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A mum’s advice on starting school

A Mum’s Advice on Starting School

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School places are out! Is your little one starting school this September? How do you feel about this major change in your life and theirs? Will it leave a big gap in your home during the day or are you ready to gain back some time to work or spend with younger siblings still at home?


Life as a parent is full of learning as you go and making decisions that often feel so momentous. Being a parent is a huge responsibility to the future of our little people and gosh sometimes it can be hard seeing them growing up.


From the small things you learn and decide as you move through the early days, weaning and play dates, there are so very many things you have to weigh up about your own lifestyle and the lifestyle you want to instil in your own baby as they grow into little people.


Figuring out the best way to raise your baby, what you feel are the best routines, whether they eat organic or on the go from your plate, whether you raise them wild and free or decide to go with rules and routines, what is healthy to eat – can they have chocolate on their first Easter?, should you sign them up to every social and learning experience or take a relaxed at home play approach, should they get t.v. time or grow up outdoors?

The list is endless and we parents are under huge pressure to decide on what is best and balanced for our little people. It can be a very hard job.

children making school craft surrey photographer starting school
photo by Rawpixel.com
Photo by Daiga Ellaby
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Photo by Aaron Burden

One of the hardest things you have to decide upon is the education you want for your little one. It is such a momentous milestone when you reach the day that you must press the button to submit your school choices. Do you go for small and personal?, private education with access to as much extra learning as possible?, somewhere with a forest school?, the school you grew up in yourself? The list is endless and so much is at stake, it can be a very stressful decision.


Don’t worry mums! You got this! They will succeed with you by their side cheering from the sidelines!


Surrey Mummy, Early Years Parent Support and Net Mums have top tips on preparing your child for starting school

 And if your last chick is leaving the nest for school, you may be starting back to work after a break, check out  https://mumandworking.co.uk/ for tips and vacancies.


So now that the decision has been made, school results came out on 16th April, did you get your preferred choice? How do you feel about your baby starting this journey of growing up and going to school? A whole day without you by their side, new responsibilities and more expectation, learning new social skills and becoming independent?


I would love to hear your feelings and what decision you made for your own little one.

A mum’s advice on starting school 2018-04-17T16:54:50+00:00

NCT Woking Valentines Baby Photography Gallery

NCT mini session

Rani & Jayesh

Daisy NCT mini session


Annabelle NCT mini session


Abigail NCT mini session


Lyra NCT mini session


Autumn NCT mini session


NCT woking baby photography mini session


Oscar NCT mini session


Ellie NCT mini session


Gabriele NCT mini session


Amelia NCT mini session


Charlie NCT mini session


Alexander NCT mini session


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NCT Valentines Taster Sessions

Valentines Taster Sessions in collaboration with the NCT Nest Woking

Taster session with NCT Woking Knaphill St Johns

Thursday 15th February 1.30pm-3pm

Athena & Eros Photography will be returning to the NCT Nest at St John’s, Woking for the ever popular Taster Sessions. We are starting off 2018 with a lovely Valentine’s Day Session, perfect for personalised cards to Daddy!

Join in by pre-booking your slot – these fill up fast!

Each slot is £5 and you will receive a digital in return. Online galleries will be provided after the session and you have the option to purchase additional items if you wish.

I look forward to meeting you all there!

x Shelley

NCT Valentines Taster Sessions 2018-02-05T19:24:35+00:00

Christmas Mini Sessions

Alana girl christmas mini session


Thomas christmas mini session


James christmas mini session woking


Maxwell christmas mini session


Jack christmas mini session


Christmas Mini Sessions 2017-12-06T15:39:05+00:00

October Half Term Pumpkin Picking in Woking

boo letters in pumpkin

My two boys (5yrs + 3yrs) are so very excited about the much-loved Halloween! They have been begging to get the outfit and decoration box out for a month now… They have both decided long since, that they will be a zombie and a skeleton and tried on their outfits  at least 50 times!

So, to help all mum’s out there with children who absolutely love everything Scooby-Do, ghoulish and ghostly too, I’ve written a little blog about how we will be spending our October Half Term in and around Woking

We will be heading to Crockford Bridge Farm in Weybridge with some friends for the gorgeous pumpkin display and children-friendly theatre Wonder Woods in the little forest. MY two boys always enjoy seeing the decorations dotted around the display, before selecting from mini pumpkins, an array of coloured gourds and squash including white and green pumpkins or the striped tiger style are very eye catching. I intend to enjoy a hot chocolate while my boys have a go at carving their chosen pumpkins and have their faces painted. The Farm is always hugely popular and includes a lovely play area to round off your day out. Don’t forget your cash for £2 entry and those pumpkins!

 From the 20th-31st we will also be off to the Elm Nusery at Sutton Green Road, Woking. This lovely garden centre is a hidden gem with its animal area and sweet café. Dress in your best fancy-dress outfit to enter the competition, take part in children’s craft, fancy and the spooky skull hunt. After my little ones are tired out, I will tuck into some of the ghoulish treats at the café and visit the mini animal farm.  


Happy Ghost Hunting! xx


October Half Term Pumpkin Picking in Woking 2017-10-10T21:01:15+00:00

Top five things to do around Woking for October 2017

Our TOP FIVE round up of the best things to do in and around Woking for October

Diwali Festival of Light Woking things to do october


Bring your family along to Woking Town Centre at 6pm to see the lanterns, music and performances for the Diwali Festival of Light

Flair Gymnastics Image


Book your school children into Flair Gym Club’s Holiday ‘HALF-TERM’ Camp. Keep your children’s energy down with Circus skills and Pirate flips at the October half term camp based at Guildford Spectrum Centre

halloween event children october woking


Join Boogie Monsters, the UK’s award winning LIVE rock and pop band for children, as they bring their fun and interactive daytime gigs to you!  Let your inner child out together with your kids at the ‘monster mash’ up of Halloween themed chart hits, rocked up action songs and funky nursery rhymes, played by professional musicians.

RHS Trees in autumn

Enjoy the beautiful Autumn leaves and colour at a free day entry to RHS Wisley garden on Tuesday 3rd October. The perfect place to spend a family day out, after exploring you can visit the café and treat yourself to a warm lunch or hot chocolate with the Children

Listings imagery for The Legoland Windsor Resort's Brick or Treat

Enjoy a day at Legoland with spooky lego characters, special entertainment and events to celebrate Halloween. Brick or Treat is on from 14th – 30th October.

Top five things to do around Woking for October 2017 2017-10-03T13:45:53+00:00

Family and Baby Portrait Session

Exceptional Service

My mission is to provide every client with a unique experience including an exceptional service and personalised works of art. Your session captures the emotion and love, infused within your resulting portraits, delivered with only the best design, exclusivity, and the best craftsmanship on offer.

From your personalised consultation to the meticulous design and creation of your dream into reality, your session is unique and tailored to you as a family.

Meticulous attention to detail, investment of care and quality enables Athena & Eros Photography as a leader in the art of luxury Children and Family Portraits in Surrey.

Read more about the luxury client service to find out more

p.s there are only 12 weeks until Christmas! Christmas Mini Session Bookings are opening soon. Click here to be added to the VIP Release to be first to book your session. limited dates are available.

Family and Baby Portrait Session 2017-10-03T12:01:06+00:00

NCT Nest Summer Session

Summer is coming! Join in with our taster sessions at the Woking NCT Nest

I really enjoy planning the set ups for my NCT Mini Sessions with the Brookwood, Chobham and Knaphill NCT group. This month we will be celebrating summer with some fun candy colours and ice cream cones!

Places always fill fast on our NCT Summer Sessions

Please contact me as soon as possible to be placed on the list for your baby to be photographed on the day. All participants will receive a complimentary digital image in return for your £5 payment to be photographed.

This is a wonderful way to try out a photography session and meet your local photographer too!

PLEASE NOTE: The NCT Nest kindly invite me to join you at the event; entry to the NCT Nest will be payable to the NCT via £2 donation as normal.

NCT Nest Summer Session 2017-09-26T16:37:44+00:00

Adventures of a Mum – Blogger Studio Session

Photography Session with Adventures of a Mum Blogger Lara and her beautiful little family

It’s been a busy few weeks at Athena & Eros Photography. I have been working on several big events in the Studio’s calendar – Halloween with the NCT Nest, Mini Halloween shoots, Mini Christmas shoots, and Lara’s Family Photo Shoot!


I had the pleasure of a Family Photo Session with Lara, Stuart and their two sons Henry (3yrs) & George (17 months).  Lara is not just the gorgeous Mummy but also the Lifestyle, Beauty & Parenting blogger behind adventures of a mum.



Deciding on the Session theme and design

As a specialist in Children’s Photography, I was really looking forwards to collaborating with Lara and photographing her two sons Henry & George in my Studio.

I tailor all of my Client sessions individually to each family. For Lara’s session, I customised the design of every element (the colour scheme, props, outfits and scene designs) – based on the consultation by phone.

It was clear we were going to have a lot of fun when I discovered more about Lara and her boys;


The boy’s Favourite things = adventures, dinosaurs and exploring!

Lara’s favourite colours = Autumnal

Lara’s favourite time of the year = Christmas!

I was so thrilled to hear the two words Autumnal and Christmas, as they are my most favourite things in the year too!! Hurrah!

The Studio Day

At 3 years old and 17 months old, Henry and George had lots of energy and clearly love adventures and exploring with their mummy and daddy around Hampshire.

I wanted the boys to really enjoy the session whilst also keeping them engaged, but not restricting their characters from showing through.  I’m often told I have a good story telling and inventiveness; so I imagined up a big story and adventure to take the boys on throughout the photography!

I love it when the children so clearly enjoy a session. Having fun is so important to a great image !

Dinosaurs Adventures in the Snow

I wove the boys an adventure created around our Christmas backdrop scene called Dinosaurs Adventures in the Snow. Henry just loved hearing about the dinosaurs and pretending to jump into Andy’s Dinosaur Adventure’s mode. We journeyed back in time through Andy’s Dinosaur Adventure ‘clock’ and into the Snowy mountains where I managed to capture some beautiful images of both boys smiling and enjoying the fun and stories.

We then had a snowball throwing contest between the boys and Daddy, followed by showing the Dinosaurs the trees, robin props, collecting pine cones and listening for the sea in our lovely Conch shell!

Twinkle Twinkle, Christmas Star

Autumnal Fun

After the first adventure, the boys delved into some pain au chocolate from the studio refreshment table. Then we began our Autumn exploration story, complete with real Chestnut leaves collected and dried from Horsell’s beautiful village trees.

Both boys really showed a love for books in our giant armchair and then snuggled beautifully together afterwards on my flokati sheepskin fur for some cuddle time and images with mummy and daddy.


Mummy’s love


Brothers together, close forever


Cuddles with Mummy

A beautiful session where I think you can really see both boys’ enjoyment and their little character’s brought to the fore by weaving some magical stories into the Session!

Please let me know what you think of our session! Contact me if you would like to arrange a session for your own little ones xx

Love Athena & Eros Photography

Bright blue eyes


Adventures of a Mum – Blogger Studio Session 2017-06-26T15:41:03+00:00

Gallery – NCT Nest Halloween Mini Photo Session

Gallery – NCT Nest Halloween Mini Photo Session

Thursday’s NCT Nest and Photo Mini Halloween session had a huge turnout with over 30 participants; it was wonderful to meet so many gorgeous little babies and take their photograph. As mentioned, please do get in touch if you were unable to have your baby photographed due to the overwhelming interest in the event.

I hope your little pumpkins, kittens and spooky ones had a brilliant time at their first ever Halloween event!

Athena & Eros Photography received so many lovely compliments on the day, thank you for being a fantastic and friendly crowd.

Below are the sneak peeks to the Galleries. NOTE: for privacy, only the participants will receive the code to enter the full gallery, where you will find all of the pictures of your own little baby to enjoy.Keep an eye out for the Christmas Mini where we will once again be partnering with the NCT Nest to provide photography. You can follow the latest news by signing up for the newsletter or like my Facebook Page
Happy Halloween!

Gallery – NCT Nest Halloween Mini Photo Session 2017-06-26T15:45:11+00:00