Fine Art Children Portraits news

Some exciting plans are plotting in my photography. Soon I will be offering Fine Art Children photography sessions in my home based studio in Leigh on Sea.

It has been a while since I photographed a subject specifically for a fine art experience, precisely 6 years and some odd 9 months ago.

It was time when I worked for a local studio and was finalizing my Associateship panel for British Institute of Professional Photography (I passed on my Licentiateship couple of years before that and was ready to up my qualification). 

I worked with hundreds of families and every so often I got inspired and at the end of the session we created a timeless photo, out of ordinary, just their child, no unnecessary props, no distraction, all about them and I quickly realized that sometimes the simplest of looks worked best and draws you more intently to them, their faces, their eyes.

I was heavily pregnant when I completed my panel of 20 images and the focus or theme if you like was Nude and Performance. I already had my first son Max when I submitted my panel and went for judging.

As you can imagine, it was a nerve wracking experience and rather emotional, all the work, mentoring, changes but I was happy with the result. I didn’t pass. I was heartbroken and remember pushing tears away (some slipped obv) and that was it. I turned back on the style I was creating because I didn’t think it was good enough. What I forgot to acknowledge all these years was it wasn’t a failure; it was an achievement as I didn’t pass only on 3 images out of 20. I think I could have gone back and reshoot and resubmit however I have just become a mother and my priorities changed.

Over the years some of it crept back and I used directional light to create more sophisticated looks with my clients but most of the time I was happily working within my style I created in my own environment when I set off on self employed journey, self taught to photograph newborns and work only with natural light.

I came to realize that every few years I crave for a change (as we all do I guess) and do something out of routine and do something which challenges my skills and creativity.

SOOOOO, 2018 is going to be more about unleashing the potential in myself, what I can achieve with natural light and be different and more daring from what I have done over the past few years. I will still continue with all of my packages as they are as well.

Whilst I put plans into action and create a package (and launch my Fine art children portrait and all that), I would like to share my panel with you just because I am proud of my work now and before! Comments as always welcome :)

Much love,


PS: if you are interested in having styled fine art session, please contact me and will send you some information as soon as.


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Maternity photoshoot with Jade

Maternity photography

Natural light pregnancy shoot in client's own home.

We found the perfect light and room and photographed some shots outside on the patio.

Jade is a pregnancy pilates teacher from Soulsisters Pilates and so it was only natural to include some yoga/pilates posing to the mix. The shoot was really relaxing, we had some ideas in mind as to what we want to achieve so it's always a good idea to do some homework before the shoot. Jade was around 38 wks pregnant and her henna belly design was just beautiful! Big sis-to be also joined us for few cuddles and we finished off with an unposed family portrait :)

Feedback welcome xx

The famous phrase ‘He shit in me pocket’ happened when we did this!

This newborn shoot with 16 days old Jude and his big sis and bro was really fun, say the least!

Just like any other session, babies wee and poo anywhere as there is no nappy to catch it, however this time it was recorded and I am so glad it did! Because I DO expect this to happen at least once, I had a baby pooing in my hand with every repositioning (I have wipes on hand ALWAYS!) but parents often apologize (more than once) and I just wanted to say that there is no need to! I know it will happen and I am ready for it ;)

If you are interested in having your new baby photographed, please message me and I will send you my Newborn Welcome Guide with information on what to expect or email me here.

I am including link to the video here (in case you are curious what has happened) and no, there is no photo from that pose, Jude didn’t feel like continuing. So I am grateful at least that it was the last shot :) But the fun continues and there is also a T for sale now. Find it here ;)