I've driven to London and back, had a beautiful photo session + am now chowing down on brunch...Happy Sunday everyone + whilst I can't share the family session right now, I can share some the gorgeous houses we used as our backdrop + the amazing light that was kissing West London at 8am this morning :-)
It's not every day I get to don neon and roll around amongst flowers and plants photographing on a glorious Saturday afternoon waiting for 'golden hour' to appear! Yet Saturday April 19th a few days before Chelsea officially opened I was lucky enough to do just that in order to capture images for Alitex of their display!!
Garden Designer, Jake
It was AMAZING to get access to the show and see the final designs on Main Avenue and all the hard work going on in the pavilion to build and finish the displays ready for judging!! LOVED IT!!
Super fun Sunday, this past weekend in Crystal Palace!!
Amy & Lewis are expecting their first baby in a few weeks + we (as you can see) had so much fun capturing pictures on their maternity session. A lovely walk around Crystal Palace park and stopping in their favourite spots, we were lucky with the weather, a slight chill but light cloud and a sprinkling of sunshine!! Amazing xx
Merry Christmas everyone!!!
Thank you all so much for being part of a magical 2017, I'm super grateful and delighted to have worked with you all over the last 12 months + as we approach a little break I'd like to wish everyone a joyous holiday season <3
We are now closed for Christmas + will be back January 3rd * Have a great time unwinding, relaxing + hanging out with those you love,
See you all in 2018! JK xx
Excited to be a small business, making connections with my clients who become friends, watching families grow, businesses expand and new ventures develop. Here's to a super weekend and THANK YOU for choosing me xx
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!!
So thrilled to have been nominated for a 'Muddy Stiletto' Award!!!
TODAY, Wednesday May 24th is the LAST day to vote!!! If you love what we do, please hit the link below and vote for us:-) Thank You! x Thank You! xx
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
Cheeky birthday celebrations for this super adorable 1 year old!!
Cake & sprinkles were everywhere!!
Up little noses, cheeks, eyebrows, legs lol everywhere! + What fun getting to create such a special Birthday photo session. Mummy Emma baked the cake + had a really great vision for how she wanted it to look, including the FAB T-shirt with silver '1' on the front, the bunting + crown were awesome touches too + made this a super family occasion. x
A fun new born photo session in Crystal Palace
Friday LOVE VIBES xx
Super cuteness alert! I was so thrilled when one of my amazing clients got in touch before Xmas to purchase a photo session as a gift for her brother + sister in law and their new arrival. Just down the road from my studio in Crystal Palace I met Mila and we had such fun! She was the cutest little bean and just a few days young.
I always find it more comfortable to visit my clients for newborn sessions so everything is familiar, comfortable and to hand + I was super delighted when I received a wonderful 'Thank you' email from Marta and incredible review of our session <3 xx
"When our daughter Mila was born, my brother and sister-in-law gave us this amazing gift of a baby photography session with Jackie.
Jackie made the session a really fun afternoon for all of us, including Mila! She is very easy going, fun and flexible and and completely works around baby special schedules.
Apart from the stunning framed picture that we got as part of the gift, we also purchased a lovely print box with our favourite pics that includes the digital images too. We are already using these images as presents to Mila's grandparents and they are proving a hit!
We would highly recommend Jackie for a baby photography session.
Thank you so much MNM :-) xx excited to watch your family grow xx
So thrilled to share a few pics from our new born session with Cedric & Charlotte, who was 10 days in the photo above and is just beautiful!!!
With each new born session we schedule my visit around what works best for you in the comfort of your own home and familiar surroundings. I have a selection of props and blankets ( this amazing hat had been purchased ahead of time but mum + dad + worked brilliantly!) which I bring with me and we create a mixture of lovely natural pictures and then some 'directed' ones, it really depends on what you'd like or if you're happy to leave me to art direct :-)
As a general rule for 'new born'' photography any time from birth up to 14 days is enough time to capture the 'newness' of each new little arrival. Things happen and sometimes this isn't possible so the date is slightly over, it's totally ok, we will still create gorgeous pictures, babies change so quickly after 14 days we say that a general rule but sometimes it's not possible + that's ok, it won't be the end of the world. xx
Just look at these two!!! Daddy is completely in love with his little girl and she looks delighted!!!
Happy Valentine's Day!! xx More to follow from this super new born session very soon! 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
Finishing the first week of 2017 with a love fest!
In the run up to Christmas and the holidays I had a brilliant Saturday combining two things I absolutely LOVE!! Firstly mega early on this particular Saturday I taught several yoga classes in Hampshire then jumped in my car and zoomed up to the Studio + atmospheric fog of Crystal Palace and rocked a 'Bump' session with Charlotte & Cedric.
I was soo excited to work with Charlotte & Cedric and became like a child in a sweet shop as the fog got thicker the closer I got to the park.... I know, either sounds very British or completely MAD lol - BUT what light! The fog beautifully softens and defuses everything so you have soft shadows (if there any at all) and a gorgeous atmospheric photo session.
The colours, tones + textures were intensified and we had such fun meandering around the park and nearby streets (amazing textures + backgrounds) + finished up in the studio for tea and a warm up!! (+ a lot of movement from their daughter lol)
I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of their daughter, I can't wait to meet her + create wonderful new born images very soon!!
Happy Friday everyone! Have an awesome weekend xx
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