Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Hitchin Lavender fields : North Herts Portrait photographer


My son and his girlfriend are moving to live, and work in Dubai in a matter of days. His apartment is rented out, and they are busy packing everything away to put into storage here or to take with them.

My son rarely lets me photograph him and I was sad that our 2012 family photobook, will be severely lacking in pictures of him, so somehow I persuaded him to agree to a shoot at the lavender fields, near Hitchin.

To say when he arrived at the fields he wasn't keen, is an under statement. But by the end of our session, he could see what all the fuss was about, and he happily cut away at some lavender for me to display at home.

You can cut as much lavender as you like in the field, for just £4 !! Plus they have a wonderful cafe, with scrumptious cakes. That kept him happy as well.



































I even persuaded them to take some pictures of me for the photo book and as always I was able to get some beautiful ones of my daughter , Tasmin. She is such a pro.

It wasn’t the most perfect weather for the shoot as it was really sunny, so I just made the best of the opportunity and grabbed every bit of cloud cover I could.


It made this Mummy very happy, to have some great photographs for her 2012 Family Photobook.

The Hitchin lavender fields make the most amazing backdrop for family photographs, if you would like me to capture, just such a memory for you, then just contact me and we can sort something out.

I have a lot more shoots to share with you from this fantastic location. Just be patient, please. I have a humongous pile of editing to do !

The wildflower meadow: North Herts portrait photographer


I am so lucky to have the most perfect location for shoots right on my door step. It was looking beautiful a few weeks ago, full of buttercups and marguerites.

I had a nervous wait, watching the weather before Georgie and Drew arrived for their shoot. Just as they arrived the heavens opened. So instead of the planned picnic, they had their packed lunches in my kitchen and when the sun finally decided to come out, we popped over the road to the wildflower meadow.


Georgie has seen some shots in my portfolio, I had taken of Phoebe (here) and she loved the hat Phoebe wore so much, she wanted to wear one. Plus she loved my net tutu, Phoebe had worn and asked if she could wear it as well.

I wish I could so easily convert my daughter to my style of dressing. She likes to blend in !


I had visited the girls home, a few days prior to the shoot, to go through their wardrobes and pick out some clothes, I thought would work perfectly with the location I had in mind. Luckily they loved everything I picked for them to wear.



The girls came with their mum this week for their slideshow viewing. There was much arguing over the choices of photographs ordered. Teenage girls and their insecurities !

It would seem I am also making it very hard for people to choose from the images I edit. Everybody loves them all and have a hard time narrowing their choices down.



I have found the ones that the mums and I like, are the very ones the teenagers hate !

It’s a shame as us oldies know, they’ll look back on those insecurities years later and realise what a load of hog wash it was.






Now the sisters had very different personalities and it really shows in their individual portraits.

Meet Drew…….




Drew is still at that age, where she’s just up for fun. I gave them all a pad of paper to write down the numbers of their favourite photographs during their slideshow.

Drew had written down nearly every number.

She wanted them all.






It’s a shame as this one of the two girls together was one of mums favourites, but Georgie did not want it on their wall.


I ended up making large collages to keep everyone happy and some large individual prints of the girls.


edited for print (2)

In fact I have been so busy with shoots that I wrote this blog some weeks ago and forgot to post it. Since my first order was delivered for the above shoot. Mum has made another early Christmas present order.

I can provide the most perfect present for that tricky relative. A cute boxed, 6 x 4 wooden block with an image from your shoot. They come in many sizes, but I think the 6 x 4 look best on a mantelpiece.



If anyone is interested in booking me and my services, I think you would be pleasantly surprised at how affordable I am. In fact in the photography world, I am thought to be mad. Everyone I know thinks I am mad charging how little I do, even my previous customers !

But hey, some of us are different and keep to our principles. You don’t have to always pay a lot, to get something fabulous.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Baldock Nursery school : North Herts Photographer


It’s so nice to be appreciated.

Recently, I was asked if I would take some pictures at my local nursery school. My children had gone to the very same school, many years ago. They had heard of my photography, from one of their teachers.


I was more than willing to “give back” , for the wonderful times my children had there.


It is a very unique nursery, in that it is built in a small wood, which the children are free to roam in. It was built in 1942. So the nursery are celebrating their 70th birthday this year. Along with the Queens Jubilee celebrations, they wanted to document this special time in the nursery's history.


So I went along during a very sunny day in June, to capture the children during the celebrations.

The Headmistress asked to see me after I had supplied them with all the edited photos on a disc. I was a wee bit nervous to be summoned to see the Head. I was nervous to why she wanted to specifically see me. But I needn't have worried. She had a tear in her eye when she said the pictures I had captured of the children were amazing. She was in awe as to how I had managed to capture lots of the children without them having noticed me.



She wanted to give me a generous donation towards photography equipment that I need. She also said, that I was welcome to use the nursery's woods for any photo-shoots in the future, and she would like me to go back in the new academic year, to think of a way I could photograph the children and offer my work to their parents.




This is the Headmistress standing with some children during the National Anthem. The children also sang along waving their Union Jack flags to Gary Barlow's Jubilee anthem “Sing”and then they tucked into special Jubilee cupcakes.


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