Portrait of HM the Queen

Posted on in Portrait photography

Happy Sapphire Anniversary Your Majesty

At 90 years of age HM The Queen has been reigning over us now for 65 years and is still carrying on strong.   She is a true inspiration to us all.   Thank you Your Majesty for all that you have done, and continue to do, for our country and commonwealth.

I am feeling immensely privileged to have met and photographed HM The Queen on a few occasions.

When attending a course in portrait photography at the Royal Kensington and Chelsea College, we were asked by our tutor to consider how we would measure success – would it be financial, how many people we recruit, books published, recognition, awards, exhibitions etc?    I suspect that financial needs have driven most of my achievements, but photographing HM the Queen is an honour that’s going to be hard to beat!

Readman sisters

Posted on in Sibling photography

Portrait of three stunning sisters

I took this portrait earlier this year, on a swelteringly hot day in May.  It’s hard, on a dark rainy and cold winter’s night, ever to imagine being hot again!

Along with many other portraits I took during our shoot, this has been kept under wraps until their father’s birthday last Saturday.    Happy Birthday Peter!

I wanted to share this photograph as I feel it captures their intimacy, humour and beauty…   Something I strive to capture in family & sibling portraiture.

With three daughters of my own, I can but hope that they will be as loving and fond of each other as these three sisters.

 

 

Posted on in Editorial photography

Messums Wiltshire for Country Life Magazine

One of the things I love most about being a portrait photographer is the variety of my work, the people I meet, and the places I visit.   One day I’m photographing children, another adults, sculptures, interiors,weddings, etc.    One day I’m in Dorset, another Wiltshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire.   No day or commission is ever the same.

A recent portrait commission from Country Life Magazine took me to the new gallery, Messums, which has recently opened in the Medieval Tithe Barn located in Tisbury, Wiltshire.   Here I had the pleasure of photographing Lord Margadale, the owner of the Tithe barn and Johnny Messum the founder of the gallery.   I was also asked to capture the stunning interior & ceiling of the barn, and their inaugural exhibition of stone and bronze sculptures.

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Portrait of a boy playing the piano

Posted on in Children photography

Portrait of a young pianist

This is a portrait of Milo – future musician of the year!  Well, at least his hand positions on the piano certainly suggest this – he looks like a total natural. However I can assure you the noise coming from the piano suggested otherwise!

As a portrait photographer nothing could stop me picking up the camera and photographing this friend’s son whilst they were staying with me in Dorset this last weekend.   His captivating eyes, engaging smile and happy & relaxed temperament made him the perfect model.  I can’t wait for our photoshoot in the New Year.

Portrait of a boy with apple

Posted on in Children photography

FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY IN HAMPSHIRE

I had such a happy day photographing 3 generations of a wonderful family in Hampshire, ranging from an elegant and charming grandmother down to this divine 2 year old boy, Arthur.   This year seems to be ‘year of the grandparents’ as this must be at least the tenth family photography booking I’ve had this year involving 3 occasionally even 4 generations.

As a portrait photographer, I photograph people of all ages, but children photography is my passion.   Whilst children can of course be challenging, as long as you keep the session fun, they are immensely rewarding.  Their expressions are so diverse, their energy and enthusiasm boundless, and they are blissfully unselfconscious.

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Portrait of two sisters

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A PORTRAIT FROM THE PAST – SISTERLY LOVE

The bonus of updating your website is it forces you to look back over all your old photographs, and in the process you see how your style has evolved.   With much of my earlier photography, all I can see are the faults, usually in composition and light, but there are a few that still capture my attention.  This portrait of my niece with her newborn sister is one of them: the instant devotion, love, tenderness and protection still grab me.  Well, that’s when I get over the fact that I cropped off her hands & fingers on the right!  I took this over 15 years ago and was perhaps the birth of my constant endeavour ‘to capture the spirit’.

Posted on in Children photography, Editorial photography, News

SANDROYD PHOTO MAKES FRONT COVER

A wonderful sunny day photographing Sandroyd prep school in May was made all the worthwhile when Country Life Magazine chose this image for the front cover of their School Life Guide.

Providing schools with effective advertising, marketing and website photography is one of my favourite jobs – it’s an opportunity to combine my skills learned from 10 years working in marketing, with my passion for photographing children. They are such fun to work with.
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FRONT COVER FOR LUCINDA MILLER’S NEW COOK BOOK

I had such a happy, quite intense, day photographing Lucinda’s gorgeous children and nephews and nieces for her new cookery book. This is potentially the front cover – deemed the winner by our Facebook followers.

Lucinda is a highly respected and sought after naturopath who is in the process of writing a book full of wonderful recipes to help children stay healthy and strong. I arrived with Amanda Jackson Sytner, my lovely make up artist friend, in time to photograph the children having breakfast, and staying until tea had been served.
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Country Life Frontispiece

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“CUSTARD” FINDS FAME IN COUNTRY LIFE

Not exactly your usual frontispiece, but this is one of my favourite photos for Country Life.   My great friend and hugely talented make up artist, Amanda Jackson Sytner, and I headed down to the dark depths of Devon on a cold wintery day in early March.    

Publication was set for the end of April, so I’d been briefed to capture the colours of spring. but there was not a flower let alone a bluebell in sight.   Fortunately the yellow derelict digger, aka “Custard”, caught by eye and invited some quirky compositions, and worked particularly well with Freddie’s bright green dress.  The red wellies provided the final touch.

This portrait may not have captured any spring flowers, but the bright colours made a pretty good substitute on this bleak midwinter’s day!

Posted on in Children photography, News

AND A PARTRIDGE IN A…

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas 2015 everyone, from Daisy, Grace, Flora and our naughty cocker spaniel, Dibble!   I hasten to add that no animals were harmed for this shoot!  The feathers & carcass were bought on eBay!