Bluebell Photo Shoots at Burbage Common

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So have you ever thought of having a Bluebell Photo shoot at Burbage Common?

I have photographed many families on location either at their homes or a favourite location.  Location photoshoots are especially fun for small children who just want to run around, explore and enjoy the fresh air.  If you have children who you feel would not be on their best behaviour or would not enjoy the confines of a studio environment then this photo shoot could be for you and your family.  These sessions are super wonderful for little children.

Bluebell photo shoots at Burbage Common are such a lovely experience.  I try as much as possible not to treat it like a photo shoot – more like a ‘play date’ so that I get the best photographs of your children, in a pretty environment, exploring and having fun.  And this is where my wonderful zoom lens always comes into its own…

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I love to photograph children from a distance and even if I have directed them a little to sit for me I still prefer to do this with a zoom lens so that I can keep my distance and where possible, capture those natural expressions.  

The Bluebells at Burbage Common are at their best toward the very end of April.  I have put aside a weekend to focus on these Bluebell photo shoots at Burbage Common.  So if you wish to book one of these photo shoots my advise is to do so as soon as possible, get the date in your diary and have a fun couple of hours together as a family.  Photo shoots last around 45 minutes up to an hour and you can then carry on with your family time or maybe visit Acorns Coffee Shop at the Common and have a drink and maybe a slice of home made cake.  If the children have been extra well behaved you could treat them to an ice cream.  Family dogs are also most welcome to come along with you on the photo shoot.  Because – give me a dog and I am in heaven.  Bluebells, a doggy, kiddies and I am happy all day long.

The sessions are limited to just 4/5 each day as I do need to have a half an hour catch of my breath between each family.  And of course, I need coffee and home made cake at the Cafe just to keep me going throughout the day.

So what are you waiting for?  What’s not to like?  A couple of hours in the woods with your family.  Wear the children out, whilst I capture photographs that you will adore.  Followed by a cappuccino and cake!  Did I say cake?  Always a bonus!

To book your session please call me on 01455 233224.  The session fee is £40 and this is for the photography time only.  We will arrange a mutually convenient day and time to have you back to my studio at the Atkins Building in Hinckley to see your final photographs and choose your favourites.  Don’t miss out on this very small timeframe to have beautiful memories captured forever.  Love Mrs Bee xxx

Why You Should Get Together With Your Special Family

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I am going to talk to you about why you should get together with your special family…  Because, we don’t do it very often do we? Come on, be honest?  How often do you see all of your close family, all together at the same time?  Life is just so busy and we merrily get on with our lives and barely stop to think for a moment.  Life just gets in the way and often social media makes us super lazy about seeing our families in the flesh, to just catch up, maybe have coffee or lunch or a meal out.  It’s often easier to send a quick Facebook message or to throw up an update to your Facebook page and feel like you’re keeping in touch…   And often it’s true that families only get together for weddings, Christmas and maybe the odd special Birthday (often even at Christmas someone is missing due to families living further apart)  The last time I saw my extended family it was at a funeral.

 

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If you are having a family get together some time this year, maybe to celebrate a very special birthday, anniversary or just for a very rare get together, I challenge you to take as many photographs as possible.  Because, you know it’s not going to happen again for a long time.   If you are not particularly close to your family and you do manage a get together – it is even more important to record this special event with a few photographs.  It’s important, it’s a precious time.  Family photo shoots for a special special occasion are always the perfect way to have something after your celebration that will last absolutely forever.  You can do this yourself.  You may not be the best photographer in the world, but you can gather everyone together, young and old and take that all important photograph that is going to mean so much to you for many, many years to come.  Or if you can’t cope with the organisational skills, patience and tolerance required to take this photograph – book a professional.  Book someone who knows what they are doing, who can control a crowd and who isn’t fazed by a grumpy grandad or a lightning bolt 2 year old…    Because it’s not just taking the photograph that requires skill, but it’s patience, understanding and a very big sense of humour.

So think about this now…  are you getting together as a family for a special birthday, anniversary or just a very rare get together that you know for sure will not happen again in a long time?  Then it’s the perfect opportunity to have some professional photographs taken.  I have a really lovely, light and airy, comfortable photography studio located yards away from Hinckley town centre at the Atkins Building.  It’s a wonderful, relaxed space and I very much enjoy seeing extended families come together for photographs.  Because I know I am creating truly treasured memories that all the family will love forever.   Or, if you have booked a venue for your family occasion, it might be a hotel or a venue with some beautiful grounds or it could be a party in grandma’s garden,  I can visit you before or after the celebrations commence or be with you for the whole party and get some fantastic photographs.  We can do a bit of sheep herding and commence with photography of the whole rabble together… and once this mammoth task is completed I can then take photographs of grandparents with the children, grandparents with the grandchildren, plus lots of other photographs of individual families and of course, not forgetting the beautiful individual portraits of the children too.  Any combination of photographs you require I will take for you.  And you can enjoy your family celebration and spend time with those that you love and create memories.

I love to see generations of families coming together – we all have such busy lives and often we don’t get together with our families very often.  So remember this next time you are planning a big family party.    I am lucky if I get to see my Liverpool family all together, maybe once a year.  Distance and busy lives get in the way.

If you would like information on photo shoots click this link where you will find details of all of the fees for photography sessions.  You may wish to purchase a gift voucher for this purpose and you can see details of these by clicking this link .  I can also tailor a package to suit your needs and budget.  Don’t be shy – just ask.  🙂

Please don’t hesitate to call me on 01455 233224 to book me for your special family get together or to discuss your requirements. 

Family photography by Lesley Bee Photography.  Photographing families since 2006.

 

Newborn Baby Photography in Hinckley, Leicestershire

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Babies grow so incredibly quickly. It’s not long before those tiny new faces start to fill out and change, that lovely squishy newness starts to disappear as they put on weight and those tiny bodies start to grow. My newborn photo sessions are the perfect way to cherish that newness, to remember how incredibly tiny those toes were, how delicate those finger nails and how beautiful that sleepy brand new face looked.

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My studio in The Atkins Building in Hinckley, Leicestershire is perfect for newborn baby photo sessions. It’s a beautiful airy space with plenty of room so parents can relax in comfort and enjoy watching their gorgeous new baby being photographed.   A cappuccino also goes down well too…  The sessions are relaxed and unhurried, they generally last around 2-3 hours so there is plenty time to break for feeds and cuddles. I’m incredibly patient so there’s no need to worry if your baby is a little restless. The comfort and safety of your little one is always the main priority so you will never feel rushed.

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There’s a great selection of hats, wraps, blankets and props available in the studio and we will start the session with a chat about what you would like to use and what style of images you prefer. As you can see from the images we can keep everything very simple, we can use bowls and baskets and other props or we can aim for a combination of styles.

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The perfect time for a newborn baby photoshoot is when they are between 5 and 14 days old, I encourage mums to reserve a date for the session later in their pregnancy to ensure that I have availability. Don’t panic if your baby has already arrived, just give me a call and I’ll do my best to fit you in.

The newborn session fee is £85 which fee includes my time and talent on the day, my skills in editing the best images and a viewing session where you will return to the studio and I will help you choose your favourite images. You will also receive a complimentary 10×8” desk print.

If you prefer I can also bring my portable studio set up to your home in the Leicestershire area. The session fee for a home newborn portrait photoshoot is £150 and also includes a viewing session and a complimentary 10×8 desk print.

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If you would like to book your newborn session or request a copy of the brochure which is full of information regarding my newborn baby photo sessions, including what to expect, how to prepare and a full price list please give me a call on 01455 233224. If you prefer you can head over to the contact page and fill out the form or send an email and I’ll get right back to you.

Beautiful Wedding at Home in Leicestershire

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Are you currently researching wedding photography in Leicestershire for your upcoming wedding day?  This was another beautiful wedding I photographed at home in Leicestershire this year.   I first met Lottie when I photographed her and her two sisters and brother at their home a couple of years ago, as a surprise for her dad’s 50th Birthday.  It was lovely to be back at their beautiful home again in Peckleton to photograph her wedding day.  I arrived to find Lottie and her sisters looking after their mum, doing her make up and hair, so commenced photography to capture the beautiful wedding day details.  At this point in the day, I work quietly and with minimal fuss as I am very aware that there is already an awful lot going on during bridal preparations and I definitely don’t want to get in the way and certainly never try to take over.

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Lottie had her two sisters and 2 friends as bridesmaids and when I first arrived they were enjoying pastries and champagne.  All was calm, organised and relaxed.  A good start to the day. 

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Lottie’s family home is quite literally opposite Peckleton Church and as you can see from the image below, it was about a 40 metre walk from their home, over to the church.   Covertec Structures provided the beautiful marquee in the garden and it was a pleasure to work with them again in 2016.  They do a wonderful job and their bespoke marquees always look stunning.  

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I love this photograph of Lottie, looking over the garden at the view and maybe contemplating her special day ahead.

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It was full on with supportive bridesmaids and mum helping Lottie into her dress and helping with her hair etc.

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I seem to have a bit of an obsession in creating a beautiful shot of brides putting on their wedding day shoes.  I was especially keen to get an image of Lottie and those wonderful legs!  I had extreme leg envy photographing this particular bride in her own bedroom putting on her stunning shoes.

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This is a shot of Daniel and his groomsmen walking up the lane from the house just past the church where we did a few shots of the guys with the amazing rolls royce provided for the day by Daniel’s uncle.  Although the car wasn’t used during the day it was great to get a few shots.  The wet weather didn’t seem to dampen the spirits either.

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I adore this photograph of Lottie having help from her sister to put on her bridal hair piece.  Look at that smile!  Gorgeous.

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Often we don’t get much time before leaving the home / venue to get married, but 5-10 minutes is enough time to take some beautiful bridal portraits.  I don’t style my brides, and much prefer to talk and give just a little direction when it comes to posture etc.  This is a very emotional time of the day, just before the bride leaves to get married and I find it better to keep the situation calm and relaxed. 

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A few shots with Lottie and her mum and sisters just before heading down stairs to see dad.

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We had to make our way over to the church in a little rain, but as you can see from these shots with Lottie and her dad, it didn’t bother her one bit.  One thing I always tell my brides is never to stress about weather on a wedding day.  This is the UK after all and we should never have high hopes for perfect weather.  

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This image was taken from the very back of the church during the ceremony with my zoom lens and I just love the details in this shot, the lace in Lottie’s wedding dress, the pretty pink nails and the order of service held by Daniel.  Lottie loves this photograph too.

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We still had the rain to contend with when we left the church to make our way back to the bride’s home just down the lane  but as you can see from these photographs there were still lots of smiles and nobody seemed to care… Lots of umbrellas too!  

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I absolutely love these confetti shots.  We asked the guests to make their way on to the lane which runs alongside the church and Lottie’s home and we had a lot of fun capturing confetti in the rain!  Fabulous…

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This was the view from Lottie’s bedroom over rolling countryside and of course that amazing marquee.  We were very lucky at this point in time as the rain had stopped so we grabbed the opportunity to do the formal group shots.

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Just 10 minutes was all that was required to cover off the couple photographs.  A little walk to the front of the house, followed by some photographs at the back of her home with the rolling countryside all around us.  Then straight into the marquee to celebrate with their family and friends.  Again,  I prefer to shoot these images informally with minimal direction and also using my zoom lens so that I am not too close to the couple to make them feel uneasy.  

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Fabulous speeches and lots of noise and laughter… I especially enjoyed Lottie’s dad’s speech – very funny anecdotes and many laugh out loud moments.

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Some of these image below are shot using a video light which gives a beautiful warm glow.  

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And finally, some images of the first dance and of course the disco dancing craziness that usually follows.  Again, another part of a wedding day I love to capture before I make my way home.

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Lottie and Daniel’s wedding day was a perfect wedding day at home in Leicestershire and another wedding that I won’t forget.    Wishing you many happy days Lottie and Daniel.   For your wedding photography in Leicestershire please don’t hesitate to contact me and I can provide you with my prices.  I am also happy to meet with you to discuss your wedding day plans, your inspirations and requirements for your  wedding day photography.

 

 

Family Portrait Photography in Hinckley, Leicestershire

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Here at my lovely bright and airy portrait studios in the Atkins Building in Hinckley, Leicestershire I offer relaxed and informal family portrait photography for families of all sizes. My studio is spacious enough to accommodate larger groups and is easily accessible. It’s located in the centre of Hinckley with parking just across the road and disabled access if needed.

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Whether you are booking a portrait session for a couple, for the children or even for a large extended family group you can be guaranteed a warm welcome, a relaxed and fun session and a professional and friendly service at every stage of the process. I offer a personal service which starts with an initial consultation where we can discuss your expectations for the photoshoot, we can chat about any ideas or inspiration you might have for your family portrait session or you can leave that part in my capable hands if you prefer! I’m endlessly patient, especially with little ones, and your session won’t be over until I have captured a great selection of beautiful images.

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Weekday family portrait sessions are available up to 7pm and the session fee is just £45. You can also book a weekend family photoshoot at a session fee of £60. All sessions include a complimentary 10×8” print.

Your session fee includes my time and talent on the day and in editing the best images afterwards. You will be invited back to the studio to view your images and choose your favourites, you will be able to view sample products and I will take time to help you choose the best way to display your images.

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If you would like to have a chat about booking your own family studio portrait session or wish to request a full price list please call Lesley on 01455 233224 or fill in the form on the Contact Page.

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