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... read more
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... read more
London Family Photography

London Family Photography

Regent’s Park was the location for this London family photography session last month.  Our shoot took place over the course of lovely stroll around the park with Mum, Auntie and an adorable three year old boy in NW1.  The gorgeous parks in our city are fantastic locations for London family photography at all times of the year, but especially during spring.  Regent’s Park was just a treat – bursting into life with many of the trees heavy with blossoms.  As a London children’s photographer I get to work with lots of families at different stages of growing up and they all have a charm whatever age the children are. I adore  photographing the pre-school years, especially witnessing that ability to get lost in the magic of the moment.   This little boy was no exception –  he brought his spider cuddly toy along and happily chatted about how excited he is to learn about the planetary system.  Lots of running around and exploring was the order of the day.  The pre-school years for me are characterised by high energry and loads of activity usually followed by an urgent requirement for cuddles!  There were plenty on hand during our shoot.  It was great to see the trees finally in leaf and blossom with all those lovely juicy greens around.  Having said that, I have a life long love affair with black and white photographs and love the simplicity and clarity monochrome brings to some of these images.  To book your family photography session in London get in touch and to see more North and Central London family portrait sessions have a look... read more
Fennes Wedding – London Wedding Photographer

Fennes Wedding – London Wedding Photographer

Jemma and Simons wedding at the Fennes was a joyful celebration on a day with a truly autumnal feel.  As a London Wedding photographer I love spending time in the city’s parks but heading off to this beautiful country house wedding really reminded me how majestic the changing of the seasons can be.  The bride started her day gettign ready surrounded by family and friends, with her sisters on hand to help her get dressed.  A short trip from the Fennes in a beautiful vintage Bentley  and and the ceremony could start in the very beautiful Little Easton Church, which dates back to Norman times.  The brides dress looked so dramatic in the church with the train spilling across the hundreds of years old floor.  Though the sun graced the day at intervals, the occasional gust of wind helped remind us what time of year it truly was!  Celebrations continued at the Fennes Manor House in Bocking, where the autumnal theme was brought inside, as well as out.  Beautiful arrangements of pumpkins, leaves and all things rustic were so of the place and moment.  The attention to detail made the occasion even more unique.  The couples’ special bench acted as a very personal signing board for friends and family to write their messages to the happy couple.  Silver birch branches held the names of the guests at each table setting.   Speeches (both on and off screen) brought lots of laughter as well as a few tears before dancing and more dancing.                                    ... read more
A London wedding – Fulham Wedding Photography

A London wedding – Fulham Wedding Photography

Sarah and Tim’s wedding this summer, was a real London wedding. The bride arrived at the church in a London taxi and looked stunning in a gorgeous beaded dress by Lusan Mandongus.  The ceremony was conducted at All Saints Church in Fulham (which has all of 900 years of history behind it), the church has a lovely combination of high vaulted ceilings as well as wonderful windows that just lets the light pour in. It’s always a pleasure to photograph a ceremony that feels really personal and this was definitely one of those. Afterwards, (not being put off by a short smidgin of rain) a stroll through the gardens of Fulham Palace, provided a little interval in the day.  Fulham palace is one of those london locatons that would easily convince you that the city was a very long way away despite being minutes from the hustle and bustle. Sarah and Mike’s celebrations then continued just across Putney Bridge at the London Rowing Club.  Beautiful  wildflowers with a casual and romantic theme brought the outside and high summer into the London Rowing Club.  When guests had soaked up enough of the views of the river Thames they could enjoy musing over lots of lovely details that celebrated the couples’ shared love of travel.   I just loved their quirky graphic wedding cake with it’s London landmarks as well. Once dancing was underway the bride had a little extra surprise as the groom took the mike for a serenade. Dancing and more dancing ended off a perfect day. To see more wedding images have a look here.  Many thanks to Sonia Sanchez for second... read more
Wedding photography award

Wedding photography award

You know how when an already good day gets even better… I’ve just had one of those! Last month I submitted my first image to the Wedding Photojournalism category of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers image competition.  I really loved the image I entered but we all know that photography is such a subjective discipline, so I entered with no expectations.  Imagine my surprise as I opened the envelope on Friday with a certificate awarding my image a gold! This is not a traditional wedding image but I chose to enter it for lots of reasons.  The photograph was taken a few minutes after the bride and groom were married and there was such a joyful celebratory feeling in the air and what I really love are the expressions of everyone enjoying the moment.  Two Grandma’s look on with an Auntie and Uncle, while the father of the groom laughs with a usher looking towards the best man out of shot, The bride’s Grandad is embraced by a family friend in the background and the Groom touches his niece gently while talking to his brother in law as the Bride makes her little ring bearer (who had flown all the way from Canada) the centre of attention much to the obvious delight of his Mum who is smiling on beside him.  The setting also was full of character – an ancient town hall in the Umbrian countryside with walls full of character and large high window that sparingly spilled early summer light onto the front of the room. It is such a lovely feeling to have my... read more
London newborn baby photography

London newborn baby photography

Beautiful baby Naomi was just 13 days old for her London newborn baby photography session in Hornsey, North London.   A delight to photograph, she snoozed and woke and snoozed again during our session, all with a minimum of fuss.  On the few occasions that she wanted us to know something, her tiny-new-baby cries were so gentle that it reminded me how young she really was.  There was beautifuly soft window light as I photographed her sleeping on her mum and dad’s bed.  She was pefectly content to be snuggled and cuddled and passed from mum to dad while I worked.  As a London baby photographer it is always such a pleasure to photograph new babies and new parents.  Becoming a parent has been such an amazing experience for me and each time I am privileged to be invited into the home of a family that has just welcomed a new member, it brings back all the memories of each of our children in their first few days of life.  These are good memories to hold close and we love to look at the photos of our babies as they were and marvel at how they have grown.  It is a lovely feeling to know that I am making images for other families to do the same in the years to come.  Seeing Naomi again only two weeks later, I noticed that she had already started to learn how to make herself heard in the meantime!  Seeing these tiny people grow so quickly is a lovely perk of the job.  I hope you enjoy the images from this London newborn... read more
Emma and Simon’s Umbrian wedding – Destination wedding photographer

Emma and Simon’s Umbrian wedding – Destination wedding photographer

As a destination wedding photographer it was a treat to head to the beautiful hills of Umbria to join London couple Emma and Simon as they celebrated their wedding Italian style – with a little slice of la dolce vita! They were married in the Town Hall of the ancient town of Todi at the Piazza del Popolo which is considered to be among the most beautiful squares in Italy.  It has been used as the set for many period films and it was impossible not to be swept up in the romance of such a beautiful setting.  The Town Hall had a wonderful sense of history and gravitas and the Mayor who officiated.   Hugs and kisses all round afterwards before walking down into the square (for some more hugs and kisses!) and meeting the enthusiastic locals.   Well timed ice cream was next and a quick shower kept us on our toes! Then it was off for some serious celebrations at Tenuta di Canonica.  This ancient watchtower has been transformed into the most gorgeous hotel as soon as most of the guests arrived they were already planning their return visit! One of the things I love about being a destination wedding photographer is getting to see families and scattered friends getting together for a really really good reason!  It was such a pleasure to see this family and friends of different generations having a hoot together and marking the start of married life for Emma and Simon in style.  We had such a giggle shooting the group photographs especially the girls (any of whom would give Gloria Gaynor... read more

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