As you well know, my specialty are unposed, documentary photoshoots, be it 2 hours or the whole day, breakfast to bedtime. While with a Day in the Life photoshoot it’s basically a no-brainer: you get on with your normal day and I document it, a shorter photoshoot stumps some of my clients for ideas on what to do.
So, I’ve put together a list of things you could do together as a family for your documentary photography session in the Spring – whatever the weather. Choose one that speaks to you as a family – either something you do together on a regular basis, or something you’ve always wanted to do and know will enjoy.
Do you have an expensive DSLR camera that’s gathering dust on the shelf somewhere, not being used, because it’s so intimidating to even attempt to learn to use it properly? Have you been thinking about attending a workshop to learn about using it, but not quite sure if it’s for you? I get it! Trying something new can be a little scary, so with this in mind here are 8 reasons to attend The Un-Cheese Workshop – including the ones you might now have expected!
I have a confession to make. When I first picked up my DSLR camera back in 2007 I felt overwhelmed. I thought an expensive camera would instantly make my photos look better, but – no surprises there – it didn’t. I have produced rather shitty pictures for a while – and I couldn’t quite figure out how to replicate those rare instances when the pictures magically turned ok!
All those buttons and dials and the instruction manual that looked way too technical for an average person (me!) to understand. I didn’t know where to begin, and so I stuck to shooting on Auto for the longest time. It took me years to really understand how to use my camera properly.
I don’t know about you, but I take thousands and thousands of pictures every year, both on my iPhone and on my big camera. And I’m talking just personal images: photos from our trips, birthday parties, days out, everyday moments, cute selfies, random pretty flowers and sunsets and so on.
While organising and working on images for my clients is a well-established process for me, keeping on top on my personal digital archive is a whole different beast, and is often an afterthought and there’s never enough time for it.
One of my favouritest things about British Spring are the stunning displays of bluebells that fill our forests come April or May. This year the bluebells have come pretty early, but there’s still some time left to capture the best of them. Here’s how.
Ah… Pinterest-inspired summer. Happy family all dressed in colour-coordinated outfits, walking along the beach, holding hands and laughing. Perfectly dressed children running in synchronicity across a pristine stretch of white sand. Wind artfully blowing your long dress while your hair stays put. Al fresco dining, everyone laughing, sipping pomegranate cocktails from frosted glasses…. Bliss…
Wait. Stop right there. Do your summer days look like this? Mine sure don’t.
Hello and welcome! I'm Antonina, an award-winning documentary family photographer, specialising in the authentic and meaningful photography for families in London and Surrey. I'm also available for commissions further afield - please get in touch for more details.