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Last session of 2017, The Corner family. – Family session.

 

On a VERY cold wintry day, just two days before Christmas, I met the lovely Corner family in Moor Park in Preston. Jenna was the winner of my Christmas competition over on the Facebook page and she genuinely was so happy to have won! I absolutely loved this session – I know I say this all the time, but I just get so invested! ha ha- Anyway, the whole clan were just a dream to shoot, the teenagers didn’t get too bored, the toddlers kept their focus. It really was the perfect way to end 2017!

 

Roman’s Christening. – Family lifestyle

 

Back at the beginning of December, I shot my very first Christening. Little Roman was so well behaved on his very special day and it was so lovely to revolve a session around family at one of their get togethers. Tia was I think the most relaxed person I’ve ever had a session with, when asked by me about any specific images she wants capturing her reply was “Oh you just what you usually do, I trust you.” Which I think was just what every photographer wants to hear. It really was such a wonderful ceremony to be a part of.

 

A Wintery trip to Brockholes – Family session.

 

Way back in November, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting the White Family. Both Gemma and Greg wanted some lovey photos of their little family, but most importantly they wanted a family portrait so they could send them out as Christmas presents. From the get go, this family were just so perfect to shoot! Both boys played happily, the whole thing was just so natural and lovely to be a part of.

I genuinely cant wait to be back shooting this family again!

 

A very traditional Christmas – Family session.

 

Last weekend the northwest was treated to the most glorious Snowy Saturday. I managed to get out with the girls early that morning, but I also had a session booked for that afternoon too! Chloe had contacted me months and months ago to get this pre-Christmas session booked in so it was nothing sort of a miracle that when our session day came it was just a winter wonderland outside. She’s chosen the most gorgeous dresses for her girls (Bows and bespoke) and we’d even been extra cautious with a Plan B location at a nearby traditional sweet shop. As you can tell though, absolutely everything went perfectly to plan… Well little Ivy wasn’t best pleased, but we did manage to get some shots of her and big sister Halle completely stole the show anyway!

 

A snowy Saturday – Personal projects.

I like many in the northwest on Saturday morning, woke up to a lovely big blanket of snow covering everything. So of course, we ate breakfast as fast as possible, before getting wrapped up and heading out in it. Snow is really such a fabulous thing to photograph in, yeah its cold, but it creates a great big reflective background, full of natural light. the result is a natural glow, on everything and everything. as someone who really loves natural light, this is one of the best times to get out my camera. Did you manage to get many photos of the snow over this weekend?

 

Decking our halls – Personal projects.

This year, I’ve broken a record, my own record. This year I haven’t bought one single new Christmas decoration. not one!

And while I’m talking things I haven’t done this year – be obsessive about the decorations is another. When I dragged everything out on Wednesday night, the girls were of course very excited. Instead of the usual “Its okay, mummy can do it” I just let them crack on. Granted I have had a teen, tiny faff about with those baubles since. but not a lot, really they did a good job!

As always, I’m embracing the traditional style this year.  Its just the style that gives me the most cosy, comforting, Christmassy feeling. I don’t think I’ll ever change it.

Happy first day of Christmas!

 

Hidden gems, a windy day in Blackpool – Personal projects.

 

I’m spending a lot of time learning this month, making it a priority to figure out how to improve my skills as much as possible before the rush of next month starts. Because of all this time spent learning, I’m not spending enough time with my camera, I’m having to practice editing techniques on images I already have – which is actually very brilliant, because it means I’m unearthing collections like this. I’d forgotten all about these photos until this morning. Now I’m instantly reminded of the windy early Autumn day in Blackpool, how we walked for about an hour trying to find somewhere lovely to grab lunch – and exhaustedly traipsing into a Mcdonalds instead because we couldn’t find anywhere! I love the dreaminess of these, the detail in the girls faces, pretty much everything about all of them!

I desperately need to get down to the beach soon.

The start of Christmas – A trip to Barton grange. – Personal projects.

 

Its very nearly here. The season of all that is festive! I have to admit, I’ve been known to jump the gun when it comes to Christmas, however I’ve now learnt that if I prolong the start, wait until the 1st until I get those decorations up – then I skip peaking to early, I’ve had years when I’ve had the decorations up for most of November, but had them all pulled down on Boxing Day. It really is all about preserving that spirit & condensing it into those three weeks from the beginning of December. HOWEVER If like me you plan to get so many festive activities done this Christmas season, you’ve obviously gotta’ start a little early, which is what we did this weekend – kicking it all of with a trip to everyones favourite garden centre – Barton grange. I have to confess, I wasn’t feeling this trip all to much after an early morning session and a day full of running errands, I just couldn’t shift the monster of all headaches. I managed to grab some pretty lovely shots though!

 

Home life project: A lazy-ish Sunday & Bonfire night.

 

I mentioned a couple of months ago that I take part in a monthly photography project called the Home life project, hosted by my friend Clare over at Maybush studio. This weekend was Novembers edition, to which I documented yesterday – which was also Bonfire night!

You can find the full post over on mum blog page The little woman pretends. 

Halloween mini-session day – Family lifestyle.

 

I have been planning this day for weeks, the last week planning frantically, making sure every little detail has been taken care off. Well, last Saturday it happened, I hosted my first mini-session day and I think I can say, genuinely it was a brilliant success. It was freezing and it rained most of the day, but it didn’t stop the constant stream of excited kids all dressed up and ready to shoot. Honestly, it was just so absolutely brilliant, and I can’t wait to do it again! The day started off with  me going through my supplies, double and triple checking that I had everything packed. My sister/assistant for the day turned up just after half 10 and we set off over to the location. The first thing that needed to happen was a giant clean up, it was just full of crap people had dumped. Anyway, once everything had been tidied up, we set to work creating the back drop and before I knew it our first session group had arrived! We had a couple of minor hiccups through the day, nothing major but pretty much all of them revolved around the smoke bombs! Just when we thought we had it all figured out, the wind would change direction and leave me with a face full of smoke!

Anyway, long story short, I had an absolute blast, and from the feedback I’ve received since, so did everyone who came, which was everything I wanted. Massive thank you to all the children and parents for their efforts on Saturday. I’ll keep you all updated about my next one!

Happy Halloween!