9 Years of photos with Kick Hair

Kick Hair & KJP. A selection of our creations

I’ve known Dom of Kick Hair Ltd in Twickenham for about 20 years. We go WAY back. He started his own salon and I started my own photography business. It seemed daft not to team up for some creative shenanigans. Back in 2009 we planned to do a shoot with a model at the salon. This would be one of my first forays into hair & fashion photography. I’d been running the business for a couple of years and was ready to start doing some different stuff. Dom was hankering after making some images of his own work. He wanted to hang some photos up in huge format in his cool new salon.

To find a model wasn’t easy. As we didn’t have a budget it was up to Dom to find someone local who would be happy to do the shoot for poos and giggles. It is surprising that Dom wasn’t arrested. He loitered in the local Greggs. He walked slowly up and down Twickenham High Street staring at good looking ladies. OK, this isn’t true. It was Burger King. Dom loitered and stared until he finally found our model. He carried out some test styles. He created a strange silvery tube prop and was ready.

Photographing with Dom

Working on a shoot with Dom is, well, unique. He’s a perfectionist, just like me. And my god, he can faff. I think he should have letters after his name. Domenic Hand F.A.F.F. It has to be exact, that’s only right. On our very first shoot in 2009 I would take a photo, just line up for another and suddenly I’d see shhhzzzzzzoooooom, Dom whizzing past my viewfinder and oh, back of his head shot. I would give the model a suggestion for a pose. Dom would suggest she did something different simultaneously. I would spend ages messing about with lighting, taking hundreds of shots. It was all a bit messy. But we got there. Over the years we learned how to work together. When we do a shoot now we’re like a well oiled machine.

The team has grown too, we now have the gorgeous and talented Hannah White as our makeup artist. Hannah adds a whole new facet to our creative collaboration and I have to say, the three of us are a sleek operation.

Here are Nine Years of Kick Hair. A lovely journey we’re proud to still be on….

Kick Hair | © Kelly Jo Photography2009

Kick Hair | © Kelly Jo Photography2009 (shoot later that year)

Kick Hair | © Kelly Jo Photography2010

Kick Hair © Kelly Jo Photography2011

Kick Hair | © Kelly Jo Photography2012

Kick Hair | © Kelly Jo Photography2012 (2nd Shoot)

Kick Hair | © Kelly Jo Photography2013

Kick Hair | © Kelly Jo Photography2014

Kick Hair | © Kelly Jo Photography2015

Kick Hair | © Kelly Jo Photography2016

Kick Hair | © Kelly Jo Photography2017

Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups

Photographing the new range of Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups

I got a call from Hattie at Penguin Books to ask if I’d come along to their London offices on the Strand to photograph the new range of Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups.  I’d heard about the impending release of these books. To have the opportunity to do the promo photography for them made me do a little wee wee dance.

We set up at Penguin Books with a plethora of props and interesting objects carefully collected by Hattie and her team. We smeared ketchup, splashed tea, squished bacon sandwiches and sprinkled love hearts.  The result was a series of cheeky images that made us chuckle.

It’s not often that I photograph products that cause me to spontaneously burst into fits of laughter.  Or lols.  If I start to say or use ‘lols’ without sarcasm I will deserve to receive The Mid-Life Crisis as a gift.  These books are very clever.  There is a book to suit either someone you know or indeed yourself.  I think I can relate to pretty much all of them in one way or another.  Apart from The Hangover.  I try not to have those any more due to a complete inability to survive them whilst retaining satisfactory parenting skills.

I am a huge fan of Ladybird Books and I still have my original collection.  They are real life treasures.  The new range is nothing short of hilarious.  They will become new treasures, cunning gifts and a great way to celebrate Ladybird’s 100th birthday.

You can order the whole range here

If you would like to know more about the authors, follow them on Twitter – Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris

Have a look through some of the finished photos and behind the scenes shots.

© Kelly Jo Photography – COMMERCIAL images

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups | Kelly Jo Photography

The Ladybird Book of The Hipster | Kelly Jo Photography

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups | Kelly Jo Photography

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups| Kelly Jo Photography

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups | Kelly Jo Photography

The Ladybird Book of The Shed | Kelly Jo Photography

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups | Kelly Jo Photography

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups The Shed | Kelly Jo Photography

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups | Kelly Jo Photography

The Ladybird Book of Mindfulness | Kelly Jo Photography

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups | Kelly Jo Photography

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups | Kelly Jo Photography

The Ladybird Book of The Mid-Life Crisis | Kelly Jo Photography

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups | Kelly Jo Photography

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups | Kelly Jo Photography

Ladybird Books The Wife| Kelly Jo Photography

The Ladybird Book of Dating| Kelly Jo Photography

Ladybird Books for Adults | Kelly Jo Photography

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups | Kelly Jo Photography

The Ladybird Book of The Hangover | Kelly Jo Photography

 

 

 

 

Cake Smash Photo Session | First Birthday Portraits Buckinghamshire

Cake Smash Photo Session – Charlotte gets stuck in!  Happy First Birthday Little Lady…

Cake Smash Photo Session – how gorgeous was this?  I had photographed Richard & Liz’s wedding.  Then their ‘bump’.  Followed swiftly after by newborn Charlotte. We felt it only correct to get together for her first birthday.  To celebrate we had a Cake Smash photo session here in the studio.  Mummy Liz joined in the fun and Charlotte devoured the scrummy cake.  She was quite taken aback that she was allowed to squish it!  A big thanks to Rosedene Bakery of Aylesbury for the devine two-tier Victoria Sponge with fresh fruit, both Liz and Charlotte thought it was utterly delicious.  Charlotte began very daintily and picked at the fruit with great care.  Soon enough she realised that she was allowed to really get stuck in.  Within a few minutes she was away!  Charlotte has a wonderful sense of humour, what a great little personality she it.  She giggled and squished.  As you can see from the photos this was a really lovely time enjoyed by all.  I do love Cake Smash Photo Sessions.  It’s a great way to celebrate a first birthday and you get to take the remainder of the cake home!  Don’t worry, they will never be able to eat it ALL!

If you’d like to find out more about my Cake Smash Photo Sessions please get in touch by clicking here or calling me on 01296 730389.

For more about the wonderful Rosedene Bakery (including their amazing Afternoon Teas delivered to your door!) click here.

First Birthday Photo Session

First Birthday Photo Session

First Birthday Photo Session

First Birthday Photo Session

First Birthday Photo Session

First Birthday Photo Session

First Birthday Photo Session

First Birthday Photo Session

First Birthday Photo Session

First Birthday Photo Session

First Birthday Photo Session

First Birthday Photo Session

 

Food Photography Buckinghamshire by Kelly Jo – Rosedene Bakery Aylesbury

Anna is cooking up something scrummy to get VERY excited about at Rosedene Bakery – Food Photography Buckinghamshire

This is where Food Photography Buckinghamshire gets down right devourable.  Local business lady Anna Atkins-Carter visited my studio.  She was laden with samples of the most delicious, delectable, devourable delicacies you could ever wish to lay eyes on.  It took every fibre of my will power not to knock her to one side and dive head first into the Victoria Sponge.  Anna has created a gorgeous new concept….homemade cakes and bakes just like your granny made.  These are  delivered to your door, ready to be demolished by you and your loved ones.  Not only does Anna supply her eager customers with cakes and teatime treats, she also has a wonderful new product.  Afternoon Tea delivered to your door! Scones, Bakewells and other fine fair for a ready-to-go treat.  You can even hire vintage china tea sets from her to really impress your guests.  Anna is going to be offering Baking Lessons too. These are workshops that get you back to basics and build your confidence in the kitchen.  Anna’s own granny inspired a love of baking in her and she is dedicated to passing that same inspiration on to others.

From a food photography point of view this was a great job for me.  Anna left me to style the images which is something I love to do.  I used props from around the house along with the pieces Anna brought with her.  I love to set a scene.  Adding interesting props makes the images have depth and interest.  I want to be able to show my client’s products in the most attractive light possible.  I believe the answer to this is attention to detail.

To find out more about Rosedene Bakery, Anna and her glorious world of all things yummy, visit her website: www.rosedenebakery.co.uk

 

Afternoon Tea Photography Aylesbury

Bakewell Tart

Commercial Food Photography Buckinghamshire

Rosedene Bakery Commercial Photography

Food Photography Aylesbury

Commercial Photography Aylesbury

Commercial Photography Aylesbury

Commercial Photography Aylesbury

 

 

Product Photography Buckinghamshire – I.O. Shen Master Grade Knives

Product Photography Buckinghamshire – I.O. Shen Master Grade Knives

Product Photography Buckinghamshire – Ad Campaign and Promo work for client I.O. Shen Master Grade Knives

Earlier in the year I was lucky enough to spend a day cooking with Masterchef Finalist Andrew Kojima.  He introduced me to his array of beautiful professional chef’s knives and I immediately fell in love with I O Shen.  The knives are perfection and working with them was an absolute joy.  Koj kindly hooked me up with Natalie from I O Shen who just so happened to be based just down the road from me.  In the blink of an eye we were in the studio photographing their new 10th Anniversary Gift Set, creating images for an ad campaign.  With some tremendous artwork jiggerypokery from graphics genius Julie Lodge of Jamtastic Design, I’m sure you’ll agree the final result is just devine.  What a sense of pride I felt when I saw the ad in the latest edition of Jamie (Oliver) Magazine and Great British Food.

There are some little tricks I use in the studio to achieve a look.  Natalie and I worked as a team to achieve the look we needed.  Product photography is an exact science and photographing metal is a challenge.  Reflections, light and shine all play a role.  With a lot of patience and careful adjustments we nailed the shoot in a day.

Take a look at some of the behind the scenes, the gorgeous knives and the ad itself!

Anniversary Knife

Penknife from gift set

Block of Knives

Kelly Jo Photographing

Knives in photographic studio

I O Shen Knife Advert

Jamie Magazine Ad

Baby Portraits Buckinghamshire | Newborns

Baby Portraits Buckinghamshire – Charlotte is here!

Baby Portraits Buckinghamshire – Client: Richard, Liz and Charlotte

A mere four weeks after excitedly celebrating ‘the bump‘ in photos, Richard and Liz walked back through my door adorned with cheeky, tired grins.  In Liz’s arms lay the bundle of beauteousness long awaited – Baby Charlotte Poppy!  Three and a half hours of motorway mayhem had taken it’s toll and the little lady was very unimpressed with the whole situation.  A much needed feed and new nappy later and we were off again, recording the next chapter in this adorable family’s life.

When I looked through the lens I absorbed the image of Richard and Liz gazing at their new treasure with so much love.  I wish I could bottle that sense of pride.  And I could understand it…that little lady is totally edible.

From meeting a potential bride and groom all the way to being honoured with the title ‘Aunty Kell‘, this is a spectacular story I’m so proud to have told.

You can see the beginning of the story with Richard & Liz’s Wedding Day here

For another look at the Bump Photos with Charlotte still yet to make an appearance click here

Baby Photography Buckinghamshire

Baby balanced on arm

Family & Baby Portait

Close Up Baby Image

Close up of Baby's Hand

Baby Girl Portait

 

Baby Photography

 

 

Pregnancy Photography with Kelly Jo

Bump Celebration

Richard and Liz – my lovely loony bride and groom got married in 2011 and I was lucky enough to have been a part of their very special wedding day at The Tythe Barn in Launton.  Rich and Liz are….how can I say?  Lunatics, luscious and extremely lovable.

From the day I met them I knew I’d met a couple who see things the way I do and feel the way I feel.  From being their wedding photographer I would now say I am their pal, life-long.

A few months ago Richard and Liz popped round to see me with cheeky excited grins on their faces…they had some news!  I was so overjoyed to hear that a gorgeous little addition to the happy family was due to make an appearance at the end of June.  Of course photographic plans were hatched and last week we got together for a Bump Celebration.

This bubba is going to be cherished and I can’t wait to meet him or her.  It goes without saying that I’ll be photographing the next chapter of the story – newborn scrumptiousness.

Watch this space!

For more information on Pregnancy and Newborn Baby Photography email me here OR why not give me a call? I love a good old natter! I’m on 01296 730389.

Pregnancy Photography Buckinghamshire

Pregnancy Photography Buckinghamshire

Pregnancy Photography Buckinghamshire

Pregnancy Photography Buckinghamshire

Pregnancy Photography Buckinghamshire

Pregnancy Photography Buckinghamshire

Pregnancy Photography Buckinghamshire

Pregnancy Photography Buckinghamshire

Pregnancy Photography Buckinghamshire

Pregnancy Photography Buckinghamshire

Pregnancy Photography Buckinghamshire

Commercial Head Shots

Why is a good business portrait so important?

I met Tara at an Athena Network training day.  She greeted me with her warm smile and at once I knew I had just made a friend, she has that effect.  Tara runs a very successful Virtual Assistant company and confided in me that she had no professional images of herself for her social media.  She was making do with a family ‘snap’ of herself in Paris in the rain and felt it didn’t represent her professionally.   Within a couple of weeks Tara arrived at my studio armed with her smile.  There ensued a relaxed chat/gossip/network/brainstorm/photo shoot and lo!  We had our images.  Tara now proudly uses them for her social media…and proud she should be.

Well crafted Head Shots for all your profiles and website is essential if you want to give a professional impression.  Be recognised too – don’t use photographs of yourself from 1987 sporting a bubble perm.  Let’s get you looking your best so that you can really SHOUT from the internet!

To find out more about Kelly’s affordable, quick and easy Commercial Head Shot Packages get in touch by clicking here

Commercial Portrait

Business Portrait

Tara Commercial Head Shot

 

Weddings, Babies and Lots of Love

One couple’s fairytale

12th June 2010…I strolled through the sun dappled gardens of The Tythe Barn at Launton.  Close by were Drew and Victoria, that very hour newly wed.  They giggled, gazed and smooched as I photographed, it was a truly memorable day, full of love and excitement.  Fast forward to a chilly February morning in 2013, there’s a knock at my door and in from the cold appear Victoria, Drew and…..Sam!  Two have become three and I had the absolute honour of photographing my beautiful bride and groom once more, this time with their perfect dumpling of loveliness Sam.

Sam found my strange noises and deranged expressions at first bemusing, followed by interesting and finally entertaining.  Smiles were plentiful and I got that whole ‘grit your teeth ‘cos you want to scrumble them up’ feeling with Sam, he’s a joyful little man.  It means the world to be able to document this wonderful couple’s adventures, long may it last.

If you’d like to know more about Kelly’s baby and family photography, get in touch with her by clicking here

Wedding Couple

Daddy, Mummy and Baby

Mummy & Daddy Kisses for Baby

Baby Portrait

Baby wrapped in faux fur

Baby Portraiture

Smiley Baby

Baby Photography with Kelly Jo

Dazzling Megan makes my day

When little Megan came to see me the first thing I noticed staring at me from her cosy car seat was her amazing saucer-like eyes.  I adore a baby’s curiosity and Megan’s expressive little mush seemed to say ‘What on EARTH is going on here?’  She’s a treasure and I’m so glad I was able to capture those eyes.  I used natural light to really make the most of Megan’s brand new adorableness.  Can you see the ‘catchlights’ in her eyes?  They are made by a window…which is pretty apt I believe.  I’m grinning crazily while I’m writing this, just looking at Megan’s photos makes my day a great deal sunnier.

Say hello if you’d like to know more about natural light baby portraits…I’m so excited about new ideas I want to try.  Email me and tell me the story of your little person! Click here to get in touch…

Baby Photography

Baby Photography

Baby Photography

BabyPortrait

Baby Photography