Category: Supplier Feature

March 2020 Supplier Feature – All Newborn Props

This month’s supplier feature is All Newborn Props. All Newborn Props is run by mother and daughter, Alda and Lina and was set up in 2013. They both loved making handicrafts and as far back as she can remember Lina has witnessed her mother sewing and knitting. Lina also started sewing and knitting at a young age. At first, she knitted for her dolls and then for herself, then out of their love for creation All Newborn Props was born.

All Newborn Props creates a wide selection of beautiful unique newborn and baby photography props – the best newborn posers ‘Create-a-Nest’™, bonnets, hats, wraps, fabric backdrops for a beanbag, posing pillows, rompers, outfits, vessels, baskets – so every newborn photographer can feel confident during their newborn sessions.

Their best selling photo prop is their unique newborn poser ‘Create-a-Nest’™. They created this poser to help photographers pose a newborn baby easily. They also wanted to solve the storage issue. Knowing that many newborn photographers have small studios or are set up in a spare room at home, so there is not too much space. Their poser consists of two parts: the base – the posing pillow and the cover. It is enough to own one posing pillow, and you can buy as many covers as you wish. Their newborn posing pillow is one size so all the covers fit it. This way you do not have to own many different props, which can be a storage issue for most Newborn Photographers. Variety can be offered to the client simply by changing the cover. This is especially appreciated by newborn photographers on location.

All Newborn Prop’s fabulous offer will be running from Monday 23rd to 29th March 2020, members can see more details in the hub.

Their website can be found via the link here: All Newborn Props

Here are some customer testimonials from this wonderful company.

I use ‘Create-a-Nest’ in shoots at client’s homes. It’s so easy to get it with you instead of a heavy and big beanbag!” – Krista PekkalaPhotography

Definitely will be back to purchase more! Thank you xx” – AFphotography

If I had to choose only one prop, it’d be definitely the newborn poser with insert. It’s so versatile!” – Andrea Krey Photography

There really isn’t another photography prop brand quite like All newborn props and I’m so happy to have discovered you as your items have really transformed my work.” – Sophie Burles Photography

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November 2019 Supplier Feature – Bespoke Backdrops

This months supplier feature is Bespoke Backdrops which was founded in 2014. Bespoke Backdrops is run by Lorna Preston and her partner Darren. Lorna Started Bespoke Backdrops in 2014 and has been going strong ever since,  she won small trader of the year at TNPS in 2017 AND 2018! Grab a cuppa and see what Lorna has to say about her business and what makes it special. You can find their website here: www.bespoke-backdrops.com

“We offer hand painted canvas backdrops for the fine art photographer. We have 4 different sizes aimed at different needs for photographers shooting any genre and working out of any space.”

“We pride ourselves on the fact that we don’t print anything so each and every one of our backdrops is truly unique to the customer. You literally own your own piece of artwork which is a great selling point to your clients as a photographer.”

“At the moment we offer free shipping to members as a long term offer.

For our week long offer we are able to offer our small sized backdrops normally priced at £75 for £60 to members only. This is instead of our free shipping and no other discounts would apply.

This size is minimum of 5x4ft and is perfect for newborn floor work and also headshots. To find out how to claim your offer please log into the Discount page.

If you sell props what is your biggest seller?

We definitely have a best selling colour which is our WARM BROWN. I think our customers can’t resist the warm undertones and richness of the brown. It photographs like a dream!”

Tell us about the key people in your business. If you are a one man band, let us know how you started your business and why?

“I began as a one man band in 2014 painting backdrops where I could around my photography business. Since then, my partner Darren came on board to help with the work load in 2017. We both offer different textures so our customers get the best of a classic subtle texture or can opt for a bit more grit with my designs.”

“We ship worldwide so no country is out of reach. We also won small trader of the year at TNPS in 2017 & 2018. We currently have a summer special offer running too where you can grab a small backdrop for a £1 with all qualifying orders. All the details are on our website for this.”

“Outstanding service! From beginning of ordering my backdrop to receiving it was so easy. Every message was answered politely and with lots of advice. Honestly I would highly recommend these backdrops to anyone! Absolutely stunning! Thank you so much. Can’t wait to order my next colour.”

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October 2019 Supplier Feature – Cloudhill Productions

October sees another new offer from our featured Suppliers! This month it’s the turn of Cloudhill Productions.
Cloudhill Productions are a video production company based in the South West but operate across the UK and Worldwide. The company was started by veterans Gary & Russ who were British Army Cameramen for 24 Yrs, they have a wealth of video expertise both in the UK and across the world, producing high-end videos for social media channels and websites. Cloudhill have been running for 4 Years now and they are incredibly passionate about what they do and get great satisfaction in creating something unique for all their clients!
Their website can be found here: www.cloudhillproductions.com

We understand the videos needed for social media and have worked a lot with Newborn Photographers producing similar video products to enhance their websites and social media channels.

This offer will be running from the 21st September to the 27th 2019.

1 Min video for £750 half day filming and half day edit (Standard Cost £900)

2Min Video for £1100 Full day filming and full day editing ( Standard Cost £1300)

Details of how to claim this offer will be on the discount page in the Network.

We have worked with quite a few Newborn Photographers already and pride ourselves on guiding them through the process so they can get a video that really reflects the kind of work they are producing and sharing their customer experience with other potential clients.

“The Cloudhill team are consummate professionals and I am delighted that we chose them to film and produce our company promotional videos. The whole process was seamless and with the guy’s military background everything was thoroughly planned and perfectly implemented. I am not a natural in front of the camera but through Gary’s skilful direction, I felt much more at ease. Russ was also incredibly patient with me when it came to the numerous small changes I wanted to make to the final edit. Overall we are delighted with both the final products and the professional and friendly service we get from Cloudhill Productions. Highly recommended.” Russ Jackson Photography

 

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September 2019 Supplier Feature – Artpack

August’s supplier feature is Artpack who specialise in packaging for photographers along with gift cards and vouchers. Artpack is run by Julie Emmett. Julie, who is a photographer, started Artpack in 2016 after she realised that she was so much more excited by packaging her clients products than taking their photos. As a member you can find out how to claim your offer

Artpack’s website and be found here: www.artpack.co.uk

“I offer customised packaging for photographers as well as gift cards and vouchers.”

What makes your services/products unique?

“My customers can order small quantities and their  photo packaging can be created to look exactly as they would like it.  I work very closely with each customer to make sure they are happy and getting what they envisioned. I want to make the whole process as easy and uncomplicated as possible and a pleasant experience for them so when they get their photography packaging they are excited to use it and enjoy the idea of having the freedom to be a part of the creative process.”

What is the exclusive discount that you’ll be offering to Members?

“Each customer will get a free 5 pack of Thank You Cards with their order and will be entered into a draw for a prize at the end of the week.”

If you sell props what is your biggest seller?

“My biggest sellers are USBs in mini drawstring bags and gift cards.”

“I love photography and enjoyed 10 years of it but when I started to realise that I was more excited to create and design the packaging for my customers photos than actually taking them I knew it was time to pursue this. It had never occurred to me that I could make a career out of it and 3 years later I still love every single moment of it! Following your passion really is where you should be pouring all your energy into and that is exactly what I do for all my customers.”

“Your logo says so much about you and I love to see and work with them, because I don’t get to meet my customers I feel I get a small insight into what they are like from the colours and designs they choose.”

“Excellent quality products, fast service and happy to help with individual requests. Cannot recommend highly enough. Will definitely be using Artpack for my photography packaging every time!” – Faye Collins

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July 2019 Supplier Feature – Aaduki

This month’s supplier feature is Aaduki Multimedia Insurance which started trading in 2004. Read about how this small but dedicated Devon based business came to be. Aaduki’s website can be found by clicking on the following link: www.aaduki.com

“Insurance for Photographers and Video Makers:

  • Photography, Video Making and Computer Equipment, Props, Hired in Equipment with options for cover at the premises, in the UK and abroad. These can include ‘All Risks’ and ‘Full Open Theft’ cover which are important covers which are not included on all policies in the market.
  • Public Liability Insurance – for your legal liability to third parties for accidental injury and accidental damage to third party property.
  • Employers’ Liability Insurance – for your legal liability to employees.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance – for protection against financial loss as a direct result of a claim made against you for alleged breach of your professional duty (for example if your customer is unhappy with the quality of the images and are looking to take legal action against you as a result).”

“We offer top-end photographers and video maker insurance policies and personal service.”

“During this week quotations for photographic/video making equipment insurance for members will also include £2000 insurance coverage for props for FREE, member please see the supplier page in the hub for more details.”

To claim this offer log into the hub by clicking here.

“In July 2001, Darryl Probert left a large national insurance broker to join Anchorman Insurance Consultants Ltd (one of the leading providers of professional indemnity insurance) to create their media insurances division.

Darryl has over 20 years of insurance experience, most of which he has spent dealing exclusively with the photographic, video and wider media industry. Darryl and his team offer a professional, informed, expert and friendly service to all customers, old and new.

In November 2005 Darryl purchased the fast-growing division from Anchorman Insurance and merged it with Versatile. Just 2 years later, Aaduki was already recognised as one of the main providers of insurance to photographers and video makers.

Darryl continues to be at the front line of the business to deal with customers and is keen to build Aaduki Multimedia Insurance into the leading media insurance provider by increasing the range of products offered and the number of suppliers used. He leads an expanding team of staff and has contacts throughout the media and insurance industries.”

“We are a small but dedicated team based in the lovely county of Devon.”

“My photographic insurance has been with Aaduki for a relatively short period of time, but I confess that I am delighted in my decision to move my insurance needs to them.

The proof of any insurance is not when things are all good but when you have a problem. In my case, I was robbed overseas and lost my equipment in the process. Aaduki provided immediate assistance and their communications were supportive and exemplary. When I returned home their processes were simple and they dealt with them quickly and efficiently. I had my equipment replaced within 4 days.

I really can’t fault that and I have been recommending them to fellow photographers as a result.” SS

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Supplier Feature – Baby Props By Sally

This months supplier feature is Baby Props.co.uk which as the name suggests is a supplier of newborn props. This store is run by Sally Slack,  Sally’s store can be found via this link: www.babyprops.co.uk

Below is an interview with Sally where she talks about her business, why she started it and what she thinks makes it unique. Over the coming months we are going to be featuring more of our wonderful suppliers. Each one of them will be organising an additional week-long offer to their normal supplier discount, so stay tuned for more incredible offers from our suppliers!

When did you start your business and why?

“I started my business in 2010 I’d recently moved from Singapore back to the UK after five years abroad. In Singapore, I was a portrait photographer who specialised in Children and Family photography. When I arrived back in the UK I had to start my photography business all over again, so I decided to re-evaluate what I really wanted to do and ultimately what genre of photography I was passionate about. After going to a photography networking meet up in London I made the decision that I wanted to specialise in Newborn Photography. It was a relatively new genre and it was exciting to be part of something that was very new to the UK, plus I am also an NNEB Nursery Nurse so my training would definitely help. I did some newborn training and the rest is history as they say. 🙂

I very quickly realised that buying any newborn props meant shopping in the US and having to pay extortionate shipping rates and customs charges. Plus the fact items would often arrive and I’d be disappointed in the quality or the colour online hadn’t been accurate.  Returning orders wasn’t an option because of the postage costs! So whilst I was quiet with my photography business, I saw a gap in the market and an opportunity to use some of the additional time I had on my hands, and started to import Stretch Knit Wraps from Indonesia and that’s how it all started. 🙂

My business was based in my middle son’s bedroom on his bookcase and I sold via Facebook. 🙂 Thankfully I now have to have storage outside of my home and a website!”

Who works in your business?

“I’m mainly a one-man band, my Mum knits all my bonnets. The quality and fit are superb and I use them in all my own sessions. It took a while to get the fit right, but I’m so happy with the end product, nothing annoys me more than a baggy bonnet on a newborn! My sons often help at trade shows or when I’m cutting and packaging fabrics which proves invaluable!”

What products do you offer?

“Mainly I offer quality, ready to ship newborn props such as stretchy fabric backdrops, wraps, stretch knit and jersey, newborn bonnets and headbands, sometimes I do sell some small props such as crates and beds. I have also recently started selling posing beans which have been very popular. My approach to searching for products is would I use it in my business? I want quality backdrops and wraps that last and wash well. Backdrops are definitely my biggest seller, second are wraps and last but not least are the bonnets.”

What makes you unique?

“I would like to think that one of the things that makes me unique is my efficiency, I’m super fast at getting the orders out. Orders before 12:00 are shipped the same day and most orders are shipped via 24-hour courier. The other thing that makes me unique is I do have some fabric backdrops made for me so I really do have a unique product which isn’t available anywhere else. With the stretch knit wraps I stock the entire range of colours and I pay extra for overlocked ends so they last and last. I would hope that the quality of the products really stands out to anyone that purchases from me. Unlike lots of other prop stores, the product images on my website are unedited so you are looking at a more accurate representation of the actual product. I’m also very generous with the length of the backdrops, often photographers find they can cut their own wrap from a backdrop.”

Can you share some customer testimonials?

“I’m immensely proud of the number of positive reviews I have, and it’s amazing to think that this website only launched late October 2018! I get a little buzz every time I read another lovely review!

Customer testimonials can be found on this page: https://babyprops.co.uk/pages/baby-props-kind-words

I’m wanted to take this opportunity to say how incredibly grateful I am to all the photographers that support me by purchasing from the Baby Props store. It’s a tough market out there at the moment as there is so much choice now, but I like to think that my customers appreciate the quality and the service that they receive. I just also wanted to say a huge thank you to each and every person that takes the time to leave a review.

Yes sometimes I mess up but I’d like to think that I own up and try and put things right as soon as I can, after all, I’m only human!”

Tell us about your discount?

“Details of my discount can be found in the hub under the supplier discount page. Please note that it is live from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th June.

The discount is 15% off all orders over £50. Sorry, you are unable to use this offer in conjunction with any other offers.”

Below are a few images of items available on the Baby Props store.

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