Baby Hand & Foot Cast: Downloadable Gift Experience

Baby Hand & Foot Cast: Downloadable Gift Experience

Baby Hand & Foot Casting Gift Experience

Are you looking to give a gift that’s truly unique? A gift that captures a moment of a that miraculous moment that a baby enters into the world! Letting you touch, hold & remember this Impressive Memory for a lifetime.

You will be giving a fun (and not forgetting Impressively memorable) gift experience. Capturing baby hand and foot castings, completed in a luxury frame.

The baby hand and foot castings Gift Experience will take place at the Impressive Memories Lifecasting Studio in Pitcairn, Glenrothes in Fife. KY7 6ET. Within easy traveling distance from all over Fife, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh and the Lothians.

I have created the perfect solution to gifting THE most Impressive New Baby Gift! EVER!!

Are you looking for a truly unique gift for parents of a new baby? Would you like a gift of a baby hand and foot casting that captures those tiny wrinkles and scrunched up toes in all their Impressive glory. Creating a work of art holding on to a moment, memory or milestone and lets you touch, hold & remember a memory for a lifetime. Imagine capturing a truly unique childhood memory! Just imagine how awesome it will be to not only show this baby how tiny they started out in life but also let them touch and feel their own memories too. You will be gifting a fun (and not forgetting an impressively memorable) experience, capturing baby hand and foot castings with this downloadable gift experience.

This downloadable baby hand and foot castings gift experience is AVAILABLE INSTANTLY, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You also have 3 different gifting options –

  1. Download and send your gift digitally – be impressively eco-friendly and not to mention instantaneously impressive! Perfect for those of us who want to give an outstanding gift, but also need it quickly.
  2. Or you can print off your gift experience certificate at home. Ideal for when you need an outstanding gift – NOW! Click – Print – Done.
  3. Choose to have your gift experience printed and posted to the recipient. I’m happy to help present your gift by printing it for you on lovely shiny paper and posting it for you too.

With the click of a button, you can gift the recipients the opportunity to capture a hand cast for two adults to create a memorable, tangible, moment in time.

New Baby, Newborn babies, New parents, New Sibling, Families…

(Could also be a complete lifesaver if you maybe forgot to buy that important gift & time is now of the essence! No need to panic – we’ve got it covered!!)

Your Baby Hand and Foot Casting Gift Experience will take place at the Impressive Memories Lifecasting Studio in Pitcairn, Glenrothes in Fife. KY7 6ET. Within easy traveling distance from all over Fife, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Suitable for all babies from birth until the age of 2 years.

Ready to buy a Baby Hand & Foot Casting Gift Experience?

Head over to the online shop and download your Gift Experience NOW!

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baby hand and foot castings glenrothes kirkcaldy fife
Who would gift a Baby Hand & Foot Casting Gift Experience?

The person who gifts a baby hand and foot casting experience is someone who values the new arrival of an Impressive baby. Someone who wants to give a gift that will last a lifetime. They don’t want to give the ‘expected’ cute little outfit that’s worn once and lives in a drawer. They might be parents themselves who wish they’d received a gift that they could treasure for a lifetime.

Mass-produced ‘off-the-shelf’ newborn gifts just aren’t Impressive enough for you – you’d much rather give a fun experience, with a memorable and life long memento to touch, hold and treasure. You’d like to be remembered for gifting a bespoke present that lasts a lifetime.

Who is the ideal recipient to Gift a Baby Hand and Foot Cast Experience?

The ideal recipient for a baby casting gift experience will be soon-to-be parents, new parents, first-time parents or parents celebrating the arrival of a new sibling.

 

Why does every home need a baby cast?

A baby hand and foot cast is more than just a beautiful ornament to display in your home. It is a work of art inspired by your precious and impressive baby! Seeing your baby hand and foot casts should evoke memories unique to those precious early days, weeks and months of your baby’s life.

 

Your baby will be your proudest achievement EVER and once your work of art is on display you are showing the world – and your visitors – that you are an Impressively proud parent.

What options of Baby Hand & Foot Casting are available?

Select from a variety of options. Your gift experience recipients can decide on the frame they wish, the castings they choose and the photograph and name plaque etc too. They are welcome to upgrade their gift experience to an alternative option if they wish, and pay any outstanding balance.

Luxury Single Aperture Frame Option £126

Luxury Sinlge Aperture Frame option for baby hand and foot life castings

Luxury Double Aperture Frame Option £147

Luxury Double Aperture Frame Option

Luxury Triple Aperture Frame Option £162-£225

Price varies depending on the combination and numbers of castings/photo combinations you choose to gift.

Triple aperture baby castings

Ready to buy a Baby Hand & Foot Casting Gift Experience?

Head over to the online shop and download your Gift Experience NOW!

How do I purchase a Baby Hand & Foot Casting Gift Experience?

To purchase a gift experience just complete the ordering process above. Add to cart and make the payment. You will then receive an email.

How do I Download my Gift Experience?

After purchasing you will be emailed with confirmation and a link to download your gift experience certificate and instructions. On your order form, you will also see an order number that starts with a #. Keep a note of this number as the person receiving your gift will need this to verify their offer. 


  • If you chose to download and send your gift digitally

On completion, you will be emailed with confirmation and a link to download your gift experience certificate and instructions. On your order form email, you will also see an order number that starts with a #. Keep a note of this number as the person receiving your gift will need this to verify their offer. 

Click on the link to download your certificate and instructions. Create a new email to the lucky recipient and attach your gift to your email as an attachment. Be sure to also tell the recipient your unique order number that starts with #.


  • If you chose to print off your gift experience certificate and instructions yourself.

On completion, you will be emailed with confirmation and a link to download your gift experience certificate and instructions. On your order form, you will also see an order number that starts with a #. Keep a note of this number as the person receiving your gift will need this to verify their offer. 

Click on the link to download your certificate and instructions. You can now print your certificate and instruction sheet. You will see on the instruction sheet there is a space for you to add your order number. Please add your order number to the sheet before giving your gift.


  • If you opted to upgrade your order and paid an additional £6.99 to have it printed and posted then I will look after everything on your behalf. Once I have posted your gift experience I will email you a Royal Mail tracking code as confirmation that it has been sent.

I Received a Baby Hand and Foot Casting Gift Experience – what do I do now?

Example of the Downloadable Gift Certificate - available instantly!

If you have received a gift experience, it is time to begin your Impressive journey to creating your baby hand & foot casts.

 

Firstly, you should read through the information on the sheets you have been given, then pop me an email me at [email protected] with your name and order number (starting with #) Once you send the email to me I will reply with your personal online booking code. You can then go to the ‘Make a Booking’ page at www.impressivememories.co.uk to choose a date and time that suits you to come and create your hand cast at the studio.

Your order number and online booking code are valid for one year from the purchase date of your gift experience. Please do not let it expire – BOOK NOW!

When you complete the online booking form please use your booking code in the box that asks if you have a gift voucher. This will allow you to use the credit from your voucher to pay the deposit. Please follow the booking instructions shown on the website. That’s it!! You’ll be booked in!! You now just have to wait until your appointment.


Would you like to join me over on Facebook?

There are lots of examples of hand casts I’ve done over the years and you’re welcome to comment on any of them to speak to me, or the person who it captures. You can find my business page here – look forward to seeing you there!!


Customer Testimonials

I have reviews on social media, Google (yes there are fake ones there too, unfortunately – jealousy is an ugly trait hee hee) and I collate these on my own website too. You’re welcome to see what customers who’ve visited already have said. They’re over here


Who am I?

*waves* Hi, I’m Jen. Everything you see online and offline at Impressive Memories is created by moi! All the jewellery, products, lifecasts, website, catalogs, leaflets…all me! (control freak)

I started lifecasting in 2003 when I had my daughter, and began to build my first business ‘Impressive Babies’. I left my music teaching career to run my business full time in 2013 and ‘Impressive Memories’ has grown and flourished, as has my daughter, since.

I am passionate about capturing an emotion or memory and creating it into a tangible work of art that you can touch, hold and feel for a lifetime. I believe in using the very highest standard of raw materials, alongside consistently developing my own skills to an ever-rising level.  A perfectionist in detail (and my harshest critic) with the ethos that any item created at Impressive Memories is honouring your most Impressive Memory.

I am on a mission to make YOUR memories tangibly impressive!


FAQ’s
  1. What are the casts made from? A high density, top quality stone powder.
  2. How long does it take to make the baby hand & foot casts? Baby only needs to be in the casting material for approx 3 mins per casting. It will then take approx 5 weeks to complete your work of art.
  3. Why does it take so long? Due to the fine and highly dense construction it takes a long time for the cast to dry naturally. To speed it up would have a detrimental effect on your cast in the long run…it would be fine for a few years but then it would begin to deteriorate and could even disintegrate.
  4. I’ve seen a cheaper option elsewhere – why should I come to Impressive Memories? It’s important that you choose a lifecaster that you know, like and trust to create your baby life casts. It’s always a good idea to explore all your options. A cheaper product might be created using cheap materials or a cheap moulding compound, maybe it’s been artificially dried and compromised for a quick turnaround, it might not have been finished to the high standard I work to (look for lumps and bumps and a poor finish around fingernails etc.) It’s also worth checking the time a lifecaster has been working and selling their work to the public. Some issues don’t rear their ugly head for 5 years+ Mould, for example, takes a long time to appear and destroy your casting. Chances are that the person who cut corners and sold you a damp cast has moved on to another ‘business venture’ and won’t care or know how to rectify your issue.
  5. Should I buy a kit and do it myself? This depends on the end goal you want to achieve. A kit can be good fun but the result is uncertain and not guaranteed. You won’t have the skills, ability, machinery, techniques or knowledge to create to the standard of an experienced life caster, and if you want to have fun and waste £80 then have a bash. Buying a camera won’t make you a photographer,  owning a screwdriver doesn’t make you a joiner, dancing in your bedroom singing into a hairbrush won’t make you a pop star…(sorry to shatter your dreams). If you want to have fun and possibly end up with a dodgy looking baby casts that looks great inside a dark cupboard – then buy a kit. If you want a high-quality work of art that you’re proud of for decades to come – you’re in the right place.
  6. What if I give this as a gift and they don’t want it? Don’t panic. If the recipient would rather choose a different casting or jewellery or ceramics, that’s no problem at all. They can transfer their vouchers monetary value to any item at Impressive Memories.
  7. What if they wiggle?  No problemo. They are babies – they are meant to wriggle…
  8. What if they’re hungry? No worries. Bring plenty of milk… there is no rushing and baby’s needs always come first. You’re welcome to feed your baby by whatever methods you choose while here, and you are the only people here in the studio – make yourself at home. If babies are a little older and weaned, bring them something they really enjoy that will distract their attention.
  9. Can the gift be altered? If you gift a single aperture frame and the recipient would like to upgrade to a different, larger frame that’s no problem at all.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to get in touch. I am more than happy to have a chat and answer anything you’d like to know more about. Give me a call on 07837 800 353, email me [email protected], visit me over on Facebook or Instagram

Ready to buy a Baby Hand & Foot Casting Gift Experience?

Head over to the online shop and download your Gift Experience NOW!

Lifecasts – When is the best age to create them?

Lifecasts – When is the best age to create them?

When is the best age for a life casting?

 

This is the question I am asked the most and it's a really good question to ask. The problem is the answer is not that simple.

It's too late to capture today, if it's already tomorrow.

"I wish I'd done this when my children were smaller"

"I'd give anything to hold those newborn feet again"

"You forget so quickly how small they once were, don't you?"

"I wish I'd known I could have done that - now it's too late"

But when is the best age to capture a lifecasting? Well, that depends - I'm not being noncommittal. It depends on WHAT you want to cast, and WHY.

Why do you want life casts?

What will you have lifecast?

Why now?

What memory are you capturing?

Why might waiting be better?

What would I regret if I didn't do this?

Why should you NOT wait

There are no age limitations on my life castings.

What I can’t do is pause time, or go back in time...that would be pretty clever...

Being prepared and being organised is the key to successfully holding onto YOUR Impressive Memories.

I noticed on a website that the caster wouldn't cast babies older than 6 months, "due to them being unsuitable" - Seriously? It's most definitely THAT life caster who is unsuitable, it is certainly NOT your baby.

There are NO AGE LIMITATIONS to lifecasting - young or old. 

Another company claims that babies who "don't cooperate" will have to pay extra if more casting material is needed, AND return another day!  - I would never expect my customers to pay extra because their baby had wriggled! Wriggling is NOT a problem - in fact, I encourage it!!

Do not worry about anything like this happening at Impressive Memories! In my 16 years, I've never been unable to cast anyone or anything that's been to me for lifecasting!!

Baby Lifecasting

As a new parent, you'll want to treasure every second of your precious little bundle. They grow so so quickly, don't they? You just want to pause time and enjoy the moment - but it's also great fun watching them grow, and change and become little people. Lifecasting lets you capture that moment in time. Photographs are great but lifecasts let you actually touch and hold those memories.

Why Is Now The Right Time?

There could be many reasons. I would always say there is never a wrong time to capture a moment with a lifecast. It's a great way to remember a special anniversary or milestone, but in reality, we should treasure every day we have. Not just special occasions.

Why might waiting be better?

If proud Grandparents are also keen to have baby lifecasts and keepsakes, it can be a good idea to do them at different ages to yours.  If you have newborn casts taken, they could wait until your baby is 6 months old...then you can compare and see how they've grown.

Why should you NOT wait?

Once the moment has passed it can never come back. Don't let memories fade - keep holding them!

Don't be left with regrets, wishing you'd done it.

Whenever I take a lifecast for you, we are creating a tangible snapshot of that moment in time.

Here are some of the benefits and possible disadvantages of casting different ages. For more [email protected] on baby lifecasting I have another blog here.

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Lifecasting is NOT just for Babies!

A common misconception is that only babies can create lifecasts

When it comes to lifecasting adults the emphasis isn't on those cute little baby wrinkles anymore.

Our hands are so unique and instantly recognisable as those they belong to.

What we're doing when we cast adult hands is recognising and honouring those in our lifecast.

We're telling the world that this person is important to us and that we want to capture the connections, love and respect we have for them.

With the level of detail captured you can create a unique family heirloom. Imagine passing your lifecast down through the generations.

As we live in a digital age of no longer printing and storing photographs - How are YOU going to show future generations where they originated? Imagine letting them touch, hold and feel the hands of generations that came before them?

 

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Memorial Lifecasting

Memories are never more precious than when we lose a loved one.

Lifecasting can still be done but it is vital that you contact me as soon as possible.

I cannot guarantee it will always be possible but I can guarantee that I have the skills, experience and industry requirements to do this for you.

I am more than happy to discuss this option with you if it is something you would like to know more about.

But when IS the best time to take lifecasts?

Hmmm There just isn't an answer to this is there?

Hopefully, I've helped you think about what YOU want to capture and why?

  • Newborn Babies
  • Chubby 6 month old hands and feet
  • Birthdays
  • Milestones
  • Introducing a New Sibling
  • Recognising a family connection
  • Wedding Hand Clasp
  • Anniversary
  • Elderly relative whose hand holds a lifetime of memories
  • Loved one who has passed
  • Don't forget PETS too!

I don't think there is such a thing as a 'Best Time'.  Whatever you cast, and whenever I cast it, we are taking a tangible snapshot of that moment.

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So What are you waiting for?

Make a booking today to capture YOUR Impressive Memories

Gift Experiences:Hand Casting for two adults

Gift Experiences:Hand Casting for two adults

Gift Experiences NEW for 2020

Have you thought about gifting a Hand Cast Gift Experience for Two Adult Hands?

Impressive Memories Gift Experiences are perfect for you if:

  • Giving a gift that's truly unique important to you.
  • You'd like to give a gift that captures a moment, memory or milestone, that lets us touch, hold & remember a memory for a lifetime?
  • You can imagine creating a truly unique heirloom of the future - NOW! Just think how awesome it will be, to not just show future generations, but let them see, touch and feel them too.

You will be gifting a fun - and not forgetting an impressively memorable - experience, capturing two adults holding hands together, expertly creating their hand casting gift experience.

This downloadable gift experience is AVAILABLE INSTANTLY, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You also have 3 different gifting options -

  1. Download and send your gift digitally - be impressively eco-friendly and not to mention instantaneously impressive! Perfect for those of us who want to give an outstanding gift, but also need it quickly.
  2. Or you can print off your gift experience certificate at home. Ideal for when you need an outstanding gift - NOW! Click - Print - Done.
  3. Choose to have your gift experience printed and posted to the recipient. I'm happy to help present your gift by printing it for you on lovely shiny paper and posting it for you too.

With the click of a button, you can gift the recipients the opportunity to capture a hand cast for two adults to create a memorable, tangible, moment in time.

Engagements, Marriage, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Celebrations, Milestones.

(Could also be a complete lifesaver if you maybe forgot to buy that important gift & time is now of the essence! No need to panic - we've got it covered!!)

The Handcast Gift Experience will take place at the Impressive Memories Lifecasting Studio in Pitcairn, Glenrothes in Fife. KY7 6ET. Within easy traveling distance from all over Fife, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh and the Lothians.

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Who would gift a Handclasp?

The person who gifts a hand casting experience is someone who values the people in their life. Someone that recognises the importance of the connections within our families & friendships. Someone who treasures the moments in our lives and that makes us who we are. They treasure those that are impressive to them and want to capture memories.

Mass-produced 'off-the-shelf' gifts just aren't Impressive enough for you - you'd much rather give a fun experience, with a memorable and life long memento to touch, hold and treasure. You'd like to be remembered for gifting a bespoke present that lasts a lifetime.

Who is the ideal recipient to Gift a Handclasp Experience?

The ideal recipient for a hand cast gift experience could be an engaged couple, newlyweds, parent's celebrating a wedding anniversary (a silver cast for a silver wedding gift, a gold cast for a golden wedding), grandparents, best friends, business partners, brothers & sisters, mum and daughter, father and son...

A hand cast is for people who value those they share in their life. They care more about the people, friends and their family than they do about material possessions. They can appreciate the beauty of a hand cast as it has captured an emotion and made it a tangible memory they are proud to display - showing the world what's important to them.

Why does every home need a hand cast?

A hand cast is more than just a beautiful ornament to display in your home. It is a work of art inspired by you! Seeing your hand cast should evoke memories unique to those who it captures, and spark memories for all those that recognise those who have created it. Our hands are so expressive and instantly recognisable and once your work of art is on display you are showing the world - and your visitors - that you are proud of those you share in your life.

In years to come, it can become a family heirloom to pass down through generations, a snapshot of time, reminding us of our family values, our loved ones and our impressive memories.

Available to Buy & Download NOW

Head over to the online shop now to purchase your Gift Experience NOW!

Instantly available for you to download and gift to an Impressive friend or relative. 

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Sample Gift Certificate
Sample Instructions
Sample Instructions

How do I purchase a Gift Experience?

To purchase a gift experience just complete the ordering process above. Add to cart and make the payment. You will then receive an email.

How do I Download my Gift Experience?

After purchasing you will be emailed with confirmation and a link to download your gift experience certificate and instructions. On your order form, you will also see an order number that starts with a #. Keep a note of this number as the person receiving your gift will need this to verify their offer. 

  • If you chose to download and send your gift digitally

On completion, you will be emailed with confirmation and a link to download your gift experience certificate and instructions. On your order form, you will also see an order number that starts with a #. Keep a note of this number as the person receiving your gift will need this to verify their offer. 

Click on the link to download your certificate and instructions. Create a new email to the lucky recipient and attach your gift to your email as an attachment. Be sure to also tell the recipient your unique order number that starts with #.

  • If you chose to print off your gift experience certificate and instructions yourself.

On completion, you will be emailed with confirmation and a link to download your gift experience certificate and instructions. On your order form, you will also see an order number that starts with a #. Keep a note of this number as the person receiving your gift will need this to verify their offer. 

Click on the link to download your certificate and instructions. You can now print your certificate and instruction sheet. You will see on the instruction sheet there is a space for you to add your order number. Please add your order number to the sheet before giving your gift.

  • If you opted to upgrade your order and paid an additional £6.99 to have it printed on glossy paper and have it posted, then I will look after everything on your behalf. Once I have posted your gift experience I will email you a Royal Mail tracking code as confirmation that it has been sent.

I Received a Gift Experience - what do I do now?

If you have received a gift experience, it is time to begin your Impressive journey to creating your hand cast.

Firstly, you should read through the information on the sheets you have been given, then pop me an email me at [email protected] with your name and order number (starting with #) Once you send the email to me I will reply with your personal online booking code. You can then go to the 'Make a Booking' page at www.impressivememories.co.uk to choose a date and time that suits you to come and create your hand cast at the studio.

Your order number and online booking code are valid for one year from the purchase date of your gift experience. Please do not let it expire - BOOK NOW!

When you complete the online booking form please use your booking code in the box that asks if you have a gift voucher. This will allow you to use the credit from your voucher to pay the deposit. Please follow the booking instructions shown on the website. That's it!! You'll be booked in!! You now just have to wait until your appointment.

Would you like to join me over on Facebook?

There's lots of examples of hand casts I've done over the years and you're welcome to comment on any of them to speak to me, or the person who it captures. You can find my business page here - look forward to seeing you there!!

Customer Testimonials

I have reviews on social media, Google (yes there are fake ones there too, unfortunately - jealousy is an ugly trait hee hee) and I collate these on my own website too. You're welcome to see what customers who've visited already have said. They're over here

Who am I?

*waves* Hi, I'm Jen. Everything you see online and offline at Impressive Memories is created by moi! All the jewellery, products, lifecasts, website, catalogs, leaflets...all me! (control freak)

I started lifecasting in 2003 when I had my daughter, and began to build my first business 'Impressive Babies'. I left my music teaching career to run my business full time in 2013 and 'Impressive Memories' has grown and flourished, as has my daughter, since.

I am passionate about capturing an emotion or memory and creating it into a tangible work of art that you can touch, hold and feel for a lifetime. I believe in using the very highest standard of raw materials, alongside consistently developing my own skills to an ever-rising level.  A perfectionist in detail (and my harshest critic) with the ethos that any item created at Impressive Memories is honouring your most Impressive Memory.

I am on a mission to make YOUR memories tangibly impressive!

FAQ's
  1. What is the cast made from? A high density, top quality stone powder.
  2. How long does it take to make the hand cast? You only need to be in the casting material for approx 5 mins. It will take approx 8 weeks to complete your work of art.
  3. Why does it take so long? Due to the fine and highly dense construction it takes a long time for the cast to dry naturally. To speed it up would have a detrimental effect on your cast in the long run...it would be fine for a few years but then it would begin to deteriorate and could even disintegrate.
  4. I've seen a cheaper option elsewhere - why should I come to Impressive Memories? It's important that you choose a lifecaster that you know, like and trust to create your hand cast. It's always a good idea to explore all your options. A cheaper product might be created using cheap materials or a cheap moulding compound, maybe it's been artificially dried and compromised for a quick turnaround, it might not have been finished to the high standard I work to (look for lumps and bumps and a poor finish around fingernails etc.) It's also worth checking the time a lifecaster has been working and selling their work to the public. Some issues don't rear their ugly head for 5 years+ Mould, for example, takes a long time to appear and destroy your casting. Chances are that the person who cut corners and sold you a damp cast has moved on to another 'business venture' and won't care or know how to rectify your issue.
  5. Should I buy a kit and do it myself? This depends on the end goal you want to achieve. A kit can be good fun but the result is uncertain and not guaranteed. You won't have the skills, ability, machinery, techniques or knowledge to create to the standard of an experienced life caster, and if you want to have fun and waste £80 then have a bash. Buying a camera won't make you a photographer,  owning a screwdriver doesn't make you a joiner, dancing in your bedroom singing into a hairbrush won't make you a pop star...(sorry to shatter your dreams). If you want to have fun and possibly end up with a dodgy looking cast that looks great inside a dark cupboard - then buy a kit. If you want a high-quality work of art that you're proud of for decades to come - you're in the right place.
  6. What if I give this as a gift and they don't want it? Don't panic. If the recipient would rather choose a different casting or jewellery or ceramics, that's no problem at all. They can transfer their voucher monetary value to any item at Impressive Memories.
  7. Can I wear jewellery? Yes, rings can be worn. Wedding bands are inclusive of a standard casting but to include ornate rings with stone settings there's a small additional cost. Jewellery can make your cast even more unique and recognisable as being YOUR hands. If you've been gifted a casting without jewellery you are welcome to upgrade your cast and include them yourself for just £20 per ring.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to get in touch. I am more than happy to have a chat and answer anything you'd like to know more about. Give me a call on 07837 800 353, email me [email protected], visit me over on Facebook or Instagram

Available to Buy & Download NOW

Head over to the online shop now to purchase your Gift Experience NOW!

Instantly available for you to download and gift to an Impressive friend or relative. 

How should your baby’s hand & foot casts be framed?

How should your baby’s hand & foot casts be framed?

Box frames or open frames: How should your baby hand & foot casts be framed?

Once you have baby casts created you will want to display them proudly on the wall of your home. There are lots of different options to do this. 

How do you decide how to frame your baby's hand and foot casts?

In this blog, I am going to share my thoughts on two types of framing - Box framing/shadowing framing behind glass, and Open framing where the casts are mounted in front of the glass.

BOX FRAMES & SHADOW FRAMES

The old fashioned, or common way to frame baby casts was to use a box frame, sometimes called a shadow frame (because they’re dark and shadowy!)

A box frame can be made in two ways.

  1. it can be constructed by a lightweight box, sometimes made out of thin ply, pine or cardboard, with a frame stuck to the front of the box. 
  2. Or it is constructed using a broader frame, instead of this being front-facing it’s used to construct ‘a box’ deep enough to put the casts into. 

Both then have casts attached to the backing mount (cardboard) with a single sheet of untempered (not safety) glass fitted to the front, supported by a few millimeters of frame rebate. 

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“Box frames are safer for your baby casts”

You may have been told, “Box frames are safer for your baby casts”. I recently had a customer tell me they’d been told this. Oh, dear.

Safer than what?

What dangers are your baby casts going to face hanging on the wall of your home?

Personally I don’t think my living room is a high-risk area in terms of safety. I don’t feel the need to wear a high visibility vest, I don’t ask guests to wear safety helmets. I generally don’t feel the need to carry out a risk assessment before precariously making my way through to the kitchen! 

If by safer you mean it’s hidden in a dark, shadowy box behind a reflective sheet of untempered glass...then yes...your casts are safe - safely hidden! #rolls eyes

Obviously accidents can happen. Something might fall or be thrown and hit your casts. Just as any ornament or fragile item in your home there’s always the risk of breakage. 

I don’t know about you, but if I was in a dangerous situation - would a 2mm sheet of untoughened glass be your first choice to provide you with safety??? hmmm

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Shards of annealed broken glass
Shards of annealed broken glass

BROKEN GLASS

If annealed glass breaks, it tends to break into longer, jagged, unpredictable and dangerous shards  — as opposed to tempered safety glass which shatters into small chunks and pieces.

If you imagine the difference between smashing a drinking glass, and how a car windscreen breaks.

Frames will usually have the cheaper, annealed glass.

Tempered safety glass breaks into small nuggets
Tempered safety glass breaks into small nuggets

What happens if the annealed glass (which is in front of your baby casts)  is broken on your box/shadow frame?

Where will that smashed, flying glass go? Well, the shards either smash back cutting into your precious baby casts with shards of glass, possibly with force. The broken glass will cause more damage to your casts than whatever broke the glass in the first place. As well as smashing back towards your baby casts it can potentially fall out the unsupported frame and injure those nearby. 

That box frame isn’t sounding so safe now, is it? 

Other reasons I prefer not to use box frames -

  1. Box frames are dark and shadowy, they hide the contents.
  2. Box frame contents are only fully visible when you stand directly in front. Who wants to look at the side of a box? 
  3. Box frames hide a LOT of imperfections and poor workmanship. I have nothing to hide 🙂 
  4. annealed glass is not non-reflective. Do you want to see reflections or all the beautifully handcrafted details of your baby’s casts? * nonreflective glass is available.
  5. Baby casts are as tactile as babies themselves! You should touch them, hold them, feel them and enjoy them. Not hide them in a dark shadowy box. 
  6. Box frames are common and (in my opinion) boring. Most are purchased from mass produced makers or made to a standardised format. They have no individuality in design and can be easily copied and replicated. They all just look the same.

 

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OPEN FRAMES/FRAMING BABY CASTS ON TOP OF GLASS

This style uses a more traditional design of frame - the backboard, mounts, display etc is all held within the frame rebate, but the casts are mounted in front of the glass. 

When a suitable frame is created and casts are mounted on top of glass properly, you can admire, touch, feel, enjoy and clearly see your baby casts. They are not at any more risk of damage - in fact, in my opinion, they are less likely to be damaged. In my 16 years of lifecasting I can count on one hand the number of issues that have arisen. And not one of those was made worse by the choice of an open frame.

Why I promote open frames for Impressive Memories:

Back in 2003 when I first started lifecasting I experimented with a lot of new ideas and one of those was to frame the casts in front of the glass instead of behind. I hadn’t seen this being done by anyone. 

My reasons for preferring open frames:

  1. I love that casts are so tactile. I want to touch them, feel those little wrinkles, remembering the tiniest of details.
  2. I don’t have bad workmanship to hide behind reflective glass.
  3. They’re bright & visible to display
  4. Uninterrupted views of your baby casts from any angle. 
  5. No shadows. 
  6. No blocked views. 
  7. Risk of cast breakage is lower.
  8. Risk of dangerous glass falling is minimal.

Of course any frame with glass can be broken, but if the glass is fitted in a ‘standard frame’ where the glass sits against the mount and backboard, the glass is more supported. Of course it can still break, but the likelihood of the glass actually falling or flying out in shards is vastly reduced. The breakage is likely held within the backing of the frame and the impact might have missed your casts altogether...but if something did directly hit your baby casts it might break, but they have encountered impact from only one source, not the double impact of shattering glass also hitting them. The damage would be far more localised too.

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IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE FRAME...

It’s important to remember that although we’re discussing frame options, the robustness of your casts themselves is just as important as any frame. No frame will protect poorly made casts, created in a cheap or wrongly mixed stone material that haven’t been dried, sealed or created properly. 

All casts created at Impressive Memories are made from very high density stone which is far more robust than a sheet of annealed glass. Of course they aren’t unbreakable, but in the event of damage occurring I know my materials should break cleanly, not crumble, and I can repair 99.99% of damage invisibly if it ever does happen. 

Some lifecasters choose to use much cheaper and softer stone powders which do not have appropriate strength or longevity.

Frame mouldings can be made from many different materials too. This plays an important part in the strength, longevity and suitability. At Impressive Memories my luxury frame range are hand made for me, from a recycled, environmentally friendly material.  

If I want a box frame does that mean I can’t come to Impressive Memories?

Not at all. I have created several works in box frames over the years, but I’ve never bought from a mass-produced off the shelf company. I have mine hand made for me, reflecting my own style, design, and brand. If you would like your casts framed in box frames, just let me know and we can do that. What I won’t do is copy another life caster's unique style. If it’s a standard generic look that’s no problem. But why would anyone ever want to be standard or generic? 

CONCLUSION

Choose how you frame your baby life casts in a way that you love. Enjoy them, treasure them, touch, hold and let them remind you of how impressively unique and beautiful your baby was - remember how tiny and perfect they were - in all their wriggly glory! Safe in the knowledge that the moment has been immortalised. 

If you like things hidden in glass boxes...visit a museum!!

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Baby Lifecasting Part 1

Baby Lifecasting Part 1

Baby Lifecasting: Part 1

Becoming a parent is such a life-changing experience, isn't it?

Watching your baby reach their next baby milestone is always super impressive, but leaving behind all those first memories of tiny wrinkles and scrunched up toes is equally hard.

For me, lifecasting meant I could capture my daughter's memories and physically hold, touch and feel them forever. Letting me move on and enjoy her growing up.

Photographs are great but they are flat...you can't run your finger over a photo and feel those wrinkles, can you?

Pictures are usually stuck inside your phone - if you ever get around to having any of them printed then they tend to live in a dusty drawer. Hidden away - when you want the world to see how proud you are of your amazing new addition!

You want the world to see your amazing baby in all their glory!!

These moments are too Impressive to fade to a memory...you need to capture them NOW!!

Lifecasting means you CAN capture YOUR baby's memories...you can adore these precious early moments while showing the world how incredible your baby is. You can touch, feel and remember the moment - forever.

Lifecasting is great fun! It lets you touch, hold and feel every line and wrinkle of your baby. It captures those tiny fingernails and scrunched up toes. Letting you remember just how little they were.

Baby hand and foot casting have become increasingly popular...BUT...if you want a piece of high-quality work that will last, then I believe you should let an experienced life caster create these for you.

 

an example of poor quality lifecasting compared to top quality lifecasting

Which memory would you rather have? Right or Left?

Before we go any further - icky moment alert - let's just be clear:

  1. There is no such thing as 'A QUALIFIED Lifecaster'. There are skilled & experienced ones, and there are people who think it's ok to replicate (copy) others.
    Are you happy that your baby only has an imitated copy of a generic baby cast? Or do you want to create something unique & original?
  2. There are some who opt for the quick and easy route to learning. Maybe they booked a few demonstrations/lessons and come home with a 'certificate'. Or maybe they learned from Youtube - cringe.
    Are you happy to let your baby be in the hands of a newbie?
  3. Finished casts may look similar, to begin with, but over time - it can be a very different matter.
    How will you feel if your casts crumble to dust in a few years? It happens!
  4. Price is not a guarantee of quality.
    Sadly, those who copy and create poor replica casts also copy costs. They use cheap materials & charge big prices. Sadly, in time you will pay financially AND emotionally.
  5. Don't fall victim at the hands of an inexperienced lifecaster (or worse still a DIY kit!) who might be using low budget materials that crumble, or someone who cuts corners to speed up the process - meaning you end up with mouldy casts in a few months.
    How will you cope if your baby's sweet little toes start growing black, furry mould?

YUCK...that is NOT the memory you want left with! Imagine the heartache you'd feel?

If the 5 statements above don't worry you too much, then Impressive Memories is not a good fit for you.
I believe that YOUR baby deserves THE very best of everything.
  • No imitations.
    All my work is designed and created by me, for my business. All of my designs, frames & branding are unique and bespoke. Please don't be offended if I won't recreate a design you have had made elsewhere. I will not copy. I equally expect other lifecasters to respect my design rights and not replicate (copy) my work in any way either. Sadly some have less integrity and do so - but that says more about them than it does about me!!
  • No substitutions.
    I don't use budget-priced materials - I use the finest the industry produces, selected to suit the needs of YOUR baby. You won't see any cheap, pink chromatic alginates here!! These are fine for beginners but just aren't superior enough for the results I want to create for you.
  • No short cuts.
    You waited 9 months for your baby...you can wait a few weeks for a lifecast right? Rushing a lifecast is pointless - it will need about 4 - 5 weeks minimum. If you're offered a quicker turn-around time then you have paid for cheap plasters/stone that dry quicker, have been 'encouraged' to dry quicker by heating them (this breaks the chemical structures of the plaster and weakens it) or the outside felt dry and was painted too soon, trapping in air and making your casts rot from the inside out. Hmmm nice...

Impressive Memories is NOT right for you if:

  • The 5 statements above didn't worry you too much.
  • If you're OK paying high prices for lower quality, run-of-the-mill lifecasting.
  • You think that copying other artists' designs is fine - there's no need to be unique.
  • You quite like mould!!

PHEW! Glad that's out the way...let's get back to Baby Lifecasting...

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baby lifecasting answers for new parents in Fife, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, Lothians, Dundee, Perth.
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What is Baby Lifecasting?

Lifecasting is where I recreate an exact replica of your baby's hand or foot. Capturing the tiniest of details letting you hold onto a memory to last a lifetime.

Taking the cast involves dipping your baby’s hand or foot into a liquid gloop. I’ll help you and baby get into a comfy position, and once their hand or foot is submerged it only takes about 3 minutes to set.

Don’t worry – wriggling is not a problem!

As the gloop sets the mould turns to a soft, spongy consistency that will come away from baby leaving them virtually clean and me with an impressive impression of their hands and feet.

I will be 99% sure whether your mould has been successful at this stage and I usually only need to take the impression once. (Occasionally I might have an issue after you’ve left, and I may need to call you back another day, but this is extremely rare. It's happened once in 16 years!)

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How are baby lifecasts created?

For every cast you would like made I need to take an impression. The mould cannot be reused.

Although I can create duplicates of your casts, I prefer to take a separate cast for each mould you’d like created – each cast is then as unique as your baby.

For hands, I occasionally take extra moulds to ensure you get the best results.

Most casting appointments last about 45 minutes to an hour for a set of three or four casts.

If your baby needs to feed or take a break, that's no problem...the appointment focuses on keeping them happy, relaxed and content.

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Baby Hand & Foot Casting

Baby Hand & Foot Casting

Are you thinking about Creating Baby Hand & Foot Castings?

Baby Lifecasting

Having a new baby arrive in the family is a moment worth celebrating. Let's face it - who doesn't adore newborn babies? Those tiny little hands and feet, oozing with adorable cuteness.

Every day is a new adventure watching them grow, change and become their own little person. Before you know it those changes have happened and that tiny bundle you brought home is growing - far too quickly!

They don't stay little for long, do they?

Much as you adore all the new developments you can't help but feel a twinge of sadness knowing they will never be that small again. Those wrinkles will fill out into chubby little hands and feet.

What if you could capture the moment? Exactly as it is right now...and be able to touch it, hold it, remember how little they were. See and feel those wrinkly toes and scrunched up fingers - forever!

Baby hand and foot castings can do that for you and at Impressive Memories you are safe in the hands of an experienced specialist. Within a multi-award-winning business, in a warm and cosy studio based in Glenrothes, Fife. Within easy access of Dundee, Perth, all of Fife, Edinburgh & the Lothians.

If your baby is Impressive, don't compromise. They deserve the best - don't risk your Memories.

 

What is baby lifecasting?

Baby lifecasting is a technique that, by submerging your baby's hands and feet in a special moulding compound called alginate, you can recreate in great detail an exact replica of your baby. A competent life caster will capture the smallest of detail.

When you pay a life caster to cast your baby you should be investing in a high-quality product, with longevity & skillful results.

But before we go any further...let's talk about the elephant in the room.

Which life casts would you choose?

an example of poor quality lifecasting compared to top quality lifecastingNot all people claiming to be able to create baby lifecasts - can!! Baby lifecasting is an art. Sadly there has been an influx of 'wannabe' copiers who think that creating a low-quality product is acceptable. It's not. Worse still they are expecting to be paid for this too!! Not only do they copy the original artist, but they also copy the prices too.

Don't pay (emotionally or financially) for poor workmanship.

Do you want to create a work of art with your baby? Or are you happy to pay for a replica that has copied a genuine artist?

Just to clarify - the image on the right is an Impressive Memories baby cast. The image on the left is not.

 

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  • What is Baby Lifecasting?
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  • What happens on the day?
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Family Hand Casting

Family Hand Casting

Family Hand Casting

When it comes to capturing memories, who better to do it with than your very own family?

Who would YOU create a family hand clasp with?

Whatever combination our families are made up of – whether it’s mums, dads, stepfamilies, brothers, sisters, grandchildren or even our pets…Who better to capture a memory with than those that stick by us through thick and thin?

A Memorable Family Casting…

Back in November 2017 I was awaiting the arrival of my last lifecasting appointment before Christmas. I was exhausted, up to my eyes in hands, feet and fingerprints, the phone never stopped ringing and I remember thinking “Just one more…just one more…you can do this…”

The car arrived…

Out gets one young man, followed by another…and another…the lady driving gets out, as does the gentleman in the passenger seat…

Where was the baby???

This wasn’t a baby casting…it was a very poignant family casting.

Mum had organised a hand casting for three sons and their Dad.

**usually once you make a booking I get in touch and we have a chat about what you’d like created…somehow in the festive madness, I hadn’t done this…I should have known it wasn’t a baby arriving!! I’ve now amended this on my website…

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Here we are trying to organise the four of them. What a giggle they all had trying to arrange themselves.

Sadly, the reason this family were capturing a memory was due to David (Dad) having a terminal illness and a prognosis of only weeks to live.

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Photographing your baby

Photographing your baby

Photographing your baby

So you’ve had 3D impressions created of your gorgeously Impressive baby…now it’s time to choose a photograph to complete your framed work of art. Your 3D life casts will be of the highest standard (because you’ve been to Impressive Memories) and you want your photograph to be fabulous too.

Your photo should compliment your casts and also capture the moment of your impressive little person too. The photograph helps to tell the story of those unique wrinkly toes and chubby little fingers.

HELP!! Where do I start?

  • Which pictures work better than others?
  • What should I avoid?
  • What will compliment my casts the most?
  • Should it be in colour
  • Is black and white better?
  • Can I take a picture myself?
  • Should I use a professional photographer?

Don’t panic…I’ve teamed up with the pro’s on this!

A few weeks ago I asked on Facebook for recommendations for great photographers of babies and children – did you see it?  I contacted as many as I could over the next couple of days and asked if they’d help, and lots of them said yes!!

I asked them for their personal thoughts on what photography worked well in a framed cast and their professional opinion on how best we can achieve this.

I also asked them what we SHOULDN’T do if we are taking the photos ourselves…and how to avoid photobombing cats and my pet hate…out of focus pictures…with shadows!!!

Top Tips from some of the best local children & baby photographers – as recommended by customers past and present.
Here’s what the professionals said…

The order of appearance is chronological (as each photographer responded to my questionnaire)…There is no favouritism or bias, just gratitude that they each took the time to help put this guide together.

Sara Webster Photography

Sara Webster

Lochgelly, Fife.

07921215005

[email protected]

Who’s behind the lens?

“Sara. Mum to 3 boys and owner. My studio is on Main street in Lochgelly. I tend to advise that mums book newborns in advance using their due date to secure a place however occasionally I can take on last minute bookings

#1 What are the main benefits a parent will get from using a professional photographer to take the image for them?

“It will complement the time, effort and detail put into their cast”

#2 What do YOU think makes the perfect image to compliment an Impressive Memories casting?

“Something that is in keeping with the cast colour and frame. Nothing too busy or that will date. The image should be timeless.”

Not everyone can use a professional photographer.
If parents choose to use their own images, could you offer any photography tips? 

 

1.Make the main focus the baby and no busy backgrounds.

 

2. Don’t have colours that are too harsh for baby’s skin.

 

3.If using a professional photographer and know in advance that you want an image for your frame cast, ask for one to be shot in portrait to best suit the frame.

Cherry Blossom Newborn Photography

Michelle Sinclair

Thornton, Fife.

[email protected]

#1 What are the main benefits a parent will get from using a professional photographer to take the image for them?

“A beautifully framed casting with a professional image.”

#2 What do YOU think makes the perfect image to compliment an Impressive Memories casting?

All about the baby .”

If parents choose to use their own images, could you offer 3 top tips for us to get the best results?

  1. Plain background
  2. Be still
  3. Nice light

Leigh Tilley Photography

Leigh Tilley

Rosyth, Fife.

Facebook page – Leigh Tilley Photography

[email protected]

Who’s behind the lens?

“My name is Leigh, I’m 19 and I am studying higher photography at Fife College. My love of photography really started as a child. Instead of being in front of the camera, I was always behind taking images of my family. That’s when I realised portrait photography was my passion. I now focus more on newborn photography and although newborns are my passion I love to photograph children of all ages and also family images. “

#1 What are the main benefits a parent will get from using a professional photographer to take the image for them?

Clean, sharp, stunning images that will be an amazing memory to cherish forever and pass down to family.

#2 What do YOU think makes the perfect image to compliment an Impressive Memories casting?

“A simple, clean image will add so much to the simple beauty of the castings helping you remember how your baby looked and also how their hands or feet looked that small.”

Not everyone can use a professional photographer.
If parents choose to use their own images, could you offer any photography tips? 

 

“Try out your baby on a bed or something that has a nice background so it’s harder for photobombing pets or anything in the background. Normally a white bed sheet is perfect.”

 

 

Laura Spence Photography

Laura Spence

Fife

www.lauraspence.com

Who’s behind the lens?

“I’m Laura, Crazy busy, business running supermum! “

#1 What are the main benefits a parent will get from using a professional photographer to take the image for them?

“When you choose a photographer your image will be styled to be pleasing in composition, you get a photo that is high quality and in focus and your photographer will know and use best lighting to flatter the model. Will settle and pose babies (with knowledge of baby safety and confidence) meaning they look relaxed and comfortable.”
 

#2 What do YOU think makes the perfect image to compliment an Impressive Memories casting?

“For me, it’s a photo from that same age showing them how you want to remember them being at that age for the rest of your life. You will look at this for years and years to come so I’d want it perfectly lit with a comfy and happy baby. high quality with no background distractions. “

Not everyone can use a professional photographer.
If parents choose to use their own images, could you offer any photography tips? 

 

1. Make sure there is plenty light! on camera flash on compacts or phones can often create harsh shadows, startle babies or cause red eye…not good.

2. get rid of all distractions in the background, your baby should be the main focus of the photo your eye shouldn’t be drawn to what’s in the background.

3. avoid filters and over-smoothing on apps etc.

 

 

Lorelle Elizabeth Photography

Lorelle Elizabeth

Glenrothes, Fife.

I work from a small studio. Bookings can be made online via my website and an online booking calendar.

www.lorelleelizabethphotography.co.uk

07757251180

https://www.facebook.com/lorelleelizabethphotography

Who’s behind the lens?

“I am Lorelle and I am the only photographer. I have owned the business for 6 years and photograph newborns, children, families and weddings.”

#1 What are the main benefits a parent will get from using a professional photographer to take the image for them?

Using a professional photographer allows you to get fantastic photographs. I have taken part in numerous training courses and ensure baby’s safety is a priority.

#2 What do YOU think makes the perfect image to compliment an Impressive Memories casting?

A beautiful posed newborn image

Not everyone can use a professional photographer.
If parents choose to use their own images, could you offer any photography tips TO AVOID? 

1 Photographs with babies posed in unsafe ways

2 Bad lighting ie too dark or too light

3 A very patterned background that will detract from the child

 

 

Helen Jones Photography

Helen Jones

Glenrothes, Fife.

https://m.facebook.com/helenjphoto/

07909901563

Who’s behind the lens?

Helen. I’m a freelance portrait photographer who loves baby shoots.

#1 What are the main benefits a parent will get from using a professional photographer to take the image for them?

Sharp focused images in large format with good contrast and detail available.

#2 What do YOU think makes the perfect image to compliment an Impressive Memories casting?

Sharp focused images of the required areas. An opportunity for several images to give all-around optimal visual representation.

Not everyone can use a professional photographer.
If parents choose to use their own images, could you offer any photography tips TO AVOID? 

1 Hurrying to take the image.

2 No stability in the subject.

3 Poor lighting.

Sarah White Photography

Sarah White

Ilford, Essex.

https://www.facebook.com/SarahWhitePhotography

[email protected]

Who’s behind the lens?

Hi I’m Sarah and I’m a big believer in there being Beauty in Everything. I love to capture those special moments in life and know it isn’t always smiles and flowers.

#1 What are the main benefits a parent will get from using a professional photographer to take the image for them?

You are hiring someone with the correct knowledge and equipment and eye to capture something precious. Not only is it their job but it is also their passion.

#2 What do YOU think makes the perfect image to compliment an Impressive Memories casting?

Something simple so you see the beauty and detail of the item.

Not everyone can use a professional photographer.
If parents choose to use their own images, could you offer any photography tips? 

Use natural light, no flash.

Make sure that backgrounds a clean and tidy.

If the item is small enough just a clean white sheet of paper can work in a nice crisp look.

 

Clare Gourlay Photography

Clare Gourlay

I cover Dunfermline area and ideally, I prefer customers to message me with days and times that suit them so I can fit them in on days that work best for them so they don’t feel rushed.

People can contact me via facebook page which is clare gourlay photography or by my contact number.

Who’s behind the lens?

“I am Clare Gourlay I have been photographing babies/kids for 4/5 years now and I love it. Love interacting with little ones to get the perfect shot “

#1 What are the main benefits a parent will get from using a professional photographer to take the image for them?

They will have precious memories of their little ones to cherish and have images that capture their little ones and there personalities which sometimes you cant always capture with a phone

#2 What do YOU think makes the perfect image to compliment an Impressive Memories casting?

I think the process of it would compliment it. From start to finish. You can capture a behind the scene shot for the memory for the client then the finished design of the cast

Not everyone can use a professional photographer.
If parents choose to use their own images, could you offer any photography tips TO AVOID? 

“I would avoid anything in the background of the photo so move away from any items that shouldn’t be there. Also, I always try to avoid using natural lighting as well as sometimes you can gain dark shadows in the images which sometimes doesn’t look great.”

 

Anna Moffat Photography

Anna Moffat

Edinburgh and the surrounding areas

[email protected]

www.facebook.com/annamoffatphotography

@annamoffat

Who’s behind the lens?

I am a baby and family photographer specialising in taking natural, unposed photos.”

#1 What are the main benefits a parent will get from using a professional photographer to take the image for them?

Your image should be of exceptional quality, just like the casting! 

#2 What do YOU think makes the perfect image to compliment an Impressive Memories casting?

“An image which makes your heart sing and reminds you a very special time in your life.”

Not everyone can use a professional photographer.
If parents choose to use their own images, could you offer any photography tips? 

1. Good light is key – avoid overheads and opt for natural light instead – moving near to the window when taking your photo is a great idea.

2. Focus – I am a total ‘pixel peeper’ and like the eyes to be super sharp.

3. Don’t over process – filters have their place but if you’re editing an image I think it’s nice to keep things simple and clean.

 

Conclusion

A professional photographer will have the skills and knowledge to capture the best (and safest) results for you and your baby. Have a look through their work and decide whose style of photography you like and who feels a good fit for you and your baby.

If you’re using a picture you’ve taken yourself, take advantage of all these great tips and advice from those who know best!

Think about:

  1. Good lighting
  2. Simple backgrounds
  3. Clarity & focus
Thank you to all these great photographers for taking the time to offer their fantastic help and advice.  

 

Hope you have an Impressive day!

Best Wishes

Jen x

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I received a letter recently asking me about being self-employed…

be your own boss

At Glenwood High School one of the S3 elective subjects is “Be your own boss”. The class have been learning about entrepreneurs and were asked to make contact with a local small business. One of the students decided to get in touch and ask a few more questions about Impressive Memories.

I’d have loved to be taught about being self-employed when I was at school.

Not only did I have no idea what job I wanted to do when I was 14, I don’t think being self-employed was even mentioned as being a possibility.

Could this mean more students will become entrepreneurs?

Here are the questions Mollie asked me…

Questionnaire

Name of business:

Impressive Memories – where I make your memories tangible. To touch, hold & treasure for a lifetime.

Reason for choosing the name:

Initially, I called my business Impressive Babies because I predominantly worked only with babies and I took their impressions…which were impressive. As my business progressed I didn’t only work with babies but children, adults and pets too, I was also creating jewellery and ceramics – the name no longer felt right…so in 2011 I changed it to Impressive Memories.

The name to me means I capture memories, through impressions – and I still always aim to be Impressive!

When did you start the business?

I started lifecasting when my daughter Erin was born in 2003. I created casts for friends and family for several years. In 2011 I registered my business with HMRC and officially became self-employed.

Why did you start the business?

I wanted to capture memories of my daughter as she grew up, then realised other people wanted to do this too.

I enjoyed helping people hold on to tangible memories of moments that were important to them. I wanted to prove to myself that I could make a living doing something I loved with no one telling me what to do!

How long did it take to start the business?

Initially, I started my business working only part-time on it, while still teaching part time too. Soon it became clear that both jobs needed more hours than I had, and I needed to decide how to go forward.

The dream of being 100% self-sufficient sat in the back of my mind until 2013 when I started working in the funeral industry capturing memories for families who’d lost a loved one. It made me realise that life is short, often shorter than we’d expect. You only get one life and I knew I’d regret it if I DIDN”T go for it. I kept asking myself “What are you waiting for?” It’s easier to make excuses and NOT do something

I knew I wanted to work on my business full time but it is a scary prospect to leave a secure career, with a salary, a pension and stability. As a solo parent, I had no backup plan and had to make a lot of changes if I was to make my business a success.

In 2014 I resigned from my teaching career and decided to focus 100% on Impressive Memories.

Do you enjoy being self-employed?

Yes, I love being self-employed. It’s hard work…constantly, the hours are long and it’s hard to switch off and stop working – especially because I work from home. It is a rollercoaster and no two days are ever the same…or predictable, which I really like. I have no intentions ever to work for anyone else again.

If you could go back would you change anything?

I wouldn’t change anything I’ve done. I have always made the best decision I can, at that time. You never know what’s ahead of you, and you can’t change what’s already happened so you should always trust your gut instinct and do your best…that’s all you can ever do.

Is it easier having your own business than working for someone else?

Neither option is easier or harder than the other, just different.

Being your own boss needs more than just the ability to create the product your service you plan to sell. You need self-discipline, a lot of hard work, tenacity, determination and bucket loads of courage.

Running a business successfully you have to become an expert in so many different things…not just making/doing the thing you think you’re good at!

Possibly the biggest misconception people have about being self-employed is that you can do what you want, when you want and never have to do things you don’t like to do…erm…WRONG! The only thing I outsource is my accounting & tax…everything else I do myself. From CEO to cleaner.

I can only spend about 20% of my time actually doing the hands-on making of products, 80% of my time is taken up running the business properly.

I have had to learn about finances, accounting, marketing, time management, advertising, IT, web design, budgets, investment, communication, customer care and not forgetting all the laws surrounding your industry too.

Would you recommend starting a business to other people?

Deciding what to do in life is a decision only you can make. What’s right for me might not be right for someone else.

My advice would be to ask yourself “What’s the worst that can happen?” if you can answer every single question and scenario, and be brutally honest, then you’ll know if you can do it, or not.

Small business survival rates are as high as 91 per cent after one year of trading, but after five years just four in ten small businesses will still be trading.

If you think you’ve got what it takes – go for it!
I did and I love it.

Have an Impressive week!

Best wishes

Jen x

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