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Family portraits as wall art – a 60" wide installation

Using several bespoke frames to display a collection of photographs

Last summer I did a lovely family portrait session for a family in Manchester. Mum liked the idea of having a collection of photographs on their living room wall. But she didn’t want one frame with a selection of images. She wanted something that would make a statement and would look outstanding on the wall.Read More

Winter family portraits at sunset

That golden glow as the sun starts to sink in the late afternoon, or if it’s late November, around half past two. It’s magic light and creates wonderful portraits, loaded with atmosphere from the setting sun illuminating heavy skies.

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This session was taken a few weeks ago on the hills above the River Kent estuary in Cumbria, with Grange over Sands in the background.

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Winter is the best time of year for these types of portraits. They have strong colours from the sun lighting the landscape and adding a golden glow to the bare trees and dying grass. The dramatic skies, with clouds laden with rain and sun as yet another weather system crosses the country, add their own drama to the scene.

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Each season has it’s own distinct character and the atmosphere of winter is completely different to the other seasons. Winter portrait sessions can be unpredictable and we don’t always know exactly what we’re going to end up with. And that’s part of the fun.

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They’re always dramatic. Whether it’s bright sunlight across misty fields, heavy cloud, snowy scenes, or that flat light that winter days in the UK are famous for, the one thing they all have in common is that make they all make gorgeous portraits to display as wall art in your home.

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Portraits like these work at their best as large frames and canvasses as wall art in the main living areas of a home. The examples below show how the photos look when displayed in bespoke frames.

Pet portraits with a Beagle called Storm

Beagles are busy dogs! And Storm is a busy beagle! Storm’s owner Kim wanted a portrait session of Storm as wall art for her living room. With pet portrait sessions (and small children) we normally start with a cuppa and let the pets get used to me being around. Once they’re calmed down and decided I’m not very exciting we’ll start the session with some games and playing. This gives me some great action shots and helps them settle down for some sitting or lying portraits. And then it’ll be time for walkies!

We went to Shakerley Mere Country Park for the second part of Storm’s session. With Storm being a busy and inquisitive Beagle we couldn’t let her off her lead as she’d run off as soon as she picked up an interesting scent. I know it’s cheating but we removed Storm’s lead in Photoshop whilst editing the photos.

If you’re interested in pet portrait session please get in touch through the contact page or call us on 01925 471091.

You can find out more about our pet portrait photography here.

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Winter portraits in the Cheshire countryside

Why have a portrait session in winter?

A rainy November morning isn’t most people’s first choice for an outdoor family portrait session. Most people think of warm sunny days as being best and that’s often true. I’ve found that winter portraits have a character and atmosphere all of their own. I did this family portrait session last winter in Little Bollington near Altrincham. I have no idea why I haven’t blogged about it yet. After taking the usual portraits of mum and dad and their son I spent some time photographing their son and their chocolate labrador.

Small children and their pets always make great photos. When you have a very young child who is old enough to take the dog for a walk, and when the dog is a bit older and quite gentle those photos take on a real significance. It’s like you can feel the relationship between the dog and his master.

The old sluice gates made a really good backdrop for a quick set of three photographs. The reason I chose them was because of the textures in the wood and the foliage in the background. Finally, I wanted to show how these photographs work beautifully as sets of three framed photographs positioned close to each other. Unusually, this set of three works equally well in colour and in black and white. While they work well in this example, this isn’t always the case.