Many of you will have seen the ‘Black and White Challenge’ doing the rounds on Facebook… posting a black and white image every day for five days. I promised I’d share 5 new images and here they are… we had a lot of fun making some new images…
The best complement I can be given is a client returning for another shoot :) I photographed these sisters last winter and was excited to see how they’d grown up and developed. (A wee trip back to Zurich for a few shoots was also very nice!)
As they already knew me, we had our hellos and catch up and then we were straight into play! At this age, the girls needed very little intervention from me. I want genuine interaction in my images so the more I can leave children to play naturally, the more natural my images will be. That’s not to say it’s easy work!! I must confess, I was given quite a work out running around that pirate ship!!
My favourite images are where the girls give their mum a hug… if the strength of their tugging (mum nearly toppled over!) is a reflection of the strength of their love for her, then that’s pretty awe inspiring!
And I also love the shots taken at the ferry terminal, and I hope these will create a nice memory of a place special to the family.
As you can imagine, I take a lot of pictures of my little muse! I was going back a few months in my image catalogue and found this…
(sadly the monkey was tossed out of a buggy in the streets of Greenwich and despite our best efforts to find him, he is no longer with us)
Here’s the low down on my recent trip to NYC – a cute shoot and lots of gallery talk… 5 years ago I met the wonderful Sue Greetham at a photography convention. It’s been so nice to share my journey with another photographer, sharing ideas and sounding each other out whenever we need to. Each year Sue and I invest in a few days away from our businesses to attend a workshop and gain some insight into how another photographer works. It’s a good way to reflect on the way you are doing things and think about what you want to achieve going forward. We also try to check out art exhibitions in London whenever we can – getting fresh, visual inspiration. In September we headed over to NYC to combine a workshop with a great Australian newborn photographer, Kristen Cook, and geek out in the galleries. There was a fair bit of serendipidy about how it all worked out… more to come on that later. I also managed to squeeze in a coffee and mini shoot with some dear friends who live in New York. Ten month old Max had had a tough time of teething but he was such a star – he pulled out all the stops for us!! What a cutie pie. I love the look of love in his parents’ eyes…Gary Winograd retrospective at The Metropolitan Art Gallery. This was really special for me as my first ever photography teacher was a big fan of Winograd and referred to him in nearly every class. His work really represents the mood of the various decades he photographed. What was particularly interesting is that the curators had gone back to rolls of film he had never developed and also selected images from contact sheets that he hadn’t selected himself. It highlights how different people see different things of value in our photographs, and how the passage of time can alter what we see as important. It was also nice to select a few of the other Met galleries to wander through… I made a bee-line for Degas, one of my favourites. I love the atmosphere and colours – and I think his work is always dear to me as I used to see prints of his at my dance school from the age of 4… he was probably the first painter I was aware of. Next on the gallery list was MOMA. This gallery played such an important role in photography finding it’s place in the art world and was referred to so much during my Masters Degree. It was really a very inspiring visit. There was a great exhibition about the use of the studio in photography, and it was really something to reflect on the vast variety of works that can be created in a simple studio. Having completed a 4 week project focusing on colour and texture in August, I took the opportunity to really go up close to the colours in my favourite paintings and here is a collage of what I was drawn to. Feel free to play ‘name that painting’! Sebastio Salgado’s Genesis exhibition in both London and Paris. The queues were soooo long and I just didn’t have time during my fleeting visits to these cities whilst I was living in Zurich. So I was super excited to see it was opening in NYC during our visit. Even more exciting was to see that Salgado himself was giving a talk whilst we were there. We hurriedly bought tickets, knowing what a great opportunity it was but not really knowing what he would focus on. Well it was possibly one of the most moving experiences of my life. The phrase ‘food for the soul’ sprung to mind as I walked out in a daze. One of the wisest people I have ever had the honour of listening to, yet also the most unassuming and modest man. And just plain sweet! This man has experienced so many different places in the world, living amongst some of the most primitive tribes, war torn countries and famished communities. As well as visiting some of the most remote and most beautiful places on earth. His sense of the world and humanity and his perspective of time and our role on the planet is so incredibly well informed by these experiences. It was really such a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear his insights. I actually found the slideshow of his work previous to Genesis even more emotional than Genesis, so I recommend checking it out. I also thought you might like his Ted talk (different topic but very good). (Excuse the poor pictures… I didn’t want to ruin the talk by ‘papping’ him so these were taken on my pocket camera in a basement lecture hall)
This little bubba had a bit of a rollercoaster entry into the world. She was a little miracle baby
As a result she spent a little longer in hospital and then needed some time at home to get settled. So our newborn shoot took place when she was 6 weeks old. The joy of of a lifestyle newborn shoot in your home is that the age of the baby is less important… we are focusing on capturing baby in their home environment, being welcomed by their family and watching mum and dad baby gazing!!! I love the connection you see with this family – the concerned looks when she squirmed, the utter joy at a simple yawn… it really is an honour to capture such precious moments of baby in their first home…