Esselle Pictures captured another playful toddler here, it seems to be becoming a speciality! Little Asha and I got out a blanket, cushions and watercolours and she was almost unaware of the camera. I did realise after I got the shots that she had been happily spreading paint all over an hb pencil, but its all good practice for her!
My Mum always talked about ‘Plan B’ when I was growing up. A good photographer will always have a plan B up their sleeve, but when working in all weathers and doing children’s portraits, the chances of plan B coming in to play are pretty high!
Yesterday, as we began a garden shoot the heavens opened. We went to plan B, parent’s sitting room, but little Zayn was not in the mood to sit still! So all plans were abandoned as Zayn decided on how his shoot was going to be… He explored and played til his heart was content, as I followed him around in ‘paparazzi’ mode. Adaptability is the name of the game on a children’s shoot and I was happy to do so.
The portraits are cute and playful, just like the shoot was. View the whole collection in the Gallery page.
Every pregnancy is unique to the individual. The usual advice is that around six months is a good time for your maternity photo-shoot. Many women feel good at this stage and the bump will be clearly visible by now. However, having worked with women on their pregnancy pictures, I know there are no rules.
Some women’s experience does not follow the usual pattern. They may feel unwell at six months, but at eight months have some time off work and can relax and enjoy having pictures taken. This is a time full of anticipation and can produce great pictures.
Equally, women have a changing relationship with their bodies during pregnancy. You may reach a stage where you particularly like your feminine appearance with the bump and feel more confident to have a photo session. This could be at any stage of the pregnancy, and a good maternity photographer will be happy to adapt.
The important thing is to find a photographer who is experienced at maternity pictures. They will anticipate your needs such as rest, refreshments and facilities. They will also know how to show off your bump and create a picture with the right emotion, whatever stage of the pregnancy. If you want your partner involved, be sure to say and a conceptual photographer will design your pictures to include you both.
Esselle Pictures will be working on more creative family and maternity shoots in the next few weeks. Follow the blog to see new pictures.
This weekend gone I did a shoot with the Bynoe family from Shirley, Croydon. They wanted a smart and stylish family portrait with grandparents and grandchildren.
We arrived at a garden party concept together and I arranged the scene to look authentic. It was actually bad weather outside, but you would never know. We all had great fun on the shoot, even baby Bailey!
I was with a great couple in Herne Hill this weekend doing their pregnancy portrait. This picture captures their playful relationship perfectly, as they await baby due in four weeks!
Pregnancy is a really good time to have a little pampering and a portrait done. Its great to capture a couple full of expectation and to know that their child will have fun looking at the pictures in years to come.
During a recent shoot at Coombe Woods, Croydon, we got a picture of me sitting in a tree at a very bad angle. It makes me look very weird indeed! When you compare this with the picture I took of my client above, you can see the difference that the angle of the camera, as well as positioning a client nicely, can make. Yes, portrait posture really is important!