Posted in Family
at 10:00 on 28/06/2013
Carol-Anne’s family photo shoot in Hertfordshire will always be, to me, the shoot where I photographed a boy with a mouse on his head. After all, that doesn’t happen every day!
Carol-Anne and I first met for her daughter Annabelle’s newborn photography session back in 2011 and it was wonderful to go back to visit again and to meet the rest of the family. Our last session had just feature mother and daughter, and I was keen to meet Carol-Anne’s four other children (with five siblings, it must be the most fun house to grow up in, ever!). More children always results in greater levels of chaos and lots more noise, and I love the unpredictable nature of such shoots - you really never know what will happen next as children disappear and reappear (sometimes on mini motorbikes, no less).
We had such a great morning. We started with a few family group shots before Carol-Anne’s husband had to leave for work and then we let chaos reign, taking individual portraits, pictures of the children together as a group, and also interacting with one another through a varitety of different games and activities. Carol-Anne has an amazing garden at her beautiful Hertfordshire home and we found so much to do from trampolining to tree climbing, from go-karts to doughnut fencing (are those foam pool floats really called doughnuts or is it just my neice who calls them that?).
It was great fun outdoors and lovely to let the children run around, and then head indoors when we got cold – I can’t believe it is June, the weather still seems to have a chill to it so much of the time.
We played indoors too with the children introducing me to the joys of Minecraft and to their new pet mouse – the wonderfully named ‘Thunder!’ I had mice as a child and think they are such a fun pet, although I never managed to get mine to sit on my head! I’m still in awe.
I hope you enjoy this selection of pictures from our fabulous fun-filled children and family photo shoot in Hertfordshire.
If you would like me to visit to capture some pictures of your own family, please contact us - we would be delighted to hear from you.
Posted in Just One
at 16:00 on 26/06/2013
I love bit of interaction in a picture and that is why this image of Carolina and Alvarito jumped out at me when I downloaded the photographs from our recent children's and family shoot in Kensington, West London SW5.
I have chosen this picture as the ‘Just One’ preview image from this family shoot as it seems to me to sum up so much about the relationship between the children. I love how Carolina is looking at her little brother, her hand protectively on the back of the chair but clearly about to spin him round, a tiny smile on her lips. Alvarito is looking up and laughing, both at his parents watching and also in anticipation of the fun of the merry-go-round (or the merry-go-chair, in this case). It is a picture that really sums up the sibling relationship – shared jokes and fun but with a protective element along with the possibility, always there with a sibling, that the chair will be spun super-fast and it might end with tears and the medicinal application of a chocolate biscuit (although Carolina and Alvarito were very gentle in their chair spinning and no chocolate biscuits were needed in the creation of this photograph).
I love the simplicity of the composition of this image with the white chairs, the white wall, the beautiful clothes the children are wearing and even their tiny little feet so perfect without socks. The composition is clear and precise with everything happening on the rule of thirds but with that lovely linking arm holding the two sides of the image together – the children as individuals but linked as siblings and the best of friends.
I hope you enjoy this single image from our recent photo shoot in Kensington, South London SW5 and I look forward to sharing more pictures from this children's and family photography session on the blog very soon.
Posted in Headshots
at 11:00 on 26/06/2013
As a London-based portrait photographer, I am often asked to capture a series of headshot portraits for business PR purposes and I was thrilled when Simon (whose family I had recently photographed) arranged a shoot for some business headshots. We arranged to meet in Greenwich Park, which one of my favorite locations for all types of photography - family, children, headshots and PR, and convieniently close to my parents' house so I could pop in for supper afterwards (always a bonus!).
It was a great day for our shoot - we had soft, interesting light and Greenwich Park has a lot of great overhead shade, which makes for fabulous catchlights in a publicity photograph or headshot. We spent a happy hour walking, talking and taking pictures, avoiding too long in each burst in front of the camera to avoid the ‘rabbit in headlights’ effect that can occur if you spend too long staring into the lens.
Here are some of my favoitie shots - I hope you like them from our recent headshot PR publicity photo shoot in Greenwich, South London.
Posted in Babies
at 12:00 on 24/06/2013
I love photographing children of all ages – from those first tiny newborn days to cool and trendy teens finding their way out into the world, children are a real joy to photograph but I will admit to having a few favourite ages. Moments in time which just work so well in pictures, and babies around a year old is one of my favourite ages. I was really looking forward to this family and baby portrait photography session in Balham with Chiara to celebrate her first birthday. At about a year old, babies are very much still baby-like but they have so much personality too – the laughter, giggles and expressions that will stay with them throughout their lives are in evidence. It’s a joy to behold.
It was a cold morning when I travelled to Balham in South West London for our baby and family portrait photography session, but as soon as I clapped eyes on Chiara with her massive smile, it felt as if the sun had come out - I knew I was in for an absolute treat.
We had such a wonderful morning together. We started our session taking portrait photographs of baby Chiara and her family in their beautiful Balham home – capturing images that will be so treasured as the years go by with favorite toys nad games. Chiara was just learning to pull herself up and stand, and so leaning on the back and side of the bed caused much joy as she revelled in her new found independence (with mum and dad on hand to check she didn’t fall). Chiara had some of the most beautiful knitted toys I have ever seen and the elephant and other animals reflected her South African roots (and a very loving grandmother if memory serves, the gorgeous elephant toy must have taken so long to knit).
It was then time for Chiara's mid-morning nap before some more playing indoors in the family's Balham house. I love the big wooden cupboard in the playroom - the doors made such a good backdrop and it must seem like the biggest treasure trove possible for Chiara as each door opened to reveal her favourite toys.
Then, before everyone got too tired, we thought we would head outdoors for some pictures at the park. It was still raining a bit but not too much and certainly not enough to put us off. We packed the umbrella and headed out to Wandsworth Common - just a short walk from the family's home and a great spot for some outdoor baby and family portrait photographs. As a London-based photographer, it is a real favourite place of mine.
Here are some of my favourite pictures from the shoot - I do hope you enjoy this selection of photographs from our baby and family portrait shoot in Balham in South West London.
Posted in Family
at 10:00 on 23/06/2013
It’s lovely to be sharing a selection of photographs with you today from Jane and Ben’s family photography session in Amersham in Buckinghamshire. I was lucky enough to meet Jane and Ben a few years ago now, when I visited to photograph their eldest boy Toby when he was about two years old. I was thrilled to visit again as I had such wonderful memories of our baby and family photography session - in fact, one of the picures from their previous shoot was a real favourite and even starred as the cover of my 2011 newsletter!
It was a grey morning when I arrived (as has been so often the case recently) but never daunted, we planned to head outdoors to the local woodland, which was a really beautiful spot and I always find that woods are lovely on grey days – the soft light lends a really magical feel to the pictures.
We had a lovely time exploring and playing 'What’s the time, Mr Gruffalo?' (it’s hard to imagine a time before the Gruffalo, isn’t it?), balancing on logs and generally having fun. It was a wonderful morning.
As the morning progressed and baby Orla fell asleep in Jane’s arms, we thought it was time to head back to the house and boost everyone's blood sugar with biscuits (and coffee for the adults) and take some more pictures in and around Jane and Ben’s beautiful Amersham home.
We played indoors in Toby’s bedroom, which was bathed in beautiful light and a great spot for playing with toys and having some tickle-time with Jane. There is nothing I like photographing more than parents and children in fits of giggles, laughing and rolling around together – they are such prechious moments and I know the pictures will be treasured for ever.
We then took some pictures of the children together when Orla woke up from her nap, before heading out into the garden where I took the shot of Toby that fetured in the recent 'Just One' blog post for this family photography session. The children had a great time on the swing, running around and helping with ‘the gardening’.
A great time was had by all and I am absolutely over the moon with the pictures. I do hope you will enjoy looking at this selection of pictures from our baby, children's and family portrait photography session in Amersham in beautiful Buckinghamshire.