AS FEATURED IN VOGUE
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d be able to say: “Alexandra Tandy Photography – as featured in Vogue!” But thanks to the wonderful website team at Vogue Italia, I am able to say just that! Let me fill you in on how this happened!
ONLY THE BEST GET FEATURED ONLINE!
PhotoVogue is a photography platform created by the Photo Editors of Vogue Italia. It’s an amazing opportunity for photographers to showcase their work online but ‘only’ if the magazine’s Picture Editors’ feel your work meets their exact standards. And trust me when I say they are ruthless!
Photographers from around the world vie to get their work published on the PhotoVogue website but most photos are instantly rejected. So to be featured on their website is a true honour and extremely hard to achieve! Which is why I’m absolutely over the moon they accepted one of my photographs! You can see the full story on its website by clicking here
THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO!
This tiny little boy was just three weeks old when I met him for a newborn family photo shoot at his home. Life is always chaotic with a newborn, but this sweet family had just arrived from Australia. As you can imagine, they hadn’t had time to buy furniture, unpack or make their rented house feel like home.
With this in mind, I suggested they cosy up on their bed and I opted for really tight crop to ensure you couldn’t see any of the removal boxes! And that ladies and gentlemen, is how I got to be able to say “as featured in Vogue!” Some how I think I’m going to be saying it quite a bit!
Do let me know if you’d like me to photograph your family too!
See more photos from this photo shoot!
BABY PHOTO SHOOT AT HOME
This gorgeous little boy was just five days old when his mother emailed me about holding a baby photo shoot at home. As I read her email, I was instantly in awe of her amazing strength. Not only was she arranging a photo shoot days after giving birth, but she and her husband had just moved to Oxford from Australia!
TIME TO RELAX
She mentioned in her email that the house was not as homely as she’d like. She needn’t have worried though as the house was lovely. Understandably, there were still a few packing boxes dotted around, but I simply worked around them and ensured they didn’t appear in the photos! This is why a photo shoot at home is so easy!
AS FEATURED IN VOGUE!
This photo was taken in their bedroom as they relaxed on their bed. I chose to shoot really tight, focusing just on them not the decor. This lovely cozy moment really impressed the website team at www.vogue.it who featured it on their PhotoVogue platform! It’s extremely hard for professional photographers to get their work published there, so I was thrilled to be selected! You can read more about this amazing achievement by clicking here!
PHOTOGRAPHING ALL THE FAMILY
Another reason the family wanted a baby photo shoot at home was because their family were visiting from Australia and Korea. I must admit my Korean is non-existent so I relied heavily on hand actions but they soon got the hang of it!
BABY PHOTO SHOOT AT HOME
Because the traditional terraced houses in Oxford are unlike anything the baby may see in Korea or Australia, I wanted to capture the house as well as the family. I love the idea of them being able to look back on these photos in years to come and show him where he started his life. Even the packing boxes and dog crate in the garden will remind them of their relocation to the UK before his birth!
PHOTO WISH LIST
I always ask parents if there’s any specific shots they’d like me to capture. This family asked me to include their extremely cute Dachshund in the photos as, despite his size, he was a huge part of the family!
Photographing dogs is so much fun and this little chap was a superstar. He happily posed for the family photos and even agreed to having his own portrait taken whilst his owner fed the baby!
FIND ME ON VOGUE.IT
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EYE-CATCHING WEBSITE PHOTOGRAPHY
Are you thinking about starting a new business or perhaps rebranding your current one? If so, there’s one thing that’s key to your success – eye-catching website photography. After all, your website is one of the first things your clients will look at, so it’s essential it stands out for all the right reasons!
SAY IT WITH…PHOTOS!
Sarah Talbot contacted me to book a corporate photo shoot to promote her new business as a personal trainer. She wanted an array of photos that promoted her business as a friendly, approachable fitness solution for busy people.
EYE-CATCHING WEBSITE PHOTOGRAPHY
Sarah’s entire shoot took less than two hours, during which we captured a wide selection of photos to dress her website and social media pages. The weather was glorious, but cold! However, this worked in our favour! During the first part of the shoot there was a deep frost on the ground and a gorgeous golden light fell onto the trees.
But as the sun rose, the frost quickly melted and the orange tones faded to reveal luscious green grass and bold blue skies. It was like having two photo shoots in one!
CHANGE OF CLOTHING
Another way to diversify your photo shoot is to change your clothes. This helps prevent your website from looking too repetitive. Of course, another option is to move locations. We held Sarah’s corporate photo shoot at Blenheim Palace near Oxford. With 2,000 acres of stunning parkland we were able to take advantage of lots of different backdrops.
I always talk to clients before their shoot so I knew Sarah wanted to be active on social media. Knowing this in advance meant I could suggest she bring items such as weights and trainers to create some stock photos for her to use for generic posts.
Another way to create multiple shots from one photo shoot is to photograph from different angles and positions. Of course, this does result in me lying on the ground and getting some odd looks from passers-by, but the results were worth it!
We ended our shoot with some really eye-catching website photography to ensure visitors to Sarah’s website would really remember her!
I took advantage of the bright sun and by adapting my camera’s manual settings I was able to create these stunning silhouette shots. We did a whole series of them using different stretches and poses to give her a diverse gallery to choose from as her business grows!
Do drop me a line if you’d like me to create a gallery of eye-catching photos for your business!
BABY PHOTOGRAPHY AT HOME!
Did you know, when it comes to baby photography, your little one doesn’t have to be a newborn? I can still get a full array of adorable ‘baby photos’ when they’re a few months old!
This little lady was four months old when we did her photo shoot at home and, unlike a newborn, she was able to give us plenty of smiles and gurgles for the camera!
BENEFITS OF A PHOTO SHOOT AT HOME!
A photo shoot at home is really easy! There’s no need to trek to a studio or worry about feeds and nap times. Instead, I travel to you and we work around your baby’s routine. And it’s fine if they feed or nap a little longer than planned! I’ll simply photograph these precious moments for prosperity!
BABY PHOTOGRAPHY WHILST FEEDING
New Mums often worry about feeding their baby during the shoot but please don’t fret! I can either leave you to it and take a break myself, or use an array of discreet ways to photograph your baby feeding. I absolutely love this birds eye view of three generations in one utterly captivating photo!
WEEKEND PHOTO SHOOTS!
Due to the baby’s age, this Daddy was no longer on paternity leave but obviously wanted to be in the photos. So we simply held the shoot at the weekend! This also works well if you have older siblings who would normally be at school during the week! Baby photography should really be re-named as ‘family photography’ as it’s so important to document all of you with your new baby – even family pets!
TELL ME WHAT YOU’D LIKE ME TO CAPTURE!
The most important thing to think about when booking baby photography is what ‘you’ want photographed for prosperity? For example, this family asked me to photography the baby’s bath time and also take a selection of photos with her grandparents! Other families have asked me to include a special family baby blanket or toys passed down from generation to generation. There are no set rules, so let’s have some fun creating the photos you really want!
READY TO BOOK YOUR BABY PHOTOGRAPHY?
I’m here to help you every step of the way, from the questions currently floating around in your head, to arranging for your favourite images to be professionally printed. Simply drop me a line below and let’s discuss your baby’s photo shoot!
PHOTOGRAPHY LESSON FOR CHILDREN
It’s really important to me that children have the opportunity to learn how to use a camera and not just a camera phone. So when an Oxfordshire Beavers’ pack asked me to run a photography lesson for children, I immediately said YES!
I must have been 6 or 7 when I received my first camera so these Beavers were the perfect age for their first photography lesson. Many of them had never held a proper camera before, so they were really excited to hold my professional camera!
And they listened intently as I explained the history of photography and how it’s used in so many walks of life today. From speed cameras to deep sea diving cameras to capturing special moments such as weddings or a photo finish in a horse race.
PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE OLD DAYS!
They were mesmerised to hear that my first camera was a Kodak Disk Camera! I explained how it used film; only took 15 photos at a time; and the negatives had to be sent off to be printed! A far cry from today’s world of instant digital photography that can be shared around the world in seconds!
PHOTOGRAPHY LESSON FOR CHILDREN
I helped the Beaver leaders set-up four areas around the room to explain different style of photography. One of the areas focused on still life photography (above and below) where we discussed how changing the angle you shoot from or increasing the distance from the subject can create really different photos of the same thing.
I loved their creativity, especially when they asked if they could put their friends under the still life display! What a genius idea!
In this area of the hall we had a go at flat lay photos. This is where you hold the camera directly over the top of an item – in this case festive mince pies! We even tried some action shots of their fellow Beavers pretending to eat the mince pies (below).
WOULD YOUR CHILDREN ENJOY A PHOTOGRAPHY LESSON?
The children had so much fun that lots of them said they’d be asking Santa for a camera this year!
How about your little ones? Would they be interested in a photography lesson for children. As you can see it’s a really hands on experience with lots of fun, creativity and great results!
SECRET TO A GREAT TEENAGE PHOTO SHOOT!
Have you been thinking about a teenager photo shoot? It’s a great idea and something that’s really popular in America, although they call it a ‘Senior Portrait Session.’ Either way, it’s a fabulous chance to photograph your kids as they transition from children into young adults.
TOP TIPS FOR A TEENAGE PHOTO SHOOT
My first piece of advice is to run the idea past your teenager and ensure they’re on board with the idea. Trust me, there is nothing harder than photographing a teenager who doesn’t want to be photographed! They can dig their heels or should I say their Converses in far deeper than any tired toddler! But if they’re fully up for it, then you’ll end up with gorgeous photos and even some unplanned, comical moments like this! (I promise he was just messing around and, despite Mum’s squeals of embarrassment, they loved this image when they saw it!)
THEIR FAVOURITE SPACE
Next on my list would be location. I love the idea of them being able to look back on these images in year’s to come and recall their favourite teenage hide out!
Perhaps they have a favourite spot in your garden, love to ride horses or simply chill-out in their bedroom? Wherever it might be, it would be great to incorporate this into their shoot!
LET THERE BE LIGHT
One of the best things about a teenage photo shoot is that they can stay up later than small children. This means we make the most of what’s known as the ‘Golden Hour.’ It’s the two hours before sunset when the sun gives off a beautiful golden glow. In the summer, this could be between 8pm-10pm which would be beyond most toddlers but ideal for teenagers!
In the autumn and winter, the sun sets a lot earlier. For example, the photo below was taken at 4pm when the sun shone through the autumnal leaves. So this could be the perfect time for a photo shoot with a teenager and much younger sibling.
There’s one last thing of course! And that’s to click on the link below and tell me all about your teenagers! I’ll take care of everything else, even the printing and framing! So as your teenagers would say…it’s sorted!
IMPORTANCE OF PHOTOGRAPHING OLDER DOGS!
You know what it’s like, you get a new puppy and can’t stop taking photos as it scampers around the house. But why should puppies get all the limelight? It’s just as important to be photographing older dogs, especially if their health is beginning to fail.
I was approached by Codey and Diesel’s owner for that very reason. Both dogs were of advanced years and the eldest was suffering from arthritis and degenerative myelopathy. This meant he couldn’t walk for more than 20 minutes so I offered to create a bespoke shoot for his needs.
We decided upon a location that gave us lots of variety from wheat fields and woodland to quaint country lanes.
TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING OLDER DOGS
My first tip for photographing older dogs is to go at their pace and rest whenever required.
Their owner and her mother asked if I could capture an image of them strolling with their dogs. I really wanted it to look as if they were going on a long country walk but in reality the dog’s health meant this wasn’t possible! But I knew this little bridge could help us! I asked them to stand on the brow of the bridge and walk the short distance towards me. It wasn’t far for the dogs to walk, yet the winding lane in the background gives the illusion that they’ve walked the full length of it!
TIME FOR A WELL DESERVED REST!
It goes without saying that older dogs need to rest more frequently than a younger dog, but it also means I can get some gorgeous relaxed shots of them! The photo above was taken on the very edge of a forest to ensure we got as much light on them as possible. But as you can see below, a bench also makes a great location for a group shot!
The next tip when photographing older dogs is to remember their limitations! A younger dog would easily have jumped onto the bench with their owners, meaning everyone’s head was on the same level. But there was no way these two chaps could jump up, nor would they have enjoyed being lifted. So we sat them next to the ladies legs and I lay on the grass to alter the angle at which I was shooting at!
DOG PORTRAIT PHOTOS
Over the years I have found that some dogs LOVE the camera and others hate it! I’m glad to say these two were brilliant and loved the experience! But one thing to bear in mind when photographing older dogs is their hearing. I normally use squeakers or call a dog’s name to get their attention, but Codey was severely deaf so neither was going to work! Instead I resorted to a lot of arm waving to get his attention or, when the owners weren’t in the photo, they’d jump around to get his attention!
It’s also important to consider the dog’s colouring. Diesel was one of the darkest dogs I’ve ever met. Just look at his eyes in the shot above, apart from the tiny dot of white reflective light, even his eyes were entirely jet black!
So, it was important that his portrait shots were against a contrasting background colour otherwise he’d have just blended into a dark background!
THERE’S LIFE IN THE OLD DOG YET!
Despite creating a bespoke photo shoot around the dogs’ specific needs and capabilities, they still had a surprise for us! At the very end of the shoot, Diesel decided he wanted some action shots and I was only too happy to oblige! It’s shots like this, and the calmer ones above, that the owners will be able to look back on in years to come and smile at lovingly!
ONE FINAL TIP!
Have you thought about attending a dog first aid course? We often book courses when we become parents to babies, but what about our pets? I’d fully recommend Bridget Simms at https://www.dog-first-aid.com/oxfordbucks/ I even photographed her headshot photo on this link!
PHOTO SHOOT AT BLENHEIM PALACE
I received a brilliant email following this family photo shoot at Blenheim Palace, it simply said: ‘Alex, you nailed it!’
The brief had been to capture an array of images of two children and their Grandmother who was visiting from America! Blenheim Palace was the perfect location for this shoot as we could explore to our hearts’ content! In fact the whole shoot was full of fun adventures and amazing photo opportunities!
There are very few children who enjoy posing for photos, so I like to include a sense of play within my shoots. In this case, the little boy had brought his new toy sword so we started by playing with that! We climbed hills and charged down them and then, when they weren’t thinking about the camera, I got them to jump on Grandma’s knee for a quick group shot!
When you book your photo shoot with me, you’ll receive a clothing guide advising you of the best colours to wear for your shoot. It’s only a guide and if your children want to wear a rainbow-inspired unicorn onesie then that’s fine! But, as you’ll see from these images, the choice of clothes and colours can really complement your photos!
BLENHEIM PALACE PHOTO SHOOT
The best thing about holding a photo shoot at Blenheim Palace is its amazing grounds! They are so vast that even in the height of the tourist season it’s possible to find quiet areas where your family can be alone.
I discovered this tree during my site visit to the Palace before our shoot and instantly knew the children would love it! I was right! As soon as they saw it their imagination kicked in, so I was able to capture some really natural moments like this photo below!
MY LITTLE ASSISTANTS
I like to involve children in their shoot, from having a go with my camera to choosing where they want to be photographed? For the photo below, the little boy asked if they could sit in this tree’s giant roots for a photo, so we did just that! I just love the way it’s hugging the three of them!
PARENTS LOOK FAB IN PHOTOS TOO!
I love to get Mum & Dad in the photos as it’s just as important to document your part in their life as much as the grandparents. This could be in the form of posed photos, impromptu games of tag, or tender little moments playing pooh sticks!
I always explore a location before I hold a photo shoot. It allows me to find the best spots for your photos and saves time on the day! As soon as I saw this dry stone wall I knew it would be perfect for this family photo shoot at Blenheim Palace!
BRING YOUR FAVOURITE TOY
Photo shoots can be daunting for children, so I always invite them to bring their favourite toy with them. As I mentioned, the little boy brought his new sword, whereas Mog was the toy of choice for his sister! To put her at ease we included Mog in the shoot and she even sat on my camera lens to help get some extra big smiles!
And I just adore the tender moment below when she gave Mog a little kiss!
The family tell me the hardest part of the shoot is trying to decide which photos to frame for their wall as they simply love them all! So I guess I did ‘nail it!’
If you fancy visiting Blenheim Palace then click here!
21st BIRTHDAY PARTY CELEBRATIONS
What’s the best thing to do when you return from an epic travelling adventure around South America, during which you turned 21? Throw a party of course – oh and book a Birthday Party Photographer to document the night ready for the morning after!
A PARTICULARLY WARM WELCOME!
The party began as the sun set on one of the hottest days of the year. The high temperatures lasted well into the night and guests were bathed in a gorgeous glow of golden sunlight.
Having studied in Brazil, and then travelled around Peru, Clare incorporated an array of local traditions into her party. I particularly liked the look of the Brigadeiros chocolate truffles and colourful Brazilian ribbons.
Folklore says if you tie a ribbon around your wrist with three knots, and make a wish as you tie each knot, then when it breaks your wishes will come true! So, hopefully I will have some expensive new camera equipment in kit bag very soon!
ANYONE FOR TABLE TENNIS?
Have you ever been to a party with its own table tennis tournament! Trust me, you want to add it to your bucket list! It was a fabulous idea and really showed off everyone’s competitive spirit! And, as the official Birthday Party Photographer, it also provided me with an array of fun moments to capture for prosperity!
BIRTHDAY PARTY PHOTOGRAPHER
I love to capture relaxed moments when everyone is busy enjoying themselves and totally unaware of the camera! Due to this, I very rarely ask people to gather for a group photo. It breaks the flow of a party and makes it more like a formal wedding! Instead, you’ll find me hiding in obscure places, like behind bushes or a row of sauce bottles, in order to get fun and memorable shots!
LAST MONKEY STANDING!
No Birthday party would be complete without a Monkey Pinata! Despite his cute face, the Birthday girl and her friends were determined to thrash him in order to win the sweets! Just goes to show, you can still be young at heart even at 21!
CAN I HELP PHOTOGRAPH YOUR PARTY?
If you’re planning an important event and need a Party Photographer then please drop me a line. I’d love to capture all the fun moments for you to look back on in years to come!
BOOK A FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT AT HOME!
When you think of a family photo shoot do you think of a blank white studio with lots of professional lighting? Well, imagine having a family photo shoot at home! No special lighting required, just me and my camera capturing the magical moments that makes your family special!
DOCUMENTING YOUR DAY!
I don’t know about you, but I love to look back on old photos of my childhood home. I look at the decor, reminisce over the toys I played with, the books we read, the clothes I wore, or marvel over the size of our TV. (I’m talking about its depth rather than its width!)
Inviting me to photograph your children at home is the ideal way to document your family life for prosperity. But most importantly you can appear in them too – if you want to!
HOW DOES A FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT AT HOME WORK?
It’s simple! I just blend into your day and photograph what I see! I’ll ask you in advance about your children’s hobbies and passions and quietly weave these into the shoot. Perhaps I’ll ask them to play their violin for me or ride their new bike. But we won’t make a big thing about it, if they don’t want to do it at that exact moment we wont force them. The more organic the shoot is, the more natural and relaxed the photos will be.
PLENTY OF TIME TO PLAY!
We all know that children generally don’t like to smile for the camera so let’s not ask them too! Instead, we’ll let them play and have fun whilst I quietly photograph them in their own little world!
ADDING A SPLASH OF FUN!
Water, trampolines and bubbles are guaranteed to result in some rather memorable photos! Or perhaps your children like to bake cakes and lick the bowl out? Whatever it is, we can add this into your shoot too! The more activities the merrier!
DON’T FORGET YOUR PETS!
Finally, as the heading says, photographing your family at home is the perfect time to photograph your pets too! After all they’re one of the family too!
To book your photo shoot at home, simply click here! And don’t forget I can print and mount your photos too!