Photographing someone when they are pregnant is such a pleasure and a privilege. However, it isn’t often I get a chance to show these images as many Mums To Be prefer to keep their photos for themselves and their partners. I was delighted when my recent client said she was happy for me to add hers to the website. I am sure you will agree she looked truly radiant. Continue reading →
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Recently, my friend Catherine and I took advantage of the beautiful sunshine we’ve been having to take some outdoor shots of her two children, Daniel (4) and Elena (2). I’m not unaccustomed to taking shots of kids of course, but I decided to introduce a few new challenges for this shoot!
1. By moving out of the studio and into the garden, we benefit from the injection of colour from the beautiful spring flowers, but the wide open spaces give the children (and, therefore, me!) more scope to run around and it can be quite exhausting to pin them down. Toys offered a welcome distraction and we had most success with toys and objects that were new to them, such as the croquet hoops.
2. Daniel has just come out of a stage of not wanting to be photographed and, thanks to years of coaxing by his mum, now wants to say, “Cheese!” at every opportunity. The key here was to give him time to relax and start playing, and try to catch him unawares.
3. Elena, on the other hand, is the most serious-looking two-year-old I’ve ever met! Although we did get her to smile in the end, Mum was more than happy with the serious shots. Catherine told me, “These photos sum her up perfectly and when I look at them I see echoes of me at the same age and also my late mother and grandmother.”
Whether they’re overly serious or too obliging with the cheesy grins, it’s a real pleasure to photograph kids with character and we’re already planning the next shoot!
Get the children involved with photography projects this summer whether you are going away or not. Encourage them to look at the world a little differently, see things from unusual angles, notice patterns and experiment with cameras as much as they like. The great thing about digital photography is that it is instant which kids love.
Keep a photo diary for a day
Spend a day taking photos of interesting things they see during the day. This can be anything from having breakfast to Dad washing the car. Encourage them to use photojournalist skills by organising the photos in a diary, writing captions under the photos and even include their own drawings and funny comments.
A day in the life of their pet
Similar to the above but this time they get down to the level of the pet to learn what their pet sees (if you saw Jonathan Ross you will remember he put a camera around his dog’s neck for the day and then laughed because he had lots of photos of his other dogs’ bums)! Kids will of course think this is hysterical.
Over the last few weeks I have done a number of friendship parties. Last weekend Ellen and her friends came to the studio for a photo shoot to celebrate her fourteenth birthday. I really enjoyed photographing the girls who asked me to pose them a little but mostly wanted to just have fun and let me capture them being themselves. They bought a change of clothes, I supplied some props and they threw themselves into it with real enthusiasm as you can see from the images below.
These two are my favourites … You can find the rest of the images here.
Last week I spent a couple of days in Cornwall and had a chance to meet my nephew for the first time. Although he was about to go to bed and the light was fading fast I managed to grab a few shots of this gorgeous boy. I am sure his parents won’t mind me saying that their garden is less than landscaped so finding an uncluttered background was tricky. I got around this by throwing the background out of focus which also drew attention to his cute face. Plus, keeping Max in one place wasn’t easy either. I spotted the cardbox box and popped him in it. Turning the image antique sepia gives it a timeless feel and also disguises the fact that the box was bright yellow which clashed with his babygrow!