Photoblog: September 2014 Archive

Just One - Joshua - baby portrait photography in Surrey

Posted in Just One at 15:00 on 26/09/2014

I'm not usually one to recreate a picture from an earlier session, as I find that responding to the children on the day creates spontaneous images that are full of vibrancy. However, sometimes I take a picture that I think captures something about a family that can be interesting to recreate at a later date, as the children grow, to really demonstrate the passage of time in a visual fashion. This is the case for today’s ‘Just One’ preview image from our recent baby and family photo session in Surrey.

I first met Joshua when I took his newborn baby photographs back in November - we had an amazing session and he was a dream to photograph, as were the family's dogs who got involved and were instrumental in one of my favourite ever newborn baby photos, which I absolutely love:


Returning to photograph Joshua now he is 10 months old, I had this newborn photograph at the back of my mind and thought it might be really fun to take an updated version to show how much Joshua has grown, and how he and the dogs are such friends - a friendship that will only develop as Joshua gets bigger and is more able to play with the dogs.

I love this shot of the three of them on the bed; I love how there are so many elements that are similar to the original shot, but equally how different it is. Everyone so much more alert and Joshua, so full of laughter and having grown into such a fun baby, is full of personality. I love how the scale is different too and the snoozy, calm feel of the earlier picture is now full of energy.

It's great to see the pictures side by side - what a difference ten months makes!


Just One - children's portraits in Holland Park, West London

Posted in Just One at 11:00 on 26/09/2014


I love this shot from my recent shoot with Sabrina and her beautiful family in Holland Park, one of my favourite locations for family and children's photography sessions.

I woke up to thunder and lightening on the morning of our shoot but luckily for us, by the time I arrived in West London the weather had settled down, leaving lovely soft light and a real feeling of freshness in the air, perfect weather for family portraits.

We headed to Holland Park for our photo shoot as it's such a great location and a place that the children love to play (it also has one of the best playgrounds in London and I'll share some shots from there in the full blog post very soon). We had a great time playing games and exploring, and the girls were such fun - so full of laughter and enjoying playing with their parents, the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.

I loved today's ‘Just One’ preview image as soon as I downloaded my pictures. I love the expressions on the girls' faces, with such lovely relaxed laughter as they stood on the gate watching their parents do what I imagine must have been a truly spectacular dance! I love the composition of the shot, with plenty of space and a bit of foliage at the top to anchor the picture. I love using the environment in this way in my pictures, adding compositional elements to make an image stronger and more interesting.

I'm thrilled with this image from our family photography session in Holland Park and I hope you like it, too.

If you would like to arrange a portrait session for your own family this autumn, please contact us - we still have a few dates available before Christmas.

Just One - children's portrait photography in Islington

Posted in Just One at 09:00 on 23/09/2014


Today's ‘Just One’ preview is from a recent shoot in Islington, a really fun family photography session that took place on a lovely sunny Saturday morning at home and then out and about on Hampstead Heath, one of my favourite locations in London. This ‘Just One’ shot is a moment captured at the family's home, in those early minutes of the shoot where I aim to take a few relaxed portraits of the children together before the games and playing really begin. On this session - as on many of the very best family portrait sessions - the chaos broke loose pretty much immediately, and what fun we had together.

I knew from the moment I arrived and saw the massive, mischievous grins on the children's faces that I was in for an absolute treat. I love children full of giggles, with bags of personality and ideas all of their own. They are so much fun to photograph and the challenges of bringing an element of order to the chaos - and take a really interesting, well thought through and composed portrait of a child who is bouncing off the walls with excitement - is one of the things I love most about my job. I thrive on the energy.

I love how a shot like this can occur, completely naturally as the children run around and play - one minute here, one minute there. Sitting still for a fraction of a second and then they’re up and away - hiding, laughing, jumping, chatting. My job is to anticipate and manoeuvre myself so that the game works with the available light, I’m always on the move to try and take pictures before the children move on to something else. To be able to respond quickly to the children, I need to anticipate, adapt and work quickly and all these elements are key to my style of photography.

It is moments like these where I hope I capture something more than a visual likeness. I hope that, in a fraction of a second, I have caught the personality of a child in a photograph that is really special - the way that they look, they laugh, and they interact. The relationship between the siblings and the manner in which they complement each other within the happy family unit. I hope I have, in this image, caught that essence of these children, at this time; the rebellion tempered with good humour, the gleeful glance as the shared joke becomes the picture I take. It’s a collaboration between the children and I as we work with their imagination and enthusiasm to result in a picture that is so much more interesting that the picture on the sofa that I had planned to begin with. It’s picture that really shows the children how they are - happy to pose but at a place of their choosing, in this case under the coffee table!

I love it, today's ‘Just One’ preview image from my recent family and children’s photography session in Islington - I do hope you enjoy it, and look forward to sharing some more photos from our fun-packed morning together soon.

Family portrait photography at Bishops Park and Fulham Palace, West London

Posted in Family at 17:00 on 19/09/2014



Today's blog post features a selection of portrait photographs from a recent family and children's photo shoot taken on location in Fulham, West London. We spent a marvellous morning together, and I love the relaxed and fun feel to all the images - it's just what I aim to achieve in my photography.

It had been a couple of years since I last photographed Maia and Ottilie at their home in Parsons Green, and you can see some pictures from Ottilie's newborn photo shoot on the blog. We spent a wonderful morning together at the Bishops Park exploring many different areas of the park, including the lovely picturesque walled garden which is a particular favourite of mine for family photography. I also love the open spaces, which are so fun for running around, as well as the family favourite, the stones at the front of Fulham Palace which make brilliant stepping stones, an activity that kept the girls happy for ages.

We also brought the children's favourite toys with us, which is always fun on a shoot particularly if your family have some favourite activities that you always do at the park. By capturing your children doing their favourite things in their favourite places, the resulting images will be so precious to you - pictures that will remind you of so many happy days out and about as a family. We also did a spot of skipping (which I am okay at), some hula-hooping (which I am not), and lots of running about.

We finished our photo shoot by heading down to the river for some family photographs that included the Thames, anchoring these images to their location in London which is so important to the family. One of my absolute favourite images from the session is the last picture in this blog post, with Ottilie looking out at the river, so tranquil and happy at the end of a really fun morning.

I'm thrilled with these pictures from our family photography session at the Bishops Park and Fulham Palace in West London. If you would like to arrange your own family photography session in London or elsewhere in the UK, do contact us - we would love to hear from you.

























Just One - children's portrait photography in Holland Park, W London

Posted in Just One at 17:00 on 18/09/2014


It's the body language and the expressions of excitement and happiness that I love best in this photograph, today's 'Just One’ preview from my recent family and children's portrait photography session in Holland Park, West London.

I was lucky enough to visit Marina and her lovely family back in 2011, when twin brothers Isaac and Jeremiah were just a few days old. It was so wonderful to see the family again, do take a look at a few photos from their newborn photo shoot on the blog to see just how much the boys have grown!

But back to day's 'Just One' preview and I love how the boys are clearly delighted - they are springing up onto their tip toes, laughing like mad. It’s the toes that grab me - that element of physical joy that, combined with the wonderful natural smiles on their faces, make this picture something really special. You can't fake the excitement of tip toes!

I also love the way that the light and the composition really add to the picture; I wanted to capture the environment of lovely, leafy Holland Park and I love how the majestic tree anchors the boys within the environment, with the leaves at the top of the frame balancing the boys at the bottom, creating a really lovely composition. The back light gives a lovely soft halo to the children and that, combined with the shallow depth of field, really separate them from the background and makes them such a strong subject within the photograph.

I'm thrilled with this picture from our recent children’s and family photo shoot in Holland Park, and look forward to sharing some more pictures from our fabulous morning together on the blog very soon.