I photograph my family the whole time and pretty much everything that we do. But it’s very rare that I actually do a formal shoot with my family and purposely dress up the kids. So I used my brother and sister in laws trip to Los Angeles as the perfect excuse to go play with the light under Washington Pier. Zac and my niece Rosie stayed clean and dry for all of two seconds but both loved being the centre of attention. As you can see I’m blessed with a super photogenic family! I even got in front of the camera myself which I never do. Good thing I’m good at photoshop!
Most of the family photography shoots I do are 2-4 hours. Allowing time for the little people to get comfortable with the camera and the parents and I to connect. So when Sophia asked me to photograph her family for half an hour during sunset I was a little unsure. But luckily for me, their little girl Charlotte was delighted to be on the beach and the light in Los Angeles at this time of year is incredible. So the hard work was done for me . So the good news is, that on the back of the success of this shoot, I’m now offering 45 minute shoots on Venice Beach and in the Playa Del Rey to Santa Monica area. Please get in touch for my rates if you are interested.
So thrilled to be reunited with my favourite client Dotty Dungarees. Alice and Georgie’s brand celebrates the spirit of childhood adventure. As a result each shoot is an adventure to! Some of the models I’ve photographed since they were 1 years old and they now they are at ‘big school’ and very sadly almost too big for the dungarees!
I don't know what is about Autumn but there is something about this time of year that I've always loved. So I jumped at the chance to take 'Fall' themed portraits at a children's fashion show. The look I was going for was Vanity Fairs answer to Autumn chic...with kids. Inspired by many an Annie Lebrowitz shoot, I've also want to try out these vintage style backdrops from Schmidli. The props and styling were a collaboration with Rosie Axford Design.
My first season of fall shoots is under way, starting with the beautiful Birdwell girls. Ellie and Annie's mum (also an Amy) were a dream to work with. I'm always encouraging mums to think outside the box and allow their creativity to run wild. Amy designed an Alice and Wonderland inspired tea party scene. The girls wore dresses from I love Gorgeous that complimented the colours of the flowers Amy had hand made. The girls had tea with their toy sheep, darted in and out of the bushes catching faux butterflies and pushed each other on the swing. The magical LA golden hour was out in full force and we finished the shoot with a joy ride round the golf course.
Don't get me wrong, I am loving LA, its beautiful weather and magical light. But for the first time since I've been here I've found myself craving autumn leaves, frosty mornings and thick knitted jumpers. Here are some of my favourite pictures from gorgeous children's brand Dotty Dungarees photographed last January. I've been shooting their look books for 3 years now, saying good bye to my UK clients for pastures unknown in LA was a big leap of faith. Dotty Dungarees brand is about the spirit of adventure. Georgie, Alice and I had so much fun thinking up the next adventure for our merry band of regular models.
My dream life and work life collide most days but this years Bumble and Ava Autumn Winter 2017/18 shoot was particularly special. The fabrics for this seasons fabrics were designed by my childhood friend and extremely talented illustrator Susannah Garrod. The 'Victoriana' theme dreamt up between Susie and brand owner Natasha Dickenson was the perfect excuse to indulge in a nostalgic childhood theme for this season shoot. But what made the shoot all the more special is that most of the models are my family. So a big thank you to my cousins Oli, Jess, Thomas, Clare, Plum and Henry for lending me Max, Ella, Sophia, Milo, Immy and Martha. Last but not least my own son Zac, who was bribed into posing with bubbles and bananas...again. And another big thank you to Susie for bravely letting us borrow her newly refurbished house in Anglesey!