Monthly Archives: October 2011

I had the pleasure of having The StyleMixers, Sophie and Rachel over to my house to look through my wardrobe and give me their valued advice. I was a little apprehensive before the date as I had mixed feelings about my clothe choices and was worried that they would tell me that my whole wardrobe was rubbish and that I would have to go out and buy loads more stuff! I remember once being told by someone whose advice I really valued, that I tended to dress to suit my personality rather than my body shape. We then went through my whole wardrobe after that and created three pile – Yes, No and Maybe. There were only two items in the Yes pile and the rest was equally split between the No and Maybe pile. I guess since then (5 and a half years ago) I have been trying to pick out items better and give it some thought, but still wasn’t sure I was getting it right. Having a baby in the middle though and wearing clothes for practical reasons whilst you try and get back to your previous shape can hinder this process a little, but also be a good reason to just start again with your new shape and style.

The Wardrobe Planning experience that I had left me feeling loads more confident, reassured that I did know my body shape and what worked for me (I just need to wear those clothes more rather than sticking to the comfy old faithfuls and dress it all up a bit more) and I felt as if I’d had a really great four hours. It was relaxed and fun. They followed the session up with a beautiful card with pictures of me in some of the outfits they put together for me as a lovely reminder of what I should be wearing and what to pair with what. There was also a not too long list of a few items that would help pull together some great outfits – namely belts and accessories.

One thing that did stick and I thought about for a while was the fact that I didn’t really own any heels. I was inspired to try on some more heighty shoes rather than stick with footwear that was quite frankly chosen based on comfort rather than style. I kept and eye out and tried on many pairs when I was in town and was surprised at how comfy and easy to walk in their were and how I stood taller and had a better posture in them somehow. Finally I found a pair of black suede stilettos. Following a few boudoir shoots that I have taken recently I took this picture of my new shoes (taken with the help of my daughter):

Not only will the StyleMixers come to your home and help you with your existing wardrobe (as they did with me), they also will go shopping with you, style you for a special occasion and also help you with clothing choices for a photoshoot (with me perhaps?). One of the great things about our time together was that they actually took away with them any clothes that just weren’t right for me (to be donated to charity and with my permission) and they took a lot of care putting everything back in my wardrobe really beautifully. These girls do love their clothes and didn’t make me feel the least bit worried or nervous. They were quick to acknowledge their own body shapes and share how they make the most of their shapes with their choice of clothes and accessories. They ooh-ed and aahh-ed in all the right places and made me feel actually quite attractive and confident in combinations I hadn’t ever thought of putting together myself.

Coming up in a couple of weeks they have their first event. On Sunday 6th November at The Burg there is going to be a Fall Clothes Swap where you can bring 10 items that you have never worn or of very good condition and swap them with other attendees. I’m convinced it’s going to be a great night and recommend you check it out and sign up. I’ve been watching a lot of Gok programmes recently and with the Boudoir shoots that I have done, I am absolutely convinced that every woman can look fabulous no matter what your shape or size. Dressing and loving your body well definitely helps. Remember to if you are interested and I look forward to seeing you there!

I also want to just say a massive congratulations to Rachel and Sophie for starting such a fabulous business and being absolutely brilliant at what they do. I still am thinking of you both as the Style Sisters!

I mostly just have two rules, rules that I’m sure I’ve picked up from other photographers that I follow. Number 1: No fake smiles. Number 2: Let’s have some fun. I want to get your kids to show me quite quickly the best side of them or at least all those genuine faces they have – the cheeky ones, the funny ones, the serious ones too. I have also mostly been taking photos of kids that are in and around the same age as my daughter (4.5 now) or younger.

Occasionally I take photos of kids that are older and it is different. Newborns have their own special needs. They don’t really do much, but they do need to be comfortable, warm and well fed. Just comforting babies and making sure everyone is relaxed is half the battle along with a lot of patience. A 7/8 month old I think is perfect, when they can sit up and they just think everything you say is hillarious and all you have to do is make silly noises and pay them attention and they are perfect! Once they start crawling or moving too much it definitely gets a little tricky.

Then I find that from that age until you can reason with them (or more accurately bribe them) it’s a hard time for photos, but also a time when they are really becoming their own little personality. They can be purposefully not interested and snub you unless you have something really special to entertain them with, but when you get a good shot it is so so rewarding. Then older children you think might be perfect, they can listen and understand, but you are usually also faced with the kids really wanting to be playing with their mates and not being forced into a couple of hours smiling with their family dressed in something a bit nicer than they might ordinarily be wearing. Making really stupid noises or pulling faces doesn’t really cut it either. I think in the future I might need to swat up on what the kids these days are really into. At home we are still in the land of princesses and pretty dresses, peppa pig and dora.

So here are some sneak preview pics. I just love this one:

And her big brother was very photogenic too:

Sitting together in their favorite park:

Aren’t their big blue eyes and dark hair just amazing, what a combo:

One of everyone together in front of a moving tram. So so fortunately, there was a wooden trellis nearby, so I grabbed it quick to balance my camera on as it was only a 5sec shutter speed on this!

We finished the shoot with some silly shots with the fish eye lens, which nearly always interests the bigger kids (and usually the dads too!).

This was my last Saturday to be booked for this year and it was booked about 6 months back! Remember, if you want weekend shoots for next year, get in touch sooner than later. I may be shaking up how I work things in the new year to try and create a better work life balance – namely, to give me time to maybe go out a bit more!

Once upon a time this lovely family lent me a room in their house for my first round of mini Christmas Card shoots. The last time I had seen all of them together was probably at that time too, so the energetic girl with blonde pigtails was a cute surprise for me and her big brother has grown up lots too, looking much more mature and handsome. When I arrived, he let me in and then went back to chilling in the library reading a comic:

I also got a lot of loving from their beautiful Poodle, who was by far the most tolerant doggie I have encountered at a shoot.

This family are so warm and welcoming. Even though they had all flown back to Basel the day before from the US, they were full of beans and on great form for a photoshoot with me. We pushed it into the afternoon to take advantage of the warmer temperatures. The Autumn sun was beautiful:

Look at these beautiful big eyes too:

Then we took the dog for a walk and got a few more images around the local streets. Daddy and his girls:

Mummy and her boy:

And an extra one on the way back. Love these family lifestyle shots!

I love this little boy. He’s adorable. I met him and his mummy in the park pretty early – so early we almost had it to ourselves and it was still a bit misty and chilly, but a gorgeous warm jacket and LOTS of running around and we were all warm. Where do I start – the curls, the cheeky smile, the energy. Such a boy too, I think we spent a good solid ten minutes just throwing sticks into the water.

Thanks for a fun morning in the park and for inviting me and my camera to share a couple of hours with you both. Here is a little snippet of our time together. This one isn’t a smily one, but I love the thoughtfulness of it and the beautiful greens in the background:

Here is that gorgeous big smile:

And a bit of posing:

A very cheeky face:

And some snuggles with mummy in his traditional African dress: