If you're taking photos of your family over the summer, you're probably going to experience the same problem photographers everywhere face. THE SUN.
It creates beautiful colours and makes the scenery glow golden, but unfortunately it isn't the kind of light that flatters faces. It causes strong shadows and highlights, and squinting eyes at best.
Read on to find my 7 top tips on how to capture better photos of your family in the sun, whether at home or on holiday this summer.
I often hold camera masterclasses during which we go through lots of camera tips and practice on how to get out of automatic mode, learning some of the settings, going through how I choose my typical camera settings, covering some photography composition “rules” and when to break them, as well as answering some of your' own burning questions.
Here are my answers to the first of the two most common photography questions I get asked:
“How can I make it [taking photos] fun with the kids, as most of the time the introduction of the camera breaks the moment?”
Your little one's first birthday is one you will never forget; it's right up there with some of their other famous first, like their first wobbly steps and funny toddler words. The big 1 is also your first chance to prove your awesome kiddie party planning skills and show that even though you're new at this game, you can totally ace it!
Father’s Day is almost here, which means now is the time to get his gift sorted and make sure you nail it! If flowers are the go to gift for mums, finding a one-size-fits-all gift for dads isn’t all that easy. To help you make his day extra special, I’ve selected 7 gifts that are truly unique.
When I'm creating portraits for you, I'm always thinking about the overall look and feel of the images - does the setting suit the walls of your home, where might hang the images up, do the props and backdrops suit your personal tastes, do you feel comfy in the clothes, and do they complement the scene...?
If you're at the stage of planning your outfits for our portrait photoshoot, this blog covers my top hints and tips.
Families often ask me where the best place is to get a cake smash cake for their baby's first birthday photoshoot. If you opt for a store bought one then there are some amazing options from the big supermarkets. This blog covers my top tips for picking your cakesmash cake, as well as details, images and links to my favourite (and the most suitable) store bought birthday and celebration cakes for your baby’s photoshoot.
If you’ve been following my work for a while, you’ll know that I LOVE designing themes for birthday cake smash and splash sessions and I have loads of props and decorations in the studio, to choose from to create a unique look for your little one’s birthday portrait session. In this blog we explore a bit more about themes, outfits and cakes.
Ever noticed how some photos have a beautiful blurry background, but not sure how to create it for yourself? Well here’s some tips on how to get that ‘bokeh (pronounced "bouquet") look in your family photos this Christmas.
Well it is almost Father’s Day (again) but this year I am slightly more prepared…
I’ve been doing my research and have found a handful of gift ideas to give to the dad who already has most of what he needs and some of what he doesn’t need! And of course this list would not be complete without a couple of photography related gifts in there too.
When families get in touch to ask me about my newborn photography sessions, naturally they have a lot of questions about how the process works. Here are some of the top questions I get asked and my answers. Feel free to add more questions in the comments and I’ll answer them too.
I'm on a bit of a mission. To get MUMS to be in more photographs. You might wonder why a baby and child portrait photographer wants to encourage mums to be in photos. Where's the big sell?
There's no sell. I don't care who takes the photos nor how badly composed or exposed they are. I just want you to be in some. Preferably with your children. Read on to hear my story, and why I care so much…
Although we can generally guarantee our London winters will be cold, we can’t always guarantee the snow or how cold… so here’s my top tips for putting together family outfits for winter photo sessions, come rain, snow or shine.
As anyone with children will tell you, newborn babies change so quickly in those their first few days and weeks. If you’re planning to capture those first moments with a specialist newborn photographer, you might want to think about your style, and that of the photographer you are considering.
Generally speaking, there are two genres of newborn photography: “posed” and “lifestyle.” Read on to find out more about the differences and which may suit you better.
Next year’s Christmas presents may not be the first thing on your mind in January, but if you get ahead of the curve you can give an amazing gift to the grandparents next year. A personalised monthly calendar of your little one - with a seasonal, themed photo per month. Read on for theme ideas and how to make yours.
Here's some hints and tips for your Christmas day photos, plus I’ve made a Pinterest board full of fun ideas of photos you might want to recreate on the day. Enjoy.
Last week I had a brainwave to make personalised gifts with my little boy for some of our nearest and dearest. I thought that perhaps this would be more meaningful and heartfelt and at the least we could make some 'stocking filler' style gifts… The whole thing got me thinking: There must be tonnes of creative gift ideas we could make together over the years… So here’s the outcome of my research so far… you can follow the HOW TOs for most of these ideas via my Pinterest Board, though many are self explanatory as they are. And of course the list would not be complete without a few photography related ideas too.
Over the years I have been fortunate enough to be invited by a number of local Baby Sensory Class Leaders to come and capture key moments in your baby's first year at some of their special classes dotted throughout the year. I love this, as it means I get to see some of 'my' babies all the way from bump and newborn photos through to turning one and graduating from Baby Sensory. Read on for some of my halloween delights from 2016.
It's early still, but the shops seem to be full of Christmas decorations and cards already (I thought they usually waited until Halloween was over?)
Anyway, since we've been a family of three, I've come to realise the value in personalised greeting cards, and thank you cards. Read on if you're feeling inspired to do something fun and crafty with the kids, particularly since half term is coming up next week. Would love to see what you make - feel free to post your photos in the comments below, or on my Facebook page.
As a newborn photographer, it goes without saying that I take the safety of my little clients seriously, and it is always my number one concern during a shoot. Your child is precious and I will always treat them with the respect and attention they deserve. Read on to find out about some of my safety training, and things to look out for when booking a newborn photographer.
...SO YOU CAN SIT BACK AND RELAX.
New for Christmas 2016. I am releasing a limited number of outdoors, fine art portraiture sessions to create the perfect (previously all-ellusive) present for the grandparents.