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SNEAK PEEK: Fairytale Breastfeeding

I had such a blast with these mums at Royal Victoria Country Park in February capturing their breastfeeding journeys. They were such amazing women to talk with and get to know. They were incredibly stunning breastfeeding mothers modelling for the Milky Way Project UK breastfeeding project! These are some of my favourite images from this photography session:

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Breastfeeding Photo Shoot Faves from The Globe, Isle of Wight

Olivia is an amazing mum–she owns two restaurant/pubs, and one of them is also a B&B! She’s also a breastfeeding mother. She was kind enough to let us use her beautifully decorated restaurant, The Globe, for Isle of Wight mums to get photos taken for the Milky Way Project UK!  Check out how they turned out 🙂

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The Milky Way Project UK – Tandem Nursing

I have teamed up with The Milky Way Project UK sharing that special bond between baby and mum on their breastfeeding journey. I am going to be offering breastfeeding sessions to capture a special moment for you to cherish.

These sessions will be free sessions as long as you are happy for your images to be used as part of the project to normalise breastfeeding. Your photographs may be purchased for print or download.

No age limits on the baby/child. 
These will be taking place on various dates in February please comment below if you are interested or drop me a message. Also feel free to tag any of the breastfeeding mums you know.

I am based in Hamble, but will travel to Southampton for this project if I can get several mums on the same day!

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‘Tis the Season for Christmas Mini-Sessions!!!

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It’s time to start thinking about CHRISTMAS!! And I’m running an EARLY BIRD PROMOTION. For the first 5 people to book Christmas Mini-Sessions, you will get 20 FREE Christmas Cards!!! These 30-minute Mini-Sessions only cost you a total of £50 and you get 5 high-res images!  Continue reading “‘Tis the Season for Christmas Mini-Sessions!!!”

SNEAK PEEK: Lavinia’s Portrait Session

Ok, I’m not going to hide the fact that yes, I used my little girl as a model. If you’re a photographer with children, you know you’ve done it. But I must say that this portrait session allowed me to push my boundaries and be more artistic and fantastical with my photo editing. Here are my favourite shots:

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Before and After – How My Photography Has Changed

I’ve been taking photos since I met Mabyn Ludke. We became good friends while I was at Syracuse University and like she always did, she spread her love of photography to me. Mabyn is responsible for at least five photographers I can think of–and counting!–for getting them to fall in love to photography. It started with playing around with her camera, to getting my first DSLR (Nikon D60) for Christmas/Birthday, to getting longer lenses and really diving into learning everything I can from online courses!

Now looking back, I’ve decided to take some photos I took of a dear friend of mine, Christa, when I got my first 50mm lens. I love portrait photography, and Christa let me play around with my new lens by using it on her! She’s such a beautiful, natural model, and not to mention an amazing and inspiring Christian woman.

This post is a short comparison between what I knew then and what I know now–and what that means for my photography! Here are six comparisons and a little bit of what I did to make them fit my style today.

1) Colour Control

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Before, I wasn’t so concerned about controlling every part of my photo and I also didn’t know how to take control of my colour! Now, after having watched Lindsay Adler’s “Taking Control of Color” video, I always look for ways to help focus the audience’s eyes on what I want them to see! As you can tell, the bluish tint from the window in my first edit detracts from Christa’s beautiful profile. With the brush tool and colour picker tool, I was able to desaturate blues and also ‘wash out’ the harsh lines from the window.

2) Bringing Out Colour

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In the beginning, I was very careful not to ‘over-process’ photos. I was highly concerned that over-processing would make photos look fake, unrealistic, and unnatural. Though these are still concerns today; I believe that bringing out colour will really make my photos pop more! I find that people want photos that they can remember, and making colours pop is one way to do that,

3) Tell the Audience Where to Look

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In my first edit, I left the photo in colour (also possibly due to fear of change or over-processing). However, when I pulled it out to retouch today, I found the variety of colours (orange in the skin, pink on the lips, blue on the clothing) really detracted from the focus of this photo: Christa’s EYES. So in making this photo a black and white photo, and using the brush tool to bring more clarity and contrast to her eyes, you make the audience notice her eyes.

4) Bring Out the Emotion

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I was too afraid to go out of the box as a beginner photographer. These days, I’ve learned that photography not only tells a story, but should invoke and reflect emotions! Christa’s playful and uninhibited laughter was enhanced by using an out-of-the-box filter. I also love the muted look as I think it makes this photo look more like something out of a fashion magazine.

5) Attention to Detail

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Two things were lacking in my first photo: smooth skin and crisp eyes. Though the photo itself is absolutely gorgeous, paying closer attention to those details made the photo ten times better! I used the brush tool to smooth out the skin and also bring more clarity and contrast to the eyes.

6) Good Photos Stay

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What a gorgeous photo of Christa and her cat! When I saw this photo, I really wanted to re-edit it for this post; but to be honest, I loved it just the way it was! I did make minor changes in smoothing out skin and bringing out the eyes again; but sometimes a good photo doesn’t need editing and can stay the way it is!

New Memorial Plaque at St. Andrew’s Churchyard

This afternoon, a crowd of 200 people gathered for the blessing of the new memorial wall installed by the Mercury Old Boys Association.  I had the opportunity to photograph this event on such a beautiful day! It began with the sound of drums played by the St. Andrew’s Pipe Band leading a march from Hamble Gardens to St. Andrew’s Church in Hamble. The service was lead by Father Graham Whiting and the blessing of the plaque was given by Father Peter Dodson. It ended with a solemn sound of the bugle.

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