Author Archives: Victoria Rowe

I'm the owner of Victoria Rowe Photography and specialise in fine art newborn and photography sessions at my studio in Isleworth

Themed Autumn Photo Sessions in London and Surrey

Have you been dreaming of hanging beautiful portraits of your family on your wall?

My lovely clients have been asking for ages when I’ll introduce outdoor family portrait sessions and I’m finally able to say 2016 is the year and autumn is the season. And what a season!

Today I’m launching the ‘Autumn Sessions’, a strictly limited series of family portrait sessions in beautiful locations across London and Surrey this October, with the focus on capturing photographs of you and your family enjoying the great British outdoors. Now I’m not asking you to go out and hug trees, but these relaxed sessions are all about getting out in the fresh air with your children and spending time together as a family enjoying nature.

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Sessions cost £125 and include a one hour session with me, advice on getting the best from your session including what to wear, hand editing of a gallery of wall-worthy images, and a viewing and ordering appointment at my Isleworth studio. This will take place around 1-2 weeks after your session and is when you will choose your favourite images to purchase and transform into artwork for your home. My range of stunning, high-quality wall products starts at just £495 and includes traditional framed portraits as well as more contemporary options.

Time slots are offered on a strictly first come, first served basis, so if you’re interested in a session, get in touch today to secure the best time for you.

I have strictly limited availability on the following session dates:

  • Saturday 22nd October 2016: 9am – 10.30am – 12pm – 3pm – 4.30pm
  • Monday 24th October 2016: 9am – 10.30am – 12pm – 3pm – 4.30pm
  • Saturday 12th November 2016: 8.30am – 10am – 11.30pm – 3pm

With all those gorgeous reds, oranges, yellows and browns, autumn is the perfect time to get outdoors with your family – let me be there this year to discreetly capture your family’s story.

An Amazing Special Offer for Earlybirds

To celebrate this brand new direction for Victoria Rowe Photography, I have an amazing offer for anyone ready to sign up. Simply book your session by midnight on Sunday 9th October and you will earn a £50 voucher towards your purchase after the session, bringing the session fee down to just £75!

Booking your space is easy: simply CALL ME NOW  to reserve your preferred date and time slot or FILL IN THE CONTACT FORM and I’ll be in touch to discuss your goals for the session and talk you through what to expect from your photography experience with me. Once this pre-session consultation is complete you will receive a booking form and request for payment. Spaces will be released if payment is not received within 24 hours.

I look forward to meeting you and your family and creating a beautiful set of photographs for you.

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My response to the dreaded question: ‘Why don’t you just sell the digitals?’

So a little while back I was sorting through some boxes from the days before I became a professional photographer (I used to be a journalist. Shock! Horror!).

Amidst all the fascinating newspaper cuttings I’d long ago stashed in a box (student paper TV listings, anyone?), notepads full of hard-to-decipher shorthand and dictaphone mini cassette tapes (these were virtually pre-digital anything days!), I also found a few sun-faded floppy discs and a 10MB-capacity Zip disk, no doubt containing a selection of my finest work – all wrapped up in a software format that probably isn’t available today, using technology that became virtually extinct more than a decade ago.

Faced with the prospect of tracking down a vintage Zip disk reader and early Windows-compatible laptop to plug it in to, I did what any sensible person would do: chuck it in another box in the loft to fester for another decade or two.

Now, what are the chances that accessing that valuable data will be any easier when I embark upon my next substantial spring clean? Slim to none, right? Yet, it seems the vast majority of people today, when looking to book a photographer to capture precious images of their family as it is today, will ask this question: ‘Can I just buy the digitals’?

It’s OK. I understand the mentality. Data storage is relatively cheap, and it gets cheaper still every day. Why wouldn’t you want to have copies of your favourite images? But, ask yourself this: Will I still be able to access these files, 10, 15, 30 years from now? If you viewed your images as a series of zeros and ones, which is essentially what digital files are, they’d be pretty meaningless. And they wouldn’t tug at your heart strings, bring a memory flooding back, make you laugh, cry or simply feel old in the same way that a crumpled, creased print, that smells of the house you grew up in will. Even if it has seen better days, that archival print is your ticket to a time long since past. But only because you hold it in your hand. It’s real, it’s tangible, and it’s yours.

Technology marches on at an ever-increasing pace and the storage choices of today could well be archaic just a few years from now. The floppy disc is a relic, the Zip disk – with its once-impressive 10MB storage capacity – today doesn’t even have enough space for one file out of my professional camera and the ubiquitous ‘CD of images’ is going the same way. Apple doesn’t even manufacture computers containing a CD drive anymore. Who knows which format, which technology, which software or which equipment will bite the bullet next. It’s why you won’t find the digital files available as a stand-alone purchase anywhere on my website or price list.

As a mum to two young girls, running a demanding business, while trying to ensure our home is a happy and organised one (at least some of the time!), my time is precious. And yours is too. Modern life makes so many demands on our time and throws an overwhelming amount of information and choices at us. With my camera in my hand most days, I have more photographs of my children than most parents. And I truly understand the importance of getting those images printed – not least because a home filled with photos of your children will do wonders for those children’s self-esteem. But I struggle to find the time to get them printed. I don’t doubt many of my clients would feel the same overwhelm and put off the job if they just had a USB drive of images sitting in a desk drawer. So the most valuable part of my photography services actually comes some time after I’ve captured your images – at the viewing and ordering session when I help guide you to decide the best way to turn your images into heirlooms, to enjoy now and for years to come.

Book a newborn photography session with me and in a generation’s time your precious baby will be starting a family of their own. A few years on and that baby (your grandchild) will be a toddler and old enough to delight in looking at real photographs of their mummy or daddy (your son or daughter) as a baby in the beautiful long-lasting family albums that you wisely invested in.

Don’t take a risk on losing your memories. Your family’s history is worth more than that.

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