Children photoshoot near Newbury, Berkshire

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Children photoshoot near Newbury, Berkshire

The saying never work with animals or children would put me almost instantly out of a job!   As a children photographer, I find myself working with both all the time, and thankfully I love it!   In fact I find the spontaneity that comes with pets often results in my favourite photographs from the day.   This portrait from a children photoshoot near Newbury, Berkshire, is a classic example.   The way the girl is rolling her head back exudes pure joy, love and happiness.  I also love the dog’s crossed paws and patient expression.   No doubt this is a result of  years of being smothered with love, poked and prodded.

I often start a shoot with a ‘lightly’ staged group shot of you all together.  I find it best to do this first thing when the children are fresh and most co-operative.   It also provides a fall back if we don’t succeed in capturing a spontaneous family portrait.   But I like to spend the majority of the shoot photographing your children at play, inside and outside.   This might include cuddling their pets, climbing a tree, riding a bike, a game of cards, cooking etc.  Whatever takes their fancy.  These provide wonderful opportunities to capture informal and spontaneous images which best reflect your children’s personalities.   They are also wonderful ‘story telling’ images which will remind you of their childhood.

Many of my clients opt for a photo album which includes all the images from the shoot.    These are lifetime heirlooms which you will treasure forever.   They can be any size, but I usually offer 12″ x 12″ as I find square the best format to display photographs.   They can be embossed on the front and spine, and handbound in either pellaq or leather.   My printer has the royal warrant, so it goes without saying that the paper is lovely and thick and the end result is top notch.

Please do get  in touch if you are are thinking of booking a family or children photoshoot.   I’m based in Dorset but happy to travel all over the country – I’m regularly in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, London, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.   Do also look at some more examples of my children and family photography to give you a more extensive feel of my style of children and portrait photography.

Wedding photography in Hertfordshire

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Wedding photography in Hertfordshire

Wedding photography can be really stressful but it is also immensely rewarding.  It is a huge honour to be involved in such an important and intimate day.  As a consequence, I think I get as nervous and excited as the bride.   But nerves are a good thing for photographers.  They make us alert and quick so we don’t miss a thing.

One of my favourite moments of the day, is just before the bride leaves for the church.  This quiet before the storm is the perfect time to take a beautiful portrait of the bride.    I took this portrait of Rose, in a Stuart Parvin wedding dress, holding a Tattie Rose bouquet, in a north facing drawing room.   I find north facing light softer and leaves lovely dark backdrops.   The result is a timeless stunning portrait of a bride, bursting with anticipation and excitement of the day ahead.   The epitome of beauty.

Whilst I photograph the whole day in colour, I invariably convert all my favourite portraits of the bride and groom into black and white.    I feel this captures the romance and mood of the day so much more effectively.

Please do visit my wedding gallery to see more examples of my wedding photography.  If you are interested in me photographing your wedding, please do email me with your date, location of the ceremony & reception, timings, and approximate number of guests so I can send you a bespoke quote.  Or, if easier, you can call me on 07815 750 141 to discuss your day in more details.   I’m based in Dorset but travel throughout the country, photographing weddings regularly in Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, London, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and further afield too.

Dorset family photoshoot - siblings in a landrover

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Children and family photoshoot in Dorset

This portrait is from a children and family photoshoot I did last summer (2020) in Motcombe, Dorset.    I can’t wait to get back out and do more children and family shoots again, I really miss them.   I’m all the more excited as to try out my new and utterly amazing Canon Mirrorless camera system and lenses.

Every parent loves a portrait of their children together.    Whilst many of my favourite images result from spontaneity, a more ‘staged’ approach is sometimes the best way to capture four children and their dogs.   I found the father’s landrover to be the perfect rural backdrop for this portrait.   I love its informality and the way the door frames the siblings.  It also will remind them of their childhood trips.  There is something so special about a landrover.  Rather like a VW campervan epitomises festivals and young travellers, landrovers are about family country life.   I love to incorporate animals in my children and family photoshoots.  They not only keep everyone more relaxed, they often also add spontaneity to the portrait.

Children and family bookings are flowing in for this summer so if you are interested in booking a family or children photoshoot, please do get in touch.  I’m based in Dorset but happy to travel all over the country.  I’m regularly in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, London, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.   Do also look at some more examples of my children, teen and family photography to give you a  more extensive feel of my style of children and family photography.

Candid children photo shoot Gloucestershire

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Candid portrait from a children photoshoot

This is a candid portrait from a children photoshoot near Burford in Gloucestershire.  It also reminds me of the fun we had that day.   We bounced on beds, played hide & seek in the laundry basket and cupboards, choo chooed trains along their train track etc.  And we did all this before we went outside for more games and a lovely walk.  I took this photo during a game of ‘I spy with my little binoculars’.  It makes me laugh out loud every time I look at it.  Perhaps because of the way the younger brother is holding his binoculars in a closed position.  No idea what he saw through them.  But that didn’t matter as he was pretending to be as grown up as his big brother!

I also take beautiful and timeless portraits of the children together and apart during the shoot.   But these candid portraits capture the essence of their personalities.  They also create lasting timeless memories of what they loved to do in the home they grew up in.  And they are often the ones I love the most as they are so rich in nostalgia.

Our childhood memories are often the most mundane – lying on a favourite sofa with the dog, playing lego, hiding behind our parents’ bedroom curtains, reading a book with mummy, helping Daddy in the garden.   So when I’m taking photos at your home, I love to photograph your children both indoors and outside.  I often prefer inside light for portraiture, especially on a sunny day.  So don’t worry if it’s raining.   We can still capture so many wonderful memories inside and there is almost always a dry spell when we can get outside and splash in puddles!

If you are interested in booking a family or children photoshoot, please do get in touch.  I’m based in Dorset but happy to travel all over the country – I’m regularly in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, London, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.   Do also look at some more examples of my children and family photography to give you a more extensive feel of my style of portrait photography.

stunning wedding photographs hertfordshire

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Stunning wedding photographs in Hertfordshire

Whilst I’m a Dorset based portrait and wedding photographer, I still get to travel all round the UK to capture stunning wedding photographs.    This images is from a family with four daughters near Peterborough in Hertfordshire.    Sadly I didn’t know them when the eldest was married, but I went on to photograph the next three daughters.  Each of whom were as stunning and lovely as each other.   It’s a true privilege to photograph to photograph such an intimate and important day in someone’s life.  And even more special to return to the same wonderful family three times.  I look forward to photographing all their delightful children in due course!

This image is of their 3rd daughter’s wedding.  It is is one of my favourite angles to capture at a wedding.  I love the way light streams through the flowers on the arch providing a paradisiacal garden to frame the bride and groom.  Whilst this photo worked well in colour too, I prefer black and white portraits of the bride and groom.  They capture the mood, intimacy and romance of the day so much better than colour.  I hope you like this as much as I do.

Please do visit my wedding gallery to see more examples of my wedding photography.   If you are interested in me photographing your wedding day, please email me with your date, location of the ceremony & reception, timings, and approximate number of guests so I can send you a bespoke quote.  Or, if easier, you can call me on 07815 750 141 to discuss your day in more details.

Wedding speeches

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Speeches at a Dorset Wedding

I took this photo during one the speeches at a Dorset wedding.  It’s one of my favourite parts of the wedding day.  They are charged with so much emotion.  From pride, nostalgia, excitement and love, to sadness for those that could not be there, & the the inevitable highly entertaining stories which has everyone in stitches.    They make for wonderful photos that capture the spirit of the day. They are also the perfect time to take lovely portraits of family and guests, too busy listening to the speeches to notice the camera.   This bestman’s speech was one of the funniest I’ve ever heard.  And I have heard a lot!   The reactions of the bride & groom and the father of the bride say it all.

It was the wedding closest to home, near Sherborne in Dorset, I have ever photographed.   If our little rowing boat had less holes in it, still had an oar, and the river more water, I could have rowed up stream to their house in 5 minutes.   Instead it was a 2 minute drive and I arrived at both destinations dry!   The wedding service took place in Sherborne Abbey. with a reception in a lovely country house with stunning gardens.    You might find one or two other photographs from their wedding in my wedding gallery.

If you’re getting married and would like to consider booking me for as your wedding photographer, please do email me with your date, location of the ceremony & reception, timings, and approximate number of guests so I can send you a bespoke quote.   Alternatively, do call me on 07815 750 141 to discuss your day in more details.   Whilst based in Dorset, I travel throughout the South, photographing weddings regularly in Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, London, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and further afield too.

children photography with pets, Berkshire

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Children photography with pets

Today I am sharing an example of my children photography with pets.  I took this last summer in between lockdowns for a wonderful family, near Newbury, in Hampshire.   This was my second shoot for them.   We had so much fun and laughter together.   And as a consequence we captured some wonderful, informal, natural and fun portraits which really capture their personalities.

Teenagers can be reluctant starters when it comes to a family photoshoot.  But with 3 teenagers of my own, and 20 years of experience as a leading family portrait photographer, I’m quick to put them at ease.   On arrival, the first thing we do is sit and chat around the kitchen table, so I can hear about what they enjoy doing, what makes them tick.   Or not!  I love to include their interests in the photo shoot.   This could involve playing sport or a musical instrument, or hanging out with the family animals. This results in meaningful portraits which reflect their personalities.  It also makes the shoot fun, which ensures the images are full of spirit and character.

On this visit the children wanted to be photographed with all their favourite pets, which included 3 dogs, 2 cats and lots of chickens.   I love photographing children with their family animals, as they bring spontaneity.   This often results in fun and unpredictable pictures.  I love everything about this image: the light, the composition, the chicken’s tilted head and the boy’s expression.   It is a natural, candid moment which captures his sense of humour, spirit and love of animals.    It’s such a joy to capture those impromptu moments.

If you would like to find out more about my teenager and young children photography, please do take a look at the link.   And if you’d like to book a shoot with your family once lockdown has lifted, please do email me at [email protected] 

 

children photography on a swing

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Children photography of girl on swing

I started out as a wedding and children portrait photographer in 2000, when I was living in London.   Most of my children shoots in those days were in my studio in Wandsworth – the rage then was for clean white backdrops.   But I quickly found that these were not so appealing for those living in the country, where understandably parents were wanting the photoshoots at home and in their garden.    I have therefore spent the last 12 years, traveling all over the south west photography children in their home environment.  Although this is more time consuming for me, I can honestly say that I haven’t looked back.

This not only makes each shoot unique and personal, but it’s also where the children are most at ease, enabling me to capture the best images of your children.   I capture them at play inside and outside in their garden, in their favourite places, doing what they love most.

This is an old favourite from a lovely family photoshoot in Hampshire.  I love the movement in her skirt and hair, the way she is looking down but flying high, in a world of her own.  A timeless moment of childhood bliss on a favourite swing in her garden.  It’s full of emotion and energy, and makes me smile every time I look at it.  I hope you like it too.

If you are interested in booking a family or children photoshoot, please do get in touch.  I’m based in Dorset but happy to travel all over the country – I’m regularly in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, London, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.   Do also look at some more examples of my children and family photography to give you a more extensive feel of my style of portrait photography.

Portrait of a girl in a hat

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Children photography in Gloucestershire

I’m using these quieter times in the covid pandemic to go through all my children photography and refresh my website and blog.   It’s a useful exercise to revisit your old work with fresh eyes.  In doing so, I ask what I love about each image, and what I would like to have done better.   When I started out as a children photographer, my main aim was simply to capture a beautiful portrait.  As I evolved, I strived for perfect lighting and composition.   The better I get at taking children portraits, the less photographs I find that tick all the boxes.   I gather this is a classic artist and photographer’s flaw.  But it is through this process of self criticism that we improve.

This is one of those images that stops me in my tracks.   Ironically you can’t even see her face but I still call this a portrait as it’s captured a moment in time which captures her spirit.   The moment I took this, I knew  I had captured something special that would be treasured forever.  I love the graphic shape of the hat with the fingers popping out below, the composition and the light.  And I love that itt brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.  I hope it brings one to yours too.

If you are interested in booking a family or children photoshoot, please do get  in touch.  I’m based in Dorset but happy to travel all over the country – I’m regularly in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, London, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.   Do also look at some more examples of my children and family photography to give you a more extensive feel of my style of portrait photography.

Teenage sibling Portrait

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Photographing teenagers

I’ve been photographing these siblings every two to three years since they were just toddlers – it’s been such a joy to witness them grow into wonderful and fascinating teenagers.

On each shoot, I photographed them within surroundings that are part of their childhood which not only makes the portraits so much more special, but rather nostalgic too.   This shelter, in the park next to their house, has seen many different stages of their childhood – be it to shelter from the rain, play hide and seek, skate around, hang out with friends etc.

When I first started out as a children photographer, I found photographing young children so much easier – because they are unselfconscious and spontaneous – but as my children themselves grew into teenagers, I have found photographing teenagers every bit as rewarding.   And the added bonus is, when I ‘previsualise’ an image they follow directions, as in this portrait here!  This shelter engulfed them when they were little, but now they seemed to own it and the memories within.  It also provided a wonderfully graphic frame in which to place them.