Laura Laws Photography: Blog en-us (C) Laura Laws Photography (Laura Laws Photography) Tue, 16 Nov 2021 11:53:00 GMT Tue, 16 Nov 2021 11:53:00 GMT Laura Laws Photography: Blog 90 120 Find Fabulous Photography Gifts They Will Treasure, Make it a Memorable Christmas I know some of you will hate me for this, but I’ve been thinking about Christmas for a looooong time now!  I’m going to blame it on “running a business” and “forward planning”, but honestly – yay, Christmas! Now it's 'almost' December I can blog about it!

I think we’re pretty much all making the most of anything we can look forward to, so let’s do Christmas in style. That tends to mean a focus on those you love, and what you can give them this year that they wouldn’t buy for themselves.

A Photographic Session is an Experience They’ll Love

Whether you’re shopping for the workaholic who’d relish the chance to spend time with family, or the grandparents who crave memories and time spent with loved ones – what about a family photoshoot?

It could be fun with props in the studio or a day out somewhere they love, they can choose. And, when you gift a session with me, it will include a selected number of prints so your giftee won’t need to worry about added costs. 

You can choose from packages starting at £95, to find out more about this option, give me a call.

More of what you love

Maybe you’ve had a session, with me or another photographer, not that long ago. I’m guessing (well, it’s not much of a guess because I see it a lot) there may have been images you loved but didn’t purchase – I know, you have to draw the line somewhere!

Now’s the chance to treat your other half to that super-cute image of the puppy you couldn’t justify – or a fabulous picture for their desk.  I can't stress it enough - PRINT YOUR IMAGES.  

Perhaps you’d like to share these gorgeous images with others, share the love!

Whether you choose an image to print, or you prefer to gift with a voucher, make the most of those pictures you love and make give them their time in the spotlight!

The gift of clicking

But what about those who want the joy of creating their own images.

It could be you’re putting together your own wish list or looking for ideas for another budding snapper in your life. How do you know which is the right camera to choose?

Well, this is a very personal choice so I’m not going to give any recommendations, what I’ll do here is give you my top 3 tips, I hope they help.

  1. Stick with what you know
    I like Canon cameras; I find them straightforward and easy to understand so that’s why I stick with Canon. If you’re buying for a Nikon fan, though, I’d definitely recommend you stay with Nikon.
    Obviously, there are other options, I quite like the Olympus too, it’s a great system so - if you don’t already have a favourite - check that out. There’s also a lot of people talking about new Sony offerings, I’ve heard some great things so have a look.
  2. Get it in your hands – or their hands
    Let’s face it, your camera has to feel comfortable and there’s only really one way to know if it does.
  3. What will you be doing with it?
    Obviously you’ll be taking pictures, but think about what the kind of images the camera will be used for. Someone who’s interested in producing intimate macro photos of wildlife and flowers will have different needs than someone taking action shots or broad sweeping landscapes.

Of course, once the camera has been gifted, it’s important that you – or your recipient – get comfortable with it. 

Don’t be scared to check out resources or people to help. I recently spent some time with someone looking to improve their shots, it was great fun to see the confidence growing and I’m looking forward to seeing what he creates!


The countdown has started

The thing is, I honestly believe that some of the greatest gifts we can give are our time and attention - much love from my family to yours. MERRY CHRISTMAS.

(I’d love to be able to help you gift an experience to your loved one, get in touch – I’m always happy to help.)


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Your Photoshoot Preparations - Get the Best Photos and Have an Amazing Day Simple Steps to Incredible Images

You’ve decided to invest in some professional photos. It’s a great opportunity to capture special moments and you’re looking forward to the images which will make you smile. But are you looking forward to the day itself? For many of us (I admit, I’m including myself) having our photo taken isn’t something we feel particularly positive about. Having the spotlight on ourselves (real or symbolic) can be cringe-inducing, but it doesn’t have to be – and preparation is the key.  

Putting You in the Picture

You’ll only enjoy the experience if you feel confident and comfortable – while it’s my job to do that at the shoot, it helps if you don’t arrive feeling nervous. Let’s talk about what you want.
And even if you don’t know what you want, talking about it before the shoot will help us create a plan together. Having some ideas, knowing what you expect to happen, will take away some nerves – I promise. Choose outfits you look good – and feel great – in.
If you need help choosing, ask someone you trust. 
If you’re going to have group photos, consider whether your outfits will work together; if this is a business shoot, think about your brand colours (you don’t have to wear those colours, but you don’t want to clash with them). And maybe have a change of outfits too. Have “things” which make you happy.  
Particularly if this is a family shoot, entertaining the children will be important. But in any situation, having props around which make your smile – or a have story you can share – will create the atmosphere we want and present you perfectly. How about a pamper?
  Getting your hair done before a shoot is quite normal, how about you take the opportunity to include professional hair and make-up along with your session – that’s a proper pamper. 

Where Will We Go?  Are we indoors or out? Your place or mine? Certainly, someplace special!

My place
, is it the studio you’re after?  
I’ll make you comfortable with everything you need (loo, kettle, settee and toys). We don’t need to worry about the weather, parking is easy and if you let me know beforehand you can bring pets too. For a lot of situations, my studio is the perfect choice.

“Every time I work with Laura, I always feel confident that the end result is going to be more than what I imagined it to be.
Her amazing studio makes me feel very relaxed and at home, and she is always willing to try new, innovative ways to get the perfect photographs for my publicity shots.
Couldn’t recommend enough ☺️ ” Amanda J

“Very professional and friendly service from Laura she makes you feel at ease in her studio, I wouldn’t go anywhere else for studio photos we was so pleased with our family photo and my head shots for my website” Anna P

Your Place.  
Whether it’s your home, work, or somewhere else you’ve chosen, I can bring my camera to you.
  Maybe you’ll feel more comfortable in your own surroundings, or you’d like a location which holds special memories; whatever your reason – you’ll get what you want.
There may be more practicalities to consider when we’re not in the studio – weather, footwear, other people – but we can be flexible if necessary and by talking and planning we can make sure we’re not caught out.

“Had our first photo shoot with Laura yesterday. She is incredibly talented, friendly, professional and is so lovely and kind with the kids making the experience great fun! I highly recommend Laura and will definitely be returning for more photo shoots. Thank you again” Kat M

“I had the most brilliant brand shoot with Laura to update my website and social media photos. We had so much fun at the shoot together, and I cannot tell you how much I adore the finished products. Laura has made me look how I do in my head, but never seem to manage for myself on camera! I'm just delighted - she's amazing, and the whole process was fantastic from start to finish.” Rebecca C

Are you ready?  You see, when you enjoy the process, the photographs are so much better. So my job – apart from pressing the button – is making sure you enjoy the process. (Obviously the button pressing bit is quite important too.) I hope this has helped you feel a little more prepared for your photoshoot – if there’s something you’re unsure about, get in touch – I’d love to help.

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Want Amazing Property Photos? Here’s 5 Simple Tips on How to Prepare Whether you’re selling your house or renting it out for holidays, getting someone to pick your property can have a lot to do with your pictures.

Anyone looking at property online – or in an estate agents window - can be easily wowed by the right images, which is why professional photography is so important.

Whoever you have taking the photographs of your property (and if you’re in Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire/Northamptonshire, I know someone who can help), there are things you can do before the photographer arrives to make sure you get the best photos.

Staging Your Space for Success

Even if you – or someone else – is living in the property you’re photographing, it’s important to present it so others can see themselves in that space. You’re not looking to create a blank canvas, but somewhere welcoming.

These tips will hopefully guide you to make the most of your space, showing off its best bits while (perhaps) hiding those elements which viewers don’t want to see. 

1. Before You Even Open the Door

Think about how the outside of your property looks.

Taking cars from the front of the house will give a better view.

You should also hide any bins and put away the washing line, hoses or any garden toys.

If you have outdoor furniture, consider setting it as if it’s being used – cushions in place, maybe something on the table, but normally without the parasol up or you’ll only see half the garden. This is all about welcoming viewers in.

2. Bright and Beautiful

Make sure all light bulbs are working and lights are on, even in the middle of a sunny day your house will have shadows and having the lights on will make the property seem much brighter and warmer.

Similarly, all curtains and blinds should be open. Again, creating light in the space is essential and having as much natural light as possible is certainly a preference.

3. The Heart of the Home

Let’s move into the kitchen and make the most of it.

Make sure any bins are hidden and there’s no clutter on the surfaces – that’s tea towels, oven gloves, kitchen roll or chopping boards.

Make sure the sink is clear – hide the soap, draining board and washing up bowl. 

Remove personal clutter, including magnets, notes and planners. We’re trying to encourage someone to imagine themselves in your space – not wonder where your aunt stayed when she sent that postcard from Barcelona.

This includes pet clutter. Food bowls, beds and toys should all be hidden – the buyer (or renter) won’t be sharing with your Buddy and might even be put off by animals (obviously, it’s just because they’ve never him).

Empty your washing machine and tumble drier – then hide the washing instead of hanging it out, of course.

And, make sure cleaning products – cloths, sprays, all of it – are also hidden (just think of all the fun you’ll have finding all these things once the photographer has gone!)

4. The Smallest Rooms

Well, whether they’re the smallest rooms or not, bathrooms will still need to be in order.

Make sure they’re clean and tidy – this may seem obvious but sometimes the family bathroom is used mostly by children and, well, it might need some attention!

Clear things round the sink and bath (yes - flannels, toothpaste and brushes, shower gel and even rubber ducks), remove mats, used towels and make sure the toilet seat is down.

Again, hide the cleaning products, and the bin too. 

5. Sitting, Dining, Sleeping Spaces… Everywhere Else!

Clean and tidy is obviously what we’re aiming for!

Get rid of clutter including personal pictures and rugs which can make your room seem smaller. You may even want to consider hiding those extra pieces of furniture which, when gone, will suddenly make the room seem much bigger (the cat’s favourite footstool or the extra table which keeps your tea always in reach).

Take throws from sofas and make sure cushions are tidy. 

Do you want flowers to brighten the space?

Are desks and tables tidy? You may want to present them as ready to use – as long as they aren’t cluttered. 

Make the bed – and make it look great, think about the colour of the bedding and how it looks in the room. Do you have extra cushions or throws? Again, we need to be tidy not cluttered!  

Are there things under your bed? On top of your wardrobe? Piled on the bedside cabinet? Left on the floor? Of course not – you’ve hidden it all (I know your cupboards are getting full, just wait ‘til you start the proper clear out!)


Are you ready?

The right photographs will make your property stand out, get more interest – make more money. The right staging is an essential part of that process. Your property is probably one of your biggest investments – it’s worth your time to make it look as good as you can.

And, of course, when you’re investing in professional photography for your property pictures, you want to make sure you get the best results.

Do you have any other tips about presenting your property? Or any stories about interesting things you saw when looking round someone’s place – we won’t tell, promise. If you’d like to talk about presenting your property for sale or rental, get in touch – I’d love to help.


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Location Shoots – I’m Allowed Out One of the joys of Spring, for me, is the chance to get out into the sunshine with my camera. (Obviously I take my camera out in the colder months, but I’m less likely to have company when it’s wet and muddy.)

As the weather starts to settle (let’s be positive here!), I can book in your photoshoots with a reasonable expectation of sunshine, so let me tell you how these location shoots work.

Business or Family, This is About Finding Your Place

Firstly, I can be flexible. 

Before any shoot we’ll talk about what it is you want to get out of it, who’s involved, what their needs are and if there are any specific shots you want. We’ll talk about where the shoot should take place – it may be your home, office or property; or it may be a favourite family place, a corporate event – or even afternoon tea?

I know the place is important, but the people are more important. Making you comfortable is an essential part of my job, which means we’ll talk through options for bad weather, we’ll talk about outfits which will look great but be comfortable, if this is for your business – we’ll talk through who hates having their photo taken and how we can keep them happy.

Anyway, this is all just words, let me tell you about a couple of my recent shoots and you’ll see what I mean.

Into the Woods – With the L Family

I love working at Evenley Wood Garden; this is a beautiful space and in Spring the light is stunning.

Of course, there is a risk that it’ll be wet or muddy – so we kept an eye on the forecast and I was able to offer the family reassurance that we could rearrange if the weather made it necessary. There was no need for that though, everything was excellent. (This is actually a fact… another photographer we bumped into agreed it was the perfect location for a perfect family - without prompting! Happy dance.)

With parents, grandparents and the two children, I knew I’d have plenty of opportunities to snap and, I think it’s fair to say, everyone enjoyed it. (Random fact, sometimes the hardest people to please are the parents because they’re too busy worrying… Let me reassure you parents, you don’t worry about how your offspring are behaving on a photoshoot – it’s not your problem. I’ve done this before, and we all know they behave better for other people, right!)

The thing is, a beautiful day with people you love in a gorgeous space is bound to result in stunning photographs – this day did not disappoint. 

Then Down to Work – I went back to school 

Sometimes, it’s about getting into your space, and this is something else.

Having been invited to photograph a local primary school, I had a fantastic opportunity to document everything which makes the school special. 

In some ways, it was very much like any corporate or business photoshoot – we wanted to demonstrate the atmosphere, the facilities and people as well as the locations. In other ways it was quite different – ensuring DBS certification, considering privacy aspects and working with children of course.

Understanding what the school wanted to achieve with the photography was obviously essential – but then, creating the space where we could achieve that while the school day happened around us was a whole other concern.

I love this kind of work, ensuring we’ve got a clear vision and providing the photographs which capture not only a brand but the feelings they inspire – perfect.

Once the school received the images, they were immediately able to use them on social media, and they’ll be updated to their website really soon.

Find Your Happy Space 

Getting out on a location shoot can be incredibly flexible and fun. 

While for certain situations the studio will always make sense, at this time of year it’s great to be able to consider the opportunities afforded by the places which are important to us. 

Why don’t you share your favourite locations, maybe somewhere you’d love to be snapped? And, if you’re inspired to create some of your own incredible images, get in touch – I’d love to help.


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I'm still here! Another 'funny' year but here's a brief update. It feels like a while since I was here, and that’s because it is. All the way back in 2020 (I won’t ask if you remember it…).

I always take some time out at the start of the year to review, plan, explore and play: it felt good to have some time out to focus on me and the business, including my hopes for LC Photography for this year.

When allowed I’ve also been taking photographs, of houses, people and things – I love what I do.

While they were still working out the details for next steps out of lockdown, I’ve had the pleasure of a few commercial shoots. I’ve set up the system and we can now work together again. As I post the studio is now allowed to open to families again.  I will be taking it slow and making sure a lot of cleaning happens.  There's also some great offers on location shoots if you'd prefer.

If you’ve been thinking about your product photography, do get in touch. I’ve really enjoyed being back in the studio even for the odd few shoots I've been allowed to do – and that’s not only because I had the chance to capture the beauty of Fannie-Anne’s bakes (honest – mind you they were SO good).

Geeking Out Over Lighting and Afros (see blog image)

I have this amazing client, I mean – obviously – I have lots of amazing clients but I want to tell you about a particular one today. Her name is Bella and she’s been with me for years, both as a boss lady to be and having photographs done with her family. We were talking a while back (as we do when I’m making people pose for me) and discovered a joint wish that we were able to fulfil together.

Bella is beautiful with an amazing sense of style and ideas for gorgeous hair; together we were lamenting the general lack of images of black women showing natural hair (or natural style), so we decided to create some of our own.

The photographs I took of Bella are stunning – because she’s stunning. Not only did I get to take beautiful pictures celebrating her natural beauty and awesomeness, I got to geek out with themes, lighting and editing, creating something which fulfilled her vision and mine. (Possibly the best photographs I’ve ever taken – ssh!)  

How Are These Houses Moving So Quickly – They Don’t Even Have Legs?

One element of my business which has been incredibly busy recently, is the property work I do for Russell & Butler. Whether people are relocating because their life has changed or they are taking up the opportunity of stamp duty relief, house sales are going through quickly right now. (I want you to know how much I’d like to make more house moving puns here… but I won’t.)

When You Want to DIY

During this most recent lockdown, I spent some time helping someone desperate to get some awesome product photography and frustrated when – despite lots of Googling and YouTube research – she wasn’t getting the shots she wanted. 

The thing is, these ‘one size fits all’ tutorials don’t actually work for ‘all’. I was pleased to be able to help her set up her shots, suggest lighting fixes and get the images she wanted. If you’re struggling to get the photos you want, I’d love to help – or I could always take them for you.

Early 2021 Top Tip: Editing with Stored Actions

Once the shots are taken, there’s another level of skill required in editing to create the perfect photograph. Whether you use Lightroom or Photoshop, using stored actions for repeatable effects is incredibly useful - allowing you to create the perfect atmosphere or look. 

One of my favourite resources comes from Created by award winning photographer Lauren Bennett, these presets were created for her own benefit to make editing easier and they definitely do. Not only that, Lauren is also incredibly supportive, signing up for her products I’ve become part of her group and been truly impressed by how helpful she is.

If you love taking photographs but don’t have the same love for editing, have a look at this site and see how it could help you create better pictures and processes.   

Getting Your Orders In

The last thing I wanted to mention this month is a bit of a random one, it’s about sales. As a business owner you won’t be surprised that some of my time is spent thinking about sales, but I don’t often talk about it. 

But recently, I did something I wouldn’t normally do and it’s made me consider my own prejudices. Having sent out my usual emails requesting orders, I had a reason to follow up with a further, later, email contacting those who hadn’t got their orders in. What surprised me, was how many people responded positively. 

I’ve never wanted to do pushy sales, so my process has always been – a couple of emails and then leave it, let’s not nag. But the response to this recent mailing made me wonder, perhaps I’d actually been letting my clients down. Picking photographs is often something people like to take their time over – and that time for consideration can inevitably lead to things being forgotten. 

So, how do you feel about being sold to? Written to? Reminded?

How many communications is too pushy and how many just useful nudging?

I’d love to know what you think

In fact, whether it’s your thoughts on obnoxious salespeople, product photography, editing, or the imminent arrival of Spring, I’d really like to hear your thoughts. You can leave a comment below or get in touch.


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Well, That’s 2020 Done Then… almost Building Businesses with Branding 


Yes, things are winding down now, but it’s been a busy month or two. 

I’ve worked on some fab branding shoots – taking advantage of the beautiful autumn/winter light as well as some stunning locations. 

First I’m going to tell you about Naomi Evans. Naomi is a family law solicitor in Milton Keynes, she’s been helping couples and families through difficult situations for years now and those who have worked with her consistently feedback how grateful they are for her empathy, understanding and care. We shot Naomi’s branding photographs, in my studio, creating images of her which inspire confidence, showing her professionalism as well as her care and approachability. 

My next Corporate Branding shoot, however, was at the gorgeous Stoneleigh House Boutique Hotel in Buckingham. And yes, they provide Afternoon Tea and have a wonderful festive menu at the moment. Working in such a beautiful environment was ideal for my client, Natali Williams of Lime Virtual Business Support. Natali is bright, bubbly, relaxed and capable, she obviously wanted her images to reflect that. Having a light bright and professional space for the photographs meant Natali got the perfect pictures to support her business. 


Looking back at the fantastic clients I’ve worked with this year, has given me the opportunity to think about why those people choose me – and often keep coming back. I think it’s got a lot to do with my adaptive style, because it’s not about me it’s about them. 

My photographs may have a consistent style in some respects – which is great because people have an idea what they’ll get from the shoot. But each collection I send out is different – you may think that’s obvious, but it’s not. It’s not just the people who are different, each shot will always be led by you. You are the focus of the shoot; your personality is what makes the image work.

In fact, this may be seen most clearly with some of the returning clients I have. And in November I had a really special job working with a family who I first shot 17 years ago – the girls have gone from babies to adults, it’s such a pleasure to help the family savour those memories. And make new ones.


December’s top tip:

This one’s a little niche as this time I’m looking out – not for you amateur, home photographers – but for those of you who are looking to build your own photography business.

When setting up your own photography studio there are certain things you need; obviously you need cameras, there’s also lights and backdrops and lots of other exciting equipment. Well, if this is something you are looking at, my tip this month is – get a Gareth.

Gareth and Sheila Phillips are always there for me ready to make things work. They run LuxS, providing me with backdrops, lighting and advice when I’m not sure quite what I need (I needed a Badger apparently – the filler light of champions!). 

If you’re thinking of setting up a studio, find yourself a LuxS – well, the LuxS really.


Two last things before I go, it’s probably a bit late for last minute Christmas presents; so bookmark Vivid Violet to get you through the disappointment of not receiving the gift you wanted. These amazing handmade bags and accessories are gorgeous and so well made I think I actually made happy noises when I saw my delivery. Check out the range and make yourself a list!


I’m going to go a little quiet now until February...

January is always my 'thinking' month, a time to reflect and look ahead, taking in the past year and planning for what’s to come. 

I need this time, it’s time for family – and frankly it’s time for me. I’m going to make the most of it.

So, here’s to 2021 – whatever that brings! Blog wise I’ll probably see you in February, keep in touch - I will be working - just less vocally!


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October, November: The Golden Season? Image and Reflections

Well we’ve made it to November and we’re keeping going – let’s enjoy Autumn while it’s here!


At this time of year I’m always busy doing nursery shoots – I love them! And this year, although it’s been different, it’s been just as much fun. Because of restrictions, these shoots have been mostly happening outdoors - and who doesn’t love it when little ones get out in wellies and warm stuff, kicking the leaves about? 

If your small person didn’t get their usual school or nursery shoot this year and you don’t want to miss that annual marker of their growth, maybe you’d like to do your own location shoot in this gorgeous Autumn light.  Or get your nursery or primary school to book me for next year!

And, while we’re talking about Autumn light, isn’t it amazing. The golden hours have moved to times we can manage – currently around 8am and 3pm – meaning getting out at the right time is much easier. Just be careful with shadows, they may be darker than you think and the weather really affects that light. Be ready to rethink your timings.


I may well have experienced my favourite job ever in October – if you’ve worked with me before, think of this more as a challenge than a criticism. 

Working with a client looking to do some eclectic and exciting branding shots in varied locations, we certainly managed that. We started off with some bright, contemporary, industrial shots at the Icon Centre in Northants, a fantastic building with a variety of spaces which worked beautifully. 

This was followed by a complete change of pace at the stunning Fawsley Hall, using the Tudor Great Hall to bring some opulence to our shoot. The contrast for the product shoot worked brilliantly (and so did having Mo available for our refreshment needs - amazing service), then the afternoon tea which finished the shoot was perfection! 

In fact, if you want to get onto my list of – best jobs ever – afternoon tea may be the way to do that. Just a suggestion.


We’ve been having a lot of fun with mini photo shoots in the last couple of months, the Christmas ones are finished now but if you want to get your bubble together outdoors we can still arrange outdoor sessions for after lockdown. I’m also planning some new things for 2021, you’ll have to wait and see.


So, who’s thinking about Christmas gifts? Maybe you’re thinking about a print or product from a previous shoot, get in touch to find out what’s available and when to order – those special memories make amazing presents. You might also consider gift vouchers, helping those you love to make some great memories in 2021.

And what about those who are working to build their business? Maybe you could treat someone to a headshot shoot – it’s a great way for a growing business to celebrate a New Year.


November’s top tip:

Let’s finish off with this month’s top tip – and for once I’m following the rules.

I’m not someone who follows rules without question, there are often good reasons to test those boundaries and even break some rules. But, there is one rule which I very rarely broach – the rule of thirds.

Imagine a 3 x 3 grid on the image you’re taking (you may not have to imagine, some cameras have the option to include it on your display). Your eye will be drawn to the intersections of these lines and these lines provide the right balance when framing your picture. 

Make sure then, you include points of interest on these lines or at these points of intersection, to draw people in. This may be having the horizon across a horizontal line, a tree or building on the vertical or one of your objects of interest at the intersection – play about to see how this can work for you.  


Well, things keep changing for all of us, November isn’t looking to be what I expected and who knows what we’ll see in December, but I’m glad that I’m sharing this space with you.

Talk soon, L.



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July, August, Sept: Through Changing Seasons People, Property and Products

Hello again, it’s great to see you visiting the blog – I hope you’re keeping well, I always mean that and right now more so than ever!

I’ve had a very busy few months and, do you know what, I’ve been loving it.


During August I was visited by some wonderful clients looking to create memories with their families in our Studio Photoshoots. 

Before the shoot we always discuss what the family wants and talk about the importance of creating images which reflect them, which they’ll love. I often encourage people to bring things from home, objects or props which mean something to them or will help them create the picture they’re looking for. Having objects with us in the studio can help to create your space and your moment as well as helping me find out more about you. 

One particular visitor did surprise me though. When the Land Rover pulled up outside the studio that wasn’t unusual, but when the driver opened the passenger door and I saw an armchair perched on top of an elderly mother (who was very happy I might add) I was taken aback for a moment and did have a good giggle at it. It didn’t take long to get everyone – and everything – into the studio and the resulting photographs were a triumph. It just shows, if it’s important to you, it’s worth including in the shot!

Doing such amazing shoots in the studio this season, got me thinking about why I do what I do. Everyone who comes into my studio is an individual – even in a family shoot, each person will be looking for different things from the experience (some of the teenagers are just looking forward to the end of it, but do you know what they're my speciality and always seem to end up wanting to join in more). 

And, this is why each photoshoot I do is different.

My response to each person who walks into the studio will be unique and focused on capturing them in a moment. I work to understand what you want reflected from the session, how you will remember it. Only once I’ve recognised the quality you want captured; can I create your images for you. And each of these photographs will be special.


I’ve also been fortunate to work with some great businesses over the summer including using the studio for Product Photography – beard stencils and washable baby wipes. Who’d have thought it!

And then there’s been the Business Portrait Shoots and Headshots. Lucienne Shakir is a life coach, helping female executives have a life to love – and I loved helping her create images which will support her in her business and a new website launch in November, she's definitely one to watch.  Keeping with the ladies I also photographed Caroline Vooght from @CVbynameCVbynature (on facebook) and what a great response to the covid worries she's had, she writes amazing CV's and is having great success getting people in to roles they deserve.

Summer has also seen my Property Photoshoots continue at a pace. Russell&Butler  have been incredibly busy with both property sales and lettings, working with them is such a great opportunity for me. Obviously, I’m happy to be working with a company who appreciates the value of my professional images, but more than that they provide such great value to those clients whose property they are managing. It’s a fantastic team to work with.


Looking forward, as the seasons are indeed changing, I know that some of you will be thinking about the annual tradition of school photographs. Because of new restrictions and the complexity of managing these rules within schools and nurseries, a number of you won’t be getting your official photo for 2020. If you want to make sure you don’t miss out – or if you just want to make sure you get the right shot – I’ll be offering studio shots for your child at a special price this year. Keep an eye out on social media to make sure you don’t miss out or email/call.


September’s top tip:

We’ll finish off with the top tip for this month – and it’s for those of you who are worried about lengthening shadows.

When you can’t find the right lighting for your shot, find something which reflects the light you do have to eliminate unwanted shadows. Whether you’re outside and unable to control the elements, or in a photobooth and struggling with a shaded face, a lightly reflecting surface can make all the difference. A piece of white card, paper or even a carrier bag, can be used to reflect light (normally up) pushing those shadows away.

Don’t let the darker days spoil your photos, if the light isn’t where you want it to be – reflect it! And do let me know how you get on.



]]> (Laura Laws Photography) buckingham camera canon corporate photography family shoot gawcott headshots photography tips school photography studio Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:27:33 GMT
Sort of June: It’s Not Normal but Who Needs Normal Anyway Well, back again so quickly.


It’s like time is following it’s own pattern right now, some weeks are flying quicker than Concorde (remember that!) while through others I feel like I’m struggling along on a unicycle (I don't remember those!!). Nevermind, I’m not going to mention a new normal as I’m not sure normal has ever really featured here anyway. 


Property work has EXPLODED! I’ve had so many jobs for Russell and Butler estate agents, it’s exciting to see things selling so quickly and lettings have been equally busy. I love how Russell and Butler have realised the value of professional photography, it saves them so much time and the resulting images really stand out compared to other agents online. I also brushed up some rusty skills to create a floorplan for them – something I trained to do in a past life – it can be fun renewing not-yet-forgotten skills but I’m in no rush to add these to my price list.



The studio reopened on June 15th - but I'm taking it slowly. I've got some work to do to clearing props away, so I’m having some carpentry done by LJC carpentry from Akeley - hopefully that will get me sorted.  


This weekend I have around 40 baby bottles to photograph as packshots. I'm SOOO looking forward to my alone time in the studio and am already planning the playlist. I have eclectic taste so it could be anything from Buddy Holly to Red Hot Chilli Peppers, or maybe a bit of Rachmaninoff might be on!


I’ve been getting some location shoots booked in too – there are some beautiful spots locally where socially distancing won’t be a problem! I visited Long Furlong Farm in Northants, it’s great to add such a stunning venue to my list. Are there any venues you’ve visited in Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire or Oxfordshire in over the last year or two which I should explore?


I’m sad to be saying goodbye to one of my American clients as they leave their UK base this month, we're doing a shoot at Evenley to provide a perfect ending – let’s just hope the weather is on our side. (update - it was!! see blog shot)


The new website is well underway, with quite a different look than you'll be used to from me.  Of course, I’m picking lots of new images to include so I can show you everything I’m working on. So excited!  


June’s top tip:

Back up your images! Better yet - print them as well.  


We're all guilty of it, we assume the magic cloud is looking after everything but is it? 


We often set up our phone settings to sweep our photos straight into the cloud, but with actual cameras – compacts and upwards - we have a tendency to copy the memory stick to the laptop and forget about it.  I use an Apollo hard drive as well as a separate Apple hard drive AND iCloud backup.  But then it's my job so... 


Now that your photographs are safe, you could leave them there on your hard drive collecting digital dust – but that’s not what photos are for. 


Every year I pick my favourite phone shots and make a yearbook with Chatbooks, they have amazing customer support and having a physical book to flick through always brings a smile. With my own family pro-shots - I'm ruthless! I pick my favourites and print them onto wall pieces. It's a great way of ‘Quality Controlling’ the products my clients buy – what better excuse do I need. And, one of my lovely suppliers has just added aluminium to his printing skills, I NEED one. I'll get a studio sample too, so you’ll have to come in and see it! 🙂


That’s your challenge then, dig out your camera and see what’s been left on the memory card – I wonder who’ll find lost photos of a forgotten party or day trip. And when they’re all backed up, maybe you’ll put together a photobook from those newly restored memories – I’d love to see what you find.



]]> (Laura Laws Photography) backing-up buckingham canon family shoot gawcott headshots location photography product photography website images Thu, 09 Jul 2020 17:42:41 GMT
May: a Slightly Manic Month Writing these blogs is a great opportunity for me to review what’s been happening here at LC Photography. I’m finding that even when I feel like things have been quiet and uneventful, a quick look at my diary for the month can show a very different reality.


I’d originally thought there wasn’t much to say this month - I’ve been working on my website (so exciting) and catching up on admin, trying to get on the top of my to-do list (I will get there one day!) But it turns out this is only a small part of what’s been going on. 


There’s been lots of networking this month – I’ve been visiting new groups and making new connections – these meetings are great as telling people about my business gives me a great opportunity to think about what I love about it and what I can do to reach more people. I have some exciting things planned for a post-lockdown 'comeback' including professional headshots with make-up and hair included on the day. I think this sounds like great fun – what do you think?


Earlier on in the year, I was able to spend some time with the friendly and helpful team at Arnold Thomson – a solicitor with offices in Towcester and Market Harborough. Producing the photographs for their new website was great and I’m thrilled to see the website has been launched this month here.  This website photography gave me an opportunity to work with Space Five Creative who produced the site, I found them a very impressive company and worth checking out. Looking at the site now has reminded me of the importance of the input I get from my clients, from the team at Arnold Thomson I was given a very clear directive which really helps ensure we produce images that make everyone happy.


May also brought the exciting prospect of being able to get back to property photography (obviously only where it's safe to do so). I’ve never been so excited to get a job in and it made me think, if property owners are ready to get their properties back onto listing sites like Airbnb and, maybe it’s not ridiculous to be thinking about holidays!


I’ve been doing some interesting bits and pieces with an advertising company lately. They want to ensure their advertising is unique and stands out so we’ve created templates into which they can drop their artwork with the images I created meaning their advertising is ready to go. If you are interested in using bespoke photography for your advertising, why don’t you see if I could help. And this leads me nicely into my top tip... 


Take a different angle. 

There's a big trend right now for 'flatlays' in product photography – you know the thing, a product laid flat and photographed from above. I remember when I started my photography work 18 years ago, taking pictures of children looking up from the floor was a new thing – 18 years ago! It’s funny how these things come around.  


When taking your own photos, consider getting your subject – whether it’s a child, a pet or a product - outside on a cloudy day, taking the photograph down on them from above. Make sure you get completely level with the object of your picture and shoot straight down. You need to be careful not to block the light source, and may need to move around to achieve this as it's not always obvious where it is on a cloudy day. So, that’s my tip for creating your own flatlay, I’d love to see yours – do share your images with me...


Let’s finish off with some personal stuff. 

Although I’m not vegan, I’ve been really enjoying plantyou on Instagram, there are some really easy recipes - and a lot are non-bake which suits my impulsive side.  Home schooling the youngest has fitted in surprising well to my workday, although I did get some maths wrong which was a worry as he's only 9. 


No 2 child bought a house and managed to get everything through at the beginning of lockdown, unfortunately that means I have to wait to see it but in the meantime he can make use of his impressive DIY skills before we visit. Child No 1 is staying with me along with his Croatian girlfriend who is stuck here, it’s great for us though as we love her and I’m thoroughly enjoying the girly chat. No 3 is being incredibly motivated and adding to her university application points (UCAS) by doing an online ECDL qualification, there’s a link here for any upper sixth people or parents who may be interested  We're not sure if they will add to her overall points but it shows willing!


So really there’s been a bit more going on this month than I initally thought and I’m loving being able to share good news with you. I hope you are enjoying the positives in your world too, let me know how you’re getting on and I’d particularly love to see any flatlays or other examples of overhead photographs you try this month. 






]]> (Laura Laws Photography) advertising arnold thompson buckingham camera canon family shoot gawcott headshots networking newborn photography product photography websites Tue, 02 Jun 2020 14:37:39 GMT
LC photography April Blog - living and learning in lockdown A quick blog this month as work wise not a lot has been going on.  I've been keeping in touch with my network, mostly via zoom.  Then a bit of online learning in photoshop for me and revisiting images and creating some new looks for the studio when I return.  I post most of them on instagram or facebook so make sure you click my social media links and follow me.  (I feel like one of the you tubers I keep hearing on my youngest's iPad encouraging him to 'subscribe, subscribe' - just do what you're happy with).  Baby H's order went out and his image is the blog image this month, that baby totally captured my heart and I love that I see his little face all over my instagram as I follow Mum and Dad.  He's an absolute beauty.

Now we seem to have a bit more info on Covid-19 I'm confident offering shoots for empty properties for agents, Airbnb, etc but I do have a list of requirements and there will be new processes in place - oh and some product photography can come back!  Unfortunately it's too soon to rebook the brownie lady in, I can't tell you how sad that makes me!  Other than that I'm working on the price list, accounts and, hopefully, a new website.  

I'm slightly worried that my brain has officially turned off! All those 'second nature' things have disappeared from my mind.  I fear I'll have to ease myself, carefully, back into work as it was, does anyone else feel the same?  To keep those little grey cells going I did write an article for Toddle About regarding  'bumps, babies and sitters' in lockdown - well the photography side of it anyway.  If you fancy a read it's over at how-to-take-great-photos-of-bumps-or-babies-indoors-during-a-lockdown - my model was beautiful (the husband sporting cushion bump) and it was fun working on iPhone images for a change.  So that article is your top tips for April but if you want any extra help just get in touch - my chat is free!

Stay Safe people, hope to see you all soon. I miss you guys!


]]> (Laura Laws Photography) airbnb blog" buckingham camera canon family shoot gawcott headshots mk newborn photography photography photography business photography tips portraiture property photography studio toddle about Thu, 30 Apr 2020 17:49:48 GMT
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Well, hasn’t March been a rollercoaster! I certainly could never have imagined it ending the way it has…but it started off brilliantly so my blog is a bit of a mixed bag!


I had the most amazing time doing a photoshoot for tribute act, Dua Lipa. We got really creative with some of the setups, and it really pushed me out of my comfort zone, which was fantastic! 


My school photoshoots have begun, as well. The first one was with a preschool, and we did it outside – which is always a bit of a gamble with our weather, especially at this time of year – but the children loved being outside. I usually wrap up warm in my ski gear for outdoor shoots, and this one was no exception! I’m looking forward to getting feedback from the parents which may be in some time as they closed the following week. If your little ones are at ‘The Ark’ in Padbury get in touch and I can sort your proof cards digitally for you.  My next one was due to be in Hemel Hempstead, which I’ve done before – it’s always lovely to be asked back but that is well and truly on hold. I’ll also be doing some bespoke images for a local primary school to use on their website and social media when business life returns. 


Russell and Butler have kept me busy as always, but I’ve also done a couple of private property shoots for AirBnB listings, and a private letting as well. It gives me great pride to help owners to present their beautiful properties in the best way possible, so the potential buyers or customers can see all the reasons they fell in love with it in the first place. With the closures I’m missing all my clients and especially Russell and Butler as we speak most days.  They are such a great team and are pulling together now which is lovely to see.


And now for something completely different: I’ve got a lifestyle shoot on the agenda for a manufacturer of swim pants and training pants. I have a feeling this one’s going to get lively! This is where my contacts work so well as my nursery shoot provided me with a great little model! Itching to get back to work and crack on with this one. I managed to get one last product shoot in before closures and ‘Vivid Violet’ can be found on facebook and Instagram as well as a website to order gorgeous bespoke tote bags etc from.


In my home life number 2 child turned 21 this month, so he came back home for cake before flying off to Budapest (just before planes stopped flying) as his present from his fiancée for a long weekend.  Sadly their wedding has been postponed but in the grand scale of things we can handle that.  Number 1 boy managed to get back at the end of month before travel stopped, he’s been working in Switzerland. Girl child has had A levels cancelled but has kept studying and has optimistically applied for halls at her choice of University - watch this space. Littlest one is home schooling for now and I have never appreciated his school more. Mrs S, if you’re ready, THANK YOU. Plus I now know I could NEVER be a teacher!! Enough said on that one….


Before my tip I’d just like to thank all my clients who have sent orders in, all my new people who have ordered vouchers for when we can work again and to everyone who has stayed in touch.  This is when you know you have it good, a home, a family, people who care.  I am so grateful and I hope I am doing my bit in return.  Lots of offers for when I’m back so keep following me on social media.  Keep calm, stay kind, carry on.


Camera tip of the month: it’s a basic one, but it’s really handy to know if you don’t already. In low temperatures, your camera may just stop working. Put it in your jacket to warm up, and/or carry spare batteries in your clothes rather than your bag, which will keep them that bit warmer, and ready to go if the one in the camera fails. My Dad told me that years and years ago, and it saved me at a wedding once. Thanks Dad!


]]> (Laura Laws Photography) airbnb" buckingham camera canon dual family shoot gawcott headshots lipa" newborn photography property photography Tue, 31 Mar 2020 12:59:07 GMT
LC photography February Blog including a tip on shutter speeds How can it be the end of February already? Two months already gone in 2020, and they’ve zipped by. January was really busy, full of quotes and bookings for a really wide range of website photography shoots, from brownies and fancy soap, to fundraising corporations; so I think it’s safe to say that the next few months will be varied! 


The website shoots I’ve done have been varied too. Corzo and Wood make handcrafted silver jewellery, and are based on the stunning Claydon estate in Buckinghamshire; and in keeping with the countryside theme, I loved working on some magazine images for a rural solicitor, as it included meeting some piglets! 


I visited a speech therapist, and learned so much about the practice – it was a fascinating insight into their work, and I wanted to play all of the therapy games! Then there are the headshots to be done for an author, to be printed in the books she’s written. This was another wonderful insight into what a personal thing that is for her, and the courage it’s taken her to go for it. Being part of that journey, and hopefully giving her some portraits to be proud of, is a real honour. I’m also at the start of some really exciting work with a singing tribute act, think 80’s colour vibe!


I also had a lovely thank you note come through from a bespoke saddle-making company, Balance, for a set of images I did last year. It’s amazing what a positive effect a small thank you can have. 


Refreshing your website images doesn’t have to be a massive project, or part of an overall rebrand; it’s something you can do gradually, which has a number of benefits. Firstly, you don’t need to plan your product shoot all at once – if your business is seasonal, you can think about photos that could be taken at different times of the year, and in different settings, to reflect all of the services you offer. 


Secondly, updating the images on your website is good for your Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), or in plain speak, how near the top of the list you are when people Google your type of business. Updating your images over a period of time will have a longer-lasting effect than doing one update, and then leaving your site untouched for six months. I love helping clients to plan their product photoshoots, so if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat.


January was also huge for my property photography work.  I’ve captured images for some truly stunning homes over the last few weeks and I’m thankful that this area (Buckingham et al) doesn’t seem to have suffered too badly with the economical uncertainty experienced by some. This area of my work being busy is also a positive sign for our economy overall. 


On the home front, it’s been a time of milestones and changes. One of my sons is now working abroad, and I do miss him; I'm constantly looking at the photos I have of him around the house. Another of my boys is getting married, and has just booked his venue – so lots of exciting plans ahead there too, although he’s also moved away, up north to Liverpool, and I’m really missing him too!  Another child is at the A levels stage – we survived mocks, and now we’re moving onto the real thing, with all of the tension and anticipation the next six months will hold (there was a failed driving test in there too, so I hope to have better news to share on that front soon!). And finally, the littlest is becoming a gaming pro, so I’m happy to predict that my retirement is therefore sorted.  


My usual Christmas present from the children is all four of them getting together for an annual photo, taken by me. We haven’t managed to do that yet, as we’ve not managed to be all together so far, so that is high on my wishlist for later this year. Looking back at our albums, and the photos we have on display around the house, is becoming ever more important to us as a our family grows up, and they remind me every day of the power – and gift – of print. Mothering Sunday is coming up so maybe they’ll pick up on my, not so subtle, hints!


Dog-wise, my lovely Mickey has had a sore leg, so has been off walks and not able to jump for a while. Luckily we have the fabulous Croft Vets, who’ve taken super care of him, and he's managed to get onto the footstool now; so he’s not far off taking over the settee once more.


This month’s tip: following on from last month’s settings theme, try having a play with shutter speed this month. Using a tripod or a sturdy surface, set your exposure speed nice and slow. Practise on moving objects, such as people walking about, or running water.  You should get a beautiful soft blur. Show me your results! The blog image is mine from the Lake District.


]]> (Laura Laws Photography) buckingham camera canon family shoot gawcott headshots newborn photography photography photography studio photography tips portraiture Sat, 29 Feb 2020 17:44:40 GMT
First ever blog  

Well, here it is – as promised, my first blog post of 2020! I thought I’d kick things off with a little introduction to me, my background, and why I love what I do. 


So, the basics: I'm 44, and I have four children aged 9,18,20, and 22, and two of them have left home.  My husband is a former marine, and is fitness-mad.


I have two dogs, Mickey and Bobbi, who seem to have taken over my Instagram (@lcphotography2001) - so I need to get that back, which is another mission for 2020.


That’s the intro done - now a bit about me, and how I came to be doing what I think is the perfect job for me. 


In the beginning, I worked in sales then accounts, including some time spent as a very corporate company secretary. Most of this time was spent working for a bank, and in F1. I took time off to be with the older children while they were little (having three under 5 was a bit crazy), although I did stay on hand for some less demanding roles at work. Then I got fidgety at home, and started thinking again about work - but I needed something more flexible so I could balance it against all the home and school life demands.


So..... I became a professional photographer in 2001. To begin with, I specialised in property: taking images for the glossy brochures, website listings and estate agent windows. Back then it was all shot on transparency film, with meetings around the lightbox, and the jump to digital was huge for me. Then I began to concentrate more on people and portraits. More recently I’ve realised that having a good mix of subjects, and diversity in the scenes and scenarios I photograph in, is what really works best for me, so I do sessions in and out of my studio, for people, animals and products; I do corporate events; and I even do a few select weddings. I also work exclusively for Russell and Butler for the property market now.


Newborn photography is another area I work in, and I have special training in it to meet the high levels of safety standards that newborn photographers should work to. These sessions are very much led by the baby, and I don't put them into gimmicky poses. It’s better for the baby, and promotes the pure and natural beauty of the baby that I love to capture. 


Over the years I have had studios in Norwich, Wormleighton, Beachampton, Stony Stratford and Buckingham, but I’ve now settled down and bought a studio in Gawcott – the first one I haven’t rented – and it really feels like home. It’s natural light and flash, it’s all open plan, and it has parking at the front door, so it’s really easy for clients with lots of child paraphernalia, and clients with all of their product gear. I just walk into it and I’m happy.


I use Canon and Elinchrom equipment, and I have a licentiate with both the Master Photographers Associate and British Institute of Professional Photographers. I have gained lots of awards and trophies, which I’m proud of, but it’s not something I chase any more. I have also sat on the panel of experts for a national property photography agency, which was brilliant for passing on hints, tips and expertise for photographers who were brand new to the field. 


I really do love what I do. Capturing those moments in time, of life and loved ones that you just want to hold onto forever; or knowing that you’ve created images that have the power to transform a business’s online presence. There’s nothing like it.  


Because I do love my craft so much, I am always happy to give advice to fellow photographers and answer questions (if I know the answer)…and so every month I’m going to give you a little photography tip, or tell you something interesting that I’ve encountered in my travels the previous month. Photography is one of those things that is so open to interpretation, and there are many ways of shooting and editing. These are my preferences, but I love to hear other people’s viewpoints and experiences of photography, so going forward, if you have anything to add - please do comment and don't forget to follow me on instagram and facebook if you want to hear more from me.


This time, it’s a top tip about using DEPTH OF FIELD to your advantage. Depth of field is about how far apart your nearest and farthest objects in focus are. Think of mobile phones these days, portrait setting is a major feature on a lot of their cameras: they create a small area that's in focus, and blur the rest out. The features on your phone are great, but if you're a budding enthusiast, use the manual settings on your camera, and play with the 'F STOP'.  My lovely Canon 24-70mm mark ii lens goes to F2.8, and I can get a beautiful fade away with that; think a baby’s lashes, and the face softening away.  Equally, if I'm shooting property I keep it at F13 for sharp look over the whole shot. You can start with aperture priority mode (AV on canon) and just change the F stop and the camera will do the rest or, if you feel brave, go fully manual.  Watch that speed setting isn’t so slow you get camera shake if you’re hand holding it this is where ISO comes in). Set up a shot and work through your available F stops, and see for yourself the difference it makes.  Let me know how you get on…


]]> (Laura Laws Photography) buckingham camera canon family shoot gawcott headshots mk newborn photography photography photography studio photography tips portraiture Fri, 31 Jan 2020 17:46:23 GMT