Last weekend I had a portrait session with a two year old girl in my studio. I really love the excitement of photographing toddlers, but it can be challenging! (more…)
As anyone who has spoken to me or seen my social media will know, I was recently honoured to tie for the silver Brand Amplifier award. Everyone has been congratulatory and then asked “what’s that then?” So this is an attempt to explain what I’ve been up to for the last couple of months, what Brand Amplifier is and why I’m so excited to have been part of it.
When I heard about Brand Amplifier I was intrigued. It promised free training in branding for female entrepreneurs, which sounded great to me as I try to establish myself in a pretty crowded marketplace. I was successful in the online application and didn’t really know what to expect next. (more…)
Last week my other business, Ambigraph, launched an online shop selling prints and cards. It’s a new side to the business, an opportunity for myself and my husband to disseminate some of our personal work inspired by nature. We have also been lucky enough to have the opportunity to sell the work through a new collective box shop called Rock Paper Scissors in West Norwood, alongside twenty-five other local makers. The opening day for this was last Sunday’s West Norwood Feast and it was great to see so many people we know and what everyone else had on offer. Living here at the moment really feels like being part of a truly exciting community. Many thanks to L’Arche, Makerhood and Open Works for having us as part of the shop.
What a beautiful couple of days we are having! It’s hard to believe it is late October. Weather like this makes me feel that I should be out taking photos or swimming at the Lido. Unfortunately today I have admin work to do so I’m not doing either, but I can see the golden light bathing the trees from the window of my studio.
Sunny autumn days produce some of my favourite light, as seen in this old blog post. However, with photography, sunny is not always best. Middle of the day sun in summer can be way too harsh, washing out the pictures and leaving everyone squinting – a nightmare of wedding photography. A bright but overcast day might not give that beautiful blue sky in the pictures but can provide much more flattering light for the people being photographed acting as a huge softbox – like taking the biggest and best studio lights on location with you. (more…)
J was just about to turn one when his parents asked me to come and take some portraits of him. Luckily it was a beautiful late summer day and he really enjoyed crawling about the garden and showing off his new standing skills. Despite the best efforts of their cat to steal the limelight we got some great pictures.
I’ve previously said that toddlers are my favourite age to photograph but I had forgotten how amazing this pre-walking stage is. J was flexible and fearless, somersaulting over his walker without blinking an eye. I also had to regress to crawling to be able to take the photos so was muddier than him by the time we had finished.
I’m really looking forward to the other photo shoots of children this age that I have coming up.
Every child’s birth story is special and unique, but the story behind this session was especially interesting for me.
The mother booked me months ago early on in her pregnancy for a newborn shoot, with the baby due just when I was returning for my summer holidays. I arrived back ready for the shoot but the baby was not quite ready to come out. We kept in touch and a couple of weeks later I was finally able to go and photograph this family and hear all about the birth. I’ll let the mother tell the story in her own words: (more…)
These photos are from a newborn shoot for a lovely family who have booked me for a first year package (three photo shoots in the first year: usually as a newborn; at six months and at one year). I love this kind of booking as I really enjoy seeing children grow and change.
This session couldn’t have gone better. Baby L was five weeks old, which is a bit older than my usual newborn shoot age but it meant that he was very alert, giving little smiles and even lifting and holding his head up a lot. He is a very strong little boy. He started off the shoot all wide eyes and kicking legs, then half way through drifted off to sleep so I was able to get close up photos of his hands and feet as well (I seem to have a thing about photographing baby feet at the moment). I don’t always get wide-awake and comfortably asleep in the same shoot so this was a really special one.
I am looking forward to meeting him again at six months old.
Hello, I’m back!
I’ve had a busy but wonderful summer with lots of holidays and family time. Now thoroughly back into work to find that I am a finalist for the Brand Amplifier awards – very exciting.
Since getting back from holiday I have been so busy shooting that I have got a bit behind with the blog, but I’m doing my best to catch up now.
The first session I want to share with you is a very special one for me. I am often called back to photograph a new sibling joining a family and it is always a very wonderful thing to be asked to do. However, this session meant even more to me because the older brother is the child I have photographed most extensively during his life (except for my own son). (more…)
As well as portraits, I also photograph products for businesses. I usually keep the two strands separate but thought this was worth sharing. I spent an evening last week photographing Campbell Crafts new vintage inspired maternity clothing line. I think anyone who has bought maternity clothes will agree that they are not usually that exciting….but this is changing. I wish these 1950s style maternity dresses had been around when I was pregnant. This limited edition range will be expanded soon to include shirts so watch this space.
If you like this and are not currently expecting, Campbell Crafts make great non-maternity clothes too.
This was a really enjoyable and successful session, largely due to good planning by the parents. The mother said very early on that she wanted the photos to be black and white and it made a great change for me to be able to think about and compose them all with that in mind. The photoshoot had to take place in the evening when the little girl was usually asleep and they had a long drive across London in a Friday rush hour to get here, so I think we were all a bit nervous about what mood she would be in. However, she was an absolute star and really looked like she enjoyed her photo session. It makes it easier to get great photos when you work with people that have thought about what they want from the shoot. They shared a pinterest board of example images with me (a big help in understanding what clients want) and brought lots of different outfits and toys. I also got to talk tattoos with the dad during the session, which always makes me happy!
Many thanks to them for such a lovely shoot.