Posts featuring ‘natural family photography’

Sweet Scarlett

This beautiful newborn shoot from Kofo Baptist Photography is of the adorable Scarlett Havannah at just 11 days old!

Note: the following images should carry a ‘broody warning’! :)

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Awesome images courtesy of Kofo Baptist

Aren’t they just gorgeous?! For the full shoot (and plenty more!) head over to Kofo’s website.

Thank you so much for sharing, Kofo! :)

 Heart Verity

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A decorated bump

I have a lovely bump session to share with you today from Jade Langton Evans Photography on Thurstaston beach on the Wirral, Merseyside. I’ll let Jade do the ‘talking’… :)

I met up with Alison, Luke, little Jacob and baby bump on a beautiful day in May for their family bump session.
We couldn’t have picked a better day really for the beach. Alison and I had chatted over several emails discussing ideas and chatting about her family and special things to them as well as plans for the session and we were really excited about finally meeting up and having a lovely day capturing family memories.The aim was to capture the beauty of pregnancy. I had visualised Alison raised on a big rock on the beach with her bump out looking beautiful and really natural as well as capturing beautiful moments with her family. Alison and Luke still don’t know whether the baby is a boy or a girl and so they had little names for Jacob when he was younger peanut and the little baby inside Alisons tummy now is Pip, hence the painting fun at the end of the session :)

We met at Thurstaston beach on the Wirral. We first took some photographs right near to the beach where there was a lovely spot with lots of trees and pretty light which I thought would be great to get settling into the session nicely and give a lovely variation of backdrops.
When on a session I love to be able to capture the most natural moments, with love, emotion and happiness as well as the true story of the people I am photographing. In order to be able to show this within images you have to be able to connect with the clients on a personal level or images just don’t have that something special about them. This is really important to me and something I aim for in every session. I really get to know my clients beforehand and on the day, it helps me to understand how to capture them in this way.

I really enjoyed this session, it was so relaxed and a lovely day out!
I’ll let Alison tell you about how I work and show you the story of our day together:

Our photography session with Jade Langton Evans Photography was professional, fun and relaxed. We loved the different locations that were used to produce completely different types of photographs within the one session.

The session was easy to book and Jade contacted us beforehand to find out our ideas about what we would like to include in the sessions to make them more personal to us as a family.

Jade’s style of photography is of relaxed photographs of family moments with a natural backdrop. Jade doesn’t produce a static family photo. There is a story to her photography – it’s like she documents a family day out with the most beautiful of settings and a relaxed family atmosphere.

Jacob is quite a shy little boy and does take a while to warm to people. Jade took this in her stride and chatted to and played with Jacob to let him get used to her and what we were doing. She let Jacob do his own thing for a while and used her persuasive powers to encourage him to join in the session. Jade made things fun for Jacob so that he wanted to be involved in the photo session. We know that Jacob had a fun time as he didn’t stop talking about the noises that were made when he was throwing stones into the water!!!

For us adults, it was a little easier to encourage us to be involved! Jade guided us into the right positions for the shots and made suggestions about how to position ourselves, but overall the idea was to be natural and just allow Jade to find the right shot. Although some shots were slightly more posed then others, we were still being natural together as a family so it felt comfortable.

The only other photo session we have been involved in before was our wedding photos. Jade was much more relaxed in her approach and this allowed the photos to be more natural and less posed.

Having already seen Jade’s amazing photos from other sessions, we were very excited to see how our shots would turn out. Our photos were beautiful, elegant at times and told such a story of our afternoon. You can see the shy Jacob at the start and then the Jacob we know and love towards the end with his giggles and fun.

The family and couple photos are lovely – lots of cuddles with the bump being a big part of these shots.

Jacob loved being able to play about while we were taking the photos, especially colouring mummy’s tummy!!! This made it easier for us adults to relax into the session

I love the photos of mum and bump. They celebrate my pregnancy in such a beautiful way that will be so lovely to look back on in years to come.

Thank you Jade for these amazing memories!!!
Alison X

And thank you Jade from belle bébés for sharing these lovely images!

 Heart Verity

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Belle Bébés asks… Catarina Zimbarra

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

I am Catarina Zimbarra and since 2004 I’ve been documenting real life and real people. I’m a mother of a little girl, happy and so blessed to capture true moments of love.

Lisbon, Portugal

When and how did you fall in love with photography?
When I was a kid, I remember my Dad always with a camera in his hand, trying to capture true and unique family moments. Soon I realized I was as crazy about photography as he was, and then my Dad taught me everything I needed to know to start composing, shooting and enjoying life.

Have you had any formal training?
Yes. I had photography classes during my high school (it was an Art School) and then at University when I took my degree in Graphic Design. Over several years I learned with the best teachers/photographers, learning all the basic principals, dark room revelations and history. And I still want to learn more!

How would you describe your photography style?
I don’t want to say unique, but I need to say true. True to myself, capturing those special and inspiring moments of happiness that are so spontaneous in life. My style is definitely contemporary, fun and real.

What inspires your work?
Mostly love. I live among people in love. In love with their families, kids, wives, brothers etc and that unique connection is where I find inspiration to capture true moments. It’s so funny when in a photo session I realize I’m doing amazing photos due to my state of mind. And I’m happy because they’re happy. So, definitely, my clients help me to give them the best of me.

When did you first start out in portraiture photography?
Back in 2004, I started my wedding photography business and in 2007 I started my project with babies and families. I thought it would be amazing to be part of so many wonderful families and join them through life.

Where are you based and how far would you travel for a shoot?
I’m based in Lisbon, Portugal but I travel as far as a client asks me. I love to travel.

How many portrait sessions do you shoot per year?
Around 60 portrait sessions, including maternity, babies and kids.

Could you please share some details of a shoot you particularly enjoyed capturing?
It’s always nice to shoot families and babies, tiny ones. But I remember one particular shoot at the beach I love. Loved because it was a kid I’ve been photographing since his first year, because I just love his mother and their bond. And most of all because he’s really demanding and a challenge for me in every photo shoot. He’s so much energy and never stops for a second definitely he challenges my skills, and pushes me to the limit. And seeing the result of such difficult time with him, running, jumping around, it’s the most rewarding thing. Beautiful images captured with so much love and happiness. Those are truly moments of inspiration.

What would be your idea of a dream portraiture shoot?
I’ve never thought of that before, but I could say it would be fun to do a big family photo shoot inside Versailles. I just love that dramatic feeling. ;)

What is your favourite age to photograph and why?
Babies are so cute, but I’ll say 4 years old. When they could interact and talk with you and we both could enjoy fun moments together.

What advice would you give to parents that want you to photograph their little ones?
Let kids be themselves. Don’t ask them for smiles and formal poses. Don’t worry about perfect moments because the most perfect are the true ones that you want to keep forever.

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

And your favourite lenses?
50mm f.14, 16-35mm f2.8 and 85mm f1.8.

Do you use any lighting equipment?
No, I only use natural light.

What advice would you give to wannabe portrait photographers?
I think you should be true to you, to your heart and style. Don’t try to be someone you’re not because the most amazing photos and work comes out of your heart and inspiration. Of course you could be inspired by others but you really need to find your own style and talent.

What has been your proudest moment as a photographer?
I could say winning awards or big professional compliments… but I think I would say “where I’m today”. It’s not a “proudest moment” but it’s more like I’m proud of myself, my journey all these years and how much I’ve grown as a photographer and a person. And what makes me proud is knowing that I always have been true, studying hard trying to be better, giving the best for my clients. They are my inspiration and what I offer them makes be proud of myself

Out of all the photographs you have ever taken (professionally or otherwise), which is your favourite and why?
Oh, that’s the hardest question of all. I couldn’t pic just one but I could chose one from that photo shoot at the beach, (the hard one). Because of the challenge, I was running after him all the time, and seeing the result and the happiness of my client seeing his child like that…it’s priceless.

If you could capture anybody or anything on camera what would it be?
It would be amazing capture the first days of my grandchild. But for now, I stay with such precious moments of my One-Year-old girl :)

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?

Besides my family of course, I love:
Coffee with Pão de ló (A typical Portuguese cake made with lots of eggs)
Travel (long ones)
Sew and make craft things just for fun
All day at the beach

And 5 things you dislike?
Rainy days when I have a photo shoot
Changing smelly diapers
People yelling

What are your aspirations for the future, in photography or otherwise?
I know it’s a cliché saying I just want to be happy. Because I’m happy and I have a truly amazing life, but you always wants more. For me, it’s all about being recognized as a good photographer as also a good person. My aspirations are about growing as a photographer, doing what I love most in my country and abroad. It would be amazing if I could travel the world photographing happy families.

 Heart Verity

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