Adrian Clarke Photography: Blog https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Adrian Clarke Photography adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:40:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:40:00 GMT https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u802785512-o145966302-50.jpg Adrian Clarke Photography: Blog https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog 120 120 Crossfit TAG opening day https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2020/3/crossfit-tag-opening-day Crossfit TAG (that's Tonbridge at Gaza if you didn't know) has opened, and what better way to explain to customers what it is all about than by taking pictures on the Opening Day during one of the children's classes. 

Obviously it's the class that comes first, and taking photographs has to work around the class as it happens, but watching who is doing what and which angles are going to work is all part of event photography. The only complication is that every two or three minutes everyone moves around a bit more. And there's lots of weights and other kit to watch out for.

Enjoy the pictures, but more importantly think about dropping by and trying a session. Find them here.

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) event photographer event photographer sevenoaks event photography Kent Sevenoaks Tonbridge https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2020/3/crossfit-tag-opening-day Wed, 11 Mar 2020 12:35:18 GMT
Textile Art at the City Lit https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2020/2/textile-art-at-the-city-lit A little outside of my usual photography world, but have camera, flashguns and train tickets, so off to London I shall go.

Here are a couple of shots from a City Lit exhibition on Textiles in Transition, the work being from the Advanced Textiles students. Read more about it here, and then go along and visit because it's fascinating!

I was there with my friend Rachel - you can follow her textile work in more detail over on Instagram. It's chicken-scratching good!

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2020/2/textile-art-at-the-city-lit Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:22:55 GMT
West Heath Winter Wedding https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2020/2/west-heath-winter-wedding-sevenoaks

Andrew and Courtney got married at West Heath School in Sevenoaks in November 2019. It is a lovely venue, full of rich colours and opulent wood panelled rooms - just as well since the weather was a bit challenging that day, although we did make it outside for some pictures later.

Guests mingled in the main entrance hall...

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Plenty of space too for pictures of the bride and her bridal party.

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I sometimes find that at the signing of the register, the most interesting pictures are of other people taking pictures.

 

Walking back down the aisle, music courtesy of some of the guests.

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Again, you'll notice the delightful panelling in the receiving room.

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Formal pictures were taken in the Ceremony room after the chairs had been removed - the colours and ornate decoration really help set it off.

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The weather was good enough to get outside briefly for some photographs of the happy couple in the grounds of West Heath, and a group photograph at the back of the house.

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Finally the evening wound down with speeches and dancing.

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) sevenoaks photography wedding photographer Kent wedding photographer sevenoaks wedding photographer west heath wedding photography wedding photography sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2020/2/west-heath-winter-wedding-sevenoaks Mon, 10 Feb 2020 12:35:07 GMT
Wedding flowers https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2020/1/wedding-flowers Looking for some wedding flower ideas, our just wanted to look at wedding flowers to calm you down? Here's a selection from various weddings in Sevenoaks, Westerham, and London!

Here is a delightful arrangement from an outdoor wedding at Chiddingstone Castle in Kent.

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Here's how it looked during the ceremony...

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Here's another table arrangement, I especially like how the flowers are echoed with the arrangement behind the table as well. This was at Westerham Golf Club.

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And finally, a selection of the bride's bouquets. Enjoy, and thanks for looking.

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) sevenoaks wedding photography wedding bouquet wedding flowers wedding photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2020/1/wedding-flowers Thu, 30 Jan 2020 12:00:58 GMT
Wedding party photos https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2020/1/wedding-party-photos

 

If the groom and his team are up for some action pictures, that's fine with me! Having some fun here in the delightful rooms at West Heath in Sevenoaks - it's a lovely venue and has possibly one of the nicest and most attentive Venue hosts I've met.

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) events heath kent photographer photography sevenoaks wedding west https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2020/1/wedding-party-photos Mon, 20 Jan 2020 11:25:02 GMT
Nativity time again! https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2019/11/nativity-time-again

It's oh-so-nearly Nativity time again! If your school doesn't offer professional photographs of the Nativity Play, tell them to get in touch - it's a service that works for the school and the parents - great professional photographs, and parents that can enjoy the Nativity without trying to take photos from the back of the hall.

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) nativity photographs plays school https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2019/11/nativity-time-again Thu, 21 Nov 2019 11:34:41 GMT
Paintings and photographs https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2019/11/paintings-and-photographs

New and different projects always welcome! One recent one was for a local artist with a number of large (and small) paintings he wanted photographed and made into postcards to promote an exhibition of his work. Job done! Photography and lay-out by me, printing by Olympic Print in Edenbridge.

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2019/11/paintings-and-photographs Mon, 11 Nov 2019 13:36:19 GMT
Photography with Demelza Children's Hospice https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2019/10/photography-with-demelza-childrens-hospice Once or twice a year I get to do some work with the lovely people from Demelza Children's Hospice, capturing the great work they do with children and young adults at their centres in Eltham and Sittingbourne, and also across Kent and East Sussex in the community.

I can't share the pictures directly on my website, but some of the pictures are on their website - www.demelza.org.uk - and the latest pictures from this summer have just made it into their latest Demelza Life newsletter - you can read the latest edition and the wonderful stories alongside some of the pictures here.

I think I mentioned it a while back, but they have an award winning website too, worth having a look around it and appreciating how well arranged it is.

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) children photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2019/10/photography-with-demelza-childrens-hospice Thu, 17 Oct 2019 21:02:24 GMT
Something a bit different for a change? https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2019/10/something-a-bit-different-for-a-change

Warhol-inspired version of a portrait. Fancy something different for your family portraits? Get in touch and let's chat!

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2019/10/something-a-bit-different-for-a-change Wed, 09 Oct 2019 12:57:57 GMT
Portrait lighting https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/4/portrait-lighting Here's an interesting article and video comparing the use of natural light against off-camera flash. Quite different results between the two.

My thoughts? Neither is right or wrong, but they give a different look and it depends on what you are after from the session. I think the off camera flash gives an additional pop to the images that when done carefully can really enhance the shot. But also factor in that with family photography you sometimes need to be moving quickly and reacting to events, and off camera flash techniques require you to slow down, position equipment, and get the settings right - and that takes time, meaning it's not always possible. In my shoots, whenever it's possible, I like to use some additional lighting, but sometimes the situation doesn't allow you to that and you have to know how to use natural light as well. It's all interesting stuff and adds some complexity to a session!

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Event photography Sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/event-photography-sevenoaks
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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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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) event photographer Sevenoaks event photography event photography Sevenoaks party photography sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/event-photography-sevenoaks Wed, 31 May 2017 14:15:00 GMT
Children and pets! https://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 Photography) family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/children-and-pets Fri, 26 May 2017 13:47:07 GMT
Party time https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/party-time-photography Party and event photography, Sevenoaks and KentParty and event photography, Sevenoaks and Kent

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 https://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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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/family-photography-in-sevenoaks Wed, 10 May 2017 20:45:00 GMT
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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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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/family-gathering-photography Wed, 03 May 2017 09:30:00 GMT
Family photography in Kent (featuring MUD!) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/muddy_photoshoot Family photography in Kent and Sevenoaks and TunbridgeFamily photography in Kent and Sevenoaks and TunbridgeFamily photography in Kent and Sevenoaks and Tunbridge

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 Photography) family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/muddy_photoshoot Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:17:54 GMT
Wedding photography in Sevenoaks and Kent https://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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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography kent wedding photographer kent wedding photography sevenoaks wedding photography wedding photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/wedding-photography-2017 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:36:43 GMT
Headshot photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/headshot-photography Headshot photography in KentHeadshot photography in KentA selection of headshots from a law firm photography shoot

 

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 Photography) commercial photography commercial photography Kent commercial photography Sevenoaks headshot photographer Sevenoaks headshot photography Kent headshot photography Sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/headshot-photography Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:30:00 GMT
Promotional school photography at Radnor House Sevenoaks https://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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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) commercial photography commercial photography Kent school photography Kent website photography Kent and Sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/promotional-school-photography-at-radnor-house-sevenoaks Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:15:00 GMT
Newborn photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/newborn-photography newborn baby photography sevenoaks kentnewborn baby photography sevenoaks kenta selection of newborn and baby photographs taken in sevenoaks kent

 

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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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) newborn photography newborn photography sevenoaks newborn photography tunbridge https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/newborn-photography Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:15:00 GMT
Family photographs in beautiful Knole Park, Sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/family-photographs-in-beautiful-knole-park-sevenoaks Family photography Sevenoaks and Kent - Knole ParkFamily photography Sevenoaks and Kent - Knole ParkA selection of family photographs taken in Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent

 

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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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait kent family photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/family-photographs-in-beautiful-knole-park-sevenoaks Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:57:33 GMT
Birthday photographs https://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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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) birthday photographs sevenoaks child photography sevenoaks family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/birthday-photographs Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:14:26 GMT
Party and event photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/party-and-event-photography Party photography Sevenoaks Tonbridge KentParty photography Sevenoaks Tonbridge KentParty photography by Adrian Clarke Photography, Sevenoaks Kent

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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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) event photography event photography kent event photography sevenoaks party photography party photography kent party photography sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/party-and-event-photography Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:42:09 GMT
Another new face! https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/newborn_photography_pink Newborn Photography Sevenooaks KentNewborn Photography Sevenooaks Kentnewborn photography in sevenoaks kent

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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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) baby photography kent family photography family photography sevenoaks newborn photography newborn photography kent https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/newborn_photography_pink Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:21:16 GMT
A sunny birthday celebration in Kent https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/party_photography_kent AdrianClarkePhotography_family_party_July_16AdrianClarkePhotography_family_party_July_16Family party photography Sevenoaks Kent

 

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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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) event photography kent event photography sevenoaks family family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/party_photography_kent Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:59:03 GMT
Another new baby! https://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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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) baby photography sevenoaks family photography family photography sevenoaks newborn photography newborn photography sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/another-new-baby Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:29:39 GMT
Photography with Demelza Children's Hospices https://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 Photography) Demelza children photography family photography family photography sevenoaks sevenoaks photography https://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) https://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 Photography) children photography sevenoaks family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks photography https://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! https://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 Photography) family photography family photography sevenoaks sevenoaks dog photography sevenoaks pet photography https://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 https://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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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography sevenoaks how to photograph children sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/how-to-improve-the-photographs-you-take-of-your-children Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:41:49 GMT
Extended family photoshoot in Kent https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/extended-family-photoshoot-in-kent Family photography in Kent UKFamily photography in Kent UKPortrait photographs of an Indian family in Kent by Adrian Clarke Photography

Everyone has the family descend upon them when a new baby arrives,but when the family are travelling from far afield you really want to make sure you get some nice photographs to send them all home with. Some traditional photographs in this family portrait photoshoot (using a portable backdrop and lighting), and some taken out and about to get the family chatting and laughing.

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) Family photography family photography Kent family photography Sevenoaks portrait photography Kent portrait photography Sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/extended-family-photoshoot-in-kent Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:11:38 GMT
Instagram https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/instagram Just a short one to say that I am now on Instagram. You can follow me at this address:

 

https://instagram.com/adrianclarkephotography/

 

Thanks!

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Family photography in Croydon https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/family-photography-in-croydon A little bit of travel for this one! Not just me you understand - one family had come all the way from Scotland, and everyone was on their way to a multi-family holiday in the sun. A gathering of lots of families, and lots of children too. It can always make for - what's the word - an 'interesting' time of managing the little people and getting them in the right place in the right mood and in the right light. As always, patience is the key. Patience and letting the children play as much as they want to. Eventually they'll forget that the photographer is there (or just get bored of making faces at me!) and then along come the natural looking family photographs.

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/family-photography-in-croydon Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:30:00 GMT
Family photoshoot in Kemsing with added autumn colours https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/family-photoshoot-in-kemsing-with-added-autumn-colours Think you need to go to New England to get Autumnal colours? Well think again. This amazing splash of autumnal red from last year made an amazing backdrop for some mum and son photographs in Kemsing.

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Even in black and white it makes for a lovely backdrop

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/family-photoshoot-in-kemsing-with-added-autumn-colours Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:30:00 GMT
Family photoshoot in Kemsing, Kent https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/family-photoshoot-in-kemsing-kent I do enjoy the opportunity to explore the woods and fields around people's homes in search of ideal family photography backdrops. There's almost always something there to be used and since it's probably a special place for the family it all just helps enhance the feel and happiness of the photoshoot.

Here are some shots from a walk around with mum, dad, baby and dog!

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/family-photoshoot-in-kemsing-kent Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:15:00 GMT
Christmas Wedding in London https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/christmas-wedding-in-london london christmas wedding Heavens above, I realise I never posted a full set of pictures from the wedding in London between Christmas and New Year. I did post a preview, I did post the 'thank you' from the wedding album, but never a full set from the wedding. Well, here they are...

The wedding took place on 29 December 2014 in West London. No snow, no ice, but a lovely clear day. The setting was very colourful and beautifully arranged, with lots of personal touches from the bride and groom during the ceremony.

 

All followed up with a cracking party featuring blue grass music and moonshine - and yes half the wedding party were from the US!

Bride and groom eventually left for a night time tour of London in a Morris Minor convertible. Lots of blankets too I reckon!

 

And a few posed shots for good measure...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I always enjoy doing a photo session with a newborn baby. Big bright eyes - unless they are asleep of course - and the chance to get them dressed up in a whole range of props and snuggled down in a basket or two.

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) baby photography sevenoaks newborn photography newborn photography sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/newborn-baby-photography Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:38:11 GMT
A sunny day's photography in Sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/Sevenoaks_family_photography_withsunshine Family photography Sevenoaks KentFamily photography Sevenoaks KentPhotographs from a family photography session in Sevenoaks, Kent

Oh for some sunshine, sparkly eyes and green green grass. And some days you get it all!

Spent a lovely afternoon with the two big brothers and one little sister at their house, around the streets of Sevenoaks, and trying to make them brave enough to wander around Hollybush Park without feeling too self-conscious! If you have the weather to get outside and have a park nearby, it's always a great way to have happy faces and natural smiles. Back at home we made the most of some large windows to get more sparkly eyes (the younger the better for this - I reckon "peak sparkle" is up to about 4 years old!) and even made mum join in for a couple of pictures.

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) children photography Sevenoaks family family photography family photography Sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/Sevenoaks_family_photography_withsunshine Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:12:08 GMT
Wedding album https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/wedding-album It is always a delight to get feedback like this, and it's probably most of the reason I do this work.

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography sevenoaks sevenoaks wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/wedding-album Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:50:22 GMT
Demelza Hospice Care For Children https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/demelza-hospice-care-for-children At the end of March I was invited to do some photography with Demelza Hospice Care and Together For Short Lives at one of their hospices. The experience was very uplifting and gave me a real insight into the work they do there. You can view some of the pictures on Demelza's Facebook page if you scroll down to the entries for 2nd April.

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) childrens hospice photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/demelza-hospice-care-for-children Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:40:14 GMT
A wonderful newborn baby photoshoot https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/a-wonderful-newborn-baby-photoshoot Newborn baby photography Sevenoaks and KentNewborn baby photography Sevenoaks and KentPhotographs from a recent newborn baby photoshoot in Sevenoaks, Kent

Meet baby Neve. I went to take some photographs of her with her mum and dad in Sevenoaks in February. Always be aware that the smily happy newborn photographs you see may not represent the baby's mood for most of the morning, but with a little patience and time, some extra feeding, and then a little extra patience once again, we managed to get all the photographs we wanted. Well done Neve, maybe see you for your first birthday next year...

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) baby photography kent family photography family photography sevenoaks newborn photography newborn photography Kent newborn photography Sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/a-wonderful-newborn-baby-photoshoot Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:51:07 GMT
Summer birthday party! https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/summer-birthday-party-photography birthday party photographs photographybirthday party photographs photographyPhotographs from a child's birthday party

 

In these dark days of winter, it's nice to have a few photoshoots from sunnier times to post about I think. Here are some photographs from a boy's birthday party in Brasted last August. Roll on those sumemr days again (although I do quite like Knole Park for some photographs on a bracing - but sunny - morning!).

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography family photography sevenoaks party photography summer photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/summer-birthday-party-photography Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:22:48 GMT
Last wedding of the year! https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/last-wedding-of-the-year 29th December 2014 - the last wedding (or indeed piece of photography work) for the year. Although I am based in Sevenoaks, I made the journey all the way to London for this - and how quiet London seemed on a Monday sandwiched in between Christmas Day and New Years Day. This is just one picture from the day to end the 2014 blog. I'll be back with a full gallery from the wedding soon!

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) winter wedding sevenoaks wedding photographer sevenoaks wedding photography wedding photography winter wedding kent winter wedding sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/last-wedding-of-the-year Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:53:37 GMT
Party Photography in Sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/12/party-photography-sevenoaks family and party photography Sevenoaksfamily and party photography SevenoaksPhotographs from a party and family gathering in Sevenoaks, Kent

 

Everyone likes a good party, and if it's an excuse for a major family gathering then all the better! With a bit of careful timing, the family group shots can be done after the 'getting ready' frenzy but safely before the 'people are arriving' moment, leaving just enough time for the hosts and family to relax and get a drink or two in before moving on to guest duty!

Here are a few pictures from the evening...

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography family photography sevenoaks party photography sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/12/party-photography-sevenoaks Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:02:51 GMT
Family Photoshoot in Sevenoaks, Kent https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/family-photoshoot-in-sevenoaks-kent Family photography in Sevenoaks, KentFamily photography in Sevenoaks, KentPhotographs from a family photoshoot in Sevenoaks

 

A lovely time out in the garden with three generations of this family all gathered together in Sevenoaks. One branch of the family had travelled all the way from Australia, so getting the timing right for the weather and everyone's travelling plans was quite tricky, but we managed to find a day that worked for everyone.

During the photoshoot we stayed mostly outdoors and alternated the adult family groups and working with the children so that children had plenty of time to play and let off steam. Adults can generally behave and put on a smile when needed for the formal shots (although as you look through the pictrues you'll see there was a fair amount of larking around!), but my rule is that children are best photographed after they've done what they want first - which is almost always a lot of playtime.

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/family-photoshoot-in-sevenoaks-kent Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:16:13 GMT
A Wedding at Maunsel House, Somerset https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/Maunsel_House_Wedding_Photography "sevenoaks wedding photography" "sevenoaks wedding photographer"Wedding photography, Maunsel HousePhotographs from a wedding at Maunsel House, by Adrian Clarke, Sevenoaks Wedding Photography

A trip to Somerset - and to Maunsel House no less - for the wedding of Kim and Mike. I have to say that Maunsel House is quite a venue for a wedding reception. Leaving aside its general loveliness, the collection of wierd and wonderful 'stuff' they have all around the house is quite amazing. For the groom's party pre-wedding, the bar area is festooned with guns (decommissioned I should add!) of all kinds - hence the perhaps slightly odd pictures from before the wedding! The gardens are just delicious, and the giant swing is totally ace. If you can have all of that, plus good weather (which we did), you're away!

There are more pictures from the Maunsel House wedding in this gallery, and here's a selection to get you started...

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Sevenoaks Family and Children Photography...

Frankly, any excuse is a good excuse to have some more photographs of your newborn / baby / young child taken! If there's a birthday coming up soon that's as good as any! This young lady was about to turn one year old, and fingers crossed I will see her again when she's about to turn two!

I really enjoy taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves during a family photoshoot, and on arriving at this family's house the neighbours were about to take their horse and carriage out for a ride. I can't guarantee that will happen for everyone I take family photographs for in Kent, but I reckon it might just happen again sometime!

 

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After an unusually hectic start to a family photography session we settled down to some more usual family photographs as well!

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) Sevenoaks family photography children photography Sevenoaks sevenoaks family photographer https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/family-photography-sevenoaks--one-year-old Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:45:00 GMT
Sevenoaks Engagement Photography (wedding pictures to follow!) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/sevenoaks-engagement-photography-wedding-pictures-to-follow Engagament Photography in SevenoaksEngagament Photography in SevenoaksKim and Mike engagement wedding photogrsaphy shoot in Knole Park, Sevenoaks

 

I was especially excited to be asked to be Kim and Mike's wedding photographer this summer. Obviously I am always excited to be photographing a wedding - seriously, all the anticipation and planning, the glamour of the wedding itself, the prosepct of a big party, the speeches, who wouldn't be excited! - but Kim and Mike were special. Kim had been my sister-in-law's chief bridesmaid a few years back and I had done the photography then too (you can see the blog entry here). Having seen how I work for the whole day and enjoyed looking at the wedding photographs after, when it came to Kim and Mike getting married they were determined to use me as their wedding photographer.

Before the big day though we met up in Sevenoaks and went for a wander around Knole Park to talk about the plans for the day and the wedding photographs they wanted, and spent a little time taking some engagement photographs as well. I hope you enjoy looking at them, and if you come back in a few weeks then you'll see the wedding pictures too.

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) engagement photography sevenoaks wedding photography wedding photography Sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/sevenoaks-engagement-photography-wedding-pictures-to-follow Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:24:32 GMT
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A very tiny visitor came for some photographs recently! It's such a precious time with a newborn baby - there's so much going on and they grow up so very very quickly. Cherish the time when they are this small - and if you can get organised have some lovely photographs taken to remember what they used to look like! newborn baby photography, Sevenoaks Kentnewborn baby photography, Sevenoaks Kent newborn baby photography, Sevenoaks Kentnewborn baby photography, Sevenoaks Kent newborn baby photography, Sevenoaks Kent, baby on soft blanketnewborn baby photography, Sevenoaks Kent newborn baby photography, Sevenoaks Kentnewborn baby photography, Sevenoaks Kent newborn baby photography, Sevenoaks Kentnewborn baby photography, Sevenoaks Kent newborn baby photography, Sevenoaks Kentnewborn baby photography, Sevenoaks Kent

 

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) newborn baby photography newborn baby photography sevenoaks newborn photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/newborn-baby-photography Tue, 07 Oct 2014 20:44:47 GMT
Family and children photography in Kemsing, Sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/happy-families Photograph of family and children sat on a bench in Kemsing, SevenoaksFamily photography in Kemsing, SevenoaksPhotograph of family and children sat on a bench in Kemsing, Sevenoaks

I love having larger family groups for a photography session. These shots were done for a family in Kemsing, just outside Sevenoaks. There's so much interaction between all the children and so much energy buzzing around. It's not of course always "good energy", and it can take a while to get everyone in the right mood for the group shots, but that's all part of the fun. Patience, distraction, and a playground were used on this day!

 

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) children photography kemsing family photography family photography sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/happy-families Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:04:52 GMT
The power of photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/sevenoaks_photography_power It's always nice to be reminded of the power that your photographs can have for people. A client wanted some pictures of her children at short notice to give to her father-in-law for his 70th birthday, so we fixed a date, the sun came out, and we had an hour or so wandering around Emmetts Garden just outside Sevenoaks. Since there was plenty to keep the children occupied and busy, it was simple to get them to pose for a few pictures as we walked around and the pictures were ready and printed a few days later. When the pictures were given to her father-in-law, there were tears of happiness (you can read the review here), and it's so nice to have played a small part of that process.

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography family portrait sevenoaks childrens photography sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/sevenoaks_photography_power Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:11:13 GMT
Gospel Choir workshop in Sevenoaks by Ken Burton https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/Photography_Sevenoaks_Ken_Burton_Gospel_Workshop  

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Towards the end of the summer term, Combe Bank school in Sevenoaks organised a Gospel Choir workshop with Ken Burton. Since my daughter was taking part I thought I would go to the rehearsals and take some photographs. I had a reaaly good time just listening to the singing and doing a bit of stage photography - I'd thoroughly recommend getting Ken to do something similar at your school if you get the chance.

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) sevenoaks event photography sevenoaks family photography sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/Photography_Sevenoaks_Ken_Burton_Gospel_Workshop Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:03:50 GMT
A quick couple shoot https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/a-quick-couple-shoot Paul's my brother-in-law, and Tilney is his girlfriend. When they came to visit us in Sevenoaks in February and Tilney said she would like to have some photographs taken, well, there's no time like the present is there? So, off we went for a wander around the garden and nearby. It was pretty chilly though even in the rays of the low lying sun, so between shots there was a lot of coat putting on and taking off!

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The second half of the photoshoot will be in Brighton where they live. I have lots of ideas for what I want to do, but it involves them getting up quite early which hasn't been possible to engineer yet. Watch this space though...

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/a-quick-couple-shoot Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:08:05 GMT
Family photoshoot in Sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/family_photography_sevenoaks Whenever possible, I like to pop round to visit the photography venue just to get a feel for the space and natural light. If I do that about a week  before the photography session then it gives me time to develop some ideas and if necessary work out some other places to use as well. So when I went round to meet this Sevenoaks client I was thrilled - the house oozed photo opportunities (or Kodak moments as they used to be called?). So much light, big windows, and with lots of space too. The sort of house you'd just love to have as a photography studio. (I hasten to add that it's not my studio, I don't have one and I don't really want one. But this house could convince me otherwise!).

 

Anyhow, on to the pictures...

 

Like I said, lots of light and backlighting opportunities (and you know I can't resist that) -

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But of course you need some variety as well, so a few shots from on high...

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...and some playtime...

 

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...some in a particularly delightful bedroom...

 

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...and some photography outside when the sun shines in Sevenoaks...

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All in all, a great morning's photography in Sevenoaks.

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography family photography sevenoaks portrait photography sevenoaks sevenoaks photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/family_photography_sevenoaks Fri, 02 May 2014 16:27:56 GMT
Fun family photoshoot in Sevenoaks - with added wet weather! https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/fun-family-photoshoot-in-sevenoaks-Oct13 You have to be prepared for the weather really. I'm addicted to checking the weather forecast in the days leading up to a photoshoot - sunny, cloudy, light showers or continuous rain?? The outlook is of course always changing, and my hopes for some great outdoor opportunities wax and wane accordingly. And that is leaving aside the time I spend checking what direction the sun might be in and what angle a client's house and garden is facing - all in the hope of some cracking sunshine and backlit portraits.

This family photoshoot in Sevenoaks did not have the best of weather though, but whenever there was a break in the rain we would be straight outside, umbrellas at the ready. We managed to get enough time to take a couple of nice group shots in the garden...

 

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When the weather was not so kind, we moved to a comfy sofa near a window - always a good place for some pleasing light, and it's quite easy for people to relax, chill out and lose any fear of the camera...

 

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I also brought with me a large softbox that's big enough to get a family in front of for some studio style shots. Really, why do you need to go to a studio for this - do it all in the comfort of your own home, drink tea and eat biscuits between shots! Now, I'm not always a huge fan of white backdrop photographs, but I think that's mainly because they take away a lot of creativity from the process. At the end of the day they do look good printed, and obviously give a crisp clean look to everything. And they also work whatever the weather is doing outside!

 

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Finally, a little bit of fun with a crazy lens and ring flash - everyone joined in with this!

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) child photography Sevenoaks family photography Sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/fun-family-photoshoot-in-sevenoaks-Oct13 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:32:32 GMT
October weather (a blog about family photography in Sevenoaks) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/october2013-children_photography I had a wonderful time in October with a two sisters and their young cousin. Dodging raindrops and damp bits of grass while still trying to get some lovely photographs of them playing outside. You can see that they needed to be wrapped up pretty warm, but a spot of kicking a football around soon warmed things up.

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Of course it doesn't take too long before everyone needs to sit down so a change of speed and venue was called for. What nicer than a nice park bench to squeeze everyone onto!

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Of course, English weather in October isn't that reliable so eventually we were forced inside. I always carry an excess of equipment on a photoshoot regardless of the weather, but today was always likely to involve a session with an extra large softbox for a back drop. Lots of good shots inside to complete the photoshoot.

 

I think a bit of hoodie can make for a great portrait.

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Toys are always a good distraction to get a young person to ignore you!

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And sometimes all the model wants is a bit of daddy time and a book...

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I've also been having a bit of added fun recently with a fish-eye lens and cuddly toys...

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/october2013-children_photography Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:20:44 GMT
A day out at Bedgebury, Kent - August 2013 (a blog about family photography in Sevenoaks) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/a-day-out-at-bedgebury-kent---august-2013 If you haven't discovered Bedgebury yet, you really should look it up and get down there. Let me make it easier for you, here's a link. Loads of outdoor playgrounds for the children, miles of cycling trails for the family, and some mountain biking trails for the more adventurous too (I haven't been organised enough to get down there without the children to try the off road trails yet!). And on a sunny day of course it's full of delightful backdrops of trees, dappled sunshine, leafy views and all sorts, just right for some photography with friends.

What sort of pictures can you take...

Well, nice couply ones with some sunshine behind them...

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You can climb up some tall piece of playground equipment to take a photograph from a different perspective...

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You can take a photograph of the children looking like something out of an adventure escapade...

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You can get very smiley children's faces when they are on a swing...

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But you should also remember that after a few hours in the great outdoors, they all crave a bit of iPhone action when they crash out for a few minutes...

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography family photography sevenoaks family portrait https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/a-day-out-at-bedgebury-kent---august-2013 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:01:34 GMT
Baby Stevie, May 2013 (a blog about family photography in Sevenoaks) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/baby-stevie-may-2013 Being the photographer in the extended family, there are quite a lot of family photography occasions. How I forgot to introduce baby Stevie from all the way back in May I do not know. Anyhow, here she is. Welcome Stevie!

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) baby photography sevenoaks family photography sevenoaks newborn photography sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/baby-stevie-may-2013 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:41:25 GMT
One child, one camera - a classic photoshoot (a blog about family photography in Sevenoaks) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/one-child-one-camera---a-classic-photoshoot "children photography sevenoaks" "child photography sevenoaks"childrens portrait photography sevenoaksportrait photograph child children sevenoaks kent

 

You do come across a fair range of challenges when doing children's photography, and to be honest that's a lot of what I enjoy about it. But when you give it some thought, it doesn't get much more 'down to basics' than a photoshoot like this. One young boy faces me and my camera. The parents are around, having a cup of tea, but not wanting to be in the pictures. Lots of Star Wars talk, Lego stuff, football kicking, but really you have to take some pictures as well. Balance the fun whilst making the morning move in the right direction. If you can keep the subject interested and having fun, they will smile and enjoy it, and it will all come out in the photographs. You'll have to run around a lot, but it's still worth it!

 

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) childrens photography sevenoaks family photography family photography kent family photography sevenoaks https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/one-child-one-camera---a-classic-photoshoot Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:56:00 GMT
A trip to Bexley - (a blog about family photography in Sevenoaks) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/a-trip-to-bexley---more-young-people-need-photographs-taken child and family portrait photography bexley and sevenoakschild and family portrait photography bexley and sevenoaksportrait of young boy in teh sun, bexley

 

I am sure it's been the same for you all. A great and busy summer, meaning that some things (like my blog!) get left to look after themselves. Well, school is back and the excuses to delay are gone, so it's time to update the blog with the photography I've been doing for most of the year. Here goes!

Back in April I caught up with a family I met through Tumbletots and took some family portraits for them up in Bexley. It was a taste of the summer to come - a gorgeously sunny morning, meaning blue sky shots outside and lovely sunlit windows inside. Quite a lot of fun was had playing around as you should realise from the smiles.

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) bexley photography family photography family portrait portrait https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/a-trip-to-bexley---more-young-people-need-photographs-taken Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:21:53 GMT
Adults too! (a blog about family photography in Sevenoaks) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/adults-too It's not only children and babies who do things that are worth photographing and that you need to remember for years to come. Adults do stuff too! The main difference is that adults almost always say how they hate having their picture taken. Get over it, and get yourself some great pictures doing your stuff!


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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/adults-too Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:39:14 GMT
An ambassador for third children (a blog about family photography in Sevenoaks) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/an-ambassador-for-third-children Meet Hugo...

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family family photography family portrait group portrait https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/an-ambassador-for-third-children Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:06:40 GMT
A trip to Crowborough to meet newborn Natalie https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/a-trip-to-crowborough-to-meet-newborn-natalie Crowborough has plenty of newborn babies. My middle child was born at Crowborough birthing centre, but that's going back almost 6 years now. I imagine it is still a fairly busy birthing centre, we had a great experience there. I enjoyed travelling down to meet Natalie (and her family of course!) taking the same back roads I took nearly six years ago - I hadn't wanted to get stuck in traffic then you see!

It always feels like quite a privilege to be asked to take pictures of a new arrival, so it was nice to start 2013 off with such a tiny little bundle for my model! We took plenty of her on her own...

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/a-trip-to-crowborough-to-meet-newborn-natalie Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:43:00 GMT
One Tree Hill https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/12/one-tree-hill I have to say, I'm a big fan of One Tree Hill. A short loop of a walk, lots of trees, lots of great views, and sometimes lots of mud.

One Tree Hill in the mud Since it's very close to Christmas now, we have family visitors starting to arrive, so we had a wander up One Tree Hill this afternoon. Wellies compulsory!

 

Here's the gang at the start of the walk...

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Here we are headed up the hill,

Going up One Tree Hill And to pass the time at the top of One Tree Hill we did a bit of brass rubbing (well, concrete rubbing I guess) on the seat at the top so we could read what it said...

On the way back down the hill we found lots more mud and a few sticks to play with. So many picture opportunities!

I probably won't post anything more until after the New Year, so Merry Christmas everyone and I hope Santa brings you a nice camera or something!

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/12/one-tree-hill Sun, 23 Dec 2012 21:15:24 GMT
Family photoshoot, October https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/12/family-photoshoot-oct We had a lot of fun running around the garden, going on slides and swings, and trying to distract someone from their favourite dinosaur toy! In the end we had to bring out the bubbles to find the best smiles!

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family garden photography portrait https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/12/family-photoshoot-oct Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:53:20 GMT
Solefield Ladies Night - and ladies,you rocked! https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/solefield-ladies-night---and-ladies-you-rocked I had the great honour of being the only male in the house for the Solefield Parents' Association 'Ladies Night' last week, and what a show they put on! The mums (and a teacher or two) were the models and after a long while choosing clothes and only a short pep talk off they went to the cheers and encouragement of the house.

Well done ladies! You can see more of the pictures here.

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) fashion night solefield https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/solefield-ladies-night---and-ladies-you-rocked Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:25:18 GMT
Family shoot https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/family-shoot family portrait sevenoaks

I had the pleasure of a family photoshoot in Sevenoaks recently with uninterrupted sunshine throughout. It contrasts with a few projects I have on the go at the moment where just trying to get one day with a bit of dry weather is quite a challenge. I thought I would put a good number of the pictures from the photoshoot up here so as to give an example of what you can expect from a family shoot.

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photoshoot https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/family-shoot Sun, 07 Oct 2012 19:12:15 GMT
Wedding time - Gabby and Jonny - Arundel Cathedral https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/9/wedding-time---gabby-and-jonny---arundel-cathedral Wedding bride and bridesmaids walking down the aisle Some wedding venues have more, well, 'ooomph' than others, and Arundel Cathedral has it in spades. Great place for a wedding, just make sure you bring ALL your friends and family to fill it up!

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You can see more of the pictures from the wedding here.

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) arundel arundel cathedral wedding wedding photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/9/wedding-time---gabby-and-jonny---arundel-cathedral Wed, 05 Sep 2012 09:39:22 GMT
Down at the beach https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/7/down-at-the-beach pictures taken at the beach Here's the recipe - find a nice deserted beach, make sure it's a dry day (but not too sunny - overcast would do fine), and start walking up and down telling jokes. Then grab your camera and start shooting!

This picture was taken a bit earlier in the year actually, but it's taken me a while to put it up here. It wasn't even taken in the UK, so I can't take you back to the same beach very easily - but we can do overcast and deserted beaches probably better than anyone else can! I feel a project coming on...

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) beach couple family photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/7/down-at-the-beach Tue, 31 Jul 2012 08:19:22 GMT
Engagement photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/6/engagement-photography enagagement wedding photography sevenoaks kent

It's not something that seems that common in the UK, but enegagement (or pre-wedding) photography is much more the norm in the US. I'm all for it - it's a great opportunity for photographer and the prosepectively happy couple to spend a few hours together and get to know each other a bit better, before the mayhem of the big day. And obviously it's another set of romantic pictures for the album!

You can look at the rest of the set from Gabby and Jonny here.

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) engagement wedding wedding photography https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/6/engagement-photography Tue, 19 Jun 2012 08:19:12 GMT
Save the Children fundraiser https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/save-the-children-fundraiser A week or so ago I had the opportunity to do some photography at a fundraising event for a local branch of Save the Children, in conjunction with Bod and Ted, and held at The Dairy, Sundridge. The show was excellent and a lot of fun was had by all present.

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) Save the Children fashion show fundraiser https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/save-the-children-fundraiser Mon, 07 May 2012 19:21:30 GMT
Tumbletots! https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/4/tumbletots A few weeks ago I spent a number of mornings taking pictures of children at a local Tumbletots playgroup in Sevenoaks and Westerham. It's taken a while to post anything about it due to the sheer volume of pictures I needed to get through, but the work was more than rewarded by the number of smiling faces I caught.

STF-20120315-002 Indoor lighting can be challenging, and you can never be sure what you might be presented with on the day. The venue at Westerham though was absolutely delightful, with a strong beam of sunlight coming through the rooflight and onto the floor. Just right for creating an angelic glow on people's faces!

 

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I have another session with Tumbletots coming up in a few weeks. More on the spot challenges, but I'll be looking for the smiles too!

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) action sevenoaks tumbletots westerham https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/4/tumbletots Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:04:28 GMT
It's snowtime! https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/3/its-snowtime- It's snowtime! There is just so much fun to be had in the snow, and if you can keep your fingers warm then there's no reason not to take a few snaps as well.

Remember, snow is much brighter than a 'normal' background in a photograph, so you need to take steps to correctly expose your picture:

- if your camera has a 'snow' setting, use that and it should expose correctly. Using your normal settings will probably produce a picture darker than you were expecting.
- if you don't have a 'snow' setting on your camera, try to set it to overexpose the picture by one or two stops. Assuming you have a digital camera, experiment to see how much overexposure you need.
- if you have a camera that has a histogram you can review, try to expose so that you are almost going over the right hand side of the histogram - but not quite.

But most of all - have plenty of fun and don't forget to put your camera away for long enough to hop on the sledge yourself!

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) action photographs sledging snow https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/3/its-snowtime- Fri, 02 Mar 2012 18:15:49 GMT
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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography family portrait smiles https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/3/family-portraits-and-family-fun Fri, 02 Mar 2012 18:14:12 GMT
New Years Day https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/3/new-years-day New Years Day

After a lovely lovely New Year break, I have decided that 2012 is the year to add a blog to my website so that you can easily see what I have been up to. It's not all Sevenoaks, children and photography - I started the year with Wales, friends, fresh air - and photography of course.

To say thank you to our hosts I took a family portrait of them! It's a composite of about 35 pictures, stitched together on the computer to create a very shallow depth of field. It's difficult to see when the picture is small, but quite dramatic when it's a nice large canvas hanging on your wall at home!

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adrian@adrianclarkephotography.co.uk (Adrian Clarke Photography) family photography family portrait https://www.adrianclarkephotography.co.uk/blog/2012/3/new-years-day Fri, 02 Mar 2012 18:12:11 GMT