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.