Today I am excited to announce that I've been accepted as a qualified member of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP). A portfolio of 20 of my photographs has been judged worthy of the 'Licentiate' qualification by a panel of five experts, across the areas of impact, creativity, composition, lighting and photographic technique.
I decided to apply for the SWPP Licentiate qualification because it's really important to me that my photographs are not just emotive and meaningful, but also technically excellent. I get regular validation from the families that I meet that they love my photographs, but having your technique and vision deemed of a professional standard by a panel of experts is also very rewarding.
The judges concluded that my submission is, "a wonderful set of images capturing childhood at its very best".
The SWPP is one of the world's largest organisations for professional photographers, providing training, business support and networking opportunities to wedding and portrait photographers.
Thank you to all of the families who chose me as their photographer and helped me compose this portfolio of images. I'm excited to share them with you below - can you spot your photograph?
There are so many stunning locations to hold a family photoshoot, but on of my favourites is a backdrop of beautiful pink blossom trees.
We were lucky to have a sunny sunday morning for this photography session in Teddington, and I've really been looking forward to sharing these images!
I have limited availability remaining for spring photoshoots in Surrey, so please contact me if you'd like to book one for you and your family.
It was a beautiful spring day today, perfect for a spot of family photography in Teddington. Here's a preview of our photoshoot:
Last weekend was grey and overcast, so we decided to head to Brooklands Museum in Weybridge with our three year old daughter and ten-month old boy. I can't believe we hadn't been there before - it was a fantastic day out and I don't think we even scratched the surface.
The museum is vast and filled with planes, cars and buses to explore - a child's delight! My daughter loved climbing up the stairs to each of the airplanes and walking through cabin, viewing the cockpit, then running on to find the next plane.
I'm no transport-nut, but I found it fascinating to see Concorde in real life, and would love to return child-free to take the tour one day. This is a bookable extra but no doubt worth the effort.
Also on-site at Brooklands is the London Bus Museum. This comprises a warehouse of historical buses, many of which you can climb aboard. On the day of our visit some of the buses were just returning form a film set, which sounded quite exciting!
The undoubted highlight for my daughter was a ride on the top deck of a Routemaster bus, which went all the way to Weybridge high street and back.
Next time you're looking for something to do in the Weybridge area, definitly consider Brooklands Museum.
I am running a morning of headshot photography sessions on Saturday April 22nd, for individuals who would like a professional headshot for business or personal use. Click here to find out more.
The Huffington Post asked me to share my top tips for photographing your own children, and you can now read these in their article, Family Photo Ideas: Parents Share Their Greatest Advice.
As both a professional photographer and a mum of two young children, I spend a lot of time photographing my own children as well as the children of the families I meet through my work. This gives me a lot of practice in gaining trust, cooperation and natural expressions from even the most reluctant of subjects!
My tips for photographing your own kids include:
For this, and more, read the full article at the Huffington Post.
Here are my own two little ones, just to prove the tips work!