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It's a Family Thing...

March 19, 2018

My take on family portrait photography

“Never work with animals or children”, they say. Well I do both. And I love it! My job is truly a privileged one which I will never tire of! If you have followed any of my previous blogs you will have noticed that much of my time is spent capturing brides and grooms-to-be, making the biggest commitment ever on arguably the most special and important day of their lives. This is an awesome honour for me to capture and, despite nearly two decades of photography under my belt, I still feel blown away every time a couple ask me to photograph their big day. Between weddings however, I am often found photographing glowing bump-laden mums-to-be, squeaky-new newborns, mischievous toddlers, sometimes harmonious / sometimes chaotic sibling combinations and character-filled families taking all forms, shapes and sizes. Sometimes the ‘family’ portrait shoot simply involves a single beloved pet, yet each and every opportunity to capture bonds of love between those considered precious, cherished and adored by their loved ones, is unique. It demands thoughtful preparation, good timing, the right environment and professional handling - to mention just a few of the key elements that need to be right when considering booking a portrait shoot. In this blog I will aim to unpack these elements a little to give you a headstart if you are thinking about why, how and when to have portraits taken. You need to feel confident about making the plans to capture your developing family in photographs and not fear the task and then miss the moments. Such crucial stages will be fleeting, can never be re-lived, and equally should never be forgotten, which is why now is the perfect time to get planning. 

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A Reflection On Portraits Through The Seasons

April 05, 2017

At the beginning of 2017 I took a moment to reflect back through some of my work from over the last couple of years and noticed how the beautiful British seasons featured boldly throughout many of the portraits I'd taken. Between wedding shoots I am lucky enough to photograph people in all stages of life from newly engaged couples to expectant mothers, right through to large family groups (with every age and stage in-between)! The diversity in nature and unique backdrops offered by a variety of locations such as woodlands, beaches, and vast distant landscapes, alongside our ever-changeable english climate mean I always have loads of great variables to play with. Clients often ask me, "Where should we have our portraits taken and which is the best time of year?" Great questions. Personally I think every season can offer wonderful and differing opportunities that ensure a unique story is told through the images, and this I think is personal for every client. Not only the season but the time of day with it's shifting light opportunities plays a part when planning a portrait shoot, even the decor in a client's home can be a factor that can determine what kind of images will be hung on the wall! 

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All Made Up About Those Wedding Pics!

July 20, 2016

How fantastic professional makeup and photography can work together to make you look flawless for your wedding day pictures

Over the many years that I have been photographing brides, a common and natural worry that I hear is, 'I really hope I look good in my wedding photographs?!'

Knowing that your wedding pictures will always be looked back at for years to come, provides a big pressure and every bride hopes that this will be the one day in their lives that they will look and feel beautiful! The dress, the shoes, the hair, getting them right are definitely the first steps to feeling pretty amazing, and if necessary, can be easily changed, adjusted and tailored to suit. But what about the thing that's a little harder to tweak, assuming we do not have the budget and/or inclination for major surgical cosmetic alterations?! You've guessed it. As we are stuck with the one we've been dealt, we kind of need to know how to make the best of our face right?! 

As a wedding photographer there are many tricks of the trade that can really capture a bride's best features in the most flattering ways. And afterwards in editing we all know that a little Photoshop can work wonders to magically cover over our little imperfections! However, heavy editing shouldn't ever be necessary and in my opinion, the more natural and real the photographs, the better. 

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