Summertime Portraits – Last day of school

ascot-portrait-photographerToday. The last day of reception (kindergarden). Every Mama says this…but how did we get here…so fast? In front of me, I have a little girl growing up. Reading, writing, learning to spell. Adding numbers and counting by 10′s or backwards.

I love that the word VERY is really spelled VERE.  I shall leave for her to learn this next year.  And this morning…TALL was spelled TOL. That’s OK in my book. I treasure the little moments clinging to childhood and innocence.  Because it all goes so very quickly.

This was a year of two different schools (before we found the right one for her), of field trip to farms, of her very first choir performance with a mix of bigger children from other schools. This year we were fascinated with Frozen and Beatrix Potter and drawing flowers and growing sunflowers from seed. This year we gained a pair of STYLING pink glasses.

And so we start our summer today. We both need a rest. But I want to remember today. How beautiful it is.

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30 Days of Clouds – A Personal Project

day-8-clouds-denise-balyoz-photographyI LOVE being a portrait photographer…and I love capturing expression and emotion in eyes, in faces and in bodies. But sometimes, it is fun to spend time with camera in other ways.

A couple of weeks ago, my sister moved back to Raleigh, NC from a year in Beijing. After the heavy, mostly grey and monotonous skies of China, she marvelled at the North Carolina-blue and cloud-punctured, summer-time skies that she was seeing.  When she suggested starting a 30-day project focused on what was up over her head, I quickly jumped to match her with views from the UK. And though this project starts with us on two different continents, she will be visiting me in just over a week’s time. We will finish our 30 days together…each capturing the same sky in our own unique way.

So here you go. The first 10 days of English summer skies….

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Family Portraits Windsor Great Park

family-photographer-windsorAfter all our crazy weather, how amazing to look out the window and see Spring! Which reminds me…I still need to catch up on blogging a few of my wonderful wintertime sessions.  :)

This beautiful family took advantage of my Christmas mini-session offer. We staying in one location with a shorter session. Everyone…including the dog….had a great time. Their family connection is wonderful and it shows in their portraits….Take a look. :)

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Portraits of my Dog…Age Three

Yesterday, I photographed the most beautiful 10-day old baby boy. As I was cleaning up after the shoot, Harry came in to investigate. And so, he found himself on the hot seat.

Harry, age 3. A bit more dignified. A tad bit calmer. A little hairier. And ever on the look-out for food. Or a walk. A good boy. :)

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1 Year Old Portraits in Windsor

virginia-water-photographerLast October, on a misty Autumn morning, I got to spend the morning with this beautiful little boy. He had three speeds: Go. Go! and GO! He kept his Mum, Dad and I moving. And laughing. What a pleasure it was. I hope you enjoy these too….

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Newborn Baby Boy…

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Meet tiny baby H. Only 8 days old and completely handsome. It was such a pleasure to photograph him!!

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Family Portraits in Windsor

Windsor-Sunningdale-Child-PhotographerAs I look out the window now, the skies are grey, the trees are bare and the fields have that special winter-green colour. And…wow! I realise it has been nearly a month since my last post. As is usual, the run up to Christmas is especially busy in the studio. But with some wonderful sessions…I enjoyed it all.

Here is one I loved. A gorgeous frosty morning. Lots of autumn colour. A beautiful family with a little girl with curls, shining eyes and buckets of personality. It was a pleasure to spend the morning with them!

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Christmas is Coming…

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Christmas is coming and Santa’s workshop is busy! Remember, I offer gift vouchers in any amount towards sessions or portrait products. Let me know and I’ll whisper for you into Santa’s ear… :)

Are you planning to give portrait gifts to your loved ones at Christmas? Please remember the following order deadlines:

4 December for any canvas and bloc orders.

13 December for any print orders.

I’ll be back with more festive updates. In the meantime….have a wonderful week!

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Autumn Leaf

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Phoebe’s World: Resting on a Mushroom

For me, childhood was a time of dreams and fantasy. It was a time of fairytales and believing in magic. Nature was (and still is…) a wonderful thing. Gathering acorns, twigs, leaves, stones and shells was just what I did. A centipede. A mushroom. The clouds. A rainbow. All of these thrilled me. As they now thrill my daughter.

Because there is magic in not forgetting our childhood…I have decided to create a series of special portraits. This is Phoebe’s world. I hope you enjoy it with me.

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