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Clare Breheny Photography » London based people photographer specialising in beautifully relaxed home newborn photography and baby photography in your home. » page 2

Clare Breheny Photography » London based people photographer specialising in beautifully relaxed home newborn photography and baby photography in your home.

A little two and a half year old girl in fairy wings on a photographer’s website… it’s a tad cliche isn’t it!

But I came home from work and my mother in law had brought my daughter home adorned with fairy wings… she thought she could fly and my mother in law was rather concerned that she’d be jumping from great heights… the wand had broken (already!!) and was held together with sticky tape… my daughter was worried the magic wouldn’t work…

The wings had to be coaxed off to get her into bed…

The next day, the first thing she did was get those wings back on… I looked at her… pyjamas and bed head, lost in the tv, a broken wand and wings placed firmly on her shoulders – making her feel magical and important… her words darted in a confused manner from butterfly to fairy as she worked out what that story in her head was…every now and then she’d lose interest in the TV show and break off into fluttering hops and skips… charging towards the window… only to then plant herself back down and lose herself in her TV show again…

People often say that if you take too many photographs you fail to live in the moment and breath it all in… I couldn’t disagree more… my photographer brain is trained to notice every little nuance, and change in energy – from how the wand is held in a tight grasp to how a toe is curled and gently stroking her other foot and the firm thudding feet supporting a gently fluttering arm (sorry, wing!) …I enjoyed immensely watching my daughter lost in her own little world – torn between the make believe on TV and the make believe of her wings… and then I relived every moment a thousand times over as I selected the images to post here…

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We celebrated my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary in Umbria at the stunning Villa Pia (It’s a perfect location that sits right on the Tuscan and Umbrian border) .

The evening we cracked open the champagne to celebrate we were blessed with a stunning sunset over the hills…

This picture is so special to us as thousands of miles separate these cousins… It’s framed in three homes in two different countries 🙂


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Back by popular demand – ha ha ! I’ve always wanted to say that!! But it’s true, so many people have asked me if I’ll be doing this again… so here goes…

For those of you new to my Mother’s day events… the back story: I decided that I would make Mother’s Day the time for my annual charity event following the overwhelming response to my Mother’s day blog post and my call to all mums to ‘put themselves in the picture’ .   The idea is that YOU as a mum have a picture with your child(ren) to make sure YOU are recorded in pictures with them. If you are camera shy then please please please go read that article – I hope it helps and inspires you in the same way it did for me:)

I did my first Mother’s Day pop up studio in Zurich in 2014 and loved every minute of it.

Last year we had a wonderful day in Gidea Park and had amazing feedback. We sold out in just a few days and raised over £500 for NSPCC, capturing portraits of 25 mums and their children.

This year’s event will be raising funds for Action Aid, who run numerous projects to improve the lives of women and children. They tackle the tough issues of FGM, violence against women and getting girls into schools.

This year I will be working with Mark Belda again at The Picture Frame Gallery, to host a pop up studio in his shop.

When: Saturday, 20 February 2016 |15 minute time slots available from 10:00-16:00

Where: The Picture Frame Gallery | 142 Main Road, Gidea Park, RM2 5EU (map)

Cost: £35 (A minimum of £15 will go to Action Aid)

What’s Included: I will have a shooting area set up and will pose you with your children.  Following the photoshoot, a photographer’s choice photograph*  will be printed (print size 7″x5″), mounted and framed (Black or white frame) ** ready for collection from The Picture Frame Gallery in time for Mother’s day :)***

Who is welcome: Any mum with her children of any age. (Please note the photography space is limited and so large/extended family images are not possible)

Where does my money go: At least £15 of each booking fee will be donated to Action Aid.  The rest of your fee covers the cost of running the event and producing your framed portrait. No profit is made from the event. I give all my time and talent for free. I will post evidence of the payment made to Action Aid on my blog and Facebook page for 100% transparency.

Can I buy anything else:
Upgrade your framed image from a 7″x5″ print to a 12″x8″ print: £10 upgrade cost
Additional framed images can be purchased:
Additional 7″x5″ framed image: £30 (£15 of which goes to Action Aid charity)
Additional 12″x8″ framed image: £40 (£15 of which goes to Action Aid charity)

(Please note that these are additional copies of the same image. Only one finished image per session is available for purchase)

Additional items can be ordered and paid for at the event IN CASH ONLY.


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I hope you agree this is a great opportunity to raise money for a wonderful charity, as well as get a portrait at a HUGE reduction on my usual prices.

Cancellation Policy: For ease of running the event, all bookings and payments are final.  If you are no longer able to attend you may privately arrange to pass your time slot to another mum. In this scenario, please email me with their details at clare@clarebrehenyphotography.com. There are no refunds for sessions unused on the day.

* ‘photographer’s choice photograph’ means that I select the picture (i.e. no galleries or viewings) BUT in practice, last year we were able to agree the image on the day by checking the back of the camera 🙂

** Frame will be black or white. Only one range of frames is on offer for this event. All framing decisions must be made before or at the event.

*** Please collect your framed print on Friday 4th March or Saturday 3rd March from The Picture Frame Gallery. If you cannot pick it up on those dates you can either pick it up the following week or if you tell me in advance I can arrange to courier it to you (extra charge of £7 per frame to be paid in cash).  Please note that I cannot guarantee delivery dates, however I will get them sent out by the end of Wednesday 2nd March. (Please note the shop is NOT open on Sunday 6th March!)


Booking is a two step process – Please fill complete BOTH links :

1. Head to this link, select your desired time slot and make the payment

2. Then, complete this online booking form so that I have all the details I need


I cannot wait to see familiar faces from last year and lots of new faces!!


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I was looking back at a series of images from a shoot a few years ago and then thinking about this black and white series of images at one of my Christmas shoots that I really love… and it got some ideas going in my head and so I bribed my daughter to come and help me experiment in the studio… I wanted to create something that captured the different expressions of a little person… with the feel of a classic studio shoot but much more relaxed and ‘real’… I’ll continue to work on this idea, but I thought I’d share these in the meantime…



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Update: Here’s the lastest of our family videos: Abigail’s third year


This post follows a number of requests on my facebook page for a “how to” post… so here you are!!

Let me just start off with a little motivational speech on my soapbox!! I think it is SOOOO important to DO something with all our photographs and videos. Our kids don’t want to inherit cloud accounts and hard drives of thousands of individual images and clips… they want to look back over their story… so this takes some editing – albums and slideshows for photographs, montages for videos… our children are THE most photographed generation… but what will they really have to show for it????

My video story: I remember it vividly, I sat in my hospital room, holding my one day old daughter and I saw a movie of her life play through my mind… her growing up and running through fields… I even had the soundtrack in my head… It was a beautiful, cinematic masterpiece …. I knew I wanted to make a video of my daughter… perhaps one video for each year of her life…

As a photographer with multiple SLR cameras capable of creating high end videos, I set myself the task of mastering videography…

The weeks went past and I was too busy googling what her poo should look like, getting to grips with feeding, rocking my baby in the ‘tiger in the tree’ pose…hence the video function on my SLRs remain untouched. Seeing the days and weeks rush past, I started to take short clips on my iphone and pocket camera. I kind of forgot about the cinema masterpiece but did continue to capture those sweet moments – the first efforts to blow a raspberry, giggles on the bed, the sweet way she rubbed her toes together…

When my daughter’s first birthday was approaching I suddenly realised I needed to do something with all these clips…as well as create all the photo books of the photographs I had!

I set myself the task of finding a software editing programme that had the shortest learning curve and quickest results! I knew of Animoto from my days as a wedding photographer as it is popular as a slide show programme. I dropped the Animoto helpdesk a short note, asking if I could just input video clips. The super-speedy answer, I was pleased to hear, was Yes.  Super! I had a plan.

It didn’t take long before I had her video done and we shared it with all our friends and family across the world and everyone loved it. Over the next year, my daughter watched it time and time again. Smiling and pointing at herself and her daddy and giggling away. Before long it became my ‘go t0’ distraction when she was in a grump! She would get to the end and smile at me and ask for ‘more’… slightly narcissistic maybe (!) but if it stopped a strop in it’s tracks then I wasn’t going to argue! But on a serious note, I think she could really see how much we loved her and how happy our times were together… it was a positive reinforcement of how much we valued her, and it comforted her.

Abigail’s First year video on Animoto


As her second birthday approached, I worried that the next video wouldn’t be as good. But I sat down, pulled the clips together and enjoyed reliving another year! Maybe the videos will start to bore other people, but I think documenting her life is incredibly important and video clips on a harddrive will never be viewed if they are not organised and edited…

Abigail’s Second year video on Animoto

I LOVE how easy Animoto is to use and I love the fact that I can grab clips easily throughout the year with minimal effort. (For me, it’s definitely a case of the easier I make it, the more likely I am to do it!)

Obviously there are tonnes of apps and video editing software packages out there.  The simpler the application, the less control you have and the more complicated the application, the more control you have but the longer it will take. I think Animoto has the perfect balance. I can select and trim clips in their software with ease, and reorder them easily, add music and choose for each clip if I want the clip’s sound on (which I think is a HUGE plus as I can cut out the noisy shopping centre soundtrack in one clip but still hear her calling out her name in the bath in the next)

Animoto is really a very intuitive programme but to follow is a step by step guide that might give you some tips to make things just a tad quicker….

 1. Pop all your videos in one folder on your computer (and keep a back up!!)

2. Watch all the videos and move  your favourites into a favourites folder

3. Open an animoto account. I use the pro version but you may not need pro. Pro works out at c. £24 for one month. (You can sign up to just one month. You can set this up from the start so that you don’t have to remember to go in and cancel the subscription. Make sure you find the monthly option rather than the annual one! )

4. Select your video template. I went for the simplist one they had.

5. Pick your sound track. (I absolutely stick with music I can use legally.  Thankfully Animoto Pro provides you with a huge list of music you are licensed to use.)

6. Upload all your videos. They will likely exceed the duration of your track but don’t worry about that yet

7. Go into each clip and select the portion of the clip you want to use. (Animoto used to say they needed to be between 3 and 10 seconds long. I think they may have removed this restriction but I think it’s a good guide to stick to anyway-  you want to see enough of the clip without it getting boring!!)

8. Also select if you want the audio on or off each clip. I keep it off most clips as I want to hear the music sound track. I just keep it on where the sounds in the clip are going to make a big impact or are important to the story

9. You will be able to see the full length of the sound track and as you cut down the length of each clip you will be able to add new clips in from the right hand panel.

10. You can also add in text slides or still images. I just do a text slide at the beginning so that it is more like a movie and less like a slideshow.

11. Once you are ready, produce your video and VOILA! Animoto provides a link to watch the videos on but you can (and should) download the videos and store them on your computer and hard drives as back up and post them to other sites like you tube or vimeo etc…

As long as your membership is valid you can go in and change the video at any time and produce a new link to view it on.

Here’s the link to their site: www.animoto.com

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