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    I'm Janine, a lifestyle and local brand photographer based in Bangor, Northern Ireland. I'm on a mission to help you see what I see, whether that's what love in your family looks like or how amazing your creative work is. If you would like to chat more about what I do (I'm always up for a coffee!) or book a session I would LOVE to hear from you!
  • The session where I made the baby cry

    I like to think I’m pretty good with kids. I’ve photographed plenty, have 2 of my own and I’m aView full post »

    Family, chickens and tyre swings

    I am finally getting around to blogging some of my favourite family sessions from the second half of last year. IView full post »

    January

    It was tough. It was 374 days long. That’s longer than a year! But it was quite pretty. And frosty. And snowy. SoView full post »

I like to think I’m pretty good with kids. I’ve photographed plenty, have 2 of my own and I’m a trained teacher. But none of this matters when the baby doesn’t like your face! All you can do is try not to look too hard in their direction and not take it personally, in the hope all will settle down and you can get some shots without teary eyes. So this is the mode I adopted with beautiful Benjamin during our at home session. I was advised not to take it to heart as he does the same thing with his own grandpa on a daily basis! Also, look at that face. You couldn’t help but smile in spite of the tears.

Babies at this age are so much fun to photograph. Mum and dad are long past the days of being unsure of their new little one and the smiles, gurgles and spit bubbles are coming along nicely. It’s a pretty perfect time and one of my favourites to photograph. It’s just…well…joyful! Also, elastic band wrists and dimple elbows are immense!!

Summer sessions are booking up fast, so if you’d like to document a little of family life as it is right now, jump on that contact button up there while there’s still some availability. I promise, you won’t regret it!

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I am finally getting around to blogging some of my favourite family sessions from the second half of last year. I really don’t know where the time goes!

This first session I want to share was one of the most fun sessions I had all of last year! It all started with an email from a lovely grandmother (who looks far to young to have all these grandkids!) who wanted to get some lifestyle photography while all her family were in one place. And before I knew it, I was knee deep in kids, dogs and chickens and laughing non-stop! These are the best sessions, where you’re made to feel like part of the action, called by the kids to come and see what they’re doing and getting mums and dads a couple of minutes to get possibly the only photo of just the two of them since their wedding day.

I’m taking bookings now for June, July and August, so if you’d like to get some awesome memories up on your wall please get in touch – I would LOVE to hear from you! Spaces are tight so don’ t leave it too late and miss out on grabbing one.

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It was tough.

It was 374 days long.

That’s longer than a year!

But it was quite pretty. And frosty. And snowy. So we’ll let it go.

But it if lasts that long again next year, I’m writing a letter of complaint to the Spectator!

Also, there were these eejits!!

And that super blue blood moon as a final flourish somewhere around day 368!

Here’s to February, which thankfully has but 28 days clear.

It better not snow!!

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There’s something special about photographing people in places they love. They sort of lose themselves in the moment and it’s a bit magical watching it all unfold.

This is my friend’s daughter in the place she would probably live if her folks allowed her! Horses are her everything, so capturing her before a competition was an amazing experience. I’ve had next to no experience with horses, but watching her work with them and seeing the trust between them was just incredible and put me completely at ease. I’m looking forward to brighter, dryer days when I can capture her riding and jumping.

If you’re thinking that this is the year you really need to update your family photos, or you would like to capture a place or activity that is special to you, I would love to hear from you. You can use that little contact button or find me on Facebook or Instagram.

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You are awesome! I have watched a lot of dads at work during newborn or family sessions and at weddings. And we’d be lost without them. From making sure they don’t fall off a climbing frame to jumping on a trampoline with them. From giving smushy newborn kisses to changing nappies that should have a health and safety warning attached! From walking daughters down the aisle to welcoming new sons and daughters into the family. There isn’t much I haven’t seen.

In honour of day of the dads, I thought it would be nice to share some of my favourite images of dads with their kids of various ages from the last number of years.

Dads, you really are amazing!

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  • June 18, 2017 - 9:46 am

    Jo Boland - Aw, that’s a lovely collection of photos xxReplyCancel