East Grinstead Newborn Photography - Summer Lily: West Sussex Newborn Photography

Good Afternoon Folks,

They say variety is the spice of life, so I am thinking a little blog spice is in order today in the form of some newborn photography taken in our very own East Grinstead.

You met Summer Lily as a bump last week and she was being cuddled by her Sister. Now meet Summer Lily and welcome to the world! It is so exciting when I get to meet the gorgeous baby behind the bump and Summer did not disappoint. We had a wonderfully calm session and I have chosen some close ups to show you today.

Ideally newborn photography is best when your little 'Bubs' is 1-2 weeks old. Once that time has passed the newborn stage begins to pass and your little one starts to gain more strength so some of the chilled out newborn poses become a little more difficult to achieve. Not impossible but this stage passes so quickly it would be a shame to miss having a record of that special newborn time.

I just love this first image; Summer is full of contentment and peace. The second is of her little teddy bear and she is holding him so tightly as she sleeps the sleep of the peaceful. Lastly and warm black and white image of one chilled little girl!

I hope you all had a great weekend; Autumn is truly upon us now so do you have anything spooky in store for this week?

Claire :)

Buxted Park Hotel Uckfield East Sussex Wedding Photography - Terrianne and Dan: East Sussex Wedding Photographers

Good Afternoon Folks,

I recently had a great pre-wedding shoot with Terrianne and Dan at the gorgeous Buxted Park Hotel, Uckfield, East Sussex. As you can see from the images the weather was distinctly better that it has been this week!

When we arrived we were greeted by the wonderful Marc and the ladies were treated to a kiss on the hand! He is the consummate gentleman and professional and he really could not have done more for us, so I am really looking forward to the big day.

We had the chance to explore the hotel fully and to be honest in order to make the most of its numerous features I think we would be looking at a two day photography marathon! We have some images planned for the day and as usual this will be dependent on the weather, but needless to say I am excited! I don't think that will come as a surprise to those who know me or have been photographed by me!

I am also looking forward to meeting Dylan, he sounds adorable and I think excitement will be in the air as it will be a truly festive wedding.

Enjoy your weekend folks; I hear mud skiing is all the rage now ;)

Look out next week for my Audrey Hepburn inspired image.

Ciao for now,

Claire :)
If you would lke to see more of my work pop along to my website Woodland Hill Photography

2012 Master Photography Diamond Jubilee Awards

Good Morning Folks,

What a whirlwind weekend it has been; Saturday I was photographing a lovely wedding in Tunbridge Wells, Sunday I was exhibiting at The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells and after a dash to the airport on Sunday night I was at the 2012 Master Photography Diamond Jubilee Awards in Newcastle!

Just to give you a little background; the Master Photography Awards are held once a year in Newcastle; members and non-members are invited internationally to submit prints for judging during the summer and these prints are judged in August.  Finalists are notified sometime in September and the top five for each category and then the winner is announced at a glitzy awards ceremony in October.  The evening started off with a champagne reception where all the finalists' prints could be viewed, and I only just made the last five minutes of this due to flight delays.  It is then on to the serious stuff but before that begins there was a delicious three course meal, which for me was most welcome after a busy weekend.

I still cannot quite believe it, but I had four images in the finals!  The first category of mine to be announced was the David Mathias Portrait Award and you could have knocked me down with a feather when I discovered that both of my images had made the top five; you can only imagine the surprise when I was announced as the winner!  I went to collect a very lovely trophy and my Awards of Excellence certificate for the other image.  As this is the diamond jubilee year for the Master Photographers Association all winners were presented with a beautiful MPA silver badge.

The second category of mine to be announced was the Dennis Hylander Wedding Award; more knocking down with feathers to come because the judges had only nominated two images to go forward and not five; both of them were mine!! So I won the category and received the only Award of Excellence in that category too.  I had another little jaunt on the stage to receive another lovely trophy and Award of Excellence certificate.

It has been quite a year for me but the one person apart from my poor long suffering Husband, who quite frankly should be nominated for some sort of sainthood, is my poor long suffering mentor Kevin Pengelly.  He runs a very successful photography business with his wife Sabrina in Suffolk; he is  a double Fellow with many, many awards of his own in recognition of his amazing imagery.  When I first went to see him; I did not think much of myself or my work, but it was him who saw something in there and helped me to nurture the style that I knew I was working towards but could not quite grasp.  He had confidence in me and it was this confidence that gave me the courage to forge ahead.  Mentoring is a very special skill indeed,  not only do you have to be one amazing photographer with faultless knowledge of technique and light, but you have to posses the personality to critique effectively without destroying that person.  You need to be able to guide them but not hand hold them, as one of the most important parts of mentoring is to allow that person to make their own discoveries.  Kevin possesses all these qualities and I am quite humbled that both he and Sabrina give up so much of their time for me and the other photographers he mentors.  Kevin I know what you will say, but I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart; mere words are not enough to express my gratitude; thank you!

So what images won?  Well here they are in the order they were awarded and I just want to thank everyone who was a part of the imagery, without you there would have been nothing to submit.


This image was taken on the Emma Tindley Couture 2012/2013 Shakespeare in Love Collection shoot at the very beautiful Wakehurst Place.  India our model who co-owns Maids to Measure was wearing Emma's Portia Dress and Alison J Smith was the creator of India's divine hair an make-up.  I also have other images of an amazing combination of Designer bridal wear and bespoke bridesmaids' dresses. We probably had at most 2 minutes to capture this image!


This image was taken in the studio and features Brooke who was giving her unborn Sister Summer Lily a cuddle.  We had a lovely time that day and I have since photographed Summer.  Next year is going to be a special one for the family as Mummy and Daddy are getting married, so lots to look forward to at their wedding.


This image was taken just after the wedding service in the Orangery at The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells, Kent; this venue has a lovely mix of classical and modern so there is plenty of variation to suit most couples.  The image looks so serene but again we had probably at best two minutes to capture this image; at the sides of this room was the amazing Deniz and the brilliant hotel team waiting to create the reception room.  Donna, Craig and I had loads of fun that day; again thank you for being magnificent.


Last but certainly not least; South Lodge Hotel, Lower Beeding West SussexThis image was taken in one of the bridal suites and I love it because Heather and Roy had some quiet time together and they could really take in this wonderful environment.  The viedographer, my assistant and me were 'wowing' all over the place and to be honest I could have photographed in there for hours; the only downside being that their wedding would have turned into a 3 day photography marathon if I wanted to utilise everything this venue had to offer!

Just one more image before I go; a rare picture of me and the President of the MPA Hoss Mahdavi with said trophies and certificates.  The look I was going for was eccentric dog's dinner; I think I managed to pull it off :)))!

I hope you enjoy the imagery and again just big, big thanks to all those involved, my Husband and my Mentor.

Claire :)

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The Spa Hotel Tunbridge Wells Kent Wedding Photography - Clare and Chris: Tunbridge Wells Kent Wedding Photographers

Good Morning Readers,

I hope this post finds you well and today I am taking you back a few weeks to a sunnier time where the sky was blue and the air was warm!

I had a lovely pre-wedding shoot with Clare, Chris and their son Logan at The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. It truly was a balmy day and we really enjoyed wandering around the hotel grounds. For me it was good to photograph in familiar surroundings and we have discovered some new and lovely little spots that I hope to be able to use on their big day. Clare and I seemed to have this understanding of which Clare/Claire was being referred to and when; if any more Clare/Claire/Clair's arrive on the day things could get confusing!

Logan was using Dad's camera and was quite the little photographer; I am sure I caught a sneaky commando role when he was taking one of the shots :)

So today I am posting four images; the first is the three of them just chillin' on a Sunday afternoon, I just love the next one of Logan and it is going to be a treat to photograph him again on the big day. This one of Clare got me right there when I took it and last but not least Chris beaming at his beautiful fiancée and handsome son.

I hope you are having a great week all; it has been a bit of a busy one for me and yesterday I was on a very special location shoot; it's all a bit secret at the moment but all will be revealed soon.

Claire :)

South Lodge Hotel Wedding Fayre: West Sussex Wedding Photographers

Good Evening Folks,

Just to let you know I will be exhibiting at the South Lodge Hotel Wedding Fayre tomorrow. Doors open at 10.30 am; if you are in the area pop in for a chat, it would be lovely to see you. If you need an incentive I am next door to Janeymac Cakes and around the corner from La Maison des Petits Gateaux!

Have a lovely evening :)