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My favourite time of year

September 14th, 2017 admin Blog No comments

I just love the Autumn! I make no bones about it, it’s just the most perfect time of year for so many reasons.  First of all, the colour is just gorgeous. The rich reds and golds of the trees, and the blanket of leaves on the ground adding to its general gorgeousness. Then there’s the beautiful light which isn’t as harsh as the summer months, with the added bonus that the ‘golden hour’ isn’t so late that it’s unthinkable to arrange a photoshoot during this time. Then there is the fact that everyone starts to bundle up in layers, scarves, hats and so on.  I could go on and on…..

Here are some shots from last Autumn to illustrate my love for the season.  And if you feel that you’d quite like to book a session with me in October and November, please get in touch and I will give you the available dates.  🙂

Coffee Table Books

March 1st, 2017 admin Blog No comments

I’ve been offering Coffee Table Books for many years now, but have recently been forced to change suppliers.  After a really thorough period of researching different companies and what they offered, we are thrilled to have found a new supplier.  These new coffee table books are just lovely, really exceptional quality and finish.

Coffee Table books are a wonderful way of getting the photos from your shoot in print, and you invest in something beautiful to look back on for years to come. Very often I hear clients remark that they are going to struggle to choose which images to print, so I usually tell them about the Coffee Table Books as a solution to that problem, as they can have as many images as they like.   This is not the only reason I encourage clients to consider the books, however. During a photo shoot, I very often try to document what is going on around me in between the portraits.  I love the more natural reportage style of photography, as they capture people in a more relaxed state.  Although these images are very often the favourites for clients, they aren’t always those shots which would work well on their own, framed on a wall. This is why coffee table books have become increasingly popular, as they tell a story of the day, and capture real memories of that period of time.

This hardcover photobook is of an extremely high quality, is 29x28cm and photographically printed onto real photo paper (gloss or matte). It also comes in a presentation box.

To test it out, I designed a book with images I’ve taken of my children over the past few years, but had never printed out myself.  I’m so happy with the book now that I have it back, not only because of its superior quality to books previously offered, but because it’s so lovely to have these images in print at last.  I’ve included some shots of the book below.

I now offer packages which include a book at the end of one or two sessions, called ‘Storytelling Packages’.  Please go to my prices page to find out more about this.

 

Seasonal Blooms

January 29th, 2017 admin Blog No comments

I love flowers for adding some gorgeous colours and added interest to a portrait, and always try to find a way of photographing children in amongst them throughout the seasons.  I love how each one offers something different, from winter snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells of Spring and the vast array of colourful blooms and wildflowers during the summer months, the variety is endless.  Even if there are no flowers to be found on location, I have introduced them in various ways as props, as they introduce a pop of colour into a photo.

If you are considering booking me for a photo shoot and love this idea, have a think about which is your favourite seasonal flower as this may give you a better idea of when to book me for.  Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this some more on lynne@aliceroseportraits.co.uk 07928 013519.

Brand New Baby

January 18th, 2017 admin Blog No comments

I am reluctant to title this post ‘Newborn Shoots’ as I think it’s interesting to explore the first couple of months of a brand new life.  Very often, parents aren’t able to arrange for me to come over within the first couple of weeks after a babies arrival, which would technically be the newborn window, but this blog should hopefully encourage parents to get in touch at any point during the first couple of months, if they want to capture them whilst still brand new.

The beauty of catching them as a newborn, is that you are very often able to capture the baby asleep, something they do most of the time at this stage.  This means you can try to get very cute shots of them fast asleep, and more importantly, alone, and focus in on the tiny features which might otherwise be tricky to get if the baby is moving.  However, this is not always the case, and very often parents become frustrated and concerned when their baby decides it’s wake up time at that very point when we are trying to get them to nod off, and this can ruin the experience for them.   Over time, I’ve come to realise that this isn’t worth losing sleep over (excuse the pun) and that many beautiful moments can be captured even if baby refuses to sleep.  I’ve learned that the best place for baby to be is in their parents arms, and have developed a preference for capturing the relationship between mother, father and baby at this special time.  I’m really just interested in documenting moments as naturally as I can, so if baby decides they are wide awake or even wants to have a good cry, I try to go with the flow.

As these shoots always happen in the home, I do ask that there is somewhere with a good amount of natural light, and ideally one wall which can be used as a blank backdrop.  I very often have to move the sofa to get the spot I’m looking for, but it’s always worth it.  At the end of the day, I don’t require much space for this kind of shoot, so it usually works in most spaces I’ve visited.

Here are a few shares of brand new babies, ranging from days to months old.  Please contact me if you would like to book me for a newborn/baby shoot.

Large Group Shoots

January 17th, 2017 admin Blog No comments

Every now and again I’m asked to do a shoot, with the main focus being on a large group portrait.  Most of the time this is with the intention of being for a gift for a family member, and some of the time it’s simply to mark a celebration or the gathering of an extended family.

If the main focus of a shoot is the portrait, then this can take up quite a bit of my time and attention on the day.  I do, however, try my hardest to get shots of everyone individually and more naturally if at all possible, but there is no guarantee how many shots I will get aside of the portrait.  Please take this into consideration when booking me for a large group shot, as the larger the group, the less individual shots.

Please contact me so we can discuss this further.




Beach Shoots

January 17th, 2017 admin Blog No comments

One of the joys of living where I do, is the abundance of coastline on our doorstep.  I always love the beach as a location as it offers so many variations, from the wide expanse of sand and the reflections in shallow water, to the rocks and surrounding grasses.  The combination of the right light (please note, summer beach shoots are amazing nearer to sunset) the right tide and lots of fun, can result in some of best shots going!

Here are a few examples from beach shoots taken along our wonderful coastline.

Farm Shoots

January 11th, 2017 admin Blog No comments

Over the past couple of years, I have been invited to photograph families on their farms, which I really enjoy.  I’m always trying to look for new locations, so these opportunities always get me very excited.  The beauty of farms is that there is usually a large variety of locations on offer. I love the juxtaposition of the industrial and the natural in this environment, from the old outbuildings and cowsheds filled with haystacks and farm machinery, to the surrounding fields and lochs.

Here a few images from three different farm shoots. If anyone would like to discuss a farm shoot with me, please contact me on 07928 013519 or lynne@aliceroseportraits.co.uk

Winter Shoots

January 10th, 2017 admin Blog No comments

When you think of Winter, you could be mistaken for thinking of wet and dark days.  Admittedly we’re going through a bit of that, now that we’re into January, but we were really lucky to have some gorgeous crisp winter days at the end of last year.  The light is usually great at this time of year, as the sun is low in the sky, so when it is shining it can help in capturing some of the most magical shots possible.  I also love the fact that everyone has to bundle up in the cold, with lots of layers and layers of woollies, hats, scarves and the works.

Here are a few shares from one of my favourite shoots from December, which go some way to prove that you needn’t be afraid of a photoshoot in the Winter.

Fast Forward to September 2016

September 21st, 2016 admin Blog No comments

I admit that I am terrible at keeping my website up to date, let alone my blogs.  I can’t believe it’s been over a year since my last blog post, and I’ve had some great shoots in the past twelve or so months which are all worthy of a blog.  Instead of trying to catch up, I’ve decided just to share some of my favourite shots from this period.  🙂

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Cake Smash

September 18th, 2015 admin Blog No comments

I had been in touch with Sofia’s mum for a while about doing a photo shoot with a difference, to mark Sofia’s first birthday with something really special.  Hayley really liked the idea of doing a cake smash, when you put a big cake in front of a baby and let them dive right in, so we made our plans to meet up at their house on an agreed date.

Unbeknown to me, Hayley was busy during the time in between our initial chat and the date itself, sourcing the most fantastic outfits, accessories, decoration and of course the cake to make this a really special day.  When I arrived a few days before the shoot to make sure the location would work, Hayley showed me the gorgeous tutu and customised baby grow she had for Sofia to wear, and had some lovely happy birthday bunting to hang behind her and a selection of balloons.  She had also commissioned Susan from ‘Corrie Couture‘ to create a wonderful little head band for Sofia.  After a visit to Sofia’s bedroom I spotted a beautiful tee-pee, another must-have prop for what was shaping up to be the perfect girlie photoshoot.  To top it all off, the family had two bulldogs who I instantly knew would be great in a photo, if only I could guarantee they would stay still…

On the day, the sun was quite bright so we set the tee-pee up in the garden facing away from the glare.  Sofia looked such a picture sat in the doorway, she just stayed where she was placed down and laughed and smiled away, with her favourite bunny by her side.  With lots of encouragement from mum and dad, and with the help of some very entertaining balloons, Sofia was as good as gold and I got some great photos.  We then moved indoors to a nice and airy room with a large plain wall to hang the bunting on, the perfect indoor set up (with a little help with some lighting from the hubbie).  Craig and Hayley tried very hard to get their two bulldogs to sit still, which did create a few minutes of hilarity and a few shots were there for the taking, but I decided to move swiftly on the piece de la resistance before Sofia tired of this photoshoot lark!

The gorgeous cake was made by the same lady who made Hayley and Craig’s wedding cake, it was really beautiful and looked too good to eat, never mind to have a baby smear it all over herself!  However, the icing was possibly a touch too hard for the task at hand, so Sofia took a bit of time to get messy, although she was totally enjoying herself in the process. And who can blame her, given the freedom to not only eat a huge cake but to cover yourself with it too, what a joy!  After a bit of inspecting and prodding, a wooden spoon was introduced to create some real mess, and with a little help from mum and dad, she managed to get some of the way there.  This was such a fun shoot with a lovely family, and the best thing was that they were able to salvage some of that wonderful cake to eat at the end, so perhaps the hard icing wasn’t such a bad idea afterall.

Fancy doing something similar to mark your child’s first birthday? Then please get in touch 🙂

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