Photos are easily my favourite way to capture moments and milestones, they offer a clear cut snapshot of a particular moment in time, the facial expressions or the twinkle of an eye, or even the way a person is lovingly looking at another.
We try and get a professional photo shoot booked in every year because we love to document our little family and capture the changes that have washed over Leo. It's a lovely experience having someone take that special time with you to help you create the images that you will treasure in the years ahead.
The last 2 years we haven't had chance to do this, but it is something that I have been thinking a lot about recently, because Leo has grown up so much in the past 24 months. We were lucky enough to have some beautiful photos taken with the Guardian Newspaper last year for an article they were writing on that crazy family of mine (the extended family including grandparents, aunts and uncles!), and as gorgeous as they are, it would still be nice to have some more intimate ones taken.
I recently heard about Bidvine, and for those of you who haven't heard of them it's a fantastic way to get in contact with local professionals who can help you with your personal projects. Whether you want to decorate your home, domestic cleaning or even a man with a van, you can simply select your service and start receiving quotes for that specific project. I decided to have a look and see what quotes I could get for a photographer to come to my home and take some photographs of my little family, I was able to tailor the request to match the budget I had in mind and even how I wanted the finished photographs made available to me.
I signed up through my Facebook account which meant all I had to provide was a mobile number in order to recieve the quotes. You can decide how you want to be contacted, whether you would prefer to have the quotes phoned through to you or text. I opted for text as I am not a huge talker on the phone if I can help it, and I much prefer being able to look at these sorts of things in my own time. By having the quotes sent via text, it meant that all I needed to do was log in to my account and open them up at my leisure.
I put a top budget in at £250.00 and asked that I be able to have the images on a CD or USB. The best quote I had back came in under budget at £235 - This included the photographer travelling to my home, taking the photos, editing the photos and finally receiving the photos in the form of digital download from the photographers website, or on a USB.
I had a number of photographers contact me which was super, it meant that I only needed to put my requirements down once and then all I had to do was pick the person who I felt was best for the job. I still need to sit down with Luke so that we can make an executive decision together, but I am really impressed with the quotes I had back and will most certainly be using this service again in the future for any other projects I need a hand with.