Today (December 21st) is our final OFFICIAL day in the studio of 2019 - being self employed and working with newborns does mean that we are still in and out of the studio over the holidays though. But - IT'S CHRISTMAS!!!
It really has been such an incredible year for us, and without the support of our amazing clients who trust us wholeheartedly with their precious babies none of this would be possible.
2019 has seen the highest rate of repeat clients in the history of our studio so far (2020 is getting busy with repeat clients too already) - over 50% of our newborn clients in May were second time clients. It was fantastic to catch up with familiar faces, and see their families grow. Undoubtedly, the best part of our jobs!
We've created some beautiful wall art, from acrylics to canvas to traditional framed prints in addition to albums and portrait boxes. There's nothing quite like seeing the finished product arrive back at the studio and then seeing our clients reactions when they open up the boxes. The quality of our products really are unmatched, and will sit on our clients walls for years (and hopefully generations).
We've racked up some phenomenal awards this year too - in addition to numerous monthly awards with the Master Photographers Association, The Guild of Photographers and the SWPP we have brought home some amazing titles in the annual awards too!
In August, Jordan was awarded 2 bronze, and 2 silver awards in the RISE International Photography awards in Australia and was a finalist in the family category - meaning that the image scored in the top 20 within that category WORLDWIDE! Not too bad for a competition we entered on the last day.
Then there's the two MPA annual awards (Welsh Region in June and International in November), where Jordan has picked up;
- Master Photographers Association - Runner up International Newborn photographer of the year!
- Master Photographers Association Welsh Classical Portrait photographer of the year!
- Master Photographers Association Welsh Under 5's photographer of the year!
Additionally, we received 5 merits at the MPA International Annual Awards for newborn portraiture PLUS two merit awards in Business Excellence for;
- BEST BRAND
- BEST CHARITY/COMMUNITY PROJECT
(For those wondering - the Best Charity/Community Project award was for our Bijou Baby - Pregnancy Fairs. Our Bijou Baby Events sideline was launched back in 2018, and we have now organised three successful events, with our fourth planned for March 2020. The events are not-for-profit, with a charity raffle in aid of Cwm Taf Neonatal Unit. The events have seen us raise well over £1000, and the money has been used to purchase much needed items from crockery, to specialist newborn swings and camera equipment. The events bring local pregnancy and baby businesses together for expectant parents to meet, in the stunning DeCourceys Manor in Cardiff. Along with the opportunity to meet these fantastic businesses, we also hold a demo room where expectant parents can attend some excellent talks by our exhibitors about their services, in addition to talks from healthcare professionals. )
The annual Master Photography Awards was a glitzy black tie dinner held on November 17th at Jurys Inn, Hinckley Island. It was an excellent event, with some amazing images on display and photographers attending from all over the UK, and abroad.
Once we returned from the Master Photography Awards in November, we then received an email from Wales Children's Activity and Services Awards. We have been shortlisted as a finalist for Photographer of the Year! So, we have to get our tux/dresses back out for another black tie event in January. We can't wait - although we could do without the 3 day hangover which we all suffered from the MPA awards!
So, we're ending 2019 on a high and starting 2020 on a high too!
We cannot wait for 2020, and to see what the new year (and decade) brings for us as Amplified Studio as we approach our 7th birthday.
We have some exciting plans, and new session launches which we can't wait to put in to action.
Thank you to everyone, from our past, current and future clients for allowing us to continue to do what we love every day. We are forever grateful.
Additionally, a huge thank you to our amazing suppliers for creating our beautiful product line and dealing with our high standards and demands daily. We couldn't do it without you!
And to the Master Photographers Association for being such a fun, inspiring and supportive bunch. :)
That is all from us for this year.
We officially return to the studio on January 7th 2020.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Sally, Jordan & Sophie (team Amplified Studio)
p.s if you're hoping to book a newborn session with us, please don't forget to book in during pregnancy. We really hate letting people down, but unfortunately it's not very often we can accomodate last minute bookings. :(