Last minute Christmas gift idea – give a voucher for a Pamper and Pose photoshoot

There’s still time to buy a gift voucher for  a portrait mini-session with Lisa Marie Gee Photography at the special pre-Christmas price of just £45 for a 30 minute photoshoot and a framed A4 print. Vouchers are valid for six months and make a thoughtful and unusual Christmas gift. Orders received by midnight on Friday will be sent out by first class post, or hand delivered if you are local to Oldham. Local deliveries and email vouchers can be bought right up until Christmas Eve.

Sessions can be booked for individual portraits, children and families and can take place at home or out on location. Packages may be upgraded at any time after the voucher is purchased and additional prints and photo gift products may be ordered after the photoshoot.

Click on any of the images below and add to basket to purchase your voucher. Please include the recipient details in the delivery instructions and specify whether you would like the voucher emailed or sent out. For deliveries local to the Oldham area you can even have your voucher framed in the A4 frame that comes as part of the package.

 

Why you need to be in photographs for your children

I was recently jolted into the realisation that there were pretty much no photographs in existence of me and my children. It took another portrait photographer, Sue Bryce, to make me see the shame in this. I had tuned in to a tutorial she was giving on marketing your photography business. The last thing I expected was to have the mirror turned on myself. “Are you in photographs with your children?” she asked the audience, and from the reaction she got, I know I was not the only person to be stopped in their tracks.

“If anything happened to you, have your children got photographs of themselves with you to treasure,” challenged Sue. I realised, shamefully, that no, I hadn’t. Like many women, I am not comfortable having my photograph taken and usually try to avoid it. “Ah well, I’m always the one behind the camera,” I joke. How convenient. But also, actually, how selfish!

My dad died when I was 19 years old and there are very few photographs of me and him together. There are a few from my 18th birthday party, where we are on the same photo, but the best photograph I have of the two of us is from when I was 15 years old. I treasure that photograph. You never know what is around the corner and I was mortified to think that my two children, still so young at four and seven, would not have any good photographs of us if the worst should ever happen.

I tried to set the lights up at home and take some photographs myself. It’s really not easy to organise group portraits including small children using a self-timer. I only managed to get one decent image from that session.

So what did I do? I took a deep breath and put my trust in a professional. I agreed that Gabrielle, Flynn and I would be models for a family portraiture day for Welshot Photographic Academy. And do you know what? It was actually a lot of fun once I relaxed into it.

I have photographs of my children all over the walls at home, but now they have been joined by these two very special images by Welshot member and ace photographer Derek Buick.

From here on in I am going to do my best to get over myself and never again turn down an opportunity to be in photographs with my children. My weight and ageing issues are my own, I know that my children don’t look at me and see an overweight, middle-aged woman. They look at me and just see their Mummy.

I have photographed some fantastic families of all shapes and sizes, and all that I see when I edit them is a permanent record of a happy family unit. Yet very regularly when I photograph children I invite mum to get into a photograph and all too often the response is: “Oh no! I hate having my photo taken.” I would ask you, like Sue Bryce asked, to stop and consider whether you will leave photographs behind for your children. I’m not saying you need to be in one of my photographs, although that would be nice, but please, just be in photographs. You owe it to your children.