In November i run a weekend of Christmas Mini Sessions, they are 20 minutes long and i run them back to back all day. It’s really nice, we have Christmas music on and the parents get mulled wine and mince pies while i take photos of their children…. and if they’re good they get a little treat afterwards as well.
This was my 2017 Facebook advert with images from last years sessions.
I’ve also put a little behind the scenes of my preparation for this years sessions:
Newborn Photography is what i have invested a lot of time and money in because i am so passionate about it, I love the opportunity to capture these early stages of new little lives and create Bespoke timeless images for families to treasure forever.
My Newborn Galleries consist of around 25 – 30 Images for the client to choose from, I have only chosen 6 images from a few of my sessions this year.
I was contacted my Vivien Jones, Co-founder earlier this year to discuss shooting for the front cover of a new feminist magazine aimed at 8-12 year olds that she was in process of putting together with her friend Nicky Shortridge.
When she came round to visit me to discuss her idea she brought this book:
Fantastic book filled with images of girls from all around the world, strong confident and powerful, it really made me understand the direction that this magazine to be was headed.
Viv had a girl that she wanted me to photograph which i did at her home, the magazine was going to be released in December in both UK & Australia so she wanted the background to be something that would work with that, not too summery but not too wintery either and the aim was to get a natural, fun, relaxed portrait. I brought along my daughter Sophie because she knew the girl who was from her school and she could prance around and be the entertainment and hopefully get some smiles.
I took a whole load of images which Viv looked through and chose the ones she liked (Above SOOC) and sent them away to her team. After a few weeks she contacted me to say they didn’t think that one was going to work and could we perhaps use my daughter instead….and she loved the idea so we scheduled to shoot Sophie in my studio.
Again a neutral background was chosen, there was going to be drawn illustrations, Viv sent me these as reference photos regarding illustrations:
On the day of the shoot Viv brought the clothes she wanted Sophie to wear and asked me to shoot wide making sure i had all of her from waist upwards in the frame because they were going to need the negative space around her for illustrations and text. We went through a few ideas with Sophie holding her hand out when a bird could be sitting then we used a cup and straw that we thought we could perhaps have KOOKIE drawn on with illustrations but then decided against that because of the plastic problems in the ocean etc so that wasn’t something to be endorsed. And then we just let Soph be herself and got some natural shots of her dancing and mucking around.
This is just a small selection of the ones that were sent to the KOOKIE team, all shot in natural light & unedited until further instruction. After the shoot, i put it to the back of my mind so not to get excited about something that might not happen….because it is quite an exciting thought having your daughter in the front of an awesome new magazine….and being the one who shot it! 🙂
In the meantime Viv contacted me to do a headshot for her, she had some interviews lined up over the coming weeks and needed to update it.
To fund the magazine’s first year they set up a KICKSTARTER Campaign:
This was to raise £50,000 for the first year of production.
Viv then went down to London for some interviews on Sky News & The Wright Stuff:
At the end of October while Viv was in London and i was shooting a wedding in Wales i received an email to say that they were going to use Sophie for the Magazine!! I couldn’t believe it, and it was a good job that it was the night doo of the wedding and not the vows because i really lost concentration for a good 10 minutes!!!
This was the mock up she emailed me and asked me to clean up the image ready for the illustrations.
On November 1st the KICKSTARTER Campaign hit its target!!
I finalised the image and sent the edited version to the Kookie Team:
Then we had to shoot the back of Sophie’s head for the back of the magazine and this was the chosen image:
LAUNCH DATE IN UK & AUSTRALIA DECEMBER 2017!! I will add updates as i get them…….