A Creative Photoshoot

One of my resolutions for 2016 is to photograph and process my photography more creatively.  I am reasonably confident in my technical ability behind the camera but I often find myself shooting the same subjects in the same locations and I have an effective five-minuting editing regime that is quick and clean, but nothing special.  So in 2016 I want to master Photoshop, not just use it.  I want to challenge myself as a photographer, to use my photography to tell a story.  My friend Keri-Anne is amazing at this, not to mention many other professional photographers whom I admire, so I plan to find some time to immerse myself in the photography communities to watch and learn and develop my own style.

With that in mind, on a sunny afternoon recently we ventured out into the woods.  It was rather spur-of-the-moment so the same location as in many of my photo sessions but we wrangled the twins into the halloween costumes that Kirsty knitted for them back in the autumn and let them run wild.  Now that they are walking properly it’s easier in a way as they are free to explore, so we were able to let them do their own thing and only direct the ‘shoot a little bit.  Typically, the photographs in which I didn’t direct them are my favourites; the natural moments always seem a little bit more special.  Loving these images made it easy to invest the additional time perfecting them through the editing process and I finished the afternoon feeling quite satisfied with my efforts.

I can imagine these pictures in the twins’ new ‘big boys’ bedroom but even if we don’t get round to that, I definitely want to put together a little book of their toddlerhood adventures.

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Can you see much improvement?  Who is joining me on a journey to be more creative in this new year?

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11 Comments

  1. Jess @ Along Came Cherry
    January 4, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    I love your photography skills, your photos always look absolutely stunning. And those outfits are just the best thing ever! x

  2. Alexandra | I'm Every Mum
    January 4, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    These are just gorgeous!!! I am definitely joining you in the process. I have a long way to go but I’m definitely hoping that I’ll be able to get a lot of creative input from my tutors to help me on my way. I’ve always wanted to watch you edit. I still need to make this happen somehow. Kirsty is so creative too, those costumes are adorable xxx

  3. Mrs TeePot
    January 4, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    What truly adorable little people! Wonderful photography too.
    I look forward to seeing your creativity blossom over the year.

  4. Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
    January 4, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    I think your photos are always gorgeous but I love a good creative resolution so go for it 🙂 the boys do look so cute in their outfits and I love the pictures where they’re interacting with each other – so sweet!

  5. Donna
    January 4, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Your photos are going to be so fun now they’re walking! x

  6. Katie @mummydaddyme
    January 4, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    OMG I need one of those suits for my little boy- does Kirsty take bookings?! I love this idea, they are the most beautiful shots. I went through a phase of really doing styled photoshoots (mainly when LL would sit still and Mads wasn’t such a terror!) It is something I would like to do again a bit more. x

  7. LauraCYMFT
    January 4, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    I always love your photographs. They tell such wonderful stories. These are stunning. I think you’ve caught the sun perfectly in that first photo. Definitely ones for a canvas or two.

  8. Wave to Mummy
    January 4, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    Gorgeous photos as always 🙂 I really want to take my photography to a new level this year – I have loads of books to read and technical bits to learn, and I hope this year I can finally find a bit time to start mastering photography.

  9. Keri-Anne
    January 5, 2016 / 9:33 am

    I am so in awe of these photographs dear and i am so honoured for the mention!!! truly! Please please please let us meet in the bluebells in the summer. My little ladies and your little prince’s would have the best adventures x

  10. My Two Mums - Kirsty
    January 5, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    These photos are great, the lighting is beautiful. Good luck with the rest of your creative year.

  11. Colette B
    January 11, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    You already know that I love your photographs, I seek our your instagram feed, I gasp when I see beautiful images on your blog. I aspire to take pictures like yours x

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