boudior, fashion shoot, Maternity Shoots, models, photography, portrait shoot, training

Training day at Click HQ!

Last week Simon and I had a super fun training day up in Watford – Keeping It Fresh with Charlie Kauffman

We spent the day photographing a variety of models – from a superbly talented 16 year old who’s already been scouted by 3 agencies, to a young lady in her mid 20’s who’d never been in front of a camera before!

We also had the pleasure of photographing Charlie’s son Leo, who has most probably been photographed his whole life, and is an expert at posing for the camera!

Charlie was a fantastic trainer – he taught us how to pose our models to get a massive variety of images, and how to expertly light them to flaunt their assets.

Charlie demonstrated how different types of light outputs create different effects, and how small gestures elicit a different range of emotions.

For instance, lifting the chin up makes a subject look more confident, whilst tilting the chin down makes them look more alluring and vulnerable.

Paige was such a sport! She was very nervous as she had never had a professional portrait shoot before, but Charlie soon put her at ease with his easy-going humour.

My favourite part of the training was the last shoot of the day: we had the gorgeous Aimee come in for a boudior shoot, and she absolutely rocked it! I honestly had so much fun capturing her beauty, and I can’t wait to do it again!

Doesn’t she look fantastic? She nearly inspired me to book a boudior shoot myself! 

If I can just find the clients brave enough, I’d love to offer boudoir maternity shoots! I think it would really give mums a boost when they’re probably not feeling very photogenic.

I 100% believe that women GLOW when they’re pregnant, and I wish they could see what I see! Maybe by offering this style of photo shoot, they’d be able to see themselves in a different light, and it would give them that boost in confidence to come away from the “ugh I feel so fat/ugly/miserable/hormonal” mindset and allow them to enjoy this fleeting moment of pregnancy.


Rebranding: My Story

When I first started my business, I gave it a very generic name: Kalysha Photography

My logo was very simple and to-the-point. It was clean and professional, and for a while, I was happy with it.

As time passed, I grew tired of this logo. My artistic and photographic skill was developing, and I was becoming more invested in maternity and newborn photography. Baby photography was my true passion: being able to capture those tiny little features and immortalise them forever in beautiful photographs was a gift that I could offer new parents who were so sleep deprived they could barely think straight.

I started thinking about what name I could give this growing passion. I wanted something cute, something that immediately shouted “baby!”; I wanted something that was meaningful and personal to me.

After mulling it over for a few days, I landed on baby elephants.

Growing up, I was always on the chubby side, and my Dad would call me his “elephant” (in jest, I’m sure!). When my boyfriend (now husband) found out about this tease, he was delighted! He started calling me his “Heffalump” to wind me up, and so I started calling him “Dumbo” in retaliation. These names soon became terms of endearment, and when we were on our honeymoon in Thailand, I got an elephant tattooed on the inside of my right wrist.

So it was settled: My business would be named after something was was both personal and meaningful to me.

I spent a couple of weeks designing my new logo, and TA-DA!!

elephant & rabbit circle colour

Needless to say, I love my new branding – it encompasses everything I set out to achieve, and looks sleek and totally bad-ass!

Information, Newborn shoots

Elli Cassidy Training

My newborn photography journey started back in March 2017 when I attended a training course at Fresh Studio Academy in Watford, London. The training was led by Elli Cassidy, one of the top newborn photographers in the UK.

visit Elli’s beautiful site!

It was a whirlwind of a day, our class of 6 learnt all about the studio set up, basic posing and lighting needed for a newborn photography shoot. By the end of the day, my mind was buzzing from all the information it had absorbed, and I was eager to try my hand at my own newborn sessions.

Over the next year, I spent time honing my skills and building up my business. By the end of the year I felt more confident with the direction my business was going, and I was ready to take the next step in my personal growth and development.

In early 2018, I bumped into Elli at a photography conference, and we got chatting. I told her how much I enjoyed her training at Fresh, and that I’d love the opportunity to further develop my skills with her. She suggested I take a look at the training section of her website, which offers a wider array of course options.

After some deliberation, I took the plunge and invested in a two-day 1:1 training course with her. I was a little apprehensive at first, the course was A LOT of money! I thought back to that day at Fresh and how much I learnt and how much I enjoyed myself, and it was an easy decision from there.

I saved up for the course, and BOY, was it worth it! I spent two whole days getting hands-on training with Elli, learning all her secrets: her posing and wrapping techniques, the best lighting set ups, her “baby whispers”, how she markets to local parents, and how she provides an out-of-this-world service to everyone who comes through her doors.

The two days positively flew by, and all too soon we were saying goodbye.

I learnt so much from Elli, and I simply CANNOT WAIT to put everything I learnt into practice.

I put together a short video documenting some of the best moments from our course, I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

View the video HERE (link opens new tab in YouTube)