Covid-19 changes

Changes to keep us all safe

 

As a photographer working in our community it is essential for me to help and minimize the spread of any infection.

I have always operated a clean studio policy but now have introduced some new protocols to meet the government guidelines to protect you & me.

As a small business I have been hit by the pandemic and am happy to slowly get back to work. I can only do this with your cooperation.

 

1 ) Social distancing

Where possible we will conform with government guidelines on social distancing, I will email/chat with you to talk you through the session so you know what to expect.

 

2) Sanitizing station

There will be a station at the entrance of the studio as well as in the studio itself.

 

3) Feeling unwell

If you feel unwell do not come to the studio for your session. Let me know as soon as possible so I can reschedule your appointment for you.

 

4) Minimal shoots

I will allow only one customer per day and I will allow 24 hours between each session to give myself time to sanitize and deep clean everything.

 

5) Changing facilities

This will be cleaned and washed in between sessions.

 

6) payment

Cash payment won’t be accepted just now but you can always pay by online banking.

 

7 ) Masks & Gloves

I will have masks and gloves in the hallway for you to use during the session. I will also wear a mask and will wash my hands thoroughly before, during and after every session.

 

8 ) Questions

Before every session we will ask you how you are feeling and if you had any symptoms of covid-19 in the last 14days.

If you do have any more questions or are unsure about anything, please feel free to contact me info@littlebirdphotography.co  07944502417

#moobythefrontdoor – small businesses

First of all thank you to everyone who has joined #moobythefrontdoor.

I loved meeting  you and your family so much!

This project has meant more to me then you might realize.

It meant that I kept my sanity throughout lockdown by still seeing and meeting all of you and having a wee chat. It meant that I can help other small businesses and myself to make you aware that we are still here . It meant that I could give you a small gift of giving you a family photo in this crazy time.

I am a small business and I know that it might not seem that I can make a difference on my own but having done over 50 families and asking them to buy from a small business in the future is for me a small win. If those 50 + families then also start talking about the business they bought from and so on…. that means I did my job and made you guys aware of me, my business and other businesses around us that we might not always see.

I hope you are all still safe and sound and following the guidelines as it will only get better from here on out.
I am now stopping my project due to be able to do outdoor photo sessions soon so I will focus on getting some plans together for the future of my business.

I want to thank each and one of you who has shopped local and especially the ones that have supported me throughout my journey. I have had such amazing gifts from you that really touched me and all of you that bought a print and also bought gift vouchers…I just can’t thank you enough. It means the world to me and my family and I will keep pushing myself to provide you the best service I can give you.

For all the latest news follow me on : www.facebook.com/photographylittlebird 

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I will pop down the list of the small businesses below for your interest.

(There are many more but these are the ones I have put in so far)

FOOD :

* The black isle dairy : https://www.facebook.com/BlackIsleDairy/

* Milkbar inverness : https://www.facebook.com/milkbarinverness/

* Bad girl bakery :    https://www.facebook.com/badgirlbakery/

* Highland farm cafe : https://www.facebook.com/Highland-Farm-Cafe-1946027988801119/

* Black isle veg boxes  : https://www.facebook.com/fearniewell/?ref=br_rs

* Robertsons farm shop beauty : https://www.facebook.com/robertsonsfarmshop/

* Biagiotti beauly : https://www.facebook.com/cafebiagiotti/

* Corner on the square beauty :  https://www.facebook.com/corneronthesquare/

* Tanita from ladybug cakes : https://www.facebook.com/LadybugHomemadeCupcakesTeaTimeTreats/

* Debbie & Andrew from the chocolate place : https://www.facebook.com/thechocolateplace/    they also do markets on saturday during lockdown !

* Bob from the natural pig :  https://www.facebook.com/thenaturalpigco/

HEALTH :

*  Yoga with jenn : https://www.facebook.com/JennHighlandYoga/

*  Lindsay from synergy massage therapy highland : https://www.facebook.com/HighlandSynergyMassage/

*  Bellafemme inverness : https://www.facebook.com/Bellafemme-137226929691534/

* louise meraki therapies : https://www.facebook.com/merakitherapies1/

* juicy-ness https://www.facebook.com/JuicyNessHQ/

* nicco fitness : https://www.facebook.com/NV2FN/

TRAVEL :

*Carndaisy house  https://www.facebook.com/CarndaisyHouseBedandBreakfast/

* big sky lodges muir of ord : https://www.facebook.com/bigskylodges/

* sophie from exclusive travel : https://www.facebook.com/ExclusiveTravell/

* nicole has 2 b&b’s in beauly : https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/17651354?s=67&sharer_id=60962750&unique_share_id=7e1fe3d8-7bb8-4eac-8f40-ce5b142dc780&fbclid=IwAR12vAAj8YgZAgk-8eXsXIp16Bx2dDWycztEZO61ux4yEMAQpCBLGhAEiBo&source_impression_id=p3_1588182170_tUJEhIC7M1VIMHq5&guests=1&adults=1

and : https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/33892152?s=67&sharer_id=60962750&unique_share_id=a701a6f2-aab7-4928-96ed-a0d3f44e3cd1&fbclid=IwAR02lejtNaS0-GfVmtFJifjUrWuJGakmQmzhY0PuBeCAy3BCZqjH0g2v79g&source_impression_id=p3_1588182261_PspV0Vhu%2F4eFwYqw

BABY / CHILDREN  :

* Laurna hislop : https://www.facebook.com/coorieinwithlove/?hc_location=ufi

* little stagies : https://www.facebook.com/Little-Staggies-ELC-100457014774486/?ref=br_rs

* babysensory kathryn : https://www.facebook.com/babysensoryinverness/

* Kayleigh from mini first aid highlands: https://www.facebook.com/minifirstaidhighlands/

* Fiona from sing and sign inverness https://www.facebook.com/highlandsingandsign/

* children clothes : https://www.facebook.com/rorymacaroni/

BEAUTY :

* The vanity lounge : https://www.facebook.com/The-Vanity-Lounge-393180504866636/

* Body beautiful beauly :  https://www.facebook.com/Body-Beautiful-160207283998059/?ref=br_rs

* Highland aesthetics : https://www.facebook.com/highlandaesthetics/

* Perfection by Janie :https://www.facebook.com/perfectionbyjanie1/

* Patricia with the body shop :https://www.facebook.com/groups/1099064647139821/

OTHERS :

* Flameless with kerry : https://www.facebook.com/groups/2027295154024744/?hc_location=ufi

* Whitescents :   https://www.facebook.com/whitescents/

* emma with embers wood creations www.instagram.com/embers_wood.creations

* Piper on parade :https://www.facebook.com/PiperOnParade/

* patches corner : https://www.facebook.com/teawig.beauly/

* watson & carrel joinery : https://www.facebook.com/WatsonandCarrel/

* David & rachael from isight cctv & home automation : https://www.facebook.com/isightsystemsltd/

* Bob joinery : https://www.facebook.com/thehousedoctorshighland/

* Ness music : www.facebook.com/NessMusic55Academyst

* Mother fluffed ( face masks etc..)  https://www.facebook.com/xmotherflufferx/

#moobythefrontdoor – family lockdown photo & support small businesses

Hi Everyone,

This idea came from a photographer in the US and is called frontstepproject.I customized the name to suit our village to #moobythefrontdoor !

so my project is called #moobythefrontdoor

The 2 main reasons I am doing this are :

1 – To gift you a  family photo not only to remember you of this time and where you were / lived but also to put a smile on your face

2 – most importantly is the goal to raise awareness for us small businesses

I know it is a hard time for everyone but I feel that we small businesses really have to put up a fight to keep going. Although a lot of us are closed there is still some ways you can help !

     * Help out by liking and sharing posts on social media from us.

     * Help out by buying a gift voucher to gift to someone or for yourself to use in the future.

     * Help out by not forgetting about us and keep talking about us to your friends and keep using our services, even if you cant now make sure you do in the future when we are all ready for you again.

If you are interested in a free family photo in front of your house please get in touch ! I will be 3 meters away from you and keep in mind that I am doing this during my 1 hour exercise a day. I am also in lockdown and don’t want to break any rules but I felt that without breaking any rules I can still make people happy and help the small businesses.
That is also the reason I can only take photos in muir of ord at the moment.

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Astrid

I also want to mention :  Muir of Ord Development Trust and Moo Food are providing a link to those in the community that need help or support. This can be providing a volunteer to get shopping, pick up a prescription, source food, or even have a blether on the phone. People can get in touch to request some support through the usual Hub number 01463 870 588, Monday to Friday 10am-4pm or Moo Food at the weekend on 07419 129851.

My studio and hygiene

A little but important post about my studio and how i work to keep everything squeeky clean.

I know if you are a first time mum or already have kids it is so important for you not to worry about hygiene if you go out and about. You will of course because, let’s be honest… who doesn’t ? Since I had my wee boy I always carry hand gel in my bag and wet wipes . I do hope this post will put your mind to ease and if you do have more questions you can always contact me.

These 2 aspects are high on my list of my business and very important to me : Hygiene and safety.

Today I want to focus on the hygiene part of how I clean everything before and after every session. I am sticking with my usual fastidious hygiene practices and will explain them to you.

For ANY session I do the same thing.

BEFORE a session I will clean my whole studio. I will dust everything and give it a good hoover and then I will move on to clean all my surfaces and the baby station with dettol and the baby mat will have a fresh cover.

The bathroom gets a good clean with bathroom cleaner and bleach every time before I have a session and fresh towels are put out for every session and washed after.

AFTER any session I will hoover again and will focus more on surfaces so I will wipe them again with dettol and I will also focus on my baby station by washing the baby mat cover and giving the unit a good clean.

I will also gather all the toys I use in the studio during the session (sitter sessions and upwards) and sanitize them.

I  wash all the wraps and fabric backdrops after every session at 60 degrees.

as for my personal hygiene I always have hand gel in my studio and use this a few times during the session when I feel it is needed ( newborn shoot).

I also wash my hands thoroughly before every session and after every session. When I do use a tissue for my nose I will tell mum and dad to excuse me to go and wash my hands after disposing my tissue.

ON TOP OF THIS I also deepclean my studio when needed and give the carpet a good deepclean and go into every nook and cranny of my wee studio.

covid 19

In accordance with public hygiene advice we will be using frequent and thorough hand washing over hand gel.
I have not changed my cleaning routine as I feel that I am always very good with my hygiene and do all I can.

I will however start using dettol on my doorhandles (front door-bathroom door- studio door) to make even more sure these are all germ-free 😉

Having said all this I have looked up the latest news on the virus and it seems it is still not in the highlands so I hope this puts your mind to rest a bit more.

Newborn photo session – Little miss luna and big brother Riley

In November 2017 I had the total pleasure of taking newborn photos of Riley. In August this year I fell in love with Riley’s wee sister Luna . Riley became a big brother and it is amazing how in some newborn photo’s you can see the likeness !

Thank you Tanita and Martin for choosing me again to capture your new baby girl newborn photo’s, it means so much to me to know you support my business over and over again and that you will now have beautiful photos of both the kids displayed all over your home.

Personalised wooden camera – black friday deal !

Smile ! it’s black friday !
 
New and personalised wooden camera especially for black friday ! 
These stunning wooden cameras are great for decoration.
Made of solid wood and great for your little ones bedroom shelf!
Super cute to take photos of you wee one with this camera.
This product will last a lifetime and can be passed on to the next generation if take cared of.
The camera comes with any name personlised to you.
Colours available are pink, blue, grey and white.

Product varies in finish due to being a hand made product.

Please note that this is a decoration product. your wee one can play with it but adult supervision is required.

Giving to Tiny tickers

Good morning everyone,

I am not good at writing blogs but wanted to give you more information about this amazing charity I wanted to give to this year.

If we are healthy and life is good we take our health for granted. I had a massive shock to my system last year when we found out my mum has a rare heart condition that is also genetic.

For almost a whole year I was worried for my mum, my sisters and myself. My mum got diagnosed and one of my sisters so that worry will never go away for them and for me.

My other sister still has to wait for the outcome and I had my test after about 9-10 months of waiting and the outcome was negative. Off course I was relieved but I was also amazed at how this condition does not have any symptoms and how everyone can just have this without realising !

This story aside  you know I work with newborns every single week and love love love every single one of them. They are so small and vulnerable and each and one of them deserve the best start in life !

This is how I stumbled upon a article in the newspaper from tiny tickers. It was about a wee boy with a heart condition and because of tiny tickers they discovered this sooner rather then later and the wee baby boy is now totally fine and healthy !

These 2 stories combined I wanted to give back to something so close to my heart and choose to donate a little amount of every halloween and christmas shoot I do this year and give it to tiny tickers.

I am a big believer in every little helps and a big believer in if everyone gave only £1 to a good cause the world would be that little bit better.

If you are interested go and have a read on the page, they do amazing things. it is all in the uk and they are looking to come up to scotland !

Click on the home button below to read more about this amazing charity

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Newborn photo session – Little miss Olivia

In march 2018 I had the total pleasure of taking newborn photos of Imogen. In april this year I fell in love again with Imogen’s little sister Olivia. Imogen became a big sister and Kenzi became a big brother all over again.
Thank you Cassie & Liam for choosing me again to capture your new baby girl newborn photo’s, it means so much to me to know my photo’s will be displayed in your home and it is so nice for me to see your wee family grow !

 

 

  

 

Newborn photo session – Little mister Callen

Meet little Callen Millor at 8 days young !

Mum and dad met in a town called Cala Millor in Majorca so they inspired the wee baby boy’s name to this 😍
What a lovely story to tell him when he get’s bigger.
He was not wanting to sleep because of all the excitement at first but we did manage to sooth him to sleep and got a lovely gallery for mum and dad.