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.

 

Things to do in West Sussex – Tilgate Lake, Crawley

Things to do in West Sussex – Tilgate Lake, Crawley

Things to do in West Sussex with children – Tilgate Lake

During lockdown, it is so hard to come up with things to do in West Sussex with your children, that

a; aren’t full of other people and

b; don’t cost a fortune.

Tilgate Park and Lake, in Crawley, is fantastic.  It is the perfect place to go to, especially for the evening, after a hot day in the sun.  It was away from the crowds and a wonderful place for the children to relax and enjoy.

Tilgate Park also has so much to offer .  It has a a couple of lakes, large green to play games or picnic, wooded areas, play parks, trim trails, golf course, cycle trails and  nature centre.  It also has a cafe, restaurant and a Go Ape high ropes course. In the summer it has some fantastic inflatable games plus boating on the lake and in the winter Father Christmas comes to visit.  There is so much to see and do, it really is a must if you haven’t been before.

About Tilgate Park.

 

The address for Tilgate Park is: Tilgate Drive, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 5PQ

There is one free car park near K2 and the rest are paying but procedes from the car parks do go back into the park!

Dogs are allowed in the park but not in the walled garden or nature reserve.

 

Our evening

This jetty was perfect for chilling out on but as we arrived a couple of teenage girls, also thought the same.

Unfortunately, for one, she managed to drop her phone through the slats of the jetty, into the water below.  As we had fishing nets, we offered to help, also because she was panicking her mum would be really mad at her.  We managed to locate the phone and helped to guide her underneath the jetty to pick it out.

I have to say, if this was my daughter, even if the phone had broken, I would’ve been so proud of her!  She didn’t hesitate to get down to her swimmer, to enter the water to retrieve the phone.  She even went under the jetty where there were all sorts of things lurking.

Having left, to give mum the bad news, we then had the jetty to ourselves. To enjoy the evening.  From across the lake we could even hear music, from someones stereo, and the air was so warm, as the sun started to set.  It was so peaceful!

Whether you want to walk, cycle or take your scooters Tilgate Park is great for burning of energy with your children.  It is also perfect for picnics and playing games on the large green.

THE OUTTAKES

All photo sessions are meant to be fun!

A little bit of photobombing while taking some photos.

Family Photo Sessions

If you are interesting in booking a fun, relaxed outdoor photo session, capturing the true personality of your family please visit my Home page by clicking HERE

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

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.

Enjoying the beauty of spring in Sussex

Enjoying the beauty of spring in Sussex

Billingshurst rape field, sussex

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.

Boy on fence, boy in rapeseed field, Horsham, rapeseed field

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.

Girl in rape seed field, Horsham, sussex

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

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