Photo-a-day project 2019 {Carshalton family photographer}

A personal project where I take a photo of my children, myself or anything else of significance to my family every day of January. This is my third January project and I’m hoping to extend it this year to cover 365 days.

Wish me luck!

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January 2019

The gift of memories {Baby and family photographer, Carshalton}

The only regret I have about the first years of both my daughters' lives is that we didn't invest in professional family photography. Like many busy mums, it just wasn't something I saw as a priority at the time. I didn't really know how to use a proper camera at that stage of my life and so I just snapped away on my phone with varying results! But I do think back now and wish that I had some really nice photos of myself and my husband with our daughters...(don't worry - I'm more than making up for it these days).

One of the many things I love about my photography journey is being able to capture beautiful memories for others and I'm so glad that a close relative of this gorgeous Carshalton family gifted a photography session to them. Tickles with mummy, kisses from daddy, those chubby little arms and legs, and just the pure joy of early family life is something they will now be able to look back on and cherish forever. Don't let these years pass you by! They're just too important not to capture. 

Find out more about my baby and family photography sessions or take a took at how you can purchase a gift voucher for someone you know.

Carshalton newborn and family photography session at home {Newborn and family photographer, Carshalton}

Quite often a newborn photography session is as much about capturing some great images of the whole family as it is about photographing the newborn! This was certainly the case for this lovely family who had just moved back to the UK after some time living in Vietnam.

Mum was keen to have some photos of big brother as well as baby but warned me that her little boy really didn't like having his photo taken after constantly being approached for photos by strangers back in Vietnam.  With this in mind, I spent the first 10 minutes or so of the session just playing and chatting with him before the camera even appeared. From there this gorgeous boy really didn't have a problem with having his photo taken and actually enjoyed seeing himself in my viewfinder!

With baby settled and fed, it was time for a few family photos before concentrating on baby himself. My absolute favourite image from this session isn't a traditional capture of everyone looking to the camera but one of a typical family scene with mum tending to baby and dad having a tickle fight with big brother. It's real and it's honest and so I love it!

Competition winning image by Michaela Strivens {Family photographer, Surrey}

I'm delighted to announce that a photograph I took of my two girls monkeying around at bath time has been awarded first place in a Tea Break Togs community competition! 

Each week, hundreds of photographers are invited to submit a photo demonstrating their interpretation of a designated 'theme'. My image was selected as the best 'documentary' photograph. I'm so pleased as although I wouldn't necessarily call myself a documentary photographer, I absolutely adore this style of photography and would love to incorporate into my family photography sessions.

Tea Break Togs winning image.jpg
For me this is everyday documentary photography at its best. Just look at that expression of complete and utter joy on the left! If you don’t smile at this – you’re dead inside!

But there is so much more to this than the emotion captured. I love the black and white conversion – it has just the right amount of contrast to make it pop. The image is beautifully sharp and expertly exposed AND the horizontals are straight – hallelujah!

This is such a treasure Michaela Strivens. If these were my kids this would be HUGE on my wall.
— Julie Christie - Tea Break Togs


If you would like me to document your family life then please do get in touch!