Melly Potter is doing studio photography!
As mentioned last time, Melly Potter's Baby Studio is back in March. Thanks to weather not quite ideal for photographing babies and toddlers outdoors, it will be much more effective to photograph your little treasures indoors!
Upon becoming a mother 15 months, I have made wonderful new friends and discovered fantastic hang out spots for small persons and their parents. One of these places is the Nest Baby Lounge close to Harrow town centre. Little one feels so much like home when we go there that it inspired me to make good use of this location.
I always thought studios were difficult locations to photograph babies and pre-school children. It can be intimidating for them. They have to “perform” at a set time. Their parents are a little nervous and they can feel it. It can work but it often doesn’t, unfortunately.
What about having a studio in a truly child-friendly venue, where they would feel at home and relax? Like the Nest…
So there it is!
Sunday March 13, 2016 from 10AM
It is a real studio with professional lighting, a variety of backgrounds and few tasteful props. No white-background-only studio here, though we can certainly do some shots this way if you wish. The good news is that since it is a pop-up studio prices are competitive when compared to high street studios.
You may have noticed that the studio is happening exactly one week after Mother's Day. A family session at the pop up studio will make a wonderful present... Book early (or start hinting now!) to avoid disappointment!
Lifestyle Photography in the Winter... with a baby??
Melly Potter’s Baby Studio is back!
Lifestyle photography is something I truly love doing. This is why I spend the best periods of the year photographing families around their home and their favourite settings. Winter can be a little tricky for family lifestyle family photography. It works perfectly for teenagers and older children, especially if they’d like a slightly grungy look.
But with babies and toddlers?? Less so...
Below are images I captured not so long ago when North West London got blanketed in snow. There was about 2 hours between the time it was light enough to photograph outside and the time most of the snow melted. And then there was nap time. Of course, no way to keep mittens on her little hands, or to put thick woolly socks in her wheelies (She is still unable to walk if I do that). So we had a mere 10 minutes outdoor in total!
While I will cherish those images for years to come it is pretty obvious that I cannot offer to photograph families in the snow. Not in this country anyway! It is, however, the perfect time to photograph babies and small children in a studio setting!
Melly Potter’s Baby Studio is back! This time we will be photographing your little treasures on Sunday March 13, 2016. More to come in the next few days; keep posted!
P.S.: March 13 is one week after Mother’s Day. A family session at the baby studio would make a wonderful present! Start hinting now to avoid disappointment... ;)
As just mentioned, Melly Potter will be happy to discuss your bridal photography needs and wants at Harrow Arts Centre this Sunday (February 22, 2015). The Wedding Fair is open from 11.00 to 4.00 and the entrance is free. Come say hi and tell your friends!
But, you may ask, what happened in the months??
For you readers it may look like I had a long long break (more like a sabbatical, really) or, even worse, had closed my business altogether. Nothing could be further from the truth! I have simply been “busy with other things”…
The “thing” is called Anne-Sophie was born at the end of October and is totally adorable. Melly Potter now has her own Little Miss Potter! Admittedly, it has been a complicated pregnancy at first, though everything went really well. And once it got “simpler” it also got plain exhausting! I was still working throughout (although less, and with some help towards the end) but something had to give. Hence the absence of blog all that time...
I am slowly coming back to photography (other than photographing Anne-Sophie, that is) and making plans for the next few months. Lifestyle family portrait sessions are now available again (Saturday only for the time being). A new baby/toddler pop-up studio will also happen in the spring. Keep posted for details and to book your spot; I suspect these mini-sessions will be very popular!
And, of course, I am really looking forwards to the wedding season! So let’s get ready for the Wedding Fair! ;)
Apologies for the long time since my last post; there has been many projects keeping Melly Potter busy!!! Fear not, you will soon hear about many of these projects... ;) But for let's talk about what has been going on during the summer for Melly Potter.
During the summer, I had the chance to photograph a wonderful wedding in an amazing location; The House of Parliament! St Mary's Undercroft, the chapel located in the lower level of the building is absolutely stunning. A bit dark and therefore difficult to photograph but nevertheless astonishingly beautiful.
Melly Potter is getting her very own office! YAY!!
Warning: this is going to be a more personal post than usual. We moved house a little while ago (It feels like ages ago and yesterday at the same time, to be honest...). We moved a staggering 400 meters away from our former house which means two things:
1- We really love our neighbourhood,
2- It does not make any difference whatsoever for my clients since I work on location, not from a studio.
Details on the front of our lovely little cottage. Definitely not a new build!
However, this does not make taking over a cottage that needs some TLC any easier! I thought we were not making any progress on the few spots we are working (part-time) to refurbish. However, few days ago I was revisited photographs I have taken in late March, well before we moved in. There were still items from the former owner in the house. I was surprised to see how much it changed, which is somewhat re-assuring about our progress!
I am showing you few some "before" and "somewhere in between" images from some parts of the house. The "after" images will come soon, hopefully!
Bathroom - Before:
Bathroom - Now ("somewhere in between"):
The unpainted parts in the right corner will be tiled so we will have splash back for the shower. The tiling materials have already arrived and we should be able to do the re-grouting (and put back the tiles that have fallen off in the process) and new tiling this weekend. When I am not out shooting, that is...
Dear husband is still working at the bathroom door, paint-stripping it slowly but surely (not an easy task!). It has to be done carefully as we suspect the bottom layer(s) of paint are likely lead-based...
This is the garden office (MY office) "before":
and now, "somewhere in between":
This may not look impressive, but the walls, cupboards and the metal cabinets are now ready to be painted...
... with this...
(ok, one of the big cans is actually for the bathroom; it won't stay flat white.)
...in colours that match Melly Potter!
This notebook may seem a little over the top but it came extremely useful when going to fabric sales to grab something to make a Roman blind at a ridiculous price (end of roll offer! :) )
However, the part of the property that has the best improvement/effort ratio so far is... the garden!
"Somewhere in between":
Next time I should be able to show you tomatoes and aubergines! ;) Look: we even got a composter!
On the whole, it's a real big mess, but we love it and can see that the result will be lovely in the not-so-far-future. It's also significantly much bigger than our former place so it is perfectly ok that my current "office" is in the dining room, with many boxes everywhere...
I noticed that having so much DIY waiting for me only makes me more dedicated to my photography business; photography-related activities are pretty much always preferred to "stripping wallpaper", "applying poly-filler", "paint-stripping the bedroom". It's great for my clients, but no wonder the refurbs are taking so long...!
Another advantage of working with me this summer and for many months to come is that I am currently totally oblivious to all sort of mess! What has been developed as a "survival skill" in my own home does come handy when meeting or working in people's home. I truly mean it when I say I don't notice how messy it is, and it is NEVER as messy as our own home anyway!!! ;)