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Newborn and Family Photography in Bethnal Green

Posted in Newborn at 09:00 on 25/03/2017

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I had the most incredible time photographing Rebecca and her lovely family in Bethnal Green in East London. Rebecca had found my website on Google and loved my natural style of pictures and the fact that the photographs were taken at her home or out and about at a park nearby. She thought that my style would perfectly reflect her fun loving family. I’m so glad that she did as I had a brilliant time with them taking newborn and family photographs.

I love photographing newborn babies, those early days are so special and it’s particularly fun when there are older siblings involved in the session. Watching, what will be one of the most important relationships in their lives, forming in those first few days is an incredible privilege and being able to give the children the gift of photographs that tell this story is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

I love the different little looks that you see, the love, the laughter, and sometimes the slight wariness as older children get to know their new sibling. In this case four year old Mia was besotted by her younger brother and so keen to snuggle up next to him to have her picture taken.

We started indoors and then, because it was an incredibly beautiful day, we headed outside to the nearby park for a few outdoor pictures and to give Mia a chance to run around. It’s lovely to have a bit of variety in a photo shoot and newborn family portrait sessions are no exception, doing a bit indoors and a bit outside is just perfect.

The light was stunning and a lovely group of trees made a perfect backdrop for some family photographs. Mia playing on the different aparatus meant she had a whale of a time and was then really happy to sit quietly and have a few portrait pictures with baby Milo. These are some of my favourite pictures from a newborn session ever, I love the tenderness with which she counts his tiny toes.

And then inside for a final few pictures, baby Milo having a little sleep and some really cosy snuggly sleepy shots.

It was a brilliant day and I’m so pleased with all the pictures. If this natural and relaxed approach to newborn photography appeals to you then do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.

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Author Headshot Photography London

Posted in Headshots at 08:04 on 22/03/2017

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I am photographing an increasing number of author portrait publicity headshots here at my North London studio. Authors need portrait photographs for book jackets and publicity pieces, for use in magazines and online and so having a really good headshot photo is a must. These headshots will be so important in a world that is increasingly lived online – websites, social media, LinkedIn, they all require a great portrait.

I have set up my North London studio to provide a good selection of images within a short session – we spend around 45 minutes to an hour taking pictures, which makes the headshot portrait sessions quick and efficient.

Maigaelle was an absolute joy to photograph, a total natural in front of the camera and I had such a wonderful time hearing about her forthcoming novel, it sounds right up my street so I’m looking forward to getting that on pre-order as soon as it is announced. It will be a wonderful summer read and is due for release in June.

It’s definitely one of the things I love most about headshot portrait photography – chatting to my clients about their jobs. I have this amazing opportunity to learn about so many different industries and I love hearing how people have arrived at this point where they need a portrait. As an avid reader I find this to be particularly fascinating with authors, hearing about the creative process is incredibly interesting.

It’s always a pleasure taking headshots and the sessions are always really fun. If you think you might be interested in a session then do get in touch and we can have a chat about what you are looking for and put something in the diary.

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Hampstead Baby and Family Photographer

Posted in Babies at 07:09 on 20/03/2017

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I spent a wonderful day in Hampstead with Chris and his family taking photographs of the children and of everyone having a lovely time together. The portrait session was booked in as a surprise for Chris’s wife’s birthday and he had managed the whole thing brilliantly. I arrived bright and early at 8am for some family pictures at the house, and then, another surprise, both sets of grandparents joined us mid-morning for an extended family photo shoot. What an amazing birthday present!

We has the most brilliant time, both the children were so much fun to photograph and it was hilarious starting indoors for some pictures of the children rolling around on their parent’s bed. There was so much laughter. The children were both so happy to be playing together and I love how their personalities shine through. My favourite picture from this first part of the morning is the family photograph with Thekla leaping in the air - these are the pictures that really tell you about a child’s personality and that will make everyone smile as the years go by.

When the grandparents arrived Chris suggested a short walk to Hampstead Heath and I was delighted. Hampstead Heath is one of my favourite spots in London for family photographs, it’s so beautiful and because it’s so big it’s always possible to find a spot that is nice and quiet. We were lucky with perfect light and also with it being incredibly warm for the time of year, it made for such a fun photo shoot.

I made sure to take some family group shots at the beginning and then we let the children play. They had a brilliant time playing together, playing with their parents and with their grandparents as I took documentary style family portrait photographs. These pictures, particularly those with their grandparents are sure to be some that will be treasured by the children as they grow up, reminding them of all the fun they had together as a family.

It was a brilliant day and I’m so thrilled with the pictures. I do hope you like them too, this selection from our baby, children and family photography session in Hampstead in North London.

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Monochrome Child Portraiture in Regents Park - Just One

Posted in Just One at 07:05 on 18/03/2017

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I love to provide my clients with lots of variety to their pictures when I’m photographing their children. My work is best known for my creative compositions, my stunning use of light and location and how I create pictures that capture a moment and really utilize the landscape whether urban or rural to great effect.

I also, of course, take a lot of beautiful close up portraits and these are universally popular with my clients. Everyone wants a stunning portrait of their children, one that really captures their personality and shows just how they look at this time.

It’s with that in mind that I chose to share this wonderful monochrome portrait of Myles as my Just One today, a picture taken in Regents Park in North London as part of our family photography session.

We had a fantastic time and Myles whizzed around the park moving from one fast mode of transport to another – roller blades, bike, skateboard, we used them all and he weaved between the families out walking with enviable skill. This shot was taken towards the end of our shoot when we had stopped for a drink and were then about to head home, we were chatting and Myles, always inquisitive, was asking technical questions about exactly how my camera worked, some of which (particularly on the technicalities of autofocus) were rather over my head. It’s great when children are so inquisitive and writing this has reminded me I had promised myself I would find the answers to those questions so I know for next time I am asked.

Its a lovely portrait and I hope you like it as much as I do – today’s Just one from our family photography session in Regents Park.

London City Sights - Family Portraits

Posted in Children at 17:47 on 16/03/2017

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I had a brilliant time with Michael and Noelle for our family photo shoot in the City of London taking in some of the capitals famous sights.

I’m often asked about photographing older children - Will it be fun? Will the children get bored? How will we get really natural pictures? and the answer to this is yes. It will be fun and it won’t be boring, by doing fun things and having a great time we will ensure the children enjoy themselves and because they are having fun the resulting pictures will have the lovely natural smiles you are looking for. It’s certainly true that, unlike a two year old, once the children get older, head towards their teenage years, they won’t just ‘play’ while I work around them with a camera, we need to have interaction for a successful photo shoot.

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I love photographing older children and teenagers and it’s this interaction that makes it so much fun. I had first photographed Michael and Noelle in 2015 and it was such a pleasure to see them again for our annual photo shoot recently. Photographing children annually is such a lovely thing to do - you can record the changes that you sometimes don’t notice when you are around the children on a day-to-day basis. It’s only when you look back on the pictures you realise how much they have grown and changed, and also, in some ways, how much has stayed the same (I particularly love looking back at the newborn shoots of children who are now reaching their teenage years and seeing some of the same expressions, there in those very first days).

Last years photo shoot had had a very rural feel with the pictures all taken in the park - lots of trees and beautiful natural backgrounds. For this session we decided to do something different and work with some of London’s famous sights. Up very early in the morning to avoid the crowds we met outside the Tate and headed out on our photographic adventure.

Michael and Noelle are brilliant fun, it’s so interesting to hear what they have been up to and especially what all the new cool things for kids are - our photo shoots are close to Michael’s birthday so it’s a good opportunity to hear about his presents and get ideas for my own nephews and nieces in the future. They are such intelligent and interesting children, it’s a real pleasure chatting to them and by talking lots, exchanging ideas, stories and jokes the children relax and I’m able to get these really lovely expressions, natural and fun.

Jumping in a cab to the area around Shad Thames we had a brilliant time utilising the incredible architecture and the reflections in the glass to make really interesting pictures. Michael and Noelle loved getting involved in the idea of the photographs, particularly Michael who is keen to pursue a career in acting or film direction and already has so much knowledge of the subject he was keen to share.

On our way back to the tube station we stopped in at the park for a few pictures in the playground - possibly the last time we might do this on a photo shoot as teenage years approach and they become too old for swings - but then again, I’m not sure you can ever be too old for a swing. I guess we’ll discover next year, I’m looking forward to it already.

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