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Bosham Wedding

Bosham Wedding | Chloe and Jack

Bosham Wedding | Chloe and Jack

I was introduced to Chloe a number of years ago at her sister Samantha’s wedding to Alex (do you remember that? With the cheeky trip to the Slow Fair, take a look back here), so it was really lovely when her and Jack got in touch with the idea of shooting their Bosham Wedding. With another connective twist, it turns out that through Jack’s work, he knows my godsons very well!

As per usual, once everything is firmly inked in the diary, we embark on our next quest: The engagement shoot. Chloe and Jack chose to visit West Wittering beach, which is a favourite of mine. While we were there, we were inundated with a throng of film set lorries, tech lorries and a whole array of business. Obviously curious, but none the wiser, we cracked on! After a bit of research, we’re pretty sure they were filming an episode of Call the Midwife! Exciting, shame we didn’t get to star in it ourselves!

Anyhow, here’s one of my favourite shots from that session, the light was just dreamy!:

Chloe and Jack had chosen to have a Bosham Wedding, at the church there, followed by a reception at the Fishbourne Centre. Lee and I started our day with a coffee, swiftly followed by heading to both Chloe and Jack’s parents to capture some of the preparations. I love this part of the day, observing the anticipatory moments, the details of everything that has been bought, made and sourced ready for this day and just the general atmosphere.

Everything was clearly organised, with clothing laid out, snacks, all the hair and make up essentials at the ready. The girls had even brought out an album made for Chloe of her hen do, which made for some funny memories to look back on! Seeing all the friends and family preparing together is just so lovely.

Bosham Wedding

Bosham Wedding

Looking at Chloe’s engagement ring and her wedding band, I adore how their design perfectly complements the other! It’s not a style I’ve seen before, but made by Lucy With Diamonds (links will be below)

As we’re getting closer to the moment the dress goes on, I couldn’t help but notice the liminal space around me… Chloe in one room having the finishing make up touches applied by Arletta while directly above her, the next step was patiently waiting.

Wedding rings by Lucy with Diamonds

Bosham wedding

In true wedding day fashion, the groom is ready before the bride! This meant there was time to capture some moments with Jack and his family before they headed off to the church (well, via the pub anyhow!!)

While this was happening, Chloe took a moment to open some gifts and cards from her loved ones, and Jack! I’m so glad her makeup was smudge-proof as these openings can get a touch emotional!! A quick shot of the girls in their matching robes, then it’s all systems go to get ready!

Bosham Wedding

The boys did a quick stop at Bosham Church before heading to the pub. If you’ve not been, The Anchor Bleu is a great quayside pub boasting great food and drink with glorious views!

Back with Chloe, it’s that time where everything suddenly gets real. The putting on of the dress!! Chloe’s dress was a stunning princess style dress in ivory from Wed2B in Southampton, complemented by a lace bolero. It suited her style and shape perfectly, simply gorgeous! When she came downstairs for the first look, her bridesmaids and father were full of love, happiness and even a cheeky tear! Don’t worry, Dad, we’ll always catch you wiping away that stray tear!

Bosham Wedding

Bosham Wedding

Ceremony time!!! I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t matter how long I’ve been doing this, I can always feel my adrenaline kick in, the rush of nervous anticipation shoot up and that buzz as I wait for the groom to set sights in his bride for the first time.

With Chloe arriving with her dad, and Jack having a pep talk from both his best man and his mum, we’re all ready to go!!

I love how Chloe’s dad was well equipped with tissues as Jack also needed to wipe a stray tear after seeing his bride walk down the aisle towards him. It’s such an emotional step for both to walk down that aisle.

Bosham Wedding

Bosham wedding

For those considering a Bosham Wedding, I would highly recommend it. The church is run by a great team, supporting you on this journey, while the building itself is stunning with it’s arches and vaulted ceilings. Large enough to host a big congregation.

Bosham Wedding

Bosham wedding

With the church bells being run, Chloe and Jack grab a few moments outside while the guests are assembled for the confetti line! During this time, the weather is starting to turn… It seems like the only rain that was forecast has decided to arrive at this moment!

Chloe and Jack were superstars… despite having great plans for the group portraits to happen around the church and Bosham Quay, we decided to just stick with a few quick essentials before reconvening to the reception to carry on once the rain subsides. I mean, I’ll shoot in any weather, but this became torrential! Thankfully there were guests on hand to cover me with an umbrella while the newlyweds took as much shelter under a tree as they could for these shots! Despite our clothes being soaked through, no one’s mood was dampened by this!

Bosham Wedding

Bosham wedding

Now, we all know that the great British weather can be fickle, but boy it chose to be extra fickle on this occasion! With a 30 minute downpour just as the ceremony finished, we arrived at The Fishbourne Centre (a mere mile or so away) to GLORIOUS SUNSHINE!!! You couldn’t make it up! However, there’s a great saying that if you “tie the knot” on a rainy day, your love and marriage will be even more indestructible as a knot only tightens when it’s wet! I love that!!

The emerald and sunflower theme had continued at the reception with the hall adorned with the yellow flowers and pops of emerald through the table decor, plates and bunting!! A truly colourful sight!

With the skies now clear, we made sure to play catch up on the shots we were unable to get in Bosham.

With guests busying themselves at the bar, and making sure to create some polaroid entries for the guest book and chatting outside, we made sure to get a good stroll around and capture the candid vibes. Once those delicious looking charcuterie and cheese boards started popping up, we knew it was our turn to stop and recharge for a bit before returning for the speeches and the cake cut.

Jack clearly got a good roasting, however it was all done with a lot of love and good humour! The speeches really magnified how much love and respect all families had for each other. It was superb that grandad got up to say a few words too! Those spontaneous ones are great!!

A friend of the family, Karen, made a wonderful job of the wedding cake, a perfect match to the colours and decor of the day!

The final part of the day is the PARTY!!!! With the hall all cleared ready for the first dance and back lit by the awesome love letters, the newlyweds embarked on their first dance as husband and wife! It goes without saying that it wasn’t long before the dancefloor was filled, but I’ll save those images for when Chloe and Jack receive their full gallery, not just this highlights blog!

A massive congratulations to Chloe and Jack, it was such a pleasure capturing this part of your lives and a real joy to see some familiar faces from Sam & Alex’s wedding too!! Thank you for having us back for yours!!

Wishing you  both a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness!!

xX Fiona Xx

Bosham Wedding | Chloe and Jack

Suppliers List:

Dress: Wed2B Southampton

Suits: Astares

Grooms shoes: Next

Flowers: Beckie Lou Florist

Rings: Lucy With Diamonds

Hair: Lauren at Hairbrained, Hunston

Make Up: Arleta D

Wedding Cars: Hamilton Wedding Cars

Bosham Wedding

 

Lifestyle commercial photography West Sussex

Lifestyle Commercial Photography

LIFESTYLE COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Lifestyle Commercial Photography can positively impact your business and in this blog I tell you the reasons why!

Having great photos for your business can significantly impact its success in several ways. In this blog I will go through the reasons why I believe Lifestyle Commercial Photography is a must for your business and brand identity, and how I can help you achieve this.

Lifestyle commercial photography West Sussex

Lifestyle commercial photography West Sussex

VISUAL APPEAL

High-quality and visually appealing photos catch people’s attention and make a strong first impression. When potential customers or clients visit your website or social media profiles, compelling photos can instantly convey professionalism, credibility, and attention to detail. They help create a positive perception of your brand, making it more likely for people to engage with your business. The first point of call in my service is for us to have a consultation. During this time I find out more about you, your business, your ethos and what you want to portray to your potential new clients.

Lifestyle commercial photography

Lifestyle commercial photography

BRAND IDENTITY 

Photos play a crucial role in shaping your brand identity and storytelling. By using consistent and visually appealing images across your marketing materials, you can establish a strong and recognisable brand image. These photos can showcase your products, services, team members and company culture. This allows customers to connect with your brand on a deeper level. During our initial consultation we will discuss styling, colours, shooting style, shoot locations etc to really help create the perfect shoot for you and your business that portrays your brand identity. This is a great time to creatively brainstorm. Having managed a variety of businesses in different areas of commerce prior to photography, coupled with a high understanding of human psychology and how they “shop” I’ve found I can use my professional and personal experiences to really craft the perfect photography for your brand needs.

Lifestyle commercial photography

lifestyle commercial photography west sussex

INCREASED ENGAGEMENT

Great photos are more likely to be shared, liked and commented on by your target audience. They have the potential to go viral on social media platforms, which can significantly increase brand visibility and reach. Engaging visuals can also encourage users to spend more time on your website or social media profiles. This will boost user engagement and increasing the likelihood of conversion. Here at FionaMillsArt, we love social media and will also actively share and tag your services in our posts, which in turn helps to boost visibility for us all!

Lifestyle commercial Photography

Lifestyle commercial photography west sussex

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

Photos have the power to communicate complex messages quickly and effectively. They can convey emotions, tell stories, and showcase the benefits or features of your products or services. High-quality photos enable you to capture attention and communicate your key messages in a visually appealing way. This is very important because it makes it easier for potential customers to understand and connect with your business. Often when planning your shoot and conceptualising, we will look at potential tag lines and messages you may want to portray in your future marketing. This results in a delivery of images you can use straight away, or store up your sleeve for that perfect seasonal marketing moment later down the line.

Lifestyle commercial photography West Sussex

lifestyle commercial photography west sussex

BE UNIQUE

In a competitive market, great photos can help your business stand out from the crowd. Unique and eye-catching visuals can make a lasting impression and differentiate your brand from competitors. By showcasing your products or services in a visually appealing manner, you can highlight their unique selling points (USP) and attract customers who resonate with your brand’s aesthetic and values. Make sure to think about your USP and use it! Taking the time to ensure we understand you and your business is the most effective way to capture unique lifestyle commercial photography to sell your business.

Lifestyle commercial photography West Sussex

Lifestyle commercial photography West Sussex

INCREASED SALES

Compelling photos can influence purchasing decisions. When customers see high-quality images that showcase the benefits and features of your products, they are more likely to feel confident about their potential purchase. Professionally photographed products or services can convey a sense of trust and quality, leading to increased sales and revenue. We love seeing businesses grow and succeed, especially in this difficult economic climate. How you market that is up to you, but know we’ll be cheering on your wins from the wings!

Lifestyle commercial photography west Sussex

Lifestyle commercial photography West Sussex

 

In summary, having great lifestyle commercial photography for your business is crucial for creating a strong brand identity and attracting customers. It can have a significant and positive impact that makes you stand out whilst driving sales for your business to grow. Investing in professional photography will positively impact your overall business success. If you would like more inspiration, then do check out more of my commercial portfolio here, or would like to know more about the potential investment, then have a look at my prices here. 

I hope this helps in your quest to building your business, and if you’re considering taking a leap into having your business or products photographed professionally, get in touch for a consultation. We’d love to hear from you!

xX Fiona Xx

P.S. Thank you to some of the wonderful businesses who I’ve included in some of the images above… do check them out!

The Beachcroft Hotel: www.beachcroft-hotel.co.uk

AirBnB | The Honeypot at Newlands, Bury, West Sussex: www.instagram/thehoneypotatnewlands/

The Merry Harriers: www.merryharriers.com

Minster Bridal Boutique, Tangmere, West Sussex: www.minsterbridal.co.uk

The Novium Museum, Chichester, West Sussex: www.thenovium.org

The Flawless Facialist: www.instagram.com/flawless_facialist/

Gemma Kelly | Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor: www.instagram.com/rygwomensfitness/

 

 

Reasons for a maternity shoot

Reasons For a Maternity Photo Shoot

REASONS FOR A MATERNITY PHOTO SHOOT

You are counting down the days until the arrival of your little one which is a truly magical experience and you might be considering having a maternity photo shoot. However you may feel unsure about this because of the changes to your body and even possibly the cost.

In this blog I will go through the seven reasons for a maternity photo shoot….there are of course more than seven! But these are the one I feel are the most important.

 

DOCUMENTS YOUR JOURNEY INTO MOTHERHOOD

A maternity photo shoot is about documenting the incredible journey that pregnancy is and allows you to focus on the new life your body is creating. This is a moment you won’t get back whether you’ve been pregnant before or plan to have more. Each pregnancy can be different and bring its own set of challenges. This photoshoot is about your own journey into motherhood and will remind you of the excitement and joy that comes with pregnancy.

 

TIME FOR YOU TO FEEL FABULOUS

Often during pregnancy you might not feel your best. The changes to your body and hormones can really have an effect on how you feel about yourself. Maternity photoshoots are the perfect reason to do your hair and makeup and spend some time for you to revel in the beauty of your body and all the amazing work it’s been doing! So many ladies come in and tell me they don’t feel beautiful, but by the time we are finished the shoot every single one has left feeling fabulous!

 

Reasons for a maternity shoot

Reasons for a maternity shoot

QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR PARTNER

Another reason for a maternity photo shoot is that it’s a great opportunity to spend time with your partner and to reflect on the life you have created together. So much will change once your baby arrives so getting a photograph of your family before, is a beautiful memory to capture. A maternity photo shoot with your partner is a real bonding experience and gives you time to focus on each other.

 

REVEAL THE GENDER

A maternity photo shoot can be a fun way to reveal the gender of your baby. There are so many fun ways to announce your little ones gender and it’s become increasingly popular. You can be as creative as you like with the photos. You could even use the images as a way to reveal the baby’s name or your due date.

 

Reasons for a maternity shoot

CAPTURE THE JOY AND ANTICIPATION

Having a maternity photo shoot is a never ending reminder of those feelings of excitement, joy and anticipation of waiting for the arrival of your little one. Once baby is here we can easily forget how we looked or how we felt during pregnancy (well we always remember the hard parts, like nausea, back pain etc!) son maternity shoot capture you as a reminder of all the amazing things your body did. You will never regret having a photograph of this moment. After all most women only experience pregnancy a few times.

 

YOU CAN SHOW THEM TO YOUR CHILD IN THE FUTURE

In a few years your child will ask you about where they came from. This is a great reason to have a maternity photo shoot because it gives you beautiful images to show your child of them growing inside you. They will be able to see the love and excitement that you felt when you were expecting them and gives them a connection to that time in your life. The couple in the images below are Harry Potter fans and used this as a theme at their wedding and they wanted to continue with this at their maternity shoot.

 

Reasons for a maternity shoot

IMAGES WORTH DISPLAYING

I am a firm believer that getting your photos printed is so important. It is an everlasting tangible moment and memory captured in time to be treasured forever. Having a professional maternity photo shoot when you are pregnant will give you images worth hanging on your walls or printing in an album as a legacy to pass down to future generations. You can check out my maternity portfolio here.

 

I really hope that this has helped you with reasons to have a maternity photo shoot. I would love to be part of your pregnancy journey so if you have any questions or would like to book a photo shoot get in touch.

xX Fiona Xx

hichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer | Sabrina & Family

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer | Maternity Session

When I first got a message from Sabrina about her pregnancy and ideas for her bump to baby shoot I was most excited! Sabrina wanted to engage in a soft, woodland theme for both sessions, tying in nature as the studio whilst including her partner Olly and their daughter, Winter.

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Our first stop was to research the location and discuss what props we would be using. We decided on Brandyhole Copse in Chichester. It was still in bloom with bluebells and had a variety of other foliage spots within a small area, making walking with a small child and a variety of props not too challenging!

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Whilst taking a moment with Sabrina and Olly, I chanced a look behind me at Winter who was making herself very comfortable on our luggage of props and photographic equipment! I couldn’t resist the behind the scenes shot!

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

As a Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer I find myself looking around at shapes…. Natural or man made, abstract or symmetrical it doesn’t matter. I find the beauty of life around us fascinating! Brandyhole Copse is no exception. Nature is it’s own artist.

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

One of the reasons for planning a shoot in advance is to get an idea for what the client wants from their pictures. Sabrina was very open to me unleashing my creativity with her to capture the memory of her with her blossoming bump. While Winter had a cheeky chocolate break, Sabrina kindly braved the fragrant pond while I sought reflections and symmetry!

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

I think we may also have invented “Extreme Maternity Photography”. On walking around a log bridge, we all walked under, around and past this log, our conversation going from: “we shouldn’t”, “should we”, “oh no, I can’t ask a pregnant woman to do that” to “maybe, though, it could work” and “let’s do it”. No pregnant women were harmed in the making of this shot!!

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Another prop that was included for this shoot was a small teepee, bought with the intention of being used on both shoots. Settling Winter into her new den we embarked on the final stage of this maternity session, with the last of the bluebells and homemade bunting decorating the scene.

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer
Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer | Newborn Session

After what seemed like a few short weeks, I was reunited with Sabrina, Olly and Winter. This time, they had Baby Sky in arms and an extra name on the bunting! In keeping with the theme and styling of the maternity session, we embraced the changing textures of Brandyhole Copse and set about creating some newborn images of Sky, as well as some natural, lifestyle portraits of the four of them.

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Giving Winter some time to introduce me to her baby sister was lovely. She was incredibly in to her sister, then as young children often are, easily distracted by treats and snacks in the next moment! We worked with the mood of the little ones as ultimately it needs to be fun for them. Snuggles and cuddles while Sky was awake. Hunting for Fairies when Winter was playful. Baskets and textures when Sky was asleep.

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Going back to the theme of using nature as the studio, while Sky was being changed and fed I set up a basket ready to hold her. We soon discovered that Sky wasn’t a swaddler… Not in the woods on a warm day anyway!

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Within my role as a Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer, when working with babies, it is always my objective to work in a safe and secure manner, ensuring baby is safe from harm, comfortable and has it’s needs met. This may mean that the shoot takes longer than a normal portrait session, it may also mean that some planned shots don’t happen. It’s baby first throughout. We were very lucky that Sky was comfortable in the fresh air and snuggled into the the natural basket as planned.

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Bringing in the teepee again, we took a few moments to capture some images within it’s folds once Winter had a little nose to see what her sister was up to in her basket!

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

Sabrina, it was most lovely meeting you and your family and engaging in a Bump to Baby shoot out in the fresh air surrounded by beautiful nature. I hope your family is growing well and that we shall see each other soon for the next portrait session

Big Love,

Fiona xx

Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer

FionaMillsArt | Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer | Sabrina & Family | Brandyhole Copse

West Sussex Photographer, Petworth Park

West Sussex Photographer | Natasha & Neale Petworth Park

West Sussex Photographer | Natasha & Neale Petworth Park

Natasha and I met at a wedding fair about a year or so ago. We’ve been back and forth a number of times creating plans, timelines, looking at album ideas and generally getting plans ready for their wedding day. It wasn’t until I met Neale further down the line that we realised that Neale had been Best Man at a wedding I shot some 6 or 7 years ago (long before I started blogging!)

west sussex photographer Petworth park

When planning their test shoot, Natasha said she’d really like to have it at Petworth Park, as it was one of those places they often visit together. I’m all for experiencing locations I’ve not seen before and I’m very glad to have made the trip.

west sussex photographer petwoth park

One of the main aims for me when meeting a couple for their pre-wedding shoot is to increase their comfort and confidence in front of the camera (and me!) Wedding days are so busy with your guests all wanting to talk, drink, dance and be with you I would much rather spend less time on the “formal” portraits enabling their day to flow and be enjoyed with minimal interruptions by me. Having this time means I really can spend 10-15 mins here and there on your wedding day creating your portraits as you will have already learnt posing tips and got over touching each other in public (unless you love a bit of a PDA, then you’ll have no probs!)

pre wedding shoot sussex photographer FionaMillsArt

west sussex photographer petworth park

One thing I loved about shooting Natasha and Neale is that they are sooo comfortable with one another. I often shoot from a distance, so I have no way of knowing what they are saying, but I just loved how much they laugh together!

West Sussex Wedding Photographer Petworth Park

West Sussex Photographer

photographer west sussex

Sussex Wedding Photographer

As a West Sussex Photographer, I cannot believe I had not visited Petworth Park before. The views are incredible. When Neale said there would be deer, I didn’t realise he meant HUNDREDS of deer. Herds of the things, seemingly oblivious to us traipsing through their home trying to capture them in the background. Be warned, with hundreds of deer come thousands of deer-poop (not good for a photographer who likes to lay on the ground a lot!

west sussex photographer petworth park

Natasha and Neale make such a gorgeous couple together. Despite Neales best efforts to not look at the camera EVER he managed a grand job of looking natural and relaxed. Natasha will make the most stunning bride, I cannot wait to see her in her wedding dress as she prepares to marry Neale at Farbridge Wedding Venue this summer.

Best West Sussex Wedding Photographer

The other thing I ask couples to practise is *THE KISS* Swooping kisses, lifting kisses, looking-at-each-other-almost-there kisses. They all rock! Not that I’m a secret voyeur, I’m usually looking away or at a safe distance with my long lens, but that newly married kiss you’re gonna do at the end of the aisle in front of your guests is totally worth practising, right?!

west sussex wedding photographer

West Sussex photographer petworth park

This was an ace pre-wedding shoot. I can’t wait for the real deal!

Big love

Fiona xx

FionaMillsArt | West Sussex Photographer | Natasha & Neale Petworth Park

Lifestyle Family Photographer

Lifestyle Family Photographer | West Sussex | Rackham

Lifestyle Family Photographer | West Sussex

For those that say “I don’t like having my picture taken,” or “Studio portraits just aren’t for us”  when considering a family portrait session, perhaps you should look into booking a Lifestyle Family Photographer. Portraiture isn’t all studio lighting and sitting on boxes while someone gives your hair a boost and you stare longingly into the lens. One of my favourite types of family photography is “lifestyle”. This is all about capturing you and yours doing what you do, where you do it. As a wedding and portrait photographer based in Chichester, West Sussex I have the pleasure of travelling around much of the South Coast for these sessions….Brighton, Worthing, Horsham, Arundel, Portsmouth and further. I just love exploring new locations!

Yasmyn and her family suggested we head up to Rackham, a small village near Amberley, West Sussex for their session. Their kids are so familiar and comfortable with this place it was a perfect pick.

Lifestyle Family Photographer

Lifestyle Family Photographer West Sussex

Lifestyle Family Photographer

How better to capture kids being kids than by letting be, well….kids! Climbing sand mountains and heading into the woods is a great adventure! This area was so quiet, it was as if we were the only ones there!

Lifestyle Family Photographer West Sussex

Lifestyle Family Photographer West Sussex

Lifestyle Family Photographer West Sussex

Lifestyle Family Photographer West Sussex

Lifestyle Family Photographer West Sussex

When your location has perfectly created dens built by previous adventurers, and caves carved over time into the hill, you can’t help but get swept away with the fun that is being had. Is now the time to admit I made sure I was wearing my Dr Martens to ensure no creepy spiders made their way over my toes or ankles!!

Lifestyle Family Photographer West Sussex

Lifestyle Family Photographer West Sussex

Lifestyle Family Photographer West Sussex

I am so thankful to Yasmyn and her partner Chris for sharing this place with me, I now have a new spot to take my kids. They absolutely love it!! We must make sure to keep it quiet mind you, otherwise everyone will want to go!

If you would like to book a Lifestyle Portrait session, do get in touch. These usually happen in the great outdoors, setting a back-up date should we get heavy rain! Here’s the prices and more info.

Love,

Fiona xx

FionaMillsArt | Lifestyle Family Photographer | West Sussex

Lifestyle family photographer

 

 

commercial photographer chichester

Commercial Photographer Chichester, Sussex | Somerset

Commercial Photographer Chichester, Sussex

This year I’ve been so busy with my usual wedding and portrait photography work, I haven’t had much opportunity for shooting my other love: Bands and music. I’m very lucky to have a husband who works in the music industry. It makes my access to great music and gigs much easier. The downside of course, is we need more babysitters to go on these gigs together!

A recent Arkyard Tour featuring the great Rivers and Robots, Josh Gauton and Tom McConnell saw me hanging out in small, quirky venues. The Green Door Club in Brighton and Mole in Bath. If possible I love to structure a portrait of a band or musician before their gig as well as capturing the live action.

Commercial photographer chichester

Commercial photographer chichester

Commercial photographer chichester

Commercial photographer chichester

As a commercial photographer in Chichester and Sussex, I come across a whole range of industries requiring products or people photographed for commercial purposes, but I do think the music industry has to be my favourite. The sounds, smells and visuals all combined to capture moments shared by hundreds of others, hopefully taking them right back to that moment when they see the images. I like to play with both Colour and Black & White photography. Sometimes by choice, sometimes due to the colour of stage lighting beaming down on someones face. I do love atmospheric lighting…add a smoke machine too for an absolute winner!

Music photographer Sussex

Music photographer Sussex

Music photographer Sussex

Music photographer Sussex

Here’s some moments captured of Housefires from their recent UK tour put on by The Big Church Live. The venue in Bristol was filled to the brim, tickets sold out. The atmosphere in the venue was incredible, and to top it off,  they were the most lovely band too. A real honour to be up close and personal with these guys.

Commercial photographer chichester

Commercial photographer chichester

Commercial photographer chichester

I’m so thankful to have been able to meet and shoot these fantastic musicians this year, and we’re only in the first quarter! I’m looking forward to what the rest of the year entails for me as I fly the flag for capturing the Music Industry as a commercial photographer Chichester.

Love,

Fiona xx

FionaMillsArt | Commercial Photographer Chichester, Sussex

 

Rustington newborn Photographer

Rustington Newborn Photographer | West Sussex | Baby Flora

Rustington Newborn Photographer | Baby Flora

You may remember Matt and Jen from my recent blog about their September wedding in Pulborough, or even their LIve Proposal? Those with eagle eyes may have also clocked a very graceful bump that Jen was sporting under that Grecian wedding dress? Here’s a quick reminder….

Best pulborough wedding photographer

Well, Baby Flora was born a few weeks early just before Christmas. It was lovely to go back to see Matt, Jen and Stanley as they welcomed the new baby and set up her very first photoshoot at 14 days old!

Best Rustington Newborn Photographer
Best rustington newborn photographer

Rustington newborn photography

Most babies are still very sleepy at this age and as a Rustington Newborn Photographer, I often find them easily (but slowly and gently) manipulated into comfortable curled up and cutesy sleeping positions in baskets and wraps… Flora however was mostly raring to go. Awake for much of the session, she seemed to want to know what was happening around her! She was also a “stretcher”…. after the confines of the womb, some babies just love to stretch out! The suitcases worked well for this as she had room to move!

Rustington bump to baby photographer

Rustington bump to baby photographer

Best Rustington Newborn Photographer

Rustington newborn photographer

Matt and Jen have an awesome feature wall, so understandably I was eager to work this into the shots. Stanley and Flora snuggled nicely while the cat looked on… whether interested in the new family member or the smell of treats placed nearby, who knows, but I loved him featuring in the fold. Stanley’s ever changing expressions I just adored too 🙂

Rustington Newborn Photographer

Rustington Newborn Photographer

Rustington Newborn Photographer

I love both colour and black and white when planning my newborn photography sessions, and as you can see here, they both work very well.

Rustington bump to baby photographer

Rustington bump to baby photographer

Rustington bump to baby photographer

To finish their collection, Matt and Jen received a lovely Baby Book by Graphistudio. Handmade in Italy, with soft to touch box and book covers in a colour theme chosen by them, the images are printed on Tintoretto paper which complements the soft feel of a newborn session.

rustington newborn photographer

What an honour to have captured so many poignant memories in the last year with them. I’m really looking forward to seeing this family grow (and maybe even finish their house?!!)

Fiona xx

FionaMillsArt | Rustington Newborn Photographer

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Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer | Arundel, Swanbourne Lake

After a false start or two with heavy rain, Chris, Vanya and I managed to find a dry day to embark on their maternity shoot. As a Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer I feel most lucky with our local surroundings. Arundel being one. Off we headed with our scarves and hats to trek around Swanbourne Lake on a sunny, Autumn morning.

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Vanya, like me, is Bulgarian (well, half really. Scotland claims the other half of me), but as I’m out of practise with my lingo it was great to dust off the mother-tongue for a couple of hours during our session… but not all the time, that wouldn’t have been fair on Chris! Swanbourne Lake in Autumn was looking so photogenic. As a West Sussex Photographer, I should use it far more than I do. The colours as we walked around the lake were just breathtaking!

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As you can see, Vanya carries her pregnancy beautifully. It is clear from the adoration in Chris’ eyes that they are very much in love. I loved the bareness of the trees as we walked round Swanbourne Lake. I found myself reminded of old film black and whites photos that I used to take before we all went digital mad! The images below really lent themselves to a vintage-film-look.

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After one lap we detoured back to theirs to finish off the shoot in a slightly warmer environment. Being a Chichester Bump to Baby Photographer means I’m always on the lookout for interesting backgrounds, alternative shots and humorous moments (Chris certainly didn’t fail to disappoint with the humour!) The striking red wood panelling was incredible (I love those lines!) The simplicity of bare walls and clear space was a perfect contrast to the twisting chaos of the woodland shots from earlier.

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I’m looking forward to hearing the news of a new baby soon so we can embark on the next stage…. the newborn shoot, where I get to cuddle a teeny one!!

Fiona xx

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West Sussex Photographer | Autumn Portrait Sessions

West Sussex Photographer | Autumn Portrait Sessions.

As a wedding and portrait photographer based in West Sussex, I feel very lucky to have some beautiful local landscapes to choose from as my backdrop to a shoot. From beaches to woodland, open fields, castles and cities, the list goes on. One of my favourite times to shoot is definitely Autumn. Being very visual by character, the vibrant transformations nature goes through during the Autumn captivates me every time! Just this morning, as I was driving along the South Downs to meet a client, I was easily distracted by the rolling mist traversing through the hills and valleys with shocking reds and auburns peeping through the last of the green.

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I love that look as Eva realises who’s responsible for all the leaves falling on her!!

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As I was in the middle of an Autumn Portrait Promotion I jumped at the chance to do one right on my doorstep in Hotham Park. John and Inna and their family of three children came geared up and ready to play. The day was mild and clear and colours vivid! John being a very popular wedding and portrait photographer himself had his trained eye tracking the light pockets and dappled spots with me! (Trust me, it’s almost impossible to switch that gift off!).

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Mixing kids with fallen leaves, open space and their parents for company is just asking for fun and laughter. Mikey, Georgie and Eva took great glee in playing and leaf bombing, jumping and swinging. Children were born to play, and they just love it if their parents are playing too, they almost forget they’re on a photoshoot!

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Part of the joy of being a West Sussex Photographer covering weddings in West Sussex and portraits is seeing families experiencing fun times together. Being able to freeze those moments in a picture to be treasured for years to come, reliving those warm, happy memories.

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To take advantage of the beautiful Autumn season for your portraits, do get in touch 🙂