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

Wedding Day Memories: 6 ideas to capture

Wedding Day Memories: 6 ideas to capture

Would you like to create tangible memories of your wedding?

Weddings – big or small, traditional or wacky, lavishly extravagant or cosy & intimate – it is a day to be remembered. However you choose to celebrate, your wedding day should be filled with Impressive Memories.

With months (possibly years) of planning, and an enormous amount of work and effort you think you have covered every possible idea to make your day absolutely perfect. No doubt you’ve spent evenings knee deep in Pinterest boards, dreaming of your perfect day.

Because let’s face it…none of us want our day to be bland or predictable. Nobody wants peach silk bridesmaids, do they? Everyone wants to have the wow factor and for their day to be remembered as being spectacular.

Fear not!! I can help you create 6 ideas that absolutely nobody else can replicate. Guaranteed to be as unique as the couple who are tying the knot…

Here are 6 personalised memories for you to incorporate into your wedding day celebrations.

#1 Bride & Groom Hand Cast

To have and to hold 

Why not create a completely personal work of art with a 3d hand cast incorporating those all-important wedding rings? You can organise this yourself or why not suggest that friends and family contribute to buy you this as a totally unique wedding gift?

Hand casting for couples starts from £135. A little bit more if you’d like to include ornate rings with stone settings.

This beautiful example was created by a couple who were first married in Serbia (the grooms home), then had a second wedding here in Fife (the brides home). The newlyweds visited my studio (between weddings) and the plan was for the cast to be hand delivered, by the father of the bride, on his next journey to Serbia.

#2 Wedding Cufflinks for the Groom

From this day forward

What more could a Groom ask for on his wedding day than to wear personalised cufflinks created from his very own son or daughter? 

Travis made these for his Daddy as a surprise gift on the morning of his mummy and daddy’s wedding day. It was quick, clean and simple for Travis to pop to my studio and have his prints taken, but means the absolute world to his parents to have their son at their wedding. Now his little hand and footprints are captured for a lifetime at the moment of such an impressive event.

Linzi Moffat

I decided to get my husband a gift for our wedding day, personalised cufflinks with my son’s hand and footprint, however, I had left it a bit late for timing but Jen made sure they would be ready on time! Her studio is beautiful! I almost cried each time I received my items from her. I cannot thank her enough and urge people to have a look on her site! She is amazing at what she does, I can’t wait to be back in her studio again one day!

#3 Your Wedding Dress on a Silver Pandora Charm

For better, for worse

Would you like to wear your wedding dress every day? Well, you can’t…because you’d look like an idiot. Imagine going on the school run wearing your wedding dress? Nipping around the supermarket? It’s not gonna happen is it?

But you could have a silver charm made with an impression of your wedding dress. You could wear it on your Pandora bracelet, on a pendant or maybe a ring? Then you COULD wear it everyday…impressive!

These aren’t in my online shop at the moment, drop me a message and I’ll help you order this charm today.

#4 Your Wedding Bouquet in a handmade silver charm

For richer, for poorer

Flowers make your wedding day bloom…ing lovely! I adore fresh flowers and, for me, they are a hugely important part any special occasion. Sadly though, flowers don’t last long – but jewellery can last a lifetime.

Do you have a favourite flower? My personal favourite flower is a lily, which is why I adore making silver fingerprint lilies.

Created from a love heart of silver and gently rolled into a lily, they have the fingerprint impression of a loved one tucked inside. It could be a guest who lived too far away and was unable to attend your wedding. Or a loved one no longer with us. Whoever you choose.

I recently made a pair of fingerprint lily earrings for a lovely lady. She was delighted with them and I think they will be a popular choice for everyone.

Maggie Gray

A truly professional job by a very caring lady. I can’t thank her enough for all her help during a very difficult time for me. I am absolutely delighted with my gorgeous items, they are unique and stunning. I definitely recommend entrusting Jen with your priceless memories. She will give you all the help and advice you want.

#5 Wedding Guest Fingerprint Plate

In sickness and in health

When you’re planning a wedding you also have to plan who will share your special day.

It might be that some guests are ill and don’t manage to spend the day with you as they’d planned. They could still be part of capturing a memory by having them create a fingerprint tree of family and friends.

They will love being part of your wedding family tree!

Each guest can add a leaf with their fingerprint and even leave a signature or a message for you both.

#6 Honouring a deceased loved one at your wedding

Until death do us part.

Your wedding day is a celebration surrounded by loved ones, sadly we may have relatives and friends who’ve passed away and can’t be there for your big day. That doesn’t mean they can’t still be part of your celebration – there are a few ways you can incorporate them into your special occasion.

I offer a range of jewellery that incorporates locks of hair, cremation ashes, fingerprints and handwriting and signatures. You can find out more about Memorial memories in a blog that I wrote here.

Conclusion

These are just 6 ideas to let you see how to make your wedding as unique as you are.

If you have a question about any of the items shown here or you’re left wondering…

Who can help bring my ideas to reality?

The answer is…

“I do”

And you don’t even need to get down on one knee to ask me.

Best Wishes

Jen x

Baby & Children Hand & Foot Casts: Reframing

Baby & Children Hand & Foot Casts: Reframing

Can I have my baby lifecasts reframed?

When you have casts taken and you choose a frame, it doesn’t have to stay like that forever.

  • Maybe you’ve moved house

  • Your decor has changed

  • You just fancy a change

  • Have you had a new baby and would like to update your original casts to match your new addition? No problem at all.

Another reason for reframing might be because your original frame has been damaged, or the glass may have got broken – accidents happen. (If your casts also get damaged I can help repair these too…scroll down for more information)

fletcher

Fletcher had his casts taken four years ago. His frame no longer matched the decor and his little sister had now arrived so it made sense to give Fletcher an upgrade too.

This little brother (bottom right) came to have casts created just as his big brother (top right) had. Now the brothers have new matching, luxury white frames.

triple luxury white

When this little brother arrived he too wanted his casts taken, but mum didn’t want too many frames on the wall. So we reframed both into one triple aperture frame.

Standard Reframing

Offering an affordable frame that complements your casts.

Standard Single Aperture Reframing £28

Choose to reframe your casts in a standard single aperture black frame with an engraved name plaque.  £28

Can my casts be repainted?

If they are damaged I can repair the damage and repaint so it is virtually invisible. I cannot change the finish without losing the original detail.

Do I have to have the same size as original frame?

Nope.  You can change the size, style, layout…you choose x

I'd like to chat to you first, can I do that?

Of course.  Get in touch HERE or text or call 07837800353 Happy to have a chat and explain all the options available.

“Nothing’s ever quite as sweet as little tiny baby feet”

If you originally chose a single aperture frame, maybe now you’d like to upgrade to a triple aperture.

Luxury Reframing

Do you prefer a touch of luxury in life?

These frames are handmade to order by a local framer, they are of a superior quality material, and the finish sets off your very impressive casts perfectly.

The glass is stronger and more durable than the standard option – built to last.

You can choose from – Oak effect, Silver, Black, Flat White, Bevelled White and Distressed Gold. Each option can come in a Single, Double or Triple Aperture.

Luxury Single Aperture Reframing £35-£39

Luxury Oak Effect

luxury oak baby casts

Luxury Black Finish

luxury black baby casts

Luxury Silver Finish

Luxury Silver single

Luxury Flat White Finish

flat white casts framed

Upgrading or reframing to a luxury single aperture frame?

Choose from:

  • Single Silver £39
  • Single Oak Effect £35
  • Single Washed or Flat White £35
  • Single Distressed Gold £35
  • Single Black £35

Can I supply my own frame?

No sorry.  Not all frames and glass are suitable for life casts.  If you don’t see a style you like, please ask, I may be able to source what you are looking for.

Why is Silver dearer than the rest?

It costs more to make.

I'd like a style that I don't see here - can you help?

Probably yes.  Always welcome to get in touch and I’m happy to help create a bespoke frame for you.

Luxury Double Aperture Reframing £40-£45

Upgrading or reframing to a luxury double aperture frame?

Choose from:

  • Double Silver £45
  • Double Oak Effect £40
  • Double Flat or Bevelled White £40
  • Double Distressed Gold £40
  • Double Black £40

Distressed Gold

luxury double baby casts

Oak Effect

Bevelled White

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Luxury Triple Aperture Reframing £49-£55

Upgrading or reframing to a luxury triple aperture frame?

Choose from:

  • Triple Silver £55
  • Triple Oak Effect £49
  • Triple White £49
  • Triple Distressed Gold £49

HELP!! MY CASTS ARE DAMAGED...

Oh Dear!! Accidents can happen…

If your casts become damaged I can usually fix it. PLEASE DON’T PANIC…

If any part is broken or chipped off, keep it safe.  Make a booking with me and return your casts to me and I will do what I can to repair them.  Depending on the amount of work & time involved will determine what charge there is.  Please do not attempt to fix them yourself as this can often result in making it more difficult for me to then properly fix.  Ask first…send me photos…I’m happy to advise and help.

If broken glass is involved please remove the casts from any broken glass before bringing them to me.  Talk to me before you attempt to do this.

Hope that Helps

There are loads of options for you to choose from when it comes to reframing your casts, whether through choice or necessity…I’m happy to create any of the options you see here or equally happy to discuss something unique just for you.

Use the buttons below to contact me directly, find more answers or head back to my home page.

Look forward to speaking to you again soon, have an impressive day!

Jen x

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Rosy Golden Moments: Fingerprint Jewellery

Rosy Golden Moments: Fingerprint Jewellery
ROSY GOLD FIngerprint jewellery

NEW Rosy Golden Moments

First, there was pure silver, then there was sterling silver. I was asked for gold and along came Golden Moments…so what was I asked for next?

“Can you make Rose Gold fingerprint jewellery?”

Yes! I can now make you Rosy Golden Moments!

Fingerprint and miniprint jewellery in a pretty rosy golden finish.

What do you think? Are you a fan of rose gold? I love it. From iPhones, trainers, makeup, jewellery and not forgetting wine…I am a bit of a fan of rose gold…so I was pretty excited to start trying to make rose gold fingerprint and miniprint jewellery.

rose gold

All that glitters is not necessarily gold.

If you read my blog on my Golden Moments you’ll know that I now do a full range of jewellery in a beautiful golden finish without the high costs of hallmarked gold. Perfect if you’d rather spend £50 than £500. You can read about them here and find a small selection in my online shop.

Fingerprint & Miniprint Jewellery in Rose Gold finish

I am delighted to say that Rosy Golden Moments will now be available at Impressive Memories too.

Just like my popular Golden Moments range, these are made from a gorgeous new metal at a fraction of the cost of gold, but all the beauty and shine.

Impressive Customer Story…

December 2016, a customer who has been to me many times, rang me. We’ve captured her three children’s little hands and feet in jewellery and ceramics over the years, but this time the call wasn’t about them.

She was facing losing a very precious friend and fellow young mum. We chatted through a few different options and made a plan.

December is a busy month for all of us, and workwise for me, I am usually exhausted but when she called again to say time was limited and she was flying down to share New Year with her friend, we knew it was time to take the fingerprints.

It was the eve of Hogmanay. We arranged to collect a fingerprint kit that she would take on her flight to spend time with a brave, courageous and much-loved friend. I talked her through all she needed to do, and the best way to do it. And off she went…

In February it had been on my mind that I hadn’t asked how the print taking had gone – I dropped her a quick message. She was back down south for what would be a final visit.

This courageous mum’s battle ended on the 17th of February. Having defeated cancer once, her second chance at life – that everyone had hoped for – was not to be. A young mum with everything to live for had had it cruelly taken away.

Just two hours after her passing, I got a message to tell me. And yes, my eyes filled with tears reading her message. I hadn’t met this brave lady, but I’d been allowed to be part of capturing a memory for two very impressive friends. I also don’t think there is a mum amongst us that wouldn’t ache, imagining the horror of coming to terms with the inevitable fate she was dealt.

At Impressive Memories, I deal with lots of emotional situations. Celebrations and happy events, but also some very harrowing ones too. There is something very touching when a person feels able to share difficult times with you too.

So here we are now in April and I’d like to share the beautiful memories we’ve made.

Lisa liked the way my logo had two interlocked fingerprints and asked for their charm to be made this way too. Best friends, their prints side by side – a pinky promise x

The reverse is hand engraved.

Hayley wore her children’s charms on her necklace, (I made both her son’s charms) but she decided on a birthday treat and a new Pandora style of bracelet. Alongside her new charm, it made a beautiful new piece of jewellery.

As I was making this for Hayley I was also experimenting with my new Rosy Gold and decided to try and make an extra gift. I had no idea if it would be successful, but if it was, I would then need to ask Hayley if she wouldn’t mind being ‘An Impressive Tester’!! This involves being gifted a new trial piece to wear and see if it stands up to the rigours of life – I won’t sell anything unless I know it will bring happiness – not heartache.

Each side of this heart bead has a fingerprint of each of these best friends. Beads have a central core through them to allow them to spin around the bracelet. The hint of pink amongst the silver bracelet looked so pretty.

When Hayley came to collect her order she was happy to test run her new, surprise addition too. Thank you, Hayley!!

I’ll let you know when Rosy Golden Moments will be available to buy. In the meantime, if you’d like to start planning YOUR Impressive Memories jewellery you might find this eBook helpful.

Thinking about ordering Jewellery from Impressive Memories?

Now you’ve learned all that interesting background stuff – it’s time for the fun! What jewellery will YOU choose to have made? Lots more answers here to help you decide which design is best for you.

Can my baby make fingerprint jewellery? How long will it take? Will it fit my Pandora bracelet? Can it be Gold?

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Baby Handprint & Footprint Imprint Kits: Are they a good idea?

Baby Handprint & Footprint Imprint Kits: Are they a good idea?

Are DIY baby impression kits a good idea or a waste of money?

Becoming a New Parent

When you have a new baby, every day is an adventure. Of course, you want to capture every moment and treasure it, and so you should.  They don’t stay little for long and every day they are growing…what keepsakes should you be capturing?

Creating Baby Keepsakes & Mementos

As well as taking eleventy billion photos (a day) you might also try your hand at some arty crafty stuff! Who wouldn’t want an adorable card made with a little painted hand or footprint? This can get a little bit messy, but it’s good fun and the results don’t need to be perfect. Homemade means it was made for you, at home. Low budget – High sentimental value.

And then you see a kit in B&M Stores…it looks quite cool…you can make an imprint of those tiny hands and feet (that are growing up way too quickly) and you have a beautiful keepsake to treasure forever!
Or do you?
BM STORES KIT

“I just created an entire human being…how hard can it be to make an imprint of their hands n feet? And it’s only £4.99…Bargain!”

Introducing Isaac…

Impressive son of Genna & Derry…

baby hand and foot imprint kit

Impressive Isaac

They wanted to capture little Isaac’s hands and feet and they bought two of these kits – but things didn’t quite go to plan! Here’s what they told me…

  • What were you hoping for?

A framed imprint of Isaac’s hands and feet.

  • How much did it cost?

Each kit was £4.99 – we bought two.

  • Were the instructions clear?

They were VERY brief, just bullet points and really simple.

  • Was it easy to use?

We followed the instructions. We measured the cold water and mixed up a really runny and watery mixture and poured it into the container provided. Then we had to try and get Isaac in it!

  • Did it work?

NO!!! It was a disaster.

  • What went wrong?

The mixture was really cold and runny…trying to put a young baby into it was impossible! The dish was useless too. It just made a sticky mess!

  • What did baby Isaac make of it all?

He hated the cold and seemed a bit confused! Probably wondered why his parents found it all so funny!

  • Was there enough mixture to have another go?

No! Only enough for one go – that was it. We didn’t want to attempt it again anyway!

  • What did you do next?

We started to look on Google. We knew someone in Edinburgh who did baby casts but they weren’t doing them now so we searched online to see if there was anywhere locally that did this professionally. That’s when we found Impressive Memories.

What is the difference between an imprint and a lifecast?

I think it’s important to understand the difference.

What is an Imprint?

This is a 2D, a fairly flat impression of the baby had or foot pressed into something. The definition varies as does the finish. You should end up with a sort of ’tile’ with the detail of the baby either pressed into a clay, or you can then make a secondary version of this where the detailed part is raised and above the tile. Something like this…

Imprints and outprints can be made in stone plaster or ceramic. Again, this depends on whether you’re making them at home or having them done professionally. With good instructions and materials, these are achievable at home. I am going to produce a ‘How To’ guide soon to let you make these, successfully, at home.

What is a 3D Lifecast?

A 3D life cast is a high definition, exact replica of all of baby’s hands & feet. Fully three-dimensional. Much more difficult to create and in my opinion not something to be done at home. Expect to pay a higher price for this than a 2D imprint.

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Having attempted a 2D Imprint with no success, Genna and Derry visited my Impressive Memories website. They decided they wanted 3D lifecasts of their son Isaac. They looked online and chose from the luxury range of frames. They knew they wanted a luxury oak, single aperture frame with a cast of Isaac’s hand and foot finished in antique silver.  Instead of wasting £10, they invested £120. It may have been more expensive, but the end result proved to be an investment, not a disaster.

Here are their Impressive Memories of Isaac, at 7 months old…

Having Professional Baby Lifecasts Taken

Isaac was wide awake throughout his casts being taken but he was totally at ease and relaxed throughout, and so were mum and dad. In less than an hour the family had been and gone. No mess. No fuss. Not cold and no disasters.

Today, almost 5 weeks later, Genna and Derry came back to collect their completed order and were delighted with the results. The level of detail and the beautiful relaxed little fingers, not to mention Isaac’s characteristic little squished toes.

I asked Genna if she had any advice to give to a new mum thinking about buying the B&M kit – she said

“Don’t do it – don’t waste the money, invest in a professional”.

I completely agree!

Coming Soon!!

A really easy guide for you to make 2D impressions at home SUCCESSFULLY!

2D impressions are so easy to do and with my help, you can make beautiful memories at home. Disaster free! 

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Buying the Best Fingerprint & Miniprint Jewellery: What Questions Should I ask?

Buying the Best Fingerprint & Miniprint Jewellery: What Questions Should I ask?

Buying the Best Fingerprint & Miniprint Jewellery:

What questions should I ask?

Not all fingerprint and miniprint jewellery is the same!

Are you thinking about investing in handmade fingerprint or mini print jewellery? Do you know what it is it that you are buying? Or do you feel a bit confused? You know you want to create a beautiful piece of unique jewellery and capture a memory, but you’re not sure of the right questions to ask?

Have you spent hours searching online? Searching websites, Etsy stores, Not On The Highstreet, Ebay sellers, Facebook pages…Why do they all look virtually the same…but they all have different prices?. How do you know what you are buying and which one is right for you?

Thinking about buying Keepsake Jewellery?

I’d like to share 5 tips that I think make a big difference and influence what you are buying. At Impressive Memories, my aim is to create high-quality products and make it easy for you to understand exactly what you are buying.

Price is usually an important factor – but why does it vary so much? Why are some charms £25 on Ebay and others are hundreds of pounds from a small business, but they look the same? Are you saving money or being ripped off? Have you ever wondered if it’s genuinely made with YOUR fingerprint and how can I tell? Can I order online or do I need to visit in person? Can it be engraved? Is it ‘real’ silver or silver plated? How long will it take to make?

Here are the 5 factors that I think are very important, and you should know about, before ordering keepsake jewellery.
  1. What will my keepsake jewellery be made from?
  2. The Firing Process – how important is this?
  3. Processes followed and why this matters
  4. How much should I pay?
  5. Longevity and Problems that can arise

#1. What is keepsake jewellery made from?

Fingerprint, Mini print & keepsake jewellery was predominantly made from pure silver, and more recently it became available in sterling silver. (Pure silver  (.999) is a relatively soft metal, bumps or scratches can happen. Sterling silver (.925) has copper added to strengthen it. Did you know – People who think they are allergic to silver – it is usually the copper that causes the allergy).

It starts in the form of a clay known as metal clay (sometimes precious clay or silver clay).  It is tiny particles of metal mixed with an organic binder and water that feel a little bit like clay. When dried and fired correctly the binder burns off and the metal particles form the solid metal.  

All Fingerprint & Miniprint jewellery at Impressive Memories is now made from Sterling Silver.

Decision 1 – What do you want your jewellery made from? Is the seller clearly telling you what you are buying?

#2. The Firing Process – and why this is SO important.

Once you make an item in silver clay, it has to be fired to become metal.  

There are three methods to do this –

1. Kiln fired

This is the professional method. A kiln is not just a hot oven it is a carefully controlled environment that guarantees your piece correctly sinters (becomes metal). Different silver clays need different and specific temperatures to fire correctly. Only a kiln can do this properly. I fire most of mine for approx 2 hours at around 800 degrees celsius. Kilns are an investment (approx £600-£800 for a small jewellery kiln) – has your seller invested in one?  I have two Paragon kilns – one is specifically for my jewellery, the other is much larger for ceramics and clay.

2. Torch fired

Some silver clays can be torch fired (Sterling silver cannot). Using a blow torch will burn off the organic matter and will turn the clay into metal (hopefully) BUT you have no control over the temperature, no idea whether the sintering has taken place correctly and it may ‘look’ like it has worked, but beneath the surface it might still be clay and binder with an outer coating of silver – this will not have the strength or longevity of kiln fired silver.

3. On the Gas Hob in the kitchen!

Yes, you can use your gas cooker!! The temperature reached on your gas hob is anybody’s guess and it certainly can’t create a controlled environment of 800 degrees for 2 hours…If keepsake jewellery is being offered cheaper, this may be why. It will be hard to tell by just looking. A reputable maker should be able to answer this question if you ask.

All Fingerprint & Miniprint jewellery at Impressive Memories are kiln fired.

Decision 2 – How do you want your jewellery to be fired?

#3. Processes – Do they matter?

Ok, so you know which silver metal you want your jewellery made from (softer pure silver or stronger sterling silver), and you’ve decided how you’d like it to be fired (kiln, torch or hob fired). This will have dictated part of your costs. The two processes that follow will determine the security and longevity of your investment.

1.Polishing

When your jewellery is fired it doesn’t instantly turn shiny and ready to wear – it needs polished. This can be done by hand with lots of very fine sandpapers until it has a mirror finish. This method takes time and effort and will achieve a good finish, but it won’t be adding strength to your jewellery. To do this your maker might have invested in a polishing tumbler. This machine will not only polish your piece but also surface harden it too. That means making it a little bit stronger and less likely to be scratched or damaged. This process again needs investment in the machinery and also adds to the completion time…BUT makes your piece last longer. I also invested in another polishing machine to finish my pieces to be highly polished.

2. Soldering

Your charm will need a little jump ring added to it. This ‘ring’ is how you would attach your charm to a necklace or bracelet. If the jump ring is an open link it is weak. Your precious charm could catch or fall off quite easily. Soldering the link makes it much stronger and safer.

Learning to solder is a skill in itself. More investment and again adds to the time needed to create your piece. The process requires various stages not to mention hot acids and flames – I LOVE soldering! I solder all my work. (A soldered link also assures you that it is a genuine precious metal, not a cost cutting base metal).

All Fingerprint & Miniprint jewellery at Impressive Memories is fully soldered and tumble polished.

Decision number 3 – Do you want your precious charm to be as soldered and polished?

#4. How much should it cost?

Hopefully, points #1,#2 & #3 have shown that the price you pay depends on the process and time your jewellery has gone through to be made. As well as this the weight of silver used can vary greatly. Do you want a lightweight piece or a chunkier charm? (Jewellery under 7.78g doesn’t legally require hallmarking).

Another cost factor is how your imprints are being taken. Did you receive a kit? Are the prints reusable in the future? Who is storing the original prints? Does your finished piece need posted to you and is this included? Will it arrive beautifully gift wrapped?

When you buy a handmade piece of jewellery from a small business you are not just buying the item. You are supporting a business – costs, marketing, advertising, insurance, industry standards, skill, experience, future investment…not to mention profit!

Fingerprint & Miniprint jewellery at Impressive Memories starts at £44.50.  You can buy online or visit me in person, I store your prints for 12 months (usually longer) and you can keep the original prints if you wish. I offer an all inclusive postage service and an express delivery too, also if you need a kit in a hurry – this is not a problem. All jewellery is gift wrapped.

Decision 4 – What level of service are you willing to pay for?

 

#5. Longevity and Problems that can arise

1. Longevity

Keepsake jewellery is usually made to mark an important event or memory. It isn’t a piece of costume jewellery to wear and discard. A piece made on a gas hob is less likely to last long term than a tumble polished, kiln-fired piece. That unsoldered bargain might fall off and never be seen again – still think it was worth saving a few pounds?

2. Problems that can arise

  • If your piece hasn’t sintered properly it might break or snap.
  • If your jewellery is made from pure silver, it might be more prone to scratches
  • Bracelets get a lot of wear and tear, necklaces not so much. Sterling silver might be better in the long run.
  • All silver tarnishes – don’t be alarmed if you open a charm that’s been stored for a while and it has gone black! A silver cleaning cloth will remove the oxidation and it won’t damage or harm your jewellery.
  • Take care with chemicals – if you get bleach on your charm it won’t like it!!
  • Other than that, you should be able to wear your jewellery all day, every day. Keep your jewellery shiny by polishing it regularly with a silver polishing cloth, or dipping it in a cleaner made specifically for silver.

If you bought your jewellery from me I’m more than happy to give it a new lease of life and polish it up for you – just ask! If you’ve scratched or damaged your piece don’t suffer in silence! Give me a shout and if I can help, I will!

Decision 5 – Now you’re an expert! The best decision – What do you fancy having made???

 

Summary

Phew! Well done if you got this far! You are now an expert in fingerprint and miniprint jewellery production!  I hope this article will help you make the right choices to make an impressive memory worth holding onto. Top Tips to get Impressive results?

Remember these simple questions –

  • What will my charm be made from?
  • How was it fired?
  • How was it polished?
  • Is it soldered?

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Thinking about ordering Jewellery from Impressive Memories?

Now you’ve learned all that interesting background stuff – it’s time for the fun! What jewellery will YOU choose to have made? Lots more answers here to help you decide which design is best for you.

Can my baby make fingerprint jewellery? How long will it take? Will it fit my Pandora bracelet? Can it be Gold?

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Would you like to know more about having jewellery made by me at Impressive Memories? You can order NOW by heading to my ONLINE SHOP or you can MAKE A BOOKING and pop along for a visit and we can design your jewellery – you can have a coffee while you’re here too if you like. You’re welcome to get in touch, have a chat, message me here.

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Fingerprint & Miniprint Jewellery FAQs

Fingerprint & Miniprint Jewellery FAQs

Fingerprint & Miniprint Jewellery FAQ's

Would you love to create handmade jewellery with fingerprints, handprints or footprints? Maybe even paw prints! 

Become an expert and learn everything you need to know, to make the best decisions FOR YOU!

So you're thinking about ordering handmade jewellery?

Having handmade jewellery designed and made for you is very exciting. Making the right decisions before we start, means you will be even happier with the results.

Grab a coffee, sit down…relax…and browse this handy little eBook.  

Oh if only it was that easy…wishful thinking I know!

Grab the old cold mug of coffee you made three hours ago, hide from the children and frantically try and fill out the form before one of them finds you.  Then 6 hours later when you still haven’t sat down…check your emails…there’s gonna be a little ebook of ideas waiting for you. Answering all the questions you’ve been wondering.

Look forward to hearing from you soon – hang in there – you’re doing an Impressive job.

Jen x

Memorial Fingerprint Jewellery

Memorial Fingerprint Jewellery

Memories are never more precious than when we lose someone we love

I have had the honour of helping many families capture these final memorial memories. Creating a tangible memory they can treasure and hold onto forever.

Capturing a Fingerprint to Create Jewellery

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What Options Do I Have to Make Jewellery?

1. Ask your funeral director or celebrant if they already work with Impressive Memories.

I work with several Funeral Directors and may already have a system in place for you. If not, no problem…read on.

2. Arrange for me to capture prints for you.

Contact me HERE or call 07837800353 and we can see if it is possible for me to capture the prints for you.  I have a standard call out charge, plus additional mileage (for 15 miles and over).

3. Buy a fingerprint kit and capture the prints yourself.

Not sure if you want to order jewellery yet, but worried you may regret not taking prints while you still can?

Buy a kit HERE. Once you have the prints they are viable for years and years to come – no obligation to buy jewellery, just peace of mind that you have given yourself the option to do so if you wish.

4. Already know which memorial jewellery you'd like made?

When you order a fingerprint charm from Impressive Memories you can take advantage of a FREE fingerprint kit. Postage offers are available on my website, or you can arrange collection – whichever you prefer.

See some designs HERE.

Taking a Fingerprint Impression

It is very easy, quick and gentle to take a fingerprint impression.  It is not complicated and I will give you all the information you need for it to be successful.

Taking only minutes to do, it gives you the opportunity to hold onto a memory for a lifetime.

What Next?

Once the prints are taken you can keep them for as long as you wish, or you can go ahead and order a piece of jewellery.

If you have jewellery made, the prints can still be reused in the future if you’d like more pieces made.

Most orders will be made within 10-14 days of me having the prints. All my work is handmade by me, kiln fired for strength and I solder all my work.

After losing my husband very suddenly I found sleeping impossible.  The first time I wore my necklace, I found it such a comfort, I fell asleep holding it.

Why Make Fingerprint Jewellery?

Every fingerprint is as unique as we are. Capturing your loved one’s prints and wearing them in pure silver. Why just wear jewellery, when you can wear personally designed and handmade jewellery, capturing those we love the most?

When we lose a loved one, we long to keep a hold of them forever.  By creating a fingerprint charm you can keep a cherished imprint from them and wear them with you forever.

Capturing a fingerprint takes only minutes, is simple and gentle. One print can be used to make as many charms as you wish, and will be reusable for many years to come.
If you are unsure whether you would like to have jewellery made, by having the prints, you are giving yourself the option and possibility to create memorial jewellery for a lifetime.  Capture the opportunity.

I haven’t had my bracelet off since I got the charms – they are so very special and mean so much and I feel like I have a little bit of Jak with me if that makes sense”

Please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you would prefer to have your funeral director, a family member or a friend contact me on your behalf, that’s no problem.  Time becomes precious and the sooner you can contact me the more options we will have.  I appreciate it is a very difficult time, but I need only very basic details and then will be able to provide you with all the information you will need.

I can liaise with funeral directors, and make all relevant arrangements, keeping you fully informed throughout, or work directly with yourself. Whichever you prefer.

What to expect before, during and after a life casting appointment.

What to expect before, during and after a life casting appointment.

What to expect before, during and after a life casting appointment.

So you’ve decided that you’d like baby casts taken. What should you expect before, during and after you capture an Impressive Memory?

 

BEFORE

Maybe I was recommended to you by a friend. Or maybe you saw a post on social media, or searched online. Did you attempt your own casts with a kit, or read my blogs? Now the decision is made – you’re ready to create YOUR Impressive Memories – so what happens next?

 

MAKE A BOOKING

booking shotMy online booking system lets you choose a date and time that suits you best. Whether you would like to cast on the same date as your first child was cast, or to mark a milestone event, or maybe just because it fits into your busy routine – you get to choose. You will be asked for a £15 deposit. Do you have an Impressive Memories gift voucher? There’s a unique code on the reverse, which you are welcome to use when you make your booking – just pop the code into the booking form. If you need to reschedule, it’s no problem – your confirmation email has a link for you to do this, up to 48 hours before your appointment. Your email will also give you travel directions and how to find me on Google Maps. You can also select an option to receive a text message confirmation and reminder too!

 

 

DURING

What should baby wear?

outside studioDress your little one in comfortable clothes that are loose fitting and easily removed. Preferably choose something old so it won’t matter if the casting gloop gets on it – I know it’s tricky to wear old clothes when you are only a few days old, but you know what I mean! It’s probably best that you don’t wear your favourite designer gear either…just in case!

What if they are sleeping?

Casting can be done when baby is awake or asleep. You are very welcome to feed your baby while I do the casts, as it helps to distract, relax and settle them. It’s not necessary and is purely optional – you know your baby best, and I’m happy to let you decide what’s best for them. Some babies cry, but most don’t notice anything is happening! There is never any rush – we will let them settle while we discuss what you’d like created, and throughout the process your little one’s comfort is our top priority. You’re also welcome to enjoy a lovely Tassimo coffee or a cup of tea as we create your memories.

casting baby foot appointmentHow are baby lifecasts made?

Taking the cast involves dipping your baby’s hand or foot into pink gloop. I’ll help you and baby get into a comfy position, and once their hand or foot is submerged it only takes a couple of minutes to set. Don’t worry – wriggling is not a problem! Once the mould turns to a soft, rubbery consistency it 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, or if I want to take extra casts (so long as baby is happy). Occasionally I have an issue after you’ve left, and I might need to call you back another day, but this is extremely rare.

For every cast you would like made I need to take an impression. The mould cannot be reused and 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 often need extra moulds to ensure you get the best results.

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

PAYING FOR YOUR ORDER

You are very welcome to split the cost of your order. Your booking deposit will be deducted from your order total and you can pay half your balance at your appointment and the remaining balance on collection, in approximately five weeks’ time. I accept cash, PayPal, bank transfer and most major credit cards.

AFTER

Casting

unmould cast appointmentAfter you leave, I will begin to cast your moulds. This stage involves filling your impressions with a high quality, high density stone. Once this is done, your casts will be left to cure and set for several hours. When they are ready to unmould I remove the casting material to reveal the cast of your baby. The raw cast at this stage might have lumps and bumps, air bubbles or inclusions. At this stage your casts each get an initial ‘clean up’, which can take anywhere from ten minutes per cast to a couple of hours! (I am a perfectionist and a night owl!) They now begin to dry.

Drying

The drying stage is so important. Remember how long nine months felt waiting for your baby to arrive? But it was worth the wait, wasn’t it? Life casting is the same! Giving your casts the time to dry naturally and correctly gives them the strength, density and longevity that you want from them. Depending on the size of your casts, I advise a minimum completion time of four to five weeks. During this time, they will undergo more cleaning and perfecting, and I also cut and sand them to the appropriate shapes and angles for the frame and finish you have chosen.

Cleaning

cleaning a cast appointmentThe final cleaning stage for a raw cast is my favourite part! This is when your casts are as impressively perfect as I want them to be. They are then ready to be finished.

 Painting

I use several layers and techniques to bring out all the detail in your casts, with whatever finish you have chosen.

Framing

Your frame choice, photographs and name plaques are now all ready and waiting, and it’s time to assemble your finished piece. A final 24-hour wait until everything sets and cures, then it’s time to collect.

Collection

Once your order is ready I will let you know. We will arrange a suitable collection time and you can come and take your Impressive Memories order home with you.Luxury Silver single

Impressive Thank you to…

Impressive mummy Victoria Duff and her beautiful daughter Amber, who helped create all the images in this article.

Impressive photographer Lisa Christie, from Lisa Christie Photography who provided the excellent photography for this article.

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