Autumn light, the great outdoors.....
This time of year is one of my favourites for stunning light and photographing Beth's gorgeous family on Clapham Common was so much fun!!
This handsome prince with the big eyes and most curvaceous eyelashes.......
Friday morning's session was a dream, such a delight to photograph this little chap who at just over 4 months was super perky and we had so much fun!!
Total thumbs up from this little cutie, have a fabulous day x
(a little sunshine inspiration picture from our session on Sunday morning - utterly adorable and so cheeky!!)
The latest edition of the Crystal Palace NCT magazine is out and about - have you grabbed your copy??
It was such a pleasure and delight to photograph these guys for the front cover and all the storied inside, #beaming! Have a fab weekend everyone xx
A rainy Sunday in West London and a home full of love and delight at a very special new arrival...
What a delight to photograph Charlie and his mummy and daddy! We had a wonderful time trying out different outfits and backgrounds and there were lots of amazing cuddles and kisses for this precious little boy who was 10 days young on our session <3
Talking, chatting, demonstrating, acts of kindness, smiles, laughter, photography, yoga....
Sometimes you go along and you're super aware and engaged with your surroundings and sometimes you're just not, life is hectic, things get in the way, weeks fly by in what seems a blink of an eye or a sneeze and whoosh! it's gone.
I've just gotten over the flu and it was not pretty AT ALL...I was a sneezing, snivelling germ bag walking around in a cloud of garlic....how people came near me I'm not sure, my cough alone sounded like I smoked a million cigars since I was 2 years old and well it's amazing I feel better at all ...lol ok, ok...perhaps I'm tipping in to man flu territory now lol...I digress...
Amongst me feeling absolutely dreadful were wondrous moments which made me sparkle (I knew I was sparkling but I have a feeling the snot hid it for a while!!) I'm wondering if I noticed them more because I wasn't racing at a million miles an hour and my brain couldn't do its normal multi tasking thing or the universe was just delighted I'd slowed down...I'm not sure BUT I wanted to share these moments because they are so lovely and too good not to share and pass my smile on...share it around, feel the love and delight, warm up on it, beam...
FIRSTLY....I had an AWESOME photo session in London with Aparna & Jayesh...such a wonderful couple, super cute together and so much fun and not only really natural in front of the camera, super playful too and busted out some fab dance moves and brilliant lifts!
The very next day still delighted with the session in London I headed to the beach! I am happiest like a little piggy in do do when in my shorts and wellies with my camera in hand AND I was doing all this AT. THE. BEACH. sooooo cool! Above is the last shot of the day where Ellen made a funny face and whilst it's soft focus I love it because she is such a live wire.
This is our annual photo session and I was so delighted when I approached her car to meet her and her daddy, she saw me and just lit up, excited for pictures and to run around on the beach I think..it's really special to photograph little people and watch them grow + I think this is our 5th photo session....so precious.
Wednesday came around that week and I participated in a fabulous night of Photography as part of Photomonth London. Luke Dodd of the Guardian and Observer spoke about the influence of Jane Bown for our 'Girl Town' residence + we followed with a panel discussion on influential women in the industry. The panel comprised of an awesome line up : David McCoy, Creative Imaging Manager at the Guardian, Karen Harvey of ShutterHub, Dan Gaba, Photo editor of the Wall St. Journal, Maggie, Founder of Photomonth, Becky Warnock, Projects Manager at Photovoice and me (Me in action above!!)
Some of our FAB speakers in action (photo courtesy of Kate O'Neil)
Images: Top: Melanie Eclare, Wendy Ewald, Jane Bown, Bottom: Mary Ellen Mark
OK, so that was just a few days.....I rolled on with the flu.....edited, photographed..AND THEN.....the weekend rolled around and a few amazing things happened. I didn't really tell many people what was on the horizon as to be honest I was a little nervous! I have spoken about photography and taught photography for years so I can stand up and chat away BUT this weekend I spoke for the first time on Yoga. (my other passion!) I was so excited and delighted to be asked to join my wonderful friend Yvonne Bishop Weston and discuss stress and how yoga can assist in managing it. Yvonne is a nutritionist and so these two talks complimented each other perfectly and enabled us to form pieces of a jigsaw puzzle when it comes to healthy ways to tackle stress, OH and the talk was at OLYMPIA...yes the one in London, the big venue lol
IT. WAS. AMAZING.a whole room doing alternate nostril breathing, chair yoga + being given tools to help manage their stress. The goose bumps I had as I left carried me all the way home and well in to the following week. I guess now would be a good time to confess that when I'm not photographing, I teach yoga + I love the combination of this dual career :-) My yoga instagram snap below.
OH + whilst I was traveling by train to the venue, hacking like an old women about to loose a lung, the guy next to me offered me a mint...how kind and what a lovely gesture....for a few seconds I hesitated worried it was drugged or laced with something nasty (because that happens so often right!!! omg!!) + then I quickly thought, it's a packed train, I'll be ok and accepted his SUPER KIND offer and we started chatting. so lovely+ so rare to have a whole conversation on the train, but it was so wonderful, such a lovely act of kindness that I really treasured and appreciated.
Two speaking events, on two of my fav subjects in one week was just incredible. So inspiring and uplifting. London, the beach...photographing in great locations AND......
My dad surprised me too - I've been looking (this is not photo related at all) but I've been looking for a bench to go with my dining room table, a well loved, bashed up a bit, shabby chic number..we've had a few chats about where I could find one and my hunt has been consistent......that was until visiting my parents last week they suddenly said "Oh, we found you a bench"...oh my goodness what a find! What joy...when I asked where, Dad just said he bought me one and as mum led me to the garage she tutted," he didn't buy it, he MADE it"!!!! So in time for my birthday next week, my dearest dad has made me a wooden bench + I love it! No pictures yet as he's still painting it, but what AMAZINGNESS!
Have an awesome week everyone! Smile at everything (without looking like a nutter) + enjoy the incredible array of colours Autumn is blessing us with this year xx
So thrilled and excited to see the Crystal Palace, Autumn edition of 'pip' magazine!
I had the absolute pleasure to photograph the front cover and inside portraits on one of the hottest days of the year BUT everyone looks fabulous and Emily has recently welcomed her baby in to the world :-) So amazing and delightful!
Congratulations Emily xx
Ashley has written a beautiful blog piece on her experience of being an expat pregnant in London and it's super informative!! I had the complete pleasure of working with Ashley and Jeff for Flytographer creating fun 'bump' pictures in Notting Hill before Xmas and then when Margot arrived in January + at 11 days young we captured gorgeous new born pictures......
" have someone else find you a photographer. // Being in a new city means limited resources — and since none of our friends here had hired a maternity photographer before, I wasn’t sure who to ask. I started to poke around online a few times, but I was always overwhelmed… when your only requirement is “NOT CHEESY,” Google doesn’t really deliver the goods.
After one too many websites full of photos of hand-hearts on bumps in cornfields (you know the ones), I realized that DUH, I didn’t need to find other personal recommendations — Flytographer already has access to some of the best photographers in London. We booked a 30 minute shoot, and as soon as we met Jackie, it was like hanging out with an old friend. Best of all, she didn’t ask Jeff to kiss my bare belly ONCE.
Obviously, it was a no-brainer to ask her to take our newborn photos, too."
Every so often I open up 'Mini Sessions' and I am delighted that this summer I have 3 possible dates to offer through the summer holidays!
If you're unsure how your son or daughter would react to a professional photo session this is the perfect way to introduce them to the idea (I promise lots of fun and giggles!!)
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a snippet of 30 minutes and you will be sent 3 digital files and a Facebook timeline to share with friends, you also get access to a password protected online gallery and can share this with friends and family and I have two fantastic packages available should you wish to book in for a longer amount of time and a more personalised session! :-)
The 'Mini Session' is suitable for all ages and can also be booked to celebrate a fun occasion or treat,
For more info call me on 07754 757716 x speak soon x
Hannah has just finished school, her prom is coming up and she's off to College in September - it's all go and we had a blast zipping around East London with super cool Sally (Hannah's aunt) last week.
Hannah has a passion for dance and she totally nailed some fantastic moves whilst we were out about, super elegant and immmm....yep the frozen yoghurt was a delicious reward for all the hard work!! xx
Samuel has stollen my heart <3 he is my best friends little boy, who has the best chuckle I have ever heard - it's a mix between woody wood pecker and road runner, it's super sonically infectious + we became great friends when I stayed recently and so it was my complete delight and pleasure to photograph him with mum & dad and by himself lol I think his smiles say it all!! + just to prod the memory this (below) was just last October :-) xx
Planning Your New Born Session
Congratulations on your new arrival! :-) or your little bump, 'soon to be here' baby xx What an exciting time and I'm delighted you're checking out my work and thinking about capturing those precious moments with your newborn.
There is 14 days after your baby is born that is preferable for capturing those 'new born' images but please don't worry if you're slightly over this. This time period is recommended because our little bundles are instinctively wanting to curl up and those images are super cute, they are more likely to sleep peacefully and we are able to position them in lovely little poses without disturbing them too much :-)
I offer a range of 'looks' for my newborn sessions, from backgrounds with props to very natural and casual and I chat this through with all my clients ahead of our sessions. This is also where we plan our images and if there are props and certain things you'd like to include, (gifts from friends and family) then we note those down and ensure we capture them all on the day.
This post has just a little gathering of images and if you would like to chat things through and have questions, please call me on 07754 757716 xx
What a super cutie!!! A snippet from our studio session in Crystal Palace, South London before Christmas ensure these made adorable Christmas presents xx