A Real Family Portrait.

A Real Family Portrait

 

I may have mentioned a time or two that I’m a city girl. Love the city! Grew up in one and spent most of my adult life living in cities. We now live in the country. It’s beautiful, the big skies and fresh air. The rolling hills and the farm land. I’ve spent the last 3 years befriending and getting to know many of our local farmers. What amazing people. What an amazing life. It’s still so new and fascinating for me the commitment to their lifestyle. And they love it! It’s their passion and hobby and would have it no other way. I have huge admiration for our farming families.  

 

Every minute of their day is precious. Every minute accounted for. Getting dressed up and taking time out to have a photo taken is not often high on the list of priorities for a lot of the farming community (well…to be honest I’m speaking of the male variety here. Most Mothers would love updated photos of the family every year). 

 

I had always loved the idea of ‘Day in the life’ photo sessions. Where you spend the day with a family catching the ‘real’ stuff. Not the polished, everyone dressed nice and smiling stuff (note: I do love those sessions as well). But something about the rawness of a family appealed to me. I mean I’ve spent the last 10 years capturing my kids like that. Those are my favourite photos of them. The goofy, early morning, messy hair ones.  So why wasn’t I doing it for others? I was just unsure how to get the idea out there. 

 

A local lady contacted me to organise a photoshoot. Her Dad was turning 70 and they thought it would be a good time to document the kids with their Grandad. She did say straight away that her Mum and Dad were not camera people but they agreed on the photoshoot. As we chatted she talked about the farm where she grew up and could we do the photos there. I thought ‘here is my chance’. I put forward to her my idea. Could I come spend the day with everyone at the farm? Everyone can dress as they like, coveralls and welly boots? Yes, please! I’ll come and be a fly on the wall with Grandad and the grandkids. Show me a day on the farm. She agreed and thought it was a great idea. Her Dad would be more relaxed and I could capture the kids doing what they do when they visit Granny and Grandad! I loved it. It was a great day. The kids loved showing off what they do. The animals, the 4 wheelers. Grandad was in his element with his tractors and his Land Rovers. You could see the pride in his eyes as the kids did their chores and tended to the beasts. It was a great day and I can’t thank the people of Lost Farm and Home Farm enough for welcoming me into their home during lambing season! It’s a busy time of year! 

 

The album is complete now and they forever have a book of their family and their farms as they are now. In this time. It’s a real look at their lives. A real family portrait. 

Day in the Life
Day in the Life
Day in the Life
Day in the life
Day in the life
Day in the life

'Nail'ed it!

Conceptualised, Stylised and ‘Nail’ed it!

I’ve been desperate to work in a cheesy ‘pun’ into a blog for ages…finally! 

I was so very, very excited to be asked to photograph a styled shoot for Elizabeth at Elegant Nails and Beauty in Huntly! Liz was very keen to show off her amazing Nail-Art talent and enter a national Nail Competition with Professional Beauty Magazine.  

The theme for this competition was Mythical Creatures and wow did she and Co-Owner Julie impress! They conceptualised each theme down to hair pieces, clothing and jewellery! 

Liz and Julie had their nails pre-prepared, spending countless hours building and creating this ‘Art’ with acrylic and nail paint. Honing each nail to perfection using CND products and Crystal Parade

I arrived at their place of business first thing and already it was alive with activity! Demi MacGillvary arrived to fashion the models hair. She and the girls worked together to create and continuous theme for the Medusaand Pegasuslook. I couldn’t believe how quickly she achieved these looks! So much hair spray and back combing for the Pegasus and soft, seductive curls for the Medusa! 

Then Rebecca Jayne Anderson, who models as Medusa and is also a make-up artist, nail technician and beauty therapist at Elegant Nails started working her magic with the make-up. Time and time again I am in awe at the transformation of a face with make-up and brushes (and fish net stockings in this case). 

Once the models were ready we began the shoot. The set up was a simple beauty ring and reflectors. Together we worked through different poses to best show off the nails and keep in theme of each set-up. It was a fantastic day of creativity, inspiration and collaboration! Whilst the models aren’t technically ‘pros’ they handled themselves very well, taking direction and patiently working through our ideas!

Again, Liz and I collaborated through the editing process to create the exact look she was trying to achieve and stay within the strict contest rules for the competition! 

I loved every step of this process and found it satisfying as an artist to use the medium I love best to create not just a photo…but art! Here’s a few more photos from the day. Enjoy! 

 

 

Nail Art Photo session Pegasus

Nail Art Photo Session

Pegasus 

Nail Art Photo shoot Pegasus

Nail Art

Pegasus 

Nail Art Photo Shoot Medusa

Nail Art Photo Shoot

Medusa

Nail Art Photo Shoot Medusa

Nail Art Photo Shoot

Medusa

Can I be honest please?

Let’s have an honest moment please. I did not enjoy being pregnant. I felt exhausted, bloated like a flotation device that’s been over inflated and just generally blah. So, I am all about celebrating those Mama’s who are body confident and totally rock pregnancy! I wish I could have but alas, nope! I got a lot of:  ‘ohh…are you feeling ok, poor you’ comments rather than the ‘oh you’re glowing’ kind. 

The gorgeous Lynsey walked into my studio and I just knew it was going to be a good day! She was confident, beautiful and most importantly…relaxed and up for anything! 

Lynsey and I were also treated to the talented Tiffany Dawson of Tiffany Dawson Make-Up Artistry! Tiffany put a shout out online looking to do some maternity work for make-up and Lynsey was quite happy to be pampered. Tiffany created a natural, soft look that complimented Lynsey’s skin tones and the overall look we were trying to create. 

With Lynsey’s ‘face’ ready to go we started! Lysney was brilliant as I pulled out a lace over lay dress and a floral head piece. I’m sure not attire she’d wear every day but she gave me her trust and we had fun! We also created more traditional imagery in Lynsey’s own clothing of a stripy top and jeans.  As well as some natural looks without studio lighting for a softer, feminine look in her own burgundy maternity dress. I was happy as a pig-in-poo and really appreciated Lynsey’s patience whilst we tried different lighting, clothing changes and different concepts. 

To quote Lynsey: “I really wasn't sure how these would look but they've came out so good!! I am totally amazed at the results, the ones I thought I'd least like, I love the most!!”

Are you pregnant and unsure about a maternity session? Are you worried you’ll be confined to one style or look? Or perhaps you’re concerned you’re not at your best whilst pregnant (much like myself). To end as honestly as I began, I wish I had done a professional photography session whilst pregnant. I do have a few snaps but I have no doubt a pro would have made me feel and look beautiful. 

If you’d like to talk through what a maternity session could mean for you, please get in touch! I’m happy to walk through the process and how it will go on the day. I’m sure I can even get Tiffany to come do her awesomeness! 

 

 

 

Maternity Photo Session

Maternity Photo Session

Pregnancy Photo Shoot
Pregnancy Photo Shoot, Window Silhouette       

Pregnancy Photo Shoot, Window Silhouette 

 

 

Maternity Photo Session    

Maternity Photo Session