The Beautiful Everyday of Childhood

With our perfect Instagram photos and sharing highlights of our ‘best lives, I’m feeling like we may be losing a bit of who we actually are. Don’t get me wrong - it’s my job to capture you all living your best lives and looking beautiful…. and although I take them on my shoots, I shy away from sharing ‘normal life’ photos, because perhaps they are not ‘aspirational’ enough..

But am I wrong in thinking this? I’m starting to think that a photoshoot documenting real life would be a wonderful heirloom to have. REAL stories are precious, and that we will be digging deep for these average moments in the future when we look back at our lives.

This is my little one playing chef at breakfast. It’s not styled in the slightest (clearly!) BUT the light was good and it’s real life. She cut up some dried apricot and scattered if on her toast, dressed in her favourite mismatched morning clothes. Then requested that she blew milk bubbles for fun. The light was good, so I let her.

So how about more of us shared our beautiful every day lives? Wouldn’t we all feel a little bit better about life?




Choosing images from your photoshoot...

I’m love taking natural family photos that are beautiful. But for me, the expressions have to be genuine, and I will use all of the tricks in the book to make them so.

Sometimes I will have an idea for a pose that will look amazing on your wall in canvas. I will push for the image that I have in my head. But I love the in between photos that I take on the way and I absolutely don’t hold back on these when I deliver your gallery.

This is because I love these photos of my family just as much as the ones that we plan for our walls - in fact they ARE the ones that I would want on my walls… For me, they are perfectly imperfect.

Here are a few of examples of the perfect V’s perfectly imperfect side by side of these beautiful twins that I met the other weekend with their gorgeous brother. Which ones would you choose to put on your wall?

Newborn Twins in home photoshoot , Cheltenham

Twins. Double the Love ♥️♥️


This was a really special session for me. I've known Lara since we were pregnant with our eldest children. The journey to this point has been an emotional one and it was an honour to capture this precious time for them.


Their family is now complete with these beautiful twins, filling their home with more love than they could imagine having space for.

It was such a joy to capture a glimpse of their world - one which will not allow a huge amount of time to stop still and take it all in. I believe that this is when photography really comes into its own. It freezes this time, so that when you have a moment in between the sleep fog, you can look at these images and see how beautiful and blessed your life as it is.

**Please get in touch early to book your family photoshoot - diary filling up to 2020**
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Newborn Family Session at home Cheltenham

This newborn family photoshoot was so special to me. My girls both attended Holly and Sam’s lovely Montessori based nursery in Cheltenham when they opened for business, I photographed their boys as I set up my business, and their new addition arrived days before my youngest graduated from their nursery. What a journey - it’s crazy to think of it like that!

I’m not sure why I’m sharing this apart from the fact that I am a real people person. I love getting to know my families and all of their personalities - this is the very core of what I do and how I photograph them. And nothing makes me happier than to make beautiful photographs that capture you being you.

Anyway, enough of my words - the photos will speak for themselves…

Summer Fun!

It’s been busy here with family photoshoots and Confetti Field Shoots, and I was thinking that I had enough galleries to edit that I should take it easy and not take so many photos of my girls. But then we started playing with bubbles, and I just couldn’t resist. Kitchen utensils - who would have thought this provided so much entertainment? I’ve shortlisted these as my favourites - Bubbles - there can never be enough bubbles in a child’s world. So why have 1 image when you can have 16??

Newborn Sessions - what to expect.

Newborn sessions are relaxed and are guided by your baby. I find that it is a wonderful way of soaking this time in. Because the reality of life is that there are few moments when a newborn joins the family that you all get to sit together and just ‘be’ for a while.

I direct you as a family to create images that will capture beautiful honest photos of you all. Finding the light to show your best side off and taking images of all the tiny little details that you don’t want to forget. All I ask of you is to be relaxed and at ease, enjoy your babies, and be yourselves and I promise you will have a gallery of images that will bring joy for years to come.

My favourite newborn photos...

I get it. You’re trying to soak it all in, to remember it all. In the haze between feeding, changing, burping, and swaying… Every tiny breath, yawn, windy smile is so fleeting and precious. Their tiny fingers wrapped around yours, and the way they bring the whole family to connect together so naturally.

At my newborn photoshoots, I have a list of my favourite things that I love to capture. I’ve listed a few of them below. What are the things that you’d like to remember?

  1. Mother’s love

  2. All snuggled up

  3. Daddy’s gentle side

  4. Older Sibling with baby

  5. Tiny toes

  6. Fun

  7. Togetherness

  8. Feeding

  9. Yawning

  10. Your story right now

Mother’s love

Mother’s love

All snuggled up

All snuggled up

Father’s gentle side

Father’s gentle side

Older sibling

Older sibling

Baby Toes

Baby Toes

Family fun

Family fun

Connection

Connection

Feeding

Feeding

Yawning

Yawning

Your story

Your story

Newborn Family Session at home Cheltenham

Newborn sessions. I just adore them. Capturing their tiny little hands and feet, their little yawns, and those lovely little windy smiles!

But for me, it isn't just about the baby. It's about the whole family as individuals during this time. Your first born, who seems to suddenly grown twofold overnight. Your husband/partner who is showing his most gentle side. And you, connecting with your baby, soaking up every tiny little snuffle, so that you can remember these moments forever.

During this time, you are remembering how you were and learning how to fit together as a family in your new normal. I capture moments where you like to play, dance, soothe and connect . During your session, we’re not just making portraits. We’re capturing your memories.

Katy - I absolutely loved visiting your family at this special time and hope that you treasure these images for years to come. With special thanks to your lovely friends for booking your session as a surprise for your Baby Shower! What a wonderful gift! 😍
















Creative Project with Female Photographers across the UK

This winter I met up with the beautiful and talented @hushpictures in Cheltenham for a creative photography project called @thetravellingmustard - a dress that is being passed onto female photographers throughout the UK. It was a wonderful way to connect and inspire each other whilst walking the same paths. We took photos at various locations - at night, at sunrise, indoors and outdoors, in both natural and artificial light. For me, this project was more than just taking photos, it was a journey of inspiration and spontaneity, with some hilarious stories, celebrating femininity, community and above all - friendship ❤️

My own family photos taken at home, Cheltenham

In my quest to be remembered in our family photos, I'm persevering with self portraits. It's a great exercise from a technical perspective. Taking photos is like second nature to me, but taking those same photos of myself is so much harder - it's a little like trying to juggle behind your back.

And because of the extra effort involved, it's a good way of really considering what my treasured memories would be of this time. The images that I will cherish, and those that I would love my children to remember about their childhood.

On top of my list is cuddles and fun at home. I wanted to take a photo that I love taking of clients. Being able to visualise ourselves back into that moment. Remembering how it felt and what it sounded like... And dodging just in time when those wonderful giggles turned into chaos, and not quite so wonderful dribble...

In home newborn photoshoot with a lively sibling! Cheltenham

I just love capturing real moments and special memories for families at home. Your home is part of your family history. When you look back at the images that I take, not only the images that you see will be brought to mind, but all of the times that you spent in your space will be too. Plus - when you print them out, your images will naturally match your home - bonus!

Newborn shoots for me, belong at home. You can relax, you have everything you need and there are no panics about where you're going, or whether you'll be on time.

I loved this newborn shoot - and having an adorable and lively sibling just added to the fun. I love the mix of energy from calm to crazy and everything in between... and can we just stop and talk about how amazing their home looks after just a few months of moving in?

Rachel it was so lovely to spend the morning with your gorgeous family - I absolutely adored your session! 😍

Documenting your days with photos...

One of our favourite things to do as a family when we have time is rock-pooling at the beach. It's a little trek down there, and this time round I wasn't feeling 100%, but it's always worth the journey.

We've started to find out when the tide is out, as the rock-pooling opportunities are brilliant then 🤓 I have hundreds of images from our trips to the beach, and it was interesting to think which ones I'd print if I were to make a book that the girls can enjoy. For me, although it makes it easier on the eye, it isn't just a portrait, or standing somewhere that's pretty that I think they'll treasure, but more of a document of what we did, so it can jog their memories in years to come.

These are the things that I always love to incorporate in my longer shoots. I love a rounded story - one that includes setting the scene, introducing characters, discovery, movement, a bit of silliness, something that tells a story about each character and details... Ok, I'm missing an image of myself - but I was ill, so please forgive me!

What is it that you love to do as a family? How would you document it? What would you like to remember about these days?

Here are a few from our recent trip. Ok, I'm missing a family image of all of us - but I was ill so forgive me!

**Now booking family shoots to Summer 2019**

Photos taken at home can bring back more than a visual memory....

These images were taken very spontaneously when I realised that the cookies that I baked for the school Valentine’s cake sale matched my daughter’s dress perfectly. The sun was shining and she couldn’t wait to eat her cookie. So I took them quickly, and when she got to eat it finally, she absolutely savoured the moment.

My biggest wish for the purpose of my photos is that when people look at their images in the future, they can insert themselves back into the photos and feel that feeling again. I love the ones where I can remember what the weather was, how something smelt, tasted and felt. ❤️

If you love doing something with your children, let me capture it for you, so that you can re-live it for years to come.

**Now booking family sessions for Spring 2019**