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Friday, 15 February 2013

Dream For Life Competition!

This is new territory for me, I've never run a competition before.  Well, this month sees Sarah Mason Photography (not forgetting the Zebra), celebrating its fourth birthday, so I thought now was as good a time as any! 

As some of you know, I've been really excited about launching my new Dream For Life portrait package.  The idea for the package is that your child comes up with their own ideas for their shoot.  It could be a character from their favourite book or film, or a Teddy Bears' Picnic as Amy did...

You can see the rest of the shoot on a post here.

Or Taylor wanted to make perfume....

You can take a look at the rest of the shoot here. I build the scene around them.  Firstly, we'll sit down and plan the shoot together, sketching and drawing out how they see it, and make a list of things we might need for the shoot. 

Sooo - here comes the competition bit!  I'm offering a Dream For Life shoot, including all the planning and styling, and then the shoot itself.  At the end of the shoot, I will then frame one of your favourite images.  The shoot is for one child.  What I'm asking for is a sentence or two from your little one about what their Dream For Life shoot would be.  The closing date is March 31st.  To enter, please send me an email to - with your child's Dream For Life and your contact details.  I will pick one out of the hat, and I'll be in touch with the winner to arrange the shoot! 

Come and follow the competition on my Facebook page

I'm a massive advocate about taking photos of children when they are doing something they are enjoying.  I guess if I had a chance to enter the competition, I'd want to have my own Swallows & Amazons adventure, or maybe be in The Red Hand Gang - but I may be showing my age with this one...

Just one last thing – good luck, and I’m looking forward to reading the entries!

You can pop over to to see my other photography packages.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Wedding Albums - Made In Yorkshire, With Love.

With my re-brand last year, I made a change to my wedding photography packages and started to offer couples a disc option.  I am still a big advocate to showing off your photos in a beautiful wedding album, and the majority of my clients will add this to their package.

Last year, at a couple of meetings when the bride's parents' were also there, they rooted out their wedding albums to show me.  It was so lovely to turn the clock back!  A good wedding album should stand the test of time, and along with your memories, will be the one tangible element from your day you can keep looking through together.

I love designing wedding albums.  Like every wedding, each is unique.  I'm so happy to have found Folio Albums - they really showcase my work in their gorgeous touchy-feely fine art albums.  For me, designing an album is a culmination of our time together from our initial meeting, through our pre-wedding shoot and then to the magnificent day itself.

I thought I'd take a few photos of the albums so you can see for yourselves, including a few I took of Nicky & Ben when I presented their album to them.  It was just before Christmas as you can probably tell from the images!

I love the choice of covers and finishes.  The colours are divine from Jade to Nut Brown to Pillar Box.  Then there are the gorgeous duplicate albums, all cute, and very portable.  And don't even get me started on the bamboo presentation cases!

I'm looking forward to designing the albums from 2013 weddings already! 

Do you have photos of wedding albums you'd like to share?  Maybe your parents or even your grandparents?  I've been wanting to collate a few for a blog post, and now seems like the right time!  If you'd like to send any photos, you can email me at  I'm looking forward to seeing what treasures we can find!