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The Fantastic Foxes

We recently had a photo competition, where you could win an one hour portrait session. The family who won were, the Foxes.

We were going to have the photographs at Priory Ruins but the rain was torrential, luckily enough there is a tunnel in the same area, so we had some photographs in there, it was quite serendipitous, as the look of the graffiti in the tunnel really suited the family. The children of the family were adults so a more mature background was better.

They were great sports and happy to venture out in to the rain, I had my many different umbrellas with me, so no one was going to get wet, of course the rainbow umbrellas are always the favourite.

It was unusual to photograph such a mature family, I am so used to doing little children’s portraits. The family said that they felt awkward at first, because it’s not every day you have a professional photographer taking your picture, but they very quickly got used to me and my camera and they actually quite enjoyed it.

The most important part of being a photographer to me is to make your clients feel comfortable and happy. If the clients are relaxed then the photographs will turn out so much better, as everyone will act more like themselves and the end result will represent how the family and the individuals really are.

Yoga retreat - March 2018

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing a rather snowy yoga retreat hosted by Louise and BimsWinter - Personal Training, held locally to me in Barcombe. 
I don't think I could recommend highly enough how amazing everything was, and I wasn't even taking part! I felt calmer just from being there. I was lucky enough to share a delicious brunch with all the (very flexible) ladies. They are actually hosting a yoga retreat in Ibiza this October. I'd love to take photgraphs of that one too. 

The ladies were brilliant and didn't mind me taking photographs of them doing their sun salutations. They actually said that they didn't notice me and wasn't aware I was taking photographs. I do try to be respectful to whomever I am shooting and take their needs into account. I feel as a photographer you should always make those around you, that you are photographing feel at ease and comfortable. You will get your best photographs that way. 

International Women's Day - Viva Lewes shoot

I thought it was appropriate to post this on International Women's Day. I had the pleasure of being asked to photograph this months Viva Lewe 'Way We Work' section. The theme was independent businesses. I got to meet and photograph six amazing women that were running four businesses. 
I am so pleased with the results and the photographs look even better in print. 

I first photographed Nancy in the herb garden at Lewes Priory. She is a perfumier and has her own range of perfumes. (nancymeiland.com)
I then photographed Anna and Nicola, they specialise in pop-up spas at festivals.  (treatment-tents.com)
Then in Lewes I photographed Thalassa and Charlotte. They are offering package free shopping from their little van - Peggy. They're trying to eradicate plastic packaging. (charlottescupboard.com)
Finally I photographed Tracy, she makes amazing quirky pieces of furniture from old shop mannequins. (dollyfixtures.co.uk)

It was an honour to meet such amazing women that are out there doing their own thing, good luck to them all.

What a difference a year makes!

This time a year ago I was asked to do "The way we work" section for the local magazine, Viva Lewes. I had had photographs published in magazines before such as Red and Sussex Life but this was my first commission. 
I had pretty bad conditions, compared to the usual shoots they do. My subjects were all in the dark with floodlights or lack of floodlights. Even in the case of doing the rugby photographs of Billy we had mist and rain. 
Despite this they were very happy with my photographs and so was I. This gave me the confidence to think I could do it as a career. I had been told over the years by many people that I should be a photographer full time. So within the next couple of months I left my job I had been in for fifteen years and set up Mills and King with my cousin. 
I couldn't have done it without the support of family and friends. I am so glad I did as its one of the best decisions I've made. I had always wanted to be a photographer and at last after twenty five years I finally had the confidence to do it.  
It was very daunting and at points it still is. Occasionally I still can't believe I've done it I am not a spontaneous person. I am so scared of change.
As the months went on we got more and more jobs and we are slowly building the business. 
We are very excited for the future and what it holds for us and all the new people we will meet and photograph. 
As they say 'mighty oaks from little acorns grow'. 
 

The cutest photograph I've ever taken!

Last week I took photographs for one of our customers, The Rolling Downs.  They own the ultimate in 'glamping' shepherds huts that are housed at a place called Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum near Lewes in Sussex. 

The customer wanted me to take photographs of all that Bentley had to offer. Included in these is a motor museum, play park, cafe and train. In addition there are also wildfowl ponds. 

I have to say they were the most nonchalant birds I had encountered. They even stopped to pose for photographs instead of run away...my dream! 

Amongst the bevy of birds was the cutest little Bar Headed gosling. It walk slowly passed me and even stopped, whist I was snapping, to pose for this shot. I have to say, It is one of my favourites I've ever taken. 

It's one of the things I love about photography, is that you never know whats going to happen and what photographs you will come away with.