Lyle, Gil Paterson, Anne McTaggart, Colin Beattie, Nigel Don, Kevin Stewart, Roderick Campbell"
September: I entered 2 images in the Master Photographers Association Open Newborn Photography competition. One image reached the final 3 and won an award of Excellence, the other received a merit. I also received a Bronze with the Guild of Photographers once again.
October: I have been shortlisted for a Prima Baby Magazine award, news on this will come in Spring 2016 after further judging has taken place. I am also shortlisted in The Guardian Small Business Showcase, Small Business Innovation 2015-2016
November: Well it looks like this is the month I began my Christmas shopping, caught my breath and prepared the business for the Christmas babies. I'd not entered any competitions in November.
December: I have just received the news that one of my images has reached the final of the Newborn Image of the year competition with The Guild. I'll find out in February if I'll go any further in the contest.
And meanwhile,back at HQ : My husband has started his business Odd Socks Enterprise with Socks our 6 year old gyspy Cob. Our six children have turned 13, 11, 10, 7, 6, and 3 ! We have said hello to the teenage years with our eldest, and said goodbye to nappies, and potties with our youngest. With our eldest in S2 and our youngest started a few hours of Nursery each week, I can't express enough just how quickly time flies by. They are only tiny for a fleeting time.. try to enjoy it and preserve all the precious memories you can, in the best ways you can !
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you is all I can say to all my clients in 2015, and all those booked through into 2016. I hope you have all enjoyed your experience at Small Prints Photography; my reviews certainly show that you have ! Your little ones make Small Prints what it is and let me achieve far more than I could ever have imagined when I began training back in 2010, with the mild thought that maybe, just maybe I could possibly make it work, and I exchanged my supermarket vouchers for more camera equipment.
I wish each and every one of you a happy, healthy 2016 filled with happy memories for the years to come.