On a Friday afternoon in a small village in Wiltshire at 3:15pm it's not uncommon to see this pony collecting his owner from the school gate. It makes me laugh I can just imagine one of those home to school transport surveys.
How do you travel to and from school? Car, bike, bus, walk, scooter or pony!
I don't suppose there are many children that get to ride their pony home from school, this is one lucky boy.
It was such a privilege to be able to capture the bond between them in this gorgeous setting in Milton Lilbourne. The session was scheduled to start at 4pm at 2pm there was a downpour and I considered cancelling but I checked out my trusty weather app and it said there would be sunshine, well it wasn't wrong, the light was amazing.
September 2018 marks the start of year 2 for this one. She loves school so much that on day 2 of the school holidays she told me she was desperate to get back!
We had an amazing summer and got up to lots of fun things (I'm planning a blog post so you can see what we got up to), and then just like that the holidays were over and it was time for the new academic year to start.
I feel very lucky that she loves school, she was eager to start the term to see her friends and embrace school life. Although she has had a growth spurt she still isn't quite able to reach her peg, her teacher told me today that by Christmas that usually sorts itself out :)
I am a very proud mummy, I hope she continues to thrive throughout her school life.
And then there is this one, he's mummy's little mischief maker!
He is not due to start school until September 2020 but I think he maybe ready now. When I drop his sister off he sits down on the carpet with the other children and tries to join in with what they are doing. When it's time to go it's all tears and tantrums.
What crazy weather we seem to be having, at the end of April and start of May it was wet and cold and now its so hot everyone is in shorts and t-shirts. It's hard to believe it's still spring and not summer!
The Bluebells only last for a short time and although they flowered late this year they are now all gone, so I thought it might be nice to put together some of my all time favourite family shots taken in the Bluebells. I've included 2 cheeky sisters, a just walking 1 year old with his yummy mummy and 3 brothers with their lovely mum. These were all taken in West Woods near Marlborough.
We are so lucky to have this wonderful display right on our doorstep, I drive my husband and daughter crazy as once the Bluebells flower as I keep pestering them to go for walks. I'm obsessed with trying to find the perfect light and locations for up and coming shoots. They are probably both relieved they have now finished flowering, but what they don't know is I now have my eye on a lovely field of wild pink flowers which has popped up recently.
In May last year I had the pleasure of photographing this young family in the Bluebells which can be found at West Woods in Marlborough, Wiltshire. This couples 'story' is like something from a film, a real life fairy tale. She is from America and he is from the UK, they met whilst on holiday in a country thousands of miles away from either of their homes. They had only known each other for a short while but it was enough for them to know they were meant to be. Soon he went to visit her in the states for a short holiday and then it wasn't long before she got a flight to England with the intention of staying for 6 months, the rest you could say is history. Fast forward 2 years to when these photos were taken, they are now married and have a gorgeous daughter who makes up their little family. She may have only been 9 months old but she was already walking and enjoyed exploring the vast carpet of Bluebells. Shortly after these photographs were taken they moved to the States, but I am hoping they come back to the UK soon so I can take some more photo's of them.
So my idea of getting some lovely family images in the snow didn't go so well this morning. I have waited for a long time to have the opportunity to get a photograph of my two kids standing together. The youngest is now 19 months and only just getting steady enough on his feet. Safe to say my first attempt didn't quite achieve the results I was hoping for. I'm not sure exactly what the problem was, maybe it was the freezing temperatures or the biting wind or the fact he had so many layers on it was hard to move or it could have been the fact his had gloves on preventing him from sucking his thumb. Anyhow it wasn't long before we were all back inside!
So after spending most of the day inside waiting for the wind to drop, take 2 in the late afternoon went slightly better, I think he began to see the fun side of snow and on a plus side at no point was he made to walk or stand in the white stuff!
If you are thinking of having some photographs taken of your new bundle of joy, but you are not sure how it works and what to expect, then please keep reading. If possible it is best to photograph babies within the first 2 weeks of life. This is because they are at their most sleepy, their skin is usually clear and they are fairly amenable to being moved around without waking up. However, my preference is to photograph your new addition when you are ready, that might be after a few days of them being born or it might be a few weeks. It is best to contact me before baby is due (around the time of your 20 week scan) that way I can make sure to keep some dates free in my diary around babes due date.
I carry out newborn sessions in your home. This means that you don’t need to worry about packing up the millions of things you seem to need to take everywhere with you when you have a new baby. Also by being in the comfort of your own home I believe it allows you to feel relaxed which often makes the baby feel more relaxed.
I usually allow up to four hours for a newborn session - This allows plenty of time for feeding, nappy changes and time for baby to fall sleep. It's a good idea to make sure the house is warm – a contented baby is usually one that is warm and has a full tummy. If your baby is unhappy at any point during your shoot we can take a break and continue once you feel he/she is ready.
When I arrive at your house one of the first things I like to do is take a quick look around and find the best location to set up. All the photographs on my website are lit using natural light. This means that I need plenty of natural window light and that is what I’ll be looking for. Please don’t worry if the place is untidy I completely understand that you are busy with your new little one.
The session is unique to you and your house, I do bring a long a bean bag but if the bedroom has good light then the bed works just as well. I do not pose the babies as such, I tend to find that babies get into positions that they feel comfortable in. I will however make a few adjustments if I feel it will make the final image look better.
You are requesting me to photograph your newborn but along with them I love including mums and dads in my images – you make great props. It is also really important for me to make sure I have some shots of you as a family, this is a special time and moments that you will treasure in years to come.
I love to lay the baby on blankets that belong to them, It helps to make the photographs unique to you. It’s also helpful if you dress your baby in something simple, sometimes the best shots are when they are in a plain white vest.
This is just a guideline to how a session normally works so that you know roughly what to expect.
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These two kids are my world, there is an age gap of exactly 4.5 years. My daughter tells me she loves her brother but she often tells me that she never wanted a baby! Sometimes she says that a girl baby might have been better! The reason she has 'issues' with the little man is not due to his gender it is due to his behaviour......you know crying, dribbling and filling his nappy - all the things that babies do.
I would love to be sat here telling you how amazing it is to see the bond between the two of the growing and how amazing it is to watch the love that my daughter has for her baby brother but that wouldn't be the truth.
What I can tell you is that when she thinks we are not watching I know she is keeping an eye out for him making sure he is ok and she'll play and talk with him, she also becomes very protective of him when we are around other people. On the other hand my son adores his big sister, his face lights up when she enters the room and he tracks her like no one else. Perhaps one day (hopefully sooner rather than later) when they are both bigger and they can play together she'll realise it's not so bad to have a younger brother.
For now though I am preparing myself for what I see as the next hurdle, he is getting closer to becoming mobile and once he is able to touch her toys I know there is going to be some major trouble ahead!
Wow I can't believe this is my first post of 2017!
Someone recently mentioned to me how they like reading my blog, I then realised that it had actually been quite a while since I had put together a blog post. It is hard enough to find time get out my 'big camera' leave alone putting together a blog post but spurred on by that conversation (and my son now having a fairly predictable nap in the mornings) I have managed to do one.
My little dude is now 8 months old and all of my time is spent looking after him, in between the daily school run of my daughter! This means that he has become my main muse especially over the last few months, now that he is doing more. So I have put together some of my favourites; they involve a fair amount of sleeping and thumb sucking. He is a happy contented boy, as long as he's been fed of course! He has amazing blue eyes and his own unique hair thing going on. Hopefully this collection of photo's show all of that and more.
Since my daughter was born (2012) I have always taken photographs of her around this time of year. At the moment I never seem to have any time to take photos but I was determined this year wasn't going to be any different. My little one is 4 months old so taking photographs of him outside caused me a couple of issues:
1) It was pretty cold
2) He isn't able to sit unaided.
The solution to the first problem was to find somewhere that looks like it's in the middle of nowhere with trees and leaves but in reality was very close to where we parked the car. We moved to Wiltshire in January last year and are now very lucky to live close to Savernake Forest so this seemed like the best choice of location.
The solution to problem 2 was to use his sister to hold him up. Perhaps harder than it sounds, I might have resorted to bribary. The whole shoot lasted no more than 10 minutes, so with that in mind I am very happy with the results, especially as I managed to get one of the four of us and we're all looking at the camera.
If you are having photos taken in Autumn it's a great idea to think a bit about what colours to wear, I think it really enhances the end result. I made sure we were all wearing complementing colours and patterns much to my husbands amusement.
2016 has been a big year for us as a family - new house, new baby and for our eldest child this month saw the start of a new school.......BIG school! As a parent I think I underestimated exactly what this meant for me. I knew it would mean spending less time with the person who has been my shadow for most of the last 4 and half years. I knew I'd miss her and I had prepared for that but what I hadn't really thought about was the new routine. Add into the mix a new born baby whose routine is all over the place and it's made for a pretty stressful first couple of weeks.
Saying goodbye to my little girl each morning whilst she held on tightly to my finger (or leg, or top) not wanting to let me go was pretty tough. Not to mention the bruises I gained on my legs from carrying her rather hefty baby brother in a car seat round to the classroom. However, I am pleased to say 2 weeks in and despite her being super tired and unusually hungry she is really loving school and I think its going to be alright.
These photo's were taken a couple of days before her first official day, she was so excited when we got her school uniform I had to hide it as she wanted to wear it all the time. As you can see the cardigan is massive even though it is the smallest size you can get, I guess it means it should last a while and her shoes in the photos are very shiny, suffice to say they don't look quite the same 2 weeks in :)
So as my not so little girl embarks on the start of her school journey, I adjust to early morning starts, ensuring homework has been done and try to stay onto top of the endless emails from the school. Then once the morning school run is done I get to spend time getting to know the newest member of the family - scary to think in 4 years time we get to do this all over again with her brother, although hopefully by then I might be better at it as I'll have had some practice.