Angels and Urchins magazine – using a professional family photographer.

Angels and Urchins magazine – using a professional family photographer.

Angels and Urchins magazine recently interviewed me for a feature they were writing on using a professional family photograper. Professional photographers in 2015 occupy an ever shifting space in contemporary culture and talking about my experience really got me thinking about why I do what I do. Digital media has democratised the means of capturing images, so as professional photographers we really need to bring something extra and of real value to the table for our clients. As professionals we need to of course be on top of our game technically and be able to make the most of the location and the light and help put our clients at ease. However a great photograph is more than a collection of technical boxes that have been ticked. In an age where we all have so many posessions, what is it that we really value? For me, the time I spend with my family is the most precious of all. I am endlessly aware of how quickly childhood passes. Just this week my eldest daughter who is only eleven and has recently started to slip on my shoes triumphantly as her feet had finally grown to match my size – has raced ahead and needs a new set of shoes as her foot size is now bigger than mine. I am so happy at her delight in growing up but will treasure the memories I have of when she was a babe in arms with a foot size still smaller than the palm of my hand. My photographs connect me back to so many memories that are more precious to...
London family photography in Highgate Woods  N10

London family photography in Highgate Woods N10

                There were so many lovely moments on this shoot when we set out to capture a session of London family photography in Highgate Woods N10.  The day provided a great opportunity to photograph a brother and sister with their mum as a special birthday present for an unsuspecting dad.  Highgate woods is one of only eight green heritage sites in london.  This seventy acre ancient woodland was actually mentioned in the Doomsday Book.  It is a much used and much loved place for local families living in Muswell Hill, East Finchley and Highgate all of which border it.  The woods have many open paths with expansive oak and hornbeam’s reaching for the sky and you cannot enter this wood with children and escape withouth at least some tree climbing taking place!  I always enjoy photographing children when they are caught up in the moment and this brother and sister are very at home in the woods and enthusiastically threw themselves into enjoying everything it has to offer.  I really enjoy the classic feel of the black and white images from this session as well as the softer hues of the colour images as the afternoon light started to fade through the golden hour.  Late afternoon/evening  golden light casts such a warm gentle glow – it is my absolute favourite light to shoot in. Running around and jumping shots tell part of the story of the energy of childhood.  However on this shoot I also captured more thoughtful slower images we towards the end of the afternoon – a lot of that energy had...
Bogota Wedding, Destination Wedding Photographer

Bogota Wedding, Destination Wedding Photographer

It was a treat to join London couple Sonia and Alex as their Destination Wedding Photographer for their Bogota Wedding.  Bogota provided a stunning backdrop for the wedding celebrations as family and friends gathered and flew in to be there for the big day.  Preparations began in at Santaboda who organised the day. The groom and best man got ready surrounded by the workshop and the bride dressed in their beautiful wedding dress atelier.  The Bride looked stunning in a strapless 3/4 length dress with matching Converse sneakers.  Before leaving for the ceremony and without seeing each other, Sonia and Alex took a quiet minute together and held hands – it was such a sweet moment and charged with emotion. On to a museum in Central Bogota for the outdoor ceremony which was performed by a friend of the family.  We could see the clouds clothing the top of the mountain as the ceremony started and a few yellow umbrellas came out ready for the rain that did not really come in the end.  The design of the couple’s wedding rings was based on coastline and the map reference seemed so apt given the logistics invloved in this wedding. After the ceremony, everyone went through the the beautiful gardens and on to the reception. Once the Bogota Beer Company’s brews were opened the party really started!  Weddings always bring loved ones together from far and wide, but this wedding did that in spades as family and friends from England and Colombia got to know each other.  The speeches were in English and Spanish and it’s amazing how not understanding a language...
Portrait books

Portrait books

Portrait books are a wonderful way to enjoy the photographs from your portrait session.  There is nothing like making your families precious memories really tangible.  As a London family photographer, I am a huge fan of printing photographs. I love to see my family photographs on the walls of our home and watch my children leaf through our portrait books.  Being able to enjoy a collection of images together can really bring me back to that time and place and I love designing portrait books for my clients as I know how much pleasure they will bring.  These books are destined to become family heirlooms to be shared and enjoyed again and again. All my portrait books are handmade here in the UK and each album is individually designed for you using around thirty to forty images from your session.  In the layout some images will be displayed together if they work visually as a group or tell a story together.  Others will be given more space – “I call it room to breathe” and your signature images can spread across two pages for maximum visual impact.  They are then printed on professional archival quality photographic paper and then heat sealed onto thick card pages for a luxurious feel.  Once the pages are ready, they are bound with a hardback cover.  You can choose either a linen finish in a choice of 24 colour options, or a photographic cover.  In addition, you have the option to further personalise your album with your names and the date if you wish.  All portrait books are hand finished by specialist craftsmen. Finally your...

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