Category Archives for "Photography"


How to have your portraits

Have you put as much thought into how to have your portraits as you have (hopefully put) into the session itself?

A lot of the time the answer here is a resounding "no". There are lots of reasons why this may be the case, and a major one is not really believing you're going to want why think about it?

As you leave us after your portrait session, we'll recommend that, before you come back to view, you have a think about how to have your portraits. "Imagine," Robin will say "what you're going to do if you see 20 images you like". And you'll laugh, because, really, 20 images that you like? Of yourself? Ha.

Now, I will admit that it is something of a failing on my part if I have, despite much reassurance, failed to convince you that you are going to love your portraits. But sometimes, it's not until you see them that you really understand just how fabulous you are.  It's just how it is.

If you can dare, for a moment, to consider that you're going to have beautiful portraits to choose from that you'll want to take home and look at forever - here's what you need to think about.

How to have your portraits - digitally

You can have your portraits as a gorgeous slideshow, set to music. It's a great option, because you don't have to do any narrowing down - you're getting all of them.
However, if you think a smart tv is one that happens to look really nice, only getting your images digitally may not be your best option.

If you're tactile, and like things to touch, hold in your hand, put on your wall, a USB stick might not be your best option. 

How to have your portraits - for the wall

If you've got a big space above your bed you're just aching to fill with a piece of artwork - go ahead and measure up and we can have something made bespoke for you to fill it.

If, on the other hand, you have a seemingly endless stream of teenagers roaming through your house, and your bedroom is not quite as personal as you wished it was, have a really good think about whether wall art is what you want to take home from your session.

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How to have your portraits - the best of both worlds

If you think you don't have any space, never mind the right wall space now, but you know that's going to change in the future, consider the mix a portfolio of images gives you.

This way, you'll be getting an album-like presentation box of images, but also the digital files. This way, if you do change your mind about how you'd like to have your images in the future, you've given yourself ultimate flexibility.

​I'll show you all of the different options, and get you thinking about what you'd really like to have from your session, when you come along for your chat beforehand.

Much love,


Instagram? Pinterest? Why we find social media hard

Social media - so useful, so fabulous, so 'what on earth do I need to do next?' 😉

For our business, I really like Facebook (ok, I just really like Facebook and am never off it), but there's a whole wide world of social media that, as a business, I am repeatedly told, we must engage with.

The thing is, there's a reason I like Facebook for our business - it has a feel of a community and we're in control of how people comment on our page and, to a degree, who sees what we post.  This is important when we're sharing client images - which is why a first, faltering step into Twitter failed as I immediately thought 'put our client images on display for any old troll to talk about? No'.

I should also add at this point that we will always check with you that you are happy for your images to be used for marketing - it is not expected or necessary - you can opt out!

Like a protective mother hen, I took a look at the world of Twitter and decided it's best left to others. I stayed with the comforting coziness of Facebook. And so then, we look to Instagram. Surely perfect for photographers to showcase their wares?  A bit like Twitter though, there's a sharing and general 'hashtag-ness' to it that I'm not entirely comfortable with. (OK, I may just be old, I'll admit that, it doesn't tempt me on a personal level either).

What we can do with Instagram, is give a little glimpse into the world that is our studio, and show a little of what it's like to come here for a portrait session. Making sure that, on the whole, we're being careful about the kinds of images shown, whilst hopefully introducing the team to you a little more.

So, if you've seen our recent shout outs for 'Instagram models', this is us getting our heads round what to post, how to post and generally trying to figure it all out. 

Pinterest is different again - for us it's an excellent resource where you, our lovely clients,  can set up boards and share hair and make up looks you'd like to try, as well as images you're feeling inspired by. We've been on Pinterest for a while, and are just starting to get to grips with keeping the boards updated.

I'll be honest - trying to keep up with posting on different versions of social media, plus the website, feels like a challenge. When I'm not comfortable with the type of media, it's an insurmountable challenge (I may yet get to grips with tweeting, maybe just not this year).

If you're a social media addict, find us on the various platforms:
Twit...nah, let's forget that one 😉

OR, you could just pick up the phone and call me for a chat (01993 862896)- my comfort zone! And I'll tell you everything you need to know about booking a boudoir or makeover portrait session, quicker than scooting around the net.

Much love,


Before & after for Facebook

Always hide from the camera?

Do you just know that you could never have a boudoir portrait session because you wouldn't look great in the photos?
You're not alone!

body confidence boost

A boudoir portrait session is a liberating experience that leaves you feeling amazing.
It's also an experience that lots of women think they just can't have, because, well, because of lots of individual reasons, that can mostly be summed up as:

I don't have the perfect body and I never look good in photos

If that's how you feel, well, that's completely normal.

But, I'd love the opportunity to change your perception because:
1. There's no such thing as being unphotogenic
2. Everyone can look great in photos - and there's no reason why you can't

There's nothing about you, how you look or how your body looks that means you can't have beautiful portraits. BUT...I do know how you feel. I put my own boudoir session off for 18 months because I felt the same...
but what about my cellulite?

my fat thighs?

the way my chest is heading south?

my stomach that can 'overhang' my knickers if I go for a skimpy style?
(I know, I sound like a real catch).
Much as I had seen other women come along and have a fabulous time, and beautiful portraits, I didn't believe I could do the same, because:

I don't have the perfect body and I never look good in photos

But, I did it. And of course I needn't have worried. Of course there's no reason I, ordinary though I am, couldn't look and feel extraordinary for once (and yes the makeover and the champagne helped a LOT!).

So, please don't think that we don't understand how insecure women feel about their bodies - we absolutely know and respect that everyone has their own hang ups, and this is one of the big reasons you always come along to see me for a chat before your session.

Here you'll see photos of women just like you - and be reassured that actually, you can and will have a fab time, and look and feel amazing.

It's OK - I know you don't believe me

And here's the thing - you'd like to, but there's a little voice saying "not you".  Literally telling you it's ok for everyone else but "not you".
I've heard it! I heard it for 18 months when I was putting off my own shoot!

So we come to the conundrum.

- I think you'll have a great time, and the confidence you'll get from doing this will be amazing.

- You're sceptical.

- I want to ask you for £99 for your chat, makeover and photoshoot.

- What? Now you're really sceptical. £99 for something you won't even love anyway?

I know you're going to love your photos.
You don't know that yet.
So, I'll take the 'risk'.

Book your portrait session for just a £40 deposit (no £99 session fee) - fully refundable if you do not love your images.

To take advantage of this offer, fill in your details below or call me on 01993 883645.

I look forward to seeing you at the studio soon.

Much love,

3 Those back to school photos

The school holidays are nearly over and what's that I can hear, faintly in the distance? I know you love the time with your kids. I know many of you love the return to school just as much. Yes, I think that's a collective sigh of relief I'm just about catching.

Just the one thing left to do, then, pretty much. That school uniform that just cost you a frankly unimaginable amount of money - you won't be getting your money's worth unless you take the back to school photos - not least because, let's face it, it's possibly the first and only time that entire uniform is going to be together as it should be until next September. Might as well have a reminder of it while it lasts!

I guess this tradition started with social media? I'm hoping so, as I don't remember posing at the front gate before my first day back to school. The only time I remember being photographed in school uniform was the annual school photos. I can't say I loved the return to school - not least because my birthday is on the 5th of September - quite often this was back to school day. An injustice I don't feel I'll ever recover from.

So, Facebook will fill with smart children in shiny shoes, heading off to new schools, bigger schools, different classes, new adventures.  I hope you keep those images - that would be a great album of images to have when they're older. 

There's something missing though. Potentially a theme throughout all of the summer holiday pictures too. Because, when you're older, it's not images of yourself as a child you necessarily want to look back on. It's family portraits. You want to see you - but in the context of everyone else in your family too. 

So when you take their back to school photos, yes, photograph the children. Then get your neighbour, who's possibly doing the same thing at the same time as you, to take a picture of you all together. Make sure you keep this photo somewhere safe. Don't lose it amongst the mass of digital images - it needs to be findable!

Much love,
PS - You may notice I have no image for this blog post. We have no children, going to school or otherwise, and a picture of me and the dog felt random. If you would like to provide one, just let me know! xx


A photo that means something

I need to make a bit of a confession here - Robin and I don't have lots of photos. I mean, obviously we have 11 years worth of clients' images, but these are stored for you 'just in case'.  On display, at home, we have relatively few images.

The ones we do have, though, really mean something to us. We have wedding photos, some from a holiday in Vegas, and we each have special family portraits.

So what photos do you have that mean something to you? What feelings do they invoke when you look at them? Which are the 'save from a fire' images than simply can't be replaced?

I have on image like this - a photo that means something - a portrait of grandparents. My grandad's in his army uniform, writing a letter and there's an inset picture of my nan, to show that he's thinking about her. 

It's the only photo I have of my grandparents, who both died years ago now. They were big figures in my life and my mum, sister and I even lived with them for a while after my parents split up.

My grandad was the gentlest of souls and to me this shows in the photo. My nan could be fun, strict, scary and loving. She was the absolute centre of grandad's world. He would have been thinking about her, always.

This photo makes me feel nostalgic for my grandparents. It floods my mind with childhood memories. It makes me feel proud of my grandfather and sad for my nan (who suffered from dementia). It takes me back to the '70s & early '80s, even though it's obviously much older than that, because that's the time I had with my grandparents.

Long summers, cold winters, freedom, a smoky house, poodles! I can picture all of these things from my childhood.

It's an image that never fails to give me a rush of emotions, whenever I look at it - despite the fact I see it every day - it never becomes like 'wallpaper' to me, it just has too much meaning.

What is your photo that means something? Do you have several? What emotions do your photos invoke in you? Do you have them on display, to trigger your memories? And are you creating those memories,now, to live on for others?

Much love,

photo that means something