This gorgeous little lady did some amazing tree climbing for me today, between the rain showers. We were on our way to the bluebells and got distracted. The rain caught us out in the end, and we will give it another go next week! More to come!
Wishing everyone a lovely bank holiday weekend.
A lovely little boy that I photographed playing in the bluebells last year, has made the cover of Families magazine this month. The photographs were part of a present for his father’s 40th, and the three children had a fabulous time running up and down the trails amongst the bluebells. To view the photos from the shoot, click here. Thanks to our long winter this year, the bluebells are out a bit later this year- majority are just starting to open around us. Do get in touch if you would like some photographs of your family in the bluebells – our time is so limited with the gorgeous flowers!
Easter was busy- full of shoots, private tutoring sessions and a snowy photography course! I could not believe the weather forecast on the morning of the course – but it was true, it did snow and it gave a lovely snowy backdrop to many of the kids shots. We started inside, taking apart the cameras, learning how all the mechanics make the final image on their screen. Once their ISO’s, apertures and shutter speeds were in place – we went out to capture a couple snow flakes! Learning how to photograph motion was a big hit, as everyone had a partner who was responsible for running from left to right in front of the other’s camera. I had assigned the students to take a crisp photograph of their partner running along with a blurred photograph, using the shutter speed knowledge we had discussed earlier in the classroom. The children’s laughter was great, and I loved their excitement as they viewed the images afterwards. They all were so encouraging with one another, and their vivid interest in all aspects of photography provided a fantastic atmosphere.
This is a wonderful photography by Eddie, who was really into using his depth of field to his advantage. The detail of the railing that he was able to capture is fantastic, and with the graves behind cast in a yellow light, give the photo a slightly eerie feeling.
Frank has taken a simple scene and made it into quite a graphic image, with all the different lines working across and down the photograph. We talked in detail about using the rule of thirds in photographs, and Frank has done a wonderful job with the composition in this shot.
Lily was really into capturing close ups of various flowers, so we spoke about working on really crisp close ups, maximising the colour of the flowers and any other interesting details on the flowers. This is a great example of sharp focus, the water droplets look like little pearls. Excellent job Lily!
Sophie loved photographing the woods, and trees – and this image is a wonderful depiction of how I imagine the “classic” forest to appear. The subdued lighting, and long tree stalks make the picture appear almost magical. It is a great landscape photograph Sophie, and I think you should keep heading in this direction, well done!
How gorgeous is little Anna?! Her blue eyes just hypnotised me, and her little smile is adorable. The shoot was a Mother’s day present for Rachel, and I enjoyed capturing some lovely giggles and smiles of the family together one morning. The shoot took place in their house, using the fantastic natural light from the front window. Anna was quite happy to sit in her bumbo for me, smiling away at all 3 of us behind the lens. She was great throughout several outfit changes, one being into dress that Rachel wore as a little girl, which was beautiful and a pleasure to capture Anna in too! Towards the end of the shoot, Anna relaxed on a lovely wool blanket, and followed me around the room with her eyes as I photographed her. At one point I ducked behind Anna to photograph her from a different angle, and she turned her head to look at me, which produced one of my favourite images from the day. Happy Mother’s day to you Rachel, you have such a sweet family.
Quick sneak peek of the snow during our photography course yesterday. We had a great time, and the snow was lovely addition!
These days I have been quite focused on family and children’s portraits, so when Ellen contacted me earlier in the year to photograph her March wedding, I was very excited to have the opportunity to capture their big day. The ceremony took place at the Old Marylebone Town Hall, which had gorgeous large windows that provided great light for the event. I met Matt, Jake and the energetic flower girls at the Landmark Hotel, and was able to take some last minute shots of the girls getting ready. We then walked up the road to the town hall together, which provided some fun shots of the wedding party with a great london backdrop. Once there, I captured the flower girls twirling in their gorgeous white dresses and white ballerina shoes throughout the registry hallway. They were so excited for Ellen to arrive, and to see her beautiful dress. Ellen soon arrived with her father, and she looked absolutely stunning. The ceremony was sweet, I photographed some lovely moments between the bride and groom, which will remind them of the day for years to come. One of my favourite images from the day was when they left the registry office, and their guests threw the confetti. Ellen and Matt looked so happy walking down the steps together, surrounded by their good friends and loved ones. The reception took place at the Landmark Hotel, where I was able to photograph everyone enjoying themselves together. It was a lovely event, and I wish you both the best!
I am currently working on this gorgeous little girl’s photographs and had to share…how lovely is she?!
These two gorgeous kids really know how to smile, even baby Alex got a bit giggly thanks to Tess’s infectious laughter. We had such a good time taking photographs for their father’s birthday, which was a super secret at the time. We started off in Tess’s room, where being the proper hostess that she is, Tess made me tea and introduced me to her collection of tractors. The tractors seemed to enjoy being in the pictures as much as Tess, so we went with it and the roars of laughter too! Tess was quite keen to get her little brother Alex in on the photos, so we moved to the bed, where there was some extravagant jumps, and cute cuddles. Alex has a lovely little smile, and it really shone when his mother tickled him. There was a quiet moment between the two where they had just had a cuddle, turned to each other and then finally to me and click, the moment was caught. It was wonderful. I enjoyed every minute of the shoot, and I think they did too! And now the afternoon is on the wall for their mum and dad to enjoy as well.
Due to popular demand (thank you!), I am offering an Easter photography course for children (ages 10+) on Thursday, April 4th from 1pm to 4:30pm at Treacle Gallery in Shere.
We will go over how the camera works, focus on using the semi-manual and manual settings, and go outdoors to use their new knowledge.
Whilst outdoors, I will discuss composition with the students, visually showing them interesting ways to put together their photographs, along with basic ideas of applying outdoor light. As well as a few pro secrets!!
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