Wedding, Newborn, Children and Family Photographer
Outdoor Family Sessions
One of my favourite type of shoots! I love capturing families together and my personal preference for a family shoot is to get outside and capture my families just doing what they do best, being a family and enjoying each others company.
Whilst we'll have a few posed shots here and there, my favourite shots nearly always tend to be those ones in-between when those seemingly ordinary moments capture the special relationships within your family.
Lots of my parents tell me that they don't want to do lots of posing (especially the Dad's that may have been dragged there ha ha) and I always take this on board, my natural style is for more of the candid, natural shots anyway so I typically find myself documenting what I see in front of me with a few slightly more "staged" shots thrown in but still remaining within a natural style.
Outdoor shoots are also perfect for toddler age when studio shoots can be a little challenging! Attention spans can be short in the studio environment and outside we can capture the true spirit of your child - serious, shy, funny, mischeavious by just watching them play. Half the time they won't even be aware I'm taking their photo.
When it comes to clothing for these kind of shoots it can make a huge impact to your images and I'm more than happy to work with you and advise on outfit choices. Very often, simple, complementing choices work the best and ensures the focus is on your family rather than that lovely brightly patterned t-shirt!
I use lots of local country parks and am really happy to travel up to 25 minutes at no extra cost if you have a particular location in mind. I love seeking out new venues!
Don't worry too much about the weather either - I shoot all year round (although Jan - March can be a little dreary) Cloudy days are literally a photographers dream and make for very flattering photos. We do of course reschedule or have a back up plan if it's raining but even a few rainy shots with some cute umbrellas can be lots of fun.
I'm not sure there is anything more precious than the gift of new life and I still always feel so honoured to capture these moments in life. There's something truly moving about capturing both the new baby but also the parents in those very early days.
Newborn sessions are literally almost an art form and to pose babies beautifully it can take up to 4 hours. My parents are always surprised at how much work and detail goes into both the sessions and the editing after, but most importantly much of the session will be ensuring that baby is fed, comforted whenever it needs it. I never capture an image at the expense of an upset baby, your little ones always come first, no matter what.
Before your baby is born we'll discuss the kind of images you are after, the colour schemes that will compliment your home where you might display your images and then we'll book you a slot two weeks after your due date. The actual day your session takes place will of course probably change but booking in well in advance secures your slot as I only take a limited number of newborn bookings each month to ensure I can accommodate any early or late baby arrivals!
In an ideal world these sessions will take place within the first 10 days of your baby arriving, this is because this is when they are still in the super sleepy stage and can be gently posed whilst sleeping. Siblings are of course always welcome as well!
For new mums in particular I often hear that mum doesn't want to be in any images and this is completely your choice but I always recommend featuring in just a few (even if it's just your hands ha ha!). We can pose mums and babies in a super flattering way and you'll only ever get this moment once so my personal suggestion is to take it before you spend the next year or so wet wiping various substances off your clothes and surviving on minimal hours of sleep each night!
After the precious newborn stage, the age that most parents like to record next is the amazing sitting stage (normally around 6-10 months ) when your baby can sit comfortably unaided but isn't crawling around too much.
It's such a great age to photograph as personalities are really emerging and we can get lots of variety in your images rather than having to prop baby up in various set ups as we do at a younger age and cheeky smiles are always very easily achieved with a quick game of peek a boo.
The baby stage in your child's life is gone in just a flash, this is a truly amazing stage to document - chubby arms and legs, smiles on demand, whats not to love!
Your welcome to jump in a couple of the photos as well. I know how hard it is to get decent photos of you all together as a family that aren't a selfie taken on a phone!
Birthday Celebrations/Cake Smashes
Possibly one of the biggest milestones in your babies life. Your precious little one is almost on their way to becoming a toddler and a first birthday/cake smash shoot is the perfect way to celebrate!
If it's a cake smash that you're after, we start the shoot with a few fun birthday styled shots and then it's onto the mayhem with the cake smash where your little one can taste, throw and roll in cake if they fancy and the best part is that you don't have to clean it up after!
All props and outfits for the cake smash session are provided (not all are featured on the website yet) and I'm really happy to to create bespoke colour schemes and themes. The only thing you need to bring is your baby and the cake!
We also don't have to smash cake! If you little one has allergens or you just fancy something a little different we can still have a really fun styled shoot either in the studio or outside.
These kind of shoots also work really well for two and three year olds.
Pregnancy is such a special time in your life and the beginning of an amazing journey for a woman to become a mother or a couple to become a family.
My aim is to create a timeless memory for you in a style that won't age, captured both tastefully and thoughtfully. I mention this because whilst pregnancy is such a gift, I fully appreciate there are at times that it might not feel so magical and that it can also be when us mums can feel vulnerable and self conscious. I strive to tell your story with beautiful images that brings out your individual inner beauty and to capture your excitement, apprehension and hopes for your new baby.
It's your shoot so you can push the boundaries as little or as much as you would like. Want a full Demi Moore classic pose? Lets do it! Want just pics of your bump, no problem. I'll work with you and we'll look at images together to help find your style and what you feel comfortable with.
The best time to have a shoot is between 32-36 weeks pregnant. Expectant mothers with twins would normally have their pictures a little earlier but for all mothers to be it really is about when you are feeling at your best with a lovely sized bump to show off.
It's lovely for second time mums to bring along their little ones and include them in the photos and your partner as well if you wish!
If you have any stretch marks or blemishes these can be removed in post production. Some people call these these their war wounds, other people would rather forget about them. It's your choice!
We can also shoot outside as well, theres lots of beautiful looks that can be created in the woods with beautiful handmade flowing maternity gowns.
Family Studio Shoots
If you're looking for timeless, elegant images, a studio shoot is the perfect choice for you. I have a variety of different colour backgrounds to complement your home decor and am more than happy to advise and work with you on clothing options for the shoot.
Studio shoots tend to suit babies up to 1 years or before they can walk (as you'll see in my other galleries) and then from 3 years and upwards. You'll tend to find toddlers (including my own!) can lose interest very quickly which is understandable when they have the big wide world to explore so I very often recommend getting outside with toddlers for their shoots but only you know your child so this is just a guide.
Overall the goal is to make the session fun for your child. I take time to get to know your little one before we start the session. Show them my camera, how it works and tailor the session to your child and go at their pace to ensure that they enjoy the experience which is just as important as capturing lovely images as I always say to my clients that they won't want to display the images in their home if their memories of the day are forcing their child to have their picture taken and its a rule I stick by.
I can also provide child modelling portfolio images.
I also cover corporate events, parties and award ceremonies throughout London and Essex. Please contact me for bespoke pricing as I quote for each individual event based on each clients requirements.