When is a Portrait Not a Portrait? : When it’s a Documentary Portrait


So, you’re thinking of hiring a documentary wedding photographer because you prefer natural photographs over posed ones, and you also feel uncomfortable about the idea of a formal photo shoot. But you’d like a nice photograph of the two of you (and your children if you have any) together. I have the perfect solution for […]

The Number One Tip For Taking Better Photographs of Your Children

A young boy throws a ball into the air in the garden

  Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time in the company of young children will know that, once they have found a behaviour they enjoy, they’ll tend to repeat it over and over again. There’s a well-established theory from behavioural psychology which describes the idea of Schemas.  These are categories of repetitive behaviour that […]


A girl jumps on the sofa while a boy lies quietly face down on the floor

Sometimes I rather think that I’ve misnamed this business. I’m starting to wonder whether it should be called “Bedlam Photography”. Here’s something that you really don’t get in a photography studio: an authentic moment captured in a photograph. The girl is jumping on the sofa while the boy is calming from a mini-tantrum on the […]

Wedding Preparations

Wedding at the Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard in London

Why This Photo Matters I’ve always loved photographs where several things are happening at the same time. This adds a sense of motion to an image that is difficult to convey otherwise. Here’s a photo of wedding preparations happening at the Shangri-La hotel in The Shard in London. The bride is having make-up applied near […]

Dolls’ Shoe


3 Years 6 Months The previous Christmas we had sourced a magnificent Dolls’ House (plus mini-people) for our lad, cleverly thinking that we could encourage his imaginative play (as if we needed to do that). Inevitably, the house hasn’t had a lot of attention so far but when I did leave a pair of these […]



2 Years 0 Months Before he was aged around two-and-a-half, my son was unable to really communicate what his intention was in his creations. Most of the time I could only guess. I think that this one is pretty clear, however. The toy camel is from his nativity set and it is sitting on top […]

Musical Drawers


2 Years 0 Months The kitchen cupboard handles became home to a wide variety of toys as my son experimented with his “art”, particularly around this period of his life. This time it was a set of toddler-style musical instruments that were given the balancing treatment.