Family portrait session in Guildford

Last week I got together with the Brown family for a family portrait session at their home. The weather wasn’t great so we did most of the shoot indoors – which is fine with me and can work better with young kids as everything is familiar.

Earlier in the year dad Euan’s sister Ellie had organized a photo session with me as a birthday gift for him (which is a great idea by the way if you are stuck for something to give a family member this Christmas!). However they wanted to wait until baby Hannah was a bit older before having the photo shoot, so we did the session last week rather than at the time of Euan’s birthday… (more…)

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Ken and Ann’s Golden Wedding

Last weekend I drove down to the New Forest to photograph the celebrations for Ken and Ann’s 50th wedding anniversary. They were a bit startled to see me at first I think, as the photo coverage had been organised as a surprise gift from their children Victoria and Simon… But they took it all in their stride, fortunately!

We started with some posed family pictures in the garden, and then I switched into documentary mode to cover the party and the speeches that followed… (more…)

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Liz & Jonathan’s engagement shoot

I know I always talk about the weather when I post photos, but when you shoot outdoors most of the time as I do it’s an important topic! 🙂

Last Wednesday Liz and Jonathan came over to chat about their wedding day plans (they’re getting married at Hartsfield Manor in October) and we took the opportunity to do a quick “engagement” shoot just around the corner on Church Green here in Wonersh. I was hoping for a bit of sunshine, as there’s been some around from time to time this past week, but no such luck – in fact we had to dodge the drizzle at the beginning of our session!

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Engagement shoot Guildford Castle

At last, some sunshine! It seems like we've had nothing but rain for weeks - but when I met S and J (they've asked me to use their initials for privacy reasons) in the grounds of Guildford Castle last Sunday morning the weather was kind and we had the sun peeking through the clouds at least some of the time!

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Family portrait photo sessions can be easy and quick!

I was looking through my archives the other day and I came across this photo session – and it got me thinking about why many people don’t have professional photos of their family…

I think there is a perception that having a professional portrait session is going to be a long and tedious affair, with a lot of standing about and feeling awkward while being posed endlessly by the photographer. Nothing could be further from the truth, as I hope these images show… (more…)

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Suzy & Duncan’s e-shoot at Crystal Palace Park

Million-year-old dinosaurs, a giant gorilla – Crystal Palace Park in South London is home to some strange creatures – in statue form at least! But it’s also a beautifully landscaped location for an engagement shoot, which is why I arranged to meet Duncan and Suzy there last Thursday morning.

They live just a few streets away, and often visit the park to walk their dog, so it seemed like the obvious choice for a photo-shoot location. (more…)

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A North Carolina family at West Bay Club

I met the Weathersbee family at West Bay Club last Saturday – not perhaps the best possible weather for a photo shoot – it was overcast and grey, with not much prospect of a sunset – but I know from experience that in those conditions there is always a trade-off – no bright sun means no hard shadows, no squinting, and soft and flattering light instead!

So no worries – Ella and Brooks (the two children) soon dictated the way the session was going to work – it was all about running around the resort and the beach and just having a good time!

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A family portrait session at Ocean Club, Turks and Caicos

The Sacco family are regular visitors to Turks & Caicos (though this was the first time I had had the pleasure of shooting a family portrait session with them).

They were staying at Ocean Club East, on Grace Bay, Providenciales – we began the session about an hour before sunset, and as I usually do if the sun is bright I started with some photos in the garden area of the resort. Heading straight to the beach at that time can be hard on the eyes and everyone gets hot quickly!

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Two families on the beach

Last Thursday I drove down to The Veranda, one of the newest resorts on Providenciales in Turks & Caicos, to shoot a family portrait session with two families – Patricia and Nyssa and their respective kids.

The kids were definitely full of beans – not really interested in sitting still while I did group photos, but that didn’t matter too much as quite often it’s the less posed shots that work out the best!

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