This summer I met up with a friend I’ve not seen since I was 14 – we were only at school together for 3 years before I moved away and we sadly lost touch. The minute I saw her again I was taken back to a photograph of her, laughing with her hands in the air, taken just before we moved. That photograph is in an old crumbling album on my bookshelf in my sitting room. Whilst I don’t look at that album very often, I’ve grown up with it and it’s part of me and my childhood memories.
It’s why photographs are so important, pictures of family probably even more so than friends. Whenever I’m asked to take photos of a family, I know these images are going to be with them forever. It captures a moment in time, maybe only a few hours of one day, but it’s captured. Children grow up with these images around them and will remember the day, what you were wearing, what they were wearing, the fun you had taking them. Most of the time you are behind the camera and don’t appear together with the family as a whole – your children will want to look back at images of you as much as you want to remember them as they were before they got taller than you!
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Here are a few of the families I’ve photographed this year – I hope you enjoy them.
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How do you take a photograph of photographs? That was exactly the question I was asked when approached by the inspirational new company www.friendsnaps.com. Friendsnaps have launched a brand new product of creating photo quality posters out of all the profile pictures of your friends on facebook, they needed some promotional images to illustrate the finished product. It needed to appeal to all ages – typically you’d imagine this being a teenage / student thing but they were keen to promote it to all generations by showing it could become more than a ‘poster’. So, armed with two posters and a washing line (bit of creative thinking going on here!) I headed out into the freezing cold a few weeks ago. I hadn’t banked on the wind – posters flap about quite alot! So rather than my washing line idea between two trees, I positioned them against a wall – hence avoiding the wind lifting them – that’s the teenager / student image done. Racing back into the warmth, I framed one in a simple black A1 frame which, when put up in a beautiful contemporary kitchen, becomes more of a funky work of art! A few more images of the packaging and we were done – what do you think? A great Christmas Present for someone I would say… and a company to seriously keep your eye on!
Autumn has whizzed by in a whirl of stunning colours, wind and rain. But when I was looking back at all the fab families I photographed over half-term I remembered one very warm (almost summer temperatures) day in the middle when I photographed this gorgeous family. We decided to meet in Winchester – my suggestion – as I just love the grounds around the Cathedral and the walk down to the Water Meadows. Lots of background textures to play with from wooden gates, old brick walls, leafy meadows – a photographer’s dream when thrown in with lovely autumn sunshine!
Half-term was a busy time for me with bookings everyday for 10 days – a risky strategy with the weather being as it is at this time of year. If one day is a wash out it’s then a matter of juggling available weekends… and leading up to Christmas that isn’t easy. On the whole the weather, lovely autumn light and colours were fab. However, that wasn’t so for this family but they, like me, were not going to let a spot of rain ruin the day. So, we put on wellies and went out and about around Hinton Ampner Gardens, and got wet. I LOVE the results – especially in the shots where you can clearly see the rain. Being boys, both children loved it, nothing quite like getting wet and muddy. Luckily, my clients loved the results too – everyone’s happy!
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I’m sure, like me, you are always meeting people that fill you with energy, make you smile and just click with. The lovely Fran is one of those people. Fran runs a superb beauty salon in Southsea called Chocolate (on the basis of a little of what you fancy does you good – SO true!). Having an hour with Fran, whether it’s a full body massage, or a manicure, is an hour spent in heaven. Imagine my delight when she and I had one of our conversations and realised we could help each other out. Fran has decided to offer special treatments for pregnant ladies and is really keen to promote them. I love photographing women in the later stages of pregnancy – it’s such a special time and one that disappears so quickly once the baby is born. So, in return for a much needed treatment or two I photographed a client of hers, the lovely Lisa, to provide her with some promotional images. We had a fabulous time in Lisa’s home capturing these shots – Lisa is delighted, Fran’s delighted….. and I’m delighted!
It’s been a busy half-term for me with lots of families wanting lifestyle family portraiture sessions taken – ideal for Christmas presents (I know, the dreaded ‘C’ word). This lovely bunch and I spent a fun 2 hours in the New Forest jumping on logs and swinging across streams… a child’s dream come true! Hope Dad’s going to be pleased when he opens his presents on Christmas morning.
Being invited to photograph a couple’s wedding is a privilege and an honour and a good photographer knows the importance of recognising this. It’s not to be taken lightly – after the vows have been spoken, the dress admired, couple toasted, champagne drunk and guests have left, all that remains of the day itself are memories… and the photographs!
The photographs that will mean the most to the couple, and can be the difficult ones to get, are those that show the true chemistry between the bride and groom. The image that captures a moment that passes between them – a look, smile, laugh or thought…. here are a few of the couples I’ve had the privilege of photographing.