Photoblog: October 2016 Archive

Article on Helen Bartlett Photography in Cliick Magazine

Posted in In the press at 16:15 on 30/10/2016

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It’s always lovely to see my work in print and so I was thrilled when the fantastic American photography magazine Cliick got in touch to ask if I could write an article about my love for Black and White photography and how and why I chose to set up a business that specialized entirely in monochrome family portraiture.

It’s a subject that is close to my heart, I’ve always loved black and white photography and my dad’s influence shines through my work. Thinking back to those days as a child working in the darkroom with my dad, printing my pictures will always make me smile. I love the timeless nature of black and white, how it transcends fads and fashions to concentrate on the essence of the subject, it’s perfect for portraiture.

I also love to share my work and teach other photographers, to help those who are finding their way and deciding on the personal beliefs and visual choices that will allow them to develop their own photographic voices within their own businesses. It’s so important to find your own vision, to know where it comes from and where you want it to go.

I really enjoyed writing about my use of Black and White photography for my family portrait business in this magazine article. Do keep an eye out for the magazine if you are interested in reading it in full, it’s a lovely publication, definitely worth a read.

Family Photography in Highgate, North London - Just One

Posted in Just One at 15:23 on 30/10/2016

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I’ve had a run of incredibly cute toddlers and babies to photograph recently and also a run of shoots that have been close to my home in North London. This was my second family photography session in Highgate within a fortnight, it’s lovely to have such a short journey to work and to be able to use some of North London’s fantastic parks, perfect locations for family photo shoots (admittedly the day before I was in the Cotswolds, but variety is good too).

I’d been really looking forward to meeting Malek as she is a friend of one of my other lovely clients. Word of mouth is such a wonderful way to meet new people and I am very lucky that my clients spread the word when they are happy with their pictures. It’s particularly lovely for me when clients come through word of mouth as I know I will be meeting really lovely people and I was in for a treat with Malek’s two wonderful girls, they were such a pleasure to photograph.

We started our shoot at home with a few pictures of the girls together, playing on their parent’s bed. This is a lovely way to start a session and, particularly when photographing a baby who hasn’t yet learnt to sit independently, the bed is a great spot for photos. Manon was able to roll around happily enjoying a game of ‘row, row, row the boat’ with her older sister. It’s always lovely to see the dynamic between siblings and the girls played so well together, Manon clearly thinking her older sister is the best person in the world and Lea so keen to look after her little sister and so good at making her laugh.

After some time playing at home we headed outside to nearby Waterlow Park in Highgate which is a fantastic spot for family portraits and a place that I’ve only recently discovered. It offers so many different areas and we had a brilliant time playing on the swings and the balancing bridge.

It was this shot from the beginning of our session that caught my eye for my Just One. I love the closeness of the sisters and the happy expressions on their faces; looking up at their parents and laughing. I can imagine similar expressions in the future as they play games together and get into mischief as they grow up ‘who, us? But look how sweet and innocent we are, of course we haven’t eaten all the cookies’. It’s such a sweet picture and I hope you like it as much as I do, today’s Just One from my recent family photography session in Highgate in North London.

Notting Hill Child Portrait - Just One - Toni

Posted in Just One at 13:14 on 27/10/2016

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Sometimes I’m completely captivated by a smile and that is certainly the case in this lovely portrait of Toni from my recent family photography session in Notting Hill W2.

When I first met Toni she was only a week old and we spent a wonderful morning taking her newborn portraits and pictures with her fantastic older sister Ava who was absolutely hilarious, one of the most entertaining children I’ve photographed. I was really looking forward to returning for another session and I was not disappointed. We had a brilliant time.

As it was a wet morning we started the day indoors playing in various spots around the house and the girls entertaining each other with toys and games. When it began to dry out we decided to head outside for a bit, get some fresh air and have a run around before making the promised chocolate cake (always a wonderful activity for a rainy day). This shot was taken just before we headed out and captivated me from the moment I clicked the shutter.

I love the simplicity of the portrait and Toni’s wonderful expression, laughing up at me from her position sitting in the buggy. Pictures can be taken in so many locations you might not initially feel are promising, a child sitting in their buggy for example, but with the right light a really dramatic portrait is possible. Here the light form the skylight above us illuminated Toni’s face and the shallow depth of field meant that her eyes stand out and the background blends into shadow, no details of the buggy to distract us from her wonderful expression.

I love images like this, pictures that make me smile and remind me of the wonderful times I have on my family photo shoots.

I do hope you like it as much as I do, today’s just one from my family photography session in Notting Hill.

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Baby Portrait North London - Just One - Edward

Posted in Just One at 11:08 on 20/10/2016

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Today on the blog I’m thrilled to be sharing this beautiful portrait from my recent North London baby and family photography session. Caroline had found me on Google and liked my natural style of family photography – pictures that capture personalities without relying on use of elaborate props and so I thought this picture would be a lovely one to share for my Just One as it’s a beautiful and classic portrait.

I love pictures like this that are so completely timeless, this picture doesn’t scream 2016 and so will never be the kind of picture where children say ‘oh mum, what were you thinking’ (and we’ve all had those pictures taken over the years, I certainly have memories of a certain lime green outfit from Etam, oh the 1980s!). Instead it’s everything I want in a portrait, an image that the children will love as they get older as it’s classic and beautiful and really captures Edward’s personality with his charming smile just as his fantastic personality captured my heart. Ten months is such a fabulous age for photographing babies, I love how their little personalities are developed and they are always so full of fun and laughter.

We had such a wonderful morning taking family photographs in North London and it was fantastic for me to really explore a new park. I’ve walked through Waterlow Park in Highgate before but I’d never done a family photo shoot there and it was a wonderful location with lots of variety in terms of background and interesting places to play. We had such a brilliant time and both the children were an absolute joy, enjoying hunting for bears and games of hide and seek, before returning home for a few more pictures at the house. There are so many lovely images from this session I look forward to sharing some more in the future.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy today’s Just One, this beautiful classic baby portrait photograph from our North London family photography session.

North London Newborn Photography - Natural Pictures - Just One

Posted in Just One at 17:01 on 17/10/2016

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‘Once upon a time there were four little rabbits and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail and Peter…’ Who doesn’t love the tales of Beatrix Potter and is there anything cuter than this lovely photograph of Iris reading the story to her new baby brother Theo? I say reading of course, but, like many little ones, she has memorized the stories - all the better to astonish visiting photographers with her incredible reading skills. Reading or remembering, it’s wonderful to watch little ones so immersed in books, so entranced by stories and so keen to share their love of these magical worlds with others.

I had such a wonderful time for this North London newborn baby, toddler and family session and it was fantastic to be working so close to where I live, it’s a rare treat for me to have a photo shoot within walking distance of my Crouch End home. It was even more of a treat as this was my second session with the family so I knew we would have a brilliant time.

Photographing newborn babies with their older siblings is always a challenge, it’s such a momentous time for toddlers, they are growing so fast themselves and then this new little person arrives to share mummy and daddy. I love taking pictures that capture these early moments as their relationships begin to form – moments of tenderness and sometimes wariness, moments where you can see the love and the family roles falling into place, little Theo already looking at his big sister like she is the most amazing person in the world and Iris already in charge, explaining how things will be and sharing her stories with her little brother.

I love to capture these natural moments, real interactions rather than very posed and staged shots as I truly believe that these will be the pictures the children will love when they are adults. Images the can laugh at together and that will remind them of childhood. I love how, in this picture, Nicholette’s skirt is visible below Theo who is so comfortably resting on her legs, it’s such a true to life moment with the children draped over their mum, snuggled in using their parent as a cushion – support, comfort and love all rolled into one.

I hope that Theo continues to enjoy books as much as his older sister as he grows up and maybe next time I visit they will reading together, sharing more stories as they share their childhood with the wonderful bond of siblings.

I do hope you enjoy this natural documentary newborn photograph from my recent north London family photography session, do check back soon for some more pictures from this session and from many others.