Rain’s in fashion

Sep-CoverThe Windmill on Wimbledon Common was the perfect location for our Elys AW17 fashion shoot. With long meadow grass and late summer sun light we were aiming for 70s retro vibe for this transitional season with it’s earthy tones, layering and cosy knits. Only a month’s worth of rain in 36 hours could have prevented this shoot from being utterly gorgeous, but not even that could hold back our crack team.

The opening shot was our priority, the rain satellite showed a ten minute break in the torrential rain so we geared up to nail this shot.

The iconic windmill looks majestic in it’s 200th year, dominating the landscape. The Windmill Museum have done an impressive job restoring the sales in time for this year’s bicentenary celebrations and we are extremely grateful to Asif Malik who generously hosted us for the day.

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ELSYS-SEPT-2017-44704It was bucketing down for the rest of the day so we had to ‘work’ with the rain, using the  tree canopy as a natural of umbrella. John took a killer shot of this vampy look which ended up as the opening shot for the story.

Luckily we were able to step back in time using the interior of the Windmill Museum. The original artefacts dating back to the working windmill were fascinating.

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The team were so up for every suggestion, traipsing through the mud and rain, or climbing onto the windmill roof. The original vision for the shoot inevitably changed due to the weather conditions but the final images have a super Autumnal feel, perfect for the September edition.

Thank you to my exceptional team:

  • Photographer: John McMurtrie
  • Model: Leticia Herod
  • Stylist: Helen Ford Canning
  • Assistant: Emily Mitchell
  • Hair: Sean Hanna
  • Makeup: Bare Mineral by Dee Vasey
  • Nanny: Veronika from Wimbledon Nannies*

*Renate from Wimbledon Nannies was amazing and found the perfect nanny for me for the day. The process was so easy, I was put in touch with Veronika so we could chat and meet up before the day. Veronika was brilliant on the day and just fitted in – nothing was a problem and my little 5 month old son thought she was ace.

How to direct a fashion shoot in the rain

Don’t panic, devise plan b in the day(s) before

  • Create a strong back-up plan and communicate with your team as early as possible
  • Find the nearest indoor locations either for shelter or alternative scenes
  • Send out your call sheet with weather forecast & instructions for wet weather gear
  • Be flexible with your story, either create a new one or work with your photographer to make the most of the conditions on the day

On the day

  • Wellies and spares for the model just in case
  • Bring plastic bags, see-through ones for camera equipment, black plastic for model to stand on if needed
  • Bring lots of golf umbrellas, you can’t have enough!
  • Keep the model under umbrellas until the second before shooting starts
  • If you have time do some practise shots with the umbrellas so you can get it just right for when the umbrellas disappear
  • Check live satellite weather conditions on your mobile for rain breaks
  • Keep the team focussed on the end goal
  • Hot drinks and bacon sandwiches to stop spirits being dampened





Pure Family photo shoot

The best thing about photo shoots at home is that your family can simply relax and play, and allow the spontaneous nature of your young family to shine through.

Using the setting of your own home, babies are comfortable and safe, and young children relax as they can be themselves. As a photographer, my job is to help you feel relaxed and enjoy yourselves. I often start by building trust with the children so they get used to my camera, whilst looking for opportunities to be creative, working with the personalities of your children and the things they like to do. Although many of us feel uncomfortable in front of the camera, the nature of the shoot means we often have some fun!

If you have an idea of what you’d most like to capture, we can work out what you want before we start; the intimacy of family cuddles, a series of fun and games, a more formal family portrait, or perhaps a series of other photos you’ve seen.

After the shoot I’ll send you a selection of images from which you can choose your top 10 images. You’ll then receive a set of high quality digital photos on a presentation cd that you can print or turn into a photo book. They are yours to use as you wish, and as many times as you’d like.

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Photoshoot: The Rivers family, 2013

Price £249
Includes a 2 hour photo shoot in your own home, 10 high resolution images (size 10″x8″) on a presentation cd

Many of the families I work with are in South West London, Wimbledon, Putney, Wandsworth, Kingston, Surrey, Clapham & Fulham. And in North London in Islington and Clerkenwell. Find out what they had to say after their photo shoot – read their testimonials.

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Baby & Mum photos

Baby & Mum shoot

Sylvia-Rose-basketA series of beautiful images of you and your baby, to look back on and cherish.

Mums often take loads of photos of their baby and family and don’t have a few special photos of themselves with their baby. A baby and mum shoot takes place in the comfort of your home.  Mums have been delighted with how much they enjoy the relaxed nature of a shoot.

A relaxed session usually takes around an hour,  and you receive 3 black & white high quality digital files on cd for you to print or use as you wish, and as many times as you wish!

Price £99
Includes a photo shoot in your own home and 3 black & white high resolution digital images (size 10″ x 8″) on a presentation cd.

(Colour is £50 extra)

Photo shoot: Mum Claire and Syvlia Rose, 5 weeks old


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Katie & Leo, 2013

A few precious moments of Mum and baby Leo, just four weeks old. Mum often takes all the photos in the house so new mum Katie was pleased to have a few of the two of them together. He looks so safe, warm and snuggly.

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Baby Arianna, 2012

What a cherub! Mum told me she didn’t have any photos of her little angel smiling, so I was delighted to capture this lovely little smile. These photos would make a lovely photo book album.


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True Bro-mance

There was a striking bro-mance between young Harrison and Jackson, they showed their love for each other like only brothers know how… there were kisses, cuddles and of course the odd punch!

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2 year old Jack was headlining the show on this shoot but big brother Harry couldn’t help but demonstrate his perfect modelling skills. Being older & wiser always helps.

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But keen to demonstrate his dinosaurs, Jack revealed his cute, excitable side, and stole the show with those amazing green eyes and gorgeous eyelashes. Lucky boy.

Looking after busy kids can be exhausting but they always seem to melt away the days trials and tribulations with some super-cute moment. I was privileged to catch this glimpse of Jack fast asleep and got a couple of minutes to capture his inner angel, which is brightest when he’s dreaming of his next adventure.

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These boys were great fun to photograph, they are so engaging, and with super-patient, hands-on parents helping out, it turned into a very happy shoot.

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Summerhill Farm

This shoot with my toddler had its challenges, in that toddler kind of way. Determined in what they want to do, but by offering some props and letting her decide what is going to happen, we had a ball on Summerhill Farm this summer. It was fun to photograph on Luella’s level, this not only meant getting down on all fours, sitting in goose poo and peeling a screaming toddler off a farm gate, but also enjoying her fascination with new objects, her exploration of the world and having the pleasure of watching her learn about at least three brand new things:

A new word: feather

A new game: rounding up geese into the barn

A new object: how to blow a whistle

With each new adventure come a range of toddler emotions, rather than avoid or try to control this and pretend my toddler is always smiling, I decided to capture some of the genuine emotions, these are just a few of those moments….

The hardest thing about this photo shoot was editing the images down to an acceptable amount, although Nanny and Grandpa might have to endure an unedited version, I’ll make sure their glasses are full.

Thanks to Alice and Ben at Summerhill Farm in Devon for providing this lovely sunny setting and a holiday we’ll never forget. I hope their geese have recovered from being herded by a 2 year old sheepdog on two legs. And if you’re interested the geese will be available for Christmas  from Abel & Cole, after seeing what a wonderful life they have, we’ll be ordering one for our dinner table this year.

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