Best Photographer in Sussex Award 2019

A HUGE thankyou to all my clients, past and present, family and friends for all those votes you gave me when I was in the Finals for the Best Photography Business in Sussex.

I won !!!! 🏆🎉

I have now been Officially Awarded the Best Photographer in Sussex.

I can not stop smiling and shaking.

Thankyou all so much.


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Muddy Stilettos Award for Best Photography Business in Sussex

I am so excited right now as I am in the Finals for the Muddy Stilettos Award.

I have been chosen as on of the TOP FIVE BEST Photography Businesses in Sussex.

My passion for being the best I can for my clients is not just about buying lots of beautiful little hats and outfits for the newborns; it's not the ongoing training I invest in to ensure I continue growing and learning, it is not even my insurance and safety training so you know your baby is in safe hands or the running and maintenance of my lovely studio so that clients can relax during their session, it is about my personal and emotional investment into EVERY client that walks through my door, whether with a baby, child or their beloved pet..... I take great pride in being part of their story and the legacy that they will leave for future generations who will see the images I took.

Photography is my absolute passion and to win this award would be simply amazing!

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The Whole Smashing Story

What is Cake Smash I hear you ask?

Cake Smash is a type of studio based photoshoot which has taken the UK by storm. Cake Smash is the new fun and messy way to capture those all important Birthday Milestones, namely babies 1st Birthday. We simple let your one-year-old loose with their own birthday cake and the I captures the carnage, the smiles, and the giggles as a fun and memorable keepsake.

However Cake Smashes have proven so popular that it is now being taken up by all ages as a fabulously fun way of capturing milestone birthdays, including 21st, 30th, 40th and 50th birthdays too..

When you book a Cake Smash with me you simply choose your theme or colour scheme and I do the rest.

Once you are booked we order your matching Giant Cup Cake or Naked Cake from Professional Cake Makers, Dreamy Cakes of Uckfield, special dietary requirements can usually be catered for.

I have lots of props including bird cages, crates, giant tissue pom poms, balloons, cake stands, large wooden letters, flowers, lot of different types of bunting, fabrics, soft toy props for themed set ups like Peter Rabbit or Winnie the Pooh and many many more.. but if you would like something I don’t have, just ask, and I will always see what I can do.

I also have age one outfits available although I always advise parents to bring an alternative just in case mine is not suitable on the day.

After all the fun of cake smashing I provide a mini bubble bath in a tin bath to help little ones get cleaned up but also giving us another opportunity to grab some more super lovely photos in the process.

Take a look through my cake smash galleries for ideas about what you might like to book, if you can’t see what you fancy, simply message and we can have fun planning a new set up.

Never Too Old for a Cake Smash!!

How about a fun and crazy way to capture a Birthday Milestone?

Cake smash can be tailored to fit all ages.

The perfect way to capture special birthdays whether it be sweet 16th, legal 18th, Sparkly 21st, Awesome 30th, Feisty 40th or Nifty 50th… but hey, why stop there…

Email me and book today for some birthday craziness…

New puppy?

Bringing home a new puppy is super exciting and a wonderful time to capture some fabulous photographs whilst they are still so tiny and sleepy. From birth up to 3 months of age, puppies will usually spend up to 22 hours sleeping. After that first 3 months, they will have more energy to walk around and explore but still sleep for most of the day, by six-months your puppy is an adolescent and he will have an increase in energy and wilfulness. The sooner you can book your puppy in for photographs the better if you want to capture that tiny puppy stage.

My Silver Award Achievements with The Guild of Photographers

Photography has been my passion for many many years and yet still a week doesn’t pass when I don’t learn something new, whether it be in camera, lighting or in editing. Year on year I see how I continue to improve and grow and this is reflected by my awards and achievements.

Over this last year I have achieved several Silvers with The Guild of Photographers, a lovely step in the right direction from the previous years Bronzes of which I am still very proud.

I thought I would share some of my Silvers with you here. As you can see I have achieved Silver in Newborn, Maternity, Pets. and Portraiture too.

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Birds of Prey

I offer Pet Photography in my Portfolio which potentially can cover any pet which is suitable to travel and be safe in a studio environment. Last week I had the pleasure and excitement of photographing two stunning birds of prey, a Saker Falcon and a Harris Hawk. Both arrived in their travel boxes and were taken out one at a time. The handler kept the birds on a leash attached to either his glove or a perch so that there was no risk of flying and damaging their wings. I took a whole series of beautiful photographs which I then edited into a Fine Art style. Here are a few.

Note: When I have pets in the studio all soft furnishings are removed, and things that cannot be removed are covered fully with waterproof coverings to protect them. After a pet session the studio floor is fully steam cleaned to ensure it is perfect fro my next client. Safety and hygiene are my number one priorities.

Bronze Award from the sussex photographic federation

Sussex Photographic Federation Championships 2018

The Championships are assessed by three judges, in common with most regional and national events. The Championships were judged by:

  • Walter Benzie

  • Roy Lambeth

  • Sue Sibley

There were 180 images submitted representing the best of the best from each affiliated Photography Society and Club across Sussex. This year, 2018, I won the Bronze award for my Fine Art Portrait entitled ‘Phoebe’.

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New Studio!

My studio has been doubled in size and it has given me so much more space to move around. This has made a huge difference for shoots like newborn and Cake Smash as they require several set up throughout the session. I can now have two separate set ups ready to go. We have incorporated a changing area too for my Maternity and Fine Art clients to change behind. I have usb charger points for clients too as well as the baby changing unit, bottle warmers, tea, coffee and drinks area and comfortable seating too. My props are easy to view and access too so clients can see what is on offer. Parking is directly outside the door which is perfect for disabled access too.

New Session Available - Back to School

I have a NEW SESSION available called 'Back To School' . This is a wonderful way to capture the 'Back to School' milestone, whether it is for their first day at school, or the first day in a new form. Each edit is personalised to make is super special and memorable. 

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The Guild of Professional Photographers

Feels like old news now, but back in April this year, 2018, I was thrilled to achive my Qualified Status with The Guild of Professional Photographers.  

Over the last year I have been entering The Guild's Monthly Photography Competitions and I’ve achieved Bronzes and  Silvers so I decided to go for it and submit 21 images for review by a panel of senior photographers. Nerve wracking to say the least, but I am so delighted to say that I passed and am now Qualified with letters after my name. !

In addition to the submission of images, I also needed to provide a written brief on each image to explain the set-up, lighting and poses for each image. As my panel was made up Fine Art Dog Photography I also covered some of the useful tips for achieving the results I was looking for. 

I absolutely love photographing dogs, they are not in our lives long enough so portraits like this become so much more precious in time. 

I have attached my panel for you all to view. 

Thank you to all these beautiful dogs for being such wonderful models. xx

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Part of the family

After some careful consideration I have decided to extend my portfolio to include Pet Sessions, after all, they are as much a part of the family as we are. I have created an All Inclusive Package which means you get the session and some images for one set price. Depending on interest I may extend the options, but always feel free to ask if you message or call. I am very flexible. 

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Free Bath Splash at the end of every Cake Smash

Cake Smash is certainly messy and sticky fun, so I have now included, FREE of charge, a little bubble bath at the end to help get little one cleaned up for home time and to give us another 'pop' at getting some super cute photos.

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Behind the scenes at Judith Stewart Photography during a Newborn Shoot...

What is this new addition of 'Bespoke' Photography?

If you are looking for something a bit different, a Bespoke Photograph may be for you. These images take a great deal more editing to get that unique finish and magical quality. You will find examples in with the Fairy and Angel Gallery. Have you seen something out there on Pintrest, or on another photography based website and would love 'that look'? If so, let me know. Simply email me an example, and let's see if I can do that for you. I am open to ideas and suggests and I have lots of ideas too. We can work together to create a Masterpiece just for you. 

Who are you? Your portrait...

Portrait photography portrays who we are, how we see ourselves or how we are seen. They can be honest images, maybe for a business portfolio or profile,  or more creative and whimsical....  What would you like to do? 

 

I am always open to ideas, suggestions, and challenges... if you have something in mind, bounce it off me. I can offer everything from the classic portrait sessions with the ‘studio’ shot, usually shot on a seamless backdrop with and without props, or we can create something entirely different, using real or digital props, indoors in the studio or outdoors in the elements... let the fun begin...