Timbercombe Woods

Last Saturday I photographed Toby, his wife Vicky and their two daughters, Georgie and Frankie. The meeting point was Timbercombe Lane in Charlton Kings. A great woodland spot that opens up onto spectacular fields and open space with panoramic views - the walk up the steep incline through the woods was definitely worth it!

The photo shoot was a gift to Vicky from her parents for her 40th. They had 60 minutes of fun filled, relaxed photos! We mixed up the shots with some simple portraits of the girls and fun family ones too.

If you would like to book something similar then please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you!

Farm Fantastic!

On a mega busy Saturday this was the fourth of seven photo shoots at Down Hatherley Farm with the very entertaining Will and Beth! These kids are cousins to the Hulberts, who I've photographed previously on their farm over in Swindon Village. Click here to view the photos from that photo shoot.

I do love farms, they make great backdrops for photos. I'm very envious of all those who are lucky enough to live and work on one. I've dreams to own my own small holding one day. For now though, I'll have to make do with just taking photos!

If you would like to book something similar then I'd love to hear from you. Just send me a form using my contact page or call me on 07983 465414. Thanks!

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The Smiths!

This was a family that know how to have fun! Mum and Dad, (Tim and Helen) almost put the youngsters to shame with their zest for all things crazy! But their four children, Lily, Hannah, Toby and Jake were more than a match for them!

They booked me for a 60 minute location shoot at the holiday home they were staying at, (Cotswold Park Barns). Apart from Lily, their eldest and who was getting married the following week in Hampshire, the rest of the family live in Hong Kong. It's rare to get them all in the same place at the same time and so they wanted to update the family photo album. 

It was fantastic fun and working with slightly older children always poses me with a new challenge of thinking up ways to get the best out of each character! They were on the same fun and crazy wave length as me and together, we came up with some great ideas !

I hope you like the pictures. If you would like to book something similar then please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you!

The Hobbs Family @ Churchdown

Mum of three, Jackie, contacted me recently to book in a family photo shoot - a Mother's Day gift from her husband, Jason.

They love walking on Churchdown Hill so it was the obvious choice for their photo shoot, which took place last night. I'd never been up there before so I was in for a real treat! The views are simply stunning, which were bettered only by the beautiful early evening sunshine we were lucky enough to enjoy! 

Eldest son Joe, daughter Ella and their youngest, 5 year old Lucas, all enjoyed this relaxed and informal session. Lucas was particularly enthusiastic about having his photograph taken! Mum and Dad even managed to get a few pictures of the two of them on their own!

“Thank you so much for the lovely photos - and for sending them so quickly. Have used one as my profile picture on Facebook - so many comments about what a lovely photo it is! Will definitely recommend you to friends and family. Thanks again.”
— Jackie Hobbs, April 2016

Family Photo Shoot

Last Tuesday, Anna Burch asked me to her house in Charlton Kings to take some photos of her sister, Alex, and her young family, who are currently visiting the UK for the Summer. 

Much fun was spent playing peek-a-boo in Anna's garden shed, which reminded me of Dr Who's Tardis, and hide and seek, where I would run and hide and the kids would try and find me! We got some great, very candid shots of the family. 

I've done a couple of photo shoots for Anna before. Her son, Etie, is very keen on horse riding and last Autumn I photographed a farewell party for his beloved pony, Leo, who was going back to his owners in Surrey after an enjoyable Summer loan spent in the Cotswolds! For pictures of these photo shoots please use the following links:

http://www.mouseabouttown.co.uk/new-blog-1/2015/1/30/leo-the-pony

http://www.mouseabouttown.co.uk/new-blog-58/2015/1/14/leo-the-ponys-farewell-party

Photo Shoot @ Hulberts Farm

Last Tuesday evening I popped down to Sara and Andrew's farm in Swindon Village, Cheltenham to photograph their many children and animals!

I've got to know Sara quite well - she supplies me with all my chickens and feed, through their family business Hulberts Country Feeds. If you keep poultry or want delicious free range, fresh, local eggs, pop down and visit Sara, she's extremely welcoming.

It was great to meet Sara and Andrew's children - Perdi, Ellie and Charlie. They were extremely entertaining and clearly love living on the farm, enjoying all the benefits it has to offer.

I also met a couple of their pet pekin bantams, a rather humorous and hard to catch turkey, two ferrets called Hob and Gill (!) and a very cute labrador puppy!

This shoot was great fun. It highlights how it's not about trying to get all the children to look at me and smile, but about capturing their personalities within the shot. As Sara put it herself, with reference to the black and white photos of the children in the barn, "Perdi is a good girl, stand nicely and look at the camera, Charlie is mischievous and never does what he's told and Elie is just a loon!"

It was a 90 minute photo shoot and Sara received all of the high resolution jpeg files within a week. It cost £90. If you would like to book something similar please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. 

I hope you like the photos. 

Really good pictures and was great on the day around our farm she was happy to wait for the perfect shot which isn’t easy when working with children and animals!! Very pleased with the results many thanks. Would definitely recommend!
— Andrew Hulbert, July 2015