Holiday Photo Advice



On holidays we are at our most relaxed and most of us love to capture special moments with our families while away. Here is a simple guide to taking holiday photographs.

Try to fit in three points of interest. For example, in the picture above we have the table of interesting food, the person smiling and the background. Try to make sure that the image is simple without too much distraction. For example, in this image I made sure there was nobody walking past either in the restaurant or on the beach. Try out a few angles, this may involve moving the camera higher and lower and tilting it a little. Most cameras these days have great auto settings, but the placement of the camera itself can make a really big difference to the picture.

A service I am adding to Esselle Pictures from this month is your holiday photo edit. I am able to take your pictures and retouch them, giving them a natural appearance, taking out any unwanted blemishes and editing the pictures to make them really zing. I will give them the same care and attention I would any of my own images. I look forward to seeing your pictures!

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Vintage Themed Pregnancy Portrait, South Croydon

This lovely couple decided on a vintage themed shoot for their maternity portrait. I did a selection of images for them including a black and white one.


The shoot took about an hour and a half, and 6 months pregnant Hazel was glad of my assistance with make-up and my choice of venue with easy access to toilets. The Spring greenery and flowers added a nice touch to the pictures.

Garden Party Portrait, South Croydon

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!

Mum & Dad To Be, Pregnancy Portrait Herne Hill

Pregnancy Portrait, Maternity Portrait









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.

Portrait Posture



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!

Wild Deer Roaming Around London!


Yes these deer live in London’s Richmond Park Nature Reserve. In fact the deer were here long before London as we know it. The park is miles wide and although managed, left mainly to nature. People love this park so much they even get married inside it, at its Pembroke Lodge manor house. I was fortunate to grow up very nearby and have many fond family memories here. Nowadays I love to visit and capture pictures here and the Royal Parks is one of the charities I support.