I am lucky enough to do a job that I love and everyday I get to meet new and interesting people and work with them to produce some really great photo shoots.
I have put together some of my favourite images from the year but this was by no means an easy task and there are too many favourite moments to choose from.
Nevertheless here is a run down of my 10 favourite images from 2012. They are presented in no particular order, it was harder enough to narrow down just to 10 let alone pick a favourite!
1. I had a brilliant shoot with Lily and her younger brother in Savill Gardens, Virginia Water back in the Spring. Both kids were fantastic, well behaved and completely gorgeous! This photo does not do justice to how pretty Lily is, but I love the innocence of this photo. We had tonnes of brilliant shots from this shoot but this was one of those moments where I found a great spot, in great lighting and the rest just happened naturally! Her trusty teddy bear tends not to leave her side but that’s what makes the photo even more endearing.
2. This was one of those moments in a shoot where everyone involves just thinks “YES!!” knowing that we not only nailed the shot but even exceeded our expectations. These dogs were fantastic in their shoot and you wouldn’t believe just moments before they were running around the room like maniacs. With the help of their owner (a veterinary nurse who knows how to handle her dogs) and a lot of patience we waited for the dogs to tire themselves out before attempting a ‘cuddly, sleepy’ photo. Equally what makes this photo great (especially for the owners) is that little Milly, a Jack Russell x chihuahua puppy, refuses to settle down despite being knackered!
4. This is a shot from a recent shoot with one of our returning families who periodically return to us to have professional photos of their children. The kids were at brilliant ages (3 years and 6 years old) and we had a lot of fun in the shoot. I particularly love this shot during a game we were playing where you can just see the kids conspiring against mum and dad. This was one of the parents favourites too as it captures exactly who they are at this age!
4. With this shoot we really wanted to capture this students personality and interests. Adriana was really interested in travel and nature so a location shoot was the perfect choice. After doing various photographs for well over an hour, we chatted lots and got to know each other. I found out that she was really adventurous and known by her friends as the one who will give anything a try. We found this brilliant tree with really intricate branches and she was completely up for climbing it for some brilliant photos. I boosted the light source in the background to give an ethereal feel to the scene and it made the perfect photo for Adri who is originally from Venezuala.
5. This little man is one on our very popular cherubs scheme. Mum and Dad brought some fantastic props and outfits along for his 2nd cherubs photo shoot and although there were lots great shots to choose from, I love George in this one! I love trying to find props and styles that complement fancy dress on children and I think the high back chair and his natural, pointy fringe makes him one of the cutest little vampires ever!
6. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with renowned animal psychologist Dr Roger Mugford at his ‘Company of Animals’ farm earlier this year. I was asked to photograph his many pets that he has and absolutely loved all the animals on Rogers farm but especially the little lambs.
This perfect moment happened rather unexpectedly as we were walking through the farm, approaching what seemed to be a standard child’s play house, before I knew it a little lamb curiously popped his head around the door and I discovered Dr Mugfords housing situation for his orphaned lambs. Luckily I was all set to go and captured this brilliant moment with this curious lamb.
7. Although I predominantly do portrait photography, I still shoot a lot of weddings with Kat to keep my skills honed in that area. When it came up I relished the chance to do a wedding styled shoot in the studio. This lovely couple never got the professional photos they wanted at their wedding so wanted to get some done afterwards. I love the feel of this photo and although we occasionally drape the vale over our couples at weddings, its much easier in the studio when you do not have the wind to contend with. I have applied a subtle yellow/red toning to the image to give it a vintage, classic feel to a very romantic image!
8. As families get older many people forget or can’t find the time to get everyone together for a photo shoot. However I find that sometimes when siblings and family members have busy, hectic schedules some of the best moments are captured when they all get together for a photo shoot and just relax and have fun. Here is a brilliant shot of 3 sisters, each have busy schedules that take them all over the globe, who got together for a photo shoot with their parents. The interaction was brilliant and the parents will cherish the friendship between them that comes across in this shot!
9. This was one of those shoots that had been booked in the diary for a while and there was very little flexibility to move the shoot, so despite the rain we all headed out for an wet, urban shoot. Luckily for me Seth was fantastic and there was lots of smiling and having fun despite the rain (or perhaps because of it!). I love this shot because of the classic, grey, british weather contrasted by Seths beaming smile. We accentuated the rain drops by adding extra sharpening to the shot and desaturating some of the tones.
10. Last but definitely not least is the gorgeous Beau at his second cherubs shoot. His mum had this fantastic vintage material with 1950′s cars on it. So to incorporate this into the shoot we had to get him to play peek-a-boo with the fabric which he was brilliant at. We applied a ‘half sepia toning’ to add to the vintage feel that the fabric gives.
2012 was a fantastic year for us and we have loved every shoot we have done. We hope to constantly strive to get better and keep doing what we love, creating great photos for people!
Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year!