Fun in the sun!

I love being outside, especially at this time of the year. While some days have been a little less summer and more monsoon season I was lucky enough to jump outside recently between rain showers and capture some wonderful photographs of Archie and Oliver.

The best thing about working outside for this photoshoot is that Oliver is on the Autistic spectrum. A photo shoot in the studio was just not going to work, I knew as soon as I met him that it would be a sensory overload. I am lucky enough to have had a lot of experience working with both children and adults who have Autism or Aspergers through my previous employment within the education system. As soon as we got outside and into the natural environment Oliver came into his own and began to calm down and interact with his environment.

The photo shoot was an absolute joy and as you can see from the photographs the boys were both lost in the moment!

The beauty within?

So often when I pick up my camera to photograph someone they immediately start to protest. When viewing photographs a client is more likely to pick fault with themselves rather than the quality of the image. It makes me feel sad when so many people want editing and air brushing. It makes me wonder what people are so scared of seeing and why some people can not even bare to look at an image themselves. What is it they are frightened of? What are they scared they will see? What do they not want to see?

I believe that everyone is beautiful and unique in their own right! We should embrace who we are and how we look. Yes, while we may not look like the images in magazines who determines that these are the ideal? We are constantly told from birth to see the beauty within, so why don’t we?

How many times have you looked in the mirror and criticised your reflection? Compare this to how many times you have looked in the mirror and said “wow! I look great! My hair has gone perfectly today.”?

Key Image Photographers focus on capturing the unique moment when people are completely relaxed. It’s a freeze framed moment in time. And I don’t care what the mirror says back to you, I believe that everyone has a beauty that needs to be freeze framed in time.

The images below have had no editing or digital retouching!

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What will your story say?

I always say that to be a good Wedding photographer you have to be good at telling a story, this can certainly be demonstrated in the photographs I took at Andy & Claire’s wedding.

The Ushers and Best Men were brilliant! They really got into the spirit of things and when they saw the two young bridesmaids having fun hiding under Claire’s spectacular dress they decided they wanted in on the action! I love the way they both look like naughty school boys.

Not only did the Ushers and Best Men play an important role by being in the photographs they were also brilliant at rounding the next set of guests up for the next shot! I really would have been lost without them.

When planning your wedding you naturally want your special day to go as smoothly and stress free as you can. My advice, not only do you need to pick your photographer wisely but it also helps if your bridesmaids and ushers are informed, not afraid to herd people and most of all have a loud voice!

Happy snapping!

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A spring in your step!

What a fantastic week we have had weather wise! Spring has definitely sprung and I couldn’t wait to get outside and take a few snaps of all the glorious colours this week!

Sometimes shooting into the light can give you some amazing affects and I love blurring out the background on a photograph to give the main subject more definition.

This time of year, with the longer days, sunshine and fabulous array of colours is perfect to have a natural and fun lifestyle photo shoot done with Key Image Photographers.

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An alternative view on life!

Sometimes in life it is easy to get bogged down in the moment and you can sometimes forget why you do the thing that you once loved to do! Well today I was lucky enough to have a wonderful reminder of why I love photography and my job as a photographer. That reminder came in the content and blissful form of my 5 year old Jack Russell, Poppy. While out on a much needed walk to ponder life and enjoy a moment of relaxation in the sunshine I captured the photographs below of my dog happy and content in her own space, just happy to be herself and to exist!
The cause of Poppy’s joy? A old, manky tennis ball that she had devotedly carried around all day. When capturing the photographs it reminded me of why I carry my heavy camera around with me and why I love my job as a photographer…for the bliss and joy of capturing that one small moment and being visually reminded of it for a lifetime to come.
So my heart felt thanks to Poppy for teaching me some more about life. Where is she right now? Snoring in her basket with her favourite tennis ball as a cushion for her head.
If you would like Key Image Photographers to follow you on a dog walk and capture your beloved pet relaxed and enjoying their natural surroundings please do not hesitate to contact me! It costs nothing to ask.

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A labour of love…

I love my job! I love every aspect of it! I love meeting new and interesting people and getting a unique glimpse into their lives. I love sharing their love for each other, be that a mother and daughter photo shoot or at a wedding. I love capturing those special moments of unique human connection. I love showing people the photographs I have taken and sharing my creative vision with them. I love that people are always spoilt for choice.
After people have gone home happy and glowing with love for their photo shoot I love creating their final product. I feel that this is just as important as the photo shoot as this is what people will look at for years to come and remember the happiness and joy they felt at that time. This is their memory of love for them to treasure forever! Most of all I love presenting my customers with their final labour of love for them to treasure for a lifetime to come!
I see myself not just as a photographer but as a creator. I recreate people’s happiest moments and if you think about it those happiest moments are always filled with love! So what a very special job I have.
If you would like to capture love or would like to give the gift of love to another please contact me. www.keyimagephotographers.co.uk

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