Photobombing Sheep!

I thought I would share two photographs from this weekend's shoot, with a twist!  You may remember our lamb 'Baby', who was a very small triplet that we bottle fed when he was born, and who thinks he's human- well he's growing up fast!  But he still doesn't realise he's a sheep and should stay with the flock.  He's very nosey and always likes to see what's going on.  This weekend I was photographing lovely little Ava and her family, and as I bent down to pick up my camera, Baby came to visit!  Ava loved him, and he loved her.  You'll see more from this shoot soon, so watch this space.


The second image, below, is Eamonn with his baby- Baby!  Don't they make a lovely pair?  Happy Father's day to all dads everywhere, and Happy Father's day to my lovely husband- all your flocks love you!


A Special Family Birthday Shoot- Family Photography Banstead SM7

Last week I promised you images from a wonderful family shoot celebrating a very special birthday- and here they are! We had 3 families and 3 generations all together for a fun  shoot which lasted about one and a half hours.  It was such fun- there was laughter, cuddles, lots of climbing and plenty of combinations.  We made sure to capture individuals, separate family groups and of course, our special birthday Granny, who has a wonderful bond with every single grandchild- they love her so much!

One of the wonderful things about being a family photographer is that the viewfinder allows you to see and reveal relationships by capturing moments that are often missed in everyday life because of noise and distractions, and preserve them for the future.  So as well as beautiful images to enjoy now, each child will have a wonderful story and fabulous photographs to show their Grandchildren too. It was an absolute pleasure to photograph this lovely family.

Vanessa and Fliss: what a brilliant idea and super birthday gift for your mum, I am so happy to have been part of it.  And to Alison- happy birthday!

Enjoy a selection of the images....



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Lambing season on the farm- our beautiful Wiltshire Horns

My husband Eamonn is always glued to lambing live on TV and he's an avid you tube watcher too, even though we have our own sheep.  When I asked him why, he gave me two very powerful reasons which we could all apply to the things we do: Firstly he always learns something when he watches, either a tip or technique that saves time or saves a lamb, or he could learn what not to do!  He says it's quicker to learn from others' mistakes as you save time by avoiding them- wise words!  The other reason he watches is because he is completely passionate about his flock and the farming life.  He grew up watching animals being born and looking after them on his parents' farm, and now on his own farm, the joy he gets from his animals seems even stronger.  It's like living Countryfile here!

So every year, for a few weeks, lambing live is lived out day and night in a field and barn behind our house.

This year we were very specific about our lambing season as last year we were lambing all over the Easter holidays and we didn't get a day's break, because the welfare of the lambs is the most important thing and you need to be nearby.  So we put the rams with the ewes later last autumn, and as a result we were able to catch a quick week away as we timed lambing to start at the end of the school holidays- result!

As well as being very beautiful sheep, Wiltshire Horns are an old, traditional breed and are very hardy and self-sufficient.  Unlike many modern breeds, they are very self sufficient and independent when giving birth and we had no complications at all this year again.  They are happy to give birth in the field, and make excellent mothers.  We only take them into the barn for a day or so after they have given birth to feed up the ewe and give her a chance to focus on her young, and protect them from foxes.  Most of them have twins, and this year one also had triplets.

Seeing new born lambs is definitely nourishing for the soul, and to see them playing with each other, curling up to sleep together, and jumping around is quite beautiful.

Enjoy some photos of this year's lambs.

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These lambs are minutes old.  The girl at the top is born with horn bases, the boy above has horns already, which will grow very fast.

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The lamb in both these images is the third triplet whom the kids christened Baby.  He was smaller than his big sisters and wasn't getting the milk he needed to thrive, so we have been bottle feeding him.  He thinks he's a human at the moment as he spends so much time with us, following us around like a little puppy.  He's adorable.

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When the lambs feed, their tails waggle very fast- like catkins in the wind!

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The mums and lambs live a very relaxed life: lying in the sun, moving to the shade when they get too hot, eating and snoozing all day and looking very lovely indeed.

Spring lifestyle children's Photography in Chipstead, Surrey

Two years ago, these two lovelies had a wonderful time while I captured some very special images for their parents in a photography shoot in Chipstead, Surrey.  They walked and climbed to their hearts' content and laughed their way through the afternoon.  Two years later, they are back in a very special birthday shoot for their Granny!  More of that soon: in the meantime  enjoy a few of my favourite photographs from their session.  I'm excited to bring you the new images soon!