I'm sitting here in the sunshine, trying to remember what it felt like a few weeks ago when I photographed Debbie, David and Aoibhínn. It was actually snowing on the day and little Aoibhínn was a total trouper, considering we dragged her outside into minus temperatures when she could have stayed warm and snug in her home! Although, she did get to showcase her unbelievably stylish red, fur-trimmed coat, so you win some you lose some, eh?!
Spring is here! The sun has (FINALLY) come out, the trees are full of blossom and it's the BEST time of year for photoshoots! Perfect for running around in the park, finding a beautiful tree to sit under and chat or splashing about in a paddling pool in the garden. All of which are brilliant photoshoot activities!
I'm offering 10% off all my lifestyle photoshoots PLUS an additional 9"x6" mounted print if you mention SPRING18 when you book.
In common with a lot of other photographers, I am vastly more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. So much so, that it's taken me over half a decade to get some professional headshots taken! Fortunately for me, my wonderful friend, Faith Mason, is not only a creative, beautiful individual, but also an insanely talented photographer!
Occasionally there are words that become 'buzzy' because they describe something succinctly. There isn't another word that quite captures the same idea. And then I might reluctantly adopt it!
'Lifestyle' is one of those words. I haven't found another way of describing my style of photography quite as neatly. But, for the uninitiated, what on earth does it mean?!
I've shied away from offering photobooks for some years now because I had never found any that are the highest quality for a reasonable price. Until now!
However you feel about Valentine's Day, you're going to LOVE this photoshoot special offer! I'm conflicted about Valentine's Day. Is it a horrible, commercial, pointless non-celebration that forces people to make soulless declarations? Or...is it a reminder each year to tell your loved ones that they are loved, buy a gift that makes them feel valued and generally celebrate the wonderful people in your life? As a natural romantic, married to a natural unromantic, I tend towards the latter!
I know some people hate stuff like this, but each New Year's eve, I like to do a mini review of the previous year. I make my husband do it with me, and any poor unsuspecting friends who we are celebrating with! This year, I've also decided to do a review of 2017 in pictures. All my favourite moments of last year's photoshoots.
It seems deeply unfair to post a load of pictures from an extremely hot summer day, but it's nice to be reminded that the sunshine WILL come again and those long, sweltering days in the park aren't completely gone forever! The day I met up with this gorgeous family was actually (whisper it) just a little TOO hot! Chasing active toddler twins and an energetic 4 year old tested my fitness regime (ha ha! As if I have one of those!) to the max.
I cannot believe that I met this delicious little girl TWO YEARS ago! What has happened to that time?! It has been such a joy to photograph Julia-Marie regularly throughout the last few years (take a look here and here for some of those pictures) and what a pleasure to see her grow from an observant, enormous-eyed, cuddly baby into the energetic, fun-loving, giggling beauty she is now!
Getting invited into someone's home to take photos of their family is always a complete pleasure and all the more so when you get invited back! I photographed the adorable Isabel when she was a newborn and then again a few months later, when Tim's family came over from Australia to visit.
Well, they run this family, at least! What a pleasure it was to photograph this beautiful, fiery, thoughtful, loving bunch of ladies (and their wonderful parents!). I was greeted with huge enthusiasm by Florence (the middle of the three) who was so full of positive, loving acclamations that I felt immediately welcomed! I was given a guided tour of the garden, including the trampoline, the teepee, the vegetable patch... It was an action-packed morning!
...but some things are better in monochrome. Like newborn photography. Granted, it's a personal preference, but there's something about a photo of a NEW newborn baby, in black and white, that captures the texture and softness of the baby's skin so perfectly. Laurie was six days old when I took these photos and he's still got that downy, silky smooth skin. You can almost smell the amazing, new baby smell on the top of his head!
I feel very fortunate to be asked to go into people's homes and take photos of them with their families. It is not something I take lightly; I know asking someone into your home is a generous and hospitable thing to do and I really appreciate it. One of the great things about this is that I get to see how others design their spaces. As a total interiors addict, it's a great way to get real-life inspiration and I was blown away by Alice and John's fabulous, quirky flat, filled with carefully curated vintage items.
There are few things that I think should be celebrated more than long, happy, laughter-filled marriages! What amazing joy happy marriages bring, not just to the couple but to all the people around them. But also, marriage can be really, blimmin' hard (speaking from experience. Sorry, my love, but it's true!). So those people that manage to stick it out and still be enjoying it 10, 20, even 60 years down the line are my absolute heroes.
It was a huge pleasure to revisit this wonderful family, who I first photographed when Clemmie was a few months old. Now a very proud older sister, Clemmie was keen to introduce me to Freya, who is the same age as Clemmie was (are you still following me?!) in the first photos I took a few years ago. She is also almost identical to Clemmie at the same age.
I absolutely love revisiting families that I have met before and those clients that invite me back hold a very special place in my heart! This amazing family asked me, a year ago, to come every three months and take photos of them and their daughter as she grows up. What an incredible privilege, to document Julia-Marie's first year!
As soon as I arrived to take photos of this fabulous family a few weeks ago, Charlie (2 years old) led me into the playroom and showed me his diggers. He explained (with impressively technical language) how they dig and take away the rubble before the building process begins. I was pretty confident we were going to have a fun morning. One look at that cheeky grin confirmed my prediction!