Skip to main content

My Favourite Photographs from 2011

As I didn't get around to doing many blogs last year I thought I'd post some of my favourite images from the year instead.  So here they are.

This image actually came about from my attempt at getting all the puppies in a row.  Unfortunately they wouldn't co-operate.  They just wanted to huddle up together.  I took the picture more as a test of the lighting but when I viewed it on a larger screen it seemed to be in the shape of a heart.  So I helped it along. 



This is actually our own kitten, Tiger.  Since I was a little girl I have wanted to own kittens so it was a dream come true.  They have been so much fun.  And the two we kept are amazing pets, so affectionate and loving.  They're like our babies.  I never realised cats could be such lovely pets. 

This year I became very interested in colours and textures.  I feel this will become part of my signature style.  For me it gives the image so much more depth and really takes it away from the typical studio portrait.  Unique portraits is really what I am after and this is a way I feel I can get that. 




This image has a little of an Audrey Hepburn feel to it for me which is probably why I love it so much.  Her eyes are so wide and her hair is so elegant. 

With this one I just love the eye contact I've got with baby.  Its difficult to get this which such young babies. 
I've managed to get it here as well which is even more amazing considering I'm actually just holding the camera out in front of me. 


I love this image.  I love baby's pout, his hands, the textures and the tones of this image.  I love it so much it because my new canvas sample this year. 

Looking back on these images from this past year has made me even more inspired and determined to come up with unique ways of photographing my clients.  This year I've even given myself the challenge of 12 shoots over the course of the year that are for me.  These shoots will be ones that take me a little out of my comfort zone and force me to try the ideas I have bouncing around inside my head. 

So watch this space, hopefully some beautiful portraiture will be coming this way soon. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Zoe returns, this time with baby!!!

This was a great opportunity for me to experiment in my new studio.  Zoe let me do this with her baby bump a couple of months ago with great success so we took the time again, this time with her new baby.  Some experiments were successful and some where not.  But that comes with the territory.  You can't find new and exciting ways to shoot without finding a few bad ways too.  I'm just greatful that the only mess we needed to clean up in the end was a little wee.  It could have been a whole lot worse.
As usual, Zoe photographs so well and I am again so pleased with the results.  She is going to have some great images to show her daughter when she grows up.  Zoe looks absolutely fantastic, and without any signs of having been pregnant just a few short weeks ago.  Of course, apart from her bump she hardly showed any signs of even being pregnant.  If only all women could be this lucky. 



I had forgotten how easy it is to photograph newborns.  They can't run or crawl away.  Th…

Never Work With Children or Animals

Or so the saying goes. But I have to say that working with dogs has been so lovely. They have been almost entirely a dream to work with. I say almost entirely because we have had a few moments where a dog has needed to settle. And one moment where the dog had settled but one of my cats decided to have a look through the glass door which, as you can imagine, rather quickly unsettled the dog. Still, that didn't stop us from creating incredible work.

In fact it was during that shoot with the cat instance when I created two of my favourite pieces, shown below.


(It was while sitting on the couch here when he noticed the cat peering through the curtain)
I don't know if I've just been lucky or all dogs are just easy to work with. I photographed a french bull dog puppy and I thought that would be tough as he hadn't had time to be properly trained yet. But he did everything we wanted in no time at all. And this included the props we used here (below), which to me seemed somewha…

I am Still Me: A Story about a Transgender Boy

Meet Leo. Leo is 15 and currently going through an epic transformation that has momentarily turned the lives of himself and those around him upside down. A mum who once had the daughter she always longed for is now coping with the realisation that she will be living the rest of her life with a son instead. When your child is born you have certain expectations of the typical life they will lead but most of us know and accept that it won't necessarily end up the way we imagine. Not every person wants to marry, have kids or be involved with the opposite sex. Most of us have come to accept this and can adjust to whatever comes our way relatively easily. But few of us have expected to have to deal with a change in sex. Its not that we've hoped it won't happen, but just that it never occurred to us that it might. This is a new adjustment that we as a society are being presented with today, just like so many others that have come before.


When I first heard that Phoebe was transi…

Family Portraits with Fine Art Flair

I have a love and hate relationship with family portraits. I love the finished piece and creating something that is truly special to the family. I love that in years to come something I made is going to be a cherished and valueable memento for this family. What I struggle with, is getting all members of the group to look their best at exactly the same moment in time. You would be surprised at how difficult this actually is, particularly when it comes to 6 children. But I always get there in the end, whether it is the luck of a moment or with the aid of Photoshop. I ensure that everyone in the portrait is looking their best, even the dog.


Seeing as this family is actually made up now of two families we also did portraits in their respective groups which I chose to do in different style to their main group. I love adding a bit of style for the overall main group and what you see above is something that is proving popular with my clients. I love adding props and giving a sort of Vanity F…

Its a Dog's Life

When life gets tough I always look at dogs or my cats and think how lucky they are. I know not all are treated well but those lucky enough to be in a good home, like the ones who come into my studio, have a really great life. They look so happy and its a wonderful thing to see. 

I honestly love photographing dogs. They are a joy to work with and its almost impossible to produce a bad portrait of a dog which does of course make my life a little easier. I am someone who really needs to love the work I create. I can't help but love the portraits I've created of all the dogs I've photographed over the years. And this shoot was certainly no exception.


I found it a real pleasure using a lighter background this time too. I do often gravitate towards darker looks but seeing as this dog had a light coloured coat I thought I'd produce lighter images. This gave me the chance to use a canvas I painted a couple of years ago but never really used and I absolutely love it now. I don…