Autumn is almost here..

Can you believe the summer is over and its only 11 weeks today until Christmas!

BUT… between now and then is my favourite time..

AUTUMN!!

Around Horsham and Crawley there are some lovely places to spend a glorious autumn day with your family or dog so I thought I would share a few of my favourites, plus a few of my dedicated followers have given me their ideas too.

Tilgate Park, Crawley, is my absolute favourite park! No matter where I have lived no park has ever been as good as Tilgate. Not only is it absolutely stunning but there is so much to do, whether it is building dens and climbing the trees in the woods, walking round the lake and having a picnic or visiting the nature reserve. Other things to do here include Go Ape, play park, rowing boats, Smith and Western. It is so easy to spend the day here and is a wonderful place to tire out the children without spending a fortune. Parking is £1 per hour but all proceeds do go back into the park and for the nature centre it is only £4 for an adult and £3 for age 3-16yr olds.

Buchan Park is a place where I spend many days during my childhood climbing trees and having picnics. This is definitely a back to nature kind of place. There is ample free parking and its only a short walk to a beautiful lake and the perfect paths for kicking leaves or walking the dog.

Sheffield Park this National Park is absolutely stunning in the autumn. The colours around the lake are like no other. There is no tree climbing in the actual gardens but they do put on events for children to do throughout the year. However, there is a natural play area a short walk away and this includes a den area and soon to be replaced huge swing!

Southwater Country Park is another great park in the area. The lake provides a great place for swimming and water sports during the summer and then year round is the Dinosaur Park. A great place to spend the afternoon with lots to entertain the children. In the summer it gets extremely busy with families picnicking either around the lake or in the dinosaur park but as the nights close in and days get cooler it definitely gets much quieter.

Petworth Park is another National Trust place which is home to hundreds of deer. There is a paying car park (free for NT) which provides easy access to the park. It’s a beautiful place to sit and watch the deer or wander along the many paths around the park.

Wey and Arun Canal is not a park but it is a beautiful place to go for a walk and it’s lovely to see the canal boats and at Christmas you can even go one to meet Father Christmas.

All of the above places are dog friendly, although most of them do require your dog to be on the lead.

I hope you like my list and feel free to message me with your favourite place

I will be running autumn mini sessions in various locations over the next few weeks so feel free to get in touch or like my Facebook page Claire Wilders Photography

Mini Session Prices are:

£49

20 minute session plus 3 digital images

£65

20 minute session plus 5 digital images

£95

20 minute session plus all images

Prints/packages can be bought extra but will include a 10% discount.

“The Wedding” what happened next? A photographers first wedding!

They say never mix business with friendships but I have to say this is the best thing I have done and I don’t regret it for a minute.

Holly asked me if I would photograph her wedding to Shiraz, even though she knew I wasn’t a wedding photographer. I had taken lots of photos of her daughter at school sports events and I also did her new daughters newborn photo session, so she knew what my photos were like.

She made it clear that she wanted to document the day and NOT spend all day posing for photos, so everything would be very relaxed. My first thought was “well that’s great but what does Shiraz want?”… maybe he will hate my photos and will want everything…..

My second panic came when they told me who some of their guests were and where the wedding was to be held. Jason Roberts the professional footballer was best man and had flown in just for the wedding and Shiraz’s family had flown in from all over the world. The venue was the absolutely stunning Leonardslee Gardens My low key garden party wedding was no longer low key…

All I can say is they are the most relaxed couple I think I’ve ever met!!! And I am so glad that I photographed their wedding. First of all they’re both gorgeous so taking photos of them was easy and they were just so relaxed with each other that natural photos were just free flowing! Although their wedding was absolutely stunning and in such a lavish place it really was just like a garden party!

The whole day was just relaxed from start to finish and I just had THE best time!!

Prior to the wedding Holly hung out with her bridesmaids while Shiraz chatted to arriving guests and enjoyed the sunshine (in what had been a week of rain).

Children were able to run around on the lawn and guests relaxed on the patio.

The actual ceremony was gorgeous because Leonardslee Gardens has a beautiful little entrance hall where the ceremony can take place with some seated guests and then the rest looking down from the balcony.

As a guest I was told to to relax during the ceremony and watch the special moment, although I still couldn’t help capturing a few photos.

The rest of the afternoon was enjoying the day and helping the gorgeous couple celebrate.

True to her word Holly only wanted a few official photos so we spent a short time capturing the family together plus the obligatory confetti shot before heading off for some fun… in the way of a golf buggy!

Leonardslee Gardens is just gorgeous for the couples photos and it was great fun driving through the grounds on the golf buggy..(they even grabbed one of me en route)

As before Hollys priority for the day was her guests so we only spent 15 minutes by the lake capturing some relaxed couples photos before heading back to the house for dinner.

After a bumpy, slightly worrying drive back up the hill, wondering if the golf buggies/drivers AKA Holly ( would make it) we were greeted by some very excited children.

Holy and Shiraz wanted speeches before food, which was a great idea because it meant everyone could relax.

It was then time for the group photo before heading off for an extremely delicious dinner!!

After catching up with friends over dinner the final photo of the day I wanted to capture was the first dance.

My job was then finished and it was time to enjoy the rest of the evening. I want to say a HUGE thank you to Holly and Shiraz for believing in me and allowing me to attend their wedding as both guest and photographer. It was an absolute pleasure!

What did Holly and Shiraz think…

“Claire is an incredible patient talented photographer.

We are honoured to have had her Photograph her first ever Wedding.

Claire you are a star and we can’t thank you enough for your photos which will last a lifetime of memories for us.

5 ⭐️”

So my verdict… would I recommend doing a friends wedding??

Absolutely!!

Should you follow the advice of everyone else that says don’t do it?

NO! If you feel you’re ready go for it.

Do you need a second camera?

It would be handy to save swapping lenses but I made it work. I also had a back up card in my camera but if the camera went wrong I was stuffed. If I do weddings in the future I will definitely have another camera.

What would my tips be?

Be clear on the expectations of both yourself and bridal party.

Follow your gut feeling.

Doing the wedding was terrifying but I am so glad I did it.

Research the venue.

Read up.

Have a list of photos you’d like. I was lucky with my bride and groom as they were so chilled and were happy with whatever I took.

Think about where you need to stand for the photos you want.

GOOD LUCK!

My first wedding!

Weddings!!

I constantly get asked…

“Do you photograph weddings?”

And my answer has always been…

“No, that’s WAY too much pressure! Imagine photographing the wedding and messing it up? That’s the brides day ruined…no memories…I couldn’t take that kind of pressure.

Then there is the other side from “Wedding Photographers” who will tell you…

“Don’t do it unless you are totally ready!!”

“Everyone thinks they can be a photographer but it’s way harder to be a wedding photographer!”

“Never photograph a friends wedding, that’s just asking for trouble!!”

“You need to get training before you even attempt it!”

“Being a guest and a photographer at the wedding never works”

So, I never did…

Until now!

A wonderful friend of mine was getting married and asked ME to be her photographer! Of course I said no. Was she crazy… I couldn’t do that! But she insisted…

“It’s a relaxed affair, think of it as a garden party! I just want to capture something from the day and have some memories of my friends and family coming together to help me celebrate.”

Ok, I could photograph a party, that’s ok! So we agreed, I would attend the wedding as a friend but also take my camera (let’s be honest, we ALL take our camera to the wedding anyway!)

And that was it.

I was going to photograph their wedding! I had already done their baby photos and that went like a dream so I knew Holly was just as relaxed as they came!

Holly never changed! She was absolutely wonderful and put ME at ease! I was so nervous before the day but that was all me, nothing but calm came from my wonderful bride to be!

So what happened next….. You’ll have to wait until the next blog!

New baby photo sessions in Horsham..

Why have a photo session for a new baby, isn’t life crazy enough without having to schedule in a session as soon as they arrive?

You are quite right, the first weeks are crazy and therefore go past in a blur.

However, by planning ahead,while you are pregnant, you will appreciate being able to have a session that lasts a couple of hours but the memories will be there forever. Babies grow so fast you quickly forget how gorgeous they looked when they first arrived and how tiny they were.

This session allows you to capture those gorgeous features forever while having a few hours to sit back and relax!

If you would like more information do not hesitate to get in touch…

MOTHERS DAY is coming… are you ready? Let’s celebrate them all!

Are you one of the organised ones that can think of awesome presents months in advance or are you the person that leaves it to the last moment?

Whichever you are, I can help…. because I am running photo sessions to celebrate:

MOTHERS DAY – 31st MARCH 2019

 

Whether it is for:

YOUR MUM

(or dad, if from a single parent family.. it’s a celebration remember)

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YOUR WIFE/GIRLFRIEND/BABY MUMMA TO BE

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YOUR NAN, GRANDMA

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YOUR DAUGHTER AND HER FAMILY

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Family of 5 photography

OR EVEN JUST OF THE CHILDREN

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I have sessions available…

This day is about celebrating all mums, regardless of the age of their children, and all the amazing thing they do for us.

Whether you would like a voucher to be given on the day so that you can come at a later day as a family…

 

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…or booking it prior to Mothers Day so that you can give the gift on the actual day..

 

 

 

I have something for you.Family photography, Photo sessions, Horsham Park, Location Photography

 

 

 

Sessions available before MOTHERS DAY are on:

SATURDAY 23rd MARCH

Sessions available after MOTHERS DAY are on:

SATURDAY 6TH APRIL

THE SESSIONS:

£49

for

30 minutes

and will include

3 digital images

They will be run in Southwater and must be booked & paid for in advance

There will be opportunities to purchase extra digital images for £15 each

£95 for 15 images

£150 for all edited digital images

Wall Art will also be available to purchase and will include a 10% discount to celebrate our mums!

TO BOOK A SESSION PLEASE COMPLETE THE BOOKING FORM BELOW

Bespoke School Photo Sessions

SPECIAL OFFER

School Uniform Photography

 

This year I have decided to run some school photo sessions.

Each year I love to have photos of my children in their school uniform standing together, ready to start the new year.  In many areas brothers and sisters attend a primary school and a secondary school and each year have their photo taken at school, as individuals and as siblings.

In Sussex , we some primary schools but we also have infants and juniors so quickly children have move from one school to the next and they can no longer have photos sat together.   On my wall as a child I remember looking at my school sibling photos and I loved to see how much we had grown but in this area there isn’t that opportunity.

I have decided to run some short sessions where you can bring your children and they can have both their individual photos PLUS their sibling photo together.  It doesn’t matter which school they go to, they can all stand together in their individual school uniform and all for ONE price… PLUS you will be there so you can ensure that you children are clean and tidy, uniform is smart and their hair has been brushed.  Feel free to bring an item they love from school if they wish to have this in their photo to, whether it be reading a book, standing with a cricket bat or football, or even their musical instrument.

Once the session is finished I will edit your photos and you will get to choose which images you would like to purchase.

About the session

The session will last about 10 minutes and I will be running these over a few days, which will include some after school and some at the weekend of Half Term as I know it is REALLY hard to pin children down when there as so many clubs!

 

School Photo Sessions

PRICING

Now I have to say, this was the trickiest part when deciding to run these sessions because EVERYONE wants something different… some only wanted 1 photo of 1 child only some had 3 children and wanted prints of each child plus sibling photos, some wanted prints for the grandparents too, whereas some wanted it for themselves only, some some said only images on disc to print yourself, some definitely no disc, some with mounts, some without…. see the list was endless…. so my brain was a bit overloaded because I wanted to make these affordable.

At school you know each set that comes home is for one child so you have a price per child and you can choose which set works best.  Here it will be ONE price PER family, you just need to choose which option works best for you.  I am happy to discuss other options if you need different sizes etc or mounts.

Digitals Images

Upon purchase these images will be automatically downloadable for you to keep, print and share as you wish.

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1 Image supplied as high resolution file to produce unlimited copies

£20

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3 Images supplied as high resolution file to produce unlimited copes

£35

School Photo sessions In Crawley

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All edited Images supplied as high resolution file to produce unlimited copies

£45

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Prints

1 10×8 inch OR 2 7×5 inch Prints

£15

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3 10×8 inch OR 5 7×5 inch Prints

£35

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All images printed to 7×5 inch prints

(This one can be tailor made to fit family requirements, e.g if you didn’t want all photos printed you could substitute two smaller prints for one larger print.  Great for larger families and/or sharing with family members)

£45

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If you would like to purchase white mounts as extra please inquire for prices and details

If you have any questions PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO EMAIL ME at clairewildersphotography.co.uk oe use the form below.

 

 

 

Back to school mobile phone photo craze…

Has anyone else’s Facebook Page gone crazy with back to mobile phone school photos?  Do you love it or hate?  I hear older mums complain that their feeds are taken up with others peoples photos and younger mums saying that they’re not going to do it.. It seems to be a love/hate relationship.

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For me I’m a lover.. I take lots of photos of the children but I don’t always see the progress that they make.  I just suddenly see they’ve got taller or me grown up.  I love the yearly reminder, knowing that each September I will see the photos if the children and it’ll show me gorgeous photos of their progress through their school years.

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They will always come up to remind me how much they are growing up and how precious the time is that we have before they leave school and those years are gone for good.  Even the children can look back and see what gorgeous little tiddlers they were and what gorgeous children they are today.

My two are military kids so haven’t stayed in the same school or the same house so for them its great to have reminders.  It shows them where they have been..

We love keeping height charts and recording their memories and every year without fail I get a memory come up on FB to show me how they are changing.Crawley Photography

So, its not about anyone else, its just a gorgeous way to see the progress my children are making.  The only regret I have is not going the whole way and taking photos of the simple things… tying their shoe laces, brushing their hair, getting their bags ready etc.

Forget about what everyone else says and post those photos!!

 

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.

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.

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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.

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Newborn baby photography in Horsham

 

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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.

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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.

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Enjoying the beauty of spring in Sussex

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I love the spring and after living away from Sussex for the last 20 years it doesn’t stop surprising me with its beauty!

Whilst driving home from another of the children’s clubs last night we drove past this field.  A quick U turn and a screeching halt in a lay by I bundled the children out of the car to enjoy the moment.

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This was at the edge of the lay by with the sun setting in the background, while my daughter was in the field watching it set.

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They then decided they wanted to hide along the path before we jumped back in the car and headed home.Children amongst the rape seed, sussex

 

I think writing this blog and technology going wrong actually took longer to do than capturing a lovely moment with my children…

So, put down your tablet, grab a camera and go capture a moment.. happy snapping this spring x