‘Helena’ Portrait Shoot – Southwold

‘Helena’ Portrait Shoot – Southwold

On a chilly March morning, I took my friend Helena for an impromptu shoot on Southwold Beach – purely for fun and to have a play with my cameras!  It’s not often I get a chance to do shoots just for fun and Helena was really up for the experience.  She looked super stunning in jeans, boots and leather jacket and an oversized jumper and made a fabulous model considering she had never done this before.

 

I love Southwold for portrait shoots as it offers great backgrounds for photos, and as we only had a short amount of time and the sun was shining brightly, we decided to stay close to the pier which is great for shade and lots of interesting textures.   The other end of the beach with its gorgeous beach huts offers a totally different look, and you can see another one of my shoots using the lovely huts here.   For more info on my Portrait Collections, take a look over at my Portrait info page on my website.  Do get in touch if you are looking for Suffolk photography, whether weddings or portraits, I’d love to chat!

 

Here are some of the images from our mini-shoot…

 

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2016 Highlights – Weddings & Portraits

2016 Highlights – Weddings & Portraits

This year was my third full year in business and I had the pleasure of working for so many lovely new clients, and for portraits, had many returning ones.  It’s such a privilege to be part of people’s lives and to document such special occasions and I would like to thank everyone of my clients for their support.

It’s been an amazing year and I do feel so blessed to have such a rewarding job that gets me out and about meeting lots of new people.  I’ve been lucky to work at some fabulous venues this year including Easton Grange, Woolverstone Hall, Oxnead Hall, Chippenham Park and Glemham Hall, to name a few!  I would like to say a special thank you to the local venues for their support, it is so much appreciated.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and a prosperous 2017!

Here are a few images from 2016…

bride and groom by shutters Woolverstone Hall

bride and groom portrait Woolverstone Hall

bride with blowing veil at Woolverstone Hall

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little girl in vintage dress by old door

little girl in meadow

little girl in vintage bath tub Suffolk portraits

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bride and groom shot at Glemham Hall

bride and groom by Glemham Hall

bride and groom on bench at Glemham Hall

portrait of boy smiling suffolk

portrait of boy by barn

girl running through meadow Suffolk portrait photographer

mother and daughter in field

portrait of girl in chair in field

girl on bench in meadow

girl sniffing purple flower

vintage bouquet by door

bridesmaid holding bouquet

bride and groom at The Garden Barn Suffolk wedding

bride and groom on bridge Chippenham Park wedding

bride and groom on bridge at Oxnead Hall wedding

bride holding bouquet at Oxnead Hall wedding

little girl by old door

portrait of girl on swing

girls laughing by tent at White Dove Barn wedding Suffolk

girl holding Tudor Rose Florist bouquet

bride and groom shot at Easton Grange wedding Suffolk

bride and bouquets holding bouquets at Easton Grange wedding

bride and groom shot at Easton Grange wedding Suffolk

bride in Vera Wang dress Orwell View Barns wedding Suffolk

bride arriving for church ceremony

mother and daughter portrait Suffolk

bride and groom portrait by lake Suffolk wedding

bride sitting on grass at a Suffolk wedding

bride and groom walking down path shot Suffolk wedding

little girl portrait by pink beach hut

engagement shoot at Flatford Mill

bridal portrait at Suffolk wedding

bride with bridesmaids laughing at Suffolk wedding

bride and groom leaving church with umbrellas Suffolk wedding

bride and groom holding hands Suffolk wedding

If you would like to see more Suffolk Wedding Photography, please visit my portfolio on my website by clicking here… and for Portrait Photography Suffolk, click here!

Family Portrait Shoot – West Mersea Essex

Family Portrait Shoot – West Mersea Essex

It’s always lovely to have customers returning to me each year for another family portrait shoot and I was delighted when Sarah & Dylan got in touch to see if we could get together again as their two girls are growing up fast.  We headed to West Mersea Beach in Essex to make use of the lovely beach huts which are so pretty and unusual.

With the late September sun shining, we went in search of a little shade with the girls running between the beach huts which made for some great fun photos, and the wooden boards at the back of the huts made a lovely, colourful backdrop for head shots.   Sarah had dressed the girls in pretty summer dresses in pastel shades, co-ordinating perfectly with the surroundings.

Here are a few of the images from the day….

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If you would like to see more of my portrait photography, please take a look at my portfolio over on my site here..

 

 

 

 

Hicks & Brown – Fashion Shoot Suffolk

Hicks & Brown – Fashion Shoot Suffolk

I was thrilled to be asked by Hicks & Brown to shoot some new pieces in their collection.  It’s the second shoot I’ve done for this lovely company based in Suffolk run by entrepreneurial sisters Rosie and Alice who I think have created something really special with their exciting clothing brand.  With stunning designs and beautifully made pieces, Hicks & Brown is definitely going from strength to strength and making a real name for itself in the country clothing market.

We spent a lovely afternoon at the glorious Ampton Hall Estate near Bury St Edmunds with models Jennie & Tom.   The images feature some gorgeous pieces including feathered fedoras (love these!), ladies’ tailored jackets, clutch bags, bobble hats, cashmere gilets, plus fours and men’s socks

What the Client Said…

“Wow! Thank you so much for editing all these images so quickly for us. They are absolutely stunning.  We can’t thank you enough for spending the afternoon here. You’re so professional but put everyone at ease and it really shows in the shots.”

The Photos

Here are a few of the images….

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If you are looking are a Suffolk Lifestyle or a Suffolk Portrait Photographer, please do get in touch, I would love to chat to you!

 

 

 

Poppy & Daisie – Felixstowe Beach Portraits Suffolk

Poppy & Daisie – Felixstowe Beach Portraits Suffolk

I always enjoy photographing older children as they tend to really enjoy the experience and take direction well.   These two lovely girls are the daughters of my friend Sue, who asked me to create a collection of images & an album for her husband for a special birthday.

So on a very windy December day, we headed down to Old Felixstowe where there is a lovely mix of textures and colours.  I love the beach huts and the wooden groins on this beach, as both provide lovely texture and colour for portraiture.

We had the beach pretty much to ourselves, and although it was pretty chilly, the soft winter light was so easy to work with.  So portraits don’t always have to be a summer thing, winter can be equally as lovely, if you don’t mind wrapping up a bit!

Here are a few images from the day…..

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Fine Art Portraits – Family Portrait Photography Suffolk

Fine Art Portraits – Family Portrait Photography Suffolk

I’m passionate about creating something a little special in my family and children portrait shoots.   My style is a creative blend of natural and fine art photography with an emphasis on natural light and gorgeous post-production. Beautiful imagery doesn’t just happen – it takes a lot of time, planning and a little love!

Wardrobe & Location

I always explain to my customers about the importance of wardrobe and location as both these elements make or break lifestyle portraiture.   I will give advice about what to wear and more importantly what not to wear, and in a family shoot it’s important to stick to a similar colour palette and I personally love soft plain colours for a very timeless look.

I love to shoot portraits at locations that have colour and texture.  I’m often asked to photograph children at home in their gardens, and whilst this will work in some situations, it does really depend what your garden has in it I can work with.  You don’t need large grounds or anything grand, just a feature or two that looks interesting.  In this shoot, we went to my client’s house, as she happened to have a gorgeous old purple shed, which looked so good with the outfits we chose for her daughter.

In this shoot, this lovely young lady chose to wear one of the tutus I have for clients to borrow – a gorgeous soft grey one with an ivory cardigan.   If you would like a similar style shoot for a little girl, I now have a ‘dressing-up box’ of beautiful elegant tutus from Angel Face and matching items for clients to borrow.  It is such a gorgeous look that can be accessorised to look pretty (with glittery pumps) or edgy (with chunky boots or converse booties and a little jacket), so it can work all year round.

The Photos…

After your shoot I will then individually tone and hand-edit every image in my signature style for a beautiful and professional finish.   Here’s a little selection from this shoot….

 

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