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sibling portrait in landrover

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Ancestry and National Portrait Gallery competition

Ancestry and the National Portrait Gallery are collaborating to create a Nations Family Album – the first ever holistic visual representation of the British population in photographic form.  So they are inviting the British Public (all ages, backgrounds, cultures) to submit photos of family members (old, recent, together, separate).   The winning entries will not only feature in this online Nations Family Album gallery, but also in an exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery when it reopens early next year.

I am honoured to say that I’ve been elected as one of the four judges on the panel of experts, along with the baritone singer Peter Brathwaite, renowned for his series of photographs on Rediscovering Black Portraiture, the National Portrait Gallery’s Chief Curator, Dr Alison Smith and Simon Pearce from Ancestry.

Themes for the photos are: legacy, belonging, connection and identity – all of which reflect the emotions experienced when looking through old family photos or starting a journey on your family history.   You can submit up to 3 photographs per person.  And the deadline is 11.59pm on 30th June.   For more information, visit the Ancestry website.

I’m really looking forward to seeing all your entries.

Stunning Wedding Photography,

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Stunning Wedding Photography

It’s not hard to provide stunning wedding photography when you are blessed with a beautiful bride.   Even easier when she is dressed in one of the most incredible wedding dresses I’ve ever seen.   Bearing in mind I’ve been a leading wedding photographer in the UK for nearly 20 years, I’ve seen quite a few!   The dress was made by the insanely talented Fiona Clare Couture.

Whilst I take a mixture of colour and black & white photos of the whole day, I generally prefer black and white for the ‘classic’ portraits such as this.  I find colour too distracting.  You end up studying the colours of the flowers, or wallpaper etc.  Black and white wedding portrait photography is timeless, classic and captures the mood of the day so much more effectively.   Where possible, I also love to work with natural light which I find much softer.  It also enables me to work really fast, which is one of the key skills for a wedding photographer.

I took this portrait just before leaving for Sherborne Abbey.  We only had a few minutes to spare.  But long enough to lay out her lace coat in a perfect circle.  I love how the tiara mirrors this circle.

Please do visit my wedding gallery to see more examples of my wedding photography.  And please email me if you are interested in finding out more about the packages I offer as a wedding photographer.  Please include your date, location of the ceremony & reception, timings, and approximate number of guests so I can send you a bespoke quote.  Alternatively, you can call me on 07815 750 141 to discuss your day in more details.

 

 

 

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.

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 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.

Kate Phillips, actor, Downton Abbey

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Portrait photography of actor Kate Phillips at the Ritz for Country Life Magazine

This week’s Country Life Magazine‘s frontispiece features the highly talented and utterly beautiful actor Kate Phillips, who appears in the Downton Abbey film as Princess Mary.   You might also recognise her as Linda Shelby in Peaky Blinders.

A special thank you to Paul Ellis who assisted me in this shoot, Mach Management for make up, the Ritz London for providing a fabulous location and a much needed supply of coffee, and Lucy Editor, the picture editor at Country Life for this wonderful commission!   Feeling very blessed.

 

 

 

Royal Baby

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Royal Baby Competition

In celebration of the much anticipated arrival of Meghan and Harry’s baby, I have teamed up with my favourite frame supplier, Addison Ross, to run a prize draw in which you can win £250 of your own choice of Addison Ross frames AND 20% off a weekday children or family portrait shoot with me within 2 hours of my home near Sherborne, in Dorset.

To enter, visit the following link to Addison Ross website.

 

 

 

 

David Wilson, Country Life Champion

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Portrait photography for the Prince of Wales issue of Country Life Magazine

This is David Wilson, Farm Manager at the Duchy Farm Estate in Gloucestershire, chosen by HRH The Prince of Wales as a Country Champion for his guest edited issue of Country Life Magazine, celebrating his 70th birthday.

Whilst lying on the grass to capture this portrait, I spotted the emergence of a gap to the right behind David;  seizing the moment and the potential for a perfectly framed image, I rolled quickly (through a freshly laid cowpat) so that the gap was directly behind him.     My coat still bears hints of the evidence but it was worth it!

 

 

urban children portraiture

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Candid Urban Child Portrait

How old are we when we stop skipping down the road, or jumping on street walls?   Some may say never, but in essence there is definitely a time when we become too self conscious, when we are suddenly too grown up, too rushed, too stressed…   One of the many joys of photographing children is that they remind me to stop and enjoy the little things again, hold hands, skip down the street, even try a bit of jumping.  And wow, the thrill comes straight back – along with a few strange looks admittedly!

When I moved out of London over 10 years ago, I craved rural backdrops for portraiture, but I fear I was simply unaware of quite how fantastic urban backdrops are for children portraiture – especially in black and white.  Every street offers something unique, graphic, dynamic, quirky, but equally, every street invites the imagination of a child by offering games, adventures, magic, fun, play…

This image captures Ben enjoying a little alley way just around the corner from his home – he apparently does this wall jumping each time they walk along there.  I hope one day that this image will remind him of a whole chapter of his childhood.