Portrait Photography in East Grinstead - Katie

Good Afternoon Folks,

I know, I know I promised a wedding photography blog today but I couldn't resist showing you gorgeous Katie so I made and executive decision to have a portrait photography blog today.

Say hello to Katie who was a lovely bridesmaid at one of the weddings I photographed last year. She was so proud and happy to be supporting her uncle and new auntie that day and along with mummy did a splendid job.

So we had a discussion as to what we were going to do in the session, and as I do not operate the conveyor belt roll on, roll off policy we were able to take our time with some different things to have lots of fun and create something a little different. I do think that the high key background has it's place, but I really do like to be able to create different looks in the studio that match my clients rather than wheel them in front of the generic white background for every shoot.

Katie was a joy in front of the camera and very at ease, she really was a pleasure photograph. I also had the chance to try out my funky new background too :)

I have chosen three images today and the first is showcasing the funky background, the other reason I chose it was for it's simplicity and the intensity of Katie's gaze into the camera, see I told you she was good. Oh I just love this image with Katie cuddling mum, what more can I say I love it. I have this photograph printed as a sample on some very beautiful paper that is pearlescent with a very, very soft metallic sheen. To appreciate it you really do have to see it. Lastly something that I think must be very associated with my style, very simple, classical lighting in black and white.

Pre-wedding shoots for 2014 are kicking off for me this weekend and I am very excited to start on the planning this year's weddings with my lovely brides and grooms. I also want to do more portrait photography this year so I am looking forward to meeting all sorts of new people, how good is that :)

Have a great weekend folks; we have a new washing machine arriving; oh yeah party on down. It's that moment when you pull the old one out and see what's underneath…yuk!!! I long for the day when one is invented that wheels in and out easily so those jobs aren't done once in a blue moon. Whoever nodded off at the back; wake up ;) new appliances are exciting, they are, they are :D

Claire :)

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East Grinstead Portrait Photography - Izzy: West Sussex Portrait Photographers

Good Afternoon Folks,

Well as promised here is Izzy, who reminds me of Lady Sybil in Downton Abbey. I thoroughly enjoyed photographing both Izzy and Sophie and we had great fun during the session.

I do love to get inspiration from people and places and to have Lady Sybil and Audrey Hepburn at the same time was a real treat!

Well the decorations are up in the Hill household and it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Slowly but surely the houses are being decorated with the most wonderful lights and it makes for an awesome sight at night.

Have a great week and catch up with you all soon.

Claire :)

If you would like to see more of my work pop along to my website Woodland Hill PhotographyEast Grinstead Portrait Photography2


East Grinstead Portrait Photography - Sophie: West Sussex Portrait Photography

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Good Morning lovely ones in the world of blogs,

I recently had a fabulous portrait session with Sophie who as you can see is utterly gorgeous and a pleasure to photograph.

We had a few different things planned for the session but this one was my Audrey Hepburn inspired shot. I felt that Sophie shared the same features as Audrey Hepburn and I think this image demonstrates it nicely. I do love a good hat and this baby resides in the studio so you may see it popping up in various guises in the future!

Whatever you have in store for the rest of the week make sure you have fun. I will be posting an image of Sophie's equally gorgeous Sister<i> </i>Issy soon, and she reminds me of Lady Cybil from Downton Abbey :)

Claire
If you would lke to see more of my work pop along to my website <a href="http://www.woodlandhillphotography.co.uk/" target="_blank">Woodland Hill Photography </a>East Grinstead Portrait Photography


Portrait Photographers West Sussex - Paula and Sophie: West Sussex Portrait Photography




Good Afternoon Folks,

I recently had a wonderful portrait session with Paula and Sophie; I was quite shocked at how much Sophie had grown since Paula and Hugh's wedding in 2009! It was at that moment I realised how time flies as it did not seem like 5 minutes since she was that little girl in a gorgeous bridesmaid's dress who was so excited to receive her own ring on their wedding day. There is always something that makes me cry when I photograph a wedding and it was when Hugh gave Sophie the ring; stop it Claire otherwise you will just blub again!!!

The session was a mixture of high and mid to low key photography; I have posted one high key image that I just love of them both and an image of Paula and Sophie looking just stunning.

Hugh, I think I can safely say now is the time to panic as Sophie is growing up from an adorable child into a beautiful young lady.

I hope you all had a great weekend; I have knuckled down and it's edit, edit, edit for me today.

Claire


Family Portrait Session: West Sussex Portrait Photographer



Hello Folks,

Welcome to Friday! Recently I photographed a really fun family and there was much hilarity in the studio! Nicky gave her Mum a studio experience with a framed print as a Christmas present, so they all came along and we had a fab time.

I have posted three images today, the first one is what I call 'the brow'. We all fell on the floor laughing when Lee kept doing his Roger Moore brow and I insisted that we had to get an image of the brow in action. Here it is and what a magnificent brow it is too! We then decided to speculate on Keith's previous career and I know exactly the one I mentioned just before this photo was taken, I am not going to reveal but it was funny and you can see that Eileen thought the idea incredulous. I thought I had better put a serious image on here and I just love this one of Nicky and Lee.

Have a fab weekend all and yes I am going to mention the weather again...hot, hot, hot well hot for March. Whatever you are up to have fun and if you happen to be in London on Sunday pop into 116 Pall Mall for a chat.

Ciao,

Claire


Shelley and Matthew: West Sussex Wedding Photography



Good Morning,

I recently had a lovely engagement session with Shelley and Matthew; I am photographing their wedding this year at The Felbridge Hotel and ahead of the pre-wedding shoot this session made their engagement 'official'! The session was very romantic and I know I keep saying it Shelley, but you have the most beautiful hands and Matthew has chosen and equally beautiful ring to show them off even more...well done Matthew!

I have chosen two images to show you, one that will eventually be printed on my new black and white paper...I know, I know I keep mentioning it but it is new and I am excited; and the other to show Shelley's hand with the exquisite ring that Matthew gave her.

Looking forward to another shoot and then the Big Day you two.

Have a lovely weekend all whatever you are up to and just a quick heads up, I will be exhibiting at the Alexander House Wedding Fayre next Sunday 29th January. If you are in the area pop in and say hello.

Claire


The Girls: West sussex Portrait Photography



Good Morning,

I recently had a lovely but poignant studio session with three lovely girls; they are firm friends. The reason for the session was to create some memories that they could keep before Jennie returned home to Zimbabwe. We had lots of fun creating glamour and guffaw, and it is nice to think that as Jennie is enjoying some lovely weather she can look back at the images of her friends. I have posted an image of the girls together and one of Jennie.

I really enjoyed catching up with this year's and next year's wedding clients over the weekend, and as usual had some fabulous chats...I do love a good chat! Have a great week everyone; I have lots to do and a few bits to get ready for my wedding fayre on Sunday.

Claire


Good Morning,Something a little different today and may not be to everyone's taste but I like to experiment with my photography. Alexis came along with her Mum to have a portrait sitting and we had a great session using high, mid and low key styles. At the end of the session I wanted to try something a little different and my aim was to try and create an ethereal ghost like image and here it is.When I take a photograph, my aim is to try and capture what I have in my head at the time so I end up with a real photograph rather than the composite/montage digital art that seems to be popular now, which relies entirely on photoshop. This image was created in the studio with very little post production and is what Alexis saw on the back of my camera during the session.I had a very busy weekend photographing a wedding in the most glorious Autumn sunshine followed by some lovely chats with potential wedding clients and I am pleased to say I will now be photographing their special days next year. They have new and exciting things planned so I am getting excited already!Have a great week everyone.Claire

Good Morning,

Something a little different today and may not be to everyone's taste but I like to experiment with my photography. Alexis came along with her Mum to have a portrait sitting and we had a great session using high, mid and low key styles. At the end of the session I wanted to try something a little different and my aim was to try and create an ethereal ghost like image and here it is.

When I take a photograph, my aim is to try and capture what I have in my head at the time so I end up with a real photograph rather than the composite/montage digital art that seems to be popular now, which relies entirely on photoshop. This image was created in the studio with very little post production and is what Alexis saw on the back of my camera during the session.

I had a very busy weekend photographing a wedding in the most glorious Autumn sunshine followed by some lovely chats with potential wedding clients and I am pleased to say I will now be photographing their special days next year. They have new and exciting things planned so I am getting excited already!

Have a great week everyone.

Claire


Kirsty: East Grinstead Portrait Photography


Good Morning,

Recently I photographed a studio session with the lovely Kirsty; I have chosen to share this image with you because Kirsty ordered this as a panoramic 40 x 20 inch acrylic and it looked fabulous. I think the image has real drama with this crop and the high gloss made it into a piece of art that looks wonderful on her wall.

As well as being incredibly photogenic Kirsty is an accomplished florist and has produced flowers for royalty amongst other well known people in the past. She is in the process of setting up her own business and we have lots of plans to photograph her creations, so plenty to look forward to.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed a little Autumn sunshine. For me it was a working weekend. I met some very interesting people at an event on Saturday evening followed by numerous chats about future weddings at the South Lodge Wedding Fayre yesterday; I love hearing about the plans that you all have for your weddings, so it does not really seem like work!

Enjoy your week everyone,

Claire


Czarina and Ragnar - Portrait Photography East Grinstead West Sussex: Sussex Portrait Photgraphers





Good Morning,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and managed to enjoy some sunshine. Czarina and Ragnar had some engagements portraits done ahead of their wedding next year. We were meant to be on location but the weather was not kind so we decided on a studio session. It was so lovely to hear of their wedding plans and their love for each other just exudes from the images so their wedding day will be very special indeed.

Thank you for letting me be a part of of your engagement story and it was a real pleasure to photograph you.

I cannot believe we are in the middle of August already, where is the year going!

Claire