Five tips for capturing perfect portraits of your children
Five tips for capturing perfect portraits of your children
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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting three wonderful little ones for some lovely family portraits in North London!
It was a gorgeously sunny day at the end of summer, and such a perfect location for some portraits! The back garden, which was just amazing! And full of great little areas for some portraits of the children.
Animals everywhere just added to the fun, and make these images extremely personal to this brilliant family! x
I absolutely LOVE portrait shoots like this, they make such beautifully natural images, The children were relaxed, great in front of the lens,and eager to show you all of their things, (chickens included!)
The set of images that I have decided to share are all in monochrome, but we did take some beautiful colour images, especially as the light was so good that day!
If you would like some beautiful natural portraits of your children in or around London, please do get in contact with me to discuss your ideas!
I am happy to travel anywhere in and around London for portraiture commissions, just contact me for details!
Just before Christmas last year, I met the wonderful Evelyn and her gorgeous little sister Leonore.
The weather was chilly, so we dressed up nice and warm in our winter coats, hats and scarves, and the light was simply gorgeous, with the winter sun giving us the last light over the beautiful grounds of Kew Gardens.
The Gardens are an amazing location for a family portrait, with many different locations and areas in which to shoot some beautiful children portraits in London.
Evelyn, was only two at the time, and what a little star she was! We had great fun, walking around, chatting, and playing, and as a result we managed to capture some lovely natural portraits of the two of them.
The expressions and character are to me what makes a successful children portrait, and there was no shortage of expression with this little one as you can see….the bottom one in particular makes me smile!
Even more impressive, was that Evelyn had managed to keep it a secret from her Mummy and Daddy all the way to Christmas, as the portrait collection was to be a beautiful personalised gift for them both.
The colours and the light on the day were just spectacular for portraiture, just a lovely way to capture a family portrait in a natural environment, if you would like to capture your family in this way please do not hesitate to contact me for more details or to discuss your ideas!
All the best! Saraya xx
So just before my big trip out to Nepal with the inspiring charity Raleigh International, I blogged the great news, that two of my portfolios had been shortlisted in the National Awards for the British Institute of Professional Photography 2016.
And whilst I was away I received the wonderful news that they both were awarded as finalists!! The portfolio named on the buses, which was shot for the lovely project children of London was awarded a bronze award. This set of portraits were shot on a London bus last year and was in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. To get involved in the 2016 project please see some of the other incredible portraits here.
The portfolio, Tanzanian women, was awarded a GOLD!! in the visual arts category. This set of images were all shot whilst I was living in Tanzania Jan- May and is a set of portraits that are very dear to me! The trip really has made a huge difference into the way I work and the way that I run my portraiture business. With my focus now on capturing my clients and their families in natural surroundings!
I was also amazed to be informed that my second fellowship panel completed in 2015 had been awarded the very prestigious Peter Grugeon award for the best Fellowship Panel of 2015. To receive even a nomination for this is a great achievement, and to win it just blew me away! Especially when pitted against some of the best photographers in the country!
To see some of the images that were included in the fine art portfolio please see the link here.
WOW what beautiful light we had on a glorious afternoon in North London!
I met mum and two little ones on Hadley wood common, just 2 minutes from Barnet high street, and wether was just amazing!
The two little ones were just brilliant and enabled me to shoot some lovely portraits of them, both individually and together.
The location was brilliant with lots of great areas to photograph and the light was just magical, as you would expect from a lovely autumn day!
Matilda was particularly adventurous! And got straight into the shoot, with brilliant expressions a photographers dream!
Otis was a little more reserved but very quickly got in to swing! And together they played so sweetly!
If you would like to capture you children in a beautiful location, please do contact me for more details, I am available for all forms of portraiture, in and around London!
I specialise in children, as this is my forte and where I enjoy photography the most! Their ability to create natural and loving expressions is key to what I do.
A few weeks ago, I met a beautiful family down on Hampstead Heath for some lovely natural family portraits.
Three lovely smiley faces, were there to greet me on a marvellously sunny Autumn day in September! I have taken images of this growing family for a number of years and it really is a joy to see them all together for such a fun filled afternoon.
We started outside the very photogenic Kenwood House in North London
Such an impressive backdrop for some lovely family portraits. With beautiful tree lined pathways and gorgeous architecture we couldn’t go wrong!
These three little munchkins loved running through the park, and clearly had a great time in and out of the trees! Mum and dad even popped into a few of the images!
If you would like to capture your family or children in this beautiful setting please do contact me for more details! Also take a look at my portfolio to give you a taste of the work that I do.
A little further afield than I would normally go for a portrait shoot, however, I love to scout out new locations and Sandy in Bedfordshire was not going to let me down!
On a bright and breezy Sunday morning, I met the boys (and mum and dad) at The Lodge an RSPB property, as they felt that as they were regular visitors, that it would be a perfect location to capture some natural and fun images where the boys would be comfortable.
It was a stunning location for portraits, and lots a lovely areas where we could take some natural and relaxed portraits of this lovely family! I especially loved the fern lined pathways and wonderful climbing trees! Just great for some fun images, that tell more of a story than the regular studio shot portraits.
We took a wide variety of shots, with all of the family together and also with the boys by themselves, to give us a wide choice of images for the family.
If you and you family have a special place where you like to spend time together, consider having your portrait shoot there! Not only will the children be familiar with the location, but you will always be guaranteed unique and special images of your family!
Recent portrait shoots have been on Hampstead Heath, Waterlow Park (Highgate), Chalkwell Beach, There Southbank, and many more around London.
Please do contact me for any further details or to discuss your particular requirements for your shoot.
A few weeks ago on a very sunny Saturday morning I met a wonderful family of three generations down on Hampstead Heath, in North London for some natural family portraits.
With the very beautiful backdrop of Kenwood house we captured some great images of this clearly very close family, with a lot of laughter and some wonderful expressions, we managed to get a wide variant of images, of the family altogether and also some of just the children!
One of my favourite images of the little ones is this one of lovely Aliya and her just amazing hair! She had such a wonderful energy about her! Always hopping about and running all around, and perfectly natural smiles and expressions! This image of her climbing along the railing outside the house just captured her spirit perfectly
The family had all co-ordniated with blue and white tones their outfits to create a lovely overall look which looked really wonderful in the soft summer light.
If you would like to capture some natural portraits of your family anywhere in London or the Southeast please do contact me, to discuss your requirements.
I am happy to travel to your location, be it a park, the seaside, the skate park, anywhere really thats holds any significance to you and your family. Please do also have a look at the rest of my portrait portfolio to give you an idea of the various locations that can work for your unique portraits.