27 March 2012

Spring/Summer shoots - What should I wear?!...

So often I get asked for ideas on what people should wear for their photoshoot, so I have put together an inspiration board on PINTEREST for Spring Summer 2012.  I am always on this site searching for inspiration and making boards for Fashion, Home, Makeup, Hair..... all things I love, so I thought it would be a good idea to create seasonal boards for people to refer to when choosing their outfits.

Please click HERE to see the board which will hopefully give you some inspiration for your upcoming shoot.

I have included lots of different things on there including images from some of my previous shoots too.

Now, I totally understand that a lot of them are not practical.  For example.........

But it is just to give you an idea of colours and details that work well together.

Another one which I can hear men moaning about already is.....

BUT... again, its just to give you an ideas.

While the photoshoot needs to be about you and your children, what you all wear will make a huge difference to your photos so do plan it in advance.  

  • Colours and print - Denim, pastels, primary colours, spots, stripes all work well for outdoor shoots.
  • What NOT to wear - It is best not to wear anything with big logos as this can be very distracting in the photo.
  • Coordinate - you don't all need to be matching but colours that compliment each other will work really well.  An example I like on the board is the parents in navy and white and the kids in yellow.  At a recent shoot I did, they all chose to wear different shades of the same colour.  Another option is putting the boys/men in one colour and the girls/ladies in another.  The key is to compliment and not to match.
  • Bring the dog! - if you have a dog so bring it along, they can make lovely fun photos and also get the kids running around playing...which is what we want!
  • Accessorise - Bring a bag full of options.  Hats, sunglasses, football, favourite teddies, different jackets..... Its better to have too much choice than not enough.
  • Details - ladies, give yourself a nice manicure.  Your hands will show in the photos where you are having cuddles or holding hands, so its nice if your nails are painted and looking pretty.
  • Be comfortable - taking all of this into consideration, you still need to be comfortable otherwise it will show in your photos.  So if you want to wear a dress, put a pair of converse on with it.   And if you want your little girl to look cute and pretty but still fun and quirky, team some wellies with that little dress.  These things will make you comfortable but still look great.
Please don't feel any pressure to go out and buy lots of new outfits for your shoot, this is just a guide that I hope will help you to decide on what you will wear and bring along.

I am a bit of a Pinterest addict so do check back as I will be adding to this board.

If you have any questions at all, please do get in touch.  I'd love to help you out.

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8 March 2012

Accentuate at the Central Theatre, Chatham. By Buxton Dance Studios

Back in October, Paula from Buxton Dance and Drama Studios was putting on their bi-annual show at the Central Theatre Chatham.  She asked me if I would be interested in taking some promotional photos for the event.  I jumped at the chance and we started discussing Paula's vision for the advertising and the theme etc.

I went along to the studio and took some photos of the amazing dancers in lots of different poses and enjoyed it so much.

I ended up with these individual shots......

Which were then used like this to advertise the show like this....

Paula then asked me to go along and take some photos of the dancers backstage before and during the show. I loved every minute of it!!  I asked them all to just ignore me so that I could try to capture the real emotions that they have backstage at a performance.  However, being performers, they also loved the camera and loved the opportunity of a photo too :)


I also went along to watch the show on another night and thought it was fantastic.  So professional and well choreographed but still fun.  The kids looked like they were having such a good time.  

The little girl above, Leah, is also my Josh's girlfriend (they are only 7!)  I had to get a quick pic of them together after the show when she ran out to see him. Awwww.... 

Some of you may remember lovely little Leah from the previous blog post about her Birthday photoshoot which you can click HERE to view.

I will be at Buxton Dance Studios on 22nd and 23rd March to take photos of the students.  Cant wait!

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7 March 2012

Ace - a secret shoot!

Back in December, Sandra contacted me to say that she wanted to arrange a Photoshoot with her Grandson Ace, who is 2.  She wanted to give the photos to her Son and Daughter-in-law as a gift for Christmas.  Such a lovely, thoughtful idea.

So we did the shoot at Sandra's house on a day that she usually looks after him anyway, BUT we were so worried that Ace would go home and tell Mummy and Daddy that "I've had lots of photos taken today!" but luckily, he didn't mention a thing!

The shoot went really well and, as you can see, Ace is absolutely gorgeous!

Sandra chose to purchase a large batch of prints to give to Somma & Jack on Christmas day and then gave them the password, so that they could also view all of the images on my Website. I was so excited on Christmas Day, thinking about what their reaction would be! It turned out that they absolutely loved them and were very emotional and totally surprised.  Here are a few of my favourites.

So if you are looking to surprise someone special and your children/grandchildren are good at keeping secrets! then this could be a great gift idea...
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