natural relaxed family photo shoot

natural relaxed family photo shoot

letting the kids run around outside and play is just the best way to get natural relaxed portraits of them. this gorgeous family booked a shoot way back in 2014 and due to one thing or another (black eyes and throat infections to name but two!) we only just managed to get together this summer.  life can be busy, i’m glad we finally made it.

these two were full of fun and spirit and their bond with each other was more than apparent, they were a pleasure to photograph and their little cheeky faces a pleasure to edit afterwards!

here are a few favourites from our shoot…

natural relaxed family photo shoot

if you would like to book your very own family photo shoot i would love to hear from you…just drop me a line using the links below xxx

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welwyn garden city pilates promotional photo shoot

welwyn garden city pilates promotional photo shoot

i had the pleasure of spending an hour or so with Emma Hodson from Pilates Body Harmony a few weeks ago. she was after a few shots to use for promotion of her new business.

this busy mum of 5(…yes, i said 5!),  is running classes in various locations across Hertfordshire. you can find out more details of location and times here.

“pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.” Joseph Pilates.

So, what y’all waiting for? go out and do a class now…you’ll definitely feel better for it!

these are my favourites from our welwyn garden city pilates promotional photo shoot…(and yes, Emma really does have 5 children!)

welwyn garden city pilates

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reportage wedding photography vintage wedding

reportage wedding photography vintage wedding

well i spent the morning hanging out with the boys! that was my job, and i’m definitely not complaining!

the girls, the ceremony and the wedding breakfast/party were photographed by the lovely Rebecca at “rebecca wedding photography”. obviously she can’t be in two places at once so when Louise, the bride, decided she wanted groom preparation photo’s too, i was asked along to join the party!

(you can see more from Rebecca here.)

i was also to photograph the barn where the wedding breakfast and party was to be held…but more about that later.

it was a pleasure to document the boys getting ready…and incredibly straightforward…how do they do it so quickly?!!! even with two little boys to dress, the groom and his best man were soon on their way to pick up the groomsmen and parents who caught a vintage bus to the pretty church.

so, back to the barn, which Louise and her family and friends had prepared themselves. to say i was blown away was an understatement! i walked into the barn and could have stepped into another world, it was captivatingly beautiful…no stone was left un turned, the attention to detail was incredible. What an amazing place to have as a venue.

As it happens Louise has started a business hiring and styling events and venues, you can see more from her here.

in the meantime though, here are a few of my favourites from the day…

reportage wedding photography vintage wedding
the fantastic camper van was hired from host your party.
sunshine, blue skies and fluffy clouds ordered from Mother Nature!
floristry arranged by Lisa Watkins.
lighting created by 3 point lighting.
four of louise’s devoted and gorgeous friends made the cakes for her!

If you would like your wedding photographed, i would love to hear from you. use the links below to drop me a line x

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event photography welwyn garden city photographer

event photography welwyn garden city photographer

i absolutely love the variety that comes with my job, so i jumped at the chance to photograph a hen party for the first time!

i knew it would be a lot of fun (even if i wasn’t a guest!)

this “hen” had a 1950’s inspired theme for her afternoon tea party, and had arranged a surprise 50’s dance lesson for her guests. the lovely charlotte from jive swing took to the floor, giving all those fabulous ladies an hour of fun and laughter as they swung away! a fabulous idea for party entertainment.

later in the evening the party continued into london….i’m sure there were a few sore heads (and feet) in the morning!

you can find out more about jiveswing here

and more from the bride to be here. She just happens to run her own events and hire company based in welwyn garden city. as you can see from the photo’s, she’s pretty darn good at it!

oh, and if you are interested in event photography i would love to hear from you. use the links below xxx

event photography welwyn garden city photographer

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natural child photography welwyn garden city photographer

natural child photography welwyn garden city photographer

i wanted to blog these two ages ago, but the summer went by in such a flurry and here we are now and it’s already feeling like autumn.

how timely then, to look back and remember those early days of sunshine, the golden evening glow and the field full of poppies that i found one day.

these two were absolute naturals in front of the camera. full of personality and fun! they giggled, ran, chatted, cuddled and played in the early evening sunshine. both avid Harry Potter fans, they brought along their wands…i think it’s fair to say that they cast a spell over me!

oh, i nearly forgot to say that their dog, Milly, came along too.

and yes, she was a natural in front of the camera as well!!!

natural child photography welwyn garden city photographer

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Hanbury Manor Wedding Hertfordshire Photographer

Hanbury Manor Wedding Hertfordshire Photographer

One thing shone brighter than the sun this day, and that was Emma’s smile. Radiant doesn’t come close to describing how she looked, and she coupled this with serenity and composure.

The day was filled with laughter, emotion, warmth and love in the beautiful surroundings of Hanbury Manor, Ware.

I was both honoured and delighted to document the day, thank you Emma and Steve for choosing me to do so x

Here are a few of my favourites…

Hanbury Manor Wedding Hertfordshire Photographer
Emma’s make up was done by Laura Van Den Heever
Her best friend arrived all the way from Australia to be part of the day!
All flowers, including the bridal bouquet made by Catherine at “Lucas May”

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wedding cake made by Laura Kate in Welwyn
Dress by Ellis Bridals
camera shy mother of the bride!
Beautiful surroundings at Hanbury Manor, Ware.
Emma’s wonderful daughter had the important job of “Chief Bridesmaid”

This was Emma’s response to her gallery…

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the photo’s…they are absolutely amazing and exactly what we wanted. They’ve let me re live the day and like I expected have made me cry many times!!! I have no idea how we are going to choose which prints to have as there’s so many to choose from! Thank you, thank you, thank you xxxxx”

My response to that…

“I love my job”!!!

If you wish to discuss your wedding photography needs, I would love to hear from you…please get in touch x

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family photographer welwyn garden city

family photographer welwyn garden city

There’s something about summer meadows and children, they are a match made in heaven!

All that freedom to skip, run, jump and play in the warm summer sunshine…it’s a photographers dream.

I was excited to meet these two little lovelies and their parents a few weeks ago for a family photo shoot, mum wanted a variety of shots of the girls with a natural, countryside back drop.

Luckily the weather played ball and we got some sunshine, (and quite a lot of wind!). Mum had asked for both colour and black and white to chose from and we decided to spend time in both the fields and the local church, where i took the opportunity to utilise the big stone walls and gorgeous dark wooden doors.

The girls were naturals in front of the camera, giggling and playing together…good fun was had by all! There were so many images I loved from this shoot, here are a few of my favourites…

*if you would like your own family/child photo session i would love to discuss this with you! call me 07969 626631*

xxx

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holiday photo’s welwyn garden city photographer

the holiday are almost upon us, yay!

it’s amazing how quickly that year goes, and how much things can change.

i was browsing through my lightroom catalogue last night and came across these from last years holiday…i hardly recognise my eldest son! he has grown so much…when did that happen?

it’s just another reminder of how photo’s really do “fill in those gaps”. when life rushes by, they remind me of all the little forgotten moments…and the big moments too. it doesn’t have to be a great shot, just a shot that captures that moment.

any photo is better than no photo.

so, here’s wishing everyone happy holidays and happy memories too!

holiday photo
not really sure who’s are who’s!
cousins came to visit…
favourite shop…
it wasn’t always warm…
we sheltered in the woods…
and dried off by the fire!
picnics on the beach…
we didn’t eat the locals!
she nearly took it home…
my four know how to strike a pose?!
they climbed trees…
and sand dunes…
and took plenty of selfies!
one of us felt completely empowered!
it was our perfect, nothing beats hanging out together.

holiday photo’s welwyn garden city photographer

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location photo session hertfordshire photographer

location photo session hertfordshire photographer

i’m not going to lie, i get bored easily.

i mean really easily.

I guess that’s why i am ALWAYS on the look out for new locations to take my clients to for their photo session. it was a surprise then to come across this gem…how comes i have never been here before? how could i have missed this gem of a place. hidden in the depths of the hertfordshire countryside, this place really hits the spot!

my ever patient models came along to check this place out and i have to say even they were charmed! the old ruins make a fantastic back drop, the pillars an equally brilliant frame and the pretty meadows in-between were just the icing on the cake!

(is it only me that gets excited about this stuff?!)

take a look at the results, maybe you’ll agree, this location rocks!!!

*if you would like your own location photo session i would love to hear from you 07969 6266312*

Denise x

location photo session hertfordshire photographer

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60th birthday present welwyn garden city photographer

60th birthday present welwyn garden city photographer

these were taken as a 60th birthday present for their nanny, who wanted some natural photo’s of all her grandchildren.

we used the woods and the bluebells as a natural back drop. Sherrards park woods had a fabulous crop of bluebells this year, and I am lucky to have had the pleasure of taking several families there on photo sessions…amazing to have that on your doorstep!

these four little girls were an absolute delight, they skipped, jumped, ran and giggled around, creating perfect moments for me to capture.

I hope nanny likes her 60th birthday present!

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60th birthday present
if you know someone who has a special birthday coming up and you think they may like a photo session, i would love to hear from you!

gift vouchers in any denomination are also available as full or part payment towards a photo shoot.

just call me for more details 07969 626631

x

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