Hertfordshire Family Photographer-Ayot St Lawrence photo shoot

Hertfordshire Family Photographer-Ayot St Lawrence photo shoot.

Sometimes you have to just roll with it as life doesn’t always go as planned. Our photo shoot day promised sunshine, we got rain! This gorgeous family were coming from further afield than my usual client so when the dark skies and rain appeared half way through their journey it was just too late to change any thing. Lucky for me they were troupers and unfazed by the rain they bounced into our lovely location (Ayot St Lawrence, see more here) with enthusiasm. Lucky for them, I’m unfazed by rain too ūüôā

Mum wanted natural images of her children to mark a time in life, nothing too staged, no cheesy grins…she came to the right place.

I have to say these guys made my job easy, just kids being kids, confident, playful and funny. Their personalities shone.

And eventually, so did the sun!

If you need a Hertfordshire Family Photographer I would love to hear from you, just drop me a line.

Enjoy a few of my (many) favourites from our Ayot St Lawrence photo shoot…

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Family Photo Shoot for DIY SOS Welwyn Garden City

Family Photo Shoot for DIY SOS Welwyn Garden City

I was recently involved in something really special, something that actually blew my mind!

DIY SOS came to Welwyn Garden City to help a very amazing family and I got to be a part of that. The team came to transform Sascha’s family home enabling her to have kidney dialysis there instead of spending nearly all her week in hospital, allowing her to spend time with her 3 young children, husband and eldest son Charlie at home. Previously they only had one day a week together and they called this “happy Wednesday”.

Gaby, the designer from DIY SOS wanted to fill the house with family pictures of them all, personalising the place and making it feel like home…and I got to take these pictures. As luck would have it we were all free on happy Wednesday, and as huge numbers of local tradesmen sweated and toiled, we got to hang out in the shade of the woods and while away a couple of hours finding pine cones, making paper aeroplanes and searching for fairies…I took a few photo’s too!!!

Up to 200 volunteers helped with the project, and although I got to hang out with Sascha and her charming family I didn’t get to meet anyone involved with the construction and build. What I did get though was a sense of the hard work, grit and determination that got this project off the ground running. I got a sense of a community coming together. I felt peoples pride and warmth, their readiness to give something back. There was positivity, there was kindness, there was selflessness. (Is that even a word?!) I felt proud to be a part of that, I felt excited to be able to give something to this beautiful family that hopefully they will treasure. I hope my tiny part of all this lets them remember one happy Wednesday, one spent laughing, playing and feeling the anticipation that something bigger and life changing was going on.

Their new house enables them to change their lives. Sacha recently posted her gratitude and thanks …” all I’ve ever wanted is to be a great mum and wife. Which is hard when you are never there. Thanks to you I will be around always, never again will I miss the school play, sports day, a bumped head, grazed knee or just simply needing a cuddle!. Words are not enough to describe what you have done. I have lost many friends to this disease and was scared to imagine my future. I lost my dad and my brother when I was young and my biggest fear was that my kids would loose me. Thanks to you I can feel safe now in the knowledge that my health is going to be as good as it can possibly be from now on. Home dialysis is as good as having a transplant.¬†I will never ever forget the summer of 2016 when 200 Angels turned up to help us. Everyone’s contribution has astounded me. I promise that I will live life to the fullest and never take life for granted. I wake up everyday absolutely beaming with joy! You have made my dreams come true and given me my life and whole world back. Thank you amazing people from the deepest depths of my heart x x x x x x x x”

What strikes me though the most is that I think a lot of people would thank Sascha, I certainly would. During a week when I was stressing out trying to figure out how to cope with four kids at home and a work load threatening to send me over the edge, I found clarity. I was reminded of the simple things in life, how we take them for granted and how important they are. I don’t think I was the only one on this project to feel that. I am blessed to be able to spend time with my kids, I am blessed to have my family around me, I am blessed to have good health. I am lucky and so grateful that a very special little family reminded me of this. When I looked back on their ¬†photo shoot and saw their smiles, their cuddles and laughter I knew in an instant that that was what was important. Time together. Forget deadlines, forget your untidy house, forget the bills…just don’t forget the ones you love.

As they emerged from their new home to an army of workers the kids were asked what the new house meant to them. They replied that it meant they could have their mummy back. I am so glad that so many people stood up and made this possible, i’m so glad that Sascha and her family will have a much better quality of life. They deserve it, I think they are great!

There were so many helpers involved in making the magic happen, too many for me to name. My images wouldn’t be looking as beautiful though without the help of Ken Bushbridge from Dragonfly Digital (see more here.) who kindly offered his services and printed all the photo’s.

With the permission of Sascha I am sharing a few of my favourites from the shoot. (There is a lot of black and white as that’s what Gaby wanted!)

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Woburn Sculpture Gallery Wedding

Woburn Sculpture Gallery Wedding  with Jennifer and Paul.

I get really drawn in to every wedding I photograph, and this one at Woburn Sculpture Gallery was no exception. I love to hear my couples stories, how they met, their funny quirks, their likes and dislikes, it helps me to understand the subtleties of their day and helps to tell their story. (The bit where she told me her husband- to- be was a wedding photographer was a bit scary, but….!)

Jennifer and Paul’s day was like a fairytale, possibly one of the prettiest weddings I photographed this year. The attention to detail was exquisite, but it was the happiness radiating from the bride and groom that blew me away, they honestly smiled all day long! As friends and family came together, ¬†jokes were shared, the children played, hugs exchanged and the sun shone through out.

The backdrop of Woburn Sculpture Gallery is a treat for any photographer so we walked, talked and shot a few photo’s around the gardens and grounds, and even managed a few just as the sun was setting for the night before the evenings festivities continued.

Jennifer and Paul’s story touched my heart, I think they both found their true soul mate in each other, their Woburn Sculpture Gallery Wedding was beautiful…may their happiness continue on and on.¬†

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The stunning floristry was by Wild Orchid, see more here
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Every girl needs a Costa to keep her going in the morning!
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Dresses were from Clifford Burr in Ware, see more here.
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Toastmaster extraordinaire (and close family friend to Jennifer) Jed Dalton, find him here.
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Jed Pascoe caricaturist can be found here.
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If you are planning your wedding or in fact have already booked a Woburn Sculpture Gallery Wedding I would love to hear from you…we could makes plans!

Call me 07969 626631 or drop me a line or two denise@angelswithdirtyfacesphotography.com

xxx

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Family Photo Shoot Hertfordshire Photographer

Family Photo Shoot Hertfordshire Photographer

I was asked for natural, un posed photo’s of the kids…some images that showed their personalities and who the kids “really were”.

Perfect. Trouble was, one little lady just didn’t want to play ball! I get where she was coming from, some days you just don’t want to perform do you? And some days you just want your mum…(no matter how old you are.) And some days a family photo shoot is the last thing you need. This one one of those days, not for me I might add, but for my for my littlest afternoon muse.

Little man was as good as gold, he seemed to quite enjoy the experience. This was not the same for his sister who was just out of her comfort zone and I really felt for her, and her mum too! You want your photo shoot to be relaxed and for your children to be angels, but you know, the truth is life just isn’t perfect like that and things don’t always go according to plan.

What’s the saying?…”life’s not about waiting for the sun to come out, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Well, it didn’t rain, and the sun did come out actually. Not just from behind the clouds, but from the resulting images. Mum didn’t really want to be in the photo’s but because this little lady just didn’t want to be put down she jumped into the frame for a moment or two. Oh, i’m so glad she did! I love to see the connection between her and her babies, hopefully captured moments that she will cherish forever. It is sometimes the unplanned, the unexpected that really makes your day and this did it for me!

I walked away from our shoot wondering if I had captured enough. I had offered to re shoot if I hadn’t. But, in the end that little lady shined so bright and beautifully I think we pulled it off!
If you would like your own family photo shoot, please get in touch. I promise that I can deal with less than perfect moods!!!

(Thank you Catherine for finding the funny side of our family photo shoot and for stepping into the frame when needed. xxx)

Here are a few of my favourites…

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Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer Laura and Andy Hampstead Wedding

Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer Laura and Andy.

I was thrilled to bits when I was approached by this couple to photograph their Camden/Hampstead wedding wedding…my first London wedding!

To say they were my most laid back couple ever is an understatement… they didn’t even visit their wedding ceremony venue! (I’m not even joking.)

I did.

The sun shone and I hopped between two preparation locations to photograph both bride and groom getting ready. Both parties were cool as cucumber, although the groom broke into a little sweat when he dressed his son, mistakenly, in my grey jacket instead of his own. The confusion/ horror on his face as he swamped his small son into my size ? (modesty) jacket was hilarious…for me!

We all left together and made the journey into London in convoy, arriving in plenty of time at Camden Town Hall. If anyone is interested in seeing their location you will find it here.

After a short but sweet ceremony we drove through a busy Camden High Street to get to The Freemasons Arms in Hampstead. A really laid back venue which suited this pair down to the ground, and the place where they would hang out in “the early days”!

I just loved working with this pair and their family, I was welcomed into their warm and happy day, surrounded by their closest loved ones. After a short time wandering along Hampstead Heath for a few photo’s we made our way back to the pub so the celebrations could begin.

Here are a few of my favourites from the day, natural, honest and uncontrived wedding photography.

Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer with Laura and Andy…

If you are getting married and would like to speak to me about your wedding photography, I would love to hear from you. Please contact me using the links below, thank you, I look forward to hearing from you. x

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Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer Laura and Andy
Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer Laura and Andy
Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer Camden Town Hall Wedding
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Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer Camden Town Hall Wedding
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Hampstead Heath Wedding Photography
Hampstead Heath Wedding Photography
Hampstead Heath Wedding Photography

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Hertfordshire Child Photographer Fun Sibling Photo Shoot

Hertfordshire Child Photographer Fun Sibling Photo Shoot.

These two came bounding into my life all smiles and enthusiasm, what a pleasure it was to spend time with them! I loved their natural bond with each other, clearly they get on and their closeness was a joy to capture. Mum was after images of the two of them together as photos of them were few and far between. With family far and wide, she wanted a few to send to grandparents to enjoy too.

We started off in the local woods, took a few shots in the bluebells and moved on. To give a bit of variety I had previously scouted out our location and knew that the graffiti under a nearby bridge would make a great backdrop too…although that did mean me editing out a few choice words! (ooops!)

These guys were natural in front of the camera and took no warming up, resulting in a really relaxed fun sibling photo shoot.

If you would like to book a photo shoot with a Hertfordshire child photographer, I would love to hear from you. Please use the links below.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy a few of my favourites from the shoot…

Hertfordshire child photographer fun sibling photo shoot
Hertfordshire child photographer fun sibling photo shoot
Hertfordshire child photographer fun sibling photo shoot
Hertfordshire child photographer fun sibling photo shoot
Hertfordshire child photographer fun sibling photo shoot
Hertfordshire child photographer fun sibling photo shoot
Hertfordshire child photographer fun sibling photo shoot
Hertfordshire child photographer fun sibling photo shoot
Hertfordshire child photographer fun sibling photo shoot

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Hertfordshire Child Photographer Bluebells and Blossom

Hertfordshire Child Photographer Bluebells and Blossom

A spring time photo shoot with a gorgeous little lady!

Thank you Scarlett for being my super special model for the afternoon. xxx

We sat amongst the bluebells and visited this fantastic blossom tree that I had found a few days prior to our shoot and celebrated all that is spring!!!

There seems to be a bumper crop of bluebells this year and the location that I use is still bursting with colour. If you fancy incorporating a few bluebells into your photo shoot then NOW is the time!

They won’t be here forever. Unfortunately.

For full details of my bluebell mini shoot please click here.

For full details of a full photo shoot please click here.

Hertfordshire Child Photographer Bluebells and Blossom
***She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbour, winter is dead! ***
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If you need a Hertfordshire Child Photographer and would like a photo shoot amongst the bluebells and blossom, don’t delay, get in touch…looking forward to hearing from you. x

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Hertfordshire Child Photographer Photo Shoot at Home

Hertfordshire Child Photographer Photo Shoot at Home

I was a very contented photographer shooting in this families beautiful home! The pale colour scheme throughout, perfectly complimented their outfit choices helping to produce light and airy portraits, which they wish to hang around the house, particularly the lounge. (A beautiful and tidy home is definitely not a requirement for an Photo Shoot at Home…I can work around anything!!!)

A photo shoot at home is just perfect with younger children as they feel secure in their own environment, and given the time of year, with little one crawling around the wet muddy ground may not have been ideal! That said, we did venture into the garden for bubbles as our shoot fell on an unusually warm day a few weeks ago.

I was introduced to this family as I had photographed mum’s sister and her family last year, they chose to have their photo’s taken outside as their children are a bit older and it was summer time. You can see their shoot here.

Both children were an absolute pleasure to photograph, when I arrived¬†we played with sticker books whilst waiting for mum to finish getting ready which gave me a little time to get the children used to me. Our shoot was relaxed and un rushed, just the way I like it! Here are a few of my favourites from our shoot…

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Dad kindly got out the bubble machine which produced a whole bunch of bubbles!
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If you would like to discuss a Photo shoot at Home, or need a Hertfordshire Child Photographer I would love to hear from you! x
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Hertfordshire Baby Photographer Family Photo Shoot At Home

Hertfordshire Baby Photographer Family Photo Shoot At Home

I first photographed this family when their first child was a mere 10 weeks old. I spent time with them again as I photographed the beautiful christening, and now here he is Mr First Born as a big brother!  It was a delight to meet the special new arrival and to see the bond between these two brothers beginning to form.

It is true when it is said that sometimes the littlest things take up the most room in your heart, these two just melted mine and are clearly the apple of mum and dad’s eyes. I managed to sneak a few cuddles in,¬†just one of the perks of the job…I never get tired of photographing babies!!!

A Family Photo Shoot At home is a great idea for babies and toddlers as they are perfectly comfortable in their surroundings and as a parent you have the freedom to be able to feed your baby if you need to, keep them warm, entertain the toddler etc. Those first few weeks with a baby are absolutely priceless but so often pass by in a milky blur! A family Photo Shoot At Home captures these personal moments forever at a time when you can barely remember your name…the joys of sleep deprivation!

These two little men both look like butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths, but I know first hand what mischief little brothers can make…brace yourselves you are in for an incredible journey. One you won’t want to swap for the world!

If any of you reading this would like your own Family Photo Shoot at home please get in touch. (a newborn isn’t a requirement, any age allowed!)

I look forward to hearing from you x

Hertfordshire Baby Photographer

Hertfordshire Baby Photographer
Hertfordshire Baby Photographer

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Event and Party Photographer Datchworth Rugby Club Party

Event and Party Photographer Datchworth Rugby Club Party.

Well a party full of rugby players, coaches and parents was always going to be lively wasn’t it? I absolutely love seeing people have a good time so this was FUN for me!

I was thrilled to be asked to document Datchworth Rugby Club‘s annual dinner and dance this year. The event took place at the most beautiful setting of Brocket Hall and the venue was already filled with chat and laughter as I arrived. Players touted raffle tickets at the tables for this was a fundraising event and the prizes were fantastic…there was even a prize of a year’s parking at the club for one lucky person! Having visited Datchworth Rugby Club a couple of weeks before with my own little rugby player who was in a tournament there I would say this prize was highly sought after!!! (Rubbish parking facilities…lovely village though!)
As early evening turned into night the band began to play and the lively hit the dance floor! I love to capture these photo’s, turning into “ninja photographer” snapping away candidly making pictures that are natural, full of life and honest. The pictures that document your party or event as it unfolds, as it happens, to give you an everlasting memento of the occasion.

Thank you for having me there Datchworth Rugby Club, it was a pleasure to be your Event and Party Photographer. Here are a few favourites of mine…

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Hertfordshire Event and Party Photographer
Hertfordshire Event and Party Photographer
Hertfordshire Event and Party Photographer
Hertfordshire Event and Party Photographer
Hertfordshire Event and Party Photographer
Hertfordshire Event and Party Photographer
Hertfordshire Event and Party Photographer
Hertfordshire Event and Party Photographer
Hertfordshire Event and Party Photographer
Hertfordshire Event and Party Photographer
Hertfordshire Event and Party Photographer
If you would like an Event and Party Photographer to capture your occasion, I would love to hear from you! Please contact me using the links below or just give me a good old fashioned telephone call!

m: 07969 626631

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