Nottingham fine art family photographer

The more I photograph families, the more I realise what my natural style is and what to call it. Are you looking for a Nottingham fine art family photographer? What does fine art mean? I want to share these photographs with you so that you can see how I like to approach family portrait sessions.

Nottingham fine art family portrait shoot

Bluebells family portrait shoot
fine art family portrait shoot
Nottingham fine art photographer

Bluebells family portrait shoot
Nottingham fine art family photographer
 Nottingham fine art family photographer

 

Nottingham fine art family photographer

 

It’s easy to take a snap of your family on a phone. We all do it, don’t we? How many of those make it to a lab and into an album or a frame? It isn’t so easy to get everyone in good light or in flattering positions, looking as together as you feel. A fine art approach is about getting all of these things right in the camera at the time to create images which you’ll want to frame and admire tomorrow as much as in 50 years time. It’s capturing you as you are, in an elegant, understated way.

Fine art style isn’t using trendy editing styles or poses which will date as they go out of fashion. Does anyone remember seeing wedding photographs from the 70s and 80s with the soft focus filter? That was so fashionable then. My parents fell victim to that and they cringe at their wedding album! I feel like this is what will happen with the current photo trends as well.

I prefer to keep the editing clean to make the colours look as they did in the moment. Like real life but better. Classic can still mean light, pretty, fresh and modern. I think these photographs showcase my style perfectly.

 

What to expect

 

So how do I go about making these photographs happen? We’ll start by taking you to the good light, this is the key to getting the shot right in camera. For years before becoming a photographer I would naturally gravitate towards good light. I am wired to be responsive to light, to the point I can feel a physical response to being in bad light. This became most apparent when we were house hunting. I would discount houses with bad light in a heartbeat. Thank goodness for Victorian properties! Good light can be found everywhere for a photograph though, even in the darkest house, and you can leave it to me to find it.

We’ll be chatting the whole time so however nervous you might be about having your photograph taken I can help to put you at ease. I actually think that having someone there to talk to you and to take you through things can be reassuring and help to get the best out of the moment. So I will tend to suggest a starting point on how to stand and then let it unfold, giving any gentle direction you might need along the way and of course lots of encouragement when things look fantastic and I’ve got a great shot. I have a special kind of joy reserved exactly for these moments and I’m told it’s infectious. It’s fun and relaxed, interactive process. You’ll even enjoy it, I promise.

In a family shoot it isn’t my job to give you hundreds of photographs of the same thing. Anyone who can use a camera can do that for you. It is my job to get a variety of different photographs for you in a consistent style. Some will be individual portraits, others will be small groups and I like to get some of all of you together too. But this isn’t a shot list for me to tick off and it isn’t exhaustive, it’s more of a guide in my head to provide you with a cohesive and comprehensive collection of images. I’m flexible and creative and I respond to how everyone is feeling, to what happens as the moments happen and of course to what time and the light allows.

 

Is it posing?

 

Some people say they like the natural unposed shots (so do I!) and don’t like posing for photographs (who does?). What most people don’t realise is that many natural shots they have seen have actually been set up by a skilful photographer. Why? Because it gives the photographer control over the light and flattering positions to create the best images. It also takes less time.

Posing is one of those words which doesn’t accurately describe the way that I work. It sounds as if it won’t be interactive, gentle or fun. It sounds as if making family photographs isn’t worth the extra care and attention but I think it is.

Fine art photography is certainly directed and stylised and yes, some would call that posed. But let’s overlook the label for a moment and see why this approach works. Taking the time to carefully create these images gives you the kind of timeless, elegant photographs that you probably wouldn’t be able to take yourself. This makes it ideal for people that want a certain look to their photographs or that aren’t that confident in front of a camera and for children. It also makes the most of the window of time on the day. This is why this approach also works for the portraits and family groups on wedding days too.

 

Kind words

 

Here’s what Victoria had to say about her experience:

 

“We love, love, love the pictures!”

 

“The one of the boys actually made me cry, it’s just so beautiful”

 

“We can’t thank you enough. I will certainly recommend you to all our friends”

 

Thank you! That gives me an enormous sense of job satisfaction. I am one lucky girl.

These days of having a young family are funny. They say the days are long but the years are short. So let’s take the photo. A really nice one.

These photographs were taken in a 30 minute mini session in Southwell for Victoria and Richard and their boys, Henry and Bertie. It’s amazing what you can achieve in such a short time with my style of portraits and it’s the perfect length of time for young children.

You can find out more about my portrait sessions including the prices here.

 

Book your family portraits today!

 

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Southwell Minster Family Portraits

I’d like to share these Southwell Minster family portraits with you. Here are my favourites from my time with Abi and Andrew this week…

Southwell Minster family portraits

Southwell Minster family portraits

Southwell Minster family portraits

Southwell Minster family portraits

Southwell Minster family portraits

 

Southwell Minster Family Portraits

 

Abi and Andrew booked me a few years ago to photograph their beautiful wedding day at Wethele Manor in Warwickshire. This week I met up with them again to capture some family portraits for them in the grounds of Southwell Minster.

I love The Archbishop’s Palace and its Education Garden. The bonus being it is just a short walk from where I live.

I spend quite a bit of time in this garden with my children and it’s where I run Baby Bugs, my little free outdoor playgroup for local babies and preschool children. That doesn’t mean that I’m not constantly impressed by the way it looks and changes each week throughout the seasons. On the day of our shoot the sun was shining and the blossom was at its best.

This little family is so sweet together and I never get bored of spending time with previous couples to take photographs at the next stage of their lives together. I hope you’ll love these pictures.

Would you like some photographs like these of you and your partner or children? You can find out more about my portrait sessions on my Investment page above.

 

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Nottingham newborn shoot at home

Watching my clients’ families expand and grow is one of the pleasures of being a family portrait photographer. Take a look at my favourites from this Nottingham newborn shoot at home.

Nottingham newborn shoot at home

Nottingham newborn shoot at home

Nottingham natural newborn shoot

Nottingham newborn shoot at home

Nottingham newborn shoot at home

Nottingham newborn shoot at home

Nottingham family shoot at home

 

 

Nottingham newborn shoot at home

 

I first photographed Jess and Dan’s family in 2013 after the birth of their first son during a natural family newborn shoot. I returned last weekend to meet their new addition when they booked another Nottingham newborn shoot at home.

 

What to expect

 

The arrival of a new baby, whether its your first or fifth can turn your world upside down. The ideal time for newborn photographs is before your baby is 2 weeks old. Booking me to come to your home in those early days takes the stress out of capturing those newborn moments. You don’t need to tidy the house or be feeling 100 % just yet. Everything you’ll need for your baby will be right there so there is no need to load the car with all the things needed to travel anywhere.

At just a week old, this little baby was the perfect age for a natural newborn shoot. I won’t pose your baby in unnatural positions or use them as a prop in a styled still life, you’ll just cuddle, feed, change and play with your baby as you normally would. There will be some light direction sometimes if I feel I need to, to get the shots in the style that you have chosen me for.

I want to give you photographs that remind you in luminous, timeless and beautiful photographs how your baby looked when they were brand new. It is also really valuable to provide you with a snapshot of family life right at the start of your new chapter. I love to capture the older siblings and their relationship with you and your new baby. In this case it was especially poignant as the last time I’d taken this little guy’s photograph he was no bigger than his new baby brother.

 

Newborn sessions at home

 

Newborn sessions are available from 1 – 3 hours, charged on an hourly basis which includes:

 

Travel within Nottinghamshire

My time and expertise during the session

Editing of your final images

An online gallery for viewing, sharing and ordering any prints and albums

All of your final edited images as low resolution downloads suitable for web use (not for prints)

A personal legal copyright licence to use and share your images

Your favourite image as a beautiful professional quality print up to 12 x 8/A4

 

The more time you invest in, the more images I’ll be able to capture and the more time there will be for everyone to be calm and relaxed.

After your session you can buy quality professional prints and albums. These really bring your images to life. Read more about why prints and albums are so important here

All of the high resolution files are also available to purchase as a digital back up for the complete collection, including the right to print as many times as you like, whenever you like, up to a large size and a comprehensive legally binding copyright licence.

For up to date pricing information, please check out my Investment page.

 

Here’s what Jess had to say about her photographs:

 

 

“Just beautiful, Lucy, thank you.

 

I love the black and white photo of Bay – beautiful boy!”

 

 

I think that might just be my favourite too

Family photo shoot 3 year old

 

Book your newborn shoot today

 

 

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