London pregnancy photography in St James’s Park

London pregnancy photography in St James’s Park

Not much more than a year on from shooting their wedding, I found myself in St James’s Park photographing Simon and Shellie again and this time there was not a wellie in sight!  We had decided to do their London pregnancy photography session in St James’s Park and the edges of the park and Horseguards Parade were a great place to start our session but we quickly decided to find somewhere a bit more quiet. Central London is full of contrasts and in the space of five minutes you can go from somewhere with clean modern lines to feeling lost in nature in the middle of a lush city park.  We found a great spot behind a glass sculpture to start, which despite being in a really busy part of the city, felt strangely very private and I love the images we captured there with the sun pouring in from behind the wall of glass.  It was one of those London days when the light changed every five minutes giving such a different feel to the images depending on whether we had clouds giving us soft diffuse light or strong sun warming us up!  Daffodils and daisys sprinkled the park and the trees were bursting into leaf, providing the perfect setting for the rest of our relaxing late afternoon shoot. Morning sickness be dammed (or rather morning, afternoon and evening sickness in this case) and Shellie made me feel like I need to get back in my swimming groove as she was regularly putting in 1.5k at her local pool, which was why at the end of our session... read more
Family portrait photography in London NW3

Family portrait photography in London NW3

The plan – a secret family portrait session in London NW3 for a very special Christmas present.  The team, a super-organised Mum with a love of black and white photography, myself and four eager co-conspiratorial sisters, on Hampstead Heath (plus one very delighted dog).  Any concerns about after school tiredness were quickly dispelled as the girls revelled in stretching their legs with tree climbing, chasing and general running around to the obvious joy of the family pet!  Half time brought hot drinks from Mum’s thermos (told you she was organised!) then everyone got to enjoy the last of the afternoon light before striding back towards home.  I always enjoy the opportunity to photograph family groups and love making time within each session to give each individual child some space for themselves as well as doing group portraits.   The girls were fab and I loved their enthusiasm and energy!  Please feel free to leave comments and to see more family portraits do have a look at my website... read more
London wedding photographer

London wedding photographer

Thanks to the lovely people at Your London Wedding who put together my add for their current edition.  This is the time of year that many people start to think about organising their summer  wedding and I am really looking forward to shooting for all my brand new brides-to-be in the coming months, both north and south of the river (and further afield).  So many people now want their wedding photographs to tell the story of their day in a natural un-forced way which is more about creating images with soul rather than lining up everyone to say cheese!  A good London wedding photographer will create images that will transport you back to the day, to the emotions and interactions between people and the details of the event that really made made that wedding and that couples own personal celebration unique.  If you are getting married in 2013 please do get in touch – I would love to have a chat about your wedding... read more
What a difference a day makes!

What a difference a day makes!

What a difference a day makes…  A world of difference for this third time Mum-to-be, who gave birth to beautiful baby Elwood less than 24 hours after her maternity photography session!  Worries about snow getting in the way of a prospective dash to the hospital were a hot topic when we did the shoot.  The bag was packed and the nursery was being painted and so it was lovely to take some time to pause and draw breath, marvelling at how another stage in this families’ life was about to start. As it turned out the snow had yet to arrive in London when baby Elwood decided to make his appearance but it was falling thick and fast when he was having his first official photoshoot.  It always amazes me how tiny new babies can just  transport you into that warm fuzzy place where you realise that so many of the things we spend time fussing and worrying about, really don’t matter at all.  Elwood was just three days old in his newborn photographs, happy just to feed, sleep and be adored.  When I got the news that he had arrived so soon after our maternity photoshoot, I thought it would be fun to take one image of him in his Mum’s arms right where I had photographed her a few days earlier.  I absolutely loved shooting these maternity and newborn photographs, they make me smile and probably will for a long time –... read more
London headshot photographs

London headshot photographs

So, I now know all about kale chips and how to make them (cocoa dusted if you prefer) – one of the benefits from photographing a nutritionist is that I get to expanded my gastronomic horizons!  The topic came up during a recent headshot session with the lovely Steph from Nourish to Flourish.  Steph was keen to get some updated headshot photographs both to use on her website and as byline photos for magazine articles.  The name of her business gives it away – she knows all about nourishing and she certainly is flourishing.  At a time of the year when most of us look and feel a bit buffeted by seasonal indulgences and the cold, she always looks positively glowing, and it felt important that her photographs would reflect this.  We started in her home and after a chat about clothing options, I made use of some lovely gentle window light to begin the session.  A stroll through the local park gave us the opportunity to play around with some amazing winter sun which when used as a backlight looks a bit more summer than winter – not if you were there though, as despite the sun, our winter coats were never too far to hand!  These are a few favourites for the day, to see more please check out my headshot... read more
North London Family Photoshoot

North London Family Photoshoot

We started our North London Family photoshoot on a beautiful sunny morning.  As it was a bit nippy to start mum and dad had jackets on hand until it really warmed up.  As a mum of three I really enjoy the dynamics between siblings of different ages, however with really small children in tow and naptimes to consider, speed is often of the essence .  We took group shots first while the youngest in the family had lots of energy before his snooze time.  Then we had some fun running (and climbing) around with his very busy big sisters.  I love to photograph children where they have the space to play and really be themselves and taking photographs for families in a location that they have a connection with is always an added bonus.   These girls loved climbing and relished the sence of achievement of getting to the top of whatever was to hand.  The younger one did love the saftey of having mum’s helping hand the help with balance while trying to keep up with her big sister.  When the youngest worke up again he was in full on playful mode and made me laugh when his kisses almost turned into munching – adding new meaning to the phrase “yummy mummy”! This dad had memories of this part of the city from quite a while back and it was lovely to help him make some more to keep with his lovely wife and children. I love making black and white and colour images for my clients and this session was no exception.  See more like this North... read more
Best of British!!!

Best of British!!!

Old friends, new friends and lots of children running around excitedly together – I had the pleasure of photographing them all, as over 200 adults and children met up recently for a fantastic celebration day for kinship carers in Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes.  It was organized by Grandparents plus, which is a national charity that champions the role of grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives, particularly when they take on the role as carers for children in difficult family circumstances.  Grandparents or other relatives often step into provide care for children whose parents may be affected by drug or alcohol abuse, imprisonment or domestic violence.  These carers are usually at a time in their lives when they have not expected to take on additional responsibilities and can struggle with stress, isolation and poverty, as they often receive little financial support and are afraid to ask for help for fear of losing the children they love. There has been a lot of talk in this jubilee and Olympic year about the “best of British” and I think for that you need look no further than the amazing people I met – so many of them at retirement age or well past it caring for one, two or three young children, sometimes with special needs as well.  Grandparents plus has been nominated for a National Lottery good cause award and you can show your support by voting for... read more
Image of the week – In the car

Image of the week – In the car

This portrait was taken of Sam in one of his favourite places – his car seat.  Like lots of children he spends quite a bit of time in the car and like his Dad, he likes his car!  I enjoy this portrait for many reasons – Sam’s face is lit by that flood of window light and framed by the architecture of the car interior.  Car interiors can be amazing locations for portraits – there are lots of opportunities to find natural framing in the space and if the seats  or walls are a light colour like grey or cream they can act as a great big  reflector to  bounce around all that window light.  Also with young children the fact that they are used to being strapped in their car seats may mean that is is slightly easier to keep them in one place long enough to capture that than in other situations. See the children and families gallery for more pictures of children. The technical bit – Shot on a Canon 5D mark II, 50mm lens, exp 1/160, f 2.5, iso... read more
Image of the week – Sunshine yellow

Image of the week – Sunshine yellow

Walking through a field of shoulder-height flowers is a pretty good way to spend an afternoon…  Hot sunshine and all those blossoms made sure the children were delighted to  immerse themselves in a sea of colour and as far as they were concerned –  pollen be dammed! I took a series of images a few weeks ago in sunny Sussex and just love the vibrancy of that yellow.  Those intense splashes of colour I usually drive past, have bloomed this year for almost twice as long as normal and I could not quite resist the opportunity to get in there.  My preference with children’s portraiture is often for monochrome, partly because it can help keep the focus on the most important elements in the photograph.  However, colour can also be wonderfully evocative and, though the colour in this image is intense, it helps frame the subject rather than distract from her.  Looking at this I can almost convince myself that summer might actually be here! The technical bit: Shot with a 5d mark2, 50mm 1.4, iso 100, f.3.2 You can see more children’s photography  in the children and families... read more

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