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East London Portrait Photographer

THE ART OF EDITING PORTRAITS

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THE ART OF EDITING PORTRAITS

Ever wondered what happens to your images after your photoshoot? Want to know what kind of editing I do to your family portraits? Take a peek to see what goes into it and the kinds of things I am thinking about when I set up each shot, and when I see it on the laptop afterwards. You might find it more surprising than you would imagine.

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HOW TO CAPTURE BETTER SUMMER HOLIDAY PHOTOS IN THE SUN

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HOW TO CAPTURE BETTER SUMMER HOLIDAY PHOTOS IN THE SUN

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.

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CAMERA MASTERCLASS: 10 TIPS TO MAKE TAKING PHOTOS OF YOUR OWN KIDS MORE FUN AND LESS STRESSFUL.

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CAMERA MASTERCLASS: 10 TIPS TO MAKE TAKING PHOTOS OF YOUR OWN KIDS MORE FUN AND LESS STRESSFUL.

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?”

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WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOUR FAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOSHOOT

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WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOUR FAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOSHOOT

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.

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TOP STORE-BOUGHT CAKE SMASH PHOTOSHOOT CAKES

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TOP STORE-BOUGHT CAKE SMASH PHOTOSHOOT CAKES

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.

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YOUR MOTHER'S DAY RESOLUTION

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YOUR MOTHER'S DAY RESOLUTION

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…

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DRESSING FOR YOUR WINTER FAMILY PORTRAITS

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DRESSING FOR YOUR WINTER FAMILY PORTRAITS

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.

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WHAT'S YOUR (NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY) STYLE?

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WHAT'S YOUR (NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY) STYLE?

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.

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START YOUR 2018 CALENDAR TODAY.

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START YOUR 2018 CALENDAR TODAY.

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.

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TIME WITH YOUR LITTLE ONE + INSPIRATION = HANDMADE CHRISTMAS GIFTS

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TIME WITH YOUR LITTLE ONE + INSPIRATION = HANDMADE CHRISTMAS GIFTS

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. 

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PUMPKIN DELIGHTS

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PUMPKIN DELIGHTS

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.

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HALF TERM CHRISTMAS CARD CRAFTING (OR NOT)

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HALF TERM CHRISTMAS CARD CRAFTING (OR NOT)

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.

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NEWBORN BABY PHOTOGRAPHY SAFETY

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NEWBORN BABY PHOTOGRAPHY SAFETY

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.


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CHRISTMAS - ALL WRAPPED UP (BY NOVEMBER)

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CHRISTMAS - ALL WRAPPED UP (BY NOVEMBER)

...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. 

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HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT

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HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT

Looking for inspiration and guidance when picking a cake smash cake? Look no further!

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