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The Little Book magazine – children’s fashion shoot

Since the weather is so unpredictable in the UK and with the recent rain we had been having Jemma, the Editor in Chief at the Little Book Magazine and I were getting a little anxious about the beach shoot and so decided to have a second shoot in place in case the weather did intact stop play.  Christine Maciocia was putting together a styled shoot for photographers at her house and so we decided to use this opportunity to have a little fashion shoot for the website.

The theme was to be a vintage tea party.  Jemma and I met at Christine’s house and headed into her garden to find a magical vintage inspired tea party that Christine had created with a massive, beautiful cake she has hand make from various props as the centre piece for her table.  The children were delighted and ran around squeaking while we hurriedly got them changed into some gorgeous clothes that Jemma has sourced from some fabulous children’s clothing ranges such as Mimo, Poppy Children, Vertbaudet and Monsoon.

The children seemed to be in the party mood and so we went with the flow and managed to capture the vibe and excitement of a beautiful, summers children’s birthday party.

We have also received some amazing feedback from the clothing companies about the shoot  – here is on from Katie Hordern and the Vertbaudet PR team…”Wow that cake is AMAZING!  I really love this shoot – it’s right up my street.  Thank you for including so many pieces from Vertbaudet, we are thrilled”.  And another from Bianca at MIMO “I have loved your beautiful coverage. Great pictures, great kids and I thought the trousers looked particularly good…..Thank you for including Mimo”.

Thank you again to the amazing Christine Maciocia for her fabulous and unique styling and props, Jemma from the Little Book Magazine for sourcing all the children’s lovely cloths, all the clothing companies and for Rebecca from Lilys Flowers who kindly donated all the beautiful flowers no the table.   We hope you enjoy the essence of the party…..

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The Little Book Magazine – Summer Issue

I was delighted to be approached by Jemma, Editor in Chief of The Little Book Magazine which she started a couple of years ago and has grown the magazine to now cover Windsor, Eton & Ascot as well as a publication for the Henley & Marlow area launch last year and this year she also launched the magazine in Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross areas.  It is a gorgeous little families magazine that covers everything you need to know for your family in your area from lovely clothing boutiques, to fun days out, school information, hot topic discussions and many many more.  In each issue Jemma likes to add a little fashion photo shoot to match the season and to make for a colourful and fun addition to the magazine.

We had a little meeting to discuss various themes for the shoot and came up with a summer beach theme although it would involved a lot of hard work to co-ordinate but would be ideal for the next issue.

I introduced Jemma to Christine who is a wonderful stylist – we discussed our ideas and she was excited to come aboard and help on the shoot with the props and styling.  We all got together and sounded out our ideas and then arranged a date at West Wittering Beach in East Susses – a beautiful protect cost line with soft golden sand and gorgeous multi coloured beach huts.  The day arrived and we all set off early to avoid the crowds.  The weather had been touch and go but the forecast was fine so we took our chances and all headed off to the coast.  On arrival Christine got to work on the styled shoot area down by the sea – she wanted to created a vintage ship wrecked look about the shoot and brought an amazing vintage cast iron children’s cot, lots of stunning props some of which she had hand made.  Jemma arrived with the beautiful children’s clothes from designs such as  Timberland, Hacket, Joeles, Poppy Children, Ralph Lauren, Jo Jo Maman Bebe, Mino along with some more props lent to her by Sarah, the owner of the gorgeous boutique gift shop in Windsor called Cocoa Bean.

The children were so excited and a little bemused at the scene being created by Christine down on the beach – it was also creating quite an interest from fellow beach gowers.  The children got changed and couldn’t wait to get started.  The were all so sweet and so well behaved.  The morning was very chilly and so they did a great job in their little summer outfits not to freeze but by the time we moved onto an outfit change and different area of the beach the sun started to break through and they soon warmed up.  The kids played piggy back races by the beach huts, hide and seek in the sand dunes and tag along the beach.  The finally ended up sitting down for a vintage inspired picnic to finish off the perfect beach day out.

Thank you to Christine for the styling and props, to Jemma from The little Book for the wonderful fashion styling, all the clothing companies and to all the brilliant children that made the shoot so special….

The Little Book Magazine summer edition is out in Windsor, Ascot, Henley, Marlow, Gerrards Cross and Beaconsfield and is a gorgeous little families magazine which is information on every aspect for family life – you can pick up a copy in most of the Waitrose shops in these towns. I hope you enjoy the shoot as much as we enjoyed putting it together.  Here are a few images from the shoot……

 

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Vintage Inspired Styled Shoot by Christine Maciocia

I have worked with Christine Maciocia many time and was excited to hear she was putting together a styled shoot for Photographers – she puts these together twice a year for Photographers to have some fun and take some really different and sunning styled shoot photos.  Christine is an established artist specialising in vintage textiles and event/room styling.  She creates amazing bespoke book art for families, vintage framed products of your children or loved ones printed onto silk and cleverly uses various vintage textiles to create a real heirloom as well as putting together lovely styled shoots for photographers.  Her house is an Aladin’s Cave and every corder has a stunning hand made vintage lampshade, or book art or painting – it is a real feast for the eyes and she has such a unique talent.  Christine had spent weeks sourcing props and hand making most of them including the centre piece for the table which was an over sized stunning cake made she says from items she found at home……!  I wish I was that clever….!  Her garden has a magical feel and she has created three little areas where we could photograph the children she had arranged to come along and model for us for the day.  One was the beautiful turquoise birthday table, there was also a hammock and a tree house, then the den where she has made for the boys with vintage trains, old suitcases and books and creative table where there was a vintage typewriter with little props on the table.  Christine had brought 2 outfits for the children to change into and the girls arrived first in these amazing blue summer dresses which matched the table perfectly and the little boys in cute shorts and white shirts.  All the photographers had fun with the children in the different areas they wanted to play in before we stopped for  lunch and the children changed into different summer dresses for the girl and baker boy trousers with braces and caps for the boys – they all looked so cute and they were all so well behaved considering there was a lot going on, a lot to look at and a lot of unfamiliar faces.  I had an amazing day –  it was lovely to spend the day being creative with a group of like-minded photographers and share knowledge, chat about our businesses and exchange funny stories.  I can’t wait to see what Christine creates for her next styled shoot on Sunday 21st July….

Big thank you to all the little models – Charlie,  Imogen, Ella, Dylan, Poppy, Jesicca and to Rebecca from Lilys Flowers who supplied the lovely flowers on the tables and to Chervone from Hobbs Salon in Northwood who worked on the girls hair and made them look so pretty and to Christine for creating such a magical day for us all….

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Romantic Picnic for Two

I was recently commissioned to produce a romantic image for a wedding present.  The brief was a romantic picnic for two and had to include an old vintage bike in a field….. gulp….was my first reaction – where am I going to find that…??   I spoke with an old neighbour who luckily had kept an old bike from 30 years ago – it was perfect.  I then contacted the lovely Christine who lent me some props and we headed over to an old orchard behind my house and set up the scene.   I think if you had been passing by the field you would think there were a couple of crazy ladies in the orchard as we tried to carry the vintage suitcases, china tea pot and cups, flowers, cushions, hamper blankets etc over the fence and across the field – how we managed to get the bike over I have no idea but where theres a will theres a way – anything for Art….!!!  It all looked so pretty it was a shame we had to pack it all away but I hope you enjoy some of the romance in these images – you may need to view holding a glass of champagne.  My client was thrilled with the finished print.

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Featured on Under The Vintage Veil Blog

I was so delighted to be featured on Under the Vintage Veils blog today with a styled fairy wedding shoot collaborating between myself and some of my talented friends.  I hope you enjoy this magical, whimsical fairytale as much as we enjoyed putting it together…..  Thank you Sara for sharing – it was such a magical day for us all…..x

Here is the link

This morning, we are swooning over this dreamy delighthttp://underthevintageveil.com/2013/07/fairy-shoot-whimsical-wedding/

 

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Boudoir

Today I spend with a very dear friend of my doing a beautiful and femmine boudoir shoot for her birthday.  She was very brave as it is always a little daunting and intimidating when you start to think about a Boudior shoot and actually getting to feel comfortable infornt of the camera in your underwear but she did an amazing job and after a few initial nerves we managed to create some lovely images which represent her gorgeous line and female form.  It was a real pleasure to do and makes my job really worthwhile when you gain fantastic feedback and help to grown someones inner confidence.

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Valentine’s Table

Happy Valentines Day

I popped over to see Christine Maciocia  a fabulous Artis and Event/Room Stylist for the morning.  When I arrived she was busy putting the finishing touches to a beautiful and romantic Valentine’s Table ready for a romantic couple to enjoy a beautiful evening together.  Love was definitely in the air that day…..It was so beautiful I wish I could have picked it up and taken it home with me.  I hope you enjoy the images and that it inspires the romantic in you…..x

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Featured in Boho Wedding Blog

Last year I photographed a really special out door wedding of Gary & Pauline at Herons Farm, Pangbourne and I was extremely excited that Kelly was kind enough to feature their very special day on her Boho wedding blog.  It was such a colourful, personal and happy day – I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed photographing it…..  Here is the link…..

http://www.boho-weddings.com/2013/05/20/colourful-diy-farm-wedding-in-berkshire/#more-64148

 

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My new revamped website has arrived…..

I have spent the last few months redesigning my website and hopefully making it more user friendly.  I was very excited when it finally went live after lots of late nights getting it all together.  Please take a look – I hope you enjoy it and feel free to get in touch if you wish do discuss your wedding plans or to chat about a family shoot – I would love to hear from you……  www.nikkisheffieldphotography.co.uk

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Marissa & Ed’s Engagement Shoot – May 2013

Marissa used to work in the Montisorri nursery my children used to go to in Windsor and she was the most adorable teacher you could wish your children to have when they first start those school years – she makes everyone feel so welcome, relaxed and happy as her sunny personality radiates and she just makes you smile.  I was thrilled to hear from her last year for the first time since my children had left and was delighted to hear she was getting married  to Ed and that she would love me to be her photographer…..I was truly touched and honoured to be asked.  Fast forward a few months and we set a date for their engagement shoot.  Marissa loves Bluebells and so asked if I could find a bluebell wood for their shoot. I decided to take them to a gorgeous little wooded area I had know as a child and visited many time in a village called Hedgeley in Buckinghamshire.  We all met one morning and headed off on a little walk.   I had been a couple of weeks earlier but due to the terrible rain we had over the last few months the bluebells were not fully out and so I had my fingers crossed that the dry smell from the last few days had managed to help the bluebells come into full bloom.  We headed up the path and passed the beautiful Church at the top and then in further into the woods behind the church.  We were chatting about their plans for their big day and how they were feeling when we turned the corner and in front of us was a blanket os bluebells – it was just a see of blue…….Marissa was so excited and I was pretty blown away as it looked so pretty and magical.  Ed is a music teacher and so had brought along his guitar as they often go for picnics and he brings this along with him on their days out together.  I thought it was extremely cute and so I took a few photos of them with the guitar and then some amongst the stunning bluebells before heading out into the fields.  I am so glad I had this chance with Marissa and Ed to see them relaxed and excited about their forthcoming wedding and I am now so excited about their wedding in September – it will be the most wonderful day……

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Italy – Honeymoon destination – April 2013

I absolutely love Italy and one place I have visited on a number of occassions is the Amalfi Coast from Possitano, Almalfi, Sorrento and the beautiful hill top town of Ravello.  If you are looking for a romantic break, a wedding or honeymoon destination then I would definitely recommend this part of the world.  I would love to one day be lucky enough to photograph a wedding in one of this stunning locations. View full post »

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Lily’s Flowers – March 2013

I was introduced to Rebecca, the owner of Lily’s flowers through a mutual friend and last year and we got to chatting about our businesses and so took the opportunity to take a trip over to see Rebecca and her wonderfully creative team at work.

On arrival the girls where busy getting flowers ready for a wedding and so the room was filled with the most heavenly scent.  All ll around the girls were blooms and blooms of gorgeous flowers, ribbons and accessories to create the Brides bouquet, the Bridesmaids bouquets, table centres for the reception and arrangements for the church.  Everything looked so pretty I couldnt resist taking a few shots of the finished articles.

I was also lucky enough to take some photos for Rebecca at Oakley Court for her advert in the Oakley Court official Weddings Brouchure.  Rebecca styled a stunning wedding banquet table in one of the large pannelled rooms over looking he gardens and river.  The Oakley Court  Hotel is such a stunning setting for a wedding reception, situation right on the river and accessible via boat so you could arrive to your reception in style. Rebecca is so knowledgable and friendly and I wouldnt hesitate to recommend her company to anyone looking for a florist for a special occasion or event.  For more information take a look at her website http://www.lilysflowers.co.uk/

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Sophia – Snow shoot – January 2013

As the snow fell and dusted on the ground and trees with white magic I headed out into the field with little 3 year old Sophia.  She was very brave to venture out into cold but really enjoyed playing in the snow and spent the whole time giggling.  Here are a couple of shots from the shoot……

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Framed Products – Bespoke framed vintage images – January 2013

If you love the vintage look one of the products I offer are these gorgeous bespoke framed silk art using one of the images from your shoot.  The image is printed onto silk and vintage textiles, accessories, antique lace and silk flowers will be used along with lovely stitched inscriptions.  Individually designed and ideal for any little ones bedroom or as a unique wedding gift or christening gift. View full post »

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Laurent & Sarah’s wedding – 6th December 2012 – Aynhoe Park, Cotswolds

I was delighted to be asked to second shoot for Kate Hopewell-Smith at the wedding of Laurent & Sarah at Aynehoe House in the Cotswolds.  Kate is an amazing photographer and someone who I admire greatly so I was really looking forward to working with her.  Aynhoe Park  is a private house that can be hired out exclusively for functions and it is set in the most glorious English countryside in the edge of the Cotswolds.

The weather in December can be unpredictible at the best of times but luckily when Kate and I arrived early on the 6th December at Aynhoe Park it was brilliant blue skies and sharp fresh air.  I have not been to this venue before so for me it was a real treat as the house is filled with such unusual props and accessories – it was a real feast for the eyes. View full post »

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Bath Wedding – Martin & Phiippa’s wedding – 22nd September 2012

I met up with Martin & Philippa at their gorgeous home in Bath to discuss their wedding plans. It was to be a day filled with happiness and joy and for Philippa a special family reunion as her brother who lives in Asia was coming back especially for the wedding and she would be meeting her new little nephew for the first time…..Martin & Philippa wanted a very relaxed day where they could express their love for each other with their close friends and family and for everyone to have a really wonderful time.

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Burnham Beeches Family Shoot – Oliver & Jemma

Wendy contacted me as she was looking for a photographer to capture her two little ones having fun and playing in the natural surroundings.  I suggested heading over to Burnham Beeches in Bucks – its a gorgeous open woodland with lots of beautiful walks and sometime you can spot a couple of wild horses roaming around the woods too…..

Oliver and Jemma were extremely excited when I met them and couldnt wait to run around and explore.  We went on a little adventure and told a story as we went.  They both were so sweet and mischievous especially little Oliver – he was a real character.   We jumped off logs, run along wooded paths, played with the leaves and looked for bugs – it was a really fun afternoon….View full post »

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