January 2018

A new year a new challenge – one photo a day this month, so hopefully 31 photos – all taken in manual mode with a 22mm pancake lens which is the equivilant of a 35mm focal length lens. The idea is to practice taking control of the camera, and thinking about composition. Continue reading


The Butterfly Wishes Network

The Butterfly Wishes Network - http://www.butterflywishesnetwork.co.uk
The Butterfly Wishes Network – http://www.butterflywishesnetwork.co.uk

Have you heard of the Butterfly Wishes Network?

The Butterfly Wishes Network is a not-for-profit organisation made up of UK-based professional photographers who would like to offer their services free of charge to families of children with life-shortening conditions*.

Their mission to to find a photographer who will donate their time and services to to those who need us most. These photographers will provide a free session and a minimum of 10 digital images for the family to have, license free.

* Butterfly Wishes Network define the families as being those who have children with a life shortening illness. Life shortening means the child potentially may not grow into an adult.  These types of illnesses include, among others, heart failure, liver failure, HIV/Aids, kidney failure needing dialysis, certain forms of cancer, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and SEVERE cerebral palsy.

Back before Christmas a friend of mine suggested I consider applying to Remember my baby  a similar organisation whose focus on photographers volunteering their photography services for the benefit of UK parents losing their baby before, during or shortly after birth. capturing images benefit of UK parents losing their baby before, during or shortly after birth, and although a great cause, I wanted to offer my services to a wide variety, I enjoy capturing magic moments of children of all ages, so Butterfly wishes I felt was more me.

I have already photographed a child with a life limiting condition and I know those family photos will be forever treasured, my own son has been effected by a rare neurological condition and my mum is in a wheelchair and rarely allows me to capture her in photos – so I already know just how precious these pictures could be to a family.

I am delighted to say that I have now been approved to join their network, although I am unable to post any photos directly from the shoots due to parent confidentiality, I would like to use this oportunity to increase awareness of the organisation and you can find out more here: www.butterflywishesnetwork.co.uk

The Butterfly Wishes Network - http://www.butterflywishesnetwork.co.uk
The Butterfly Wishes Network – http://www.butterflywishesnetwork.co.uk

Photo project

52 week photo project was suggested online here and I decided to give it a go… let’s see what happens and whether I can take a photo each week based on a theme…. chosen by someone else. Continue reading

December Highlights

December Highlights include:

  • The awesome adventures of the elves – see seperate post
  • Natural light Brides
  • Photography workshop with Olympus
  • Nighttime photography in Portsmouth
  • Nighttime photography in Brighton
  • Fun Family Shoot for a marmite fan
  • Headshots
  • Photography session at Portland Bill
  • New Forest Seasonal Shots

Happy Christmas

Last year my neighbour brought me an Elf on the Shelf… well two of them and challenged me to take some photos of them… well the Elves had fun, they came on some photoshoots, went out on location and broke into her house when she was on holiday… this is the result… 25 photos… one posted each day of Advent.

Elf 1
Advent – directed by my daughter

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November Highlights

November… am I struggling to update this site, I am not sure how it will progress next year … we will have to see, But highlights this month include:

  • Highcliffe Castle by candlelight
  • Autumn in the New Forest with some lovely children
  • Teaching macro with ipads and torches!
  • black and white challenge
  • A toddler group with 18 families in just over 2 hours!
  • Family seasonal shots.
  • Rememberance parade
  • Glastonbury Carnival
  • Christmas in Lymington
  • Christmas jumpers and seasonal shots
  • Commercial Accommodation
  • A huge function at Chewton Glen Hotel for cancer research

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October Highlights

I am loving my job. I love the opportunity to take photos of other people’s magical moments and helping to create amazing memories and it is so hard to choose what to share each month.

  • Highlights from my wedding are best enjoyed in their wedding gallery
  • Forest photography with friends
  • Work with a make up artist and five models
  • A pumpkin shoot revisiting a similar shoot I did two years ago – the changes in my photography are huge
  • Autumn in the New Forest with Deer
  • Coastal location shoots
  • A number of children portrait shoots which I have not yet shared with parents

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October 2015 I took some photos of Freddie for Halloween – his mum carved the pumpkins, brought the outfits and I provided the studio space (my kitchen), the lights and the smoke and took some photos – the results of which can be viewed here: https://renoufdesign.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/day-294-photography-is-about-having-fun/

35 - Pumpkin's with Mia
Freddie and Mia 2017

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September Highlights

September is a month of change:

  • I am moving on from Southampton Camera Club and going to give Highcliffe and Infintity a go instead, due to other commitments
  • It is all change at home… two of the teens in my household have moved it – yep two within a fortnight so lots of changes ahead.
  • Family location shoot in the New Forest with 8 family members!
  • A Christening
  • Time spent setting up a home studio
  • An engagement shoot
  • A cute baby
  • Canon pro day
  • A wedding!

Blogging, I really do not know how I found the time… and with so much planned for the week’s ahead… life is just a great adventure! Continue reading