Local Christmas Gift Buying Guide

The nights are drawing in and there's wood smoke in the air, so it's time to start thinking about what gorgeous presents you can surprise loved ones with this Christmas. I've written a little local Christmas gift buying guide to give you a bit of inspiration. I've chosen some fabulous handmade crafts from local artists as well as some relaxing and fun experiences for those who are tricky to buy for. Here's my top ten ideas for you this Christmas.

1. Skratch Ceramics

I adore all of the products from this super talented local artist. Skratch Cermaics have a range of goodies on offer this Christmas, from gorgeous little key rings, bells and Christmas decorations to beautifully handmade vases and plaques. Follow Skratch Ceramics on Instagram to find out when the shop is open and when she'll be visiting local Christmas fairs too.

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2. Glass at the Spinney

As soon as I saw the creations from Glass at the Spinney pop up on my Instagram feed, I thought, wow! I love the stunning blue coloured glass she uses for her coasters and wave pieces. She has a fabulous range to choose from, including children's lamps, wall pieces, coasters and Christmas decorations. Visit her online shop and Instagram account to buy something special for your loved ones. Or maybe even a treat for yourself. I've got my eye on those coasters, so hands off! :)

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3. Orchard Facial Procedures

Is there anyone out there that would say no to a facial? Exactly. You can buy gift vouchers from the lovely Sarah, who runs Orchard Facial Procedures based in Ewenny. Visit her tranquil treatment room in the beautiful countryside and relax while she pampers you with the latest in facial technologies. She offers a wide range of  treatments and products, including Wrinkle Smoothing Injections with Botulinum Toxin-A, PRP Vampire Facials, Microneedling, Medical Facials and Chemical Peels. These treatments are aimed at achieving a natural looking result for her clients, to make them look and feel their absolute best. Contact Sarah to buy gift vouchers.

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4. Ceri Gwen 

If you have a crafty friend then visit Ceri Gwen's online shop and buy some beautiful and vibrant fabrics, cut and sew kits, calendars, tea towels and even wallpaper. Her designs are simply gorgeous and bursting full of life and colour.

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5. Happy Days Vintage Homestore

I've had many a happy hour browsing around Happy Days Vintage Homestore in Cowbridge. There's a wealth of goodies in there - I recently bought a gorgeous sideboard from there which looks fabulous in my lounge. From curated furniture pieces to pretty jewelry there's bound to be something in there for you to buy for a loved one. There's also a lovely tea room for a shopping pit stop too.

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6. Photography Training

Do you know a photography enthusiast that wants to get to know their camera better? If so, I have a range of training opportunities for everyone! Choose from the Beginners Photography Workshop for adults, the Young Photographers Workshop for teens or a tailored one to one session. Check out my website for all the details and dates for the workshops in 2020!

beginners photography training vouchers

7. Noble Grape

It's Christmas! So a celebratory drink is in order. Visit Noble Grape on Cowbridge High Street to browse their fantastic range of wines and spirits. I'm partial to a nice bit of Rioja and a G&T if anyone is interested. :)

8. Cobbles Kitchen

A regular haunt of mine, either on the way to or from the beach or just to meet friends for a coffee. I love the decor in there and there's loads of choice on the menu, including plenty of vegan & veggie options. You can buy gift vouchers from there - so treat a friend or family member to an afternoon tea or a lovely lunch.

afternoon tea vouchers

9. Hamper from Elephant and Bun

A hamper is the perfect gift for foodies. All hampers can be personalised so you can pick and choose from all the delicious goodies on offer and create something sumptuous and wonderful! Don't think that there's only food on offer at the Elephant and Bun deli though - they also have a range of gifts too. You can buy salad bowls, oil dispensers, salt pigs, garlic pots, olive bowls, jugs and herb pots and a small selection of kitchen pottery from Thythston near Porthcawl. They also stock wooden chopping boards, rolling pins, cheese-making kits and kits to cure bacon. So much to choose from!

10. Family photo shoot with Gemma Griffiths Photography

Yes, you guessed it! I'm finishing with a family photo shoot from yours truly. I offer relaxed and informal outdoor location photo sessions in South Wales. A gift voucher for a family shoot, includes the session fee, as well as a print and matching digital image. Help friends and family to capture their special moments with this gift. Have a browse through my family portfolio to see more of my work and look at my blog to see whole shoots too.

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Finally, to get you in the festive mood, don't forget about the wonderful Reindeer Parade in Cowbridge this year. It's on Sunday 24th November and there's a whole special shopping weekend planned in Cowbridge too, with the shops staying open late on Friday 22nd November and a Christmas Market on Saturday 23rd November. Find out more on the Visit Cowbridge Facebook page. If you've got any festive activities or extra special vendors you can recommend, comment below to share the love!

Gem x

 


Beach photo shoot

Beach photo shoot.

Back in the depths of Winter I started to think about how I could incorporate my love of the beach into my client work. I've always had family shoots at the beach and wanted to encourage more families to enjoy spending time there as much as I do. So, I decided to offer 'Mini Beach Shoots'. I was totally overwhelmed with the response and all the slots sold out really quickly. This shoot was the first one and took place in April. We had such fun playing around on the beach and splashing in the waves.

There were three sisters and Mum and Dad too. We twirled around, threw rocks in the sea and jumped over the crashing waves. Wild hair was the order of the day - the best look for the beach in my opinion! I love the connection between the sisters. They had such different personalities but a great bond between them.

The beach is so different each time I go there. It's such an epic background for a family session and I love the wildness of the sea. The best thing is watching kids playing in the water - you can see the pure joy on their faces as the waves come in.

If you're interested in booking a family photo shoot - get in touch to find out more. You can see my price list on the pricing page. Check out more shoots on my blog and in my family portfolio.

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram too to see my latest work.

Gem x

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Cardiff photographer portfolios

Family Beach Shoot

Family Beach Shoot

Back in 2006, I'd just started my photography business and I was booked by a family that lived in the same road as me in Cowbridge. I photographed them as a family with their newborn son. A few years later, they had a second son and they booked another family shoot at home. Since then I've photographed the family every few years and watched the children grow up.

We've had family shoots at home and family beach shoots over the years. This one was pretty special with a glorious sunset at the end. The boys are the same age as my children so it's always lovely to see how they've grown and hear about what they are up to. We chatted about previous shoots and the youngest said that he could remember me coming to their house when he was a toddler. Pretty impressive!

It's a real honour to have repeat clients like this. It's such a great experience to watched families grow together.

If you'd like to book a family beach shoot then have a look at my family portfolio and pricing page and drop me a line to find out more.

You can also follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see my latest work.

Gem x

 

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South Wales Sunset Photo Shoot

Check out this gorgeous South Wales sunset photo shoot! When I started photographing families 13 years ago, it was primarily families with young children. Over the years there seems to have been a shift in that pattern and now I'm getting lots of bookings with older children. Maybe it's because my children are growing up and I know lots of people with older children. Or maybe it's because families have started to realise it's never too late to capture the magic of their kids - no matter how old they are!

This shoot was booked to capture 3 cousins together and I managed to twist Mum's arm into joining in with the shoot and getting some family photos taken at the same time. I'm pretty sure she's pleased that I did and now they have a gorgeous selection of images of ALL of them before their eldest finishes school. I feel very passionately about encouraging parents to include themselves into the family photos. It's a shared history that is not complete without every member of the family being featured.

The beach at sunset it my favourite place to be and I'm very grateful that my clients agree. We had a spectacular sunset on this shoot - scroll down to see the amazing colours. We started off with a walk around the gardens and on the cliff tops. Then went down to the beach to watch the sunset. There was some hot chocolate too - nice one Mum!

If you fancy a family shoot on location in South Wales - be it at the beach or at a favourite location of yours - drop me a line.

You can follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see more of my latest work. You can also check out my family portfolio and pricing information too.

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Family Photo Album - Cardiff Photographer

Introducing my brand new family photo album! The perfect addition to my product line. It's an absolute stunner!

With it's handmade hard cover and layflat pages, printed on Cannon Deep Matte paper, it looks and feels luxurious. You can personalise the album with your chosen image in a cut out window on the front cover and even choose different colour textured covers too.

For only £350, you can add this to your package and know that you have a beautiful family heirloom to last a lifetime. You can fix approximately 30 images inside a standard family photo album or upgrade to include more of your favourites.

Find out more about my prices and other products, including canvas wraps, frames and prints on my pricing page. See more of my family photography work in my family portfolio.

If you'd like to book a family photo shoot near Cardiff, drop me a line!

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