Hey guys! How are you? If you’ve been following my work for a little while, you may well recognise the lovely people in this family. To anyone new here – welcome to The Oulton Family from Hindhead! I have been photographing this family around once a month since the birth of their first son Chester, and in June 2018 Chester turned four years old. Wow! Four years, I’ve only just realised that. Chester and I also share the same birthday, so we have a little connection there too. I have been lucky enough to watch them grow month by month and photograph their journey and life.
The Oulton’s have a beautiful home near Hindhead in Surrey, and on this day the whole family was around to celebrate Chester’s 4th birthday. We mostly photographed in their lovely back garden in some gorgeous (but HOT!) summer sunshine.
Below are just a selection from that photo session, and I love how much they have all changed from this time four years ago. The boys are so grown up now! Just look at them.
CHECK OUT that amazing Thunderbirds cake Chester has right there – yes please. Click here to see an older photo session of these guys back in the winter.
I’m a family photographer based in Farnham, but also cover lots of surrounding areas such as Guildford, Haslemere, Aldershot, Alton, Godalming and many more. If you are interested in booking a family photo session for yourself please feel free to drop me a message and we can get you booked in for your own beautiful photos.
I hope you are all well, and thank you so much for reading this blog and visiting my website. Feel free to have a look around. If you’d like to follow along, I invite you to follow me on my Instagram too!
It’s so super hot at the moment, keep cool and stay hydrated.
All the best,
Well, it seems like spring and summer has well and truly hit us now with some glorious sunshine. Knowing England it will be raining and possibly snowing again pretty soon, but on one of these lovely patches of sunny weather I had my first bright family photo session of the year at Farnham Park.
Now, being in England, photographing in bright sunlight is something I don’t get to do too often so this was a literal breath of fresh air. The warm tones and contrast in the photos was a new challenge but I love the air of adventure and happiness the bright sunshine adds.
The Farrant family where absolutely wonderful – and Oscar was a complete superstar for the camera. Not forgetting at all little Tilly, who was her happy and very patient little self the whole way through. Oscar was a big fan of dinosaurs and was the perfect big brother collecting flowers to give as gifts to his parents and his baby sister, Tilly.
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Have a wonderful Spring and Summer!
Candy came to me wanting some pictures to remember life as it was just now – with the gorgeous little Dakota. We decided to do an intimate photo session at her home to capture those special little moments between mother and daughter in their natural habitat where they were both already comfortable and surrounded by the things they cherished.
Dakota has a love for the Lion King, and it just so happens that I do to. I love that Simba is making a little appearance here, it makes these images all the more special.
Thank you Candy and Dakota for making this session so special.
Have you ever wondered how to photograph your family with buy generic Topiramate just you iPhone? Wonder no more. One thing that I remember from studying photography at university is the phrase ‘the best camera is the one you have one with you’ and that is so unbelievably true. Nowadays everyone has a camera on them most of the time and it’s probably either what you’re reading this on or in your pocket – your handy dandy smart phone.
The cameras on smart phones are follow not going to give you professional results, but as with the statement above, they are a tool to capture what’s there in the moment, and sometimes that’s all that matters. (Although, if you’re after that – follow link you can click here)
1. Get The Right Light
Light it SO important in making an image look and feel as magical as the moment. Taking photos in low light (eg. living room in the evening) will probably result in grainy and possibly blurry photos. The details of the photo may be lost, but by doing a few things differently you can make a dramatic difference.
TIP: Take photos in front of a window, so that the window light lights your subject’s face. I use this technique in a tonne of my photos because natural light filtered through a window is one of my absolute favourite kinds. It’s soft and flattering, while being illuminating and easy to access. Harsh sunlight when you’re outdoors will cause weird shadows and highlights (also the awkward eye squint) – to avoid this take photos in the shade.
2. Get The Right Reaction
Candid photography is my favourite, but there’s absolutely no harm in setting up a little planned shot too.
TIP: While your photographing your subject, tell them a silly joke or tell them about an exciting event coming up that they didn’t know about. You will get natural and happy reactions that look genuine.
3. Don’t Force It
If your family are not feeling it that day, don’t force them to stand there and be photographed if they don’t want to. Photography should be something that they get excited about as much as you, you don’t want them to close down as soon as your get the camera out in the future. If they’re not up for it that day it may be best to do it tomorrow instead – unless the moody child photos are the ones you love (personally I think this are just as treasurable too, but play it by ear).
TIP: Pick a day and time when everything is relaxed, make the photos fun. You could always set up some baking or a game – something physical that’s not an iPad or similar – to try and get better reactions.
4. Imperfect is Perfect
At the end of the day, what matters is that you have these moments. Even the ones that are blurry, having a bit of a tantrum or asleep on the couch are going to be something you can look back on with pride in the future – it won’t matter to you then if it’s a bit grainy. As I said at the start, the best camera is the one you have on you and that’s all that really matters.
TIP: Don’t delete photos because they’re not perfect, and don’t shy away from them. Keep them – when you look back on them in a few years time, you’ll love them like all the rest.
5. To Filter or Not To Filter
Let’s face it – we all love an Instagram filter. Sometimes they look great, and sometimes not so much. My advice here would be to use the filters if you want to, but make sure you have unfiltered photos backed up for the future. It’s a bit like an tattoo you regret – they can look really dated really quickly and in 5 years time we’re going to look back at all our over filtered pictures and think ‘what on earth where we thinking?’. There are some apps that can give a more natural or film-like filter such as VSCO, or of course good old Adobe Photoshop for those who use it.
TIP: Keep un-filtered photos!
NOTE: When a photographer edits their photos they will put a LOT of time and effort into making an image look a certain way – this will correspond to their personal style which is what you are paying them for. Remember it is not okay to put an Instagram filter on photos from a professional, and they will very rarely give you the unedited files because it will go against their brand image – this is totally normal and completely different than using Instagram filters.
Go and create!
If you use this to take photos of your family PLEASE do show me, I would absolutely love to see. You can always tag me on Instagram, leave a comment on this post or send me a message.
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I hope you have found this advice useful!
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Back in the summer I had the pleasure of photographing Leo and his family in his back garden in Farnham, Surrey. The sun was so bright that day so we used it to our advantage to get beautiful lighting and sun flares.
Having family photos taken at home make the photos so much more unique to you and really gives you some beautiful memories of you in your own space. The children (and adults) are also so much more relaxed and that really shines through in the photos.
For this photos we started off by going for a short walk around Waverley – seeing the abbey, splashing in some puddles. This allowed me to get to know Leo and his family a bit more before we settled down for the photos at home. As the sun was just so gorgeous, we decided to set up a blanket in the garden and let Leo have lots of fun – there where bricks, bubbles, food and Leo was enjoying all of it.
If you are interested in some family photos for yourself, please do feel free to contact me here and we can discuss wha it is you are after. There’s currently a Black Friday offer running over on my Facebook, so if you’re reading this in time, it might be worth going to check that out too.
Thank you all for your wonderful and continued support on my Families Instagram, Facebook and this here blog. It really does mean a lot that you would help me out by sharing and commenting on these posts.
But for now I will leave you with the gallery of Leo’s photos:
Farnham Family Photography in the Garden
Please get in touch if you are interested in working with me, I’d love to hear from you.
Jas Poole x