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I provide a variety of portrait shoots for different clients ranging from baby sessions for new families, to small family groups with one or two children, all the way up to family gatherings typically involving about 10-20 people. However, I’ve recently started to offer “Fine Art Portrait Photography” sessions which are based upon high quality portraits of the individual, and are typically aimed at parent’s who’d like stunning images of their children.

There’s a slightly different approach to these sessions. First and foremost the Fine art portrait photography sessions aim to produce images in beautiful outdoor locations. This is because there’s simply no canvas or interior which can look as beautiful as natural settings combined with great natural light. To get the best of the natural light, these sessions will concentrate on the times of day that have the most beautiful light i.e: morning and late afternoon to evening. To shoot at this time of day with younger children often requires a slightly shorter session as they’ll often get tired easily particularly in the early evening. Finally, the camera lenses used for this type of shoot are dedicated professional lenses for portraits, which make distracting foregrounds and backgrounds absolutely beautiful and concentrate your eye on the subject of the photograph.

For this session, we photographed in the early evening mainly in a water meadow full of natural flowers and the odd tree or two. We then moved to a nearby woodland to shoot a few more images looking for pockets of evening light which on this occasion were a little few and far between. Hopefully you’ll agree that the images produced are lovely, and that the young lady’s personality shines through in what are still natural images.

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I’m very lucky to photograph some great clients that make my family photography sessions an absolute joy. For this family photography session we gathered a rather large and adventurous family for an outdoor walk which turned out to be a little more like a trek but thankfully everyone had a great time.

I memorised at 16 names for this shoot, it’s something that I like to do before big family sessions as particularly when you’re photographing a large group, you simply need to know who you’re talking to at all times. When we arrived at our location of choice I set about putting names to faces and then we proceeded to head off, intent on giving everyone a bit of exercise, fun and some photographs to remember the day by before the family went their separate ways after the shoot.

I’m glad to say that it wasn’t only the children who had a sense of adventure on this shoot, the young adults and older adults alike were all game for a bit of a laugh and this made for some slightly crazy but fun photographic opportunities, including almost all of the family in a very large tree. After a slightly wrong turn looking for a particularly picturesque spot we did end up walking a little further than anticipated but I comfort myself in thinking that the extra exercise was recompensed by the large picnic planned upon the sessions’ conclusion.

If you’d like photographs of a large family gathering then please feel free to get in touch. I hope you like a small selection of the photographs produced on the day below.

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Home Baby Photography is a very relaxed way in which to record a new member of your family. On this shoot I set off with some background equipment, lights and camera gear ready to make up a baby photography studio in the family’s home. As it turned out I didn’t need all the equipment I’d packed. A bright day, a large lounge window and a lounge futon worked brilliantly for the photographs of this little 8 day old boy, a wonderful addition to a family I’d had the pleasure of photographing previously on several occasions.

As with all the best laid plans with relatively newborn baby photography the baby boy decided that he didn’t really want to sleep when I arrived at the home. Instead, he wanted feeds, cuddles and not to have his photograph taken at all on his own. Thankfully, this wasn’t a worry and an hour or so later he finally decided to have some deep sleep which enabled us to capture some photographs of him peaceful and relaxed.

In the interim, I didn’t waste my time. The little baby concerned was a third child and his two older siblings were all too happy to have some photographs around the house with dad. There was jumping on beds, more than a little posing and generally great fun to be had.

When we’d taken some images of the baby on his own, with his parents and with his siblings in the house, we’d decided to take advantage of a light evening to head out for some outdoor photographs near the family home. We went for a little walk and took some photographs along the way. It was great fun, farm buildings, fields, gates and walls were found, explored, jumped off, whilst a new little brother slumbered.

If you’d like a similar home baby photography session please feel free to get in touch.

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There’s no greater signal of the approach of summer than the advent of carpets of bluebells in local woodlands and no greater excuse to get out for a family photography session. A recent short family portrait session recorded a relatively new arrival in a family I’ve had the pleasure of photographing several times before in addition to their little man’s birthday.

Bluebells usually emerge before all the leaves on the trees have had chance to themselves. This means that often their carpet can be intermittently in sun and shade depending on the weather. Finding an area of shade so that the wonderful colours of the bluebells would saturate the photographs I took we enjoyed a little time giving the family chance to have some fun, pose for some family photographs and individual portraits.

One member of the family not to miss out was the family’s inimitable dog. I’m always asked by clients if I’d mind also having dogs along for shoots. I never mind at all. The inclusion of canine companions often supplies a great amount of entertainment particularly for younger family members and as family sessions often involve a certain amount of chaos, a little extra from the old adage of “not working with children and animals” never hurts.

Great fun, and I hope you like a small selection of the photographs produced.

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As a Norwich photographer this family session combined my favourite elements in incorporating both  indoor and outdoor elements. My being present in the home of the family home at the start of the shoot meant that the toddler involved felt very relaxed from the outset and by the time we started the outdoor part of the session I went largely unoticed about my business.

When I arrived at the family home, the youngest member of the family was still fast asleep so to bide our time I photographed mum and dad together. Not only are children are relaxed in their own home, and it was a pleasure as a dad myself to be able to produce some images seldom recorded when a new parent: that of mum and dad having a bit of quality time. On a side note, I’m never a big fan of waking children from a sound slumber for a portrait session, there’s nothing grumpier and long in the placating as a child woken early and I’m usually more than happy to wait an extra half an hour to have a happy little person to photograph.

Like a duck to water this little lady was great in front of the camera and more than happy to see her lovely parents and to entertain them and me as we tried to capture some natural photographs of her.

After a little while in the family home, we headed to a farm local to Norwich where there are some great outdoor walks through field and woodland. The sun was out and very bright, so ironically we needed to find a little shade in general for shots of the family. We soon found some lovely woods and tracks and took some more photographs of the family this time out on a wonderfully warm spring day.

It was great fun to meet a new local family, enjoy their company and record a little bit of their lives. Here are a few of the photographs produced I hope you like them.

 

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