Photoblog: December 2017 Archive

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Posted in Miscellaneous at 09:23 on 23/12/2017

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Schools Out! I'm about to close my office door and relax for the Christmas holidays.

It's been an amazing year and I want to take a moment to thank all my wonderful clients for the brilliant fun we have had together. It's been fantastic to see old friends returning to update their family photographs and to have met so many new families who I know I will see again as the years go by. We've made some great photographs together and had such a great time in the process.

I hope you all have a brilliant Christmas and a very Happy New Year and that 2018 brings you everything you wish for.

We're closed now until 2nd January, see you all on the other side!

Creative Family Photography

Posted in Just One at 07:17 on 12/12/2017

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Reacting to the unexpected is one of the most fun bits of being a family photographer. I never know what games children will come up with or what activities we will do on our photo shoots. This makes for a challenging and creative environment in which to work and often means that I end up with photographs that I never could have dreamt of, images that I never could have planned, that have evolved out of a spontaneous game and which are unique to that moment in time.

While I was photographing the family playing a game of Boggle on a cold winter morning Edward announced that we had to switch off all the lights so he could take his plane on a night flight. Plunged into darkness we began to make the noises of air raid sirens and utilized a torch for a searchlight.

I’ll be the first to admit that when the lights when out I initially thought ‘Ah, I wont be photographing this game’ but, with the instinct of long experience I still switched the settings on the camera, pushing the ISO up to 8000 and making sure I had a wide aperture of 1.4 on my 35mm lens. I’m so glad I did. As Edward flew his plane towards us I noticed the shadow on the ceiling, the shape of the plane caught perfectly in the spotlight and his expression seems to fit so perfectly with the gravity of the game – night flying is serious business.

Pictures like this aren’t planned, they are the reaction to a moment and for me these moments are what make family photography such a joy. In pictures like these memories are made, likenesses recorded and creative images produced which transcend the standard fare and provide pictures that will stand the test of time. I feel confident that Edward will love this picture now and that he will also love it when he is grown up, if he becomes an aeronautical engineer maybe it will hang in his office to remind him of his early plane designs.

If you are interested in creative children’s portraiture, pictures that are innovative and will record your family in beautiful and interesting photographs then do get in touch and we can put a date in the diary for the New Year. I’d love to hear from you and look forward to producing pictures that are full of memories for your children that they will enjoy looking back on for years to come.

An Urban Family Photo Shoot in London - Just One

Posted in at 09:42 on 07/12/2017

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I’ve always been drawn to lines and patterns in my work. Black and white photography celebrates the graphic elements in a picture and I find it fascinating how the eye is drawn around an image, taking visual clues from each aspect to read the story. One of the joys of photography for me is, over the course of a morning, making sure I get a real variety of images from portraits and family shots to pictures that are a little bit different, a move away from the norms of family portraiture to embrace a more artistic approach to fine art children’s photography.

I’ve been photographing Laszlo for seven years now and our annual shoots are always a high point of my autumn. Each year Elke and Peter think of fantastic new locations, often places with interesting architecture and each year we spend a relaxed morning together taking pictures and having fun. I often get some of my favourite images of the year from our sessions and each year I push myself further to create something new and exciting that will improve on everything I have done before.

This picture stood out for me immediately. We had found some table tennis tables on our exploration of the area around Paddington Basin and next to them was this bizarre, slanted, mirrored table. I can’t imagine it was meant for table tennis but I’m not sure what else its purpose could have been. Whatever it’s prime purpose it made an excellent element in a complex composition.

I’m always drawn to reflections and I immediately set out to create a photograph of Laszlo playing table tennis with himself. It wasn’t long before I realized that there was more going on, the lines on the table created these strong visual guides, echoed in the leading lines of the underside of the bridge above. It’s a very urban picture and I love it.

However the element I love most and the one that, for me, elevates this picture above the others I took in this spot is the position of the table tennis ball in relation to the ceiling lights and their reflections. Having just missed his shot Laszlo is caught in mid swing completely focused and the ball is perfectly placed in the arc of his arm. If it had been in front of the bat it would have been lost on the left hand side in the line of the front table, a line that perfectly matches the net on the game table. But here, the ball stands out, we see it immediately and our eyes tie it together with the other, equally sized light elements – the lights and their reflections. Another set of diagonal lines are drawn.

It’s a complex picture but one that I’m really pleased with. The rest of the session is fantastic too and I’ll look forward to sharing more in the future. But for today, I hope you enjoy Just One from our recent family photography session in Paddington.

Baby Photographer Camden - Just One

Posted in Just One at 11:55 on 05/12/2017

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This picture of pure joy happiness and jumped out at me as I downloaded my memory cards from a recent baby photography session in Camden in North London. Helena had contacted me to arrange a session to photograph three-month-old Eldar in my relaxed style - she was keen to have natural and playful pictures and I think we’ve definitely hit the jackpot with this delightfully happy shot.

Helena’s house was absolutely stunning and so we started by taking pictures in the main bedroom. I often find that this is a great place for photographing babies; they can roll around happily on the bed and master bedrooms tend to have beautiful light. It’s nice to let the family relax and interact together as the best pictures come when the camera is forgotten and everyone is enjoying themselves. I move around following the action and finding the best angles to create beautiful and meaningful photographs.

Using Black and White for family photographs means that the essence of the pictures really stands out, the emotions and the interactions. There are no distractions in the way of coloured walls or bright elements of interior design. We look straight to the faces and the lovely happy expressions.

The triangular framing of this image with the family at the top and Eldar’s arm and Helena’s hair forming the sides means that our eye travels round the picture coming back to those wonderful expressions without any distractions. I almost feel as if the composition of the picture is echoing those wonderful smiles.

I’m so thrilled with this picture and all the other lovely family photographs from this wonderful baby portrait session and I can’t wait to share them with the family and see which are their favourites, it’s certainly going to be hard to choose!