2016 has been incredible, we owe a thank you to so many people. It has been our busiest year to date and has given us so many opportunities! We thought it would only be fitting to round up the year with a look over some of our favourite images from 2016.
We had lots of requests for images that we had never tried before. Above is a perfect example of this The family had a very clear idea of the image they wanted, and we only had everyone in the same country for one more day to pull off the perfect image! (no pressure..). I loved every minute of the shoot, and love the final results even more.
Ok, we all know I'm a geek at heart, but that's not the only reason that this image set made it on the list! Earlier this year we were lucky enough to work with TayFM and Cash For Kids when we put together our superhero mini sessions day. Free mini shoots for everyone with a suggested donation going to charity. We also decided that every print order should 100% go to charity too, and with this in mind, we covered the production cost of every order so that the full amount paid by every person went straight to the charity. From one day of shoots we managed to make over £500 for Cash For Kids and we know what a difference this will have made to kids in the local area.
We also got to meet lots of mini heroes, play with superhero costume and have a great excuse for stickers and silly games!! Ahem... I mean, we work super hard at the studio... honest!
Everyone knows we love having newborns in the studio. It is by far my favourite session to do and I would happily be a newborn-only photographer for the rest of my life. This year we have been working heavily on our newborn sessions with countless workshops. During the shoots I have also been aiming to bring parent and baby images into the mix more, with a special soft spot for dad and baby images!
I would gladly build a second home just so I had enough space lots of dogs, I'm not even kidding! But when Harley was booked in for some pet portrait shots I think I fell in love that little bit extra. Cuteness just dosn't cover it!
While most sessions are studio based it was lovely to get out and about this summer and have sum fun on location. The image above is from one of my favourite location sessions of the year, full of family races, sandcastle building, playing in the sand, the water and we even got the family dog involved too! After a spring in the studio it as a fantastic session to remind me of the fun of outdoor shoots.
It has been a year of super fun mini sessions and having plenty opportunities to let kids imaginations flourish in the studio. I loved how much all the kids enjoyed this years mini sessions and can't wait to build on this even further next year.
Over the year we have been investing a lot in handmade and bespoke props for the studio, the image above is one of my favourites as it was the first session we used our handmade moon prop which fitted perfectly with the starry night sky backdrop.
As the year drew to a close we worked with multiple nurseries for their yearly and christmas photos. Rather than charge a fee to each playgroup and nusery we photographed all of them with no fee, and instead donated over £250 back to the Playgroups and Nurseries that we worked with. It was lovely hearing how each nursery used the funds, with one using it to buy every child at the nursery a christmas gift.
This image sums up the connection between baby and dad that I have been very keen to capture this year. As a dad and newborn photographer I always see lots of lovely mum and baby images but I absolutely love getting dad involved and capturing a bond that isn't documented as often in newborn portraiture.
My last favourite image of the year is special because it captures some very rare time off. As a business owner I pour every day I can into my work, but I always try to take time out for my little girl as often as possible. Its always a tough balance to strike but looking back at images like this from days off remind me to work hard and enjoy the moments of rest in between.