Bump photo's - why they are so special Firstly, let me say this. I recognise that at the end of your pregnancy, you may not feel at your most elegant but to everybody else, you look amazing. People genuinely love to see the bump (and occasionally are moved to lay unsolicited hands on it but that a post for another day!). Pregnant women, to the rest of the world, do glow and even if you
Children of certain ages can suddenly lose the power to grin without looking like some weird gargoyle off a church! (In fact some parents do too!). The tip to getting a genuine grin is to give them something they really laugh at. Here are some things you can do:- Be ready to laugh yourself - and if needs be to totally act the idiot. Remember what TV programs really make them grin. It's surprising how often
Three Generation Portrait January has turned out to be an incredibly busy month for the studio, with the full launch of our new commercial video services and the expansion of the aerial drone services too... so it was a pleasure to get back to some studio photography with this lovely family. Mum bought Grandma a portrait photography shoot for Christmas to capture the three generations of these beautiful woman, Grandma, Mum and Twin Grandchildren. It was
I treated myself to some brand new MAC palettes for my makeover boudoir photography. OK, I already had a lot of make up but you can't ever really have too much can you? And anyway, these are sparkly so I fail to see how I was supposed to resist. They are the 'Amber Times 9' eye shadow palette and the 'Glimmer of Gold mineralize' quad palette just to add a little extra sparkle. A lot
Working With Children in the Studio There's a famous saying that most people have heard. Never work with children and animals. Well, despite a harrowing experience with a cat portrait once, I don't really abide by that in the studio. We have been photographing children for years and we like to think that we do it rather well. I always think that the key is to make kids (and parents of course) feel relaxed and
Be quick limited time and numbers..... If you are pregnant and your want a FREE maternity session + 5 Images of your choice at around 7 months then please "LIKE" my facebook page to connect with me, as I am renewing my portfolio to add fine art maternity images throughout Jan, Feb and March and need some willing models. My Facebook page is here: www.facebook.com/PhotographySussex
Our Enchanted Forest studio is a permanent and purpose built Forest environment designed to provide the ultimate in magical fairy photography experiences for little girls aged 3 and up.
It was lovely to see these guys back in the studio at the weekend. They have been bringing baby Ana to us since she was just two weeks old as part of the Joey Club baby photography scheme but this time they paid us a visit to grab some portraits of their extended family. It is a larger group that our studio normally accommodates but we made an exception for them as they are such good friends of ours.
Newborn photography is one of my greatest pleasures as a photographer. There is something almost magical about meeting such a very new life and I love to watch them throughout the session as they always amaze me with the variety of expressions that they can produce despite the fact that they haven't really experienced anything to express in the few short days that they've been around.
Sibling displays of affection can feel as they are in short supply some days but this little brother and big sister got on famously in the studio with lots of cuddles and giggles to go around.
I love to stay in touch with my clients - we get to know each other a little bit through as we journey through the year of Joey Club photography together - and it is always great to see them again. Especially when they bring a new visitor to the studio to begin the Joey Club process all over again.
Do you know what is the most common thing people say to me on entering our studio? "I hate having my picture taken" or "Having my picture taken makes me nervous". This doesn't tend to come from our teenage generation as they seem to have all grown up being comfortable in front of a camera - you only have to look at Facebook and the ubiquitous selfie to gather that - but anyone older than that more often than not harbours qualms about getting in front of the camera.
I've been lucky enough to see this family quite a few times this year. First there was a newborn shoot with 'Mummy's Best Present' (and I'm absolutely sure that she is), then a family shoot with older siblings. Then spread throughout the year, there have been two more sittings with baby Ana for her Joey Club year of photography then this last Christmas themed shoot, designed to provide great presents for family members. I've said it before and no doubt
This handsome fellow paid his first visit to our studio last week for the first of his Joey Club baby photography sessions. He smiled in lots of his photos and was generally very charming throughout but I think this was one of my favourite shots as it shows off his gorgeous baby blues to their best effect - honestly, the ladies are in so much trouble when this chap grows up!
Joey Club is a specialist and professional baby photography club that offers three free sessions at 4, 8 and 12 months to capture you little one's journey through their first year.
This lovely couple received one of our studio gift certificates as a present for their golden wedding anniversary from their daughter and son in law. They knew how much they wanted to capture some images together with their grandchildren as they have always been very close.
When you are a big brother for the first time, there are some very important jobs and offices that you must perform. You have to help your little brother all you can without relinquishing too much control (there should never be any doubt who the boss is here!) and there are all sorts of skills that you can teach him - such as block building, car racing, mum badgering and so on.
When little ones get mobile, studio photography sessions can be energetic affairs. After all, why would you want to sit still and have pictures when you have just mastered a very exciting set of skills that give you access to all sorts of cool new stuff? Luckily, we are wise to the ways of the almost toddler and have lots of strategies and tricks to make sure you get the most out of your session. Here's some of our top tips...
I wrote a post on this blog yesterday about how great it is when clients co-ordinate the clothes that they wear to their photo shoot and then today I edited this session and it certainly struck a chord. This father and son duo, AKA Pint and Half Pint had really gone all out on the co-ordination front. There were other outfits and indeed members of the family present but this shot just made me smile
Another little fairy, perfect in her pink dress, takes some relaxing time in the Enchanted Forest Fairy Photography experience. Curled up on the grass in our fir woodland amongst the flowers and the toadstools.