Blog - tips and ideas for your own photography
Why get a professional when you have a smartphone?!
There are so many reasons professional photos are better than phone pictures.. first and foremost is that you are all in them and they are not awkward family selfies! Don't get me wrong, phone picturs are wonderful and I use my phone for most my family pictures but one of my biggest regrets is that I never got professional photos done of my own family. Isn't that just typical?! I never got newborn pictures done and I've never had a professional take a family photograph for me. I know I'm going to get it in the neck when my children are older! When it comes to capturing those heartwarming family moments, nothing beats a pro behind the lens. Here's why professional family photography in is always a good idea!
1. All About That Quality
You know that feeling when you look at a photo and go, "Wow!"? That's the magic of professional photography. The sharpness, the colours, the details – it's like your family comes to life in every picture. You can practically touch the love and laughter captured in high-quality shots. You also have the expertise of someone else to guide you on how to stand and pose and remind you to relax your shoulders and watch your posture!
2. Pro Know-How
Ever tried to make everyone look amazing in a group selfie? It's not easy! But professional family photographers are like magicians with cameras. We know the best angles, the perfect lighting, and how to capture your family's personality in every frame. It's also another person's perspective on your family and a good family photographer should know how to make your children laugh, relax and be themselves. An experience family photographer will put you at ease and help you relax and look your best.
3. Memories That Tug at Your Heartstrings
Imagine looking at a photo and feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Professional family photos do that! They capture genuine smiles, laughter, and love – the real stuff. These pictures aren't just for today; they're for tomorrow, creating memories that you'll cherish forever.
4. Emotion Unfiltered
You know how your family has this unique vibe, those inside jokes, and the way you look at each other? Professional family photography captures all of that, unfiltered and pure. No fancy filters can replicate the authenticity of these moments. It's like freezing time, preserving your family's awesomeness for generations to come.
So if you want your family photos to radiate love and happiness, a professional family photoshoot is definitely the way to go. It's not just a photoshoot; it's a fun, heartwarming experience that results in memories you'll treasure forever.
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Creating a photograph gallery wall
Creating Your Family Photo Gallery Wall
I'm often asked what's the best way to build a gallery wall and my go-to response is "don't overthink it'! It does not have to be perfect and sometimes that's the very charm of a gallery wall. I thought I'd write a blog post about it so here are some tips for getting started...
Step 1: Gather Your Pics
First things first, gather all those gorgeous baby photos, candid shots of your children, and those family portraits that make you smile. No need to be perfect –a mix of professional photography and real, candid moments are what make this wall uniquely yours. If you haven't yet printed them maybe start gathering the frames first so you know what size to print. A mix of sizes and shapes looks great.
Step 4: Frame It Up
Now, pick out your frames. Mix and match different sizes and styles. . Don't worry if they don’t match perfectly – that's the charm of it all. Please don't forget to sellotape the photograph to the boarder so it doesn't slip in the frame.
Step 2: Arrange and Rearrange
Here comes the fun part! Lay your photos out on the floor and play around with the arrangement. Start with a focal point, like a big family portrait or a cute baby picture. Then, build around it with smaller frames. Don’t be afraid to overlap frames or have them at different heights – it's all about the organic, lived-in vibe.
Step 2: Measure Twice, Hammer Once
Now, let's talk measurements! Get your measuring tape out and mark the space where you want your gallery. Remember, it doesn't have to be symmetrical – a little bit of a haphazard arrangement can add charm. Measure the approximate space, both height and width, so you have a rough idea of how much room you have to play with. One brilliant tip is to cut paper/tinfoil/newspaper/anything to match the size of the frames (the insert from the back of the frame is ideal!) you have then stick them up on the wall temporarily. move them about until they look nice then mark where you need to put the nails.
Step 5: Time to Hang
Once you’re happy with your floor arrangement, start hanging. Start with your focal point and work your way out. If you're worried about putting too many holes in the wall, don't forget about command strips and the likes that won’t damage your paint.
Step 6: Add Personal Touches
Finally, add personal touches. Maybe a cute drawing from your little one or a framed handprint or a framed quote. These little details make your gallery wall uniquely yours.
And there you have it – your very own family photo gallery wall, telling your story in the most heartwarming way. Every time you pass by, it'll be like flipping through the pages of your family's life album. Happy decorating, and enjoy the smiles your new gallery wall will bring!
For loads of visual layout ideas take a look at www.pinterest.com of course!
Photography and Special Needs/Autism
As many of you already know, I have a special place in my heart for photographing children with additional needs. I love working in particular with children with Autism and ADHD. I am an Occupational Therapist by profession and I am also a proud mum of a gorgeous, interesting neurodiverse 10 year old :-)
So if your family, or anyone you know, needs a photographer with a bit of extra understanding and patience, please don’t hesitate to book. I come to your home where your children can be themselves and you don’t have to worry - I will get beautiful pictures for you.
You may already be aware but I have a really great value framing service at the moment available for your gallery pictures from your session. It’s really worth considering. Give me a shout if you want to look at prices.
Don’t forget if you are FRAMING PICS YOURSELF to Sellotape/stick the picture to the mount at the rear of the picture to stop it slipping in the frame!
Top tip for printing pictures from your phone.....
Do you all know that Photobox have a phone app now? It’s so handy. You can order prints directly from your phone. Start scrolling through your pics and popping your printable ones in to a folder. I would personally always do a little phone editing on the ones I’m going to print. Perhaps a little filter or just a crop and a little warmth. It’s worth taking the time to do this.
Let's get printing
...You know you want to!
It has to be done....
Printing your photographs continued....
My next plan is to pick up some cheap and cheerful Photo albums. I just Googled Photo Albums and Boots seem to have a lovely selection. They will send it to your nearest branch too. Loads of albums that will take 200 6x4s for example. You can get photo albums in Tesco, Dealz, Art and Hobby shop - anywhere. I would suggest, to avoid perfectionism, that you get your older children involved in the next step. Get them choosing, sorting and sticking. Let the albums be loved and pawed and not something that is too precious. Even though I am a photographer, most my family pictures are taken on the phone and live on the computer and believe me, it feels great to have a good chunk of them now printed. Go for it! You will be so glad you did it.
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Newsletter April - Photo Editing
As you know, I am in family homes every day with my work and I see the most gorgeous pictures on display that have been taken by parents. I often think, with just a little photo editing, those pictures could shine even more. Usually all they need is a little brightening up or a boost to the contrast. It can make a world of difference.
I edit every picture I take. When I use the term 'edit' I don’t mean manipulating the picture. In fact I don’t even own Photoshop! I must be one of the few photographers that does not use Photoshop. Don’t get me wrong, it is an amazingly powerful tool but it’s almost too powerful for family photographs. It’s complicated and it’s an unnecessary beast to tackle. I use Adobe Lightroom and I could not recommend it highly enough.
It is has enough photo editing tools to bring out the best in your pictures, plus it’s a photo management tool. It helps you organise and catalogue your pictures. It’s easy to use and there are so many Youtube tutorials online to get you started. It is a subscription based service but it’s really worth it if you have lots of pictures that you’d like to improve and organise. I find it quite addictive!
Even if you increased the exposure, contrast and boosted the vibrancy of the pictures you will see your images come to life. They have beautiful colour and black and white presets/filters too that can you can play around with. I know I sound like I work for Adobe but believe me I don’t! I’m just a super-fan of Lightroom. www.adobe.com
If you are still interested in dabbling in Photoshop you could try the free trial and watch some Youtube tutorials to get you started.
There are lots of free editing tools out there too. www.Pixlr.com is a web based free tool. It’s excellent too and worth a try. As far as I know, you don’t have to download software so it’s a good place to start. They have two options, one is very like Photoshop and uses layers (it can get complicated) and the other Pixlr Express which I would recommend as a starting point.
To summarise… if you like photography and want to take it a little step further you must get in to editing. It is such a joy to see your pictures come to life. Try some free tools first. I would recommend Pixlr Express (free) or Lightroom (free trial) to get you started.
Concentrate on adjusting the crop, exposure, contrast and vibrancy/saturation first and foremost. Don’t forget Youtube for your basic lessons too. Give me a shout if you have any questions.
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Posted on 04 February 2013 21:15
It's a great idea to get little cousins together for photos. The results can be very funny indeed. Take a look at these little messers! We had such fun taking these photos..well...most of us did. I'm not quites sure about the little lady in the middle :) . I have a special offer for cousin or buddy gatherings. Please click on the link for more information.
When they just won't smile!
Posted on 08 January 2013 21:44
When They Just Won't Smile....!
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