Confining your precious family photographs in the digital dungeon that is your computer makes no sense.  And restricting them to your mobile is just mean – it is so small, how can they even breathe in there?

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Photographs are your history, your memories.  They should be out in the light, on your walls where they can breathe and be a part of the family.  They should be in beautiful albums that can be taken out to visit friends and relatives, or paged through during quiet time.  Photographs should wrap you in memories like a big, cuddly blanket.

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Portrait photography used to be so different from how we do it these days.  It used to be about getting smartly dressed and behaving properly in a portrait studio.  Everyone was posed and asked to smile endlessly until even the parents felt like squirming and whining.  I’m not talking about that many years ago either.  So much fun.  Like everything else technology has given us the freedom to get outdoors and move at a much faster pace.  These days only fitness levels prevent a good photographer from keeping up with the kids.  In fact, I strongly recommend taking up family photography if you’re looking for regular cardio workouts without going to the gym.  Now we just get out there, we have fun and let personalities shine.

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Of course it is lovely to have beautiful memories close to hand.  Every parent wants to show photographs of their gorgeous children to friends and family…and sometimes even strangers.  I give my photography clients their very own personalised app to download to their phone.  It is an easy to use digital album of their favourite photographs from their photo shoot.  They love the beautiful, high quality photographs perfectly suited to digital display.

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Get great family photos and let them out!  #FreeThePhotos

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Horsham Family Photography

I first met Rob and Jen five years ago when they were looking for a wedding photographer.  Their wedding was such a good day and yesterday was their fourth wedding anniversary.  Congratulations to an awesome couple!

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Time flew by and I next saw them when they came to my studio when George was born and then again when Oliver was born.  So, it was truly amazing to spend time again with them all last week.

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We were unbelievably lucky with the weather – absolutely perfect.  We met at Warnham Local Nature Reserve near Horsham, West Sussex, and spent 1.5 hours walking around, having fun and generally wearing ourselves out.  Oh, and in between we created beautiful family memories.

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I’d never been to Warnham before – it was one of Jen’s suggestions as they are Horsham locals and the boys love the nature reserve.  I Google Earthed her suggestions (gotta love technology!) and chose Warnham Local Nature Reserve, because it offered so many great opportunities for beautiful family photography.  I figured out where in the nature reserve would be best for their family photo shoot and, as always, I arrived early to wander around and plan our route.  I feel that if a shoot is well planned everyone is relaxed and there is an easy, natural rhythm that comes about.

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When I saw on the Warnham Local Nature Reserve website that there were a few bird hides, I knew exactly the photograph I wanted to get.  Fortunately, being the end of the day, the hide was empty as most of the bird watchers had packed up for the day.  And, ta-da, it worked out just as I planned!

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Things must be climbed and fields must be explored.  That’s what childhood is all about.

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From the moment I saw the boardwalk on the website, I couldn’t wait to get them all onto this stretch.  It was an ideal for photography…and great fun for the boys too!

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Late afternoon / early evening is my favourite time to photograph families outdoors in summer.  The sun is low and the golden light is just magical.

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What a great place for Horsham family photography!

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Family dog walk in Sussex

This weekend I had a fantastic early evening outdoor family photo shoot in Fairlight, Sussex, on a family dog walk.  The sun shone, the wind wafted about just enough to make it interesting, the sky was blue and the grass was green.  Just perfect for an awesome growing family and their amazing dogs.

And because I loved it so much, I want to show you more than a couple of photographs, so I’m trying something new.  Here is a short slideshow of our shoot to give you a feel for what it was like out walking and photographing in the warm sunshine.

There is a soundtrack to the slideshow – I thought I’d let you know in case you’re in the office.



Here are a few images from the shoot.

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What does your family like doing?  Let’s get together and have fun creating forever memories of your family doing what you love best.

Contact Jane, your happy-to-travel Sussex family photographer, for an outdoor family photo shoot in Surrey, Sussex or Kent.

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Brighton Beach Romance

I arranged to meet Olivia and Jonny at Brighton Pier for a sunset couple photo shoot on Brighton beach.  We walked along the beach towards the old pier until we found a spot near the water and not too close to fellow sunsetters.  It was a gorgeous evening for Brighton couple photography – warm, a slight breeze and a slowly setting golden sun.

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What I love so much about Brighton couple photography is the vibe, people always out there soaking up life and enjoying themselves.  So, of course Brighton beach will always be busy, a lively, communal kind of busy.  When Jonny popped the cork on the bubbly a cheer went up around us, which was just so Brighton.  Loved it!

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Sunset is the the most magical time of day and the light is just perfect for couple photography.  With a little direction from me we ended up with beautifully relaxed photographs and a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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I’ve chosen three Sussex beaches for couple sunset shoots, because each beach offers something unique.  Brighton of course has the lovely old pier, which is great in the background of a photograph.  Bexhill at low tide is perfect for reflections on the sand.  Speaking of sand, the lovely sandy beaches of Camber Sands are made for romantic strolls and couple photography.

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Just throw down a blanket, pop the cork on the bubbly and enjoy being a couple, getting close, cuddling, laughing and watching the sunset.

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I don’t just do beach shoots for couples – romantic settings just perfect for couple photography are everywhere.  I’m always keen to discover new locations, so if you have a place in mind anywhere in Sussex, Kent, Surrey or London I’d love to hear about it.

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Sussex Beach Shoot

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So Sunday was supposed to be gloriously hot, sunny and with minimal wind.  I was so excited!  I’d been waiting for a day like this and we’d postponed the beach shoot from the week before when winter decided to revisit.  It turned out to be a gorgeous day in Bexhill, East Sussex.  The beaches were full of people all day sunning themselves, barbecuing and even swimming.

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As the scheduled time of my shoot approached I watched the sky with growing anxiety.  The clouds started moving in.  Fast.  Fast, because the wind picked up.  But I’d been waiting for so long for this and (almost) nothing was going to stop my long dreamed of sunset beach shoot.

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We didn’t get the dramatic sky, we weren’t flooded with glorious golden tones and it wasn’t a tranquil sunset.  I probably looked like a mad woman trying to control my reflector, while photographing, as the wind tried to whip it away.  Jade’s gorgeous hair was thrashed about and we had to change where I’d planned on photographing on the pier (well, the sticky out concrete platform bit) and shoot next to it in the shelter of the wind.  But this is what location shooting is all about.  It’s what makes it exciting and challenging and different every time and I just love it.  Almost as much as I love the photographs of our sunset portrait shoot!

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Get in touch to book your Sussex beach shoot or Kent beach shoot this summer.

The beach is a great place to create gorgeous memories for families and a stunning location for eye catching makeover photo shoots.

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Shooting Grunge – Model

After weeks of truly rubbish weather it looked like we were going to have a break on the last day of the year.  We were wrong.

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It had been too long since my last location shoot and I was going into withdrawal, so we decided to go ahead anyway.  Luckily for me Helen is a true professional when it comes to arriving on set prepared and going with the flow.  We decided to embrace the windy and wet conditions and go a little wild and real with styling….shooting grunge in Sussex.

Our chosen Hastings location worked great to protect us a bit from the weather, but more importantly (because the end results are what count) to add to the slightly grungy look we wanted.  Helen’s wind whipped up hair looked just right.

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The challenge of location shooting is working with what you’ve got to create awesome photographs.  As long as you work the light right, style the model accordingly and shoot appropriately for the location any type of weather looks good.

Love the results!

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Contact me, your go-anywhere Sussex photographer, for model portfolio photography anywhere in Sussex or Kent – it is an amazingly varied part of the world that offers endless opportunities to create awesome photographs.

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Fashion in a Car Park

I wanted to get a gritty, attitudey (if that’s a word), but still oh so cool and chic, look to this fashion shoot in a car park.  As a Sussex photographer, I’m always on the lookout for locations local to me in Sussex.  When you start looking you’d be amazed how many there are.  Everywhere.

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For a while now I’ve had my eye on a crash barrier in a car park.  As you do.  It was perfectly angled for a shot with the early morning winter sun coming in low and backlighting my model.  I always prefer to backlight my images, rather than blind my models, but not only for that reason – I like soft light.  Bright direct sun onto the face can be so harsh.

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Now I’m going to contradict myself, because we did turn the shot around and have the sun behind me.  I asked Jade to keep her eyes shut in between shots and then open briefly to look straight down the lens with a bit of attitude to suit our shoot style.  I love the contrast.

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Jade did brilliantly, and looking at the photos you’d have no idea that she was in fits of giggles between each perfectly composed shot.  I really should resist cracking jokes when we’re trying to be cool and serious.

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