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Surrey Family Photography

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Surrey Family Photography

"It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside." ~ Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib

After what felt like an eternal winter we have sprung into summer overnight. Spring has been left out completely but I'm not complaining, as the weather is glorious.  It’s a perfect time to bring the camera out and take beautiful photographs of the kids.  A good tip to remember is that the best time of day to photograph is in the early evening, just before the sun sets.  This is the most flattering light for family portraits, as the light is soft and ethereal.  It does get a little tricky later on in summer as this precious ‘golden hour' is past the children's bedtimes.  But right now it is just about manageable.  

While the sun is out I’m taking every opportunity to get photographs of the kids on our little weekend adventures in the Surrey countryside.  It’s a perfect time for everybody to get that dusty DSLR off the shelf and put it to use.  Or if thats too intimidating for you, just use your phone.  It’s making the memory of these precious days that matters most.  xx

 

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May Flowers

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May Flowers

March winds and April showers
Bring forth May flowers.

 

It's hard to believe that we photographed in the exact spot in the Surrey North Downs only a few weeks ago in the snow.  And look at it now.  Instead of white snow, it is raining the most beautiful spring petals.  So grateful that spring has finally arrived and we can venture outdoors again to create beautiful family portraits that are totally unposed. 

If you are looking for a Surrey family photographer to document your days just as they are, I would love to hear from you.  I love nothing better than creating beautiful, timeless family portraits.  I service most areas in London, Surrey and surrounding counties.  Spring sessions are fully booked and Summer 2018 is filling up quickly.  xx

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It's a Dog's Life

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It's a Dog's Life

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ~ Charles M. Schulz

Our puppy is growing fast. Every day she is bigger, calmer, and more house trained.  Just like a newborn, she was little for such a short period of time, that I can hardly remember it.  Good thing that despite all the chaos of those early days that I managed to squeeze in a few photos to remember it!  

The light on this particular afternoon was flat, overcast and grey which is not my favourite light to work with. However this light can be used to create moody, interesting images, and I think they tell a story that is worth telling, and remembering: the afternoons of slow ramblings on the Surrey Hills with my small people.

If you would like some relaxed, natural, unposed family portraits in time for Christmas, do get in touch soon. Bookings for 2017 are almost fully booked with just a few spaces left.

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Quilt of Memories

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Quilt of Memories

I love making memories for people.  I’ve said it before, and I feel strongly that we need to record our time together.  Not just the big events, but the little quiet everyday moments too.  So when someone makes something unique for me that made of memories, I get a little emotional. 

For a long, long time I have been looking for someone to make a quilt out of all my daughters beautiful baby clothes. (Let's just say I can’t sew to save my life)  Finally I found a lovely local dressmaker from Cuddles Botique who was brave enough and willing to take on the challenge.  And a few weeks later this beautiful quilt arrived just in time for my daughters 8th birthday.  It was everything I wished for.  Each item of clothing used in the quilt has a distinct memory for me. T-shirts remind me of chubby little arms, tiny hands and her delicious baby scent.  It also brings back the frustrations, and the intense tiredness of those early days, but overwhelmingly each item was chosen with love and is filled with memories.

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My first pregnancy was tinged with a little sadness as my mother was not well enough to be with me as she is in the later stages of Alzheimers. I missed sharing this new journey into motherhood with her.  One thing my mother and I did together when I grew up was shop.  It may sound frivolous, but shopping was our means of communicating, our little ritual.  She was the perfect shopping partner: patient, kind, quiet and with the most amazing, cultivated and interesting taste in just about everything.  

Thanks to the baby’s position I did not know the sex of my first baby until just before my due date.  This baby pushed, wriggled and kicked so hard throughout those 42 weeks (yes a whole, long 42 weeks, but that's another story), that I was certain it was a boy.  Secretly, oh so secretly,  I wished quietly for a little girl, but mentally I prepared myself for the arrival of a boisterous, bouncy baby boy.  During one of my very last scans in the final weeks I found out that the little football kicker in my womb was in fact, a girl.  I was so excited I went straight from Kingston Hospital to John Lewis and bought an armful of beautiful dresses.

While I was shopping for those dresses, it was more than just shopping.  It was my way of connecting to my mother who could not be with me.  I’m so glad that I can preserve the fabric to remind me of that day.  Hopefully the quilt will last long enough for my daughter to pass it on to her daughter, and her daughter’s daughter.   It is a love song as much to my mother as it is to my daughter.  I know she would be so proud of my amazing little girl.  It is a memory that connects and binds us three together.

 

 

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No Posing Required ~ Photographing a Family of Boys

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No Posing Required ~ Photographing a Family of Boys

I loved every second of this action packed shoot.  Why?  Well apart from the magnificent sunset, the family hardly noticed I was there.  For me this is the definition of a perfect shoot.  It was only during editing that I really got a chance to see the boys beautiful little faces properly for the first time. On the actual day in real time, they were moving so fast that I only saw the backs of their heads as they ran. Luckily I keep my shutter speed set to super speedy, capturing little people faster than I can see. These little boys ran, kicked, climbed and scrambled, not stopping for a second.  Parents often panic that their children will ‘misbehave’ during a shoot.  Well to be honest after raising my two raucous children, quite frankly I expect children to ‘misbehave’.  Run, be wild, be free.  They are not designed to be still, so why photograph them unmoving and posed?

During a typical shoot I try to spend the first 10 minutes doing the more standard group photographs while I still have the children (and Dad’s!) attention.  I have a small confessions: this is my least favourite part of the shoot. I chuckled to myself when I asked this family to stand together at the start of the shoot. They looked slightly horrified at the idea, and I knew then that we were onto something good.  Don't get me wrong, I do believe there is a place for the posed group family shot.  We all want one, and it has it’s place.  Mostly to gather dust on granny’s mantlepiece.  For me documenting real family life lies in the images that celebrate children as they really are, and that is all about capturing movement, connection, joy, delight, surprise and oodles and oodles of love.  

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