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Boo loves bows… and she has an adorable valentine ideas list.


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February 8th, 2012 at 8:39 pm


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When I met Alex back in October she was waiting patiently for her first baby Isaac to arrive, during the session we talked babies and labour as Alex was having a home birth….. she was really calm about his imminent arrival.

Last week I got to meet (and have a cuddle with….) the delightful 3 week old Isaac, he was adorable and so relaxed….. mama and baby have a beautiful bond.

I wish them all the happiness together.




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I so love capturing the first moments of a new baby. This little beauty was 3 days old and her mama & dad were glowing at their second child arriving in the world.


baby toes

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Brand new adorable toes get me every time.

This beautiful girl arrived a few days ago and she was gorgeous. More to come.

Our summer portrait – behind the scenes

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It’s probably against the rules to reveal the secrets behind certain photos, but I wanted to show the behind-the-scenes of this recent portrait  of the boys and I totally based on this famous shot, as some people have asked how I created it. (please remember this is just a demonstration of how I did it, to inspire you).

I’d also like to show the reality that not all the shots taken were “perfect”, but there is still a lovely story found within some of them. Hopefully you will see how anyone can have a go at it, with a lot of patience and a sprinkling of magic.

First, finding the right light. The light is our bedroom is gorgeous & bright, and the walls are plain, creating a simple background.

Picking the most likely time my boys would cooperate was a factor, so I decided one mid morning during the summer holidays was the chance to get them in their best moods. I started with just one boy at a time so to curb the chaos that my two boys usually bring.

I set up the tripod and my remote control, using this lovely boy to work out the initial composition.

I soon realised this position is ridiculous as the window on the side was creating too many shadows.

So we spun round facing the window and I decide to add a little mascara, because that always makes a difference.

Then I realise the back ground is full of clothes and things hanging on the door, so I remove these.

I keep clicking away and slowly I’m getting towards the shot I want….

Except 4 out of every 5 shots is a silly face…. and I must try to disguise that I’m clicking the remote.

So I figure it’s time to re-set the shot and the cat arrives to get in on the action (and probably to escape her kittens.)

Now I try with my eldest, who should be more sensible in front of the camera….but he isn’t.

He starts to play ball and gets into it, knowing that the sooner I get my shot, he can be outta there.

Then I try both boys in the shot, and the silly faces continue….

SO we strike a deal…. they get to play with the remote when we’ve finished, and this is the chaos I was talking about.

Among the nonsense, a sprinkling of magic happened and surprisingly I start to get some shots….

And then the final portrait shot and some others…. here are my favourites….

Hope that might inspire someone to give it a go, creating your own family portraits is possible, I can’t wait to see what you do.

All shots edited in RadLab.

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September 28th, 2011 at 2:13 pm


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I’m experiencing a huge learning curve with the Lensbaby. I can see so much opportunity and I’m excited for what I can eventually create with my photography. I’m just struggling at the moment, knowing I just need to practice, practice and then practice some more.

I may regret sharing my first few images here, as I’d like them to be better. Maybe/hopefully I will look back at these, as I start to master it, and realise how far I’ve come.

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September 23rd, 2011 at 9:03 pm


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After 4 days without all my boys, I’m ready for them to come home. I’ve enjoyed the quiet, being able to work and then laze in bed with movies and magazines on my own…. I haven’t done that in years.

They will be back this evening, can’t wait for the hugs….

Here’s one of my new favourite photos, totally inspired by my love of this shot.



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August 29th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

francesca – pregnancy session

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A lovely afternoon with a beautiful mum-to-be and her bump. Not long till this baba arrives.



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August 21st, 2011 at 7:40 pm

france – black & white

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Sometimes you just feel the story needs to be told in black & white.


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August 19th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

bowler hat

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I saw the London street photography exhibition, photos of London through the ages. Then later passed by a man in a bowler hat, like he’d stepped out of one of those photos.

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March 8th, 2011 at 1:07 pm