Monthly Archives: January 2013

Beginner’s Photography Workshops in Northamptonshire

I have just started providing beginner’s photography workshops and my first set of attendees came along last weekend on a cold snowy day to learn some basic principles of photography.

The courses are broadly aimed at parents to help them take better pictures of their own children and families.  However we also touched on action shots, scenic shots and photographing flowers and pets etc… The main focus of the workshop was to teach the basic camera settings and principles surrounding exposure, aperture, shutter speed, composition and looking at light.  Each attendee brought along some photos they had taken for critique and for follow up they will be sending other images in to see how they have improved using the techniques learnt during the course.  The goal was to get the attendees to take their DSLR’s off of the Auto setting.

The course was designed to be informal with a mixture between theory and practical shooting.   Having covered the principles we went to do some hands on shooting practice to put it all into practice.  Attendees took some pictures of each other and also a child model.  We talked about shooting portraits and I took a few headshots to show them.

We had a bit of fun demonstrating the principle of shallow depth of field with a rather nice Teasel plant and a lovely smiley lady

The ladies were kind enough to send in some feedback from the course – as follows ;

” Learnt so much with a fab teacher and great bunch of gals – thank you everyone ” – Samantha

“And the same for me.  Utterly lovely Saturday morning – with results ! ” – Virginia
“Just got home and wanted to let you know how thrilled I am to have had the opportunity to attend your course today.
I found the whole experience so much fun,informal and extremely enjoyable. Didn’t feel at all silly about asking any questions etc..
I now feel confident enough to take my camera off auto and play with it whilst on a manual setting. So pleased to have come away today with enough knowledge to help me through my first stages of ‘decent’ photography!
Thank you so much for your hospitality.. ‘Proper coffee’ too!” – Louise

” Presented in a way that was easy to understand, not too much technical jargon, but just enough to explain it well enough. Didn’t feel embarrassed to ask “silly” questions, and ask again! Timing was perfect, just enough of brain time and then the same of fun time! Good tea and biccys xxx ”  – Vanessa

” Brilliant. Really enjoyed myself.  And ditto ! Just enough info so not bombarded with technical jargon which meant it was easy to understand and I came away with things I’d learnt that I would actually use regularly when taking photos and hence not just forget! – Kerry

Here are a few of the images that were taken by the ladies that attended – including a nice example of freezing action with fast shutter speed…. looks like I might have taught them a bit too well !!

The next course will take place on Saturday 2nd March 9.30 – 1.00pm in Northamptonshire – Cost £99.  Please get in touch if you would like a place.

 

Business Headshots ~ Milton Keynes and Northampton Portrait Photographer

Do you and your team need some new headshots for your business cards, website, brochure or marketing materials.  These days people buy into people and when choosing a company to work with many people will want to see visually on a website who they will be working with.  Why not put aside an hour to get your team’s headshots updated so you are projecting the right image for your business.   Contact me on info@siobhanmurphyphotography.co.uk [ discounts available if I can shoot the whole team on the day].

Winter Sessions – Snow Portraits – Portrait Photographer Milton Keynes

You can take great portraits of families and children at this time of year – yes its cold but at times like this is great to embrace the cold and make the most of the gorgeousness of the snow.  Here are a few snow portraits from today.  The snow lends some fabulous soft colour to the images – hope you enjoy them.

The snow is supposed to stay around for a while – if you fancy having a snowy portrait shoot do get in touch on info@siobhanmurphyphotography.co.uk

Bump and Baby Photographer Watford Hertfordshire

I’m a newborn baby, family and child portrait photographer based in Northamptonshire but I also cover Hertfordshire where I was previously based.  Many of my past clients in Watford, Rickmansworth, Chorleywood and St Albans return for sessions year after year as their children grow.

I expect you remember this gorgeous maternity shoot combined with family shoot back in November in the Autumn leaves – Gorgeous Mum and 2 nutty little girls.  The newborn baby – girl number 3 – arrived just in time for Christmas and I was lucky enough to get some pictures on the day after she was born as well as when she was just a week old.  The wide awake shots were Day 1 – she was so alert and just wanted to feed and stay awake. By day 7 she was bit more settled and sleepy – but it enabled a lovely range of sleepy shots and more open-eyed shots.   You will see from the last shot that Mum and Dad were pretty determined during the pregnancy that there would be no more babies, but …..  looking at their faces, admiring their latest beautiful daughter I’m not 100% convinced it really is the last one !   Hope you enjoy this newborn baby shoot in Watford.

Olney Photographer: Outdoor images of families & children

I’ve been waiting to blog a few images from before Christmas – but lots were surprises for members of client’s families.  Now that the recipients have their images on display I can share a few.  Here are a few from a lovely bright winter day when I did a family portrait session in the Gardens at Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire.

It was a really fun photo session of a lovely family.   Hope you enjoy them.