Big and Little

Big and Little

I'm having so many sibling sessions lately, some brand new clients and some clients I have known for years. Its nothing short of a joy to return to a family who I've photographed before, not only do we all feel comfortable with each other and know what to expect, its very flattering that they want to use me again and I get to see them grow over the years. This session was taken in January of this year, I first photographed them when their biggest girl was newborn, then again when she turned one, here we captured their newborn boy and in January I will photograph his first birthday, I can't wait to see how he's grown!!!

London Baby Photographer

London Baby Photographer

Being a photographer in London I am happy to travel all over the capital to photograph families in their homes. Why? I have thought many times about having a studio and having clients come to me, I would have more control over lighting, I could fit more clients in a day, my images would have more continuity in style. But nearly all of my newborn clients comment on how glad they are that they could have their session in their own home, particularly those who may have had a stressful birth or have older siblings, it makes the whole session just so much less stressful for them. With older siblings, I feel like they are so much more relaxed and I can really capture their personalities, they show me their room, their favourite toys and books and really its just a ball, and at the end of it all their photos are their own in their own home, so personal... just take a look a these two beautiful boys captured in their own home ♡

Twickenham Newborn & Family Photographer

Twickenham Newborn & Family Photographer

A newborn photo session is not just about a new baby, its often also just as much about their older siblings and the new role they have just taken on. I love to see the new dynamics between a family when a second or third baby comes along, as you can imagine the session is seldom as calm as when we are dealing with a first baby, an older sibling will want in on the action... and rightly so! Its an exciting (and lets be honest tad stressful) time for parents when getting used to juggling a new baby. These sessions are so much fun though, I love to have a play with the older child while mum nurses, then capturing the family together as a newly expanded unit, and of course the sibling photo... not as easy as it looks but an essential for all family albums!

First Year Photo Session Primrose Hill

First Year Photo Session Primrose Hill

Sunny Primrose Hill in London was the perfect backdrop for a photo-session with lovely clients I had met the year prior when they had just welcomed their baby girl. This is a special place for this beautiful family who wanted to have their daughters first year session where they had spent so much time becoming a family together.

As a location based photographer I travel across London for photo-sessions and its really important to me that the location chosen by clients is somewhere that is special to them, that way i know their photographs will become treasured memories of their lives as a young family. For some this is in their home or in the beautiful green spaces london has to offer, for others it might be both and I am more than happy to split a session between home and the park - time and weather permitting of course!!

You can see more of little Theia's newborn session here.

Maternity and Newborn Photography London

Maternity and Newborn Photography London

Nothing captures the magical time when your expecting your new baby than a maternity and newborn photo session. To be able to see the transition and growth of a family is so special and they're memories that can never be captured again. I particularly love to see the special connection between two people in the final weeks as they await their new baby. I remember feeling so close to my husband in the last few weeks before our daughter arrived and almost grieving the fact we'd no longer be just the two of us. Of course that feeling completely disappeared when our baby girl arrived and a new kind of connection began, the three of us against the world... and this is what I love to capture for other couples!

Lifestyle Newborn Photographer in London

Lifestyle Newborn Photographer in London

I have recently made the decision to move my newborn photography to entirely lifestyle and no longer offer the posed newborn portraits. This has been a very organic decision for me and something I have moved towards for the last couple of years. Posed newborn photography is beautiful and done well is stunning, but for me personally I feel more driven towards the more natural and authentic style that a lifestyle approach delivers. So what is lifestyle photography?... when I have discussed my thoughts with clients during sessions (particularly my growing base of returning clients) they have asked this very question, and for them I think they can't really see the distinction between what I have done thus far and what I am proposing for the future. Perhaps this is because my sessions have always included lifestyle photos and my style has always leaned more naturally in that direction, in fact my returning clients haven't even noticed a difference in what I have delivered in more recent shoots for them. Lifestyle photography means different things for different photographers and I won't try to offer a definitive answer to this question but for me it is a session in the subjects home or a place that has personal meaning to them, with minimal staging and posing, capturing a family and their connections in their own space. I try to interfere as little as possible only to ensure that I get the best of the light and to ensure the framing of the picture will deliver a pleasing picture, props are limited only to those that are important to the subjects, a little teddy or toy or precious hand knitted blanket. The session I have included here is one such lifestyle shoot... and depicts exactly (I think) the beauty of family and their connections captured naturally and authentically.

London Family Photographer

London Family Photographer

The most common question I'm asked by my clients is "how do you find the patience to do photo-sessions with children?". Its a question with many answers the most obvious being that I love my job, but in all honesty its simply not as stressful when the children aren't your own. I am a mother so I know how unpredictable babies and children can be, I am also well equipped to read children's moods and can preempt those telltale boredom signs, which means I can move a session forwards to make sure the possible tantrums or meltdowns don't interrupt the time I have with a family. Obviously I can't prevent every tantrum, we all have off days. But I have found that my most successful sessions are those when the parents are relaxed. Its so easy to become worried and stressed when our children aren't listening or behaving as we would like, and these situations can lead to even less cooperative children. I try to keep all my sessions relaxed, I allow more time than is necessary particularly for newborns who may need cuddles from Mummy or a feed. Each session is different and geared around the family and childs needs, and I encourage parents to sit back and let the kids play freely, allowing me to engage with them and get what we need to make beautiful happy portraits. This is little Edens session, she was as you can see a pure delight, happy and smiley and having fun - but then again so were Mum and Dad!

Notting Hill Baby Photography

Notting Hill Baby Photography

I recently posted a video to the home page to give an idea of what you would likely receive from a newborn photo-session. I have uploaded a few more from this beautiful family's session below.

Twickenham Family Photographer

Twickenham Family Photographer

Another year has gone by and I've photographed new friends, revisited old ones and met new arrivals. At the end of last year I went back to see Elliot who I photographed when he was three months old, he has a new baby brother Riley now and at three months you can hardly tell them apart - take a loot at Elliots session here.

The weather coming into 2016 has been wet and windy - not ideal for a family photo session especially if you want to take advantage of our lovely outdoor spaces in South West London, but I can guarantee that even in the cold Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Marble Hill to name but a few still look stunning, and there is nothing cuter than little ones bundled up in wooly hats and scarves.

Even baby Riley managed a cosy smile in a cold Marble Hill Park this winter...

Country Living

Country Living

I was asked to photograph the lovely Oliver for a third time as we decende into autumn but this time at their new home in the rolling surrey countryside. Its always a little bit of a challenge when a shoot is in a location you don't know and could not scope out prior to the booking but when there is a lake behind the house rolling hills to the side and apple trees in the garden its made so much easier!