A newborn baby photography session in Ewell- welcoming Edward

Three and a half years ago, I photographed Marcus at 5 weeks old.  And here I am nearly 3 years later absolutely thrilled to do the same for his brother Edward.  I went to their home in Ewell and Lola and Michael spent a happy 2 hours cuddling and  focussing on their beautiful children.  Marcus was completely unfazed and played happily with his toys.  The result was photographs of relaxed and happy family times enjoying this wonderful new chapter of their family.

When it comes to baby photography I make sure the session is completely relaxed and we go at the baby's pace, allowing time for feeds and naps.  I love to capture the images that I as a parent would treasure.  This means I look for images that show the deep and incredibly close and protective love that parents wrap their newborns in.  It's really important for parents to be able to look back on that special time and see the connection and moments with their children.  As newborns are often the most photographed by the family, I make sure that I focus on the parents with the child, as they are often the ones taking lots of pictures on their phones but are rarely in the shots themselves.  I imagine that when the babies themselves are grown and have their children and grandchildren they will treasure the chance to see how they are loved and feel that connection.

I hope you enjoy some of the images from this lovely family photography session.  Welcome Edward!

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Thursday thoughts- exams!

Happy Thursday Friends,

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Not everyone gets to do their revision with a pet lamb!

Things have moved around this week because I have been shooting and editing. I did an exciting photography session on Monday which I shall blog in a few weeks, it was something completely different and will be revealed when it’s ready. The time just flew. Such perfect weather this week too- feels like a holiday when we can eat outside and bask in the warmth. Who needs to go away when we have everything here?

Along with many of you, exam week is upon us and I am supplying treats and cuddles on demand.

So as ever, what’s happening here:

  • Apparently maths was the hardest exam ever and needed a whole chocolate bar to guarantee recovery
  • Did you know that exam revision can be done on Instagram? Me neither!
  • My eldest had her braces on last Friday and can only eat spaghetti hoops and ice cream (and, of course, chocolate)
  • Sourdough bread is completely delicious. It barely gets unpacked from the shopping bag before it disappears
  • I’ll be able to take down all the post it notes of revision words littered around the house. These are used to associate information with a mental map of the house. Then it can be retrieved by ‘walking through the house’ during an exam. Sounds like something out of Sherlock!
  • I think we’ll be having a curry on Friday to celebrate the end of exams. Yum.

A rather foody entry today- and not a vegetable in sight.

Have a wonderful week everyone....


My most difficult family photography session ever!

Amanda_Darling Photographs her own family as a self-portraitI want to tell you about my trickiest session ever.  Normally when families want a photography session, they turn up ready to give everything they have for an hour or so. They’ve planned outfits, got everyone in the same place and, even the mums and dads who don’t like being in the photograph or who are missing the golf, give it their all. And even the few who are unsure about the session or those who think it might be a little boring, surprise themselves by enjoying it!

On Sunday afternoon I had a session in the glorious sunshine. But not a usual session. This time the dad told me to keep it short. One of the children didn’t want to change into her chosen clothes. The mum was really not comfortable in front of the camera.

So I set up the camera, in double quick time, chatting away as I do. Then I stepped out from behind the camera and joined my family in front of it……

Miraculously as I slotted into the group, we all relaxed and started to enjoy ourselves. With the help of my nifty remote control, some daft jokes and two gorgeous daughters, we now have some family portraits that I love. Relaxed, natural and happy.

And the greatest complement of all was when Eamonn turned to me on the way back to the house and said “we should do that more often!”

We will…..


Sundrenched Children’s Photography session in Weybridge

 

This summer photography session is full of rich light, saturated colours and long late summer afternoon shadows. I met this lovely family on a very very hot afternoon.  These two lovely children put us to shame. They had non-stop energy and pure joie de vivre in the intense heat and sunshine.

This session is a perfect example of finding great places to shoot anywhere. Parents sometimes tell me that they don’t have anywhere beautiful to have the photography session. I always assure them that you don’t need a large open space, or a beautiful stately home. Here we used a lovely little green outside their house and walked around the corner to a play park.  And I think you’ll agree the photographs are really lovely.

I love capturing moments that show expression, personality and connection. You can do that anywhere, whether it’s a local park or Polesden Lacey.

After a fun and active session at the park, we went back and they brought out their special blanket.  The blanket they use for everything. Then we captured one of my favourite photographs- a spontaneous kiss. What a fabulous moment that this family can cherish forever.

Enjoy Jasmine and Alexander’s beautiful photographs.

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Monday Musings- memories, Pimms and family

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Happy Monday friends,

When I think of my childhood, we always spent our weekends at home; my parents gardening and we children running in and out of each other's homes and gardens, roller skating on the pavements outside and riding our bikes up and down the road, and round the block.

By contrast, this weekend we had mums vs daughters' rounders, a youth club outing to Airhop and a leisurely family walk and picnic around Walton Heath. Then, of course, there was the revision (whatever did children do before revision?!).

I often wonder how my children will look back on their childhood.  And I hope their feelings and memories will be of happy family times, like our long walk on Sunday, and not revision.

 

As ever, worth mentioning:

  • Gone are the days when the words "going for a walk", resulted in an excited scramble for any outside footwear.  Teenagers need good reasons to go for a walk- luckily 'picnic' was one of them.
  • Walton Heath has a fantastic crisis-cross network of footpaths, and plenty of cool woodland walks to shelter from this weekend's sun.  We must go more often.
  • We were out walking for a good part of Sunday afternoon and I only counted 7 other walkers.  This part of Surrey is usually overflowing with walkers- where was everyone?
  • Mums vs daughters rounders was such fun in the sunshine.  I designated myself mum and children photographer (A wise move as running was hot work). The reward for all our efforts came in the form of Pimms- yes!!!!!

Lots and lots of children's photography this week.  This post is later than usual because I've been photographing already in, amongst other places, a nursery. Super fun. I am photographing children again tonight at a Ballet and tap show, which will be fantastic.  Then later this week I'm taking a little break from post-production to catch up with one of my lecturers from my photography degree for lunch, and see his latest project- uv photography.  Sounds amazing.

Whatever you have planned, enjoy your week!


Gloriously muddy Children’s Photography in Surrey

 

I love this country’s weather- the sunshine, rain, mist and fog…. its changeability and unpredictability. And with rain comes puddles- every child’s favourite and every grown up with a little kid inside them too! From a photography point of view, the light after heavy rain can be clear and sharp, with foliage a bright shiny green, and if the ground is warm, within minutes you can get a light ethereal mist- both give wonderfully atmospheric images.

So for my children’s photography session with Ellie and Ollie we had excited children and beautiful light.

They splashed, laughed and gave me everything, resulting in photographs that capture their fun, energy and mischievousness.

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We had a clothes change towards the end of the session and captured a more relaxed and reflective pair. And who doesn’t love a pretty floaty dress with a pair of wellies? By this time the fine mist had risen, which perfectly matched the clothes and the mood, giving a much softer look.

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Ellie and Ollie you are fantastic!


A sunny Family Photography session in Surrey- introducing Ava

On a perfect sunny late afternoon I had the pleasure of welcoming little Ava and her lovely family to the farm for their family photography session. We couldn’t have planned a more perfect English Sunday – blue skies the colour of cornflowers, little white clouds dotting the sky and a gentle breeze.

It was Ava’s first trip to a farm. She loved running through the long grass, meeting the sheep and generally just capturing our hearts. Mum Hazel had taken the time to plan their clothes in gentle blues and whites to give their images a simple harmony, and brought a change of outfit too, so we got a wide selection of photographs.  And really importantly, both Hazel and dad Jarvis came ready to enjoy their experience and have a great time.

They relaxed into the flow immediately and we started by capturing some classic family portraits, then followed Ava as she wandered through the field.  The grass rippled gently in the breeze, and she stopped to investigate flowers and insects, and allowed me to get some fantastically relaxed and natural images- Ava, you are a natural!

One of the things I love to photograph are the special moments with each parent, capturing that wonderful bond and connection, to give parents images that they would never normally see, because they are in them. Images that they can treasure now and that Ava can treasure all the more when she has her own family. I am really happy with these lovely photographs- Ava, Hazel and Jarvis, you have a beautiful family!

Enjoy some of the images from this relaxed and sun filled family photography session.Surrey-Family-Photoraphy-amanda-Darling Children's-lifestyle-photography-surrey-Amanda-Darling Children's-photograpy-surrey-Amanda-Darling-Photography Dad-and-daughter-photography-surrey-Amanda-Darling Lifestyle-childrens-photography-Surrey Natural-childrens-Photographer-surrey-amanda-darling natural-mother-and-daughter-photography-surrey-Amanda-Darling Relaxed-natural-family-photography-surrey-amanda-darling I hope you all love these as much as I do- thank you Ava, Hazel and Jarvis, it was a real pleasure to spend time with you all.


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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