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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

To drape or not to drape

So I've been photographing Pregnancies now for over 10 years and I'm very aware that London pregnancy photographers can get it very wrong as my clients tell me they've had a difficult time finding a photographer that doesn't create cheesy in your face bump photos.

The artistic maternity portraits that I prefer to do are far harder to find and as a result my clients come from very far afield, some from Cambridge, some fro Kent, quite a few from the other side of London to where my studio is in Ealing.  This is very gratifying but why is it that there are not enough photographers out there that know how to both light and pose a pregnant body.

I have to say that I didn't learn the art of maternity posing and lighting from a course, as there were only the in-yer-face american photographers to learn from and frankly, they were not for me!.  So I've really learnt from scratch.  It's a fine line between artistic and contrived, between beautiful drape and cheesy loin cloth.  Of course everyone has a different point at which art becomes cheese but I hope I've got it in the right place for enough people to book me.

I generally use a combination of normal but flattering clothing that I've collected over the years and think work really well, and drapes that can flatter the body and create almost a frame to the bump and just enough modesty to be politically correct.  I'm very happy to do nude maternity images if the client are happy to go that far, and I think they look stunning with gentle backlighting and the best poses, but it's really not necessary to get the effect.

If you're looking for sympathetic maternity images that you will be proud to show off to even your parents in law then come and give it a go.  If you've got any interested scarves or drapes you want to try out I'm very keen to try new things.

Book a session now

Susan Porter-Thomas LSWPP

Friday, 8 May 2015

New's time

Photographer Branding

I have been in the process of creating a new brand for my family photography business for a few months now, it's slow progress, but I think it's going to be really gorgeous when it's all done and dusted.  I have employed a fantastic designer who has created a really great look for me, a soft elegant and stylish look that I think befits my type of client very well.

The design of the boxes is taking quite a while, they have to look beautiful but also be quite sturdy so that they do thier primary job of protecting the images inside.  Once I get them done I will then be able to take photos of them with some albums and prints around them to put into my marketing material...all very exiting.

I feel that after 10 years in business I have finally honed what I want the business to look like.  I want to concentrate on Pregnancy Photography, Natural newborn photography and location London Family photography.  I get a fantastic variety of challenges from these main three session types, and it really is the genre I love the most.  No more weddings, no more office jobs, I get to be artistic and have fun at the same time, perfect.

I will let you know when I have all of the designs in place so you can have a look..

In the mean time, enjoy the spring

Susan Porter-Thomas Pregnancy Photography London

Monday, 16 February 2015

10 yrs in business

10 Years in Business and things are afoot at SPT

New Identity

I started out in photography nearly 10 years ago after retraining down in Cape Town having been in BA for 8 years as a project manager, and so to celebrate this milestone I feel it's time, yes it's time to get a whole new, 2015 look, one that befits what I'm trying to create, fine art for the modern family.
The designer is exited, he's playing with colours and logos as we speak.  I will keep you posted on the developments, but I'm just a bit exited about the new me..A new and improved luxury family photographer in London

The new Loyalty scheme

I am painfully aware that I don't currently have a loyalty scheme in place for my returning clients and I don't make it that easy for you to refer me to your friends.  So I'm creating a great new loyalty scheme to make it easier on you as a returning customer.  Watch this space but rest assured that my existing clients will get full use of this scheme when I roll it out.

New treats

I'm thinking up new and cool things to give to my younger clients, one suggestion from my husband was a branded dummy!!! or perhaps an SPT distressing ball!

Any other ideas gratefully received.

Blog written by Hampstead family photographer Susan Porter-Thomas LSWPP