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Investing in Emotion
20th October 2017 - 0 comments

There are many reasons people may decide to have a portrait photo session, particularly and family one. The most popular by far is to capture a particular moment and record those memories in print. It's an investment every family should consider...
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The Lloyds
10th October 2017 - 4 comments


I hear this phrase time and time again. “I can’t remember the last time we had a family photo session.”
Time will continue to tick. We can’t stop it, or slow it down. I’m always amazed how quickly days, months and years flash past. Babies turn to children then into young adults, and then…..yes, they fly the nest. So many memories, so many good times. Don't miss these moments!
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Back to the Beach - A Family Location Session
08th October 2017 - 0 comments


Family photo sessions are popular. Everyone loves images of them and their family, particularly when children are involved. Despite (in parents’ minds) the session being mostly about the children, many Mums and Dads have reservations about their photo session.
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Documenting The Changes
20th August 2017 - 0 comments


Those of you that follow my work will have seen this lady appear a couple of times before in my blogs. I am, of course, talking about Sue King. This is the third training photo shoot I have carried out for Sue.
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Another Mum-to-be
07th August 2017 - 0 comments

I've been photographing Boudoir sessions for over five years, and surprisingly, this year saw my first Maternity Boudoir session. It is my only one no longer. Read about the second Mum-to-Be and her beautiful Maternity Boudoir photo session.
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Eterno Boudoir in The Land of the Blue Rinse
06th August 2017 - 0 comments


I believe that age is just a number, but does this apply in the world of Boudoir photography? Read on to find out...
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Prom Night
23rd July 2017 - 0 comments


I'll be honest, the concept of the High school prom is a complete mystery to me.
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The Pensons
08th May 2017 - 0 comments
I always love a 'first'. It means something I've done or been somewhere something different. You will have seen one or two familiar locations in my portrait work, that pop up very regularly, however, you won't have seen this one. Lound Lakes.

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3 Life Lessons Photography Has Taught Me
15th April 2017 - 0 comments
In: Blog
Learning to be a photographer is hard enough. Years of practice, consuming knowledge and experience, all to be the best you can be with a camera in your hand. Couple this with learning to run a business, it becomes hugely challenging. A challenge I love.
In all honestly this has (and still is) the hardest part for me. Naturally creative, but not so gifted with running a business...but it is amazing to see how, when things seem impossible, it has given me some eureka moments. And fairly big ones too, which have directly benefitted me both creatively and as a person.
I thought I'd share three with you, because these lessons are easily transferable, and totally relevant to everyone.
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Best Friends at Burgh Castle
10th April 2017 - 0 comments
Fittingly I recently started my 2017 location portraits at the ever popular Burgh Castle ruins. It was great to get back outdoors with the camera again, especially at this fabulous location, and with a family shoot too.

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Mum-To-Be Boudoir
09th April 2017 - 0 comments
Regular followers of my work and blog posts will recognise this young lady. Faith had a bridal boudoir session with me last year, but has returned for another, even more special Eterno Shoot!

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What is 'Being Photogenic' anyway?
31st January 2017 - 0 comments
In: Blog
What is 'Being Photogenic' anyway?



I ran a poll on both my Facebook Group and Pages to see what was everyone's biggest concern, by far and away the biggest worry for most people was the subject, or more accurately, the feeling of not being photogenic.
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What's Stopping You?
24th January 2017 - 0 comments
In: Blog


We all have worries about different events, particularly when families and children are involved. One in particular seems to be a portrait photo shoot. Mis-behaving children, awkward feeling teenagers (and parents), Mums that see themselves as 'not photogenic', to name a few....

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Why I Shoot Boudoir.
17th January 2017 - 0 comments
In: Blog


There are very good reasons why photographers choose to specialise in certain areas of photography. For one, as I found out, you just can't do them all. Jack of all trades isn't a great title to have!

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Why I Photograph Families...
10th January 2017 - 0 comments
In: Blog


There has to be a reason why photographers specialise in certain genres. For me it's the love of the chosen subject. Each of my photographic favourites has a different reason why I love them. This is the first post outlining my preferred genres and, why I do what I do....

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2017 Availability
02nd January 2017 - 0 comments
In: Blog
To allow me to spend the right amount of time on each of my clients, I'm limiting the number of weekend photo sessions in 2017 to 24. This will be split between my Eterno Boudoir and Location Portraits. The same applies to evening photo sessions I offer through the summer months being reduced to 12, again split between Portraits and Boudoir.

Why am I doing this?
Firstly, and most importantly, to make my client experience even more personal. In-person meet and greets, and product selection meetings are very important to me as I feel they offer value to what I offer to my customers. However, they take time, and to allow me to spend that quality time with my clients then I have to offset that time from elsewhere.
Secondly, it allows for rescheduling of location portrait sessions when the Great British weather decides otherwise.

Online Booking
Coupled with this will be a reworking of my booking schedule. One downside of 2016 was the number of late call-offs for both photo sessions and consultations. I am the first to understand that life happens, and other events can get in the way, but when a photo session or consultation is called off at the last knockings, it means someone else waiting for their turn either gets delayed or misses out.
I had 5 photo sessions called off by the client with five days of the agreed shoot date, and 17 consultations called off either the day before, or on the day of the agreed date. To help reduce these numbers, I will be offering an online booking system (for consultations only) and some also changes to photo session booking method. Details of which I'll be sending out in the not too distant future. Again these changes are to help add to my client experiences, by allowing everyone's sessions to be booked and carried out efficiently. After all, I am here to help as many people as I can.
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2016 - Boudoir In Review
02nd January 2017 - 0 comments


2017 is upon us, but before I look excitedly to what the New Year will bring to MJPP and Eterno Boudoir, I'd like to take a look back at 2016.

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2016 - Portraits in Review
02nd January 2017 - 0 comments
In: Blog


Happy New Year!!
It's that time of year again when I have a quick look back at the past 12 months, before moving excitedly into 2017, and whatever photo opportunities it may bring.....

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A NABBA Novice No More
18th December 2016 - 0 comments

Back in May I worked with Sue King on a photo shoot of her training session prior to her first competition at the Anglian Bodybuilding Championships. This is the follow up shoot as Sue prepares to complete in the Nationals....
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Family Is One Of Nature's Masterpieces
24th November 2016 - 0 comments

The headline is a quote from the philosopher George Santayana. I thought it quite appropriate given what I do, but it also made me think about the deeper aspect to family portraiture.
Our lives these days are hectic, particularly when you are parents with children still at home.
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