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Portrait Competition – Olney Photographer

Portrait Competition – Olney Photographer – Specialising in Children, Newborn and Family photographs.

I recently ran a Competition in association with the Guild of professional photographers.  We had lots of entries and got some fabulous images of children.  It was particularly wonderful that the portrait competition took place in October and November with all the gorgeous Autumn Colours – it’s probably my favourite season to shoot.  The light is beautiful, the colours are stunning and children have a great time throwing the leaves around and having fun.

I was very lucky that two lovely ladies from local Olney Businesses were happy to be my judges so thank you to Louise from Feast and Suzanne from Happy Days Toy Shop.  We got together and looked through all the entries – the full album is available on my facebook page but a couple are surprise gifts so are not featured.

There were some images in colour and some in black and white but I think because of the Autumn colours it was hard to judge them as like for like so the shortlist of favourites were viewed in both colours.  The winner was originally a Black and White image but my Judges preferred the colour version – so here is the winner (with the original black/white below).

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The judges loved the colour version because of the tones and her beautiful creamy skin.  They loved the expression, eye contact and fact her hair was blowing in the wind slightly and I’d caught the movement.   They also loved that this was an older child.  I work mainly with younger children and babies but I love to photograph children of all ages.  The judges felt that a beautiful portrait of an older child at a more self-conscious age would really be something for a parent to treasure.  So Congratulations to the family of this lovely girl who win a Wall Art Block worth £200.

However, this wasn’t any easy choice – they loved lots of the images and it was quite hard to narrow them down.  Here are few that got a special mention.

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This one was a very close favourite not only because of the Autumn colours but because of the joy on the little boy’s face.  The judges felt this was a great example of the sort of pictures that I produce of children.  Natural and happy.

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“Ginger Baby” as he became affectionately known in the judging process got an honourable mention – they loved the colours of the leaves with his hair colour.  I actually collected the leaves in advance of this session and spent several hours with leaves all over my lounge carpet covering them with PVA glue to preserve the colour.  This little chap didn’t want to go to sleep for ages so the light was really fading in the room by the time the last images were taken so from a photography/lighting point of view this isn’t ideal from a cuteness point of view of course its lovely.

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Everyone loved this one – how could you not !!  The little one has a great expression and she is looking straight at me and looking really happy.  One of the things I pride myself upon is my interaction with children and babies and my ability to get great expressions from them.  This is very much my style.

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With this one the judges really felt I’d captured the personality of the little girl completely and that it was natural and quirky.

And finally .. this little lovely.   We all loved this one – I loved the light and her expression and her little coat.  The judges agreed that she was gorgeous and it was a beautiful images of a beautiful little girl so it really was a close run competition but in the end they kept coming back to the winner.

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Thanks to every one that entered – sorry you couldn’t all be winners.

Letter to my daughter – Olney Photographer

Letter to My Daughter

There have been some beautiful Autumn mornings in the last couple of weeks – on these mornings I make sure I take time for a walk – often taking the scenic route home after the school drop.  It’s a time for some peace, for a chance to take in the beauty of nature and to think.   At the moment I’m doing a lot of thinking, contemplating, reminiscing.  I often do this but currently I’m doing this because its Autumn – beautiful, crisp, bright, colourful Autumn – my favourite time of year.  Many mornings of late have been a perfect example: an endless clear  blue sky, mist in the distance making the trees look like they are floating on clouds, the perfect sunlight illuminating the golden carpet of leaves across the dew-drenched grass.  My favourite time of year.

Autumn is the season when I feel most like I’m marking the passage of time – because the season is so visibly altered, because the colours change and leaves fall and its a really clear transition of days and months slipping away.   As we age and the world spins faster, I think we do notice the passage of time more – with wonder, disbelief …. even fear.  I’m especially contemplative in Autumn because that’s when you were born my little baby girl – the same little girl who will soon be nine, something barely possible.  Every scattering of red and gold leaves on the ground marks another year gone by for the world and for the two of us.  Another year filled with your laughter, your smile, your wonder at everything around you.

We are in a time of transition – you are growing older, more independent.  You have a room filled with One Direction posters and you talk of your love for Harry Styles and yet you are still little – you love your cuddly animals and still come and snuggle in bed with me in the morning.  When you are asleep you could be any age – its hard to tell from the endless sleepy pictures that I still love to take.

Walking to and from school is one of the times of the day I love the most.  The paths leading up to the school are a great place to observe human behaviour – there are parents stationed at various distances from the school gate depending upon what their children will allow, or how embarrassed they are currently of their Mum or Dad.  I am one of the lucky ones – you still let me hold your hand, you let me walk with you all the way to the gate, you still let me walk you right across the playground and even let me give you a hug and kiss.  I don’t suppose you will let me do this for too much longer so I have to savour it while I can.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been sorting out old pictures – pictures of you from when you were tiny – this makes me reminisce and get a bit emotional – not that I need too much help on that score.  There are so many photos that I love.  In some you had the exact same quizzical look  in your eyes as a baby that you get now, if you don’t understand something or you are confused.

You have always smiled and laughed so much – you have serious moments of course and occasionally you have quite a rant but you’ve never been a solemn child – you’ve always had a sparkle in your eye.

And over the years you’ve kept that lovely balance – the fun, the craziness and the tiny percentage of seriousness…

So for now I cherish the fact that you run out of school and throw yourself into my arms for a hug – no matter who sees.  And I cherish the fact that in the morning you keep turning and looking back and waving at me all the way to the door, occasionally blowing kisses.  You wave right up until the last second you disappear inside the building … every day you do this I think you won’t do it the next day – but you do – at least for now.

I will soon be one of the Mums stationed at a suitable distance away – I will hate it when that day comes – but you are getting bigger and I have to get used to the idea.   And just when I think you can’t get any more sweet you come out with a new night-time message when you hug me  – You say “I love you Mummy” and I say “I love you more” and then you say “That’s just not possible”.

Love you to the moon and back little girl xxxxxxxx

Previous letter to my daughter can be read on this link

Photographer Wollaston – Children’s Portrait Session

Photographer Wollaston – Children’s Portrait Session at the Wollaston Playground.

My approach to children’s portrait photography is t0 capture the children being as natural as possible, playing with each other and enjoying themselves.  For this reason a session should really just be a record of the children doing things they would normally do.  I like to take them to parks or playgrounds and just let they mess around getting some fun and relaxed images along the way.

Wollaston playing fields is a great location – there is a lovely wooded area with some great trees to climb and a nice little playground where children can mess around on the slides and swings.  If your children are particularly active kids who love being outdoors then this sort of session will probably suit you much better than a session indoors in a studio.

Please get in touch if you would like a session with your children – slots in the run up to Christmas are filling up fast so let me know as soon as possible if you would like to book in – my facebook page has further information on my November HALF PRICE Sessions and great competition and also my half term Mini Sessions at Hatton Court in Hanslope 

In the meantime I hope you enjoy this portrait session in Wollaston.

Photographer Wollaston
Photographer Wollaston
Photographer Wollaston
Photographer Wollaston
Photographer Wollaston
Photographer Wollaston
Photographer Wollaston
Photographer Wollaston
Photographer Wollaston

Once we’d finished playing in the woods, we headed to the playground where the kids let loose on the swings and slides – great fun.

Photographer Wollaston
Photographer Wollaston
Photographer Wollaston

Portraits in Emberton Park – Milton Keynes

Portraits in Emberton Park.  I often do shoots in this park near Milton Keynes as it is a great location.

Emberton is really beautiful park and a great place to take the children for the day.   The playground areas at Emberton are wonderful.  There are the usual swings and slides but also some lovely wooded areas, lakes, lovely backdrops, a sand pit for younger children.  So lots to do for everyone in the family.

I have done quite a few family portrait shoots at Emberton over the summer – some fun shoots with young children. This blog post is mixture of some of my favourite images from these shoots – images which hopefully show some of the fabulous places at Emberton Park that can be used as either a backdrop for an image or somewhere fun to play in order to get some great action shots.

This session was lots of fun – two really gorgeous little children who had a wonderful time playing in the park.

Portraits in Emberton Park
Portraits in Emberton Park
Portraits in Emberton Park
Portraits in Emberton Park
Portraits in Emberton Park

Always nice to finish up a session with lovely big ice cream covered in mini-marshmallows:)

Portraits in Emberton Park

The final session was with a lovely little toddler.  He had a great time playing and exploring around the park.

Portraits in Emberton Park
Portraits in Emberton Park
Portraits in Emberton Park
Portraits in Emberton Park

I love doing family portrait sessions with Toddlers because there is usually an irrational tantrum at some point which is always fun.

Portraits in Emberton Park

Then in no time at all the little one was straight back to normal smiling and laughing.  If you would like a session at Emberton or another park or any location near to you please get in touch to make a booking.  If you have a newborn baby please have a look at my dedicated Newborn site.

Guild of Professional Photographers – National Competition

Guild of Professional Photographers – Competition to win a Wall Art Block worth £200

Autumn is a wonderful time of year for Children’s Portraits and Family Portraits – the gorgeous light, the wonderful colours – little ones all dressed up in cute scarves and hats.   Christmas is coming so booking an Autumn shoot is a perfect opportunity to get some presents organised for family and friends.

This year however, there is an even better reason to book.  Everyone who books a full session between now the end of November with not only get a half price session fee but an image from every session will be entered into my Competition, all the images will be judged by myself and the owner of Happy Day’s Toy Shop – a fabulous shop in Olney.  The winner will get a beautiful Wall Art Block worth £200 as a prize.  This winning image will then be entered into a National Competition where the Guild of Professional Photographer’s own judging panel will decide upon an overall winner.  The winner will receive £1000 worth of Wall Products.

If you book a Newborn Session or a Mini-Session one of your images will also be entered into the competition but the session fee will not be half price – standard costs apply to these sessions.

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My 2 weekend mini-session days are already sold out but I will be offering 2 more days during half term so if you are interested in booking one of these sessions let me know asap as they will go fast.   Standard sessions are available – contact me for availability as the weekends are already filing up.  Contact info@siobhanmurphyphotography.co.uk

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