Bluebells photography heaven

This morning was simply wonderful – walking around beautiful woods full of bluebells and taking photographs of a lovely family with two gorgeous young children.

Nice change from shooting in the studio, and even the weather have decided to cooperate. The forecast was rain all day, yet we had the most perfect weather for the 2 hours that we needed, and as soon as I drove off, the rain drops started falling on the windscreen of my car.

Here are a few images from this morning.

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Bluebells photo-shoots are available for the next 2 weeks, do get in touch if you’d like to book one – tel: 07793937192 or e-mail

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April 2017 – my favourite photograph of the month

There were so many wonderful children and families in my studio this month, I could have easily chosen about 10 favourite photographs. But at the end I decided on this lovely image of the two sisters wearing identical dresses and just getting ready for a kiss. I love this image, so that’s my favourite photograph of the month.

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Peru Sabor photo-shoot in Windsor

After so many family portrait shoots in my studio this month, I escaped to Windsor today to take some photos of the beautiful food prepared by Peru Sabor. Loved the buzz in Windsor Independent Market, and it was fun to play around with colourful tables to make the food look even more striking. Best of all, I got to have a delicious chicken wrap at the end of the shoot – love my job!

Here are a few of the photos taken today.

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April’s families and children

April has been a very busy month in my studio. A lot of families took advantage of the Easter break and school holidays and popped into my studio with the children and their pets (real and toy ones).

Here is a small selection of my favourite photographs from this month! And the month is not even over yet!

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April Salsa Bachata Social Club’s Party

Another month has flown back and I was back to the Yates in Reading on Friday to photograph yet another Salsa Bachata Social Club‘s party! Easter theme this time with lots of bunny ears and fun, fun, fun all around.

Here is a small selection of my favorite photos from that evening, the rest will be shared on Facebook as usual.



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Professional Business Portraits. “Indoors or outdoors?” – that’s the question.

If you are thinking about updating your business head shot you might be wondering if it’s better to have it done in the studio or outdoors, and that is a very good question!

Business portraits need to be done on neutral (non-destructing) backgrounds,  that is why they are usually done on flat backdrops. Formal corporate head shots will often be done on a dark grey backdrop, whereas business casual head shots are usually done with a white, light grey, or blurry background.

There are photographers who specialise in “natural light photography”, and there are studio based photographers. The end result is usually quite different, so which one should you go for?

Studio Photography – pros

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The main advantage of having a business portrait done in the studio, is that it’s not weather-dependent. In the UK the weather can be very unpredictable, and as we all know it rains a lot! That means you might have to re-schedule your outdoor shoot several times, while studio shoot will produce a guaranteed result any time of the year and any time of the day.

The second main advantage of shooting in the studio is that there is total control over posing and lighting. In the studio you can create a much greater variety of looks, by changing lighting set-ups, background and poses. Also it’s much easier to change outfits when you are inside. And of course it’s always warm indoors, while outdoors you could be too cold or too hot.

In addition to it in the studio the privacy is guaranteed, there is no chance of having a stranger passing by and distracting you.

Outdoor Photography – pros

Philip headshots-6151The colours outdoors can look wonderful and the beautiful effect of the blurred background is something that is much easier to achieve outdoors.

Natural light can be very soft and flattering (if done right), so you can look very relaxed and natural in the outdoors setting. On a sunny day if the sun is behind you, you could create a very nice rim light effect on the hair.

For people who are very uncomfortable being in front of the camera, an outdoor shoot might appear more appealing than a studio shoot.

Questions that you should ask yourself.

  1. What kind of look are you trying to achieve?

A relaxed, natural look can be created both outside and in the studio. If you need to look quite formal and if you want a simple, flat backdrop, you’ll definitely want to shoot indoors with a professional lighting setup. If you want a more relaxed, natural portrait, and the weather is permitting to do it, an outdoor shoot can be a great alternative.

      2. What would best reflect your profession?

If you mainly work outdoors (i.e gardener, football coach, etc), then a portrait in your work environment could possibly tell your story better. While a shoot in a studio can pretty much create a business portrait (formal or informal) for any other purposes.

The portraits below were done on the same day with about 10 minutes apart, and as you can see they look very different. Which one appeals more to you?

If you need any help with your decision or have any questions, please do get in touch with me (, tel: 07793937192).

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March 2017 – my favourite photograph of the month

March has been one of the busiest months in the history of ABL Photography. I was spending many days photographing events in Henley, while business and family studio shoots took place at their normal pace. There were several gorgeous children with the most charming smiles, so it was not easy to choose the best one, but I finally decided on this happy image of the brother and sister have fun posing with one of my new frame props. I love this image as smile comes up on my face every time I see it.

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