Monthly Archives: January 2011

Childrens Portraits Some 2010 favourites

I know we are about to launch into February – so I’m wondering what on earth happened to January and how it can be already be over ???  At this time of year when things are little quieter after Christmas I have a bit of time to organise my life; sort out things that have languished on the To-Do list (yeah right !) and tidy up all the computer disks and sort out my image libraries.  So in the course of this sterling work I thought I’d post up a small handful of images from the past year that I’m particularly fond of .. not because they are necessarily the best compositions or the best images from a technical point of view but just because they are images that I personally really like for a number of reasons.

I moved in June and the local area boasts some beautiful old stone walls and buildings that are lovely to use as backgrounds, plus this little chap is really gorgeous ..

Last year I started to photograph newborn babies and this has become one of my favourite types of photography now – this little Angel slept through the entire session and I was able to move her around and put her in all sorts of positions – this pose however she fell into completely naturally placing her little hands beautifully next to her face with absolutely no help from me … and I just love it!

This one I love simply because the session was so much fun – all three children that I photographed were just gorgeous but this picture just makes me smile every time I see it:)

This one is a special personal memory from a lovely Summer in France ….

I love photographing families and especially capturing moments of love between parents and children – this one I particularly love as the Mother’s face says it all.

This little girl was just a few days old when I photographed her  – I was lucky enough to get loads of beautiful images of her but I love this one because of its simplicity.

This little one was such fun – I could have chosen lots of different ones from this session – but this one is my favourite – and I’m not even sure why .. just something about her expression

This little girl is very special – she was my very first newborn model at just 1 week old and 5lb – absolutely wonderful – this is her at 6 months it was so lovely to catch up with her parents (a former Bride and Groom of mine) and see how she’d changed – we will be having another shoot very soon as she has just had her First Birthday  – can’t wait for a cuddle !

I love this shot as I had just started to get a bit more adventurous with the newborn shoots and Mum didn’t mind me putting her brand new baby in a basket and dumping her in a muddy part of the garden in front of a big pile of bricks and rubble .. I thought it would make a pretty backdrop ..

I love Black & White images and probably now do 75% of my portraits in B&W.  I think it can be particularly effective for close up children’s portraits.  There were tons and tons of favourites but I really liked these images of one my of my daughters little buddies …

I love it when an image manages to show the joy that small children experience every day from simple pleasures and just playing together .. this is really what I am aiming to capture in my all my Children’s Portraits and for me this image does just that ..

For the small percentage of colour images that I do take for clients I like to use the colours of the environment in the images so that they are more about the beauty of nature and the outdoors as opposed to just being an image in colour … these were from two different shoots but are both about the environment where they were taken.

Capturing special moments between members of the family is one of my main goals .. I love this image of the little boy and his Dad – this was one of the last ones I took before Dad had to jump in the waiting cab and get to work for an important meeting.

This next image I love because of the little girl’s wonderful smile and lovely natural expression – she was having a great time bouncing about on her little trampoline in the back garden .. its very simple but a favourite from the year.

Another baby one that I love simply because she looks so peaceful – she was awake for the whole session and wore herself out modelling … she finally gave in and collapsed into a deep sleep at the end and I took this shot.

And finally – a favourite moment for me of the year – this image was taken by my lovely friend and fellow photographer Carole Kelly of CK Photography.   We had arranged to do a session in a Northamptonshire Poppy field and managed around 15 mins before a scary lady appeared and chased us off the land … Carole got some wonderful shots in a short space of time – there are many lovely ones but I love this one especially – a fabulous memory of a funny afternoon !! Thanks Carole x

The Joy of Childhood

This blog post is a little different to normal.  Its about something close to my heart – and I’m not talking about my beloved Nikon D700!

I’m talking about someone who’s brightened up my world over the last few years.  There is a great Ralph Waldo Emerson quote about children – he says “A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic” .. and that is certainly true of many children not least my own.  Being a parent helps me to photograph children as I have an insight into their world – the things they find funny, the things that make them express pure joy; pure awe; pure craziness !

So here is a little photographic account of that world …..

My daughter has an obsession with sausages – eating them; talking about them – she even does an excellent impersonation of a sausage.  She recently told me that “her brain is made of sausages and they dance around in her head”.  She also buys me “panties” every year for my Birthday and Mother’s Day.   She was very pleased with herself recently for biting a biscuit into the exact shape of a pair of pants !

She loves nature and looking at the world around her – every year I take pictures in the bluebell woods to show how much she has grown …..

She is always stopping to pick flowers; find little stones to cherish – the other day she called me upstairs saying “Mummy there’s something beautiful you have to see” .. she was right – an incredible bright red sunrise filling the sky with colour and wonder….. and she loves Dandelion clocks  – we can’t go for a walk without picking them and counting the numbers.

She likes to pretend she is a Dog  – for large parts of the day !

She’s a bundle of sheer joy, energy and laughter and has reached the age where if she finds something funny she becomes almost helpless with laughter and has to be reminded to breathe !

She loves and adores her older cousins – looking up to them (not least because she is the smallest)

She hasn’t had a lot of choice about being a little model as I’m always taking pictures of her and her friends and cousins etc.etc. but she’s a good little poser …

She’s also perfected a pretty good Zoolander style “Blue Steele” in some of her portraits !

The recent snow we’ve had has looked beautiful but caused no end of distruption and generally been a pain to us adults  – but to a child there could be nothing more exciting than getting a day off school to play in the snow and build snowmen …..

and experience that most fantastic and joyful of pastimes  – making SNOW ANGELS !

Kids can be tiring; draining and challenging – they can be like stroppy little teenagers when they are barely old enough for school – they can correct everything you say and tell you that you are wrong and argue blue is green until the sun goes down.   And then they can give you one of their special cuddles, tell you they love you “to the moon and back again” and say something so totally crazy that it makes you laugh for the rest of the day …….

Baby Portraits Hertfordshire

Recently visited one of my 2011 Brides who recently had a beautiful baby girl – in between talking wedding albums and plans for the August wedding I took some pictures of her lovely new baby.  The little one was 12 weeks old and just gorgeous – however all the modelling wore her out in the end.  Here are are few pictures from the session.

Family Portraits Rickmansworth

Catching up on blogging the last couple of shoots from 2010 and this is one I’ve been looking forward to blogging.  This little chap was possibly one of my absolute favourite little boys from 2010 – he didn’t stop smiling and was just so adorable. I’ve photographed his three male cousins a few times so it was a pleasure to meet him and his family.  It was difficult to pick images for the blog as I actually loved so many of them but here are a few – hope you like them.

Snowy Winter Wedding in Hertfordshire

I don’t photograph many weddings these days but the small handful I have done this year have all represented different challenges – one was in absolutely driving rain (that’s the English Summer for you !); one was during the Volcanic Ash problem when all but 4 guests made it from the UK to Ireland by whatever means they could and then, just before Christmas I was shooting a wedding the weekend Hertfordshire and indeed much of the UK was deep in snow.  There are many types of Brides and Groom – some are relaxed; some get quite stressed; there are panics; there are traumas; there are waistcoats missing or dresses that don’t fit; flowers that are late or disappointing food .. small things which on such an important day can cause worry, tears, panic etc….  So I was prepared for a bit of stress and a few problems.   However I can honestly say rarely have I met such a laid back couple as my snowy Bride and Groom from 18th December … I won’t list the many logistical problems they encountered as a result of the weather and the dangerous roads, and the many Plan B’s they had in place  – but an Alien visiting earth on that day would have assumed that all Brides and Grooms laugh constantly when they have to wear wellies to church; half the guests can’t be there; shovels are needed to get in and out of carparks; venues have to be changed; guests spend 10 hours in the car to do a 1 hour journey and no-one turns up to serve or clear the wedding breakfast !

So THANK YOU to a wonderful Bride and Groom; a fabulous Bridal Party; two very relaxed families and some lovely guests – all of which made for a wonderful, memorable day.  It was a pleasure to be a part of it – here are a small selection from the day – which I hope you enjoy.