Child Photography | What really happens

Something i don’t often get chance to do is just play, and this weekend with it being ‘Mothers Weekend’ ( Because a day simply isn’t enough! 😀 ). Sophie wanted to come to work with me which i was apprehensive about at first because i was expecting “can we go get something to eat” “I’m bored now what can i do” “Can i have your phone” “How much longer” “Can i go on Youtube”…you know the usual complaints.

But she was brilliant, helped out doing the music and choosing outfits for the clients she was a pleasure to have around plus we had time to have a little play. I’ve had some new backdrops and i wanted a few images of them for my website…….so i had an idea of what i wanted……..but with children what you end up with is very different to what you get!

Everytime i tied a headband or did her hair she would either start dancing, fidgeting or moving to how she thought would look best….and ‘My Vision’ was quickly disintegrating!

SO in the end i had to resort to Bribery and told her a trip to Waterstones would be on the cards later (which i was going to do anyway because she had been such a good assistant but it was meant to be a surprise) if we got a few photos.

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And in her moments of stillness when she looks right through my camera to me i had what i wanted 😀

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Well worth a £6.99 Book from Waterstones!! 😀

 


Newborn Session | Behind The Scenes

As a Mummy myself i know too well how attached i was to my precious little ones when they were born…. i didn’t want to put them down for more than a minute, never mind let someone else hold them!!

I have a very gentle approach when it comes to photographing babies…. i treat each one with the same care as i would my own. I have been trained in newborn posing by Jillian Greenhill, as well as Kelly Browns Newborn Bootcamp as well as several other workshops. I constantly keep up to date with my learning  because i always want to provide the highest standard of work and care for my clients.

So i have put together this video for you, just so you get a little glimpse into a typical newborn session with me and if you have any questions or just want to come in and have a look around i’d love to hear from you, so please send me a message.


1950’s sTyLe Black & White Mountain

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A couple of years i did a shoot with my sister in the studio but we had always talked about doing something less poised and more free spirited, something to capture an essence of her rather than just a face in front of a camera.

So in September this year we managed to snatch a couple of hours together (never easy when we have 4 kids between us and live an hour apart!) and we disappeared up a mountain 😀

It was about 5pm by the time we got to the summit and the sun was just slipping down towards the horizon, casting a beautiful glow across the purple heathers (or poopoo heaters as my amazing Polish friend calls them 😀 Kamila  Kosior… i love your English!! 😀 ) along the rocks.

We just talked and walked and i took photos along the way, she made it easy because her infectious smile makes a perfect picture every time.

For  most of the photos i made sure she had the sun behind her because i wanted to overexpose .. i wanted this heavenly hazy spill of light around to give her a glowing outline.

As usual i hulked a bag of lenses up with (because come on…you never know where you may end up…..usually with a gammy shoulder lol ) but i only used the wonderful 50mm 1.4 Sigma Art, my lens of choice at the moment…and it didn’t let me down 😀


Frosticles & Long Shadows

Being a summer baby i have always found the warm weather is when i feel most content, spending most of my youth baking in it (and once applied cooking oil to get the perfect tan….oops!) But now as i approach my mid 30’s i find myself doing what i can to look after my skin and i must admit i am beginning to favour crisp, frosty winter mornings….looking out my window across a sea of glittery glistening fields while i’m all cosy and warm by the radiator is nothing but heaven!

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Posed or Candid Photos?

My little girl Sophie….i keep calling her little but she is now 8 going on 16, doesn’t play with toys, appears to be turning into a computer programmer (!!???) has started street dancing and is so up to date with music and latest trends BUT she will always be my little girl even when she’s towering above me and i’m thin and grey!

Well she is always my assistant when setting up for any shoots “Soph can you just come and sit on this spot so i can get my settings right” Is probably my most used sentence! But she cannot sit….she has to pose, as soon as the camera is lifted i don’t know what happens…well, this happens..

I got a shock when i did my very first proper kids shoot a few years ago…Soph had always just ‘done it’ in front of the camera and i soon realised that a lot of children don’t even want to have a camera pointed at them and that the ‘counselling’ and getting to know them before you can even start is probably the most important part and crucial to getting good relaxed photos of children in the studio.

But why do we want photos of our kids, is it to just document how they look at a certain age or is it to capture who they are as an individual? Because surely that’s what is most important, we want to look back at photos and see THEM, not the startled kid that has been plonked on a box and been told to smile.

So when it comes to the photos i really love, well they are the ones that kinda happen by accident, caught in the moment, or even when things don’t go to plan but turn out better anyway.

Like this……

We went to feed the horses, and i took my camera because i wanted to take some photos of them while we were there. THEN it absolutely poured down, we got drenched!! But it was so funny, and i slipped in horse poo while i was trying to get a few pics of Soph as she was running from the rain. And they aren’t well taken photos, the composition isn’t great, the light is dull…but they have the memories that are attached to them.

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Print Print PRINT!! :-D

After being forced to root through all my files to see what i can get rid of what i need to move elsewhere i have found tons of photographs i’d forgot i’d even taken!

And some i shouldn’t of taken..

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(A Selfie using a DSLR after consuming about a pint of vodka…oh dear, this is why i don’t accept drinks when i’m working lol)

Digital cameras make you so snap happy, why not just keep clicking away, each click doesn’t cost you anything….well unless you wear your shutter out and have to replace your camera! ha…hmm lets hope that doesn’t happen anytime soon yikes! So we just fill our SD cards up and transfer them onto our computers & hard drives….and then what? How many of us actually print any of them….how many of us can actually find that folder of photos from last summer that you know you saved somewhere but can’t remember where but it should be there…you hope.

We are not enjoying those photos…and how tragic is that, that they are buried under more files and more files within a vast library of data on our computer systems. Don’t get me wrong, having the digital file to a photo is nothing but wonderful….because if we only had the print & the negative and they were somehow destroyed or lost then there is no way of getting them back.

But i think there should be some kind of rule …. “images can only be permanently stored once a print has been made!”. Haha, not sure how our computers could force us to do that but we should be made to print, to hold the photos, to hang them, frame them, stick them on the fridge, send them to the grandparent, put them in albums, because only then will they will be revisited & enjoyed frequently.

And i am guilty of not printing (always printing for my clients but not for myself) SO ….2017 new years resolution is in place!

~ Buy a BIG amazing album

~ Take at least one photo everyday of the year, and at the end of the month print the photos and sit together putting the photos in the album…and have a giggle as you go 🙂

Its not for just us, it’s for our kids…and their kids, memories are all they’ll have one day.


Baby Boy ~ Ieuan | Newborn Session

I loved this session with little Ieuan, barely 6lbs and too cute for words! And tiny enough to fit in my little grandad romper that i have been dying to use but it’s been too small. He was definitely trying to double his weight this day and fed and fed until he was eventually full …….yawned …..and then slept like a dream!

 

And i was able to use my scales!! These were from my last prop splurge when i went round the local antique shops, i bought these from Cambrian House Emporium which is always rammed full of wonderful finds!

 

 

 

 


Walks & Fairies

When i was asked to do this shoot i jumped at the chance to get outside!! I love my studio but when we are having the most fantastic Autumn weather i need to be out!

And this was perfect medicine…warm afternoon sun peeking through the trees and surrounded by the beautiful gardens at the Wynnstay Estate in Ruabon.

My family sessions are really relaxed and we just walk .. and talk and i try to capture the giggles between stories, the looks, the smiles and the kids just enjoying being free (rather than stuck in front of a studio backdrop 🙂 )


Let’s Get Festive!!

I will be running some themed Christmas Mini Sessions on the 12th & 13th November….great idea if you are stuck for what to get the grandparents….some gorgeous photos of their grandkids will put a smile on their face! 😀

This shoot is recommended from the age of 6 months (sitting) to approx 10 years – Up to 3 Children per booking. OR one child under 6 months.

If you would like to bring extra children to the session please discuss this with me and we will arrange a more bespoke package with a slightly longer session to accommodate this.

20 MINUTE SESSION
Choose from 2 scenes – Dark Wood Scene, suitable for 1-2 children or the Snowy Wonderland which is larger and suitable for up to 4 Children.

LOCATION: First Floor, 1 King Street, Wrexham, LL111HF

Images will be sent in an online gallery by the 18th November for you to choose from and download with printing permission…. this will give you plenty time to use the images and have your very own personalised christmas cards made or as a present for the grandparents!
Your chosen images will also be professionally printed on 7×5” Lustre paper and ready for collection one week after you make your decision.

Secure your booking with £45 (details sent on request), this reserves your slot, pays for the session and includes 2 Digital Images and matching 7×5” prints.
Extra Images can be purchased at £10 each.
Extra Prints start from £5 for 7×5”

I look forward to seeing you dressed in your best festive clothes and I will be in full christmas spirit with milk & cookies for the children….and maybe even some mulled wine for the parents!

If you are interested you can book here

These sessions are already booking up fast so please get in touch asap as space is limited 🙂


Baby Girl ~ Arabella | Newborn Session

Arabella was 3 weeks old when she came for her newborn session and i was a little nervous whether we would get as many of the sleepy poses that i aim for in the session. And we did probably spent the first half of it soothing and settling her but we made the most of that time and got some lovely skin to skin photos with Dad and then when she finally gave in and slipped into her slumber she was the perfect little princess!