Here I’m going to share some lovely pictures of baby Millie from when she was about 8 months old. Whereas with newborn photography you might spend most of the time trying to get baby to sleep, with a baby of this age there is a lot more interaction – in this case a parent or grandparent standing behind me making funny noises or waving favourite toys:-)
Each stage has its different challenges for the photographer, but I do enjoy photographing a baby of this age because you are starting to get a bit more expression, and can see a bit of personality starting to emerge. The session is also a bit more intense, as there is very little downtime for changes, feeding or settling, and a lot more movement, which can be fun.
These images are from last spring, and I recently had a follow-up session with Millie, who is of course now walking and starting to talk. I’ll share those pictures soon, and see how she is changing:-)
Following on from Joyce’s bump shoot, I have great pleasure to share some pictures of little Theodore
At the time of this session, he was just 2 weeks old, and still very willing to curl up and sleep. This is perfect for lovely newborn photographs, as I was able to carefully move him into different poses.
He was a little star, and generally slept well. It still took something over 4 hours to complete the shoot, as there was a cycle of wake/feed/change/settle/sleep/pose/shoot that we went through a few times. That did enable me to change the backgrounds and set-ups for some nice variety. Even finishing off by including mum and dad. I love so many of these shots, and really enjoyed the session.
I also love my cute little newborn baby hats! Not sure which I like best, but I’m looking forward to using them more in my shoots.
I’m hoping to be able to share some more newborn photos soon.
I was really excited when I heard that Joyce and Enoch were expecting, as I had shot their wedding last year. I was even more excited when they asked me to do some bump and baby shots for them. For one reason or another, though, we had struggled to arrange a date so on the morning of the shoot I was a little nervous as that was actually Joyce’s due date! Fortunately baby ended up being several days late, otherwise it could have got interesting…
Anyway, I knew from their engagement and wedding shoots that Joyce can nail some really dramatic expressions, so I wanted to approach the bump shoot with that in mind, and chose to use a black backdrop for many of the shots. To relax into the session I started with some shots of just Joyce’s bump, and under-exposed a little so that the image is reduced to just the outline. I included the hand here for some context so the shot wouldn’t be too abstract.
We then did a sequence with Joyce lying on the sofa, which worked really well, and have a nice informality.
In preparing for the shoot I had played around with some ideas and had invested in some lengths of chiffon fabric. I wasn’t quite sure how things would pan out, but I love the set of images that came next. We started with the chiffon wrapped round the bump and pulled taut behind Joyce to emphasise her shape. This was tricky to begin with – with me having to clamp the chiffon to one of my background stands. Fortunately Enoch arrived about then, and I was able to put him to work holding onto the fabric. That’s when I had the idea of asking Enoch to throw up the ends of the chiffon and see what happened. I think the resulting images were fab, as the chiffon billowed down behind/around Joyce creating an effect a bit like smoke or flame.
Having sorted the action shots we moved on to wrapping Joyce in different ways before finally letting Enoch get into some of the pictures too, in a more standard kind of setup.
This definitely one of my favourite recent posts, and I love so many of the shots that we did that day:-) As ever, I’d welcome any comments you may have…
Check back soon for some shots from my session with baby Theodore….
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I thought I would share some more pictures of baby Edie. This was from my second session with her last December, when she was around 7 months old, sitting up and moving around. Isn’t she sweet?
(If you want to see what she looked like when she was little, you can check out my first set of images here:- Baby Edie )
For this session I had taken some handy backgrounds with me so we could get a bit of variety from the session – all these were shot in the same 5′ x 5′ area. Edie seemed keen to move around quite a lot, so we did have to keep her busy with some toys to begin with, but patience and planning pays off, and I love some of these images. The bubbles in particular worked really well both to get Edie’s attention and keep her still, while also adding some interesting elements to the pictures. It was even more of a challenge to get the family’s dog, Maddie, to cooperate, but we got there in the end:-)
I’m looking forward to another session with Edie when she is starting to walk. I’m hoping mum will be up for a “cake-smash” series in that session. We’ll see…..
Are you ready for some really cute pictures?
Meet Rafferty, aged 3. Isn’t he sweet?
We had been trying to organise this shoot for several months, but it just kept getting rained off through the horrible wet autumn. At last we got a clear day early in December, so Rafferty and his mum met me in their local park for our shoot.
Rafferty was a star, and just wanted to have some fun. There was lots of running about and hiding behind trees and stuff, and he enjoyed getting buried in a pile of leaves. In some of the images, you may see a slighty puzzled expression – that would be because I was telling him silly stories to get a reaction. I think it worked, too. In the 90 minutes we had together he remained full of energy, and it was only brioefly towards the end of the session where I resorted to the bubble gun (ok, so that was mainly because I wanted to play too).
I think we got a lovely set of images, with plenty of variety, and we had some fun too.
Apparently, at bedtime that evening, Rafferty said:-
“the BEST thing about today was having my picture taken by Foz“.
That make me feel great about my job:-)
I hope you enjoy these photos:-
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Today I’m pleased to be writing about the wedding of Joyce and Enoch, winners of my competition last year. I had already met Joyce and Enoch for an engagement shoot in Camden, which had been good fun, so I was really looking forward to their wedding day.
With their families originally from Nigeria and Ghana, this was a real mixture of wedding styles, and a very colourful affair! The bride and groom, bridesmaids and groomsen were dressed in traditional english fashion for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, but later changed into formal african dress, and then casual dress later – that’s a lot of changing! You’ll also see that many of the guests were wearing traditional african dress and looked spectacular.
Although there were a few different elements to their wedding the overall flow was pretty familiar to me, so I started with some getting ready shots, before moving on to the ceremony. For this part of they day, I am keeping back out of the way for the most part, and not trying to direct any posing.
When we moved on to the reception venue, they weren’t quite ready for the bride’s entry, so I took Joyce off to one side for some bridal portraits, and when Enoch joined us too, I climbed up a fire escape to get some shots looking down onto them, and then asked Joyce to twirl so I could capture some movement in her dress. As the venue still weren’t quite ready for us, I took a few minutes to take some group shots of the boy and the girls. Rather than posing groups I like to give them something to do and a bit of simple direction, and we always get some nice informal shots where everyone is having fun. The was a lot of competition between the boys and the girls to get the best jumping shot
I even managed to grab a few quite moments away from the hustle an bustle later and took Joyce and Enoch to their suite for some pictures – this is where I asked Joyce to climb into the bath for me…..
And that was most of the formal shots in the bag. There were just a few more of the bridesmaids and groomsmen before the light faded too much. Otherwise I was shooting more fly-on-the-wall style, and trying to capture some of the energy and vibrant colours.
My last shots were of the launch of some Chinese lanterns, before I had to pack up and leave. By that time it was after 10, and I still had a 2 hour journey home! Despite the length of the day, I really enjoyed myself, and felt privileged to be a part of Joyce and Enoch’s celebrations.
My competition winners for this year are Sadie and Gary, and I’m hoping to have just as much fun shooting their wedding in August.
Here are some images of baby Eoghan (pronounced Owen), when he was about 8 weeks old. I think this is a lovely age to photograph babies, as they have filled out a bit from newborn and their skin is generally in lovely condition. You also get a lot more eye-contact – just check out this little guy’s eyes!
All these were shot in Eoghan’s own home, just using natural light. Isn’t he sweet? My own personal favourite is the shot where he is in the hat and his eyes are drooping shut – that stage where babies are somewhere between awake and asleep always gets me.
Do you have a favourite?
Anyway, I hope you enjoy these. I have been doing more baby sessions, so there will be more coming up in future posts.
Oh, and Happy New Year!
I’ve been suffering with flu this week, so I’ve had the chance to organise myself to share some photos from a couple of summer weddings (remember when days were warm?).
First up is Jenny and Dave’s wedding, which took place at Queen’s Hall in Cuckfield. You may remember that Janny and Dave were runners-up in my competition earlier this year, so it was great for me to be able to shoot their wedding.
One unusual element of their plans that had stood out for me was the idea of asking each guest to bring a flower on the day, which would then be made into Jenny’s bridal bouquet just before the service. Florist Lynne from EricaLily Flowers was understandably a bit nervous, but she did a great job to incorporate all the different blooms that came her way!
I also have to point out how adorable Jenny and Dave’s twins were. Jake and Bella were a bit tired by the end of the day, but I think they had a lovely time at mummy and daddy’s wedding:-)
Please have a look through the gallery below – you can see bigger versions of each shot by clicking on the thumbnail.
Next time I think it will be some more lovely baby pictures, so chack back soon.
I was thrilled when I heard that Becky and Jason were expecting a baby, as I had photographed their wedding last summer. I was even more excited when they asked me if I would take some photographs when the baby was born.
I finally met Millie Grace when she was jkust 2 weeks old, and she was still at that lovely newborn stage where she was not doing much beyond feeding and sleeping:-) I shot most of these images with Millie on a bed, using just window light, which was lovely and soft. We tried a number of “poses” with and without props, but the ones of her sleeping are among my favourites.
I finished off the session with some shots with mum and dad, lit by a couple of flashes, and I think these worked really well, too.
One difficulty with this particular session was that Millie had quite a lot of milk spots (which of course had cleared up a week later!). We could have postponed the session until her skin had cleared, but then we might have missed that lovely newborn stage which lasts such a short time. I decided to go ahead with it and try to minimise the appearance of spots by using good lighting, and knowing that I could also do some work on her skin in post-production. I’m glad we did go ahead on the day, although there was quite a lot of work for me to do to clear up her skin! I love the lack & white conversions here, as I think that removing colour (apart from a subtle toning) adds a little atmosphere to the shots, and gives a sense of tranquility.
Anyway, Becky now has some lovey images from a very special time with her new baby, and she wonderfully emotional when she saw the images for the first time. That makes it all worthwhile for me, and it’s what I love about baby shoots:-)
Let me know what your favourites are…….
More baby pictures next time? Or perhaps a wedding?
Another of the summer weddings. This time it was Sarah and Ben’s, and we actually had some sunshine! They were married at Asdown Park Hotel , with the party in a marquee at their own Sussex home, and stretch jeeps to ferry the guests between.
Sarah had made her own dress, and was looking gorgeous, so check out the getting ready shots. Ben was looking a bit nervous beforehand, like many grooms, but was much happier when it was all over. I managed to grab some time back at the house to photograph the newlyweds after the food had been served, and I loved the late evening sunlight. Sarah and Ben were even up for the idea of climbing up onto a big tree stump for a few shots.
Incidentally, I regretted not grabbing some of the canapes while I had a chance – the little fish & chip cones were looking really tempting!
By the time I had to pack my bags the party was gathering pace, but I had time to grab a few relaxed minutes with Ben to take a few more shots before I left.
My favourite shot has to be this one of Sarah, though, as the light was just beautiful, lit by a small skylight at the top of the stairs.
Anyway, that’s all for now. Take a look at the gallery below and click on a thumbnail to see the full image.