My portrait sessions are all about you and your story. Portrait shoots don’t necessarily mean using the studio. Long walks along the beach, conker hunting in the woods or time spent at a spot that’s meaningful to you, we can shoot anywhere you like.
I’m not just about weddings (even though I love them). I can also turn my hand to fabulous portraiture for professional or personal use. Portrait sessions have evolved from studio sittings to carefree, personality-filled sessions that are all about expressing yourself. I love to shoot outdoors, so if you’re at all outdoorsy, take me to your favourite place and we can shoot there. You get the very best light outdoors so I’m all in for this. I also love a creative vision so no matter how crazy your idea, hit me with it. I’m likely to say “YES!”. Just like all photographers, I love that time of day we call ‘The Golden Hour’. It’s that time just before sunset that delivers a dreamy soft light that’s amazing for photos. Great time for an engagement shoot, just sayin’…
When it comes to wardrobe, it’s best to wear what feels comfortable. Props are important too: a kite that you fly together, a picnic blanket you use every summer, even the family dog can make for brilliant, personal photos. The key thing is to use things that mean something to you. I also find that the very best images are often not the ones where you’re smiling at the camera. When you think about it, how natural is it to be grinning into a lens? No, I find that the favourite photos tend to be the ones where you’re letting go and cutting lose and forgetting about the camera entirely.
I shoot outdoors to make the most of natural light, morning or late afternoon are my favourites. Our “studio” can be a country field, shingle beach, coffee shop or your own home. It’s all about where you feel comfortable.
If you’re after some super special family portraits, or even a maternity shoot, then I can come to your home (or a venue that’s close to your heart) and work with you to create something really fabulous. If it’s a set of photos to commemorate a certain point in your family’s history, then we could even go walkabout and shoot some awesome outdoor action at a local farm, playground or woods. I have my own kids so I’ve got a pretty good eye for what works when it comes to getting the best out of them for portraits.
I often have clients who want to be photographed themselves at a seminal or important milestone in their life. While pregnant with their first baby, the year they turn forty, at the beginning of a new business venture. But lots and lots of us hate having our photo taken. However, some of the loveliest feedback that I regularly get from my clients often goes something like this:
“We HATE being in front of the camera, we always look dreadful in photos. But Anna was warm and reassuring and made us feel wonderful. The results speak for themselves.”
So whatever the reason you’re hiring me, you can be a thousand percent sure that you’re in the best and most understanding of hands.
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If you’re taking the plunge and starting your own small business, or want new employee headshots that are full of personality, I can help. Business portraits can be soooo stuffy and dry, but I specialise in gorgeous, natural images that look relaxed and professional.
All sessions include a password protected online gallery with images from the session for your viewing with family and friends. Framed prints and coffee table books are available so do ask!
Travel: for distances over 20 miles from Christchurch, Dorset I ask for 50p per mile towards travel expenses.
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