Welcoming baby number three home is a little different when you already have a four and two year old running around the house! But no matter the chaos (and I do love the chaos), snatching those moments of quiet, of beauty and of wonder is so precious. Finding pockets of light and natural connection and posing make the most beautiful newborn imagery, here’s a sneak peek from this beautiful gallery.
You probably know I’m all about the undone moments. The love and laughter, the silliness and sensitive moments, but there are a few shots I aim to get in every session, and here’s why.
Mummy in the Middle
I would say 98% of the people who book me for a family session are mothers. And I think 100% of the mothers have uttered at one point during our session something along the lines of just concentrate on the kids, I hate having my photo taken and I really don’t want to be in the pictures. And by the end of the session, 100% say ‘wow not as bad as I thought!’ And actually, mothers are some of my most favourite people to photograph simply because I like to show them what we see… the centre of the family, making their children grin from ear to ear, making their husbands beam with pride. And getting to show these women themselves the way we see them, the way their children see them - nothing can take that away from them and it makes everything I do worthwhile.
As a mother of twins boys, my children fight a lot. They don’t care where they are… the queue for the bank, the pavement, the bath. And when they are in the middle of their, what feels like five hundredth, bicker, squabble or barney t of the day it can be really easy for me to forget that they like each other, let alone love each other! And there’s something about my children showing kindness to each other that makes my mama heart swell - I don’t think I’m alone. So in those times when it’s hard to remember the love and sweetness, having an image that reminds me underneath the pushing and pulling and the ‘why does he always get everything and I get NOTHING’ there is pure sibling love in there somewhere!
3. The Classic Granny Shot
A lot of us photographers call this the ‘Granny Shot’. That picture of your whole family, smiling sweetly at the camera. It’s the picture you’ll give your Granny, Nanny, Grandma or Gaga to have framed on the mantel piece. The picture she will show off with pride to friends, neighbours - heck even the postman! While you may think I’m all about the undone moments, I also care passionately about the moments that will be cherished by your loved ones for years to come. These are so often the natural laughs and love, but for some members of the family, the ‘Grammy Shot’ is it!
I happened to wake up at 5.15am this morning. Totally not unusual, I’m often kicked in the face at dawn by a snoring 4 year old who has snuck in the bed at some point in the night. I quickly got dressed this morning though, jumped in the car and headed on the 25 minute drive to the beautiful village of Wisborough Green for the annual hot-air balloon festival. This year’s event had unfortunately been called off the day before so this was their only opportunity to get up… and wow was it worth the early morning wake up! Standing on the green surrounded by little kids in the PJs, villagers clutching their coffee hiding their PJs under big coats, the ballon enthusiasts with their huge cameras and of course the balloon drivers and those lucky enough to be joining them for the ride. I now have a theory - it’s impossible not to smile when you see a hot-air balloon take to the skies!
I did a portrait session with my boys today. It’s been raining and pretty cold for August so I had this idea about them getting cosy in my favourite knitted jumper.
There’s something so nostalgic to me about wearing someone else’s favourite jumper. I remember being dressed in my mum’s pink knitted jumper when I was tiny on a rainy English beach after I’d got cold and wet. It came down to my knees. And I remember being about 17 and my boyfriend giving me his school rugby shirt that smelt of musky Lynkx. I thought I was the coolest girl ever. And then when I was heavily pregnant with the boys, my husbands hoodie was the only thing that fit. There’s nothing better than a favourite jumper.
Well this session just filled my creative heart right up! Beautiful Kara, a beautiful dress and beautiful golden light - what’s not to love!
It rained on Kara’s wedding day two years ago and unbeknownst to anyone in the congregation, Kara was a few weeks pregnant with baby Bodhi. So Kara and I talked about her putting her wedding dress back on to capture some beautiful images in golden light. And boy did we do just that!
Ahh Wilderness Woods in East Sussex. I breathe a little easier when we pull up in the car. Anticipating freedom to play, not needing to tell my boys to be quiet, to not yell with glee as they race through the woods - or let’s be honest, yell at me for going the wrong way. And all of that is before we even get to the glorious cafe serving the most delicious wholesome and healthy meals. If you haven’t been, you must!
We are so lucky to get to spend so much time at this little slice of heaven! Billycan Camping is a glamping site in Arundel, West Sussex, where children can run free and you can cook over open fires. Our history with this special spot goes way back, we got married there in 2013 and it actually inspired our move from London to Arundel! Now working there all these years later with my boys in tow is pretty special!
In the hottest week of the year we snuck away for a little stay, catching grasshoppers, water fights, cooking fresh lobster and sleeping under canvas.
Billycan Camping still have some availability over the summer holidays - if you decide to stay give me a shout and I’ll see you there!
This is the type of session photographer dreams are made of! When little ones can stay up a bit later in the evening to make the most of summer sunsets at your favourite spot. Simply dreamy.
I had the absolute pleasure of working with Sally at Keeper. A beautiful artist who creates ethical and sustainable t-shirts that are made for keeps. Sally has a growing cult following including celebs like Fearne Cotton. It was an absolute pleasure styling and photographing her current collection, we also sat down afterwards to discuss the best ways Sally could utilise her new imagery for marketing and social media.
Here’s a peek at some of my favourite photos, as modelled by the beautiful Kara.
If you know me, you’ll know I treat every photo session like a day out with friends. We have fun, we laugh, we get grubby, we talk about all the love in your family, occasionally we get deep. I believe your session tells a story of a precious moment in time with your children. That’s why I’m passionate about giving you every single one of those memories we create.
My family package includes the photography session at an outdoor location we all love, hand editing by me of all your best images and delivery of an online gallery. Now it also includes all of your edited images for you to download and share to your hearts content. Plus a box of high quality 5x7 prints of all your images. I want you to have it all!
My sessions are now either booked as a morning or afternoon slot - no set time frames, no time limits. So if your child is a little shy, your baby needs a feed or you take a little time to come out of your shell, we have plenty of time. It’s really important to me that you enjoy the session because I know that if you’re happy and relaxed, everyone else will be too!
Morning sessions start around 9.30 am, afternoon sessions should start two hours before sunset.
So it’s just one family package - two simple prices, one for week days and one for the weekend. That’s it!
THE ADVENTURER PACKAGE
£320 weekdays, £345 weekends and bank holidays
So am I the right photographer for you?
When I think about the images I create, I think about my own family moments I want to cherish and even more importantly, the images I think my boys will cherish when I’m long gone. They’re not of us all looking perfect in our Sunday best. They’re of us in our most beautifully presented real state, our personalities shining through.
I don’t always want everyone to be looking at the camera, sometimes I want everyone to be looking at each other, the people they love most in the entire world. My editing has been described as gritty and raw.
If that sounds like you and your family, I’m the photographer for you!
It’s not a prerequisite, but I also adore children and families who love the great outdoors, where the wild is their playground. Whether it’s the beach, the woods, the mountains, the fields or even the sea! We can explore together and make your photo session an adventure you’ll want to remember forever.