My 1st Photos Ltd began in early 2018 and made from a studio in Guildford, Surrey.
A couple of lovely ladies named Sarah and Nadine taught themselves to sew, print and design.
Products range from:
- Customisable Photo Album,
- Personalised Christmas Sacks,
- Photo Comforter with Taggies,
- Fabric Photo Bunting
- Baby Comforter Quilt.
“My daughter was born 9 weeks early and had to spend a month in Neonatal Intensive Care and the Special Care Baby Unit. I didn’t get to meet her for 4 days and then we had to leave her every night in an incubator when my husband and I went home.
Nadine wanted to help us by printing off some photos to leave in her incubator, so she would always see our faces and it would also give us comfort too. Our idea stemmed from there: helping to keep families together when they’re apart.
Family photos don’t often get printed out for children, unless they’re in a (usually breakable!) frame or precious album and we wanted something that babies and toddlers could easily access. Our children adore looking at family photos and naming everyone in them and we thought others would too.”
What I received
A beautiful Textile photo album with six pages and five images – I had cropped my own images on their website.
- Handmade item
- Materials: polyester, felt
- Made to order
- The books are 100% polyester
- They use non-toxic ink.
- The book is 14 cmx14cm.
There is a larger, more customisable version of original album which has space for 7 photos and if you wish to replace the text with photos, then you can have up to 14 photo pages.
They will email you after your order so that you can send your photos and text which will be cropped to squares but you can send them ready cropped, so that you get the right look for your book.
They are also able to change text colour, language, add emoticons etc. If you have an idea that you’d like to discuss with them just email email@example.com you can also contact them here.
Why printed photos are important
There’s so much focus these days on digital photo storage. There are all sorts of suggestions out there: cloud, DVD, flash drive, photo storage companies.
It can leave us feeling like we need backups of our backups! But what good is a stored photo that you don’t ever see? Whether you actually remember the days of film and negatives or not, there’s an important thing to be learned from those days: we didn’t focus on storing our negatives in multiple ways and multiple formats.
The focus, rather, was on the photographs.
It’s not about amassing or stockpiling photos. That’s not what they’re for as photos are meant to be seen, accessed, and interacted with.
Unfortunately, most people I talk to have a lot of files and very few photos.
But our memories are better, our connections are better, when we see and hold a photo as it’s easy to re-live a moment when you’re seeing it again, especially if it has details (memories) recorded along with it.
When I talk about photos in print, that can mean printing the photos and putting them in albums, printing the photos and putting them in scrapbooked pages or textile books! Printed just means a tangible, non digital form.
Why this book can be helpful
Babies recognize faces earlier than any other type of object or pattern! This book you can sit and go through the images with your baby!
Month 2: Your baby will recognize their primary caregivers faces. Babies love looking in the mirror, too but since they aren’t able to recognize themselves, it’s a social activity as at this stage, engaging with the face staring back at them is all about fun, not about self recognition.
Month 3: Your baby will begin to recognize familiar objects other than faces, such as their favorite books or their favorite teddy bear, although they won’t know the names for these objects yet just that they’ve seen them before.
Month 5: Your baby will recognize objects even when they’re partially hidden: “That’s my bottle peeking out from under that blanket!” Object permanence is separate cognitive skill that develops shortly after object recognition: Around month 5, your baby will begin to understand that things exist even when they’re out of sight like mama, for example, when she leaves the room!.
Month 15: Self recognition doesn’t develop for most children until much later, around month 15. So even though a child will recognize many other familiar objects and people by midway through his first year, it takes quite a bit longer for that child to look at an image of themself and think, “Wow, that’s me!” As toddlers gain independence like walking, talking and tantruming apart from you they discover themselves as a separate member of the family.
The Customisable Photo Album prices are: 5 page album – £25 and 7 page album – £35
Personalised Christmas Sacks which come in red and green both small £20 and large size £30
Photo Comforter with Taggies – £15
Fabric Photo Bunting – £25
Baby Comforter Quilt – £20
I adore bespoke items and I have thousands of images not shared on social media from pregnancy to my unruly teens and with the digital era and with having a third child I’ve made less and less effort to print out images and just save them on my laptop, unseen and ignored so being able to see a couple of her baby photos in print has been lovely – better yet it’s been lovely for the kids to see!
The textile cloth book is designed to be able to teach the baby about their family, familiar faces as well as recognise themselves which is a great idea and the sheer volume and lack of organization of digital photos for personal memories discourages many people from accessing and reminiscing about them.
Babies are always learning, these will help them starting from recognizing faces!
In order to remember, we have to access and interact with the photos, rather than just amass them which is what print allows us to do, to be able to see those milestones – those first moments is such a beautiful thing.
The monochrome design is super fashionable plus as its material not paper it can’t get ripped! The photo quality is fantastic.
All the My 1st Photos make great items for loved ones as we all want the best for them. Seeing them smile with genuine appreciation at something we’ve given them is enough to make us happy.
It’s not always easy to create a personal gift and lets face it some people are difficult to buy for but with this company the ideas are there for new parents and for children with a little thought and a dash of creativity, you can come up with something personal for literally anyone in your life, be it men, women, kids, or even your nana that has it all.
The upside to giving something custom and personalized is it’ll be well received no matter what it it because at the end of the day, the thought and care put into the gift is what truly matters.
Definitely recommend as they are great bespoke keepsakes to treasure – it will have a special impact on them, more than any other gift in the world, because it came straight from your heart to theirs.
Disclaimer – this product was sent to review, all thoughts are my own.