Monthly Archives: September 2011

Castle Ashby Gardens_Family Portraits Northampton

Outdoor location photography is fantastic, but living in the UK as we do this is hard, the weather is unpredictable to say the least!  When people call to book a location photo session they often ask me what will happen if the weather is bad.  Usually I will do photographs in your own home or outdoors if the weather allows – its simply not possible to run a business in this country if you have to postpone sessions every time it rains.  However sometimes people would prefer not to have photos at home – especially if children are older or tend to need a bit of space to burn off their energy.   So I was really delighted when I discovered my current favourite spot for location photos in Northamptonshire – Castle Ashby.  The house itself is a stunning wedding venue but it has some beautiful gardens with some fantastic undercover areas which are really beautiful are perfect if it rains.

The session below was planned on a day when rain was forecast – as it happened we luckily missed two torrential downpours and caught a great hour in the middle (sheet luck) but here’s a little test for you…… All the images in this session were taken in the Gardens at Castle Ashby – some are taken completely undercover (where you wouldn’t get wet at all) and some are taken out in the open ….. hard to tell the difference isn’t it ?   If you live near Northampton, Yardley Hastings, Lavendon, Olney, Milton Keynes or Wellingborough this would be my first choice of location in bad weather – hope you like the images:)

Toddler Portraits in Northampton

The last couple of weeks have been all about Toddlers – which is always fun !!  I’ve had a few photoshoots with 2 year olds – they are always challenging to photograph as they are so active, and so intrigued by things and not always easy to encourage away from something they are determined to do.   I did this particular shoot in Northampton where we took a few pictures in the house and then went for a walk nearby.  This little chap was a real joy to photograph and really good fun.  I hope you like them.

What a little stunner – so cute with the prettiest eyes and eyelashes….

We had lots of fun playing with sticks and dandelion clocks ….

And we finished up with a few shots with Mum:)

Pregnancy Portraits in Olney

I usually photograph new babies once they arrive – but it is becoming more popular to capture the beginning of the new baby’s journey with a pregnancy shoot.  I think people often assume that a pregnancy shoot or a “bump” shoot involves the mum to be having to be half naked with a bare bump – which would no doubt make many expectant mums feel rather self-conscious and perhaps put them off.  I think it is wonderful to capture the beauty of the pregnancy and the changing shape of the mother without the need to show lots of skin.  If you are pregnant and not sure if you would be comfortable with a pregnancy shoot then perhaps a session like this one would suit you .. all images were taken outdoors near Olney in Buckinghamshire … I hope you like them.