Children and Family Photography in the Bluebell Woods

on location family photography


I realise that I've been behind with blogging photos of my lovely clients recently so here's a two for one blog post of children and family photography in the bluebell woods!  I photographed these two families on separate days (you can tell one that on one day the sun showed itself more than the other!) but in the same bluebell woods.  We had to keep both a secret as one family was having their portraits taken  for their Dad's birthday, and the other family thought of giving a set of images to their Dad as a father's day present!  As those two occasions have now passed, and both Dads are reported to be very pleased with their presents, I am happy to be able to share a selection of their photos here with you.

Family one:

These two kids are very sweet and patient and put up with my dreadful jokes.

boy in the bluebell woods

girl backlit in bluebell woods

brother and sister protrait in bluebell woods

siblings sat down in bluebell woods

luaghing children in bluebell woods

siblings in the bluebell woods

Family two:

Their beloved family pet came along too and was rather a natural in front of the camera!

pet and family photography on location

children and pet portrait in the woods

girl with bluebells

family dog shaking wet fur

cheeky siblings

girl looking up in the bluebell woods


I really enjoyed these two sessions and the bluebells made such a lovely backdrop.  If you would like your family portraits taken out and about in the local countryside, then do give me a call or contact me via my Contact page.  I also visited a lavender farm recently which reminded me of these sessions, so if anyone would like their portraits taken in a lavender field, or a wild flower meadow, get in touch as soon as possible as I may be able to arrange something before the flowers are harvested!

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  1. Laura Babb
    Jul 21 2014

    Ahhh so cute and lovely. Beautiful light, too.

  2. Kathryn
    Jul 21 2014

    Ah, both are stunning! What a lovely setting. Great shots. x

For the love of film : My surroundings

Fuji velvia


Hi everyone! It's that time of the month for this lovely film circle of photographers from around the world to explore our shared passion for film photography.  This month's theme is "in my backyard" or "my surroundings".  I've chosen to show these slide film photos of this path for my surroundings.  It leads down to the river and a garden centre close to me.  It's very close to my house, just 2 streets down and it makes a pleasant walk on a sunday afternoon, or in this case, a cold misty morning in spring!  Shot on my rolleiflex tlr with fuji velvia slide film.

My surroundings

gravel path on a misty morning

msity moring walk shot on fuji velvia

wild teasels in the mist shot on slide film

fuji velvia slide film photography

line of trees on a misty morning

nature trail picture shot on fuji velvia

river on a misty morning shot on film

Please hop on over to the talented Jen Golay of My Daily Life Photography to see her contribution to this month's circle.

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  1. Heather
    Jul 16 2014

    Love these! So soft and beautiful with the fog. It’s gorgeous where you are!

  2. Michael Foster
    Jul 16 2014

    Ugh! This may be my favorite post of your yet!! These are all so dreamy. Love them. Really.

  3. Amy
    Jul 16 2014

    These are so wonderful, Jenny! They really make me wish for a foggy day! I love the subtle, soft tones. Gorgeous!

  4. Jen Golay
    Jul 16 2014

    Oh, Jenny! These take my breath away! How ethereal and very English (or at least what I imagine that to be)! I want to be your neighbor! :)

  5. Joyce Lang
    Jul 17 2014

    These are absolutely breath taking, Jenny! The foggy images are so dreamy and surreal.

  6. Sarah Lang
    Jul 18 2014

    I love how moody & foggy these are! They’re beautiful, they make me really want to take out our film cameras more often.

  7. Kathryn
    Jul 18 2014

    These are beautiful Jenny. Really atmospheric.

  8. Kelsea Holder
    Jul 20 2014

    Wow… dreamy images. I’m in love!

Black and White Beach Film Photos

For the Love of Film


Hey guys!  So last week I wrote about the inspirational film workshop called FIND (Film is not Dead) see here.  I said I'd post images taken during our personal shooting time  on there, but the blog post went on a bit and I didn't realise I actually did not show you most of what I shot when we had our personal shooting time!  So here they are, lots of stormy black and white beach film photos mostly shot on kodak trix 400 pushed to get that more contrasty look.  I've also included some taken a few weeks later when I was again by the shore, watching some surfers take turns on the water at Hayling Island, Hampshire.  Turns out I really quite like being by the beach even in the winter time!

Brighton Beach Feb 2014

waves crashing on the beach at Brighton

sotrmy waves at Brignton beach

black and whtie film photo of Brighton pier

black and whtie film photo of wall decoration

by the promenade at Brighton beach

dog on the beach at Brighton

Brighton beach on kodak tri x 400

Hayling Island Surfers

kodak trix 400 black and whtie surfer photo

waiting his turn, Hayling Island surfer

Stormy skies black and white photo

Hayling Island surfer waiting his turn shot on kodak trix400

traidional black and white photography

Stormy skies at hayling Island

Contraty balck and whtie photo from Hayling island

real black and white film photography


Want to see more film photography?  Take a look at Jen Golay's blog post here.  In contrast to my watery post, I'm pretty sure she's showing images from a desert shoot!  Follow the links around to see more film photography from photographers around the world.

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  1. Amy
    Jun 18 2014

    What an awesome mood these capture, particularly those looming clouds! I feel like I can hear and feel the wind. I definitely prefer to *be* at the beach during summer to winter, but these are lovely.

  2. Joyce Kang
    Jun 18 2014

    Beautiful images! Personal work day was so much fun. I love the grains in these…were these shot on Ilford 3200?

  3. Michael Foster
    Jun 18 2014

    Between you and Joyce, I now have the urge to go to the beach. :)

  4. Erica
    Jun 19 2014

    That second shot of the waves… just wow. It’s like you captured the mood of the ocean. <3

  5. admin
    Jun 19 2014

    Joyce, these were all trix 400, I think the surfer ones I pushed by either 1 or 2 stops. I can’t quite remember now!

  6. Jen Golay
    Jul 02 2014

    Beautiful! I love that you chose black and white film for these. It makes them so timeless and I love the light and texture of the sea!

Families and Personal Work at FIND Brighton

Film Friday Love


Hi everyone!  I feel that I've neglected my children and families blog for a while, but here's a belter to start things off again!  Back in February I attended the Film is not Dead workshop in Brighton.  It is to be the last one that Jonathan Canlas does here in the UK this year and the foreseeable future, as he has made the decision to hold all his workshops in the US.  Those who have followed my blog for a while know how I am just mad for film, so this was my last chance and I was so glad that I did it!  (More of my review can be found on my wedding photography website here).  So the first day we had couples to shoot, then we went for a wonder around Brighton's streets that night, the second day saw us photographing families, and the nerve-wrecking "touching strangers" session where we had to go up to strangers and pose them with another stranger and make them look like they've known each other for years , and the last day was personal work and we were let loose in Brighton to go FIND ourselves.  There are a few of my fellow attendees here too.  I hope you like them!

Sussex film photographer Jenny Owens

Brighton shoreline on film

night photography on film Brighton

film at night in Brighton

eerie night shooting in The Lanes Brighton

relaxed family photography

happy boy with family

jumping jacks

boy on pier

family photography on film

film photographer Brighton

Family photogrpahy on film

fun family photography by the beach

film workshop attendees FIND Brighton

film photographer Jenny Owens

Touching strangers taken on film

Cool dude from Carmencita film lab

Portrait under the pier

on the Pier at Brighton

Flowers on film in Brighton

FIND Brighton attendies

colourful wall brighton on film


Oooh, and THEN, we all piled into a Tattoo shop (with the nicest staff I might add) as one of the attendees decided that she would quite like to have a FIND tattoo on her arm, and hey presto, Jon said he'd pay and there we all were, documenting the event!


Inka tattoist Brighton

Inside Inka tattoos Brighton

guy at Inka Tattoist Brighton

Inside Inka tattoist Brighton

tattoist at work

inside Inka Tattoos

I also got to finally meet Christian and Erica Ward who run The UK Film Lab, and all these were developed and scanned by their expert hands. Sigh, I did have a good time and wish we could do it all over again!

This post is part of my film friday blog circle so do take a look at my friend Cara's post to see what's she's been up to recently with her film photography and take a look around our small blog circle this month!

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  1. Krystle Akin
    Jun 06 2014

    I really need to start with more personal work! This is inspiring!

  2. Kristin Sweeting
    Jun 06 2014

    This looks like so much fun! Love the long exposures!

  3. Amber Snow
    Jun 06 2014

    the night photography is super fun! love all of these!

  4. wendy laurel
    Jun 06 2014

    find is so fun!! i have always wanted to go to brighton. Im a big fan of lomokev who lives there too.

  5. Bunn Salarzon
    Jun 06 2014

    Whoa, those night shots are crazy-good! Also, I spy Spanish Albert. :)

  6. Cara
    Jun 06 2014

    WOW! These are amazing Jenny. So in awe of you attending Find too!

  7. Valentina
    Jun 07 2014

    What a great set of images! It looks like you had an awesome time!

  8. admin
    Jun 07 2014

    Ah yes, Albert’s such a cool dude, my camera actually stopped working after I took this shot of him!

  9. Kelsy McCartney
    Jun 09 2014

    These are awesome!! Loved them so much, I scrolled through twice :) I bet FIND was an amazing experience!

  10. Kel Ward
    Jun 09 2014

    Oh, wow! these are so so wonderful!!

  11. Carolee
    Jun 09 2014

    These are fun!

  12. Elizabeth Armitage
    Jun 10 2014

    Looks like you had so much fun and got some great shots! Your pictures of Brighton (which are wonderful by the way!) make me miss living there!

  13. Daz Mack
    Jun 10 2014

    these are amazing, and must take a lot of courage to be able to go up to strangers haha well done! the pictures are brilliant!

  14. Nicole Spangler
    Jun 12 2014

    SUPER fun images!

  15. Jessica Garmon | Photographer
    Jun 13 2014

    Love this. Beautiful colors and tones!

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Winchester Family Photography

Mother's day 2014


What better way to celebrate Mothering Sunday in the UK than to feature this lovely family from last year!  I loved shooting three generations of this family.  The session was arranged specially for one of the sisters, and involved the two sisters, their mum, and their respective daughters.  Some had to travel from quite a way away into Winchester, and we were trying to catch the last of the golden sunlight before it set, but we still managed to pack in a fun and relaxed shoot.   You can feel and see how close this family are to each other.  It was an absolute pleasure to photograph them.   Happy Mother's day to everyone!

mother and daughter portrait

mother and daughter portrait

candid black and white photography

Lovely family portrait winchester Hampshire

family portraits in the golden hour Winchester family photographer

natural relaxed portrait of grandmother

mother and daughter photogpraher Winchester

fun portrait photographer

fun protrait photographer

grandmother and granddaughter portrait

black and white fun and relaxed family throwing leaves


If you'd like to book me for your Winchester Family Photography, then please get in touch here - Contact Me.

Want to see more from this family?  See their gallery here.

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  1. Sera Petras
    Mar 30 2014

    What a great post for mother’s day! Love all the generations!

  2. Amber Snow
    Mar 30 2014

    What great expressions you captured!

  3. jody savage
    Mar 31 2014

    such a lovely family and great photos for them to treasure forever!!!

  4. Kimberly Barnes
    Mar 31 2014

    I bet they love these images! How wonderful!

  5. Suzy
    Mar 31 2014

    Oh I just love the B&Ws of all of them! That last one is such a unique portrait, beautiful session!!

  6. Lindsay Madden
    Mar 31 2014

    This is such a wonderful session! They must have loved the images too!

  7. Trish Barker
    Mar 31 2014

    These are so fun! Great job!

  8. Meg Van Kampen
    Apr 02 2014

    This is so sweet! Love it!

  9. Anna Taylor
    Apr 02 2014

    So jealous – my mum, my sister and I all live in different countries!! But looking forward to seeing them all at Christmas. Gorgeous pics.

  10. Hannah
    Apr 02 2014

    Oh Jenny, these are so joyous. I particularly love the second to last one.

  11. Laura Davies
    Apr 02 2014

    The lighting on these is gorgeous Jen!

  12. Kelsea Holder
    Apr 02 2014

    What a gorgeous set of photos! Very fun & candid. :)

  13. Krystle Akin
    Apr 02 2014

    Love these! The last image is perfect!

  14. Paul Stott
    Apr 06 2014

    Excellent work! These images will be so precious to them x

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