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Having an event or a grand party? Don't forget to #getthepicture!

These pictures were from the Sevenoaks School Ball 2016, but the clear blue skies reminded me of the glorious weather I can see outside the window now.

What a very well dressed crowd we had for this party, and of course that weather didn't do any harm either. Look at the colours as the sun starts to set outside.

 

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Children and pets! http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/children-and-pets Family and children portrait photography Sevenoaks, KentFamily and children portrait photography Sevenoaks, KentFamily and children portrait photography in Sevenoaks Kent

 

What's not to love about a walk in the woods for the children and the beloved family pooch! Seriously, all children like a walk in the woods if you can bring a bit of excitement into it. Usually that means playing games and looking for things, but as you can see here if you have a family pet to come with you then everyone is excited already. All in all that means you can get great photographs of children having fun with great scenery around too.

 

On this shoot we did quite a few group shots, but then also some individual ones as well, meaning that the client had a good selection of prints to put up on the wall afterwards.

 

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And after all that hard work (by the children!) we went off to the park to relax and have some more serious fun - and of course take some more photographs while having fun!

 

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Fabulous few hours out and about, and great photographs at the end of it of course!

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke) family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks photography http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/children-and-pets Fri, 26 May 2017 13:47:07 GMT
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Oh my how much do we all love a good party - and you can tell just how good this party was going to be!

Things I like about photographing a party...

Everyone gets dressed up and looks the part...

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The warm glow of the lights in a well-dressed marquee...

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Everyone having a good time...

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Especially the children who get to stay up extra late!

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And getting to play with lenses that rarely come out, but are just right for a good party...

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And there's always some good band shots to be had too...

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Oooh - I nearly forgot the dancing shots too...

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And all the other bits that make a fine old party...

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Don't waste a good party that you've spent months organising - get me along as well!

 

 

 

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Family photography in Sevenoaks http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/family-photography-in-sevenoaks Family photography at Knole ParkFamily photography at Knole Park

I do love a family that's up for a decent walk in the countryside because there is just so much to do and enjoy - and that means everyone gets distracted, relaxed and ends up smiling. And that all means happy pictures and happy memories. Decent wellies help too, but you can get by without them just as well!

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Most of this was shot in and around Knole Park in Sevenoaks - it has so many good spots hidden away. I do have a number of other favourite places to go though, plus a few more I have discovered and haven't used yet - so if you fancy a nice family walk do get in touch!

 

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And don't forget to bring some energy with you!

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It's great to celebrate the big milestones in life, and usually as the milestones get bigger so do the number of family members. So if you are organising a big gathering, don't forget to capture the day - and remember you'll probably be pretty busy enjoying yourself so get me to capture it for you!

Big rooms or small, I'll manage to get you all in the frame and get you smiling - for the picture below I was using the baby's rattle to get his attention - but it helped make everyone else look up and laugh too.

 

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Believe it or not, when we started out on the walk to the park for this family photoshoot, everyone was clean and smart - not a trace of mud to be seen. The children were very excited (as they always are!) to be having a photoshoot and everything was primed for a good morning.

 

Sometimes though it doesn't all go as you may have planned, and this was the day. A moment of distraction, a touch of bad luck, and we have one child slip over and plant herself firmly in the mud. But hey, mud happens - in this case, quite a lot. We pick ourselves up, we laugh about it, and we get back to playing (once we've moved away from the mud that is!).

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Obviously parents don't want a photoshoot of just muddy children, so in the absence of a change of clothes, we can get creative and careful with angles, or we can get creative and sneaky with Photoshop. This was a day for both.

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And of course once you get back home, you get everyone changed quickly and get some actual clean clothes shots too!

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke) family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks photography http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/muddy_photoshoot Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:17:54 GMT
Wedding photography in Sevenoaks and Kent http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/wedding-photography-2017 Wedding photography in Kent and Sevenoaks, WesterhamWedding photography in Kent and Sevenoaks, WesterhamWedding photographs from a wedding at Westerham Golf Club

The wedding season is almost here again. Do get in touch with me if you are still looking for a wedding photographer who will provide you with great memories of your day from start to finish, highly flexible about albums, prints and image files, and all without getting under your feet while you are busy enjoying yourself! I still have availability for some weekends and many weekdays this year.

These photographs are from a wedding at Westerham Golf Club in 2015. You can read what the bride and groom said by going to their Google review.

My usual coverage for a wedding starts with the bride getting ready, but for this wedding they were happy for me to start at the venue with the groom finishing getting dressed.

 

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We then moved on to guests arriving and being seated...

 

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The arrival of the bride and the wedding ceremony...

 

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And then on to the celebrations, the group shots, the speeches and the party!

 

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I know that not many people like the idea of getting their headshot done - whether it's for work or their LinkedIn profile - but IT IS IMPORTANT! Seriously, if you don't believe me just put it into google - here's what you might get...

 

 

Really truly, a shot of you on the beach or at a party isn't going to do the job. It perhaps hints at how seriously you take your client's work. An old shot with outdated clothes might suggest that your ideas are out of date. Trying to represent a fresh and vibrant business - get an image that is fresh and vibrant. Link your look and your business, reinforce the message.

The headshots here are for a commercial law firm, done on location in their office (there's a shot of the set up at the bottom, but it doesn't have to be all that complicated). Warm and approachable, but serious and smart.

 

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Have a look at your headshot, or what's on your company website - if you want to have a chat about refreshing things, please get in touch!

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke) commercial photography commercial photography Kent commercial photography Sevenoaks headshot photographer Sevenoaks headshot photography Kent headshot photography Sevenoaks http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/headshot-photography Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:30:00 GMT
Promotional school photography at Radnor House Sevenoaks http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/promotional-school-photography-at-radnor-house-sevenoaks I was very pleased to be asked back to Radnor House Sevenoaks at the start of the 2016-17 term to help them update the photographs for their new website and brochures. They have recently changed name, uniform and moved to being a co-educational school - so quite a lot to cover then!

The photography took place over a number of days spread across a couple of months so that all the relevant events and shots could be covered.

You can see the photographs by heading over to their website (http://www.radnor-sevenoaks.org/), but some of my favourite pages are listed below:

 

Senior School - http://www.radnor-sevenoaks.org/senior/

Performing Arts - http://www.radnor-sevenoaks.org/senior/co-curricular/performing-arts/

Prep School - http://www.radnor-sevenoaks.org/prep/academic/

Sixth Form - http://www.radnor-sevenoaks.org/sixth-form/ and http://www.radnor-sevenoaks.org/sixth-form/sixth-form-life/

 

 

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There's not a lot that words can add to newborn baby photographs. It is always a delight to be taking photographs of a baby , and given how quickly they start growing and how busy and stressful the first few weeks are, it can all seem too much to get photographs organised on top of everything else - but it's worth it!

I try to take as much hassle out of the process as possible. I am happy to come to your house to take the photographs - along with bean bags, cushions, fluffy blankets and so on. I know from experience that whatever you think the feeding and sleeping schedule of your baby is, it won't be quite that on the day that I am there - so the session takes as long as it needs to, and I'm happy to wait until baby is settled and happy.

Enjoy this selection of newborn photographs, and do get in touch if you or someone you know is expecting soon!

 

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My main belief for what makes a successful family photoshoot is that you need plenty of fun and adventure. That's what makes children (and parents) forget that they are having their photographs taken, and leaves them to be distracted and smile and enjoy themselves. And that's how you get happy and memorable photographs that let everyone's characters come through.

Knole Park has so much to offer for a family photoshoot that ticks all these boxes. It has my favourite wall in Kent (see above!), lots of long tree lines avenues, trees to sit on, deer to gaze at, and a cafe as well (essential since it's not a low energy type of photoshoot!).

 

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On this shoot I was blessed with energetic parents who were quite happy to play catch, do piggyback rides and generally keen the energy levels nice and high!

 

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Granted that January may not be the most appealing time to go on long walk, but some days can be just wonderful nonetheless, so don't write it off totally. Even if it is too cold for you now though, Spring is just around the corner so do get in touch and set something up!

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Birthday photographs http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/birthday-photographs Family and child photography, birthday photographs, Sevenoaks, KentFamily and child photography, birthday photographs, Sevenoaks, KentBirthday photographs

Birthday photographs - what a great way to record your children as they grow up, and to turn into an annual tradition.

I've taken photographs for this young lady for her last three birthdays, and it has really struck me just how quickly she is growing up. Returning to the same family is sometimes a little more daunting than meeting them for the first time - as a photographer you don't really want to present them with much the same images as from the previous photoshoot - but this hasn't been a problem at all. Each time I visit, the birthday girl has grown up and is into doing different things, meaning that the photoshoots are all very different.

Fingers crossed I'll be back once more to see what she is up to one year further down the line!

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This was a party with a lot of work on the details - a combination house warming and Christmas party. In order to capture some of the planning that had gone in to the event, I visited the house early in the day to photograph the decorations before the guests arrived, and returned later in the evening to capture the party in full swing.

 

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You can tell when someone has properly put their mind to organising a party, and this was one of them. Seriously, have a look at the decorations and the drinks - gorgeous!

 

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The evening even feature an appearance from Kylie (well, almost)...

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Now my children are starting to be - almost - grown up, it is a huge blast-from-the-past experience to have a very recently born wee baby in for photographs. I can barely pick up my eldest now.

As a new parent, or a new parent again if it's not your first, you shouldn't need to be told to take lots of photographs when they are tiny - time passes so very fast. You don't need to get professional photographs done, but (yes, I know, of course I'm going to say this...) it is worth it! Aren't you busy enough with a new baby on (and in) your hands.

And no you don't even need to leave your house. I can come to yours - you don't need all the hassle of trying to get organised and out of your house.

For newborn photography sessions, the best time is when they are between 2 and 4 weeks old. I usually allow 2 or 3 hours for a session, but one thing is for sure, and that's that baby will not be on their usual timetable on the day of the shoot. So the session just takes it's own shape around what baby wants to do - when it's feeding time it's feeding time, and when it's nappy change time... you get the idea! The photography session takes as long as it needs to. 

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Birthday celebrations don't stop when you finish primary school - they just get bigger, more fun and have so much more to do. This was a fabulous vintage tea party themed birthday celebration, accompanied with loads of great garden games and a big dollop of Kentish sunshine to top it off.

 

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The whole party went very well. Welcome drinks before moving to the beautifully decorated marquee where a full vintage tea spread was all laid out - so very civilised! A few speeches, a grand cake, and then outside for garden games.

My job was to capture the spirit and fun of the party and all the games without getting in the way, and also to get a few posed group portraits as memories of a great day. In addition to taking the photos, I was also asked to put a number of photobooks together as a keepsake from the day. 

If you're having (or organising) a party for someone, don't forget to think about getting a photographer along to record the fun for you. It saves you missing out on the party while you take photos yourself, and allows you to share great party photographs with all your guests.

 

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Another new baby! http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/another-new-baby Another new face to welcome to the world!

As I write this blog entry, it strikes me for the first time that when I am doing a newborn photoshoot, it's the only reliable time that the parents will happily put themselves in front of the camera. Wait until the children are 2 or 3 years old, or at school, and it's almost a certainty that mum and dad will not want to be in the photographs. There are probably some deeply significant lessons to be drawn out of that, but I'm only concerned with thinking of ways I can use this insight to cajole parents to get in front of the camera when baby has grown up a bit.

Obviously I can only make this comment if I show you a picture of mum and dad as well, so here we go... But before I do go, please remember that snuggly baby photographs are best done between 2 and 4 weeks after baby is born - baby is very happy then, and it seems the parents are happy to be photographed as well!

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Photography with Demelza Children's Hospices http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/photography-with-demelza-childrens-hospices Once or twice a year I spend a couple of days with the charity Demelza who run children's hospices in Kent and South-East London, taking photographs of the work they do both at their hospices and at the family's homes.

I'll freely admit to having been quite nervous before the first session I did with them since I didn't have any personal experience of a hospice environment and I wasn't at all sure of what to expect, or how I would react. Fast forward a couple of years and it's actually one of my favourite regular sessions now - everything is bright, colourful and fun, and it's all about providing the best care for the children and their families. Given the constraints and personal situation the children find themselves in, Demelza is all about making the most of it.

After the last couple of sessions I did with Demelza in the summer of 2015 they have used the images as part of a total refresh of their website. OK, I may be biased, but I think it looks great. Here are a few screenshots...

 

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You can see all of the website and read about Demelza here.

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke) Demelza children photography family photography family photography sevenoaks sevenoaks photography http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/photography-with-demelza-childrens-hospices Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:07:32 GMT
How to improve the photographs YOU take of YOUR children (part 2) http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/how-to-improve-the-photographs-you-take-of-your-children-part-2 Funnily enough, this blog post is all about using the power of distraction. Given that I took these photos back in leafy October, I guess that should show us all what the power of distraction is like.

So, what is the plan here? Basically, I find that children are best behaved for photography when they are doing something else that they are actually interested in. And generally they aren't interested in sitting still and looking at the camera to have their photograph taken. Not when you want them to at least! So have them do something else. Not absolutely anything though - think of what the options are, think about how you could use it to get a good photograph, get yourself all set up and ready (distraction in just the way you want it may not last very long you see!), and cajole the children into whatever it was you had in mind that they might think was their own idea.

Granted, my children are quite used to sitting still for photographs, but they still enjoyed this session more than a sit down and pose session. First I had them help me get set up (great if you can manage it) piling leaves for a family photoshoot in Sevenoakspiling leaves for a family photoshoot in Sevenoaks

Once we had a big leaf pile made, we got down to the serious business of running through it. I took some pictures closer to the action with a wide angle lens...

 

I have to admit that I did take a lot of photos of this - many out of focus, or with a crazy expression that isn't what I really wanted, or with leaves where the face should be. Lesson - if you are shooting action things, take plenty of pictures.

I took some with a longer lens from further away too...

 

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Much easier to keep things in focus and not be covered in leaves yourself, but maybe not so 'in the thick of it' as the wide angle shots earlier.

But for all of the pictures, just look at the properly distracted and happy faces. I know the leaves have gone now, but there's plenty of other distractions out there ALWAYS!

You can read this and previous suggestions for improving your family photography at this page on my website.

 

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke) children photography sevenoaks family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks photography http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/how-to-improve-the-photographs-you-take-of-your-children-part-2 Wed, 02 Mar 2016 13:52:22 GMT
Happy New Year! http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/sevenoaks_dog_photography I'd normally start by talking about 'where has the year gone already' and things like that. However, this arrived just before Christmas and that's pretty much where all the time has gone!

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Sevenoaks Pet Photography? I'm in training! (No seriously, family pet photography is already in my remit).

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke) family photography family photography sevenoaks sevenoaks dog photography sevenoaks pet photography http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/sevenoaks_dog_photography Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:40:05 GMT
How to improve the photographs YOU take of YOUR children http://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/how-to-improve-the-photographs-you-take-of-your-children This is a project I have had brewing for some time now. A series of short, easy to follow articles to get YOUR photography of YOUR children up a level or two. Don't get me wrong, I still want you to get in touch and hire me to take your family pictures - but I am realistic and know that you won't hire me for everything that goes on every weekend. Think of this as a little gift from me to you. If you like it, pass it on with Facebook, and maybe get me round for a birthday party or some other family event when you should be taking part rather than taking the pictures.

Today's short piece is only the first one. I'll try and add something every week or two, but if you have any requests or comments, please get in touch.

You can read the tips here. I'll post on this blog when the next part is added.

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