• Marissa Jane

2019 Where did you go ......

Well 2019 where did you go ??

One minute we were slowly plodding along in January; we all know January month drags, well my bookings were as slow as a snail as well. I only had 1 booking for January and that was a little home visit for a sitter session with Teddy who I also photographed as a Newborn. He had changed so much and looked like a completely different boy.

As my bookings were very quiet I booked myself in for a wedding workshop for learning off camera flash to help me improve my lighting techniques for photography. The workshop took place in the beautiful grounds of Stubton Hall in Newark, with the talented James Davies. It was an interesting workshop and got to meet some lovely people and other togs.

A few images from the workshop :

So from Weddings I jump straight back to capturing 6 month old Syndey in a little sitter session. These are perfect for capturing their milestone years as they change and develop from newborn to toddler stage.

And that was it for a few weeks, I enjoyed my free time with my family going places and bonding, but my fingers were itching to press that shutter speed and play in photoshop and lightroom. hmm my brain was on overtime thinking of something I could do or offer to get me behind that camera again. Then out of the blue just when I was giving up an enquiry came through, yes it was for a fairy shoot. That was it I was buying props and planning for this fairy session. But I couldn't get my claws into the shoot yet because it took a couple of months planning this set up.

My next booking was scheduled early February .. a wedding, just a small affair, but sometimes you don't need the big lavish wedding. This is why I try and cater for all budgets. My first wedding of 2019 at Clifton Park Museum for Frances and Adam Moore :

A Beautiful bride and a welcoming family. I couldn't have asked for better for my first wedding.

It was now bac to the Fairy sessions, I was already and set up for my Fairies.

Months March and April were very quiet, so I thought, rather than put all the fairy set up away, why not leave it out and try and get more bookings for the Mini fairy sessions, so I did a model shoot for advertising purposes. I didn't get many bookings but it kept me behind the camera where I love to be, and honestly I actually enjoyed editing these, producing magical images for the children to look back on.

So whilst I was having some quiet time in my bookings I decided to attend another workshop with Chris Chambers at Hodsock Priory learning more off camera flash. These workshops have really helped my images pop that much more. It may be freezing whilst we are attending them in the winter months but It has to be done, "No Pain no Gain" the saying goes. Here are some images from the this workshop.

I did actually love the mood of this workshop, moody and dark, just like me as people would say, I don't think I am in fact I am totally opposite haha.

The next couple of bookings I got were totally different, I got my first newborn session of the year, 4 week old Preston who was quite restless during his mini session, giving me a tough time to start with.

And then I got my first Cake smash session for 1 year old Bodhi, little did I know this would be my last year for Cake smashes at the time

Did you spot someone else who wanted a piece of the action hehe...... Bodhi's big brother Junior literally getting a piece haha

Not long after my second cake smash session was upon me, for Lucy this time who turned the big O.N.E. It really did not take Lucy long to get stuck into her cake, she was that messy she need the splash part of the session.

A before I knew it another cake smash was booked, they were really coming at me thick and fast now, and guess what all this cake and I never get a piece of any of them haha

It was another little Princes first birthday, little Alfie who I photographed for his first Christmas session in 2018, I do love my returning clients and seeing their children grow throughout the years. Here he is with his Peter Rabbit themed cake smash, his face says it all the little smiler :)

Wow three cake smash sessions in succession...... next I had 4 newborns in succession, talk about the Baby boom lol we got to meet Halle, Anna, Matilda and Delilah and including siblings, all princesses as well :) Not bad for someone who is surrounded by boys at home haha

Girls don't always have to be in pink do they ? There was difinitely a bit of variety in my photography in 2019, because next came Wedding Season.

As you can see I try and capture as much as I can during your day despite your chosen package,from Bridal prep to First dance and everything in between.

From weddings back to shooting babies, but the travels were not over this yet this time I headed to Leeds to see my friend Nancy and her little brother Reggie for his sister session as part of his milestones package.

So my time in Leeds was done, as my next booking was very local to me and was to capture the moment the new Mr and Mrs Petch said their vows.