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Jenna & Jordan’s One Year Old Baby: Sneak Peek

October 1, 2013

This session was a little bit sad for me. Not only was it the last of Jenna’s sessions from her First Year Baby Package but it was the last family session I was going to attend before my own little family grows!

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraits

Jenna & Jordan are one of the nicest couples I’ve worked with and their little girl is just as adorable. This session, however, was a bit of a different story! Their daughter is usually the perfect model for me; very cooperative. This time, now that she’s amazingly fast on her feet, all she wants to do is run! 🙂 In case you haven’t worked it out; that makes it very hard work 😉 In my fat belly state, I can no longer move that quickly! I can barely walk at an average speed. Thankfully my Dad was on hand to do the photographing for this session. Thanks Dad.

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraits

I love her look in the photograph below; “Hmm, how long should I wait before I let them know that I want to run about?!”

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraits

Jordan brought along his other two children who were great at entertaining their youngest sibling, and keeping her still. We managed to get some lovely images for them, to complete the story of their first year.

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraits

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraits

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraits

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraits

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraits

Hopefully I won’t keep Jenna & Jordan waiting too long for the rest of their gallery. Thanks guys. You’ve been a joy to photograph over the past year – where has the time gone?? xx

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Last of The Summer Fruit

September 27, 2013

Goodbye Summer, it was nice while it lasted. Hello Autumn !

One of the delights of summer is the abundance of fresh fruit and also the ability to work on photographic studio projects outside, such as the one underneath.

For this project I took a series of photographs which I have christened ‘fruit splash’ . The inspiration for this, is that I am fascinated at the way photography can be used to see things that the human eye cannot. So, for example, at one end of the spectrum my earlier blog ‘The wonders of gravitational forces’ made use of very slow shutter speeds to capture the light trace made by a swinging torch. In contrast ‘Fruit splash’ is at the other end of the spectrum, utilising very fast shutter speeds to freeze a moment in time. These examples show the moment of impact when a fruit is dropped into water.

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For the sharp-eyed amongst you, this is a cherry tomato, which of course is a fruit, not a vegetable, since it supports the seeds for future growth. (ok I admit I had to look that one up).

Ever since my university days I have had a curiosity about scientific phenomena as to what really happens when events like the ones shown here, occur.

I can’t help noticing the similarity between these photographs and what happens when meteoroids hit planets, except of course with water being liquid, everything returns to the calm state prior to the collision. No remaining evidence of the collision exists after the event, unlike the craters left behind by meteor strikes. (For the scientifically curious a meteoroid becomes a meteor only when it enters the earth’s atmosphere and if there is anything left of it if & after it hits the earth it is then referred to as a meteorite. Yes and I had to look that one up also!)

I like the way fruit sometimes drags a little block of air with it and leaves that hollow cylindrical space behind in its wake.

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There is a difference between the way strawberries and tomatoes react when they drop into water but I will deal with that in my next blog on how these photographs were taken.

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As you may be aware I am a guest blogger standing in for Nikki whilst she produces her own little fruit which will be my grandaughter !

Jenny & Andy’s New Arrival: Sneak Peek

September 2, 2013

I can honestly say that Jenny and Andy have become good friends of mine since I photographed their wedding back in 2010.

Jenny and I have shared our pregnancy journeys and so I was delighted that they invited me into their home to photograph their beautiful new Bubba.

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Newborn Photographer

Ideally a newborn would peacefully sleep through the whole of their session (with a few stops for feeds) and I’d be in and out of there in approx 2-3 hours. Jenny & Andy’s little daughter had other plans! This little smirk is surely due to plan hatching…

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Newborn Photographer

Being just on the edge of the newborn portrait cutoff (14 days) she was a lot more alert and insisted on having one, if not two, eyes open for most of the session! This slowed down the whole session to a record-breaking 6 hours (I admit that a lot of this was Jenny and I having a good old natter while we waited for the little model to nod off to sleep again). I should also point out then I’m a lot slower at ‘floor work’ now that I’m the size of a hippo! Many thanks to Andy for running round for me, being my legs, while I stayed in my shooting position.

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Newborn Photographer

Shots that most people are expecting to see are the squidgy, curled up shots but until baby is soundly in the land of nod, posing is very limited!

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Newborn Photographer

However, we patiently waited, chatted, had lunch and every now and then were rewarded with a cooperating baby model.

Awww, how cute is she?

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Newborn Photographer

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Newborn Photographer

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Newborn Photographer

I am so excited for my little one to arrive and enjoy numerous playdates with Jenny & Andy’s beauty.

Thanks guys for your patience and hospitality through this long portrait session. I hope you will love the images as much as I do 🙂 She is beautiful. Congratulations; a job well done by you both 😀

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Newborn Photographer

Catherine & Steve’s Family Portrait: On Location – Sneak Peek

August 14, 2013

Last weekend, I carried out Catherine & Steve‘s final session of their Baby Package. The last few sessions have taken place in my home studio but this session we chose to make use of the good weather and all head outside for a location shoot.

Unfortunately I didn’t have an assistant for this shoot, so my growing bump was a little bit of a hindrance; I couldn’t run around quite fast enough after these three cheeky monkeys. So best to get Mum and Dad to keep firmly hold of them 😀

And tickle!

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraiture

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraiture

Photographing a family is always a challenge; especially a family of five or larger. You require everyone to be looking similar i.e. either all looking at camera or none (of course some rules are made to be broken) and no one to be blinking, have their tongue out, be mid conversation or looking under their dress!

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraiture

Not at all easy with little ones this young but I think we managed to capture some nice family photographs that they can cherish.

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraiture

I love photographing individuals, to bring out their own personalities.

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraiture

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraiture

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraiture

I also love capturing the different relationships and bonds within the family unit. These make great images to pass down to your child in years to come.

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraiture

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Family Portraiture

Thanks for looking 🙂

I’m Pregnant!! (Bump Sneak Peek)

August 13, 2013

In case you hadn’t caught on, from other mentions in previous blogs, I’m pregnant!! Scarily 31 weeks pregnant now!

My business took a bit of a battering at first as I suffered with really bad morning sickness for the first 4-5 months. A big thank you to all my wonderful clients who were so patient and understanding during that time.

Also a big thank you to my family and friends who helped, not only look after me, but maintain some aspects of my business for me.

As regular followers know, my Dad works for me as a second shooter. This weekend I booked him for my own Mini-Maternity portrait session.

I thought I would share a few of these images with you.

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Bump Portraits

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Bump Portraits

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Bump Portraits

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Bump Portraits

I would love to hear what you think 🙂

My baby is due in October, but do not fear, your family is still important to me and if you wish to book photography services, I will still be able to accommodate 😀

Kelly & Lee’s Little Boy: Sneak Peek

August 7, 2013

A few weekends ago, I once again met up with Kelly, Lee and their family in a nearby park.

For this session we were just concentrating on their youngest boy. He had changed immensely since the last time I saw him; so responsive and smiley 🙂

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Baby Portrait Photographer

He’s not yet sitting up unaided, so we were a little limited with positions to put him in but he cooperated with nearly everything we tried and kept his balance for a short time 🙂 (Don’t worry, Mum was very close to hand to stop him falling).

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Baby Portrait Photographer

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Baby Portrait Photographer

This session took on a slower pace for me than many recent sessions I’ve carried out. But a lot more of it happened at ground level – not ideal for me these days!!*

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Baby Portrait Photographer

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Baby Portrait Photographer

He is a gorgeous little boy; such beautiful, big eyes and the tiniest smile. Too cute!

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Baby Portrait Photographer

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Baby Portrait Photographer

*Once again, thank you my fabulous assistant, Wayne. Now that I’m in my third trimester, photographing little people has become a lot more of a challenge. I can’t move as quickly as I could and getting up and down off the floor is a slow, unladylike process! It was incredibly beneficial to have Wayne on hand. He was my donkey (carrying my heavy bags), my legs (whenever I needed to grab a change of kit or my bottle of water) and my crane (when I needed help getting to my feet again!). Thanks Wayne. 🙂

Angela & Robert’s Little Girl: Sneak Peek

August 5, 2013

Poor Angela has had to wait a long time for her portrait session due to my morning sickness taking over 4-5 months of my life at the beginning of the year! I hope that it was finally worth the wait for her 🙂

I met up with Angela and her little girl in a nearby Park, where they enjoyed sunshine, bubbles and cuddles.

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Children's Portrait Photographer

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Children's Portrait Photographer

You know the saying ‘never work with children or animals‘ well this was one of those portrait sessions* 🙂 Angela’s little girl is gorgeously beautiful and has a strong personality to match. I often hear people say ‘my little one would never sit still for a portrait session’ or ‘ my child would never cooperate’. It’s very rare that any toddler will and that’s my task, as a photographer, to work alongside that and get the most from a session. And to do so without pushing a child into feeling anxious or upset. I still make sure that fun is had, even if it means lowering the camera for a while. At the time it may feel like the session isn’t going the way it should (I’ve even had kids point this out to me!) but you’ll hopefully be pleased with the results we still achieve 🙂

Adorable when she smiles….

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Children's Portrait Photographer

Still beautiful when she doesn’t….

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Children's Portrait Photographer

Little girls, more than boys, know exactly what the ‘game‘ is all about. They know why that camera is pointing at them and no amount of distraction or bribery tactics will make them forget that. Little boys; a lot easier to distract! 😉

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Children's Portrait Photographer

Angela had a few photo ideas in mind but generally wanted me to capture an image suitable for a large wall print. With this in mind, I made use of the scenery but also couldn’t resist some classic close-ups; my favourite!

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Children's Portrait Photographer

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Children's Portrait Photographer

Angela’s twin sister and family were also present at this session, so I couldn’t resist capturing a few images of their little boy too…

Nikki Waterlow Photography: Children's Portrait Photographer

Keep an eye out on Facebook for announcements regarding their online gallery,

*Now in my third trimester, photographing toddlers has become a lot more of a challenge. I can’t move as quickly as I could; to run after them or to get up and down off the floor (so that I’m at their height) before they are on the move again. I could not have done this shoot half as well, had it not been for my assistant, Wayne. He was my donkey (carrying my heavy bags), my legs (whenever I needed to grab a change of kit or my bottle of water) and my crane (when I needed help getting to my feet again!). Thanks Wayne. 🙂