Festive family photos, over the years.

This is by far the fastest I have ever done a shoot, edited & published it as a blog EVER, as I only had the pleasure of photographing Nancy, William & Ruby on Sunday. But I am just so excited to share because for me, this felt more like a shoot for fun, & produced images that I would love to create if I was ‘shooting for me’, rather than ‘shooting for commission’. Although this was not the first time I’ve photographed them, this was actually the fifth time since I started my business in 2014. They were one of the first families I photographed when I was just starting out & I have now had the pleasure of photographing them as they grow into beautiful, beautiful young children. I actually gasped when they opened the door on Sunday as I think the last time was two/three years ago, & as we all know, children grow up so fast!

It obviously helps that they are all beautiful & live in a beautiful home but what also helps is that I am totally trusted by their parents who just leave me to it with the children. So it was so lovely exploring the house with Nancy, William & Ruby, swapping ideas & letting them choose some elements - like standing by the Christmas soldier! They are now all at the age where they can help me close curtains & move furniture - double plus! So it really was good team work! I loved just ‘playing’ without any restrictions or pressure. I said an idea & they would always be up for it. Although I did have to do a lot of convincing for them to cuddle each other - would you believe!

I feel that this story & these images show the importance of photography & how special it is to capture your children as much as possible. I went back & reviewed some of the images from a few years ago & it made me feel quite emotional, so as a parent I can only imagine! I have attached a few of the early photos at the bottom so you can see some examples over the years. Not only did it make me feel emotional for sentimental values, but also how far I have come in my business, & how much it means to me, to be trusted to capture such precious moments.

I really hope I will get to photograph Nancy, William & Ruby for as long as possible, I want it to be a lifelong project!

For now, I will leave you with the latest…

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Over the years….

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If you are interested in me photographing you & your family or your children, I am currently holding a Christmas offer of a 40% discount, if booked before December 23rd 2018! Get in touch to find out more.

Source: www.jessicaraphaelphotography.com

Relaxed & intimate family photography.

Shoots like this make me a very very happy photographer. This enquiry came in the middle of a very busy wedding season. The enquiry came all the way from Seattle where part of this family live, but who informed me they were coming to Warwickshire to celebrate a very special birthday with the rest of the family who live here. I knew this would be something lovely & intimate, & I was very excited to be able to photograph them as a family at this special time.

I turned up to the shoot practically like one of the family as I happened to be wearing the same colours & patterns, & we also discovered I went to the same school as most of them (just different times) - so it was definitely meant to be, but was down to good old Google how they found me - again, all the way from Seattle! 

Rob came along as my glamorous assistant & second shooter as you may have heard the saying, “never work with children & animals”, I knew there would be both, so thought I might need an extra pair of hands / entertainment! However you could say this backfired as the tiny dog hated Rob. Bringing Rob to most of my shoots is something we are seriously considering for the future. When we arrived at this gorgeous holiday home they were renting, we had a scope around the grounds & I knew I wanted to use the outdoor house 'porch' for some of the group photos as I felt it had an American vibe; however under the porch was a very heavy table & chairs, which of course Rob was there to help me move. This means I didn't have to disturb the family as they were finishing getting ready. This is just one example of why I love having 'an assistant', especially when it's someone I love ;-)

This was my ideal kind of family shoot. Not only because they were all PERFECTLY coordinated, but the fact it was one big family formed of little families. This meant I could take it in turns to photograph them in their own little groups & all together. It really broke up the time & made it a relaxing experience for everyone. Even though it included child tears, barking dogs & a dangerous slip on a bridge - we all had so much fun together & it was the most perfect working environment. I have been a wedding shooting / editing machine the past few months so it was a breath of fresh air being able to work in a way I want without any rush.

So if you are wondering my style & approach to family photography, this is the PERFECT example. I am looking forward to lots of family shoots in October, & if you are interested in me photographing your family - please don't hesitate to get in touch! :-)

This shoot came at the perfect time for me. It was just what I needed, to spend the morning stepping away from my screen & photographing in a way I adore, giving me a gentle reminder why I do what I do.

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Source: www.jessicaraphaelphotography.com

Flower Fields, Wick Pershore 2017.

I know! I haven't blogged in a month! BUT I have been super busy & so much has been happening, which I will save for another blog...

This is just a mini post as I wanted to share a few images from all the wonderful shoots I did in The Real Flower Confetti Company's flower fields in Wick this year (last week). After the couple of shoots I did last year I had a lot of enquiries about booking in, as this field is only open for one week every year in July. For this reason I decided to do mini shoots so I could get as many people in as possible. The only mistake I made was doing the majority of them in one day & that one day being the last day in the field, as it was ABSOLUTE MADNESS! However everyone was so lovely which made my job a lot easier than it should've been!

I am so pleased I was able to photograph so many lovely families & couples in this truly INCREDIBLE field. If you are interested in having a shoot here next year I shall post once I know dates & have all the information about what I shall be doing. It will probably be slightly different, but I certainly will be back again!!

Enjoy... ! x

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