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A Day in the Life Holland Park London Photoshoot

It’s been a crazy year as we know so far but that doesn’t deter my clients to keep on making memories. I think especially this year we should do more pictures, more albums and more prints to decorate our walls and bookshelves. Our children need that warm comfort that family is always together no matter what.

I am very sorry I have been so busy I haven’t been able to give the proper attention to my blog and share with you the most wonderful photoshoots I have been doing since September.

I know this family for a quite some time now, and unfortunately, like many families this year, they decided to leave London. It’s not a goodbye photoshoot but it’s an important set of pictures that I hope they will cherish forever.

f you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of sessions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

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    London Family Lifestyle Portrait Session

    I still do family lifestyle photography from time to time. My sessions are super relaxed and my main goal is to capture connection and the children’s personalities.

    These are some of my favourites from this session. On this day it was zero degrees outside! I love winter light.

    If you want to give a family session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of sessions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

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    Autumn in London – Hyde Park – Family Photography

    Summer may be over; the days are getting shorter, the temperatures colder and rainy days in London are setting in. Embrace that back-to-school feeling and enjoy Autumn in London where the parks are bursting with warm colours perfect for long walks.


    This family wanted to celebrate Autumn with an after school picnic in Hyde Park, and we were so fortunate with the weather. There was lots of running to get some pictures from these boys and the dog, who loves to pose, but it was completely worth it.

    Check-out an another beautiful session during Autumn in Hyde Park here for some inspiration.

    If you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of sessions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

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      Snapshots of our Summer – Surf and ice-creams

      It feels like Summer was ages ago while I am writing this post; it is raining cats and dogs in London.
      Our Summer was in Portugal, as usual, with our family and most of the time we spent it in our little beach cottage near the Atlantic. This place is a renowned famous surf spot, and I thought this year would be an excellent opportunity for the girls to surf.
      I was a little bit afraid, to be honest, but they just loved it, and now I am already thinking about the next time!

      These are some snapshots of our holiday in this extraordinary place. Until next time.

      Check some snapshots from the last years here and here.

      In case you want to book a documentary family photo session or if you wish to document your holidays please contact me at [email protected] or leave a note here.

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        A Birthday Party in a Bus – Brigit’s Afternoon Tea

        The day we were born is always a special day for us! We often spend weeks, if not months, planning on how to spend our special day. For most of us, we celebrate our birthdays by holding a party and inviting our friends and family. For others, they prefer to travel and go on an adventure.

        Back when I was a child, I used to spend the days before my birthday dreaming of the food, games, and gifts I was going to have. I enjoyed seeing all my loved ones come together. Until now, I still get very excited about birthday celebrations. In fact, I love capturing them since there’s so much to memorialize and remember!

        Today, I am thrilled to share with you the awesome and distinctive way this 11-year-old celebrated her birthday!

        Catalina, the lovely celebrant, chose to hop on a bus with her mom and three of her friends for a fun and intimate celebration. They experienced a lovely afternoon sipping tea, eating cake, and sampling sandwiches. While doing all that, they were also taking in the best sites London has to offer!

        The unique tour is from B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus London Tour. Their vintage double-decker bus drove around Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more.

        This celebration was undoubtedly an extraordinary event. I loved capturing every moment of it. Everyone was all smiles throughout the ride! The kids were genuine and hilarious.

        Check-out my top tips for photographing birthday parties in my blog.

        If you are celebrating a birthday soon and you want it documented, or if you have any questions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

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          Kid’s birthday party at Hogwarts London – Harry Potter theme

           

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          We are approaching World Book Day with much enthusiasm in our house, and this Harry Potter theme party just sparkled the child in me! I remember diving into J. K. Rowling books for hours in a row until late at night when I was a teenager, and it’s a joy to see even today these storybooks are still much loved. Notorious kids did a fantastic job transforming the Home House club in the most magical place. Nothing more than Hogwarts wizard school for a 9-year-old fan of Harry Potter books. Every detail was outstanding!

           


          If you are having a party soon and you would like to have it documented, or if you have any questions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.
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            London Maternity Documentary Photoshoot – what it’s all about

            Nine months are flying by at an incredible rate.
            Even though you can only sleep with a minimum of 5 pillows and bread is your main food group, something about the work inside your body right now makes you feel like a rockstar. And you want to remember it.
            Maternity photos used to be so unusual, now they are trendy, and because of that, there’s this huge misconception surrounding maternity sessions – what they’re supposed to look like, how you’re supposed to dress, blah blah.

            We’ve been conditioned, slowly but surely, to believe that a maternity session is a right of passage when you get pregnant. We follow this cookie cutter model and curl our hair and buy a new dress and imagine the romantic, backlit glow.
            These photos are lovely, and yes, it feels darn good to get dressed up and honour the beauty in pregnancy. You and your baby will never be one like this again, and it’s honestly an awesome thing to celebrate that by getting in front of the camera in general, no matter how you choose.

            But I want to challenge you to take it a step further and think about what is it you truly want to “capture?”

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            If you think about, I mean what’s unique and why you want to do a maternity session, I think you’ll realise that –
            This photo session is not about the baby growing inside your belly…

            …It’s about capturing the world and the people he or she is about to meet on the outside.

            It’s not about staring at your belly button.
            It’s not about a perfect flowing gown.
            It’s not about the stunning, scenic location.
            It’s not about the wooden blocks spelling his name.

            BECAUSE YOU, BEAUTIFUL MUM, ARE MORE THAN HOW YOU LOOK.

            Those things are beautiful, they’re fun, but they don’t capture anything you can’t flip through Pinterest and see a million other examples. And isn’t capturing truth and memories kind of the point?

            If you want to “capture this season,” we’ll need more than cheeky props and perfect light.
            You need the patience, the preparation, the hugs, the simplicity, the habits. Your STORY is what will make your maternity session special.

            Take a look at this one. There are no words to describe the connection between this family has already forged, and I know for sure that it will grow so beautifully.

             

             

            If you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of photo shoots, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

             

             

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              Pink Dream 1st Birthday Party

              It’s fascinating and an honour to see so many beautiful parties put together with so much care and love from talented people.

              Notorious Kids beautifully prepared this party; a fantastic team specialised in bespoke luxury events. The party was set in the fabulous The Lanesborough perfect for a princess! See for yourself!

               

               

               

              If you are having a party soon and you would like to have it documented, or if you have any questions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

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                Snapshots of our month – Winter Sun

                Wow, I can’t believe we are almost at the end of January, and I just finished to edit my Christmas pics =) As soon as I got back, it’s been non-stop with newborn photo shoots and birthday parties.

                We had a lovely break in Portugal to spend time with our family, a little bit of sunshine and a much-needed pause from social media.

                These are just some snap-shots of our holiday between the crispy sunny days by the sea and lovely warm winter days in Alentejo. If you pass in Evora city in Portugal, make a visit to Convento do Espinheiro hotel, visit the beautiful University of Evora and the Herdade do Esporao wine caves.

                 


                And if it’s not too late…Happy New Year!

                =)

                 

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                  7 tips for taking pictures at the fun fair

                  Deep-fried anything, scream-inducing rides, cotton candy and prizes larger than your head… the fun fair is here!

                  London has multiple beautiful Christmas markets and fairs that you can choose for your children’s delight.

                  I thought it would be fun to give some tips for those of you who will be braving the trip with your camera or even your mobile.

                  1. Capture the anticipation.

                  Funfairs may be a drain on most parents’ wallets, but it’s sure a lot of fun for kids! They are all very excited but when it comes the time sometimes they are doubtful… Make sure to capture that.

                   

                   

                  2. Shoot in the daytime and at night, embrace all kind of light.

                  Whenever I plan a trip to the fair, I get giddy for those nighttime shots with the Ferris wheel glowing and the dark sky contrasting against it. But don’t forget to bring your camera out during the day, too! The fun combination of the funky ride colours will look awesome next to the bright, blue sky.

                   

                  3. Play with your settings.

                  Get brave and slow down your shutter speed for a fun effect with the fast-moving rides. Capturing movement at the fun fair, with rides moving in a number of different directions at the same time isn’t easy, but it’s possible. Use slow shutter speed and move your camera alongside with the movement to focus on one element in the frame but blur the rest out. It will most likely take you several attempts to get it right, so don’t despair!

                   

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                  4. Show the setting and shoot wide.

                  It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of wide angle lenses (35 mm and less), and I adore getting the entire scene in the frame. Get a shot of your kids up high on a ride. The wide angle perspective will enhance how small your kids are next to the big, open sky.

                   

                  5. Capture the details.

                  This is my norm with any session and any subject. But the fair has such a good story to tell, and not including the details is like leaving out half the book. Use the features to enhance your portraits. Get a shot of the sign with a picture of cotton candy, and then a frame with your kids stuffing this faces with pink fluff. It is so fun to see these shots side by side.

                   

                   

                  6. Using interesting angles and perspectives.

                  When I first got the fair this year, I became nervous because the rides were packed into such a small space, and I knew I wouldn’t be getting the shot of just the Ferris wheel on its own. I got creative, and wound up with shots that I love!

                   

                  7. Capture the emotions.

                  Skip the posed “cheesy” shot and instead capture real emotions – and be sure to include the quieter moments too!

                  Don’t forget to have fun!

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                  If you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of photo shoots, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

                   

                   

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