Yearly Archives: 2016

Beauty shoots – let me capture the YOU that I see

I spend a lot of time doing family shoots, newborn shoots, business head shots or dating profile shots for women of all ages, shapes, sizes and nationalities.  I love doing these shoots but notice that, quite often, the same worries come up before and during the shoots.  As women, we feel many things that make us nervous about being in these photos.

This is not the case for ALL women of course, but it is true of MANY women.

Some of the worries include the following:

  1. We often “hate” how we look in photos and decide in advance that we won’t like any of them.
  2. We don’t want to be in the photos until we have lost weight – be it “the baby weight” or weight in general – this stops many women being in photos with their children which is a real pity.
  3. We want to know if we can be “photoshopped” to look thinner, younger etc…
  4. We don’t book as shoot because we don’t think we look thin enough, young enough or pretty enough to have the pictures done in the first place.
  5. We don’t like that we have changed shape since having a baby.
  6. We don’t like our baggy tummies and stretch marks.
  7. We don’t feel confident, sexy or beautiful.
  8. We feel crap about ourselves and how we look much of the time.

Frequently when I do shoots I get a sense that some of all of the above are going through someone’s mind or went through their mind before I reached for my camera.

We are continually bombarded with perfect images in the media, magazines and on social media profiles – no wonder we don’t feel confident or gorgeous enough.

I hope in my family shoots and my newborn shoots I give families gorgeous images of themselves and their children to treasure but I want to do more than that.

How often do you say to a friend of yours something like “you look gorgeous”, “I love your hair like that”,  “I love that colour on you” and they reject the compliment with .. “No I don’t I need to lose weight”, or “Really it needs a cut” or “I don’t like how she cut my hair” or “Oh this top is really old I need some new clothes “.

We just don’t see ourselves the way everyone else sees us.  I want to do something about that.

I want to show YOU the beauty that I see when I meet you.  The beauty that your friends see, your families see and your partners or husbands or wives see.  The beauty that the people that love you see every day.  That is what I want to bring out in gorgeous, fun photos of women.

I want you to have a photo shoot that boosts your confidence, makes you feel good about yourself again and gives you a set of photos you are proud to show to others.

So treat yourself – take a day off work or away from the kids – I will do your make up and your lashes and we will have a giggle, a glass of fizz and get some beautiful shots of YOU.

This is not boudoir photography – you don’t need to let it all hang out in skimpy underwear or to try to be sexy.  Nor is this a cheesy soft-focus make-over shoot.

You don’t need to be 20 years old, or have a perfect figure, or be a size zero.  You can just be you.

You might want to wear a comfy sweater or a slouchy t-shirt – just choose what feels comfortable to you. There is no formula. This is about bringing out your personality, your style and your unique beauty.

You just need to trust me to photograph what I see.  You just need to be you.  Just like these gorgeous ladies.

So – are you in ?

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Contact me on info@siobhanmurphyphotography.co.uk or call me on 07981 991881

Wedding Culford School Suffolk

Wedding Culford School Suffolk

I just spent a lovely weekend in Suffolk photographing a beautiful wedding.  The wedding took place at Culford School, a private school set in stunning grounds with it’s own chapel in the grounds.

The bride arrived in a VW Camper van and the sun shone.  After the ceremony and the group photos, the bride and groom walked all the guests through the grounds to the main building.  There were drinks and canapés on the terrace before I took the bride and groom for a few moments of quiet and a few personal images.

Then on to a gorgeous meal and speeches followed by more fun and lots of dancing.

Some of the groom’s family and friends were not able to make the journey from Australia to be there on the day so the iPads were out capturing some of the most important moments of the day.

It was an absolutely lovely day – filled with sunshine, laughter, whiskey, popping candy and a ton of love.  The setting was beautifully English with shades of Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice about it .. and, as the night wore on, something a little closer to the Inbetweeners:)

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Congratulations to Claire & Ricky – wishing you all the happiness in the world.

Authentic portraits of women, Milton Keynes

Authentic portraits of women, Milton Keynes

In photography as in any other profession it’s important to always keep learning and trying out new things – I’ve always been a fan of attending further training and expanding my skills.  I spend so much of my time photographing babies and small children so I’m used to lots of runny noses, nappies, tantrums etc.. so it’s always nice to do something completely different.

I have been a fan of  Sarah Sadler and Red Shoe for some time – knowing Sarah both in person and through the wonders of the inter webs.  I love her approach to photography and her style.  Red Shoe is all about photographing women to bring out their natural authentic beauty.  Capturing the essence of who they are.

Personally I’m not a big fan of “Boudoir” Photography – there are some people out there that do it really tastefully and others that, well, don’t!  I’m not knocking the genre itself, but for me I don’t like the whole underwear and suspenders thing – and to be brutally honest I don’t think that there are many women that have the natural confidence to go for a shoot like that.

The reality is most of us would run the other way if someone suggested a shoot that involved being sexy and not wearing very many clothes.  The heartbreaking truth is that the average woman has a completely warped view of her own beauty and struggles when dealing with her own body image.  Whether someone is slim and fit with a gorgeous body, or a bit overweight and carrying a few stretch marks – the sad sad reality is they are likely to feel totally negative about the way they look.

So if that is you – then surely a photoshoot that is fun and relaxed – where you have your hair and make up done and you are directed into flattering poses that make you feel gorgeous – is bit of a no brainer.

I had my own Red Shoe shoot a couple of years ago and it was a fabulous experience.  I felt on top of the world and couldn’t believe how lovely the photos looked.  Yes, I was all glammed up but I looked like me and it was the most amazing confidence boost.  Every woman should have a shoot like this.   It’s also important to put yourself in the client’s shoes on the other side of the camera so you can understand how they might be feeling during a shoot.  It was a bit odd begin on the other side to start with but we had lots of laughs and it was great fun.

So when I heard that Sarah was running workshops where you could go along and learn about posing real women (rather than professional models) and creating beautiful images of them, I snapped up the opportunity.   We had the lovely Vickie as our model (a fabulous photographer and really gorgeous lady) and the workshop was positive and uplifting.  Sarah works alongside a wonderful make up artist – the fabulous Mandy Rigby who works her magic before the shoot starts.

Sarah and Mandy styled Vickie’s clothes and Sarah created a set for the images at her natural light studio.

There were a lovely group of photographers there with a wealth of talent and different styles between them.  It’s always fascinating to see how others work and we all had a chance for personal time to direct the model.

Below are a few of the shots I took of the gorgeous Vickie and a couple of behind the scenes when it was someone else’s turn.   I am really excited to be doing some make up training with Mandy and soon will be offering my own beautiful shoots for women.   You will be able to choose your own clothes and style – things that are all about who YOU are – we will bring capture that beauty.  Excited !!!

I hope you enjoy these images taken at the workshop.

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So get in touch if you’d be interested in one of these shoots and I will be in touch – email me on info@siobhanmurphyphotography.co.uk  and I look forward to taking some beautiful images of you.  I will also be looking for a couple of models in the near future so I have more examples of images to encourage more women to treat themselves – so if that is of interest let me know :)

To finish off – here are a few pictures from my own Red Shoe shoot:

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Outdoor Photos Olney Buckinghamshire

Outdoor photos Olney Buckinghamshire

I’ve had some lovely spring shoots outdoors this Spring – despite the challenges of the weather.  It’s always nicer to capture images outdoors in a relaxed setting, where a family can just be themselves.   I am very lucky to live in a beautiful little town, with lots of really pretty spots to take pictures.  It’s so nice to wander around finding lovely spots for photos, with great light and natural backdrops.

This shoot started in a pretty little garden that is tucked away not far from the town square.  Then we took a wander with the little boy and the dog down the river.

I hope you enjoy this natural location shoot in Olney.

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Baby Photographer Milton Keynes

Baby Photographer Milton Keynes

I haven’t blogged any family or baby shoots for a little while.  However I’ve been busy with shoots this Spring and very lucky that I have weather fairies to protect me and my lovely customers.  It’s rained so much the last couple of months but I’ve been really lucky and managed all my planned shoots outdoors despite the endless rain.

This one is a recent shoot in Milton Keynes, with a lovely family and a gorgeous little person who was a few days away from her first birthday.  This little girl was such a joy to photograph – she was such fun with a fabulous smile and cheeky little personality.  I really enjoyed capturing these moments and hope that enjoy this selection of images.

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If you’d like a shoot contact me on info@siobhanmurphyphotography.co.uk or call me on 07981 991881.  The Saturday shoots book up quite quickly so if you have a specific date in mind then get in touch in plenty of time.  I have a separate newborn website so please check that out if you are expecting or know someone that is having a baby –  http://siobhanmurphynewborns.co.uk

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