The most wonderful thing about having the opportunity to photograph the same people repeatedly is seeing how they change and grow. As I have mentioned before, recording the changes children go through during their first year is amazing but there is something even more special than that: recording people becoming parents. (more…)
Just back from my longest camping trip in years and feeling thoroughly replenished by so much time outdoors, I’m very excited to be working in collaboration with Treemendus Learning to offer family portraits at a Forest School session.
On Sunday 20th September experienced environmental educator Gemma Hindi will be running a family Forest School workshop in the Streatham/Norwood area. Families can enjoy a morning in the woods together exploring nature and learning skills such as: fire lighting; tool use and green woodwork; den building; natural cordage and seasonal arts and crafts. I will be there photographing families as they learn together. Every family will get one free family portrait print as a record of their day and will have the option of ordering more prints.
I am very excited and proud to have one of my pictures in an upcoming show at the Photofusion Gallery in Brixton.
For the last year and a half I have been part of the New Creative Markets programme at Photofusion. This was designed to help early and mid-career artists increase the sales of their work and achieve greater sustainability via a series of talks, events and workshops. I attended many interesting events with some having a massive impact on the way I work – particularly with regard to editing, developing new creative ideas and talking about my approach to photography. I also met a fascinating group of fellow freelance photographers with very varied styles and am looking forward to seeing all their work in this show.
The exhibition runs from 17th July to 28th August. It will feature the work of over a hundred photographers who participated in the programme, each photographer selecting one image representative of a captivating story, concept or visual style. The result is a lively and dynamic salon-style exhibition, showing the diversity of photographic image-making created by London-based photographers. I highly recommend coming to see it if you can.
On Wednesday 8th July I’ll be doing a talk on Photography for Businesses at the Mums in Business Dulwich meeting. It’s a lovely and supportive group of mums at different stages of setting up and running their own businesses.
Although I am primarily a portrait photographer I have experience of working in many different areas of photography and will be drawing on these to talk about:
- • Why photography is so important to businesses, especially now in a visual age with such reliance on social media
- • Basic equipment suggestions if you are planning on doing your own photography
- • For businesses that sell products – hints and tips on photographing different types of objects, including case studies with visual examples
- • For businesses that use interior photography – hints, tips, things to consider, examples
- • For everyone – why portraits of yourself as business owner are so important to your brand
- • If you want to get the best and hire a professional how to choose a photographer with the right expertise and skill level to match your needs
I’m very pleased to have had some of my baby wearing photographs published in the latest issue of Juno magazine.
If you haven’t read it, Juno is a wonderful magazine with an ethos based on conscious parenting, sustainability, social justice, non-violence and a commitment to personal growth and spiritual awareness. (more…)
Last month in addition to family portraiture I did lots of work for my favourite long-term client, Campbell/Crafts Vintage, a boutique selling high-end vintage reproduction fashions from around the world.
One of the best things about being freelance is being able to choose to only work with people that you get on with. (more…)
I have always loved working in ambient light, particularly low light. My early photographic jobs were taking pictures of gigs, often punk bands. The lights were low and the venues were dark. Flash made photographs possible but totally killed any atmosphere, instead I used super fast film (Ilford 3200 was my favourite, lovely chunky grain). Switching to digital the noise was a lot less attractive than the film grain so pushing the ISO was problematic. It was around then I discovered the 50mm f1.8 lens, which remains my firm favourite. If I could only use one lens for the rest of my life it would be this, (more…)
I just received a lovely testimonial from the mother of the striking girl with the blue ice cream on my postcards. It’s always lovely to get good feedback and I look forward to photographing her family again soon.
“I have used Anna for personal and professional photos and always get lovely comments about the quality. No end to her talents as she has a handy studio and works wonders outdoors as well.
I am sitting here looking at my family photos from last year and not a day goes by that I don’t think about the next set. It’s spring again and I am looking forward to Anna taking a glimpse in to our lives that can be shared with friends and family so far away. She makes everyone at ease and unnoticeably can manoeuvre even the most excitable toddlers in to the right position. Off to book our next session now!”
Last week I had another session with a new sibling being added to a family, this time in my studio. I’d photographed this family when their daughter was around five months old and it was wonderful to photograph their son at the same age.
The main challenge with a mobile child and immobile baby is often getting them in the frame together for long enough to take a picture but we managed that several times, as well as lots of whole family shots.
To an only child like myself the relationship between siblings is beautiful and mysterious. I was happy to be able to capture some interaction between them, as well as the parents looking fully relaxed in their roles. Watching families grow and change over the years is definitely one of my favourite parts of my work.
At the moment I seem to be doing a lot of follow-up sessions with families that I have already photographed, which I really love. Sometimes it is because they have a new sibling joining the family. Other times the parents have booked a first year package (three photo sessions in a year), as these parents had. Since I saw them when their son was newborn they have moved to Hampshire, which is further than I usually travel for a photo session but made a nice day out. It was a gloriously sunny spring day, perfect for a drive in the countryside, and their new home was very light and airy and great for photos.
The best thing about these sessions is always seeing how the children are growing. Despite being tired and quite ready for a nap their son showed his character and posed wonderfully. A friend of mine once said that this is a golden age of childhood – when children can sit up by themselves and smile but can’t escape! That certainly makes it a great age for a photo session.