A Walk in the Park

Three little girls. The Windsor Great Park. A winter’s day. Lots of mud. A discussion. windsor-portrait-photographer

Portraits from Winter

Two quick portraits from our winter walks this week. Each day, she feels a little bit better. child-portrait-photographer windsor-photographer

Our 365: Week 3

2 Jan 2015 – A trip into town…as Elsa. 15_DJB189815_DJB1907 Day 16 – Learning to sew.16-DJB_6591 Day 17 – Fog on the Long Walk17-DJB_6608 17-DJB_6624 Day 18 – On the way to Great Ormond Street Hospital, we stopped in Hamleys on Oxford Street.18-P1040350 Day 19 – Homeopathic Remedies…a big part of Phoebe’s healing journey.19_DJB1912 Day 20 – Jumping on the bed before school20-DJB_6683-(1) Day 21 – It’s a dog’s life…21_DJB1922

Hilarious…Trying to use the Self-Timer

.Ever tried to take a group portrait using your camera’s self-timer? Ever tried to make a run for it in heels? Ever tried this at midnight after a glass or two of wine?

Yes…well, I did. Here’s what happened. Gosh did we laugh!

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Thanks for a WONDERFUL evening girls…x

Our 365: Week 2

Day 8 – A wintery walk with a new friend called, Neptune.day-8

Day 9: Sometimes she does things that melt my heart.day-9 Day 10 – a walk with a friend. day-10 Day 11. Elsa makes art. day-11-(2) day-11 Day 12…it was a week of walks. This time with another friend. And the dog! day-12 Day 13…ahh a frosty, foggy morning. We dashed out to be in it. day-13-(2) day-13 Day 14 – Learning to play Othello…a childhood favourite of mine. day-14

a new year…a new project…

A new year. A new start. Or rather, a re-start…For a few years now, I have wanted to complete a 365 project. One photo every day for one year. This sounds easy: Have camera. Pick it up. Click.

But any photographer who has tried this knows that LIFE just GETS IN THE WAY. I’ve tried a 365 before. I’ve also tried a 52 week project. And both times, I had to stop to deal with the demands of my business and motherhood.

This year, I’m trying again. But on my terms. Firstly (and most importantly) my daughter has signed up with me. SHE wants to do it with me. She wants to help me remember to take our photo before the daylight gives way to darkness. And sometimes, she will dictate the subject (watch for photos of stuffed animals…I know they will be coming!) Secondly, I will not be posting every day. It was the download-and-post process that killed this project the first time. Instead, I’ll post here weekly with a set photos from that week.

Without much further ado….here we go. Our 365. Beginning 19 December 2014.

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Looking for softness and ease…an intention for the New Year.

denise balyoz yoga windsorHappy 2015! This year has a wonderful ring to it, doesn’t it? And…I have a such a good feeling about this year! I can’t wait to see what comes.

In the meantime, as the days being their tumble into January, I will be approaching my yoga practice (and my life) with the intention of ease.

Working hard, for me, is not a problem. Profound effort does not scare me. But as Patanjali says, the physical practice of yoga should be a combination of effort or steadiness (sthira) and ease or joy (sukham).

When the postures are difficult, can we remain soft? Can we remain connected to our breath? Can we pull back….just a little…and listen, really listen to what it is our body is saying to us?

And in life, when things get hard…when we are tired, or challenged…can we stay connected to ourselves? When we meet resistance, can we stay grounded? And even in the midst of sadness, can we find moments of joy?

In 2015, this is my practice. At least, part of it….

What is yours?

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Child Portraits – 9 years old

photographer-marlow-henleySome of you may recognise these beautiful blue eyes from previous years. It’s hard to believe Miss S is already 9. This time around, her mother was hoping for some portraits and some modelling head shots. This is what we did….

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Family Portrait Sessions at Cliveden House

Looking for something different this October half-term? Why not have your family portrait created at Cliveden? Just in time for Christmas….

Contact Cliveden House to book your session today.

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Male Portraits and Modelling Headshots

modelling-headshots-photographerJust this morning, it struck me how lucky I am to be a portrait photographer.

Not because I get…for a small part of my day…to walk around with my camera. But because I get to be close to people and their dreams.

I’m there in those first days of a baby’s life. I’ve been present when a child first sits on its own. I see couples and families together in their love for each other…in so many different stages and ages of life.

This month, I’ve also been lucky to create portraits for people who hope to become models.  This doesn’t change how I look to capture a portrait, it only changes the parameter (i.e.…headshot, full body, etc..)

And so…modelling session number 1…best of luck to you C. You’ll be awesome!

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