Toddler Photo Session | Hengistbury Head | Dorset Portrait Photography by Robert Whetton

by Robert Whetton 19. September 2014 18:00

Last Sunday saw me spending the afternoon with Lou, Dom and their twin girls Harper and Scout for their annual photo session. I photographed these girls last year too at Moors Valley Country Park, but didn't blog it, well I haven't blogged anything in quite a while, though problems with the blog and other things happening.

Much has happened in the two and a half years since I photographed the girls when they were just 5 months old. Lou is now running a very successful business, Lou Brown Designs and is also on NoTHS. And Dom has changed his work too, from having to commute to Portsmouth to now just down the road to Poole.

We started at the house, well, a converted church, its pretty amazing to be honest! A huge open plan area with bedrooms off to the side (I'm hoping to shoot someone there). Once Lou and Dom had everything the girls needed we set off for Tuckton, to catch a boat to Hegistbury Head beach.
NB. No bacon sandwich this time around.

Scout puts pyjama bottoms on scouts head - Portrait Photography Dorset

Mum and Dad with the twins - Portrait Photography Dorset

Its amazing to see how much the girls have changed since last year, and the different personalities they each have. Scout being the more adventurous type and Harper is fun but very thoughtful at the same time.

Paying for the boat - Portrait Photography Dorset

Family boarding the boat - Portrait Photography Dorset

Once tickets had been bought we boarded the fine water vessel.

Harper and Scout check out the water - Portrait Photography Dorset

Waiting for the boat to leave dock - Portrait Photography Dorset

At one point I thought we might have had the whole aft of the boat to ourselves, but the space was soon filled by a couple more families and a dog.

Boat

There was plenty to see on the journey to Hegestbury Head and it kept everyone entertained, the girls asked plenty of questions about the things they could see.

Scout talking to dad - Portrait Photography Dorset

Mum has cuddles with Harper - Portrait Photography Dorset

Dad has cuddles with Scout - Portrait Photography Dorset

Harper has more cuddles with mum - Portrait Photography Dorset

Juvenile swan - Portrait Photography Dorset

Looking out to sea - Portrait Photography Dorset

Harper people watching - Portrait Photography Dorset

Lou said that Harper was a watcher, and wasn't sure where she got her stare from, but i think we now know Lou!

Scout looking overboard - Portrait Photography Dorset

Heading out of Christchurch harbour - Portrait Photography Dorset

Everyone waving at boat - Portrait Photography Dorset

We passed a few boats on the way, the girls would wave enthusiastically.

That's enough thanks Bob. Harper covers the lens - Portrait Photography Dorset

Taking a couple of shots of Harper, she decided that was enough thank you Bob, and covered the lens with her hand. Reminded me of when Maisy was smaller and did a similar thing.

Scout spots tree on Hengistbury Head - Portrait Photography Dorset

Scout spotted a Tree that they're used to spying on the trip and pointed it out.

Speeding sail boats- Portrait Photography Dorset

These young sailors were all about the speed, and we had a near miss with them.

Setting foot on dry land - Portrait Photography Dorset

Everyone looks at the water - Portrait Photography Dorset

Excited about coming onto dry land for ice cream and cake!- Portrait Photography Dorset

Once on dry land, only one thing was on their minds. Cake and ice cream!

Scout and Harper make their way to the ice cream shop - Portrait Photography Dorset

Dad gives the girls a swing - Portrait Photography Dorset

The girls wait patently for their ice creams - Portrait Photography Dorset

Dom took the girls to the shop to get cake and ice cream.

Harper gets a Lime Icicle and Scout gets a Mr Whippy - Portrait Photography Dorset

Harper likes lime flavoured things, and scout opted for the Mr Whippy.

Dom has ice cream in his beard - Portrait Photography Dorset

"Ice cream?" said Dom.

Scout lets Harper eat some Mr Whippy - Portrait Photography Dorset

So sweet to see the girls sharing their treats.

Family sit to eat their treats - Portrait Photography Dorset

Close up of the girls eating their ice creams - Portrait Photography Dorset

Dom pretends to eat more of Scouts Mr Whippy - Portrait Photography Dorset

Scout goes adventuring with the help of Dad - Portrait Photography Dorset

Ice creams and cake eaten, was time for exploring and fun!

Dom and Scout standing on rocks at Hegistbury Head - Portrait Photography Dorset

Harper running on Hegistbury Head - Portrait Photography Dorset

Lou and Harper at Hegistbury Head - Portrait Photography Dorset

Mum and Harper playing - Portrait Photography Dorset

Full length shots of Scout and Harper - Portrait Photography Dorset

Lou and Scout - Portrait Photography Dorset

Harper and Scout hiding while playing hide and seek with mum- Portrait Photography Dorset

The girls love playing hide and seak, although their hiding isn't the best, it works on the idea of if they can't see you, they must be hidden!

Lou finds Harper and Scout when playing hide and seek - Portrait Photography Dorset

Harper running while playing hide and seek - Portrait Photography Dorset

Lou finds the girls and Harper counts - Portrait Photography Dorset

Everyone had a go at hiding and seeking.

Scout and mum hide during hide and seek - Portrait Photography Dorset

Scout and dad find mum - Portrait Photography Dorset

Though some were better at hiding than others.

Mum and dad holding girls pointing out to sea - Portrait Photography Dorset

Harper jumps off of a rowing boat - Portrait Photography Dorset

Harper and Scout play on the gang plank - Portrait Photography Dorset

All fun must come to an end, and it was time to catch the boat back to Tuckton.

Scout walking hand in hand with Dom - Portrait Photography Dorset

Scout finds a Pepper Pig plaster in Doms pocket - Portrait Photography Dorset

Scout found a Peppa Pig plaster in daddy's pocket!

Harper sitting on mums lap in the boat - Portrait Photography Dorset

Dom acting like he's cold on the boat - Portrait Photography Dorset

Wind picked up and it got a little chilly..

Harper being tickled by dad on the boat - Portrait Photography Dorset

Harper being tickled by mum on the boat - Portrait Photography Dorset

Harper sings row, row, row your boat - Portrait Photography Dorset

Harper sang a very good Row, row your boat.

Lou and Scout make funny faces - Portrait Photography Dorset

Scout and Dom look out at the harbour - Portrait Photography Dorset

The girls asking dad more questions - Portrait Photography Dorset

Everyone disembarks the boat to dry land once more - Portrait Photography Dorset

Walking back to the car - Portrait Photography Dorset

The girls get a shoulder carry to the car - Portrait Photography Dorset

Lou and Dom, I have to say, you have the most adorable girls ever! they have such great character about them! And I'm glad you've decided to change to a bi-annual shoot instead. They are growing so fast and it would be a shame not to have a reccord of it.

See you guys in the New Year!

Want a baby or toddler photo session? get in contact. Pricing starts from just £160.

Geek Alert! This has been my first shoot to edit with the new CaptureOne Pro v8.0! have to say the guys over at PhaseOne have done a fantastic job with the new features and impressive speed, you might have noticed that the Black and White shots have a film grain, this is thanks to the guys at PhaseOne who have added a 'grain' feature, you get a choice of different grains and the ability to control how much you add to a photo. Fantastic!

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Woolacombe photographers get together - 4 Days of Mayhem! | Dorset Photographer Robert Whetton

by Robert Whetton 14. February 2012 16:30

You may recall back at the beginning of January a post on here about the need for models - Well it happened 23rd til 26th January. Eleven of us hit the Seaside town of Woolacombe! I don't think the locals knew what hit them after we left.. Matt Fryer arranged the apartment we stayed in, being a local himself he knows the owner and it seems everyone else there! Nothing was planned on the 23rd, so that was travel day (there was some umming and arring about we could go on the Sunday night, but we didn't have anyone to shoot on Monday so we didn't bother).

I picked up Make-up Aritst (MuA) Sarah Jenkins (she's local in Bournemouth) before heading up into Devon. Stuart Reid made his way down from Scotland for this epic event. Matt Tyler came from Cambridge for this destination. Greg Thurtle drove from Blandford. Howard Lucas navigated from the shores of Swanage and Southampton based Stuart Webster made his way with Kirstie Blake (who brought some Elinchrom studio lighting from Brighton). Two more photographers would join us later in the week Graham Fry and Stuart Moore.

So, what was this all about, why were we all getting together in the same place? Some of us have met before, and the rest we all know though the power of the internet. We are like minded photographers who all strive to produce the best images we can, so we decided to get together and see if we could teach eachother something new. We also have different cameras and got to use those too.

An uneventful journey brought us into Woolacombe for lunchtime, my Google Maps Navigation got us to the address without a glitch and we arrived a little early and had to wait for Matt. He suggested we wait down in The Red Barn, as he had some things to sort and he would let everyone else know to meet there too.

So drinks in hand we waited for the other photographers to arrive, and spent a good couple of hours chatting before heading to the Surf View apartment, which is an amazing place! The rest of the afternoon was spent with camera gear and a Beta copy of FoCal. We also got to play with a new Fujifilm X-10, supplied to Mr Fryer by Fujifilm for testing..

Getting to grips with the Fujifilm X10

Discussing first impressions of the Fujifilm X10

Canon 1Ds Mark 3 and selection of lenses

Camera to Lens Calibration with FoCal

Studying FoCal results

 

After all the fun of using FoCal to calibrate our lenses and a little messing with the X10, we got onto the subject of off camera flash - with the sun setting Matt F suggested that we head down to the top of the beach and do a set up shot of Mr Tyler, after returning and processing we set off down the road to The Red Barn for some grub and drinks.

Matt Tyler at sunset

 

Meal out at The Red Barn in Woolacombe

Meal out at The Red Barn in Woolacombe

X10 standing on table

After our meal out we headed back to the apartment for some sleep, an early day on the cards with Milli Taylor and Kirstin Topol, both singer/song writers in the Devon area that Matt F knows.

First up, Milli arrived with her mum and hit the make-up with Sarah. When she was ready we got her outside the apartment in the hallway with Kirstie and her Elinchrom studio lights, she was using Skyport triggers to control and trigger. It was an interesting exercise to watch Kirstie using a light metre to set the lights, not being a studio shooter I usually take a test shot and check the histogram on the back of the camera and make adjustments based on what I see there, and it would seem a faster solution than having to take the light metre into the scene every time.

We all bombarded Kirstie with questions about lighting ratio and why she chose to put the lights where she did etc. Anyway I had a Canon G9 winging its way to me from ebay - but Matt F was kind enough to let me use his for our time in Woolacombe. It has a hotshoe, so I wanted to test its abilities in a studio environment, I'd seen a youtube vid with a similar camera bring used and as it has an electronic shutter wanted to see how far i could push the 'sync' speeds.

Photographs of Millie Taylor

The Canon G9 coped better than I had hoped! onto a winner as far as a small compact camera went! We were trying to use the Fujifilm X-10 too, but couldn't get the hotshoe to trigger.. without a manual we were effectively fumbling in the dark!

Kirstie talked us though some more studio stuff, we hooked up her camera to my laptop and shot tethered so we could see the results on a larger screen.

Photographs of Millie Taylor

After the Studio lights, we headed into the lounge where Howard had been setting a constant lighting rig, he had finished a mentoring programme with another UK photographer who uses constant light and wanted to show us it in use. Kirstin had now turned up and had brought her boyfriend with her, an added bonus he was also willing to model!

It was like having a mini workshop in each room. Millie in the Lounge and Baz (the boyfriend) in the hallway while Kirstin was getting ready.

Baz was a great sport considering he wasn't meant to have been photographed! Kirstie went thought a couple more lighting setups along with making use of a snoot to highlight hair.

So, onto Howards' "hot" light setup and a whole new ballgame. Colour blance was different to Kirsties Elinchrom studio lights so to make sure colour was correct thoughout the set of photos I got a shot of Millie with a colour chart.

Millie Taylor holding colour chart

Because these were contant light, in order to get a fast enough shutter speed, the ISO in camera had to be increased to compensate for the lack of power. Shooting like this reminds me of event shooting and using the available light to capture the moment.

Photographs of Millie Taylor

Millie then got changed into something a little more practicle, and we got some relaxed shots with her guitar on the sofa.

Millie Taylor and her mum on the sofa

Millie Taylor on sofa

Inbetween setups Kirstin sat down for a strum on her guitar.

Kirstin Topol playing guitar on sofa

Kristin posed for us in her evening gown and again Howard used the hot light, but i threw some off camera flash in with the Canon G9.

Kirstin posing in evening dress

Kirstin Topol playing guitar on sofa

All in all this was an amazing experience, we all got to know each other a little more and it overall strengthened our friendships - can't wait for another guys!

Harper and Scout.. A Day of Adventure | Baby Portraits by Dorset Photographer Robert Whetton

by Robert Whetton 7. February 2012 20:53

Back in December, singer / song writer Lou Brown asked me if i would come over to her house and document a day with her beautiful 5 month old twin daughters Harper and Scout. The day started at an unheard of time.. 7am! this meant getting up early! considering I'm not in bed most nights until after 3am, I planned an early night beforehand!

What can I say about these 2 girls.. they were absolute troupers! and I have to say that the Bacon sandwich cooked up by Lou's partner Dom was outstanding and very welcome! 

I followed the lives of the girls documenting their day without being obtrusive to the activities of the family and came away with some stunning photographs, that I hope the Kippin-Browns' will cherish for the rest of their lives! 

Dad holding Scout - Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Harper and Scout laying together -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

The one thing I didn't want is to have a flash going off in everyone's faces every time I took a Photograph. So I armed myself with fast prime lenses..

Scout changing out of her pyjamas -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Harper having a cuddle with mum -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Harper and Scout having some playtime with mum -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Scout takes a cat nap -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Harper sleeping in mums arms -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Scout and Harper sleeping in their cott -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Dad in the kitchen making up milk bottles -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Dom gets some sleepy cuddles with Scout -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Lou grabs a kiss on Scouts head -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Scout is not a happy bunny -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Dom works on the computer with Scout asleep in his arm -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Harper not happy about Mum clearing her nose -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Mum and Dad bottle feed the twins -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Dad eats Scout -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Mum and Dad get the twins ready for their bath -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Harper and Scout enjoying their bath before bed -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Mum and dad dress the twins for bed -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Scout and Harper have their last bottle in the low light of the bedside light -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

A bedtime story to help Harper and Scout nod off -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Mum catches 40 winks -   Baby Portraits - Professional Portraits Dorset

Thanks again guys for letting me enter your home and capture the moments in your life.

See you at the girls 1st birthday!

If you would like to organise a day with you and your baby please check out the babies page on my website.

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New Born Baby Session | Mucha Family | Portrait Photography by Dorset Photographer Robert Whetton

by Robert Whetton 7. February 2012 14:15

Mad families, I have no idea how they find me, but they do! It's great! Makes for such fun sessions..

Lead singer and guitarist, Stu from The Skinny Skulls has a younger sister Anna. She has two beautiful daughters and a mad Fiancé, Nick! When Eve was born, Anna arranged for me to come see them and get some shots of the family together as Nick was home on leave from the Navy.

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

Nick was a blast, such a fun guy, and it rubs off on Georgina, much to the dispare of Anna.

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

Oh, great shot hold it there.. *Nick leans in and kisses Anna!* Fun times!

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

What happens when mum leaves the room? Calls asking what all the laughing is about and she wants some nice photos please!

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

Nicks Mum came down from Scotland to see her Grandaughter, so I got some shots of her with Eve too

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

Anna and Nick are getting married at the end of March, Can't wait to photograph your big day guys!

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