I am always delighted to to be asked back to photograph my families. Especially when they are as cheeky and smiley as this one! As a baby photographer in Cheltenham and London I know about a long commute but my hat goes off to this mum as she has a long commute but gets the best of both worlds.
I first photographed Imogen when she was just a few weeks old. As she has just turned one I was intrigued to see how much she had changed. Well her mob of dark hair had changed colour and she had turned into a cheeky and confident little girl. She was a quick as the wind and didn’t seem to have any fear. Quite happy to launch herself off the bed. Therefore we had to have all hands on deck and a very quick shutter speed. She was a little lady of many expressions which I enjoyed teasing out of her. This shot below if one of my favourite ones from the shoot. She has a coyness about her and is almost flirting with my camera.
I love letting the kids be free and am directed by them. Imogen was delighted with the large mirror that mummy uses before work in the morning! She’s probably not used to having it all to herself. I love the slightly inquisitive nature and not sure if the light are for touching! Imogen is one of those children that will be running before she can walk. She was determined to launch herself forward. Fortunately into the safe arms of mum and dad. As a BIPP member I take health and safety very seriously. Although it often looks like my babies are hurling themselves off the bed I am very conscious of safe hands.
Imogen seemed to really enjoy her photoshoot. They usually sleep really well afterwards. So you are guaranteed a couple of hours of quiet time. If you are looking for a fun, natural, baby photographer then please get in contact here. I look forward to hearing from you.
This is a gorgeous family that I really enjoy photographing as we just click. They let me get on with my job without any direction and we just chill together. We let the kids do their thing and consequently I am able to capture the truly natural family photography that I have become known for. I have been photographing this family in Putney SW15 for a few years and have captured both children as babies and then into toddlerhood and now school.
Some of my favourite shots are the when the family are just “cotching” on the sofa. Usually watching tv and being disturbed by a toddler who has no interest in whats on the box. This would be Florie, who still demands attention and cuddles despite the boys wanting to watch the tv.
I like to know the children’s likes and dislikes so I know where to steer my focus of energy. If the kids are happy then I am happy which makes for happiness all round. Florie was going through the stage of loving her shoes. Which I can still identify with! I love the shot of her surrounded by an eclectic mix of footwear. All I had to do was gently steer her into the light to make the perfect shot. Without her noticing…of course.
Florie was a water babe and loved her bath time. She didn’t seem to notice that it was mid morning and not the conventional time for her bath. We played for ages with the water pistol. For some reason she enjoyed having it directed straight into her mouth. After negotiating the end of bath time we went into her bedroom to choose some of her books. Again we had to negotiate putting on some really cool dresses as I think she preferred being naked. The beauty of girls is having all those lovely clothes to choose from. However, sometimes we have to battle getting them on.
At the end of two photography shoots I made up a beautiful bespoke book of all the images. Now each child has one each to keep. If you are interested in my natural family photography in Putney SW15 then please get in touch here.
Although I am based in both Wandsworth and the Cotswolds I am happy to travel. Looking forward to hearing from you.
I have to admit that blogging is not my top priority as it has been a long while since the last post. If you want to keep more up to date with my goings on then try my instagram . You can find me here. However my daughter very kindly put together a video of my favourite best newborn and family photography last year. Please sit back and turn up the music and enjoy it all the way through. It is dedicated to Rob Johnston and Sophie Sutherland. Both sadly lost their fight against cancer. It was an honour to capture their precious family memories. Photos that their families can treasure and remind them off happier times. Having lost my own brother recently I am familiar with the sense of loss. The first thing I reached for were the photos of him to keep him close to me.
I have many photographs over the year that I love. Not all of them can be shown in my photo film above but below are a chosen few. My photography sessions are relaxed and natural. I only use natural light so I can work quickly and can capture honest moments without being contrived. Do expect to spend a morning or an afternoon with me. As a natural, newborn, family photographer I like to spend time making my clients feel relaxed and unaware of my camera. If you would like to know more about my work and how it all works then please contact me here. I look forward to hearing from you.
As a baby photographer Battersea I love it when my clients are local. When I am out and about I am always looking out for familiar faces and seeing how the babies are changing. I was delighted to be asked to photograph Poppy who had just got over a nasty bug. Poppy was very happy to be cuddled and adored by not only Mum but Grandparents too. She wasn’t a shy baby so it made my job much easier. How lucky she is to have her Grandparents living near by. It’s a special relationship to be cherished. I enjoy to capturing the love between the generations.
I think it is really important to capture the stage that baby’s are at. It all goes too quickly and we forget at what age they accomplished their milestones. Poppy was at the crawling stage. I expect by now she is pulling herself up and braving her first steps. She was also at the stage where she wanted to feed herself. I love photographing babies eating. Although it can be very hit and miss. Or rather hit and mess!
I am also a strong believer in photographing Mummies and babies together. We are the ones that are doing all the hard work and not always getting the deserved credit. My daughters have often commented on the fact that there are very few photos of me and them together as I was always the one taking the photos. We are spoilt with lovely dresses for girls but I do love getting their birthday suits out too. So in between changes I let them be free of the restrictions of clothes. I love a chunky roll or cheeky crease. They will soon be leggy teenagers.
If you are thinking about having a baby photo shoot or a family get together and would like to know more about my work then please drop me a line here. I look forward to hearing from you. xxx
I am proud to say that being a newborn, bump photographer is fast becoming my speciality. The older I get the easier it seems to be for me. I love to calm the newborn babes and make the mothers feel comfortable, whether its their first, second or fifth baby! I love to capture the curiosity or sometimes indifference with the siblings. Kids can be quite honest about their feelings towards their new brother or sister. It doesn’t always go the way you expect.
Bobby is a dream older brother. Very affectionate and was happy to hold, love and kiss his new sister Nelly. He will be the proud big brother looking after his sister when she’s older. This is my third or fourth time of photographing Amy and Bobby. I was delighted when Amy asked me to capture some photos of her bump, as I knew that she was blooming in her pregnancy. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea to have their bump photographed but I think there is nothing more beautiful than a blooming, pregnant woman. Amy certainly fits this category. It’s such an amazing thing that happens to your body and should be celebrated! I like to make my clients feel relaxed and comfortable and take the time to appreciate their body and enjoy the calm before the storm!
I love the family shot of all the family looking down at Nelly. This was towards the end of the shoot and Bobby was starting to get restless. He loved the camera to be on him and was starting to feel that he wasn’t the main spotlight. However he loved to look at himself in the big mirror behind me. I let him enjoy his own reflection in the mirror and then when he was ready he looked down at just the right moment.
If you are looking for a newborn, bump photographer and would like to know more about the way I work or book a session, please contact me here. I look forward to hearing from you.
So I am never quite sure what to call myself? I know I am a lifestyle photographer but when people ask I try to add words like “lifestyle” “candid” or “natural light”. There doesn’t seem to be one definitive word that captures the essence of what I do. So I let my photos do the talking. I am very fortunate to work in two of my favourite locations in the UK, London and the Cotswolds. I was invited to photograph “Tiny” who also has the luck of being in London and Kingham. Although he doesn’t realise his luck just yet!
I really enjoy meeting new people and finding out what their story is and how to capture that in their family portraits. Firstly, I expected Tiny to be tiny, however I was wrong. This was his nickname which came from Valentine. He was just waking from his morning nap. I have never known a baby to be so smiley when he first wakes up. I could sense that his parents were very chilled and I think this was a family trait. I noticed that when he smiled, (which was a lot) his mouth went straight across his face…very endearing! Also a family trait.
So it was a typical english weather kind of day. Plenty of rain and dark skies. Perfect for cosy indoor shots. Fortunately, I was spoilt for choice as there were plenty of gorgeous rooms which naturally lent itself to the perfect backdrop. Blue was a strong colour choice and worked well with Tiny’s beautiful soulful eyes.
So we played with lots of toys, read books and stripped him down to his birthday suit. We just let him have fun and in doing so had fun ourselves. I really think it important to capture what stage your baby/child is at. In tiny’s case this was lying on his back and paying with his feet. Not some thing he will be able to do for much longer! However, this is very hungry work and Tiny enjoys his food so I had to get a shot of his eagerness for another spoonful. After lunch we dressed him up in the most gorgeous knitted outfit and thought we could get outside for a few shots. However, the rain got the best of us and we managed to get to the front door. It was a beautiful front door and I am looking forward to coming back in the spring when Tiny is possibly taking his first steps and the wisteria will be in full bloom?
If you are interested in having your family photographed in a relaxed, natural style at home, or in your favourite location, then please contact me here. I would be happy to discuss your lifestyle photography shoot.
Here’s another little video of what I’ve be up to this year. I’ve been too busy to blog.. so thought I would condense it all onto a video! I’ve met some amazing people, each with a different story to tell. Can’t believe the year has whizzed by and I’m already putting up the Christmas tree! Don’t forget that vouchers are available for Christmas, a personal timeless gift. In the meantime, enjoy what I’ve been up to. If you would like more information on my natural family photography, please contact me HERE.
So this is a first for me….taking the time to reflect on my last years work as a children’s family photographer. I think it’s a great thing to do. Not just to show my past and future clients what I have been up to during the year but for myself. To remind myself of what a privilege it is to be asked to photograph families, newborns and relationships. For them to let me into their lives and share their milestones. Or simply to capture the simplicity of their day.
Although I have photographed many families last year I have not been able to include everyone. For this I do apologise! As you can imagine I have many more favourites and have found it hard to whittle it down to a mere 90 photos! Please take the time to sit back and enjoy my little slideshow. If you would like to know more about my relaxed style of photographing friends and families then send me an email with your details and I will be happy to discuss your needs. Just here! I am looking forward to what 2015 has to bring.
I went to visit this family in their beautiful cottage in Sutton Benger Wiltshire. Rebecca had just given birth to her second boy Rufus, who was a delight to photograph. Wiltshire is just on the border of Gloucestershire so I was happy to travel to their home. I do prefer it if your family photo shoot is based in your own home. It gives an emotional backdrop to your images that are priceless and meaningful. Everyone is more relaxed and if baby is feeding then I can nip off and photograph other siblings without any pressure or agenda. That’s when I am able to capture the most natural shots of your children and family. One of my favourite photos from this newborn photography session was actually of Ted gazing at his film. Another favourite is of all three boys sitting in the window. A simple but perfect moment.
We took some reportage photos on the family bed. One of the best places to achieve relaxed natural shots. One of the places you spend a lot of family time, especially with young children.
We took a few family shots outside with the front door as a backdrop. Rebecca has an eye for colour and design that I wanted to use this in my photography. Just at the end of the shoot when Rufus was quite exhausted. I spotted a beautiful half upholstered chair (a family heir loom) which made a perfect backdrop. When you are a busy mum of two then the upholstery jobs are last on the list! However we managed to make it look perfect.
I wanted share some quality time with Ted and daddy. It can be a bit of a shock when mummy and daddy bring home a baby brother and then realise he’s here to stay. Andy was happy to play a bit of rough and tumble with Ted. His rugby side coming out! I wanted to capture natural play and laughter between them. I am very conscious that I didn’t want to spend all my time fussing over baby Rufus otherwise Ted might be jealous. However, I didn’t need to worry. He was happy to show his affection to his little brother. Even if it was super quick!
I thoroughly enjoyed this newborn family photography session in Wiltshire and am delighted to hear that they would love a big family! If you would like to know more about my photography then contact me here.
This was a nice easy commute for me as this family home was in my neighbourhood in Clapham. Katie and Toria asked me to come to their home for a family photo shoot before heading to Clapham Common. It’s lovely photographing two families together, as you get great combinations of cousins and capture their relationship. These three seemed to get on great and were happy to be tickled on the bed for starters. We then played a game of doctors and nurses. Which was always my favourite as a child. Hairdresser’s was another favourite as it meant could lie down and have your hair stroked by your children! Bliss while it lasts! After playing on the bed we headed downstairs to the playroom which had a fantastic array of dressing up clothes. Another firm favourite is the dressing up box. All three thoroughly enjoyed dressing up. Some how kids don’t mind changing clothes from the dressing up box but when you want them to put on your chosen outfit all hell brakes loose. As a Children’s Photographer in Clapham I am always looking for spaces to take the kids. The Common is a great place despite being busy at the weekends you can always find a spot to lay down a blanket and avoid the dogs.
We were lucky with the weather. There was an abundance of crispy leaves on the grass and the kids were happy to throw them around. We had time for a spot of tennis and a few running games. However, Joshua (the youngest) was starting to flag and was in need of an energy boost. We headed off to the bandstand which despite the crowds the kids managed to chase each other through the pillars. One of my favourite shots is of Agatha as she waited patiently for her ice cream to arrive. The look of anticipation on her face is priceless! All three were happy with their ice creams but kept a beady eye on each others! Nice to end this children’s family photography shoot on a park bench with a sugar rush! If you are interested in my family photography sessions in Clapham or would like to know more about the way I work, please contact me here.
Hope the kids are enjoying their new cousin/brother sister?