What to wear for a bluebell photo session

What to wear for a bluebell photo session

choosing your outfits

 

colours

What to wear for a bluebell photo session doesn’t have to be stressful.  It is about choosing one outfit and linking all of the rest.

I love neautral colours with one main colour. For example:

Blues, whites and tans.

Yellow, blues and whites.

Burgendy and neautral colours etc

 

patterns or no patterns

It is also important to not have lots of different patterns.  Ideally choose one small pattern and work the other outifts around this.  For example, if dad wears a check shirt, pick colours from that to dress everyone else.

 

textures & accsesories

Textures also look fantastic when mixing outifts.  Chunky knitwear and scarves can be a great addition.

 

 

what to wear for a bluebell photo session

Below I have chosen some outfits which will give you a few ideas…

FOR MUM – I POPPED OVER TO NEXT

Next Maxi Dress
Next beige cardigan
Next Blue dress

and h&m

what to wear for a blueblell photo session
H&M ladies playsuit
H&M wrap dress
Family Bluebell sesion

for older girls I decided to head over to shein

 

Shein has a wide range of outfits so I wanted to find something that would look great but would also link with the rest of the family.

Lots of teenage girls currently like to show off some skin, so I decided to included some chunky over sized cardigans, to give an elegant look.  These can also be paired up with crop tops or shorter skirts.

Teenage girl outfit Shein
Shein Teenage Dress
Shein trouser suit
Shein denim skirt
Shein white blouse
Shein chunky cardigan - blue
Claire Wilders Photography Bluebells

whereas for younger girls i went to h&m

Girls Play suit H & M
H&M Yellow cardigan - young girl
H&M Girls dress
Claire Wilders Photography Bluebells

and the boys, i also stayed at h&m

For the males, their outifts are pretty similar as linen trousers or chinos look great on them both.  Paired with a linen shirt or jumper and they look gorgeous.  Younger boys can even be in a smart pair of shorts with braces.

H&M boys blue chinos
H&M Mens blue linen shirt
H&M mens jumper blue
H&M little boys linen outfit
Mens linen trousers
H&M mens linen shirt

I really hope this has given you a few ideas about what to wear for a bluebell photo session but please do get in touch if you have any more questions.  You can even visit my Pinterest page for a few more ideas.

 

For more information on a family photo session please head over to my family sessions page by clicking HERE

Family Bluebell sesion
Claire Wilders Photography Bluebells-2

the portrait masters award

the portrait masters award

The Portrait Masters award

Lockdown for photographers has meant we’ve had a crazy year with very little work.  Being a non essential business we had to close down early and still aren’t open.

 

the portrait masters award

lockdown life..

In amongst home-schooling, providing snacks, entertaining my children, walking the dog, updating my website and keeping the house from turning into a complete bomb sight, I decided to enter some of my photos to a very prestigious photography competition.

what is the portrait masters award?

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Sue Bryce is one of the worlds biggest names in portrait photography and her work is AMAZING!  As a photographer trainer,  The Portrait Masters Award was created to allow photographers to submit their work to be judged by a panel of international expert judges.  Enabling them the chance to win prizes, accreditation points, and awards. The accreditation program, is for portrait photographers of all genres and is  recognition of ‘high professional standard.’To find out more about this award please click HERE to visit Sue Bryce Education website.

the portrait masters award

why enter?

 

Entering competitions is a great way to help us grow and rather than competing against other photographers.  It is about improving your own ability.

Photographing a family is about capturing a feeling.  To me, it’s more about the love between a family and spending time together.  Recording a precious moment in time.  It’s not about getting the perfect pose, it’s about your family connection. Capturing YOU together and creating a memory for you, to look back on with happiness!

Whereas, for a competition all the details need to be perfect, right down to the smallest part.

Because I was in lockdown, I chose to include 2 photos from newborn sessions and 2 photos of my children.   Not everything is perfect but I do love these photos. (For example my sons socks definitely did not match the rest of his outfit).

the results

Choosing these four images meant it showed a variety of work that I do.  Each photo is judge by 5 different photographers from around the world and the result is an average of these scores.  To be awarded a Bronze you must score over 70 points.

Waiting for the scores to come out was very tense.  But I couldn’t believe it, I was SO excited!  I had been given a Bronze in all four images.  I was expecting to be given a score under 70 but really hoped I’d get at least one bronze.  So I was completely shocked to get four!  And even more surprised that one of them was only one point away from a Bronze distinction!

This means that my photographs have been recognised to be of a professional standard by some of the worlds top photographers. 

I am so proud of myself and my two amazing children, who are always there to support me.  They are often dragged out to help me and rarely complain! 

 Next time, I will definitely set out to capture some “competition specific” photos to see if I can improve my score, so feel free to watch this space…

If you would like to book a photography session, when we come out of lockdown please head over HERE to my main website where you can find more information.

 

DIY Photography Backdrop

DIY Photography Backdrop

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY CANVAS PHOTOGRAPHY BACKDROP

Being on lockdown and having watched many photography training videos I decided to attempt to paint my own DIY canvas photography backdrop.

WHY?

Photography requires lots of equipment to keep photos current but none of this equipment is cheap. However, there are lots of ways that props can be made on a budget so I thought I would have a go at one. A new backdrop.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:

Paint of your choice – being on lockdown I couldn’t get to the shops and because I wanted it beige or brown I used some old fence paint. I used Ronseal One Coat in dark oak matt because that is all I had. I also used some old white matt emulsion.

A 12ft x9ft canvas backdrop. Click HERE to visit Amazon where I bought the backdrop

A fluffy roller. Click HERE to see which roller I bought.

Old trampoline cover to lay on the floor to stop it staining the grass. Tarpaulin or plastic sheets could also be used.

The Method

Being impatient when it comes to DIY I decided to just wing it! I laid the canvas on an old trampoline cover, so that the paint didn’t wreck the grass. I had heard of people priming the canvas or buying a primed one but I didn’t do either. Others had also pinned their canvas to the ground but I didn’t do this either. I wanted to use the texture and bumpiness of the grass to help me when adding texture to the canvas.

DIY Canvas Photography Backdrop
The start of the canvas

With the paint, I didn’t have a plan because again I wanted it to be random. Using a roller was easier because you could add a decent amount of paint to the canvas and then spread it around at random.

Mixing The Paint

To start off I added white emulsion to the paint tray and then added a small amount of fence paint so that its wasn’t too dark, as I wanted the centre to be lighter than the outsides. I also added a small amount of water to thin the paint down a bit. A few people have added fabric softer to the paint, so that the canvas is more supple at the end. I forgot to do this but the crustier feel doesn’t bother me. To paint the canvas I started in the middle but just slapped the paint on and continued all over the place until I emptied the tray.

DIY Canvas Painted Backdrop

Each time I filled the tray, the mixture got darker plus the paint wasn’t always mix it properly. Meaning there was bits of dark and light paint all over the canvas, to add to the texture. As it dried I did make certain areas a bit darker, as the white came through as it dried. Although this is better than the canvas coming out too dark. This day was also really warm so the canvas did dry quickly.

The Finished Product

As a first attempt I was really pleased with this canvas, especially as it only cost me the price of a backdrop. Which was £21. I did cut the backdrop down a bit as it was rather large for my space but the length is brilliant. There is a seem in the middle but with a wide aperture you can’t see it. Plus if you cut it down to make smaller backdrops, this won’t be an issue. TOP TIP… make sure you have the seam underneath.. you’ll notice mine is on the backdrop side! Something I didn’t think about in my haste to start painting.

THE VERDICT

I’m really pleased with the finished product. It cost me a day out of my time and was pretty easy to do. Both emulsion and fence paint seemed to work okay and I really like the texture it gives in both colour and black and white. Neither of these photos were taken with studio lights, the canvas was hung up and I took a quick photo of my son looking out of the window. Am I going to paint more? YES! Watch this space!!

If you’d like to see this backdrop in use during your photo session please visit my Families session to view details.

DIY Canvas Photography Backdrop
Taking a break along the Wey and Arun Canal

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.

 

loxwood

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