Author: Claire

The Lunar Eclispe…will England see a blood moon on 27th July?

It only ever seems to happen in England…. A Lunar Eclipse…. longest one Britain will be able to see…. beautiful orange moon will be visible for much of the evening on 27th July so get your cameras ready!

Or maybe not..

I decided after weeks of perfect, cloudless skies tonight I would definitely be able to get an awesome photo of a blood moon!  Tonight I would head to the beach, wait and get that photo.

However…

the cloud came and the heavens opened.. the long awaited rain came…. and the clouds moved in…for the evening!!

 

I had to be in Worthing anyway for  a very tough session so I decided to clear my head and see what I could find.

 

I went on a little road trip and saw Patcham Windmill Brighton with a mean grey sky behind it..

 

Patcham Windmill Brighton

 

The beach huts at Lancing whose colour look great against the rolling, moody skies behind them with a bit of clear sky around them

 

Beach huts at Lancing

 

Even the boats looked full of colour as the skies changed again before the sun started to set

 

Fishing Boats at Lancing Beach

After this I ended up at Worthing Beach where I set up for the evening and waited for the cloud to clear so I could capture my perfect photo…

However I spent most of the evening talking to other people also trying to catch glimpse of the moon and then I got distracted by the awesome thunder storm out to sea that I missed any opportunity that arose to capture the moon.

 

I never manage to get lighting photos so I was extremely excited that if I couldn’t see the moon there was at least something else cool going on.

 

 

Lightning over Worthing Pier

Worthing Pier looked pretty awesome all lit up and the storm just streaked across the whole sky

 

 

Lightning at Worthing Beach

 

So while it wasn’t the time for me to get my “Moon Photo” I still had a pretty good evening

I hope you guys had more luck than me… and if not, we only have 6 months to wait for the next one. And you never know the skies may just be clear.

Sussex newborn photography

Newborn Photo Session – Part 2 Family

Sussex Photography

This was part 2 of my newborn session with this little beauty and she was still just as well behaved.  This time she brought along her big sister who was also an amazing model and it was clear to see that she loved her little sister.  There were so many tender moments between them, I was able to just let them enjoy some cuddles and capture them all.

Sussex newborn photography

During times that Katie was feeding I was able to capture some lovely images of Emily who was just so relaxed and a joy to photograph.

Horsham Family Photography

 

Billingshurst newborn photography

 

Horsham family photography

 

Newborn Lifestyle session

It was lovely to be invited into this gorgeous families home to meet their beautiful 3 week old daughter and nearly 3 year old little boy; who was very excited to show me his new baby sister.

Natural light Photography Billingshurst

We decided to go for natural family lifestyle images to capture the closeness of the new family of four. After capturing some photos of them together on their window seat Henry was happy to show me upstairs to his parents room and the nursery where we were able to capture some tender moments while I tried to stay out-of-the-way.

Newborn photography Sussex

 

Newborn baby photography in Horsham

 

Family photographer Horsham

Little Florence didn’t settle well for the beanbag part of the session so while mum took some time out to feed Florence I decided to head into the playroom to chat and play with Henry, who wanted to show me his mobile phone.  I think you’ll agree he looks very cute on it.

Family Photography in Sussex

 

Unfortunately, after this Florence didn’t settle very well so we agreed to meet up again to finish off the beanbag part of the session.  When I returned Florence was a little dream and we were able to capture some more adorable photos of her.  It really was lovely to meet another lovely family.

Southwater Photography

Southwater photographer

 

Sharing the love of the beach.

Meeting Katie for a newborn photo session part 1

 

Close up of little girl, newborn, sussex newborn photograhy

It was such a pleasure meeting Katie, as I work with her mum in my day job, so being able to capture some beautiful images of her daughter was very exciting.  What made it even better was the fact that we share a love of the beach so I was able to do my first themed photo session.  When I set this up I was so excited

Newborn photography Billingshurst

and I couldn’t wait for the day to come round when little Katie would come to my studio.

After lots of feeding we were able to settle Katie very well for her session but she did something that really made me work… she LOVED to sleep with her tongue sticking out.  It was a very endearing look and a memory that will make them laugh in years to come (I know because my own daughter used to stick her tongue out in the wind and we lived on Anglesey where it was ALWAYS windy so she constantly had a lizard tongue 😛😛) However, as cute as the little tongue was we decided we didn’t want it in every photo as it would be nice to have some of Katie looking beautiful without her tongue out.

Newborn girl sussex photography

And we managed it.. We were able to poke it in just long enough to grab some peaceful photos before she put it back out.  It’s definitely made a funny session as we couldn’t stop laughing every time she’d poke it out, it was like she knew the camera was there and wanted to have some fun.

For this session I did it in two parts as Katie’s big sister was away so we did a family session at a later date and I’ll add the photos as soon as possible..

Sheffield House…

Sheffield Park with Nanny

Leaves, Autumn Colours, Sheffield Park in the Autumn


Things to do with children in Sussex, Sussex Photography,

 

First of all, it’s no secret that I LOVE Autumn and that I also moan about living in Sussex away from the mountains and the sea that I’m used too.  (As lovely as the Sussex coastline is I’m used to the sea being 5 minutes from my house)

Leaves and feet, autumn leaves, Sheffield Park, Sussex Photographer

 

However there is a place in Sussex that ALWAYS makes me pleased to see… and that’s the National Trusts Sheffield Park, https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-gardenGirls in the autumn, Sussex in the Autumn,

 

 

 

 

 

Nan and Grandaughter in the Autumn, family photo sessions in sussexLast weekend I decided to drag my two children and mum out for some lovely Autumn photos and to enjoy a beautiful walk around the gardens. This only happened because I promised them a go on the big swing and a play in the den building area afterwards. Family Photo Sessions, Sussex photo sessions, Autumn family Photo SessionsLast year I made the mistake of going there first and NEVER actually making it into the gardens!

 

 

 

 

 

Nan and grandson in the Autumn, Photo sessions in Sussex

 

Sometimes, however children don’t want to play and decide they don’t want their photo taken… children of photographers included.

Grumpy children with nanny

 

Autumn photo sessions with grandparents, nan and grandchildren family photo shoot ideas, susses photography

Autumn Mini Sessions at Tilgate Park

I LOVE AUTUMN……

 

It’s the most beautiful time of the year and I LOVE to make the most of the crisp days before winter arrives and I snuggle up in front of the fire.

Photography in Tilgate Psrk, Crawley

 

After years of living in various countries and places around England and Wales there is one place in Crawley that has been hard to beat…

Tilgate Park…!! I know… hard to believe isn’t it.. but it’s true. Tilgate is just so beautiful and it has so much to offer… I remember many walks around Tilgate as a child and still today, even with all the additions it is STILL a BEAUTIFUL place to go for a walk.

Things to do with children in Crawley

 

This is why I decided to do my Autumn Mini Sessions at Tilgate this year.  The colours on the trees will be stunning and with some beautiful areas, it really is a lovely back drop.

 

The session itself will only last 20-30 minutes and will be very relaxed to enable us to capture some beautiful photos of your family.  £95 not only includes the session but you will also receive 3 digital images for you to keep.  You will have the option to purchase extra photos, wall art or photo books but this is only if you choose to, it is not a requirement.

 

Photo

 

There is a parking fee but this money is put back in to the park and this really does show.  My children still love the Nature Reserve that is growing all the time and has a lovely variety of animals AND is still an absolute bargain.    After your session you can make the most of the park as there are also walks, parks, lakes, cafes, trim trails, Go APE, Smith and Weston Restaurant plus LOADS of different clubs going on in the huts.   Tilgate Nature Centre

 

For more information visit  http://www.crawley.gov.uk/pw/Leisure_and_Culture/Tilgate_Park/index.htm   or  https://tilgatenaturecentre.wordpress.com/

Black and White image of boy in a hat

Taking a break along the Wey and Arun Canal

Walking the dog along the Wey and Arun Canal

 

 

 

I love Autumn and today was feeling too lazy to tidy the house.  My springer was looking at me longingly so I decided to head out with my camera and take a break.  The Wey and Arun canal is beautiful and the colours are really starting to come out.

Dog walk along Wey and Arun Canal

 

I parked at The Onslow Arms Pub   http://onslowarmsloxwood.com/ car park in Loxwood  because I could head straight out onto the tow path and when I came back I could pop in a grab a quick drink.  It also does great food but today I just enjoyed their beer garden after my walk.The colours didn’t disappoint and the oranges were really starting to come out.

Walks in Sussex

The recently renovated locks are looking great and you can tell that the canal is really looked after.  I didn’t walk far today but you can walk all the way to Guildford which is also very beautiful.

 

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Newborn Baby Photo Sessions.. now taking bookings

Are you pregnant? Do you know someone that is pregnant?

I am now taking bookings for newborn baby photo sessions at my studio in Billingshurst, Sussex.

Newborn baby photo sessions, Billingshurst, Baby photo sessions Crawley, Newborn Photo Sessions Horsham, West Sussex

The best time to book your session is as soon as you find out you are pregnant, it is only once your baby arrives we then confirm the actual date, not before.  The arrival of a new baby is a crazy time and one that passes in a blur so you will be extremely excited that you were organised enough to book your session, which is ideally done within the first two weeks.  You can then relax knowing you have some gorgeous memories of your baby….