The Light and Bright Group

I have recently been asked to take photographs for a few new websites, and as well as taking the professional head shots, I’ve also really enjoyed the challenge of  working with companies to help them decide on images which will compliment their websites.   It really is so important when setting up a new company/website to have professional photographs taken.

Rachel and Simone run workshops, groups and one-to-one sessions to help children and adolescents with social, emotional and behavioural issues. They also offer workshops for parents and carers too.   They wanted their site to show various pieces of Artwork using the natural environment, which was just perfect for me!  The link to their website is https://brightandlightgroup.wordpress.com

It’s well worth making a note of, should you ever be in need of any help!

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A challenge for 2017!

I decided this year that I was going to set myself a photographic challenge, which had nothing to do with babies, children or families!  Of course I love taking photographs of them all, but prior to running my own business I also really enjoyed landscape photography and macro photography, which I rarely get any time for now.  I knew whatever I decided on had to be something that would fit easily into my already hectic life!

As we have a mad Cocker Spaniel who has no end of energy, and needs walking twice a day, I thought  I would take photographs that had to include the sky and trees, and would take them every day for a year – didn’t matter where I was, or what time of the day, but I had to produce one every day, even if I wasn’t happy with it!  This is actually a lot harder than you think, especially when you have a grey, dull and miserable day, but it has really got me thinking and I’ve been quite surprised at how many different images I managed to take during January.  Some of them are not great, some I love, but I’m not trying to achieve professional looking images every day, just something different.

The other requirement of the challenge was to take them all on my mobile phone – I have a Sony Xperia, which fortunately does have a really good camera.  However, I still find it quite difficult just relying on this and have taken my little compact with me on a few occasions as well!  All the photographs below were taken on my mobile.

One thing I hadn’t taken into account when I set myself this challenge is that I may be ill, and unable to get out anywhere, so there are a couple of very boring ones taken in our garden during January, as I was unwell for a couple of days!

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A very special photo session

2016-04-04_0001 I first met Clark and his family a few months ago when I was contacted by a Charity to take photographs for them.  I was only commissioned to do one session, but really wanted to go back and take more for them, so we met again for another session.

They are a great family and Clark is a really lovely happy child, who you just want to cuddle!  His mum says he never complains and the only time he really cries is after surgery.  He is totally unaware of his condition.  He has a lovely sister who clearly adores him and does so much for him.

Clark was a normal healthy little boy until he was diagnosed with Mucopolysaccharide II (MPS II) disease/syndrome, or Hunter syndrome at the age of 6, and since then he has undergone an awful lot of operations and treatment. The disease is a life-limited, progressive, genetic condition caused by the shortage of a particular enzyme.  Every week Clark has to undergo a 4hr enzyme replacement therapy, to try and slow his condition down.

Because of his condition (metabolic storage disorder) his facial features have changed as the disease progresses, so it was really important to his family to capture some of his gorgeous expressions before he changes too much.  I feel very blessed to have been able to help out Clark’s family by doing a job that I love so much, and I know the photographs I have taken will provide them with happy memories for many years to come.

Clark’s condition means that he fiddles/taps his hands a lot and also sticks his tongue out, so it was a challenge to get photos of him smiling, until he was in front of the television and then we got some lovely expressions!  His favourite programmes are Mr Tumble, or anything with Justin Fletcher in it, and Get Well Soon with Dr Ranj (who is also a paediatric doctor at Evelina London, a hospital which cares for Clark along with GOSH).

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Clark is a gorgeous little boy who has been through so much already in his young life, so please take the time to read his Charity webpages  www.mpssociety.org.uk and make a donation if you can, as the more help and support they receive will help others in the future.

http://projectalive.org

‘Pride of Britain’ winner 2016, a Mum of two Hunter boys, raised 2.6 million for a hospital building and research for ERT (enzyme replacement therapy) which Clark receives weekly infusions of c/o GOSH: www.gemappeal.org.uk/aboutus.html

http://geraldinerenton.com/

http://mpssociety.org.au/hunter-syndrome2/living-with-hurler-syndrome-brain-involvement

http://huntersyndromeresearch.org/

If you are a photographer who hasn’t already signed up to a Charity for voluntary work, I would really recommend it.  It’s lovely to be able to give something back, and know that it means so much to the families you work with.  If you would like any more information, please do get in touch with me.

 

 

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

January is usually a quiet month for me, which enables me to catch up on all my accounts, admin etc., which I have been putting off for the last few months!  However,  this year has got off to a busy start with head shots for local women who are starting their own businesses during 2017, as well as photographing 25 children for a local dance school – I still had to do the Accounts though!

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Happy Christmas Everyone!

I can’t believe it’s that time again already, the year has flown by!  Every year my business is growing and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has booked me during 2016. Thank you to everyone who has been referring me, it is very much appreciated and I hope to see some of you again soon as your children grow up and change!  Here are just a few of my favourite images from 2016.

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Newborn Session

Another lovely little newborn session.  This year has definitely been a year for little boys, perhaps the girls are all waiting for 2017!

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Family Session, Frensham Ponds

I met a lovely family at Frensham Ponds at the end of September, on a beautiful sunny day, and couldn’t believe we almost had the place to ourselves, apart from the odd dog walker!

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Family Session, Ewell Court

I loved this session with two gorgeous girls having fun in the Autumn leaves, even though it was quite a chilly afternoon.  We just managed to get the photos done before the rain started!

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One Year Old Session

Lovely session at Ewell Court Park with this gorgeous little boy who did not stop moving!   I think he only kept still when an aeroplane went over, and his mum lifted him into a tree to try and keep him still – great exercise for me though chasing him round the park, who needs the gym when you can photograph toddlers!

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Pet Photography

I really am enjoying photographing dogs, and here are another couple I had the pleasure of photographing during September.  A gorgeous 8 year old golden retriever, who loves nothing more than a treat, so he was relatively easy to keep still!  He also loves to roll, but fortunately only in grass and nothing else, unlike our Cocker Spaniel who loves to roll in other things!!

Winnie the lovely boxer is 10 years old and as I photographed her on the hottest day of the year, she didn’t want to move around too much, although I think we were all in need of some shade that day!  Who could believe it would be so hot in the middle of September, not that I’m complaining!

 

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