24th March 2010 – My first family photoshoot

Written on March 24, 2010 – 9:45 pm | by BryonyParkes |

Firstly, Happy Birthday to me, Happy birthday to meeee! I have had this blog for over a year now, go me :-)

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of shooting a lovely family of Mum, Dad and two gorgeous teenage girls. Such a photogenic family, will always make it easier to get some pretty good shots but I was pleased with how I did. I think I’ve still got a way to go yet before the lighting is 100% but it was a challenge I needed. It gave me the opportunity to use my lights and a bit of logistic thinking with the space I had.

I wanted to make sure that as well as some lovely posed shots, I got some natural ones too of the family being themselves and showing the camera the fantastic nature they hold as a family.

Here are some of my favourites :-)

and one more of the girls together, aren’t they just so pretty?

I am LOVING this photography lark at the moment. Long may it continue!

Photos taken at 1/125 and f/5/6 with flash gun and one studio light (with exception to curtain background)

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2nd November 2009 – Having fun

Written on November 2, 2009 – 10:51 pm | by BryonyParkes |

I’ve got to share a photo I took with you at the weekend. I went to a hotel and spa, Fairlawns Spa in Aldridge, Walsall (highly recommended by the way) with three of my best friends for a spot of pampering and girly time.

Before we went down for dinner, we decided to get a nice group shot of the four of us. I have to admit, we were in a very silly mood; can you tell?

Don’t you just think it’s just a fantastic picture?

This is what we look like normally (although I may have slightly overexposed in edit by mistake, apologies):

and this is a shot I took the next day to represent the lovely, simple, fresh time we had:

Always make time for a pamper, everyone deserves it from time to time x

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24th September 2009 – Bump Baby Beautiful

Written on September 24, 2009 – 7:46 pm | by BryonyParkes |

As I went to my friend Liz’s place last night for a cuppa and a chat, I took a couple of shots to add to our collection of photographs recording the progress of her baby bump. She is 22 weeks now and she had a scan today which confirmed that all is well! We had a good giggle for ten minutes while we tried various poses so I thought I’d share what we came up with.

My favourite, despite the focus not being quite right, is this one:

I like how it looks like we’re looking in on a tender moment between mother and unborn child.

Other favourites are:


















It was smashing to use the flash gun in Liz’s flat, as she has a very modern flat with cream square rooms which bounced the light off beautifully and helped me avoid any shadows. It’s a great place to do indoor shoots.

For reference, if you read my last post about Liz’s bump, here are shots that I took yesterday to mimic the shots I took last time with the same lighting conditions, for progress marking:

Liz’s baby is due in January 2010 and I am very excited. I will be doing a proper bump shoot with her sometime soon as she approaches 30 weeks, so check back again for those!

Photos taken at 1/100 and f/5.6 (flash gun used) – top four photographs. 1/50 and f/2.0 – bottom two photographs.

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30th July 2009 – Random thing about me: Fact 10

Written on July 30, 2009 – 3:44 pm | by BryonyParkes |

I’ve been really looking forward to doing this random thing, what better excuse than this to do a little mini photoshoot with my girls? I don’t need an excuse of course but sometimes it takes something like this to give you a nudge.

“10) My girls are my absolute world. I am constantly wanting to be a better mum”

It’s not that I think I’m a bad mum, I just want what everyone wants: I want the best for my children. They deserve the best childhood and upbringing possible and I sometimes wish I could give them more. They are super girls though, I really am so very very lucky to have such bright and beautiful children. Did you know that the Big One can write her name at the tender age of 3 years old and 4 months? She can also draw her Nanny with curly hair, ear-rings, arms and legs! She can tell you that Mummy starts with M and Tree starts with T. I’m not boasting, this probably all typical 3 year old stuff but I think it’s amazing and I’m incredibly proud of my daughter and watching her develop is so much fun.

We once had a conversation about bees and how they make honey. She told me that the Queen Bee looks after the honey and the other bees go to flowers to get it. I asked her what happens after that? She gave it a quick thought and then told me confidently that then Winnie the Pooh comes! How I howled!

The Small One is only 6 months, but despite some really rough months with Colic and Reflux, she is just the happiest, bounciest baby in the world. When she’s not in pain (which thankfully is hardly ever now) she can beam a smile that would stretch to the moon if it could. She’s starting to learn how to crawl, it’s adorable to watch. She gets onto her hands and her knees, sometimes her hands and feet and her bottom wobbles to and fro as she rocks to go forward. She’s been sitting up unaided since she was 22 weeks old I think, so it’s a lot easier to leave her to it and she’s quite happy to sit there and watch her big sister.

I really enjoyed doing this mini photoshoot, they are gorgeous in my eyes so it wasn’t hard to get a decent picture. Of course I’d say that, and I wouldn’t want to hear otherwise ;o) It was challenging though, it was just me to direct and position them and take the shots at the same time. I finally put some new batteries in the flash gun which helped as well as it wasn’t starting to die on me, and I used my trusty old fleece blankets for the background although space issues meant that there wasn’t as much distance between the girls and the background so it’s not as seamless as it should be. I decided to try the black for a change (I normally only use white for children) I think it works well on this occasion, but wouldn’t like to use it all the time. I know I didn’t get the lighting quite right but that’s ok, cos I’m happy with them enough and will definitely be framing my favourite!



















And my favourite:

I’d love to hire a studio one day, give it a go properly. If I were ever good enough in the future to go Pro then studio photography I think, is what I’d like to do. Weddings for example will definitely NOT be my cup of tea, I have huge admiration for those who do them. I couldn’t hack the pressure of a different venue every time, different lighting, weather problems, trekking kit around with you, dealing with “the annoying guest with the camera” that every wedding always has, not to mention getting it right first time on a day that won’t happen again. If I have a knack for anything I think it’s studio portraits although I may think differently after I’ve taken my 500th shot in a studio! I would love to shoot a wedding one day for the experience, don’t get me wrong but studio shots I think is my forte. I’d love to know if anyone agrees with me, but of course be nice ;o)

Photos taken at 1/200 and f/5.0 (flash gun used)

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15th July 2009 – A feel good picture

Written on July 15, 2009 – 9:42 pm | by BryonyParkes |

I just wanted to share my PAD for today.

This is Evie, otherwise known as “The Small One”. Those of you following my blog will know that we’ve had a very difficult time over the last few months with little Evie suffering with Colic, Chicken Pox and Reflux. Thankfully, the reflux was diagnosed last Friday and she was prescribed Gaviscon.

The difference is phenomenal, she is just THE happiest, bonniest baby. She is feeding better, she is sleeping better, she is sitting up unaided, playing and occupying herself with glee. She is smiley, chatty and has a word: RAH. We’re not sure what RAH means, but it is said repeatedly, and always accompanied with a smile, so I think we must conclude that RAH means I am Happy now.

We are getting our evenings back, she is going to bed a treat. This is a MUCH happier household and I’m more in love with my baby than ever. I am such a lucky lady to have the most beautiful two girls. My photography as a result, should be better, as I’ll have more brain cells to concentrate on it!

I decided to take a few pictures of her this morning, she’s 5 and a half months old now, much more co-operative with the camera (or is it that she’s now getting used to a great big lens in her face?) and it was an absolute joy to capture this natural smiley face. The flash gun came up trumps once again, projecting a much less harsh light over her and although the blanket was originally smoothed out, I like that she wriggled so much and ruffled it, it makes it look more cosy.

So glad to see you smile again Evie. Long may it continue. RAH right back atcha little one xx

Photo taken at 1/250 and f/5.6 (flash gun used)

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