Skip to main content

Beautiful Bump and Baby Portraits for Baby Ellis

 
It is with great pleasure that I am sharing some of my favourite portraits to date.  And I am so proud that I have been able to provide portraits equally as artistic for both the bump and baby session. 


Many people may see me as a photographer, someone who takes pictures for a living.  In fact, I probably saw it that way too when I first started out.  But I don't see it that way anymore.  The creation of my portraits is a lengthy process that begins from the moment I take the booking and discuss with my client their needs and preferences of style.  It is from that moment that I begin to plan the session, first in my head, and then on paper. 


Once the plan is in place I work out the lighting set up required to achieve my vision.  I choose the appropriate backdrop and any necessary props.  And before a single shot is even taken, I know what software editing will be required for the final piece.  I even know what frame moulding will best suit the image.  This is not merely a photograph I am taking. This is a well thought out portrait I am creating, every detail intentional.  With that in mind, I like to think of myself as a portrait artist and not just a photographer.  And to be honest, this is why I love what I do.  I love being creative and I make sure that I get to be creative in as many ways and as often as I can. 


I always have a clear vision in my head of how I want my finished portrait to look.  In each of these sessions shown here the finished results matched perfectly the vision I created at the planning stage. 


Abbie and Mitchell are great clients to work with and I love the fact that I got to work with them twice.  It was so nice to talk to them as first time parents before the baby and to see how well and happy they are as new parents.


I was lucky with these sessions in that I heard the words I love to hear from clients and that is 'we trust you to create something beautiful'.  Apart from saying they liked the baby weighing scales against a dark background, I basically had free reign to create what I wanted.  It gave me great freedom which is a huge factor in being creative.  Thankfully I'm hearing this more and more which is only spurring on my creativity even more. 


Now the image below, Ellis in the pram, is one of my favourite images I've ever taken.  Its actually a vision I had even before I found the pram, which I stumbled across at an antiques fair last October.  I finally had the chance to use it here with Ellis.  Its exactly what I had hoped it would be and is being printed as a sample for the studio.  I can't wait to have it hanging on my wall so I can look at it every day.  It will serve as an inspiration for creating more such pieces.  The hunt for new props has already begun.  And a tidy up mission in our garden sheds is the next step as I'm going to need a lot of space to store these things.  Of course that's a task that needs to wait until spring finally arrives, whenever that may be. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Fine Art Portraits of a Beautiful Young Girl

So this is really becoming my thing lately. I am having so much fun working with children individually where I can direct and interact in ways that bring the best out of my subject. This has certainly become a process now of creating rather than taking photographs. And its what I have always wanted to be, a portrait artist rather than a photographer. I cannot put into words fully just how rewarding this is. For each of these shoots (as with nearly all of my shoots) we begin with a consultation where we discuss what we would like to achieve in the shoot. Here we will consider the type of clothing and any possible props. We will look at both the clients clothes and my ever growing collection so we can pick what will work best. In all circumstances we are heavily guided by what the child in the portraits wants to wear as I see this as vitally important. If he or she is uncomfortable its going to show and the portraits won't work. But most are happy to play dressups and wear a com

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

Headshots and Portfolio Shoots: Here's What we Offer

Headshot requests are becoming more frequent so I thought I'd put together a post to share some recent work and explain the packages I offer in greater detail. Headshots are typically a simpler and quicker session so my packages are also a little simpler than what I offer in my full studio sessions. If headshots are what you or your child need its really important that you get good quality headshots that can stand out amongst the crowd. A headshot is a representation of you and often the first impression you are giving out to your audience, whether its casting directors, agents or college officials considering your application. A good headshot is more likely to get you noticed and ultimately get you further along your path. Making your headshots the best they can be should go a long way in helping you progress in your chosen path. I offer 2 different levels of service in order to make it as affordable and appropriate as possible. The first is a simple straightforwa

I'm a Portrait Artist and Variety is the Spice of My Life

  I often admire the work of other photographers.  I'm always having a browse or spotting something interesting on Facebook or Pinterest.  Many of them have a very consistent style and subject, as is the case with many newborn photographers especially.  This has made me wonder if perhaps I'm not developing as a portrait artist as well as I could be.  We are taught early on within the realms of the photography world that we are to develop a distinct style and this of course must be clearly evident in any upper level qualifications panels we choose to submit.  However, when I look at my own work over each passing year I fail to see the same consistency.  I don't have a particular subject in which I specialise.  I can photograph anything from newborns to teenagers, toddlers to families and even the occasional male nude.  How can you put these together in an album and form a beautiful collection that I see many other photographers displaying so well.   

5 Reasons you Should Consider Getting a Professional Headshot

Headshots, or profile pictures are becoming a requirement of so many tools we regularly use or reference today. From Facebook to Linked In, Instagram to Twitter and often any website that represents a company for which you work or own will have a place to include a photograph that is meant to show your audience who you are. And how you present yourself there will tell your audience so much about you. 1. A profile picture is your first opportunity for your audience to see you. Its often the first impression you make and we all know you only have one chance at a first impression. A professional photographer has the skills to show you in the best, most suitable way to give a great first impression. (These headshots were created for recruitment firm  Optima UK  who asked to have their logo placed behind them. I think it makes these headshots quite eye catching and they should do their job well.) 2. Using a professional to create your headshot will convey yo