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The Sisterhood Travelling Dress Project – Ankara Dress

Posted on January 9, 2020 by Admin under Business
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model wearing red Ankara dress

THE CHALLENGE:

One dress designed by Thea Ajayi

10 eager for challenge photographers: Me, Tianna, Davina, Tony, Funmi, Louisa, Kimberley, Rele, Jemella, Leelee

Females photographers who are a part of a private black female photography group based in the UK

ONE WEEK with the Ankara dress! We reveal the images to each other at the end of the project.

How it all began:

In the last couple of years many travelling dress projects have been appearing in female photography groups all over the globe. The set ups involve a group of willing photographers looking for a project to challenge themselves, and to feel a part of a new movement. The result is to showcase the same dress, with different interpretations and present it to the world.

female wearing the red Ankara dress

Tianna is the founding member of our travelling dress project, she is an amazing artist and lovely friend. Her vision encompassed a bright dress with authentic tones. We spoke about commissioning an African designer whom presented our group with fabrics and we found Thea worked beautifully within the vision and style, which we all voted for. Size was a key subject and we initially wanted a dress which could fit most women. This was the biggest challenge and we had to settle on about a size 12/14 round arms, however the rest of the dress was flexible. If we were to re-design the dress it would have more flexibility around the arms, making it a more inclusive design.

THE DRESS: We chose an Ankara print thanks to the stunning colours and shapes. The print is made by the African print dutch company called Vlisco. After being initially presented by the Dutch to the Indonesian textile market, it took shape and home in West Africa due it’s tribal-like patterns.

Note: We don’t see much of this print and designs on the catwalk, but we think this should change.

MY VISION:

Chinese model wearing the Ankara dress

Inspired by a diverse upbringing; I imagined that anyone could wear this unique style. My model call searched for three types of models: African, Chinese or European heritage. This was the the first challenge, thanks to the limited shooting in one week, the latter part of the vision failed. I didn’t manage to secure a model with European heritage, due to the time restraints and the model’s availability. I realised in hindsight I needed to have a few back-ups for the next challenge. Instead I had two amazing women of African heritage and a very stunning woman of Chinese heritage. All were amazing to work with, and they all suited the Akara dress in different ways.

The time constraint was not the only challenge; the dress itself was unusual and with no real experience in fashion, I had to think on my feet and use as much common sense along with creativity.

The third challenge was the style of portrait itself. I have experience with newborn, children and family photography. Changing my mindset from making memories to making fashionable or artistic portraits would give my mind a jump start. It took off and I went with the flow of the model and the dress. I used props I would not normally consider and an editing process to make some of the images stand out from the norm.

My final challenge was to make every female who wore this dress in the project feel exceptionally beautiful. To make their personalities stand out as much as the dress and not lose one over the other.

The images below are shown in order of the photoshoots taken.

The Studio Fashion Portrait: Marie Gordon

The Studio Art Portrait: Jing-Yun Wu

Chinese model wearing Ankara dress

The Outdoor Portrait: Candice Alana

the travelling dress project with Ankara dress

THE REVEAL TO THE GROUP:

On Friday 10th January, we all shared our blogs and images to each other before our launch to the rest of the community. This was the most awe inspiring moment to see how diverse we represented the dress. One of the loveliest people Louisa Coulthard, was the lady whom I sent the dress on to, and it makes sense that she follows my story as she added in the one cultural element that I could not shoot, see her beautiful images here on her blog.

The next steps:

We still have the dress in our circle and would be happy to pass it onto another group of photographers either in the UK or abroad. Comment below if you are interested.

We hope we have inspired more people to challenge themselves and step outside of their comfort zone.

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Rocking the Bump.

Posted on January 6, 2020 by Admin under Business, maternity, Parent Zone
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This amazing lady returned to me for her maternity session with baby number 2. I first photographed this beauty a couple of years ago when she was expecting her rainbow baby. This was after many little angels sadly left their world. Within just a few years after her rainbow baby she has a golden child – the one which comes after a rainbow baby.

This bump is an amazing 37 weeks and the usual dates I would capture a maternity photoshoot is around 28-32 weeks. I love that these images prove that it does not matter, and the bigger the better. You are most likely over the worst feelings of the pregnancy and ready for capturing this amazing thing your body is achieving.

Despite the challenges, this mum has had to face, which includes diabetes whilst being pregnant and in the first pregnancy as skin condition, she is as radiant as ever, and as optimistic as ever. I love the confidence she exudes and you don’t have to be confident for this to show in the first place. I like to think it’s because she feels comfortable with me, but I also believe it’s because she is really comfortable with herself.

One of the images which is the black and white one above is the style she wanted after doing some Pinterest searches. It’s a classic image and we did try this facing front, but this didn’t seem to work with the bump, possibly as we passed the 32 week front, but she looks simply stunning and I am so happy we achieved this in this way.

This skirt was her own and I loved how it fell, much like my chiffon red above. This same images looks stunning in black and white, and what I do love about black and white is how it shows her emotions more. Black and White is the soul of photography. Most photographers will be very passionate about black and white, especially us old school ones who may have shot on film.

I love maternity photoshoots whether they are studio or outdoor. My aim will always be to make the woman feel the most beautiful she has ever felt. This is the most incredible her body is achieving, it deserves to be documented!!

Which image is your favourite and why? I would love to know what you think of the images.

Love Julietta x

p.s. You can contact me at 20 weeks – after your scan to discuss your maternity shoot or newborn. More than often I do amazing deals to get mamas in front of the camera!

The Dance Factory Photoshoot

Posted on December 6, 2019 by Admin under Parent Zone
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When Katy (of the Dance Factory Kettering) and I met up to talk about this photoshoot I had lots of ideas in mind, but I knew that for my first time photographing ballet dancers I would keep it simple. There would be a LOT to learn.

Katy had seen the backdrop we used for the photoshoot in one of my maternity images and fell it love with it. I had lots of inspiration for other ballet photographers knew this would be the best location for the outdoor autumn setting.

We have discussed photographing ballet dancers in the studio (which is yet to come), but I needed the space to practice and this was the perfect place to practice, whilst hopefully creating some beautiful unique imagery. This is something you could print frame and hang up as wall art in your home.

I knew that as a mother of a daughter who has began ballet, I would love something like this for my walls. These would be something different to the usual stage ballet and portrait shots, and something magical about the dancers being nature brings the skill to life.

On the shoot day Katy had a box load of costumes and I turned up with my camera, blankets and some chiffon (which was used in the blue dress shot and the white dress one). The girls were incredibly professional and braved the cold to get “on point” as Katy has prepared them. I had no idea how amazing they would be and I had to learn about where they would leap and land to prepare my shot. This was not an easy task, but with some effort I managed to nail a few of them. I made lots of mistakes along the way, had no idea if they were on point or if the dresses looked as they should, but this is where Katy’s expertise came into play.

During the editing the process she knew instantly what was perfect and what might have needed to be better next time. This is where you grow; in the mistakes, in the learning.

I will always be thankful for the time and effort each of these beautiful girls made to be there on a sunny yet cold autumn day in Kettering.

I plan to offer these outdoor ballet shoots from as soon as the weather warms up again in April/May time (or sooner if we have a random heatwave).

If you have any interest in a session they will cost £199 and include three beautiful 12 by 8 inch fine art prints.

If you would like to be sent the details, please e-mail me at j@juliettaardentaylorphotography.co.uk or see above for the contact me form on my website menu.

If you would like to buy a voucher you can also contact me now for this.

I would love your feedback on the images! Please comment below.

Thanks

Julietta x

First Birthday Shoots and Cake Smash Fun

Posted on September 18, 2019 by Admin under Parent Zone
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Have you ever thought about what a cake smash gallery might include?

Well I thought that you should know that there is something for everyone here in my studio and or garden.

For those looking for a studio first birthday session they include more than just the cake smash. I tend to suggest to bring in something personal for the shoot and or a lovely outfit to capture their first birthday portrait. It can include a sentimental toy, teddy or family heirloom. Or as in Taylor’s case in the images below this was a birthday gift from her aunty.

The first birthday sessions are not as simple as they look but they are fun! You do have to work hard as a parent to make your child comfortable and laugh! I can only do so much at the start as a photographer to make them happy with me, and then after that in between takes I will also happily sing “Five little ducks” and “wind the bobbin up” some of my fav tunes to date.

Bring along their favourite teddy or toy and send me a list of their favourite songs and I will have bubbles and fun waiting to capture that right moment.

The cake smash section usually comes straight after the portrait session which is usually very few minutes before they are bored! Cake always livens things up but don’t be surprised if they don’t smash it all up (usually we have to do that). I have been shocked by a one year old flattening her head into the cake and then throwing it off the cake stand, rock and roll style. Usually they take a lick and not too sure so we have to dig out a large piece for them to try and see what they do… every child is different so it’s always fun capturing that first reaction.

After we have exhausted as many cake smash songs and dances we clean up and move onto bath tub and bubbles. Unless your child hates water this part of the session seems to bring the biggest smiles and fun. I just need to make sure I get the temperature right in the water, room and if they like bubbles or not.

After they are out they will be super hungry and tired so make sure they are well fed before the session (and not too tired) plus have some snack ready to distract them so they don’t hate you too much for removing them from the funnest bit of what will be the strangest morning they experienced so far.

Wear your comfy clothes which you don’t mind being covered in cake and or bring spares if you are planning on lunch after in a public place!

I love my cake smash first birthday sessions and all of my families do too.

It’s a priceless memory to bring out on their 16th, 18th or even 40th birthday.

To book in a session please contact me and let’s schedule a date before their birthday. Then we can get planning for having some fun!
Julietta x

Win Maternity photoshoot

Posted on June 4, 2019 by Admin under Uncategorized

The Maternity Photoshoot is one hour long and includes three digital images. It would take place Monday to Thursday between 10am and 2pm. The session includes the use of my dresses.

I have three sessions to give away for all those who attend the Baby Roadshow in Kettering on Wed 5th June.

Please send an e-mail with your name, phone number and number of weeks pregnant to j@juliettaardentaylorphotography.co.uk or click here to message me https://www.juliettaardentaylorphotography.co.uk/contact by the end of play Sunday 9th June 2019.

Winner will be picked at random.

Why you should capture this moment:

I know from the past two pregnancies I had that I didn’t always feel very attractive. How can you when you get to around 28 weeks carrying a huge weight on all your organs?! If like me you have just been told you have SPD, and thanks to your pelvic bone you are walking like John Wayne and getting out the car like an old aged pensioner (talking 80 plus here). It didn’t help that I would occasionally start to faint due to low blood pressure and have to lie down to recover. This pregnancy business is not as glamorous as I would have hoped!

These feelings of pregnancy is what I figured will put some of you off having a photoshoot. I don’t blame you! I’m here to (hopefully) change your mind. Put aside how rubbish you may be feeling and allow me to encourage you to embrace your body, and the photograph this truly special thing your body is doing.

When you really think about it, it’s the most incredibly humbling task us women are faced with. When a child sees a woman carrying a baby they are in awe! When you see your body changing you are in awe. When our partners look at us they are too in awe. To capture this awesomeness is essential! If I don’t do it for you, then please make sure someone does.

A Pamering Day – I know it will have been said to you a hundred times already to make the most of the peace for now, DO IT! Get a pregnancy massage, paint your nails, have your hair and make-up done…. then come to me to capture the glow.

How a session can work: I can arrange a hair stylist and a make-up artist to take care of you. My photoshoot sessions usually begin at 10.30 am but you can arrive earlier, in your pyjamas if you wish, and begin the pamper. If you have the luxury of time you can have the massage and nail treatments the day before too. If you wish just to do your own hair or make-up that’s fine.

Most of my maternity sessions will have mums to be bring in their own outfits, which is fine as I absolutely love going through new things to have in the images. I also have a few maternity outfits of my own to offer into the mix and together we will pick what will suit you and make you comfortable. The simpler the outfit the better but we can always throw in a few unique pieces.

When shooting outdoors we are restricted a little to the location, but I have been surprised by some mums to bare all for an outfit change! For these occasions I have a large material as shield.

The sessions are fun, or so I’m told and they do bring out the best in you. You can read some of the lovely reviews I have below.

The important thing about all this is YOU. I want you to feel special, to look special and to remember this special time.

If you are still not entirely convinced, but are warming up to the idea, then lets talk. You can come to see me, send me an e-mail first if you are feeling shy, or call me to hear my usually croaky voice (if it’s the morning, it warms up by the afternoon).

Even if you decide not to have the maternity session at least come and meet me if you are thinking you would like me to photograph your newborn baby.

“thank you for making me feel comfortable and beautiful, I really didn’t think I would love photos of myself!”

“The pampering was what I needed and the session gave me a little boost of confidence, the images were the icing on the cake.”

‘How did you make me look like this, thank you so much I will treasure these images. I can’t believe how brave I was in the end!”

Julietta x

Resources for Ante-natal and Maternity Mums in Northamptonshire

Posted on May 4, 2019 by Admin under maternity

Had your 20 week hospital scan?

There’s more to learn about from the dedicated talent in this county. Everyone is different and so is the learning out there. You can speak to the amazing women who offer their services to assist you pre-natal or post-natal.

I will be updating this page as and when I source the information from the the ladies below and around the county . If you have any to add please post a note below for me include.

RECENT UPDATES TO THE BLOG POST WILL BE POSTED AT THE TOP

pregnancy

Meet other mums to be

 

Go and join this group to make it amazing resource for free stuff and for giving back. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/804897529706646/?hc_location=group

pre and post natal group

Gift and Receive

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PRE AND POST NATAL RESOURCES
Directory created by Becki Scott of Mother Spirit and updated by her circle: Follow the page for their links: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1751254021801630/

ANTENATAL EDUCATION

Becki Scott – Mothers Spirit 

Claire Morrow-Goodman – Ripple Effect Yoga

Marie Teale – Amazing Birth 
 
BABY MASSAGE
Claire Morrow-Goodman – Ripple Effect Yoga 
 
BABY YOGA
Claire Morrow-Goodman – Ripple Effect Yoga
 
BIRTH POOL HIRE
Becki Scott – Mothers Spirit – 
Claire Morrow-Goodman – Ripple Effect Yoga 
 
BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT
Becki Scott – Mothers Spirit –
 
CERRADA
Claire Morrow-Goodman – Ripple Effect Yoga
 
DOULAS
Becki Scott – Mothers Spirit 
Claire Morrow-Goodman – Ripple Effect Yoga 
Marie Teale – Amazing Birth – 
 
FERTILITY SUPPORT & COACHING
Marie Teale – Amazing Birth – 
 
HYPNOBIRTHING
Becki Scott – Mothers Spirit –
Marie Teale – Amazing Birth – 
 
MASSAGE
Becki Scott – Mothers Spirit – 
 
MUMMY & BABY YOGA
Claire Morrow-Goodman – Ripple Effect Yoga 
 
PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION
Becki Scott – Mothers Spirit 
 
PREGNANCY MASSAGE
Claire Morrow-Goodman – Ripple Effect Yoga
 
PREGNANCY YOGA
Claire Morrow-Goodman – Ripple Effect Yog
 
POSTPARTUM MASSAGE
Claire Morrow-Goodman – Ripple Effect Yoga 
Marie Teale – Amazing Birth – 
 
POSTAPARTUM YOGA
Claire Morrow-Goodman – Ripple Effect Yoga
 
REFLEXOLOGY
Becki Scott – Mothers Spirit – 
 
WELL WOMAN YOGA
Claire Morrow-Goodman – Ripple Effect Yoga 

HOW TO CAPTURE YOUR BABY FROM IN UTERO AND BEYOND:

Baby Bond – There are some amazing moments to see baby in 3D or 4D.

https://www.facebook.com/BabybondMidlandsMarketHarborough/

https://www.facebook.com/BabybondMidlandsKettering/

Find out more about maternity photoshoots with Julietta
newborn and baby photographer covering Northamptonshire and surrounding villages, Kettering, Wellingborough, Rushden, Stanwick, Oundle, Stamford, Corby, Market Harborough, Rushton.

What To Expect Guide – Newborn

Posted on February 21, 2019 by Admin under Uncategorized

A SESSION GUIDE – This guide is a to help you prepare for the newborn session.

My Studio
Glendon Farm Complex. There’s plenty of parking in front of the studio, a beauty studio (https://www.kolainebeautylounge.com) is next door. The scrumptious cafe The Fox and Peony is literally around the corner and to top it all off there’s a beautiful countryside walk to take with your family if you wish to after the session.

On your session day I will offer you a warm or cold drink on arrival, but please feel free to bring snacks for what may be a 2 hour session. Arrive for your session at 10.00am and you are welcome to continue with hair or make up on arrival or feeding baby. If you would like hair and make-up organising for you, please let me know. It’s usually around £25/30 for hair curled or styled and £30 for make-up.

Studio temperature
Most images will be taken of your new baby without clothing or newborn clothing I have, unless otherwise requested or with outfits as planned. this is because very little fits them nicely at this age. I usually begin by
wrapping them up to get them to sleep. The temperature in the room will be set to the same heat the baby is used to before they left the womb. Please bear this in mind when choosing your own clothes as you may feel a little warm yourself. More on parent clothing below.

Feeding/session length
If possible it helps to have baby to be as sleepy as possible so that the session runs smoother.  For this reason your baby would ideally be between 10-14 days old, however I have had sleepy babies at 4-6 weeks so this is possible. If the baby won’t sleep, I achieve the lovely awake images, this is best when they are wrapped up so arms are not dancing about covering their little faces.

Newborn sessions are around 2 hours, longer with siblings. This allows time for you to feed, change nappies and for me to change sets and props if requested.

Occasionally an extra top up of milk during the session can help so bring milk if you are bottle feeding. Or if the baby has pacifier/dummy please bring this too. Sometimes people use them just for the session and never again, but don’t feel you have to.

While your session could be 2-3  hours long we aren’t actually shooting the whole time. It’s important for me to monitor how baby seems to be in the positions and with the props, but it helps for you to read your child too.
Anything that that you or the baby went through during birth would be important for me to know.

Props
Although I photograph baby as they are, I have newborn hats, ties and headbands as well as outfits. These will still be kept to a timeless look. I prefer not to use buckets and will only use bowls or a small prop bed for some set ups if you would like me to.  I tend to prefer to wrap up your baby to settle them first before I try any naked poses. If you are after the natural and less prop approach or have specific colour preferences, then please let me know before our session.

Please feel free to bring a special toy or blanket. I have placed a baby in a mothers special bowl and wrapped another in a wedding sari.

Siblings /family images
I will capture sibling/parent images first as young children get bored fast. I aim to do these first so that the rest of the session is focused on capturing the other details of your baby. Please feel free to bring any entertainment and or food for siblings.

newborn studio photoshoot

What to bring/clothing
Simple outfits work best and do not distract from the overall image of the baby. Please avoid patterns and bold or bright colours.

If possible, stick to plain block of colours; black or white, brown or grey always works well as I tend to use a grey or white backdrop. It also keeps the images timeless. If you like colours then just make sure all the tones work well with the whole family. I can help with this.

After the session
It can take me around two weeks to edit your images. I pay particular attention to finer details. If there is anything at all which you would like me to correct in photoshop or if you prefer no photoshopping please let me know before I begin editing.

I will book in another date for you to view the images (sometimes via an online gallery if the images are exactly 20) and we can discuss any wall art collections you may have been interested in.

The chosen products are then ordered and delivered to you within 5 weeks. Any digital images purchased within the collection will be sent to you for download the same or next day. The USB is delivered with the prints and products.

I hope the information above is useful. You are welcome to contact me at anytime with further questions or to discuss your requirements.I very much look forward to welcoming you into my studio and making some very special memories into beautiful pieces of art for
your home.

Julietta x

Personal Branding shoot with professional make-up artist Sara Carroll.

Posted on March 12, 2019 by Admin under Business
maternity make-up photo session
Book Sara.

Sara Carroll contacted me about producing some head shots of models for her new venture as a make-up artist along with some behind the scenes shots of her at work. I jumped at the opportunity to work with her to create some stunning studio head shots that showed off her creative talents.

Sara was incredibly professional and I enjoyed working with her ideas to create some stunning studio images of these gorgeous women.

The aim was to try and create different looks to show off her varied skills and use a dark and light backdrop with strong colours to contrast simple neutral tones.

Carly Beckwith: Strong colours – DRAMA

Alex Rae – Subtle colours – NATURAL

Yana – The Glamour – PRETTY

So where do you start with a personal branding shoot for your business?

If you are looking to have a website that stands out, exudes a professional service, then the images you use will make a difference. A business needs to be memorable when you visit a website. Mediocre images will not make you memorable. Go the extra mile to show you care about your business and you will stand out. Showing care for your business raises your profile and making these work with a story about you helps too.

There are plenty of reasons why you should consider professional photographs. If you do your research by looking at who has a website you admire, you will see why. Your customers will know the difference from something you took from a loyalty free image website, to something you had created yourself, especially if you tell the story behind it. The latter will give you credibility and interest.

To start the process you can arrange an appointment with me to discuss your needs, either over the phone or face to face. If you wish to book me then we can discuss rates there and then.

I will take a brief and we can sketch out some ideas on the first meeting or in due course after our initial discussion. The brief I take will work out what is best for the long term with the aim maximise your investment.

My advice to any business is to keep things as simple or as classic as possible so that images will not date. However, depending on your requirements, we may also be producing work that is short term for projects or seasonal side of the business.

How much does a personal branding session cost?

Each of my prices are bespoke to the requirements, as some shoots may require longer editing times. For example a more lifestyle natural shoot will require less editing, whereas a studio shoot with lots of complex elements may require double the amount of editing time. Having said this, you must not judge your needs on saving money. If what is best for your business requires a studio shoot then I would recommend it for the long term effectiveness of selling you. If together we work out that a lifestyle shoot would be best then there will be clear reasons why, and this will be how you and your business needs to be portrayed.

Rates:

Personal Branding Rate: £399. This rate includes planning your shoot either over the phone or face to face. We might sketch out some ideas or share a pinterest board with ideas and colour schemes to suit all elements of you and the website. The shoot would then be a couple of hours, followed by my time editing. All images will be included. These will be around 10-15 highly produced images.

To find out more please contact me. 07513 100 514.

Maternity Mums

Posted on February 10, 2019 by Admin under maternity
maternity photoshoot

Maternity photoshoot, Northamptonshire.

Most mums will recommend joining a pregnancy class of some type. Yoga, hyno-birthing or any time of antenatal birthing class, and NCT where you will meet some other mums to be.

I met a group of friends during one of these classes just over 7 years ago with my first child. We all went to have boys which furthered our bond. After our births we met up and drank tea and ate cake. Eventually we joined baby classes of all types together; buggy fit, or sensory classes. Some time was also spent in any cafe where we felt comfortable to breast feed and chat. It’s these chats that save you! Thanks fully I had a circle of mums I knew before to support and be supported.

I recommend these groups or classes because years later when your little ones start school, you still never forget the support that they gave you in those tender days.

Some of us met up again recently to catch up on our lives. This time without children at our feet. It’s lovely for lots of reasons and mostly because I realised I was lucky to have found them at the right time in my life.  They remind you of how far you have come emotionally.  After birth, more births and ups and downs, you realise how strong you are as a human being. Becoming a mum makes you feel invincible, but ironically at the same time you manage to muster up strength you never knew you had, you discover a vulnerable you which you can’t describe.

Talking is the best therapy, unless more serious. Talking can get you through these mixed, contradictory emotions and experiences.  Talking with good friends really can help; your maternity mums  (if you meet the right ones*) along with your existing besties, will be a saving grace. 

So as soon as you’ve had your 20 week scan, please get joining these amazing classes. You will be creating forever friendships.

Wishing you all the best on your maternity journey.

Julietta  x

 

*I say meet the right ones because along the way you meet many who are not going to make you feel good about yourself. My advice is to very quickly ditch those. Trust your instincts, as it’s a vulnerable time to be surrounded by anyone negative or who brings you down. You will know them straight away. 

MATERNITY PHOTOSHOOT SESSIONS- find out more.

BABY SHOWER GIFT LISTS – find out more

BOOK A SESSION – enquire here

The classes I went to were mostly in Kettering, Wellingborough and Northampton. Some don’t exist now but I am building a page of new ones which I have been recommended. This is coming soon! So follow my page on Facebook or Instagram for updates.

These will cover Northamptonshire and Market Harborough.

 

 

Tips for better PICS of your KIDS.

Posted on January 31, 2019 by Admin under Parent Zone

We all have super smart phones and devices with high enough pixels to print an 8 by 10inch photo. I’ll be honest with you though… no matter how great the quality is of your phone or camera, if you don’t know what you are doing to capture a great image, then that print won’t turn out its best. So its important for me point out at the start of each blog on this series that you need to leave the framed art pieces to the professionals.

This blog is about day to day captures for your memories and for the 6 x 4 prints for the kids slip in albums. You don’t need anything fancy for that as you know they’ll be taking them out to show their friends.

How to take better photographs of your children indoors. These images are ideas for when you can't hire a photographer for those special moments.
This image taken by another photographer called Allen Taylor is on my list to do… The kids are back lit and allowed to go wild and have fun. You can always prepare a fun session to capture some playful moments with siblings.

Every year I print all the interesting or milestone moments from my iPhone to put in my kids albums, it started with newborn to first ice-cream, first day of school to bike riding etc… stuff I’m to going to frame on the wall but I want them to see growing up how far they came.

This kid has all their loved things in her and she has a window behind her to light the image. I love this image take by Photo by li zuni. 

They probably don’t need to be the PERFECT shot… but I still want them to be nicer than the usual. If you are reading this or following these blog posts then you do too.

So first tip: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LIGHT! Indoor snaps.

It’s obvious right? If you take a photo on your phone in the darkest corner of the room it’s going to look dark. If you take it by the window it will be lighter. I know this is simple science but I sometimes I see people I know make this obvious mistake. Sometimes they are taken by the moment of something smart their child has performed.

I know you cant always re-enact the moment perfectly, but next time ask them do either do it again or encourage them by the window light to do that amazing face or dance. The chances are they will and you will get a better image to save to print.

Where do you stand? Side on to the window. Or open a door. Back to window if you have an interesting backdrop from the window into the house.

Where do they stand? Side on to the window facing you, a slight 45 degrees facing the window. If it’s a bright day then step back just to where the shade is. If it’s an overcast day you can be as close as you like. You can have them with the window behind – only works if you have light facing the kids or would like to do a silhouette. Try different angles too like from above but with child by window.

Quick practice with Mia. I asked her to look at next doors garden to make her face me a little. I could ask her to turn a bit more and take a few frames but I liked the little pout as she’s just started doing this to kiss me.

Practice this first. There’s lots more to learn, but start with the basics of how the light looks. When the light is best at which time of day it’s best and then you can concentrate on the rest, like what else is in the image you are taking. PRACTICE WITH ANYTHING – YOUR CAT, A VASE, KIDS GET BORED QUICK SO IT HELPS TO PREPARE, then you can entice* them into the spot you need them. (*enticing tips are different for every child).

Once you do lots of images in this way at different parts of the house you will understand what the light is like in the room, which you like the best and why. Then you will know where you like taking a photo best in the house and which part of the day too.

So next time your child has that special dance to do or award to show off you can record that image in the same place and keep to the same beautiful light.

I hope you enjoyed the blog 🙂 Get trying out some ideas and don’t forget to share them in the group.