Friday, 26 March 2010


I traveled all the way to the boarders of Norfolk/suffolk to do a trash the dress session with Mrs P,
We had great fun and got some very different type of wedding dress poses, some fun shots and some more serious cherish the dress shots

The idea of Trash the dress is not really to trash the dress unless of course you want to, what its aimed at is to give you a chance to wear your wedding dress again for an informal fun photo session

some ladies just love to have nice gentle romantic poses done some like to have fun and do things they wouldnt do in their wedding dress, some ladies really do like to Trash the dress and will wear it as they wade into the sea

This is my first trash the dress session and is a service I will be offering clients

again the location is your choice what you do in your dress is your choice you can be as wild or reserved as you like

You can have princess pictures or you can wear wellies and jump in muddy puddles what ever you want to do, The main aim is a fun informal photographic session

Do contact me if you would like a trash/cherish the dress session

Sunday, 21 March 2010


What a glorious afternoon we had for the pre wedding session with Caralyn and George, soon to be married at the Fennes estate in Bocking

It was such great fun working with them today, and we introduced lots of new dynamic stuff into the photo session

Caralyn and George have been together 16 years and both are very excited about their forth coming wedding at the Fennes estate in Bocking.

The pre wedding session is relaxing and fun, we run through a few poses that I will use on the wedding day. My main aim from these sessions is to get my couples to relax and have fun, It also lets them see how i conduct myself and the style of images that I produce.

We had such a fun time the camera just loved Caralyn. It was great working with such a relaxed fun couple who are so very much in love.

Thank you for choosing Andrea;s photography to be there with you on your very special day

Saturday, 20 March 2010


Many people ask me how I get the eyes in my images so clear, well I could tell you about some expensive software that can add brightness and sharpness, I could describe a long way round it in Photoshop or I could tell you the simple way that I get such lovely eyes.

How do I get such stunning eyes in my images, well of course it requires top professional equipment so firstly is a pro body camera, Next of course is a pro lens. A pro lens is not your £500.00 pound lens or your £900.00 pound lens, Great glass comes at a great price and yes you do get what you pay for.

My second tip is to turn off all in camera sharpening. Thats right turn it off you see the sharpness that you induce either in camera or in photoshop actually reduces the detail rather then increase it.

It does not help either that digital images are always much softer then film, so this is where those expensive lenses come in, The better quality the glass in the lens the sharper the image will be.

An understanding of ISO, and white balance are important, I dont tend to rely on my cameras pre-sets but use the Kelvin scale, the lower end of the Kelvin scale gives a warm redder tone and the higher end gives a cool bluish tone

File format is important to JPEG and TIFF are compression file formats so the images are processed in the camera and then squashed down into a smaller size to save space on the memory card. With JPEG the cameras computer removes self similar pixels, for example a large area of blue in a landscape,s sky thereby reducing the final size of the the file saved.

TIFF files are also compressed but they use a different compression method allowing files to be reduced by around 50%

I shoot in RAW which isnt a format at all but the RAW unprocessed image data from the camera its advantage is no compression or control of how the image looks put simply a RAW file is a digital negative

Focus and DOF are also very important to keep eyes bright and sharp always focus on the eyes dont rely on auto focus and turn any VR controls to off

I class myself as an artists, my camera body being my brush handle, my lens being the finest brush for without the finest brush I would create a harsh image

Friday, 19 March 2010


I had a wonderful photo session with a small toddler yesterday, Her parents wanted natural non posed images to cherish, Capturing their daughter just being herself,

This would not have been possible in the confined space of a studio with its harsh lighting

The outside world is the best studio on offer one huge advantage is photographic sessions can be arranged anywhere, from your garden, to a park or beach, or any where that you desire

To many photographers are stuck in the Victorian style of stiff posed photo shoots,
while this may be what some people want more and more clients are wanting images that capture the essence of their family

What better way to capture true images that represent the real you,than to be some where you love and are relaxed and whats more some where you can have fun

Of course photos like this take effort from the photographer but from the family you can just get on with being natural no forced posing no forced smiles

The emphasis on my session is about having fun.
To me its important that the person being photographed is totally at ease and this can not be achieved in a hot studio.

Monday, 8 March 2010


My free session vouchers are now available in many stores in Braintree, Join the baby club at Little Tinkers in George yard and you will receive your free session vouchers.
Image prices start from £15.00 lots of other options are available to keep those precious baby memories for ever including small photo books, or framed prints

Planning your wedding how about a free pre wedding session , when you book your wedding with me once you have paid your booking deposit you will get a free pre wedding session worth £75.00 . Also newly available this year is the wedding signature board your favorite engagement or pre wedding picture mounted in either a white board with a black pen or a black board with a silver pen, This makes a great option to the normal wedding guest books, Once signed the wedding signature board can be framed and mounted on the wall, prices start at £35.00

There will be some great new products and services added to our website soon

Friday, 5 March 2010

Mothers Job


: Long-term team players needed for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24-hour shifts on call.

Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends, away sports matches and occasional visits to casualty. Travel expenses not reimbursed.

: Must provide on-the-site training in basic life skills, such as nose-blowing and shoe-tying.

Must have strong skills in negotiating, conflict resolution and crisis management. Ability to treat flesh wounds a plus.

Must be able to think outside of the box but not lose track of the box, because you most likely will need it for a school project. Must reconcile petty cash disbursements and be proficient in managing budgets and resources fairly, unless you want to hear, 'He got more than me' for the rest of your life.

Also, must be able to drive motor vehicles safely under loud and adverse conditions while simultaneously practicing above-mentioned skills in conflict resolution. Must be able to withstand criticism, such as 'You don't know anything.'

Must be willing to be hated at least temporarily, until someone needs extra pocket money for the cinema.

Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the garden are not someone just crying wolf.

Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zips. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and co-ordinate production of multiple homework projects.

Must have ability to plan and organise social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.

Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next.

Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys and battery operated devices. Also, must have a highly energetic entrepreneurial spirit, because fund-raiser will be your middle name.

Must have diverse general knowledge, so as to answer questions such as `What makes the wind move?? spontaneously.

Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.

Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

: Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

: None required, unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION: You pay them, offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left.

The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered, the job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

To Mothers every where old and young may God bless you for the work you do 365 days of the year 24 hours day