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  • WELCOME!

    Hello and thank you for stopping by my blog.

    Here you will see what I am up to, I try and keep my blog updated with recent shoots that I have done or any exciting news I have.

    As a photographer I am not big on words but prefer to convey myself through photographs. So please enjoy scrolling through my images.

    The photo on the right is of myself with my family taken while we were on holiday a little while ago. I put the camera on a tripod and used the "timer" function to be able to be in the picture. I always try update our family photos as I know our kids are growing and changing so quickly.

    Penny x

Boudoir Photography

I love the unique challenge of photographing women, whether it’s corporate photographs, family photographs, pregnancy photographs or new parent photographs.  Usually the first thing that is said to me is “I hate having my photograph taken”…. I love that challenge!

My maternity photographs have evolved over the years.  I am constantly trying new techniques and poses so as to bring out the best in every shoot.  A maternity photoshoot doesn’t have to be boring, there is so much that can be done with a beautiful bump.  It was only natural that from maternity photography I should move into Boudoir Photography.

Boudoir Photography is a very tasteful way of documenting how amazing you can look.  Having Boudoir photographs can happen at any stage in your life,but it is often women in their late 30’s, 40’s and 50’s that like to celebrate their fabulous bodies and what a better way to do this then to have a photoshoot!

Below is some recent work that I have done.  I am in the process of updating my website, and as we speak I am busy adding a Boudoir side of things to my site.

If you have any questions or would like to chat about your ideas and a possible photoshoot, please get in touch, I would love to hear from you.

Gould Family Photoshoot

Sam got in touch with me while I was in South Africa to arrange a photoshoot with her family.  They were off on holiday in a few days so we really only had one day that we could do the shoot on.  Typically, that day was raining.  It wasn’t raining hard but enough to make straight hair fizzy.  They have an amazing garden though so we managed to get some lovely photographs of them under cover and in fewdifferent locations, if the rain stopped for a second we would quickly dash onto the lawn to get a few shots then would go under cover again, so all the ladies remained looking beautiful until the end of the shoot – wish I could say that same for me though, my hair definitely wasn’t straight by the end of it:)

I really enjoyed this shoot and love the images we managed to get.

[…] This post was mentioned on Twitter by david thackray, Penny Carolan. Penny Carolan said: Update to my blog, stunning family! Loved this shoot: http://bit.ly/eGAg9M […]

Bishop Family Shoot

Here are some photographs from Charles, Karen and Teagen’s lifestyle shoot at their home in South Africa.  Karen was 6 months pregnant when we did the shoot and looking absolutely stunning – so sad I am not there to do the newborn shoot when little Bishop arrives.  I am also very excited to say that one of Teagen’s photographs has been chosen to go on the front cover of an ABC Magazine in the UK, once it has been published I will update my blog.

A Year in review

As I write this blog post reflecting on the year of 2010 I am sitting in my parents lounge in my hometown of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, I have had 5 weeks of blissful holiday with my beautiful family, my kids being spoilt rotten by their grandparents and lots of time to play outside and get to know their cousins again.  It has been a year and a half since we were out last but as my brother and his fiance were getting married on the 18th December we came out for an extended holiday over the festive period.  I wasn’t the official photographer at the wedding but took my camera with me and managed to get a few shots of the happy couple.  I will be blogging more photos at a later date but below are a couple of Matt and Sam from the wedding.

2010 – what a year it turned out to be.  It was a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end, lots of ups and lots of downs but I am pleased to say that it ended on a very positive note.

Last year I completed my first full year of being in business, I have been taking photographs for a number of years with friends and family but after having my daughter I decided to make it into a full time career.  I have been blessed with two beautiful children, Matt my almost 4 year old son and Sam, my 2 and a half year old daughter, they keep me constantly busy and entertained and when I am not with them I am either shooting, behind the computer editing, marketing or networking.  My days are never dull and boring, there is always so much to do and not enough time to do it in!

I have met so many wonderful people in the last year through photography.  I am amazed every day at how photographers are so giving with information and their experience that they share with other photographers.  I have done many courses in my time, I am constantly looking at ways to improve my skills and business.  Last year I completed the Aspire Bespoke Course which helped me develop my brand and my business,Jane and Catherine at the Studio were a great help as I spent many hours discussing many different ways to develop a business I am very proud of today.  I have been on courses with Brett Harkness, Lisa Aldersley, Sandy Puc, Jerry Ghionis to name a few, they have opened my eyes and my mind to many techniques and idea’s I now use in my business constantly.

In August 2010 we moved into our new home further out of London, this new home has my very own studio and office space attached to it.  I absolutely love it and have been working on ways to make it an ideal spot for meetings, viewings and photoshoots.  Although I do use natural light as much as possible having my studio space available allows me to do shoots any time during the day, winter and summer, rain or shine.  This shot was taking in my studio, Lyla was a week old and an absolute dream to work with.

Through networking I have made some brilliant friends and contacts, I have learnt that word of mouth is the best form of marketing and because of this my business has grown dramatically in the last 6 months.  I enjoy meeting up with familiar faces at my weekly and monthly meetings, hearing how everyone else’s business are doing and finding ways in which we can help each other out.

Thank you to everyone who has helped me grow and develop my business over the last year, it hasn’t been easy but I have learnt so much and have gained so much experience from everything that has happened, good and bad.

To my wonderful supportive husband, thank you so much for your constant advice, for helping out with the kids when I have needed help and for being my rock through getting my dream business off the ground.

I am really excited about the year ahead, I have many new services and ideas I will be implementing to my business which are still in the final stages of being finalised.  Once they are all set I will be blogging about them to let you know.

Happy 2011 everyone, I hope you all have a fabulous year!

Penny

 

Glen Mitchell - January 4, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Lovely post and congratulations on launching a great business all the best for 2011

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