Childrens photographer Olney Milton Keynes

I’m a children’s photographer based in Olney, Milton Keynes and, before the grammar police jump in, I do actually know how to use apostrophes correctly but google doesn’t like this in blog titles or keywords ….

There are millions of photographers out there so why pick me ?

  1. I genuinely love kids (handy for a childrens photographer) so even if your little angels decide to be uncooperative little gits on the day of the shoot I will win them around.
  2. I will get natural smiles and laughs from your children instead of their standard “camera” face – often it’s the shots between the ones you THINK I’m taking that are the winners.
  3. Although I will “sort of” pose you for some of the shots (if I don’t it can be really untidy looking) they will still look natural I promise.
  4. I will make the experience an enjoyable one and not a stressful one.
  5. I will make sure that the shots are taken in the best  light so you have a fabulous end result regardless of the location/surroundings/challenges during the shoot … little secret – it can take YEARS to learn how to “see the light” properly so pick someone that knows how.
  6. I have not been defeated by a child or a baby in over 10 years of business – your “challenging” toddler is safe in my hands – I am not about to let my unbroken record end.

I specialise in photos of children, families and newborn babies.  I shoot outdoors for as much of the year as possible – I am lucky to be followed around by my personal weather fairies so the weather is nearly always on our side.  I also shoot indoors if you have a brand new baby or if my fairies have taken a quick holiday and it rains (unlikely – I don’t allow much annual leave).

Finally because photography blogs need to be filled with pictures of shoots the photographer has done – here are a few recent ones.

Look at this one – gorgeous kids and even the dog behaved !

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This little girl was a total sweetie .. gorgeous little face and lots of fun – cheekiness personified.

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I love this little fella – third shoot we have done together since he was a tiny newborn – he just gets cuter and cuter. Are boys allowed to be this pretty ??  Seems like they are !

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So I was pretty busy in Spring when the bluebells came out so didn’t blog many bluebell shoots.  I meant to come back to blogging in Summer but well … I went on holiday and enjoyed spending time taking my own family shots instead.  So here’s some oldies from the bluebell season.

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Get in touch asap for an Autumn shoot as I’m getting booked up and grandma will want those pictures of her grandchildren for Christmas.  If you have a newborn baby or you are pregnant pop over to my newborn site and check out the stuff I do with the tiny humans. It’s right here.

Family Portraits Emberton Country Park

Family portraits Emberton Country Park

I’m lucky enough to live in a really pretty part of the world, close to some very beautiful parks.  Emberton Country Park is right on my doorstep and is a stunning backdrop for family portraits at all times of the year.

The lake produces some stunning reflections and there are some fabulous play areas and a whole range of gorgeous backdrops all over the park.

Relaxed outdoor family portraits are my favourite type of session, I find that both children and adults are less self-conscious with a bit of fresh air, producing much more natural results.  I take a few posed photographs but mostly we get the children to play with each other and the whole family to mess around together.  When you book your session we can pick a location to suit you near where you live.  Or if you book one of my mini-sessions near Olney these often take place at Emberton Park.   I do sometimes photograph indoors but as I tell all my customers I nearly always manage to shoot outside, regardless of our changeable UK weather, because I have my very own weather fairies !   Cloudy weather is actually great for shoots – much better than really bright sunlight so you don’t need to worry if it’s not a sunny day.  Last year I only cancelled outdoor shoot at the end of November due to rain – not bad for good old rainy England.  Like I say – weather fairies.

Here’s a few images taken from various recent shoots in Emberton par.   I hope you enjoy this sample and get in touch if you’d like a shoot for your family.  I’m getting booked up quickly and now taking bookings for Autumn.  There are a handful of shoots available on Saturdays over the summer – and more flexibility if you can do a weekday shoot.

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Goddess Parties – Mel Wells The Goddess Revolution

Goddess parties – Mel Wells The Goddess Revolution

As you know I spend much of my time photographing little children and tiny babies in family shoots but it’s always fun to photograph grown ups and take on other types of work.  In this case photographing an event for a group of gorgeous women.

I know Mel Wells, Author of the fabulous book The Goddess Revolution, via a couple of business groups and in January I took part in one of her Goddess Retreats in beautiful Bali (which will be the subject of another blog – so many gorgeous photos to share !!).  So it was lovely to see her and some of the other girls that were on the retreat at one of her Goddess Parties a few weeks ago.

Mel’s book The Goddess Revolution is all about getting out of the diet mentality and improving your relationship with food and your feelings towards your body.  It covers emotional eating, binge eating, working on self-love, mindful eating and tackling the emotions that cause certain behaviour patterns around food.  It’s about a way of changing your relationship with food and creating a new lifestyle that creates freedom around food without being constantly on a diet or obsessed with the number on the scales.

The Goddess parties are a way to get women together, meeting in gorgeous locations with fabulous heathy food to swop stories and spend a bit of time together.  It’s a chance to meet Mel in person and get a hug – she’s all about the fabulous hugs – and get a signed copy of the book.

This party was at a lovely cafe called The Garden in Hale and lots of Goddesses came along to enjoy some green juice and fizz and each other’s company.   Here are just a few shots to give you flavour of the atmosphere.

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The next Goddess Party is at Tanya’s in Chelsea on Sunday 21st May.

Check out Mel’s website for all the information on Goddess Parties, the Retreats in Bali, her online programme The Green Goddess Academy and lots of lovely recipes as well.  https://melwells.com

 

Celebrate YOU with a beautiful photoshoot

I recently started a new style of shoots for women.  These are not boudoir shoots – a word that can strike terror into the heart of anyone that feels less than perfect in her underwear – neither are they traditional “makeover” shoots.  These shoots are designed to be fun and relaxing and to capture every woman’s unique beauty in the process.

Women today are so self-critical – we are constantly trying to lose weight and attain some mythical future state of happiness, which we believe will magically appear when we hit a certain weight or dress size.  In the meantime we beat ourselves up and feel bad about how we look instead of enjoying life and learning to see ourselves as others see us.

In these shoots I capture the beauty that I see in you that you may not see yourself.

I would love you to read these fantastic words from the lovely Hayley that recently came for a shoot – she almost didn’t have the shoot done as she had convinced herself that she didn’t like how she looked and wouldn’t like the resulting images.

Thank you Hayley – you are beautiful inside and out – thank you for trusting me to capture these stunning shots of you.

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When Siobhan first said about this style of photography I thought flippantly “Oh that sounds really good”. That was probably about as far as my thoughts got before being distracted by life! 

However, when I was showing my sister my wedding photos and criticising every tiny part of me, she urged me to book in with Siobhan. 

I expressed an interest and told Siobhan I’d get in touch when I’d lost a few pounds…. I wasn’t expecting the heart-felt reply I got. Siobhan pointed out that 

“The whole philosophy behind these shoots is to capture who you are and make you feel good as you are – now – not some time in the future when you may or may not have hit a goal to lose weight”

I realised Siobhan was right, and booked myself in. 

It felt really self-indulgent, and a bit strange, to drop my children off and have a morning set aside for something that was totally for me. 

When I arrived I instantly warmed to Siobhan. We sat in her kitchen and she did my make-up and fluttery long eyelashes, it was like being with a close friend, not a stuffy pushy photographer! 

Siobhan doesn’t use a studio, and I must admit I wondered where the magic came in on a dull and dreary December day, and post school run Mummy, and a naturally lit room in Siobhan’s house. 

Siobhan made me feel so relaxed, calm and dare I say, pretty! Her instant feedback about the photos as she took them really helped me to find that natural smile that is so often missing from professional photography. She had ideas and suggestions, and happily indulged me in my own. She knew just how to position my hand, hair, leg, even my chin (which for someone as naturally awkward as me was such a blessing!) We chatted and giggled through the shoot and before I knew it 3 hours had passed! 

I went away with that nervous feeling, I had really really enjoyed the photoshoot. But ultimately, they are photos of me… would I enjoy them when they arrived?! 

When Siobhan sent me a few preview photos, I actually gasped! I couldn’t believe it, I actually loved photos of myself! As someone who could pick a fault with any given part of my body or face, it was an incredible feeling. Siobhan let me know that my USB stick was in the post with the remaining photos and I was so excited to receive it! The magic had definitely been worked on that cold December morning!

When I received it I wasn’t disappointed, even the USB stick itself is beautiful. As I looked through the photos I saw myself in a new way, I looked like me- not a wife, or a mother, just me. And it turns out, me is a pretty beautiful thing to be! “

Here’s a selection of this beautiful ladies pictures

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Thank again Hayley – utterly gorgeous !!!!

Please get in touch if you’d like one of these shoots – I have a fabulous offer on at the moment (also ideally timed for Mother’s Day if that is relevant to you) – shoots are on weekdays so you take a day off from work, or the kids, or the daily treadmill and do something fabulous JUST FOR YOU.

Email: info@siobhanmurphyphotography.co.uk for more information and to make a booking.

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