Jenny Smith Photography: Blog https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Jenny Smith Photography jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:22:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:22:00 GMT https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u537142813-o987396951-50.jpg Jenny Smith Photography: Blog https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog 120 120 Newborn and Toddler Gorgeousness - Muswell Hill family photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/10/newborn-and-toddler-gorgeousness---muswell-hill-family-photographer It has been a long time since I put anything up on my blog, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been crazy busy around here.  

I have made a promise to myself to get better at this blogging lark, starting with this gorgeous family I photographed over the summer.  The little baby girl was simply adorable and her big sister was one of the happiest children I have ever photographed.

Again, I was blessed with a beautiful house to photograph in and who can forget that long hot summer we had?  This meant that I had lovely light bouncing around the already light and bright home. Perfect for photography.  

The shot of the two sisters together was something of a surprise capture.  It was a race against time as Baby A was ready for a nap and was getting a little bit fidgety, but we managed to get a very calm and serene image in the end and I love it!

May absolutely favourite photo from the session is this first shot where little baby A stared directly into the lens, and just look at those eyes!

 

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This photo of her big sister makes me smile so much!  She was cracking up practically the whole time, a complete dream to photograph!

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography Newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/10/newborn-and-toddler-gorgeousness---muswell-hill-family-photographer Wed, 03 Oct 2018 16:58:02 GMT
I Can Feel the Vibe - modern school photography in North London https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/modern-school-photography-in-london For the last four years I've had the absolute pleasure of working with two schools in North London photographing all of the children, in different ways each time, for an end of year exhibition.

2017's theme was all about feeling the vibe so we decided to pose the kids with headphones and  had music blaring out during the shoot.  As you can imagine, the kids loved it.

This is the fourth year of working with the schools so the children are getting very used to seeing me around and posing in front of my camera.  In fact, many of them don't need any encouragement whatsoever, as soon as they come up to the backdrop they adopt the most incredible poses which makes me a very happy photographer indeed.  Not to mention that these children are among the coolest kids around - and incredibly polite to go with it.

I absolutely love working with them alongside the uber friendly and enthusiastic staff members.  It's easy to see why both schools have outstanding ofsted reports.

The thing I love most about this project is the way it gives the children such a boost to their self esteem.  Not only by having fun in front of the camera and making them feel special, but by seeing their image displayed at the end of year exhibition and showing them to their parents and carers.  It's a very proud moment for them.

A special shout out goes to headteacher Mr Flathers for his commitment to giving the children such varied creative experiences and the brainchild behind the whole project, to Stephanie Moritz who contacted me in the first place all those years ago, and to Michelle McDonald and Deputy Head Vicky Dawes for somehow managing to get 1400 primary school kids to turn up to their photography session on time.  Walkie Talkies are the best.

Here's a snap shot of what we managed to achieve last summer and here's to the next project in a few months time.

Other projects with this school can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) child photography school school photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/modern-school-photography-in-london Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:23:20 GMT
Baby Boy - Crouch End family photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/baby-boy---crouch-end-family-photographer So many sessions to catch up with here, starting with this beautiful little boy who I photographed a few months back now in Crouch End.

He was such an angel throughout the session, and has the most engaging eyes and expressions.  I absolutely loved photographing him. 

He's at that ideal age to photograph when they are easily entertained, can sit up on their own but crucially can't crawl off anywhere :]  The perfect combination.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/baby-boy---crouch-end-family-photographer Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:25:34 GMT
Newborn Lovliness - London newborn photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/newborn-lovliness---london-newborn-photographer I'm photographing a tiny little 9 day old baby tomorrow which has made me go over some previous newborn sessions.  This is a glimpse of some gorgeous little bundles I've had the privilege to photograph.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Newborn Photography baby photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/newborn-lovliness---london-newborn-photographer Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:39:14 GMT
Beautiful Sisters - family photography in Finchley https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/beautiful-girls---family-photography-in-finchley It's the second time I've photographed this family, once when their first daughter was born and again recently when daughter number two came along.

They live in a gorgeous house not far from me, and with both parents working in the design industry there were plenty of photogenic locations to use around their home.

As you can see, both girls are absolutely stunning and were so good in front of the camera that it really didn't feel like work at all.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/beautiful-girls---family-photography-in-finchley Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:24:21 GMT
Business Headshot - Muswell Hill business portraits https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/business-headshot I've been doing lots of business headshots lately, some for big corporate companies and other individual shoots like this one.

This is Nick Wallis, a journalist for ITV news and One Show reporter, who needed new photographs for his agent.  We wanted to capture slightly edgy images of Nick so I suggested we head up to Alexandra Palace where there are lots of interesting nooks and crannies to use.

It was a very sunny but freezing cold morning and we were a bit worried that Nick may end up looking a bit like Rudolph, but we needn't have worried and the images turned out great in the end. 

I must say, it really helps when your subject is used to being in front of a camera!

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Business Portraits https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/business-headshot Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:48:53 GMT
Slimming Together Fashion Shoot https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/fashion-photography This is the second time I've flown to Jersey to photograph the gorgeous Joanne Reid Rodrigues and her beautiful clients who have all managed to lose weight on her inspirational programme Slimming Together.

Joanne's business is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and she wanted to mark the occasion by getting her girls (and boy) all dressed up courtesy of Coast and treating them to a fashion shoot to show off their new figures. And don't they look fabulous!

As readers to my blog will know I love to work with natural light, and thankfully we had some good weather that weekend, which meant I could take the girls into the street behind the department store where we were based to get some lovely images. I was also able to take some lovely shots just inside De Grouchy department store in front of the large glass doors.

Even though I've only worked with Joanne on two occasions, I feel like I've known her all my life.  She's one of the warmest, most welcoming people I've ever met and along with her husband Zak, goes out of her way to make me feel at home and at ease.  It's no wonder that her business is such a success and why her clients absolutely adore her.

Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious and as you can see from these photographs, that energy shines through in her clients as well.  Calling them clients actually doesn't seem quite right, Joanne considers them all her friends (and vice versa) and when that happens in business you know you're onto a good thing.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Business Portraits https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/fashion-photography Mon, 12 Dec 2016 22:53:35 GMT
Happliy Ever After - portrait photography on the Island of Jersery https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/portrait-photography-jersey If there was a prize for the most loved up married couple, these two would win it hands down.

This is Joanne with her devoted husband Zak on the beautiful island of Jersey. 

Joanne runs a successful business called Slimming Together helping women and men to lose weight and in turn feel amazing about themselves.  A few weeks ago she flew me over to Jersey to photograph some of her incredible success stories.  She also needed some updated headshots of herself, and whilst I was there we managed to get some beautiful images of her with Zak.

I will share some photos of her clients later, but for now I just wanted to post a few shots which I think sum up Joanne's energy, her love of life and her unbreakable bond with the lovely Zak.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/portrait-photography-jersey Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:45:00 GMT
Muswell Hill Beauty - baby photography in North London https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/muswell-hill-baby-photography-north-london Oh my, if ever there was a baby to make you feel broody this is it. 

This little girl was so cute, with the most gorgeous smile.

I remember the day was a little bit gloomy so we set up really close to the window for most of the session.  That's not a problem with this age group as they're not crawling around yet so you can place them right in the good light.  I was also really lucky with this little thing as she was full of smiles and laughter watching her mum and dad goof around behind me.

Luckily the post had just arrived when I got there with some cute little headbands that her mum had ordered especially for the day.  Being the mother of one 9 year old boy, the opportunity to dress up a baby in pretty little accessories is a dream come true (I remember once putting a princess dress on my son when he was two and I still don't think he's forgiven me).

This is one of my favourite ages to photograph when the babies are able to lie on their tummies and hold themselves up - plus they're easily entertained.  The perfect photography session.

 

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/muswell-hill-baby-photography-north-london Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:01:23 GMT
A model shoot - Muswell Hill family photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/a-model-shoot---muswell-hill-family-photography This family recently booked me because they needed updated photographs for their model and talent agency.  Always a dream job for me because the kids know exactly how to behave and seem to have an innate knowledge of what makes a good shot.  And these boys were no exception.

In fact, I'd love to photograph them all again but without the model agency 'happy and smiley' brief as I just know that we'd get the most amazing set of images.

These boys actually go to the same school as my son and this is the third family from the school that I've photographed for their respective talent agencies, there are a lot of creative types floating around north London that's for sure.

Anyway, here's a selection of some of my favourite shots from the session which are also up on the Scallywags website.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/a-model-shoot---muswell-hill-family-photography Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:30:32 GMT
Cousins https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/cousins-photography This was such a lovely session, photographing these cousins altogether as a birthday present for their very glamorous grandmother.  It was so nice to see the rapport that these kids have with one another, even though they don't get together all that regularly. 

Usually the more children there are, the harder the session can be, but because they get on so well that wasn't the case here.  They were all really excited about the photo shoot and really sparked off each other which made for some lovely shots.

Such a cool bunch of kids with amazing personalities and an infectious sense of fun.  We had a great time running around the garden and posing in the newly decorated kitchen with that gorgeous grey wall.   A ready made natural light photography studio - perfect!

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/cousins-photography Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:53:44 GMT
Dog Photography North London - WOOF https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/dog-photographer-north-london Meet Bernie.  Possibly one of the cutest dogs I've ever met and had the pleasure to photograph. 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Pet photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/dog-photographer-north-london Mon, 07 Mar 2016 11:35:32 GMT
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You may remember in 2014 that I was booked by a fantastic school to photograph ALL of their pupils across two schools, for a special project they were doing to give the children confidence in their appearance. 

Well, over the summer last year I had the privilege to be invited back to do it all over again, but this time with a brand new theme. 

The school had the idea that they wanted the photographs to resemble album covers which got me really excited.

I suggested I photograph all the children on different coloured backdrops and incorporate their slogan for that year 'I Shine, We Shine' onto the photo to look like the album title. I would then have them all printed up in a square format to really finish the whole look off.  Thankfully they loved the idea and I couldn't wait to get started.

The children were all asked to bring in their own clothes to give the images some personality, and as each child came up I asked them to strike their best pop star pose. 

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again, these kids are incredible.  Fun, energetic and busting with personality, not to mention incredibly polite to go with it.  As I was setting up each morning I was inundated with children offering to help - which was a good job really as setting up this equipment really needed more than one pair of hands.  So many of the children thanked me for taking their photo and whenever I thanked them for helping me out I would always get a 'you're welcome' in reply.

Photographing around 1000 children in 4 days is no mean feat, especially when you're trying to get the children to pose in their own unique way so that all the photos look completely different.  Dealing with lots of different personalities, some outgoing, some shy, some jokers really keeps you on your toes, but it's the bit of my job that I really love.

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When the four days were over, and all the photos had been edited and printed, the schools held an exhibition in their halls for all the parents to come and see.  And best of all, the parents all got to take their child's photograph home with them.  Free of charge.

I'd like to say a big thank you to head teacher Mr Flathers, his project manager Stephanie Moritz and his phenomenal staff for yet again making me feel so welcome and for letting me be a part of such an incredible initiative.

My own school photographs from the 1970s look nothing like this by the way, since when did kids get so cool?

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) school photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/modern-school-photography Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:05:19 GMT
Fun at Alexandra Palace - Muswell Hill Portrait Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/alexandra-palace-portrait-photographer What a great family! 

I had such a good time chasing this little guy around Alexandra Palace a few weeks ago.  We started off at The Grove for a few woodland style photographs and then headed off to the palace itself for a bit more of an urban vibe. 

I couldn't be happier with how these images turned out, but to be fair it would be quite difficult to take a bad photograph of this little boy!  He was full of energy, smiles and laughter for the whole session and his mum and dad were just as much fun!  it really helps when the parents are relaxed and don't mind getting stuck in, the energy really rubs off on the kids and we end up with a set of images where everyone's personality really shine through.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/alexandra-palace-portrait-photographer Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:00:00 GMT
Sisters - Muswell Hill Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/muswell-hill-family-photographer I photographed this beautiful family three years ago, and one of the photos from that session quickly became one of my favourite shots that I've taken.  In fact, I use it on the front page of my website. 

So when they booked me again during the summer last year,  I already knew that I wanted to try and recreate that image with the same girl, three years on.  As it turned out, the parents had the same idea too.  And here it is, the before and after shot, isn't she stunning?

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This time there was a new addition to the family, another little sister and just as gorgeous as her two older siblings. 

The two older girls and I headed off upstairs when I arrived and spent a lot of time having fun running from one bedroom to another, singing songs, playing musical statues and generally being silly.  Then I spent some time with their baby sister who has the most gorgeous blue eyes that I've ever seen, before heading out into the garden for some more portraits.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable photography session and I couldn't be happier with how the images turned out.  

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/muswell-hill-family-photographer Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:28:42 GMT
A Pocket History https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/a-pocket-history A year ago I started photographing the contents of my then 7 year old son's pockets.  At the time I didn't think I'd still be photographing them a year later, but I became a little bit obsessed, and looked forward to seeing what gems I'd uncover when I turned out his pockets that evening.

Most of the time it was bits of litter that he'd picked up in the school playground, sometimes it was remnants of fabric from a school art class, and one time it was a couple of leaflets found in the cinema foyer with sketches of naked ladies on the cover.  Other times I turned out what seemed like an entire beach worth of pebbles and wondered how on earth he'd managed to cram them all in.

But it's probably the very first image, the one that started this whole project off that's my favourite.  A one stop shop into the mind of a 7 year old boy.  A few twigs, an empty packet of raisins, a piece of bark, a football card, a safety pin and the end of an old screw.

It's funny.  You wouldn't think that by looking at, what is essentially a load of litter, could provoke such lovely memories.  But they do. 

The BBC visitor pass reminds me of the day his dad took us on a tour of Radio 1 and of the pizza we had afterwards.  The old tag with the royal crest on was the day my mum and I took him on a brilliant tour of Buckingham Palace, the tags he saved were from a toy Corgie that his grandma bought for him which has had pride of place on his bed ever since.  The collection of autumn leaves were from a walk in the park, and of course those naked lady leaflets from a cinema party in East Finchley. 

Then there's the selection of Christmas present tags, one of which is from his grandad.  Little did we know back then that it would be our last Christmas together.  The punctured balloon reminds me of the hours spent playing tennis with it across the sofa in the living room and the selection of Match Attax cards takes me back to his oh-so-brief love affair with football. 

The packet of Smarties is a sad reminder of his grandad again who passed away a few weeks ago and who always had a stash of Smarties in his kitchen cupboard for him.  The Minion keyring was won for him by his cousin Sam during another fun holiday with the whole family at Centre Parcs.  The pink ticket is from a brilliant holiday to Lanzarote as are the red stones which he picked up during our tour of the volcano.  There's a small yellowy/brown stone towards the end which Lucas told me is a dragon's eye.  I love that stone.

So here it is, a year in the life of a 7 going on 8 year old's pockets, and a whole world of memories to go with it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/a-pocket-history Wed, 16 Dec 2015 19:45:00 GMT
Happy Kids - Berkshire family photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/berkshire-family-photographer I love this family. 

I've been photographing them since the big sister was born and it's been so lovely watching them grow up and change.  It's quite a privilege actually to be asked to document someone's children growing up and it's the bit about my job that I love the most.

It's hard to believe that this is the same girl as the newborn baby lying in her daddy's arms on my homepage - from brunette to blonde in a matter of months.

They're both full of energy and confidence which makes my job easy - it doesn't feel like work at all.  I especially love this first image, jumping on the bed. I think her face says it all.  I also love the expression on her brother's face in the following photo, such a little character.

You can see some of the other photo sessions I've done with these two HERE and HERE.  You can also see a few more from this shoot if you head to my Facebook page.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/berkshire-family-photographer Wed, 09 Dec 2015 17:25:45 GMT
Giddy Up - Highgate Family Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/highgate-family-photographer I can not tell you how much I enjoyed photographing this family. 

I met them over the summer but it's taken me a little while to get up to date with all my blogging.  When we booked the job we'd been having a run of very wet weather and it was touch and go as to whether this session would go ahead or not, but thankfully the rain gods were on our side that day and we ended up getting a really fantastic set of photographs.

We met at Waterlow Park in Highgate which is one of my favourite places in North London, and managed to get a really good variety of images using all the different places around the park. 

This adorable little boy was in a brilliant mood all morning, smiling, laughing and running around all over the place. This age group can sometimes be a bit tricky to sit still so I often ask the parents to bring along some kind of prop such as a ride-along toy, or scooter which acts as a great distraction for the kids and they remain still just about long enough for me to grab a few shots. 

These guys brought along his favourite teddy, a little chair and this FANTASTIC little rocking horse.  I just knew that it would make a great photo so I switched to my long lens and headed straight to the tall grass to capture this adorable image (which is part of a set of images with his horse).

His parents have very kindly let me share one picture from our session together and although it was really hard to choose just one, I think this has to be among my favourites.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/highgate-family-photographer Mon, 07 Dec 2015 19:11:34 GMT
Ups and Downs and Apple Chutney https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/autumn-photography It's been quite a year for my family.

I've still been photographing lots of lovely families but the extra things that go with running a business, the social media updates, the blog posts, and all the boring paperwork have very much been neglected.

At the beginning of this year my father-in-law, Adrian, was diagnosed with cancer.  Bile duct cancer to be precise, one of the rarest and most aggressive forms of cancer out there.  And so began a relentless cycle of doctors appointments, hospital visits, scans and tests in the hopes of delaying the spread of this hideous disease.

Adrian was a private man who suddenly found himself surrounded by doctors prodding, poking, examining and telling him all kinds of medical things that left us all feeling scared and confused.  But he always managed to remain positive and often talked about how much he was looking forward to feeling better again so he could tuck into one of my mum's Sunday roasts.

But sadly on the 24th September, a few short months after his diagnosis, Adrian passed away peacefully at Cransley Hospice in Kettering.

Adrian lived in a beautiful house in Northamptonshire surrounded by a stunning garden full of apple trees. Every year Adrian wanted us to take bags full of apples home with us (usually the slightly dodgy looking windfalls - he was a war baby after all) and I have so many lovely memories of playing in that garden with my son Lucas and husband Chris, and picking those apples together.

During this October half term, Lucas and I spent the morning picking apples in the garden and made lots of jars of apple chutney in his grandad's kitchen.  For the last few years my mum and I have run a Christmas craft market stall, and this year we're going to give the chutney away in return for donations to Cransley Hospice, which is full of the most caring and understanding staff you could possibly wish for. 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/autumn-photography Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:49:36 GMT
Cutness Personified https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/newborn-photography-crouch-end I posted some photos of this cuter than cute newborn a while ago on my Facebook page with the promise that I would put some more on here too, ooops.

Better late than never and hopefully worth waiting for.

This is the baby brother of a little boy who I have photographed three times previously.  In fact, one of the photos from his brother's newborn session two years ago has got to be one of my favourite photos that I've ever taken.  So, no pressure to deliver on this shoot then :)

Thankfully, his baby brother takes after him on the photogenic, well behaved baby front and we managed to get a lot of absolutely adorable images.

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And this little beauty is his big brother.  If you click HERE you will see some shots that we did last year including that favourite newborn photograph of mine that I mentioned earlier. 

I have now decided that it's impossible to take a bad photo of this family!

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Family Photography Newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/newborn-photography-crouch-end Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:31:14 GMT
Unique School Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/modern-school-photography Following on from my PREVIOUS POST about the exciting project I did for two London schools last year, here are some further images from Goldbeaters Primary School.

This building was very different from The Orion in that it's an older more traditional school, but it was just as photogenic with loads of different places, colours and textures to pose the kids in front of. 

I can't say how much I enjoyed photographing these children and relished the opportunity to take school photographs that, as a mum, I would want to have myself.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) school photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/modern-school-photography Wed, 06 May 2015 19:18:43 GMT
Newborn Newness - Islington Baby Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/newborn-photography I love photographing newborn babies.  They're so precious, tiny and delicate and only stay like this for a matter of days really.  This little one was just 6 days old, but just look at all that hair!

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/newborn-photography Mon, 04 May 2015 18:17:30 GMT
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Sometimes a job comes along that at first feels a little daunting, but ends up being one of the best things you've ever done.  This was one of those jobs.

Last summer I received an email from a school asking if I would consider photographing all of their pupils (650) for a special project they were doing called 'I Am Somebody'.  The idea behind the project was to photograph the kids wearing their own clothes and perhaps holding something that they felt represented them.  The head teacher spoke to me about how children are bombarded with beautiful and often false images of people in magazines, and he wanted to show his kids that they are beautiful and amazing just the way they are.  The photos were to be displayed in an exhibition at the end of term, and then all the parents were to be given the photograph as a gift from the school.  Amazing!

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The school initially asked me to take the photos in front of a plain backdrop, but this just isn't my style. So, I suggested that I photograph the kids around the school: in their classrooms, outside on the playing fields, in the corridors, anywhere and everywhere around the building that would make each photo feel totally unique.  Yes it may take a little longer, but I was convinced that the end result would be worth it.

The school (being very forward thinking and creative, not to mention their recent Outstanding Ofsted report) loved the idea and booked me up, and then asked me to photograph their sister school too. That's over 1000 children (that's where the daunting bit comes in).

And so, over the course of 6 days I photographed each and every child at The Orion Primary School, and Goldbeaters Primary school in Edgware and I have to say, I loved every minute of it. 

As I'm sure you remember, we had one of the best summers ever so we were able to get outside for lots of the shots, but I also photographed the children inside in their classrooms, standing on tables, jumping in the air and basically just having a really lovely time.  Being a mum, I simply took school photographs that I would love to have myself and I'm now considering offering my style of photography to other schools as an alternative to the standard white backdrop school portrait.

Both schools were very different which gave each one a different 'look' to their images. Orion is brand spanking new with white walls, large open spaces and a minimalistic feel in the classrooms, perfect for a natural light photographer like me!  Goldbeaters is the opposite but totally charming and bursting with character. They even had an old fashioned blackboard in one classroom which gave me the idea to get the kids to think of a word that represented them and we'd photograph them standing in front of it written on the board.  We did this with the year 6 students and it worked brilliantly.

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6 days later and I'd finished the job, over 1000 children had been photographed and all that was left was to get them printed and mounted ready for the exhibitions.

One of the proudest moments I've had as a photographer was walking into the two school halls and seeing hundreds of my photographs all displayed beautifully for the parents and children to see.  Watching the children run in and search for their photo, and then seeing their face light up when they'd found it was the best feeling in the world.

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To work with a school who will commission a photographer to produce a project like this and not charge their parents a single penny for the photographs is pretty unheard of, and one that I'd love to see other schools consider doing too.  The object was to boost the children's self esteem, to make them feel special and worthwhile and I'm very proud to say, mission accomplished.

So, thank you Orion Primary School and Goldbeaters Primary School for giving me this fantastic opportunity and allowing me to photograph some of the sparkiest, funniest and brightest children I've ever met. 

I have since been in to The Orion on a number of occasions to photograph various different events for them and it's been so nice to build this relationship with them.  They've now asked me to do this project all over again this year but with a brand new theme and quite frankly I can't wait to get started.

The images on this post are from The Orion Primary School.  Photographs from Goldbeaters Primary School can now be seen HERE.

You can see a lot more photos from The Orion HERE.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) school photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/unique-school-photography-london Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:17:43 GMT
Loo Brealey Portraits - Sherlock actress portraits https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/loo-brealey-portraits---sherlock-actress-portraits It was my utter pleasure to take new headshots recently for actress Loo Brealey, who plays Molly in Sherlock alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.  We met in Muswell Hill on a cold and dreary day but still managed to get a lovely variety of images, including a few in the local coffee shop where we went to warm up at the end.

This shot, one of my favourites, was used last weekend in the Sunday Times magazine, and can also be seen HERE on Red Online.  Another image will be used in the Evening Standard next week to promote her new project called Letters Live, a live show at the Freemason's Hall in Central London which will see her team up with Benedict Cumberbatch to read a series of letters alongside an array of other actors, musicians and public figures.

Loo and I have just completed a second shoot together which thankfully were all done inside, as yet again, it was a freezing cold day!

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/loo-brealey-portraits---sherlock-actress-portraits Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:00:42 GMT
Tuffnal Park Family Photography - Brotherly Love https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/cool-brother-photographs I guess there's a first time for everything, and this shoot certainly ticks that box. 

I've photographed hundreds of children over the years, all with their own amazing and unique personalities.  Some are shy, some can't stop laughing, some won't sit still, some refuse to smile (at first) and some are just born to pose.  But until now, I'd never actually photographed a child who was terrified of my camera.  But that's exactly what happened with the younger of these two brothers.

When I first arrived at their beautiful north London home he was full of beans, excited to see me and smiling from ear to ear.  The kind of dream reaction that any family photographer would want to get. 

When I arrive at any house for the first time I like to have a good look around to determine the best rooms to take the photographs in depending on the light.  I quite often get one of the children to show me around as they enjoy having a job to do and it gives me a chance to get to know them.  I did this with the older son, leaving the gorgeous, happy and excited younger brother downstairs for a short time.  Son number 1 was very keen to give me a tour and was in such a great mood himself that I actually ended up taking most of his portraits first.  He was a dream to photograph, laughing and joking all the time but also a great listener and really patient.  I absolutely love the photographs I captured of him, I think his personality really shines through.

It was now time to head downstairs to take his brother's individual shots, but the second he saw my camera he burst into tears.  He hated it.  In fact, he was terrified of it.  I've had children who have been a bit dubious about my camera in the past, and in those cases I just bide my time, show them pictures on the back of the camera, let them press a few buttons and it quickly calms them down.  But nothing was working here, he quite clearly never wanted to see my camera again.

But with the help of Mum and Dad, and using the the art of distraction, song and silly noises, I managed to whip my camera out in 2 second bursts to grab a cute expression here and there before rapidly hiding the camera again to prevent him getting upset.  It was probably quite comical to watch. 

The best thing of all is that he looks as cute as can be in the photographs.  To be honest, with a face like that it's hard to look anything but. He's simply stunning with those beautiful blue eyes and that gorgeous blonde curly hair.  I'm sure if I photograph them again he'll be fine, it was just one of those days and kids are always unpredictable.  It's one of the reasons I love my job so much.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/cool-brother-photographs Mon, 09 Mar 2015 20:51:17 GMT
Robert Newmark - business headshots https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/robert-newmark---business-headshots I had the pleasure of photographing Robert Newmark recently, owner of trendy bar and restaurant Beach Blanket Babylon and of the new grill house and cocktail lounge West 36.

You can read more about his new venture HERE and HERE both of which have used one of the photographs from this session.

Robert is a thoroughly charming man and lives in one of the most amazing houses I've ever set foot in, a photographer's dream.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Business Portraits https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/robert-newmark---business-headshots Mon, 16 Feb 2015 07:15:00 GMT
North London Baby Photography - How cute? https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/modern-toddler-photography--north-london Talk about cute. 

This toddler photography session in north London was booked just before Christmas as a surprise for this little girl's daddy, and what a perfect shoot it was too.  Such adorable expressions plus she had a wardrobe to die for! 

We had quite a laugh taking these first few shots on the bed because she really didn't want to wear the flower headband!  I think these were the only two photographs I got before she pulled it off her head. 

One of my favourite shots is the one outside in her pink coat.  I just love her expression and utter joy at being swung around by her mummy.  I also particularly love the cheeky little smile she's giving in the last photograph on the chair. 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/modern-toddler-photography--north-london Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:09:27 GMT
Brother and Sister - Berkshire Family photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/brother-and-sister-family-photography-in-berkshire I think this is the fourth time I've photographed this family and each time I've come away with what have become all time favourite shots of mine.  Two of which feature on the slideshow on my homepage - the wide eyed newborn baby lying in Dad's hand and the little girl running in the field (the same child btw).

They live in a stunning barn conversion in Berkshire with ample options for photography locations and even though it was quite a dull day this time, there was still sufficient light to get some lovely images.

Mum and Dad have a very cool looking bath in their bedroom, the perfect place to put little people who like to run off at any given moment.  I'm usually on the lookout for places where I can contain toddlers but that look photogenic at the same time.  This was the perfect solution and the kids loved being in there too.  

This first photograph is among my favourites purely because she is having the time of her life falling off the back of the sofa.  It almost makes me want to have a go at this myself.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/brother-and-sister-family-photography-in-berkshire Sun, 01 Feb 2015 18:19:59 GMT
Muswell Hill Family Photography - Fun in the Woods https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/woodland-famiy-photography This was one of those perfect days for photography.  I beautiful crisp winter's day where the low sun makes everything look more vibrant.

I've photographed this family a few times now and the photos are always a pleasure to edit because they're all just SO photogenic.  They're also a family who make me feel ever so slightly guilty because they always get the photos in frames and up on the wall almost straight away which I need to get much better at.  You'd think doing the job that I do that my house would be full of framed images, but I sometimes get so carried away with other people's photos that I forget to take the time to do my own.  I'm getting better though, I've managed to do three frames recently and I have more plans this year.

Anyway, back to this delightful family.  We started off at their home where I got some gorgeous pics of the kids laughing and joking around in the living room.  Because it was a lovely sunny day the giant mirror in the living room really bounced the light around beautifully and created a gorgeous backdrop.  We then headed out to Coldfall Woods in Muswell Hill which is when the crisp winter's day really came into its own.  There's nothing better than a sunny wood in the winter for photography.  I love the shapes the branches on the trees make in the background and as I said before, the low sun gives such a richness to the shots.

Here's a selection of some of my faves from the day.

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The way the light is bouncing off the mirror is just gorgeous!

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/woodland-famiy-photography Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:23:38 GMT
Muswell Hill Family Photographer - Let's Get Messy https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/quirky-family-photography Quirky family photography alert!

A few weeks ago I received an email that made me smile.  A family, who it turns out only live a few doors away, wanted to book me for a family photography session... with a twist.  They wanted to be cooking and they wanted to be messy.  Really messy.

It's the first time a family have asked for such a thing, but I'm wondering when people see these photos if I might start getting a few more requests.  Before the shoot I visited the house for a quick recce to make sure it would work for the shots I had in mind, and, with a bit of furniture removal it was perfect!  We positioned the large kitchen table in front of the french doors to maximise on the light and let the mayhem commence.

I'm a bit of a clean freak at home, so when the Dad started dusting the kids with icing sugar from a great height I started having mild palpitations imagining what the cleaning up process would be like, but from a photography point of view I was delighted because I knew the photos would be amazing. 

As you'll see from the images below, this session oozes personality.  The kids were absolutely loving making the cookies, they were excited about sitting on the kitchen table and they loved getting messy.  And the photos demonstrate this in spades!

The icing on the cake for me though (excuse the pun) was how the family have decided to display the images.  They have bought a multi aperture frame along with one of my print packages and have be displayed 28 images in one frame, grouped together.  I am SO pleased!  This shoot really needs to be displayed as a montage as the photos really tell a story when viewed together.

So, if you want to turn your house upside down and get messy too then give me a call!

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/quirky-family-photography Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:10:23 GMT
Highgate Baby Photographer - Baby Girl Portraits https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/little-girl---highgate-baby-photographer This lovely client has booked my newborn package which gives her three sessions across her daughter's first year;  this is session number two.  I love photographing this age group, they can sit up nicely but haven't mastered crawling so they tend to stay in the place where you put them...bliss.

I'm quite excited however that her mum has booked me for a bonus session in January to do a much more girly shoot which I'm really looking forward to.  I have a little boy, so the chance to spend an hour or two dressing up a little girl in pretty little things is quite an exciting prospect.

The first photo here is my favourite I think.  I just love the simplicity of it, and the gorgeous expression on her face.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/little-girl---highgate-baby-photographer Sat, 10 Jan 2015 19:47:03 GMT
Muswell Hill Family Photogapher - Gorgeous Girl https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/gorgeous-girl---muswell-hill-child-photogapher What a stunning little girl!  This was actually a shoot I did towards the end of the summer but never got round to posting it online. 

The mum contacted me to see if I could fit them in for a session ASAP before her little girl's first tooth fell out. Well, being a mum I know how important this is, and how you want to cherish those gorgeous little baby teeth, so I managed to fit her in before I went off on holiday. 

Luckily they live in Muswell Hill too so I didn't have far to travel and as it turned out, her sister-in-law was going to be at the house that day too with her little 4 year old daughter and also decided to book me, so we actually did two shoots in one day. 

Again, it was a great house for photography plus it was a lovely sunny day so we got lots of different shots both inside and outside.  Here are a few of my favourites although it was hard to narrow it down because she's just so photogenic.  I've just realised that most of my favourites happen to be with her mouth closed, but rest assured there were actually some shots in there with the precious baby teeth on show!

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/gorgeous-girl---muswell-hill-child-photogapher Wed, 07 Jan 2015 12:51:18 GMT
Thank You - Jenny Smith Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/thank-you---jenny-smith-photography What a year! 

I can't say thank you enough to all of my amazing clients who have made the last 12 months so enjoyable. 

I left my job in radio 7 years ago with a brand new baby and a dream of becoming a photographer.  When my maternity leave came to an end I had to make a choice, go back to my job in PR, earn a safe salary and hire someone else to look after my son, or try to turn my photography dream into a reality whilst remaining a full time mum.

Well, here I am and I have to say it was the easiest decision I have ever made.

Thank you and have a fantastic 2015! 

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Business Portraits Child Photography Family Photography Newborn Photography Teen Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/thank-you---jenny-smith-photography Sun, 04 Jan 2015 19:57:22 GMT
Where Does the Time Go? - Baby photography in North London https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/12/where-does-the-time-go---baby-photography-in-north-london Where on earth does the time go?  This family booked me 12 months ago to document their baby's first year and this is the final session! 

I absolutely love it when newborn clients decide to book me for the 12 months package because to me this is the year that their child will change the most!  They really do look like three different children and never again in their lives will such a transformation happen in a year.

I love all my clients, and I love all children but I have to say I have a real soft spot for this adorable little boy and the photos from all three sessions are among my favourites that I've ever taken.  At the end of this post I've included two photos from his first two sessions so you can see that the cuteness has been there from day one! 

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6 months ago he looked like this:

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And here he is when he was just a few days old - one of my all time favourite newborn photographs:

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/12/where-does-the-time-go---baby-photography-in-north-london Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:06:13 GMT
Sporty Headshot - West london Business Portrait Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/12/sporty-headshot---west-london-business-portrait-photographer This is Dan Henderson who came to me looking for some new headshots to help him build his career as a TV sports reporter.  He was recommended to me by the lovely celebrity agent Julia Champion having photographed a number of her clients in the past.

We needed to take photographs of Dan to reflect his career but still maintain a cool vibe and my first thought was to find a good looking spectator stand at a sporting venue. 

Well, this was harder than it sounds but we eventually stumbled upon the Linford Christie Stadium in West London which had just the thing.  Not only that, but we were able to make use of the running track which made for some very stylish looking shots with all the cool track markings in the background.

I particularly enjoy doing business headshots - I always talk to my clients beforehand to work out exactly what they need to convey in the images and then I taylor-make the session to fit.  It really keeps me on my toes and thinking creatively.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/12/sporty-headshot---west-london-business-portrait-photographer Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:37:30 GMT
Boys Boys Boys - Elstree Family Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/boys-boys-boys---elstree-family-photographer I have just one little boy at home, and even one little boy can be a handful at times.  But I'm going to stop saying things like that since photographing a family a few weeks ago who have 6 children under the age of 8, AND this wonderful family of four brothers who I photographed really recently.

Parents like this deserve a medal in my opinion and should be awarded one, like, every day!  I absolutely love photographing large families because each and every child is so different.  It really keeps me on my toes and I love getting to know them and working out what kind of approach to take with each child.  What will make one kid laugh their heads off will make another look at you with a completely blank expression - I love the challenge.

This family were an utter joy to work with and yet again I had the pleasure of photographing such polite children who listened carefully to my gentle instructions and did everything I asked with ease.  It's so lovely when I meet kids like that, and I can't tell you how much easier it makes my job.  I really couldn't be happier with this series of photos. 

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/boys-boys-boys---elstree-family-photographer Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:41:42 GMT
Simply Gorgeous - Kentish Town Family Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/simply-gorgeous---kentish-town-family-photographer This was one of those shoots that went well from start to finish thanks to the fantastic attitude of this gorgeous family.  The kids were so polite, fun and relaxed which made my job a breeze plus the house was to die for.  I really couldn't have asked for anything more.

I was told that a photographer used to live in this house and he used one of the rooms as his studio - I'm not surprised. It was one of the best houses that I've ever been to for a session with natural light flooding in from the huge windows in almost every room. Perfect conditions for a natural light photographer like myself.

Often when I arrive at a session the kids are very excited about getting their photos taken, and when this happens I like to get my camera out almost straight away before the novelty wears off.  This was one of those sessions and I couldn't be happier with the images we got - so relaxed and full of personality.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/simply-gorgeous---kentish-town-family-photographer Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:53:52 GMT
Crouch End Newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/crouch-end-newborn-photography Newborns!  Don't you just love them?  So tiny, delicate and sleepy, well, some of the time anyway. 

This little chap was so well behaved for the whole session so we were able to move him around into different positions and locations without too much trouble.  Plus, it was another stunning property with lovely window light and gorgeous furniture which always makes for a great set of photographs.

I'm always alarmed at how amazing (and awake) the mummies look when I turn up to photograph newborn babies.  I came across a photo of myself the other day when my own son was a few days old, and let me tell you, my image was a far cry from this glamourous mum.  Elasticated waistbands were my new best friend for several months after the birth. 

But anyway, back to this gorgeous family. I really was spoilt for choice as to where to photograph him;  every room was decorated to perfection with gorgeous colours and textures which I always look out for when I turn up for a home session.  I particularly loved the muted tones of the master bedroom where we did the majority of the photographs, this colour palette really suits a sleepy newborn image.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Family Photography Newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/crouch-end-newborn-photography Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:25:06 GMT
Highgate Baby Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/highgate-baby-photography This little baby girl was 6 weeks old, much older than my standard newborn photographs which I usually take within the first two weeks. 

The difference with this age group is simply that they are generally much harder to settle down and get into lovely curled up positions.  However, I'm happy to take them on as long as the parents know that the end result will be a bit different to my usual newborn images.  And by different, I don't mean worse.  In fact, the joy of photographing this age is that you get some lovely little smiles and a lot more character in their faces.

Anyway, with this session, we managed to get a few sleepy shots of her curled up on her own but my absolute favourite images were a series we took snuggled up with her mummy, skin to skin, one of which you can see here, so quiet and intimate.

These clients have booked me to document her first year, so the next time I'll meet her will be around the 6 month mark when she will be sitting up on her own. Then our last shoot together will be when she's running around and keeping me on my toes!  I can't wait.  

 

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/highgate-baby-photography Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:19:17 GMT
More Twins! Muswell Hill Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/more-twins-muswell-hill-family-photography Yes, more twins, the third set I've photographed this year.  A boy and a girl this time and a lovely family who are friends of mine. 

Their little boy is in the same class as my own son so we've known each other for the last three years.  I must say, this was one of the most enjoyable shoots I've ever done. These kids are incredible, not only are they super photogenic, but they have such great senses of humour that had me laughing practically the whole way through.

Ask any portrait photographer and I'm sure they'll tell you that photographing kids together can be something of a nightmare.  You can only prepare yourself so much, but if one child doesn't want to play ball then there's very little you can do.  Even if they DO play ball, it can still be hard to make sure both (or more) kids are looking at the camera, look reasonably happy and perhaps more importantly, look natural.  But I didn't have any trouble with this pair.  Just look at the first shot of them together.  They were born to do it!

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/more-twins-muswell-hill-family-photography Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:49:56 GMT
Cool Dude - Belsize Park Baby Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/cool-dude---belsize-park-baby-photography I know I might sound like a broken record here but, isn't he GORGEOUS? 

Honestly, he was amazing to photograph and with a face like that it was impossible to get a bad shot of him.  While I was there we had a very light hearted chat about child model agencies, but I seriously think this little man would get a lot of bookings.  Such a cute face and a really lovely nature, which I can only credit to his Mum and Dad who were such great company and created a lovely calm and chilled out atmosphere.

In fact his Mum and I had right good natter during the session as she works in PR, an industry I spent 10 years in before becoming a photographer.  It turned out we knew some of the same people and definitely shared the same kind of outlook in life.  It's so great when that happens.

 

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/cool-dude---belsize-park-baby-photography Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:07:26 GMT
USB Love - Photography Presentation https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/usb-love I'm a little bit in love with my new USB sticks and packaging. 

It took me a long time to decide on exactly which USB to buy, which box, the right kind of ribbon etc but to a packaging freak like me it was all part of the fun.

Many of my clients choose one of my digital file packages (which also include at least one enlargement photograph) and up until quite recently I used to present them on a CD, but times have changed, and many computers and laptops don't even have a CD drive anymore so it was time to move on and I'm thrilled with the results.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/usb-love Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:28:04 GMT
Hampstead Barmitzvah - North London Event Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/hampstead-barmitzvah I don't really photograph Barmitzvahs nowadays simply because I tend to focus on my family portraits and headshot work.  But, I can be persuaded, and this is one of those families who were too much fun to refuse.

I've worked with the mother of this handsome young chap before, when she and her business partner (also a client) booked me to photograph six dogs wearing their gorgeous handmade dog tags.  Well, talk about a funny shoot, I don't think I've ever laughed so hard on a job.

So I knew this Barmitzvah would be a good laugh, especially when she phoned me up to say she was coming to the party dressed as the mad hatter.  Dad is a self confessed serial poser too, absolutely hilarious and together with his wife made for some seriously good (and different) portraits. 

Here's a selection of photographs I took of the family prior to the party.  I think you'll see why I didn't mind being persuaded to take this job on!

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Family Photography Teen Photography event photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/hampstead-barmitzvah Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:48:27 GMT
Wimbledon Toddler - South London Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/wimbledon-toddler Look at this face! 

This little boy was a bundle of happy smiles and adorable 'serious' faces from the moment he woke up to the moment I left!  A complete dream to photograph. 

I took these photographs just as the World Cup was starting and excitement for England's first match was brewing.  Dad, who had treated his wife to the session for her birthday wasn't there that day, but being a football fan his wife wanted to get a funny shot of their son wearing England deely boppers. 

Hilariously their son had other ideas and no sooner had we put them on his head, he'd knocked them straight off again.  We finally got the shot thanks to a lot of distraction techniques and a loud rendition of Baa Baa Black Sheep (or what is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star... I can't quite remember now). 

Needless to say, a few days later England were knocked out of the World Cup so maybe he knew something we didn't!

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/wimbledon-toddler Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:32:44 GMT
Twins and Big Brother - Muswell Hill Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/twins-and-big-brother I love all my jobs but there's something quite exciting about photographing identical twins. 

Their mum wanted to get shots of her girls whilst they were still small babies as she'd missed out on getting some when they were newborns.  Babies who are a couple of months old can be a little bit tricky sometimes, they've come out of that newborn, flexible, sleepy stage and are much harder to pose without looking slumped plus these two hadn't quite managed the art of lying on their tummies.  But, by lying them on their backs close together we managed to get some beautiful photographs as the first image shows. 

However, the girls weren't in the very best of health the day I arrived so I suggested coming back a few weeks later to photograph them again.  This time they could hold their heads up on their tummies and so we managed to get a great set of shots of the two of them together.

Their brother was a different kettle of fish altogether.  Being a toddler, and a gorgeous one at that, he was a breeze to photograph.  So much fun, full of energy and just check out those beautiful blue eyes!  I just love the photo of him inside the toy bag, he found this absolutely hilarious which was good news for me as we got some brilliant and natural shots of him.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/twins-and-big-brother Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:08:50 GMT
Elizabeth Day, Author - South Bank Headshot Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/elizabeth-day-author---south-bank-headshot-photography This is Elizabeth Day, award winning journalist and author who wanted to get some updated photographs for her website.  I've been friends with Liz for many years now so I was super excited when she booked this session with me.

As you can see, Elizabeth is completely stunning with very soft features and hair to die for, so I had the idea of photographing her against an urban backdrop to bring a little bit of edge to the images.  Step forward the South Bank, one of my all time favourite locations for photography sessions.  It's bursting with colour and texture and was absolutely perfect for the type of shots I wanted to get.

There are more of her on my Facebook page so please do check it out via the link at the top of the page.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Business Portraits headshots https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/elizabeth-day-author---south-bank-headshot-photography Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:43:12 GMT
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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) baby photography newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/bless-you Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:03:51 GMT
Twins - Muswell Hill Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/twins---muswell-hill-family-photography Just look at these two.  They were the cutest little things ever and were in a great mood from the very start.  So much so that I just got my camera out immediately and starting snapping away.

This age group can vary so much mood wise. Some are really shy, some can be a bit grumpy, some are over excited, some are stubborn and refuse to acknowledge you (all part of the fun) but these twins were nothing but willing and happy the entire time.  I always feel so lucky when this happens as, being a mum myself, I'm more than used to all the previous adjectives!

This family live in a beautiful house with white washed walls and a lovely big garden, so I had plenty of gorgeous locations to use as I followed the little ones around.

One of the biggest challenges in my job is photographing children together.  Getting two or more children to not only sit together, but look at the camera at the same time whilst all smiling or looking cute (or rather, not pulling a silly face, blinking or crying) can be difficult to say the least.  But no such trouble with this pair, they were literally a dream come true from start to finish!

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/twins---muswell-hill-family-photography Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:19:54 GMT
Press Photo - Headshot Photography in London https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/press-photo---headshot-photography-in-london Here's one of my recent headshots that was used in the Sunday Post this week featuring Torie Campbell.  Always a pleasure to see my photographs in print.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Business Portraits https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/press-photo---headshot-photography-in-london Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:08:16 GMT
Cool Cars and Headshots - Business Portraits in London https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/peter-sellers As I always say on here, I love taking headshots and this job was no exception.  This is the gorgeous Torie Campbell, a TV presenter who does a lot of work in the motor racing industry.  So we decided to do the shoot at Mercedes Benz World to reflect her very cool job. 

Now, I have to confess that I'm not a car person, at all.  But this place was incredible and I'm actually thinking of going back with my son so that I can have an even better look around. It's an absolutely stunning building across three floors with some really beautiful cars to look at, and that's from someone who isn't interested in cars! The most exciting of which was a beautiful 1960s white convertible that belonged to Peter Sellers.

And even better than that, we were allowed to get in it! A huge thank you goes out to the lovely people at Mercedes Benz World for allowing that to happen.

The first photograph is my favourite. Torie's styling really suits the car and thanks to her natural ability in front of the camera we got this gorgeous, relaxed image.  Plus, thanks to a bit of cropping, you wouldn't know we were sitting in a car showroom.

My individual headshot packages include 8 high resolution images, so I thought I'd post 8 images on here to demonstrate the variety of shots that come with the package.  It's also worth noting that each headshot is completely bespoke to that particular client.  We'll have a chat beforehand to discuss what you need to convey in the photos and come up with a location to reflect that.  We usually do 2 or 3 outfit changes too to give some variety to the final images.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Business Portraits https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/peter-sellers Sun, 11 May 2014 13:37:20 GMT
Crouch End Cuteness https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/crouch-end-cuteness I photographed this family's first born when he was a similar age, and so I was delighted to get a call to photograph his little brother almost 6 years later. 

What I also love is that they decided to book me to photograph him on his own, without his big brother.  The reason I say that is, being a younger sibling myself, it's so often the case that there are hundreds of photos of the older brothers and sisters, and practically none of the subsequent children by themselves.  Well, not so with this little chap.

This family are NCT friends of mine and when I photographed their eldest son I'd literally just started out on my photography journey.  In fact, when I photographed him I think I still had every intention of going back to my PR job at Capital Radio, but the more little jobs I did during my maternity leave (I practiced on A LOT of friends), the more I thought I could turn it into a business.

The rest, as they say, is history.  I didn't go back to that job and slowly but surely I built my photography business and managed to be a full time mum at the same time.  The best decision I've ever made.  

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/crouch-end-cuteness Sat, 03 May 2014 10:45:22 GMT
Beautiful Headshot - Business Portraits in Muswell Hill https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/beautiful-headshot---business-portraits-in-muswell-hill This is the very talented playwright and journalist Clare Dwyer Hogg  who needed updated photographs for her work.  This probably goes without saying, but I love portrait photography, especially when the subject is a/ gorgeous and b/ a good friend. 

Clare won't mind me telling you that she was very nervous before our shoot.  She told me that she always feels uncomfortable in front of a camera and was unsure how to pose and look natural.  This is why, when I photograph headshots, I always show my clients their images on the back of the camera as we go along.  That way they can shout DELETE at anything they don't like, but also see what kind of pose works and why.

We started off in the very cool Owen's Food Store in Muswell Hill, North London which is a lovely bright cafe with some very photogenic tables and chairs.  A prop such as a good looking chair not only adds interest to a photograph but is great for a nervous client who is unsure what to do with their hands and may feel a bit awkward standing up at first.  It creates a lovely relaxed shot and can ease people into a session.

When we'd exhausted all possible locations inside the cafe (thank you Owen's for putting up with us), we popped outside to a little road just behind the cafe where there was a lovely brick wall to use as a backdrop. The light was perfect back there and because Clare had really started to relax and enjoy the shoot, we were getting some very natural looking images. 

Finally we walked up to Alexandra Palace because I wanted to take a few photographs with a completely different background.  When I take headshots I always try to give my clients a variety of looks to choose from, and the stunning green grass and row of trees at the park were the perfect contrast to the cafe and brick wall.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Business portraits headshots https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/beautiful-headshot---business-portraits-in-muswell-hill Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:21:39 GMT
Beautiful Baby Girl - Muswell Hill Newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/beautiful-girl---muswell-hill-newborn-photography There must be something in the water because there have been a LOT of newborns lately!  Not that I'm complaining when I get to cuddle tiny little babies for a living. And this gorgeous girl was simply too cute for words.

You may recognise the mummy as I posted photographs from her maternity session on here a few weeks ago. She had the most perfect pregnancy bump, and now she has the most perfect little baby too.

One of my biggest regrets is not booking a newborn session for my own baby. They only stay tiny and delicate like this for 2 or 3 weeks and it's such a shame not to capture it on camera to remind yourself of this fleeting moment. Of course I did actually take photos of him (through a bleary, sleep deprived haze), but I really should have booked another, more awake, photographer to freeze this moment in time for us.

Anyway, back to this little bundle.  This house is great for a photo shoot, beautiful light with stunning original windows, and the decor has a lovely peaceful vibe which works so well with newborns. 

 

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What can I say? I love photographing teeny tiny feet!

 

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There's nothing posed about this next shot, I walked in the room and spotted this reflection and snapped away, I love intimate moments like this one between mother and child. 

 

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This next shot is a favourite pose of mine.  Take a look at any of my newborn sessions and you'll see a photograph like this one.  I just love how tiny they look snuggled up in their Dad's hand and usually I take quite a few shots from different angles while they're there.  However, this is the ONLY 'hand shot' we got during this shoot due to a very wriggly baby, but I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out - she actually looks like she's smiling.  What a result!

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Family Photography Newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/beautiful-girl---muswell-hill-newborn-photography Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:21:17 GMT
South Bank Family Shoot - Central London Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/south-bank-family-shoot---central-london-family-photography Here's a shoot I did just before Christmas, the prints from which where were a present for these two kids' Grandma.  I love photographing older children as they tend to listen and do exactly what you say, heaven.  I also adore photographing down at the South Bank because it's packed full of interesting textures and colours that really help to make the images pop.

One of the most exciting things about this particular shoot was that the mum works at the South Bank Centre so we had access to a beautiful and very cool looking rooftop room with views over the Thames and the London Eye.  Absolutely stunning!

If you've never been, then I highly recommend a trip to the South Bank, it makes a great day out for the whole family with loads of fun and interesting activities to do.  The day I photographed these kids, there were giant snow globes which only snowed when you hopped on a bike and gave it some serious pedal power.  I used the bikes for some of the photos, which made a great prop for the kids to sit on.

Here's a selection of some of my favourite shots from the day.

 

 

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography Teen Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/south-bank-family-shoot---central-london-family-photography Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:51:41 GMT
Scrummy Little Newborn - Berkshire Newborn Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/scrummy-little-newborn---berkshire-newborn-photographer Oh my goodness, will you look at this little thing.  Talk about feeling broody.

This lovely family have booked me several times before, once to take maternity photographs, then I've photographed his big sister a couple of times and now this little bundle, can you see why I love my job?  They live in a stunning barn conversion in Berkshire so we always have lots of options as to where to take the photos, not to mention it just being a great place to hang out for a few hours!

This little baby weighed nearly 10 pounds when he was born which, if you don't know much about newborns, is big.  But so called 'big babies' still seem tiny to me.  All newborns regardless of their weight are so fragile and innocent with the most beautiful soft skin and delicate limbs.  Just adorable.

 

 

 

 

 

The next photo is one of my favourites, just look at his little smile. Plus, I took a similar one of his sister (although she was wide awake for hers) when she was born and it's so nice when you can replicate a shot like that.

 

 

And here is the photo of his sister (who, by the way, is completely blonde now).

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/scrummy-little-newborn---berkshire-newborn-photographer Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:36:01 GMT
Tips and Tricks - Photographing babies https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/tips-and-tricks---photographing-babies Tip #1 - Ready for your close up?

I get loads of people asking me for advice on how to photograph their children, some even asking if I would consider doing one-to-one training sessions. Well, I'm not sure how good a teacher I would make (ask my sister about the time I had to step in to teach English to some foreign exchange students), but what I can do is offer a few tricks of the trade to help you take better photos of your little ones. 

And the first tip I'm offering up to you is this.  Get in close.  And then get closer. So often I see snap shots of children and the photo was taken from such a distance that it's hard to even make out who they are, not to mention all the clutter that's surrounding them.  

You don't have to put your camera right into their faces, that may scare them a bit, but most point and shoot cameras have a zoom so use it to get a lovely tight shot of their beautiful little face.

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Every photo you take needn't be like this of course, you'd have a pretty monotonous photo album if you did, but getting in close really can make all the difference to a shot.

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Another great little tip for you that will really enhance your photo album is to take shots of the little everyday details. A photo doesn't always have to show a face as this picture of a little girl's first birthday party proves. Daisy Bday_236Daisy Bday_236

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Tips and Tricks https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/tips-and-tricks---photographing-babies Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:36:20 GMT
Before and After - North London Baby Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/before-and-after---north-london-baby-photographer I love my job!  And I think you only need to look at this photo to realise why.

These particular clients have booked me to document their little boy's first year - which means three shoots during the first twelve months or so.  I've just done shoot number two at seven months old, and the first shot was when he was just a few days old (incidentally it's one of my all time favourite photos that I've taken). I'll next see them all again when he's walking. 

Isn't he one of the cutest babies you've ever seen?  Around the six month mark is probably my favourite age to photograph - they're usually full of smiles and with the most scrumptious little chubby arms and legs.

I'll post more photos from this session shortly.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/before-and-after---north-london-baby-photographer Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:11:55 GMT
Perfectly Pregnant - North London Maternity Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/perfectly-pregnant---north-london-maternity-photographer In case you're wondering, THIS is what the perfect pregnancy bump looks like.  If you'd like to see the complete opposite of this then, for the right amount of chocolate, I may be tempted to show you what I looked like at this stage (think 3 stone heavier).  

This is a friend of mine who is due to give birth in just a few days time and I'm SO happy she decided to book me for these shots, doesn't she look amazing?  She used to be a model which certainly helped in terms of posing, but model or not, I think all pregnant women look absolutely incredible. 

Having been pregnant myself I have such a huge amount of respect and admiration for pregnant women, it's certainly a tough 9 months let me tell you!  But rest assured that all the heartburn (I drank my way through a giant bottle of Gaviscon a week), swollen ankles, sickness, excessive weight gain, pelvic pain, sleepless nights, utter exhaustion and back ache, pales into insignificance when you hold your little baby in your arms for the very first time. I'm welling up just thinking about it.

I was going for a natural and relaxed vibe with this shoot which I think has come across perfectly, plus I'm delighted that lovely Lauren the dog makes an appearance too.  The house was a great location for a photography session with beautiful light and interesting textures.  One of my favourite shots is the silhouette by the beautiful Edwardian front door, stunning.

I'm gradually building my maternity portfolio and will be launching a new gallery on my website shortly, so watch this space.

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THE ART OF THE SELFIE - LOOK FOR THE LIGHT https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/the-art-of-the-selfie---lesson-1 Who doesn't love a selfie?  I know I do.  In fact barely a week goes by when my phone isn't held up in front of my grinning face with my reluctant 6 year old clamped to my cheek.  

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And as more and more people are posting selfies on Facebook and Instagram and the like, I feel it's my duty as a photographer and fellow selfie lover to pass on some words of wisdom to elevate this humble art form to a whole new, more professional level.

This week I bring to your attention unexpected selfie fan, Snoop 'Doggy' Dogg.  As a young boy, the K9 monickered rapper dreamed of becoming a fireman and so couldn't believe his luck when he spotted some real life firefighters in his Melbourne hotel who had been called out on a false alarm.  

Quick as a flash, out came the camera phone and before they knew it two young firemen found themselves in the selfie of a lifetime, standing next to an international rap sensation and being posted online for over 2.5 million Instagram fans to see.  But imagine their crashing disappointment when they hastily checked Snoop's feed and found THIS waiting for them. Nothing to celebrate here Snoop, time to turn those thumbs upside down.

 

 

So here we go with selfie tip number one; look for the light.  And where is the light in this photo my selfie loving lovelies?  That's right, as we all grew up saying in panto, IT'S BEHIND YOU. If Snoop had simply turned around so that the natural light from the window was shining on their excited little faces instead of the hideous 'you've been Tangoed' orange hotel down-lights, we'd have ourselves a beautiful, internet worthy selfie which Craig's wife (or whatever his name is on the right) could justifiably show off to the girls without having to endure cries of 'rubbish, that's not Craig, as if Snoop would take a selfie with Craig, do you think we were born yesterday?'  

And with that, I leave you with this second disappointing Snoop selfie.  I know what you're thinking, poor old 'Craig' gets the raw end of the deal again, but perhaps more worrying is that, considering it's a selfie, said 'self' isn't actually visible.  

Altogether now...it's behind you!

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) selfies https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/the-art-of-the-selfie---lesson-1 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:03:48 GMT
Islington Corporate Headshot - North London Business Portraits https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/islington-corporate-headshot---north-london-business-portraits I photographed the very lovely property journalist Natasha Higgins last week who needed new photographs for her website.  She's also hoping to get more work in TV so these shots should help her to find representation. 

 

We needed to make sure that her specialism, property, was referenced in the photographs and so we started off in her mum's super stylish house in North London for some classy interior shots.  Then, after a quick outfit change, we took some by the front door much to the delight of the local builders!  Finally we headed off to another gorgeous looking street in Islington where I photograph Natasha with a row of houses sweeping off in the distance. 

 

Whilst we were there I spotted a very beautiful looking powder blue door which I knew would complement Natasha's outfit.  So, a quick knock on the door to get the all clear with the owner and we took a few shots there too.  The weather was on our side thankfully as it had been tipping down the day before, and I think the sun even peeped out for a very short time too.  I will be adding some of these photos to my Business Portrait gallery too. 

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Business Portraits corporate headshots' headshots" https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/islington-corporate-headshot---north-london-business-portraits Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:39:53 GMT
Chloe Hill Thomas Headshot https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/chloe-hill-thomas-headshot I photographed the very beautiful and charming Chloe Hill Thomas last week from Chocco Mallow Coco a gorgeous bespoke bakery in Henley on Thames.  We used her father's impressive house in Wokingham as our location and got a lovely variety of shots in and around the house.  Doing corporate or business headshots is very different from my family photography (as you can imagine), but just as enjoyable.  The main difference of course is working with one GROWN UP person who actually listens to what I say and will pose in any way I ask...heaven!  Having said that, I absolutely adore photographing kids, probably because they do the exact opposite and keep me on my toes!  Chloe is looking to make the move into TV and I think she'd be great on screen, so keep your eyes and ears open for this young lady, and remember where you saw her first.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Business Portraits Corporate Headshots Headshot https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/chloe-hill-thomas-headshot Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:47:58 GMT
DON'T TELL DADDY - MUSWELL HILL FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/dont-tell-daddy---muswell-hill-family-photographer Just before Christmas I had a call from a lovely lady who wanted to book me to take photographs of her children as a surprise present for her husband.  What a great idea I thought to myself as I frantically tried to come up with something inventive for my own husband!

 

The shoot couldn't have gone any better.  The weather was beautiful so we managed to get out to Alexandra Palace where I've done many a photography session before.  I love it up there, especially at this time of year when the leaves are on the ground and you get such beautiful winter sun. 

 

But the best thing about the photo shoot was the kids, of course.  They were GORGEOUS!  This age combination can sometimes prove to be a bit tricky especially when trying to get shots together, but not these two.  I just LOVE the first photo of big sister giving such a loving hug, and just look at his little face.  There are more of them on my Facebook page too.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/dont-tell-daddy---muswell-hill-family-photographer Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:46:57 GMT
Farewell Family Photography - Muswell Hill Family Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/farewell-family-photography---muswell-hill-family-photographer This gorgeous family, who I have photographed a few times before, wanted to book me for one last shoot before they jetted off to live in Hong Kong for a couple of years, lucky them!  Thankfully the sun was shining (although it was very cold) and we had a fun shoot around Alexandra Palace before heading back for a few more photographs in their very stylish flat. 

 

These children are adorable, very well behaved and loads of fun.  It's impossible not to take a good photograph of them.  The same goes for mum and dad come to think of it!

 

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/farewell-family-photography---muswell-hill-family-photographer Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:42:01 GMT
Sisters - Muswell Hill Family Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/sisters---muswell-hill-family-photographer I must get better at updating my blog!  I've been very busy recently with the run up to Christmas, with people wanting photographs to give as presents, but I will endeavour to be much better at posting in the new year.  In the meantime, here's a family that I photographed a few weeks back in Muswell Hill.  The weather wasn't supposed to be this sunny so what was intended as an indoors shoot became a bit of both and we got some beautiful photographs down at the local park as well.  Such a lovely family and what gorgeous little girls!

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography baby photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/sisters---muswell-hill-family-photographer Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:17:36 GMT
Muswell Hill Winter Sun - North London Family Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/muswell-hill-winter-sun---north-london-family-photographer If you're a regular visitor to my blog then you'll recognise this gorgeous family!  We had a great family photography session at Alexandra Park in North London a couple of weeks ago, and even though it was REALLY cold, the sun shone bright and we got some amazing shots.  Such a great family to work with, and very special friends too!  Check out my Facebook page to see some more of them.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/muswell-hill-winter-sun---north-london-family-photographer Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:56:25 GMT
Siblings - Central London Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/siblings---central-london-family-photography Look at this gorgeous lot!  They are my adorable little nieces and newphew who came to visit from Dublin during half term.  We spent most of the day in Regents Park in London which is looking particularly beautiful and autumnal right now, and of course, I took my camera along!  How could I resist the opportunity for a little family photography session? Especially as we don't get to see them very often.  I'm keen to use this park for more child photography sessions, especially while the leaves are looking so stunning.  

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/siblings---central-london-family-photography Fri, 08 Nov 2013 09:37:51 GMT
Business Portrait - North Finchley Corportate Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/business-portrait---north-finchley-corportate-photographer I had the pleasure of photographing Charles Howden from CPV Consulting last week who was after a brand new set of business portraits for his website and social media sites.  I'm really pleased with how these shots turned out getting a lovely variety of images using the very cool Arts Depot in North Finchley as our backdrop.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Corportate headshots business photography business portraits headshots https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/business-portrait---north-finchley-corportate-photographer Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:38:12 GMT
Thank You - North London Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/ThankYou Lots of photography sessions been happening and lots of fun jobs to look forward to - I'll be blogging them all as soon as things are edited. But in the meantime here's a glimpse at just some of the little people I've had the pleasure to photograph recently!

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Stylish Headshot - Central London Headshot Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/stylish-headshot---central-london-headshot-photography I had the pleasure of photographing the super cool Gillian Anderson Price in her equally cool antiques shop in Mayfair this week.  Gillian has done some TV work and needed updated photographs for her agent.  I love doing headshots, firstly it  makes a change from chasing little children around (which I also love believe it or not) but it's exciting turning up in a new place and making the best of different locations. I like to make my headshots unique, so you won't find me setting up a boring white backdrop, I'm always on the look out for interesting backgrounds that will enhance the final image.  And I couldn't have wished for a better background than this amazing shop. 

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) TV headshots business photography business portraits corporate portraits headshot https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/stylish-headshot---central-london-headshot-photography Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:03:43 GMT
Charity Auction - North London Family Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/charity-auction---north-london-family-photographer A while back I donated a family photography session to a charity auction for Macmillan Cancer Support.  And this is the family who won that prize.  I took them to my new favourite location, The South Bank, and we had a great time making use of all the amazing backgrounds that can be found down there. The skate park was a particular favourite - perfect for photographing three very cool boys. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The first set of postcards offering 50% off the price of a photography session have been distributed in Muswell Hill today.  You can find them at the beautiful organic baby clothing shop O Baby, Fagins toy shop and you will also find a few on the notice board in JoJo Maman Bebe.

 

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If you live in Muswell Hill, North London or close by keep your eyes peeled for my special offer postcards which will give you 50% off a photography session fee.  I will be distributing them in shops and playgroups in the area next week and will update my blog with some of the locations as I go along.  They are all numbered on  the back and one postcard entitles you to one half price photography session only.  A photography session covers my time taking and editing your photographs and an online viewing gallery.  It does not include any products or prints, but please do contact me if you would like a comprehensive price list.


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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/special-offer-postcards---muswell-hill-family-photographer Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:12:37 GMT
The Millbrook Cleaning Ladies - Northamptonshire Business Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/School-Photography I photographed all the staff at Millbrook Junior School in Kettering yesterday, and what a great day it was too. But the highlight for me was photographing this lot, the Millbrook cleaning ladies... by far the shot of the day and the best models I've had in ages.  Thanks ladies!

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Business Photography Business Portraits https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/School-Photography Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:28:57 GMT
A Model Family - Muswell Hill Family Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/a-model-family---muswell-hill-family-photographer This gorgeous family were a dream to photograph. Not only are they professional models (so they were one step ahead of me in terms of striking a pose), but they have such an amazing rapport with each other that it was hard to get anything but a perfect shot. 

We started off at their lovely home in Muswell Hill, and then headed up to Alexandra Palace also in Muswell Hill for some summery photographs in the park. Looking out of my window at the driving rain it's hard to imagine that these photographs were only take a couple of weeks ago, come back summer...please!

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/a-model-family---muswell-hill-family-photographer Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:57:44 GMT
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This is my most recent business portrait for the lovely Lisa Marley from The Cocoa Box who runs workshops in chocolate making and cupcake decorating!  Yum!  The shoot went really well and we got a lovely set of shots and had fun with a few baking based props, some of which I will post on my Facebook page later.  Lisa is also based in Muswell Hill, North London and because my kitchen is white and bright we decided to do the photography session there, so it really couldn't have been easier. 

 

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Mini Session https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/mini-session Here's one more from my family photography mini-sessions over the summer.  The photo shoots took place in The Grove which is part of Alexandra Park in Muswell Hill, North London.  It really is a lovely location for photography, especially when the sun shines (Muswell Hill is a great place for photography sessions, I feel very lucky to live here).  I met some lovely families that weekend, and this was one of them.  And just look at their gorgeous little girl!  She was a sweetheart to photograph and gave me some great expressions.  My mini-sessions were 20 minutes which may not sound very long but with little ones like this you can get a lovely variety of shots as they're always darting about doing different things.  I will be heading back to The Grove next week for another family photography session, I just hope the weather doesn't let us down!

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/mini-session Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:40:21 GMT
Blue Eyes - Muswell Hill Family Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/blue-eyes---muswell-hill-family-photographer I last photographed this little boy when he was a few weeks old and he's just as adorable as he was then!  This shoot was one of my North London photography mini sessions that I did in August, and thankfully the sun was shining, even though the forecast said otherwise. I hadn't done a mini session before so I wasn't sure how they would all go, but I needn't have worried as everything went to plan.  The families that I worked with were amazing, and our 20 minute photography session was just the right amount of time to get a lovely variety of shots.  I was very lucky to have some very happy little people to work with that weekend so the shoots flowed really well.  I'll definitely consider doing more mini-sessions next year.

 

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South Bank Fun - Central London Family Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/8/south-bank-fun---central-london-family-photographer Check out this cool little chap.  I've been photographing him every year since he was a tiny newborn and I really look forward to our sessions just to see how much he's grown.  Such a great family too. I took my own family to the South Bank for a recce of the area a little while ago, and this is the first proper shoot I've done there since.  I've got another one coming up in September here too which I'm really looking forward to. 



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Sisters - Muswell Hill Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/8/sisters---muswell-hill-family-photography I love photographing all kids, but especially when they belong to friends of mine.  And this was one of those shoots.  Aren't they gorgeous?  We had a great time taking these photos, and the girls were SO well behaved it's untrue.  Wish I could get my own son to pose like this.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/8/sisters---muswell-hill-family-photography Fri, 09 Aug 2013 10:21:19 GMT
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This is a shoot that I did for the lovely people at www.hashtagdogtag.co.uk who make gorgeous dog tags for man's best friend.  And what a good laugh we had too! It isn't easy getting a dog to pose let me tell you, but with such good looking pooches it was hard to get a bad shot.   

 

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Other Babies Are Available... https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/other-babies-are-available As the nation celebrates the arrival of the new future King, it seems like a good time to remind ourselves that every baby is a little prince or princess.  And just look at this gorgeous little thing.  She was an absolute joy to photograph and was in a lovely mood the whole time.  I'm looking forward to seeing the album that I've just designed for them when it arrives, along with a set of large frames.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) #silentsunday pet photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/silent-sunday Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:31:33 GMT
Brotherly Love - Muswell Hill Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/brotherly-love---muswell-hill-family-photography These two little boys are a joy to photograph!  Such good looking little things with amazing personalities thrown in for good measure.  It was very hard to select just a few photos for the blog as there were so many that I liked - so I have put a few different ones on my Facebook page too (see link in menu bar).  Can you see why I love being a family photographer?

 

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KITTENS! North London Pet Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/kittens Try to contain yourselves!  This has got to be the cutest job ever!  I have posted more to my Facebook page so be sure to check it out, and here are some others to make you go ahhhhh...

 

 

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Pretty Little Girl - Muswell Hill Baby Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/pretty-little-girl---muswell-hill-baby-photography What a pretty little thing this baby is!  I really enjoyed this photo shoot in Muswell Hill, North London; we got a lot of cute expressions, some lovely smiles and a set of gorgeous sleepy photos too.  The flat was very cool too with some great furniture and art work to use during the session (courtesy of a mum and dad who both work in the interiors business)!

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/pretty-little-girl---muswell-hill-baby-photography Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:56:53 GMT
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And this is how I've spent my time today!  More photos (without the tennis references) from this shoot will be posted shortly, one of THE cutest jobs I've ever done! x

 

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Summer Mini Sessions Announced https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/summer-mini-sessions-announced This summer I will be doing my first ever mini-sessions in a park in Muswell Hill. The aim of the sessions will be to give people a taster of what to expect when booking a shoot with me but at a very special price.  The price will include a 20 minute session, 5 high resolution images, a Facebook Timeline image, and an online gallery to share with family and friends.  Clients will also get the opportunity to  purchase extra images if they so wish.  All the details plus the terms and conditions are in the flyers below.  Please drop me a line if you are interested in booking a time slot.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography Teen Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/summer-mini-sessions-announced Thu, 04 Jul 2013 19:07:17 GMT
Beautiful Boy - West Hampstead Child Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/beautiful-boy---west-hampstead-child-photography Another great shoot with another lovely family in another gorgeous house!  This cute little boy really responded to his mum and I singing, so we spent most of the shoot reciting various nursery rhymes - only problem was that I kept forgetting the words so had to make do with humming the tune to keep his attention.  We photographed him around the house first, then all headed out to the local park and got some great shots of him running around in the fresh air.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/beautiful-boy---west-hampstead-child-photography Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:20:21 GMT
Clapham Newborn https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/clapham-newborn Have just photographed a gorgeous little 6 week old baby in Clapham.  Can't wait to share the pics once I've finished editing them.  It's going to be very hard to choose which ones to show as there are so many cute ones, and smiley ones too. Newborn shoots usually take up to 4 hours due to nappy changes, feeds and generally settling the babies down, but this little girl was on her best behaviour and I was finished in just over 2 which is almost unheard of.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/clapham-newborn Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:43:55 GMT
Batmitzvah Portraits - Stanmore Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/batmitzvah-portraits I photographed this family for their daughter's Bat Mitzvah back in January and this is the portrait session that they had included in the booking.  They are a lovely family and have such a great rapport with each other, which I think you can tell from these pics.  There are more of them on my FACEBOOK page so be sure to have a look and like and comment away!

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography Teen Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/batmitzvah-portraits Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:03:11 GMT
Newborn and Toddler... Bedfordshire Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/newborn-and-toddler-bedfordshire-family-photography This is the second time I've photographed this family, once when their son was born and now again for their second baby.  A girl this time.  They are such a lovely family and both babies were as good as gold each time I photographed them so Mum and Dad must be doing something right! 

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography Newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/newborn-and-toddler-bedfordshire-family-photography Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:15:40 GMT
The South Bank - Central London Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/the-south-bank---central-london-family-photography I had a great day out with my family last week at the South Bank, and used the opportunity to check out the area for future photography sessions.  I must say, I'm pretty pleased with the results.  I love the urban feel in the photos and using the city of London as a backdrop. Plus, the South Bank is full of interesting backgrounds to use.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/the-south-bank---central-london-family-photography Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:47:20 GMT
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Here's a sneak peek for the Mummy and Daddy of this gorgeous little thing!  And look, we got a smile!  I've really loved editing these shots, she's such a beautiful baby. x

 

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Just thought I'd try out this new template for my blog.  I think I like it! x

 

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Cool Little Girl - Northamptonshire Child Photographer https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/cool-little-girl---northamptonshire-child-photographer These shots were taken at Stanwick Lakes in Northamptonshire, a great spot for photography especially when the sun shines as it did on Sunday.  This beautiful little girl looked so cute in her denim dungarees and plaits!

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/cool-little-girl---northamptonshire-child-photographer Wed, 08 May 2013 10:06:08 GMT
Christening https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/christening I was very lucky to photograph a christening for one of my very best friends at the weekend. Her little boy has just turned one and he was so well behaved and seemed to really enjoy being tipped upside down and getting water splashed in his face! All I can say is that my job really comes into its own when I get to document special moments like this.

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And here is my favourite shot from after the service, I just love the energy and their excited faces!  These little cousins couldn't get enough of this swing, and kept wanting to go higher and higher!  At one point I think seven children managed to squeeze themselves onto it, I had to put the camera down at that point and do some serious supervising!

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/christening Thu, 25 Apr 2013 18:58:47 GMT
An interview with yours truly... https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/an-interview-with-yours-truly The lovely lovely people over at Handsome and Pretty have featured me on their creative blog this week which is very flattering!  Here's the link if you'd like to check it out - http://handsomeandpretty.wordpress.com/

 

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It's nearly time for my third shoot with this adorable little thing.  Mum and Dad booked my special newborn offer of three sessions during baby's first year for the price of two and she's now walking so it's time for our final shoot. There's nothing I enjoy more than watching my client's kids grow and knowing that I'm the lucky one to capture these memories for them.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/shes-walking Thu, 18 Apr 2013 08:06:23 GMT
Siblings - Watford Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/siblings---watford-family-photography This was such a lovely shoot on what was a horrible rainy day.  But luckily they had a lovely big white table right near a huge window so we were able to conduct most of the session from there.  This is the third time I've photographed this family, they have booked me for newborn shoots after the birth of each of their children.  Mum and Dad are good friends of ours too, so it's always nice to have a good catch up at the same time.  Their new baby boy is just adorable, but unfortunately he had a very sore tummy button so we were unable to get the lovely sleepy shot lying across Dad's arm which we managed to do with both the other two children. Such a shame, as they have enlargement prints framed in the living room of the other two in that pose, and they really wanted to complete the set.  We still managed to get some gorgeous photos of him, just not lying on his tummy.  The highlight of the whole session though has to be watching their little two year old having a caviar canape as a mid morning snack!  Priceless.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography Newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/siblings---watford-family-photography Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:24:35 GMT
Muswell Hill Family Shoot https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/muswell-hill-family-shoot Had a really fun morning with this family photographing them around their beautiful home in North London.  They're all very photogenic, and the daughter just loved to pose, so I couldn't have asked for more really.  There are more of them on my Facebook page, click HERE to see them.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/muswell-hill-family-shoot Sun, 24 Mar 2013 15:41:41 GMT
6 Days Old https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/6-days-old This gorgeous little thing is my cousin's baby and was just six days old when I photographed her.  Mind you, she weighed 9lb 4oz when she was born so my cousins' wife deserves some kind of medal for that!  They live in a beautiful house in Northamptonshire and this is baby number four!  The eldest two were at school, but I managed to get a few shots of their little sister who is absolutely stunning and a real character.  She also looks just like her brother and sister did at that age. There are a selection of colour shots from this shoot on my Facebook page, click here to see them.

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/6-days-old Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:30:09 GMT
Feeling Broody? https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/feeling-broody Have you ever seen a baby quite as cute as this before?  I love photographing newborns, but it's even better when they belong to a friend.  I had a really great shoot with this family in north London the other day, and the baby was so well behaved so we managed to get lots of different shots using all their cool furniture.  There are lots more on my Facebook page, just click here to view them.

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Gorgeous Girl - Finchely Baby Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/gorgeous-girl---finchely-baby-photography I have photographed this family twice now and it's been a pleasure each time.  Their daughters are adorable, and the house is absolutely perfect for a photography shoot.  They have some very cool furniture to use, and the mum is a very girly mum so her daughters have some super cute and very pretty clothes to wear which make for some beautiful photographs.  

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A quick sneak peek for the Mummy and Daddy of this adorable little baby girl.  This is her sister's dolly's cot, so you can imagine how small she is! I am really enjoying editing these shots, they are such a gorgeous family! x

 

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Stanwick Lakes - Northamptonshire Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/stanwick-lakes---northamptonshire-family-photography Had such a laugh chasing this little boy around Stanwick Lakes as he tried desperately to hide from the camera. I love the energy in these shots and his natural expressions, such a handsome chap.  He's the little boy of good friends of mine, so in between taking photos I was able to have a good catch up too.

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Albums https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/albums Here are some photos of my album and keepsake presentation box.  I'm so delighted with the lovely quality of these British made products, which I feel show my photographs off to their very best.  The lovely thick pages lie completely flat which means there is no loss of image in the middle.  I design the albums myself using photographs chosen by the client, but always work very closely with the client to make sure they end up with an album completely unique to them.

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Photogenic or what? https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/photogenic-or-what Such a photogenic boy and really good fun too.  And just look at the setting, doesn't get much better than this!

 

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Bat Mitzvah https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/bat-mitzvah This is the second Bat MItzvah I've shot for this lovely family and what a great night it was too.  I love these events, the service in the synagogue is so heartfelt and meaningful, and the parties always go off in a big way.  Really really good fun!  Here are some shots of the synagogue, and if you check out my Facebook page you will see some more in black and white.  I'm really looking forward to doing the family portraits in a few weeks time.  

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Bespoke Greetings Cards https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/12/bespoke-greetings-cards Alex THANK YOUFBjpgAlex THANK YOUFBjpg

 

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Fun Family - Clapham Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/12/fun-family---clapham-family-photography This was such a fun morning!  I love it when I turn up at a house and the kids are already full of smiles and enthusiasm!  It was a freezing cold day so we made full use of the rooms inside the house first, and braved the garden at the end for a few family shots. A big thank you to all of you for making this a really great shoot! Check out my Facebook page to see some black and white images from this session.  

 

 

 

 

 

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November Newborn https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/november-newborn Despite this being one of the darkest, foggiest days EVER this shoot couldn't really have gone any better.  The family were so lovely for a start and this gorgeous little baby was on his best behaviour, in fact, I don't think he cried once.  Thankfully towards the end of the shoot it started to brighten up so we took advantage and went outside for some lovely shots around the harbour and got some great ones down by the river with views of London in the distance.

 

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Teenage Dream https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/teenage-dream I love this girl!  These shots were taken over the summer but only just got round to posting them on my blog.  I love photographing teens, especially girls as they are so happy to pose!  And when the camera loves them this much, my job is all the more fun!

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Too Cute! https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/too-cute He's adorable isn't he?!  I just love photographing this age group.  They are so easily entertained and give you such amazing smiles and expressions, plus they stay in one place long enough to get a good shot.  This little boy is definitely one of my favourite models! So well behaved and just look at his little face!

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My Own Family Shoot https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/my-own-family-shoot I thought after doing so many shoots of other people's children, it was about time I photographed my own little boy!  So we set off to Queens Wood in Muswell Hill last weekend and did just that.  The weather was perfect and the trees were simply stunning giving such a gorgeous backdrop to the pictures.  This first shot is one of my favourites with the sunlight streaming through behind him, plus I love the model pose!


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'Tis The Season https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/tis-the-season I am now offering vouchers for that perfect Christmas gift.  Please drop me a line if you are interested and would like to know more jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk 

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Love This Baby! https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/love-this-baby I had the pleasure of photographing TV and Radio presenter, Richard Bacon's little baby last year, but never actually posted the photos on my blog. So here they are.  He was and still is the most gorgeous little thing - check out my Facebook page to see more of the little cutie.

 

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Sneak Peek https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/sneak-peek A sneak peek for the mummy and daddy of this little cutie!  Absolutely loved this shoot, and loved the house too.  Every room had a different wallpaper which gave me loads of different and funky backgrounds to choose from.  This one was a favourite! x

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Family Fun . . . Beaconsfield Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/family-fun-beaconsfield-family-photography What a great shoot this was.  I can not express how polite these boys were and how much fun we had, a really lovely family!  The little girl was much shier than her brothers, but she really warmed up at the end and we managed to get some stunning shots of her.  She has such an unique look with her curly blonde hair and perfect doll-like features!  Mum and Dad were so great too, all in all, the perfect session.

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/family-fun-beaconsfield-family-photography Sat, 13 Oct 2012 15:44:16 GMT
Simply Gorgeous! https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/simply-gorgeous What a stunning family, and such great fun too.  Had a lovely time photographing this family in Muswell Hill a few weeks ago, and look at the amazing weather we got!  We started off at home where I made use of their rustic looking steps leading down to the garden and the trampoline, then we headed off to Alexandra Palace park for some running around and ice cream.  Mum is Swedish and the children have inherited her beautiful Scandinavian looks, so gorgeous!

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/simply-gorgeous Thu, 11 Oct 2012 17:29:16 GMT
Brother and Sister . . . Muswell Hill Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/brother-and-sister-muswell-hill-family-photography The most adorable family EVER!  I've photographed these kids a few times now and they just get cuter by the day. We were blessed with such a beautiful day which meant that the light was great both inside and out.  I've also attached a pic of the very handsome Billy the cat!

 

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/brother-and-sister-muswell-hill-family-photography Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:52:44 GMT
10 Weeks Old . . . East Finchley Newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/welcome Welcome to my brand new blog where you will be able to see lots of my baby, child and family photographs.  My old blog can still be viewed by clicking here. And what better baby to launch this site than this little cutie.  He was 10 weeks old when I photographed him but still had such a newborn look to him.  In fact he weighed only a pound more at this session than my own son when he was born!  He was either wide awake or feeding for most of the 4 hours that I was with him, but just as I was packing my camera away he dropped off into a deep slumber and so I was able to get some gorgeous sleepy shots too.  Thanks to his lovely mummy for being so amazingly calm and relaxed during this shoot which enabled us to get a brilliant set of photos, oh and for having super strong arms when we photographed him sleeping in her hand!

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jenny@jennysmithphotography.co.uk (Jenny Smith Photography) Baby Photography Newborn Photography https://www.jennysmithphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/welcome Tue, 09 Oct 2012 12:47:15 GMT