I'm having a funny year when it comes to blogging and social media. I'm of the belief that we should all do far less of all of it and spend more time enjoying the real world (and really, who actually reads my blog?)! But with that said, online sneak preview images are a great way to share a few highlights of photography shoots and weddings. These preview images were shot a couple of weeks ago on that one weekend when the weather broke. So yes, a wet weather wedding in one of the driest summers on record! Despite the unfortunate timing, it was a great wedding to be a part of and I wish Carl & Kirsty every happiness in the future. Here are their wedding photography highlights from Woodside in Kenilworth:
I've been very on-off with what and when I post sneak previews of this year, so here's another first in a while post! This morning I was with 14 month old Grayson who was a combination of almost every baby I've ever met: Shy, clingy, smiley and crazy, all at once!
I've had a bit of a pause with social media and blogging and all that time sapping IT stuff that comes with running a business, but doesn't necessarily result in me booking work... But I've made an exception today! Let me introduce baby Jake. What a cutie!
Here's another baby from my week in the studio. This little one was a real sweety. She was another smile-shy baby (although I got a cracker right at the end), but with those big eyes and chubby cheeks, I'm not sure it matters right?!
Today was one of those days where I had to work hard for the smiles! Luckily, both of today's babies were super cute smiling or not, so it didn't really matter. That said, I feel that I could do with a lie down. This little guy found his session super interesting and offered up the rarest of smiles. He wasn't upset, just interested. He'll definitely be a clever one!
This afternoon I had the pleasure of photographing a wildly happy little girl! She came to see me with Mummy and was one of the most smiley babies I've photographed in long time. At least she was for the first ten minutes anyway! Things changed half way through, but it was nice to see something a little more pensive from her. My baby photography session highlights follow:
Yesterday I photographed this little one who wasn't quite 4 months yet. Although baby Harley was a little wobbly up top, he was strong enough to show off his best muscle-man and super-man poses. All in one session! My baby photography highlights follow:
I've reduced my wedding numbers in recent years, focusing more on the commercial/PR work I shoot with StillVision Photography. That said, I still enjoy shooting couples! Unfortunately, I'm not photographing this particular wedding, but I still put them through their paces during their studio engagement shoot! I taught them everything that my 15 years experience in weddings has taught me, and I even think they listened! My pre-wedding photography highlights follow:
Yesterday afternoon I met this very energetic and happy little 7 month old. She was sitting strong, but the only attempts at crawling were made in reverse! She seemed to enjoy herself and was so good that I honestly think I could have been shooting for hours and she'd have been up for every shot! My studio highlights follow:
This morning I saw 15 month old Miller in the studio for the third time. I've photographed his siblings as babies and even shot Mummy and Daddy's wedding! Today was his final baby grow session and he was in SUCH a good mood! I often see happy, smiling children, but giggles and belly laughs are rare. What a treat! I must be the funniest photographer on earth...
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting a very polite and eloquent three year old. She was very chatty, super confident and seemed to enjoy the experience of being photographed a lot. You can see that from these studio session highlights can't you?!
I haven't posted sneak previews in a while (since before Christmas in fact)! January was a busy commercial/PR month with StillVision Photography and the Christmas period saw me shoot a number of location family sessions I couldn't share. So, this beautiful big eyed baby boy is my first share of 2018! He came to see me last week and was great fun to photograph. He seemed to be having the best time, loved the camera, loved all the attention and was a total show-off! Here are some highlights:
Yesterday morning I saw this little boy for the fourth time since he was a baby. His second birthday is coming up and he was showing me all his new skills (building, climbing, counting to ten). As with all two-year-old sessions, he dictated what we did and when we did it! Great fun. My studio photography highlights follow:
With Christmas only one week away and all of my cut-off dates been and gone, I've seen a spike in big-family-group portrait bookings! I've got both studio and location sessions to shoot between Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing everyone full of festive cheer. This particular session wasn't timed for Christmas, but it's a family I've seen a number of times before for portraits and a wedding! My studio highlights follow:
This morning I met a super strong 6 month old baby and his 6-year-old sister. Being a sitting/crawling baby at 6 months meant for quite a few rounds of the fidgets, but big sister was on hand to keep him in place! I think he'll grow up with a doting big sister, something that comes with the age gap I guess! Their studio highlights follow:
Last week I met this brother-sister duo who came to the studio with a bit of a 'previous photographer' story. Suffice to say, they had not had a great experience. This time around, everything seemed to go swimmingly! They were full of smiles and I'd say that they both had a great time! Call me the baby whisperer?!
Yesterday I met this bundle of madness who came to see me in the studio with her Mummy and Daddy! She was a super expressive little baby and I think she showed me her entire repertoire in between bouts of fidgeting. That said, she stayed still just about long enough to get some family photos (holding on to Daddy's nose, obviously!).
This morning I met this toddling just-turned-one-year-old in the studio. He was friendly, but he couldn't quite relax enough to play with me. Mum was a big distraction and he kept needing cuddles from her! Some babies get a little clingy at this age, but at least he wasn't upset with it. He just needed some reassurance that having his photo taken is meant to be good fun!
Since photographing Dan and Kati's wedding in Hungary back in 2012, I've seen them in the studio a number of times. This studio session was all about getting a baby and a two-year-old in the same frame... and I just about managed it! The kids were high energy, but great fun, and I got what I needed to complete the family archive for them.
There's a bit of a story around this location portrait session! Over the summer, we tried three times to arrange it. Three! On every occasion, the weather wasn't just bad, it was absolutely dreadful. One last offered itself up in the days before the schools went back in September, but the British summer never returned. Exasperated, I suggested October half term because, 'sometimes, the weather is better in autumn'. I didn't really believe my own words, but we got a date in the diary for October half term... And what a beautiful day it was! When a location shoot works, there's nothing better! I spent an hour with these high-energy brothers at Milton Country Park, Cambridge creating some really timeless images. My highlights follow: