Year Two (124) – Shallow depth of field

I am experimenting today with a shallow depth of field on my 24-70mm lens, natural light to capture the detail and wonder of childhood.

The first image was outside, the light was wrong, but for me it was about capturing the moment.. a full blown paddy on the pavement…. what I find interesting here is the shutter speed at 1/320 sec the arm is still blurred – kids are fast, I shot wide to get the location and I was close to the subject, which has helped the depth of field… I think I need to get closer more often!

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A tantrum – ISO320, F9, 1/250sec – 35mm

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Year Two (114) – I love photographing children

I love photographing children, it is great capturing their personalities and the magic moments that the parents can look back on… and you never quite know what is going to happen.

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Lily – 12 days old.

This time I got to photograph a very stylized “Hungry caterpillar”, nanny had made the outfit especially for the shoot, and I have to say that Lily loved it, she was snug, warm and happy to have a snooze …  she was also a pooping and feeding machine .. and regularly wanted more milk and covered everything in poop… we gave up on the bare bum shots…

I was also able to capture her big sisters and mum and dad for some images too … so family photos.

At the same time I have been experimenting with a video style sneak peak to share with clients via facebook and social media… it means the photos are not easy to copy, but they help share the excitement of the shoot …  and adding my own branding to the video was also a creative challenge…

The final gallery is here: Meet Lily and delighted to say the family were delighted!

We drove down from Somerset to have Lily’s pictures taken at just 12 days old, after seeing the fantastic pictures of our nephew that Helen had taken.
Helen was fantastic with lily, really calm and nothing phased her, we even had to stop to feed shortly after the start!
I would highly recommend Helen, not only for the baby shoot, as she’s also fantastic with the whole family, including the teens! We had a lovely afternoon, capturing special family memories in a warm and welcoming environment, thank you so much

 

Year Two (110) – More Family Fun

I love taking photos of children having fun and I love doing cake smashes.. this time I got to spend the afternoon with the little girl on her birthday to take some great photos… I love the challenges the shoot presents, the interactions and the moments… Continue reading

Year Two (86) – Water Play

Toddlers are fun, two little boys playing in a paddling pool is great fun, but as I had no choice over the setting and we were in bright sunshine with a bright pink paddling pool, the shoot cause for some creative thinking – a reflector put the pool in the shade, adding some fill flash brighten up the shadows and turning the images into black and white created a timeless feel.

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Boys having fun!

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Year Two (44) -Moments to treasure

Photography for me is about capturing moments, moments that tell a story, moments that one day become memories and moments which at the time can be everyday occurrences – that are easily forgotten as our children grew.

Often as a photographer you get to do head shots, family group shots, weddings, cake smashes, new borns – but for me I love the opportunity to do an informal on location shoot – to spend time with a family and capture moments that just happen, that are fun and are just every day occurrences …

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Bounced Flash – what a cutie.

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Year Two (42) – Cake Smash

I love taking photos of young children, especially capturing moments that families can look back on and remember the memories, and I wish I had the skills back when my children were small to capture the images I would have liked to have had, alternatively I wish I had had the money to pay a professional to capture those moments.

Now though – I have become that professional, but with a twist….

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Behind the Scenes

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Year Two (31) Netherlands

An incredibly short break in the Netherlands saw us doing over 800 miles in the car and spending some time exploring with our god daughter, it is wonderful to be part of her life – frustrating at how well at 3 year old she can understand English and yet we struggle to communicate anything in Dutch -but it is lovely to see how she has grown through my photography… and also how much my photography has improved between visits.

Just over a year ago – February 2015 – I blogged about the family photos I took, and in the last 14 months Fenna has changed significantly but so has my photography.

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The Channel Tunnel

Above we are heading into the channel tunnel – a tricky shot, no flash, it had to be fast enough to freeze the movement but I had to capture the details inside the dark cab of our camper and outside in the train. Continue reading

Year Two (30) – Almost One

A special friend of mine is one on Monday… and I got to have him all to myself at the weekend… so it was time to take some natural baby shots or play – I love this kind of photography, not staged, just natural – capturing moments that a parent would treasure and I really wish I had the camera skills I have now when my own were at this stage.

I had a special morning, we ate, we explored, we discovered, we played and we napped … a great morning for Freddie and some great expressions to enjoy…

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Breakfast time
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Playing
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On the move
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In the garden
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Freddie – exhausted!

Hopefully he will come and play again soon. Happy First Birthday Freddie!

Year Two (23) – My first cake smash

On my photography wish list was a cake smash – and this week I pushed myself once again to tackle my very first cake smash and photoshoot in Freddie’s home… I knew what I wanted to achieve and it really dependent on whether Freddie would participate – but his mum was keen to have a go to and join in the adventure.

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