Meet Jean... {Portrait photographer in Buckinghamshire}

From the minute I met Jean I was so pleased that I had been brave enough to start my photography project. This project was to encourage me to get out there and speak to women in my community that I didn’t know and for them to trust me with the privilege of taking their photograph. Jean welcomed me in to her home. I can honestly say it was the most pristine home I have ever been in, she is the first to admit that she is house proud and takes time to keep her house looking spotlessly tidy. She says that is just the way she is.

As we sat and had a cup of tea Jean told me all about her childhood and own children. Her daughter Rachel who nominated her for this project shared the reasons why Jean was a perfect candidate…

“Mum is a strong woman with a big heart. She has the most prodigious inner strength which she has demonstrated unfailingly throughout all the difficulties she has faced in her life. She has some amazing qualities always positive, passionate steadfast, trustworthy and indefatigable. She has struggled on tirelessly with a lung condition, been through kidney failure and dialysis, cardiac arrest and 2 weeks on a life support machine to name but a few and we still haven’t got rid of her! She copes with everything with a smile on her face and ask her how she is the answer is always ‘marvellous’. What you see is what you get with my Mum, she doesn’t pretend to be anything she is not. She is kind and generous and would give anyone the coat of her back. You can usually hear her loud dulcet tones before you see her, always laughing and talking. She has a unique quality to talk to anyone and usually finds out a strangers whole life story in less than five minutes. She has a fantastic sense of humour which is slightly wicked. Once described by a friend as ‘the salt of the earth’ I think that is a fitting description. It’s been said they threw away the mould when they made my Mum... I say thank goodness there is only room for one Jean!”

Jean has always been a regular church goer and believer in God. However she spoke with such passion about her experience with illness and how it was as though she had experienced an awakening or an enlightenment in her faith “It wasn’t like a bolt of lightening though!” but it has had an impact on her life.

She certainly lives her life to the fullest spending time with her family and living between her home in Buckinghamshire and in Hamburg with her husband.

I for one appreciate how lucky I was to meet her and her five grandchildren are lucky to have her in their lives.

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Photographs at home... {Family photographer in Leighton Buzzard}

All too often we are quick to discard the idea of having family photographs taken at home, thinking instead that they need to be done outside in beautiful gardens or woodland. That is not the case at all (although these can of course be very beautiful pictures too!). When you think about having family photos done really think about why you are having them done. If it is to capture the memories of how life is now then your home is often the perfect backdrop for your photographs. Please believe me when I say that you really don’t need to worry about having an ‘instaworthy’ house, not many people do. But it is yours and that’s where you are spending these days together as a family so it makes sense to have your family photos done there too. The other good thing is that everyone feels comfortable, there’s no pressure to be a certain way. If one of your kids isn’t feeling in the mood for photos at the start they can go off and play and we can work around it. You also have snacks readily available and outfit changes too if needed. As a photographer it is a total honour to spend time with families in their homes to tell their story of that moment in their lives. To see what I mean take a look at this lovely family spending Saturday at home. (Note outfit changes, snacks and play!)

If you’re still not sure if an in-home family session will work for you and you’d like to know more then do get in touch.

Meeting @mamalinauk {Buckinghamshire Photographer}

Photographing the blogger, Mamalina UK, and her family was a real joy on a Sunday late last year.

Emma is as warm in person as she comes across on her thriving Instagram account @mamalinauk. Her beautiful blog centres on ‘living and parenting slowly and sustainably’ and she embraces that ethos in all that she does. We started our afternoon at her local farmers market and then headed home for some family time followed by a few profile shots. The purpose of the shoot was to create content for Emma’s brilliant Season’s Greetings campaign and for her to use in to the new year- we even photographed her hairy legs!

It was great to work with Emma to create a range of content in one photo session. I also love seeing my images when she uses them online!

To see more or @mamalinauk on Instagram

To talk about ideas for creating content for your business then please get in touch

On your doorstep... {Family photography in Leighton Buzzard}

When people ask me where the best place to have their family photographs taken is I have two answers: Number 1- At home. Where you don't have to put your 'best' clothes on (though you can if you want to, in fact, you can have a few wardrobe changes!), the kids can play with their own toys and do their own thing, parents can make a cuppa and generally life is good. Or number 2- A place with real meaning to you, which more often than not can be found on your doorstep. With this family it was the latter, we walked from their front door on a walk they've done a hundred times.

It was a warm Sunday afternoon earlier in the year and it was good family time. Let's just not mention the cows who wanted to be in the pictures too!

For more information about family photo sessions on your doorstep get in touch.

Gift vouchers... give the creative gift of photography {Family photographer in Buckinghamshire}

Have you started thinking about your festive shopping yet?

Family photoshoots have been a popular gift in families for a while now and, having delivered those gifted family photoshoots I can see why.

Families come in all different sizes with such a variety of combinations and connections. When you have a family get together with various branches and generations of your family there is always lots to catch up on, kids playing with each other and making sure everyone is well fed and watered. The last thing on your mind is taking photographs, and if it is, it generally involves a camera being set on self timer while one of you runs to their designated space and the kids at the front wriggle and make faces (or in my case the brother-in-laws are making the faces!).

On a family photoshoot, yes we will get those group shots, but we’ll also get pictures of you spending time together as a family in a relaxed and informal way. You get to chat and catch up while I capture your family connections and create photographs for your family album.

Just like this family in the woods…

The two daughters got together to give their parents a family photoshoot for their 70th birthday this summer.

It may be that you would like to give a gift of photographs of you and your family to other family members. Family sessions can make a great gift as you get a variety of prints to choose from and you can have your images professionally printed to give.

These were all taken with grandparents and aunties in mind…

So if you are thinking about giving the gift of photography for Christmas, get in touch to find out more.