Belle Bébés asks… Little People Portraits Skye

Whether you are a parent wanting beautiful pictures of your children, an amateur photographer looking to learn more about portrait photography or somebody who just likes to read an interesting interview accompanied by pretty pictures, these posts are for you…

The interview

Introduction:
I’m Rosie Woodhouse, an environmental portrait photographer based on the beautiful Isle of Skye. I specialise in creating beautiful photographs with children of all ages that capture the spirit of the child and the beauty of our landscape. I also love portrait shoots with adults and families and undertake a range of work from professional headshots to large commemorative and celebratory family and friend group shots. Recently I have begun to shoot weddings and I am in love with making portraits on a couple’s special day too. Based on the beautiful Isle of Skye, I am very happy to travel further afield. 

As an experienced landscape and portrait photographer, I spend many happy hours travelling around Skye searching for the best locations for great images and the best places to duck into for a coffee should the weather do its worst.

When and how did you fall in love with photography?
A member of an artistic family I have been photographing as long as I can remember. I was lucky to learn the basics of film SLR shooting and darkroom work editing while at school and have been a passionate photographer ever since.

How would you describe your photography style?
My style and my images are relaxed and about capturing the mood and the light of a moment. A friend recently said that my photographs “are all about the emotion”. I considered this to be the highest compliment my work could receive.

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How many portrait sessions do you shoot per year?
I shoot several portraits sessions a week and sometimes two per day if I have been slightly hampered by the glorious Skye weather. As a mum to two little people I am keen to retain a balance of working time… mostly I get this right!

Could you please share some details of a shoot you particularly enjoyed capturing?
My favourite is always the one I have just done – I am on such a high after a shoot – I love meeting with my clients and spending time making images with them.

What is your favourite age to photograph and why?
I have photographed people from a few days old to people in their nineties. My favourite thing is to see their personality/emotions of the moment burst out from the image.
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What difficulties, if any, have you come across with portrait photography and how do you cope with them?
Sometimes children are a little shy or parents a little tense. I am very chatty and usually able to make clients feel comfortable around me and the camera… if all else fails bubbles or chocolate bribes (at least for the parents!)

What advice would you give to parents that want you to photograph their little ones?
It’ll be fine! And please be in some of the photographs with your children. The photograph that inspires me most and is kept on my desk is one of me aged about 8 months old sitting on my mother’s knee. We’re not “smiling for the camera” – we are absorbed in being together. Now she is gone photographs are so important to remind you of that lifetime of love.

What camera(s) do you use for your portraiture work?
I work with a Canon 5D MkII.

And your favourite lenses?
I love my 50 mm 1.4 prime lens and the 70 – 200 mm lens.

Do you use any lighting equipment?
Yes, I often use off camera flash although more for wedding and adult portraiture than in location children’s photography.

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What advice would you give to wannabe portrait photographers?
Practice, practice. Really learn how to use your camera and learn about light, follow the work of photographers that you enjoy.

What has been your proudest moment as a photographer?
I am always proud to receive lovely feedback from my clients.

Out of all the photographs you have ever taken, which is your favourite and why?
A black and white of my daughter taken when she was about 18 months old. It gave me such a sense of feeling her and wanting to remember this moment into the future. I decided then to start Little People Portraits Skye.

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Just so we can find out a bit more about the person behind the lens, could you tell me 5 things you like that are completely unrelated to photography?

  • Baking.
  • Travel.
  • Music.
  • Art.
  • Walking with my dogs.

And 5 things you dislike?

  • Intolerance and prejudice.
  • Marzipan
  • The shortage of hours in the day
  • My inability to whistle

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What are your aspirations for the future, in photography or otherwise?
To continue growing my photography business and to always enjoy making images as much as I do now.

 Heart Debs

P.S. Don’t forget to check out this week’s fab competition!

Photographer Details:
Little People Portraits Skye website
Little People Portraits Skye blog
Contact Rosie

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