South West London portrait photography

Lou got in touch looking for some professional headshots for her business, website and social media profiles. All the images needed to be warm and engaging but Lou needed some to lean more to the formal and others with a more laid back lifestyle message.

Before our session we discussed everything from hair to clothes, colour combinations and jewellery. Putting some effort into preparing for a portrait session always pays off for both me and my clients. Discussing what they are going to wear, colours and where the images are destined to be displayed – ie working from the end result backwards – helps me to focus and visualise an end result in advance of the session, and it is always helpful to my clients ensuring that they prepare properly for the session and arrive with the right clothes and bits and pieces that they need. Preparation = calm and confident = relaxed = creative = results!

Lou was a complete natural in front of the camera, despite like most of my clients feeling apprehensive about being there.  I am really pleased with the results from our session and the images that we chose together tick all Lou’s boxes.

Lou runs wonderful yoga retreats at her beautiful villa in northern Ibiza. I’ve been there myself so  I can highly recommend it with authority – and the yoga teaching which I sampled when I visited.

If you are looking for complete R & R and the emptying of the mind in the most peaceful and heavenly surroundings look no further.

With Spring just around the corner now (surely?),  like me you might be feeling you could do with a bit of a new lease of life.  If that’s the case, don’t rule out commissioning a cracking up to date new portrait of yourself, even if it’s just for personal not business use or your social media profiles.  A strong flattering professional portrait can make all the difference to how you feel about yourself as well as how others view you and I promise to surprise you with a fun and really relaxed session.

My headshot and portrait sessions are available throughout the week and can take place at my base in Teddington or with me travelling to you at your home or any location of your choice. To find out more, get in touch – I’d love to hear from you.

 

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from sterile computer screen to the tactile intimacy of physical print – the value and pleasure in a printed record of your wedding photographs

Over the last couple of months, I have been turning my attention to my wedding photography services and products and looking at what’s new out there for wedding photographers to offer their clients. I’ve pinpointed some beautiful new products that suit my style of wedding photography and that I believe clients will like, and made a few tweaks to my range in readiness for the wedding season ahead. It feels good to have reviewed my range afresh and to be showing  new couples who have booked me for this year what I can produce for them from their wedding images.

All my wedding photography services include the complete set of high-resolution print-ready digital jpeg files on USB as standard so that you can print, share, copy, publish online,and keep forever for the family archives all the images from your day. Effectively it gives you a licence to the images to do as you wish with them.

In addition to this, I offer an array of beautiful fine products for getting your images into a physical printed record.

These include books and albums, bespoke traditional glass-framed prints and other display options such as printing on acrylic

I also offer individual mounted prints ready to frame and boxes of professional archival prints for those want a storytelling record of their day but not in an album. The advantage of having a box of prints is that you can at a later date put a selection of them into frames or just keep them together as a set in the box as your personal wedding keepsake.

Each print that is included in the box is an image selected by you and individually retouched and perfected by me before printing. And each print is hand checked by me once printed. All the prints are printed on archival photographic paper.

The image above show a print box for 300 professional archival photographic prints. All the images are chosen by you with my input and help if you require it, to ensure that the selection will tell the story of your day from start to finish in an dynamic way that will really capture and delight the viewer.

This print box is designed for 100 prints. The boxes are hand made and are covered with a leather finish soft cover. Very simple, very elegant and will also protect your archival prints in the years to come.

Having a physical, instantly accessible, beautifully printed record of your wedding, whether it be in a print box or a book or album, that you can literally access at any given moment and literally feel and share with family and friends comfortably, not crowded round a sterile computer or screen, is still an unrivalled way to tell the story of your day in pictures – and will become a much cherished part of your family history and archive.

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creating a physical record of your wedding and family photographs: traditional bespoke fine art matted albums

It is such a shame these days that most of our family photographs end up hidden and gathering digital dust on our computers.

I absolutely love to produce a beautifully printed physical record of a wedding I’ve shot, or a family photography session, for my wedding and family clients. There is a huge satisfaction in printing and creating something really beautiful and hand- crafted that you know will bring back that day, or those childhood memories instantly and accessibly for the generations in that family to enjoy.  They are always loved and I often receive more feedback in later years from couples or parents expressing how much pleasure they are still getting from their albums.

Following on from my last post where I showcased the new wedding fine art books that I am offering, having decided to work now with Folio Albums for all my book and album offerings, there is also the option to go for a very traditional fine art matted album, images of which you can view below.

A matted album differs from a fine art book in that the pages are much thicker and more like boards where the images are mounted with thick white matts or boards to create a border and 3 dimensionality to each spread giving that very traditional look.

The images above show how the over weight and body of a matted album is much greater than with a fine art book despite there being the same number of spreads. See this post, or scroll through to the books and albums on the products pages of my wedding section on my website, or in the family product section for images of the fine art book so that you can compare them with the matted album option.

You can get a sense here of the thickness of the pages/spreads and the thickness of the album overall. Beautifully bound in a soft leather cover which a choice of colours, these albums are a very sumptious and luxurious way to make transform your digital wedding images into a beautiful physical and visual record that you will treasure and that will be handed down the generations and become a precious family heirloom.

I work with you to get any text that you might want on the first spread of your album perfect both in terms of the font, font size and what you want to include. We also take time to decide which images will be included on this first spread and what will be the last image in your album too.

A great deal of care is taken with the design of your album. You choose your favourite images with or without my help and input, and include in your list any that you would particularly like to go large or have impact in the album, I then work with the wedding album experts at Folio albums to piece together the images into the story of your day taking care and thought with the aesthetics of the layout but also the flow of the story, the colour and black and white mix and any cropping etc that will enhance the layouts.

As with the fine art books, the fine art matted album pages also lay completely flat so that you have a full view of each spread.

These matted albums are totally handcrafted by the experts at Folio albums and everything is checked and double checked before despatch. So far I have never had to send any album back to them such is their care, pride and attention to detail.

In my next post I’ll showcase the mini replica fine art books that you can order alongside your main wedding or family album. Once again, to see the fine art wedding books and compare them with the matted album above please see the previous post on the blog or head over to the products page in my wedding section.

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