Marion Wotton Photography: Blog http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Marion Wotton Photography marionwottonphotography@gmail.com (Marion Wotton Photography) Fri, 06 May 2016 09:26:00 GMT Fri, 06 May 2016 09:26:00 GMT http://marionwottonphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u601878551-o673103565-50.jpg Marion Wotton Photography: Blog http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog 96 120 food photoshoot - behind the scenes with Sugar Plum Bakes http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2016/5/food-photoshoot---behind-the-scenes-with-sugar-plum-bakes Guest Blog Post by Sugar Plum Bakes

I recently had the pleasure of partaking in a food styling photo shoot with Marion. Now as I run my baking business from home, I'm well accustomed to switching my kitchen between domestic and professional use. But, this is the first time it's ever been transformed into a photo studio. And after the fun we had, it certainly won't be the last!


If I'm honest, I wasn't sure what to expect so I found the whole process fascinating. Marion arrived with an array of props and equipment and very quickly set up an area to photograph within. She thoughtfully considered the styling of each scene but made it all look so easy. The photo shoot flew by. It barely felt like work as we had so much fun.

Cinderella, you can go to the ball!Cinderella, you can go to the ball!Cinderella dress cake with sugarpaste decorations by Sugar Plum Bakes. Styling and image by Surrey food photographer Marion Wotton

For my Parisienne-inspired cake and cookies, out of Marion's box of props came a few items to help create a set themed to enhance the colours and style.

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For my semi-naked layer cake, a touch of fresh pink flowers and careful positioning helped create a beautiful scene. The images were simple, clean and elegant.

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Since the shoot, I've been very impressed with the quality of the images. Marion edited them swiftly but conscientiously.

lilac cupcakes 2lilac cupcakes 2Vanilla layer cake with buttercream. Food styling and photography by Surrey food photographer Marion Wotton. Cake by Sugar Plum Bakes

I'm a keen amateur photographer, so I loved being able to glean some tips from Marion. But when it comes to having a high quality product photo, I will always turn to her for that necessary professional touch. I love Marion's story-telling style. Her photos are stunning. I feel like my cakes and cookies have been taken to a different level with her vision and photography skills. As if I'm looking at images of my own creations in a magazine!

lilac cupcakes 3lilac cupcakes 3Cupcakes with moulded sugarpaste decorations. Food styling and photography by Surrey food photographer Marion Wotton. Cake by Sugar Plum Bakes


Vaani Wadman is the Cake Maker & Designer behind Sugar Plum Bakes. She creates luxury, bespoke cakes and cookies that are individual and unique. Sugar Plum Bakes is based in Kingston upon Thames and services the South West London and Surrey areas. If you’d like to learn a little more about Vaani, then please do visit her website or alternatively get in touch. She’d love to hear from you.

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framed artwork photography http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2016/4/framed-artwork-photography I recently had the pleasure of photographing some new artwork for a local business woman. The images will be appearing initially on her website and then on any on- and offline marketing materials that she has developed for her business. 

We had an absolute blast, and I can't wait to see the images on her website! Unfortunately, however, I can't share those images themselves until her website goes live. So instead, here's a shot of a framed fine art print of one of my asparagus photographs. I took this photograph as a test shot when I was setting up and arranging the lighting for the shoot proper ... and am very happy with how it turned out! 

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Photographing framed artworks, or artworks with a gloss surface (such as acrylic or oil paints) well is something of an art form in itself. If you, or a business you know needs to have items photographed for a website, listings on a third-party online marketplace such as ethical.market, or for marketing materials - please don't hesitate to get in touch for a consultation!

Email me now!

asparagusasparagusfresh British asparagus; styled and shot by London food and product photographer Marion Wotton

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how is it March already?! http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2016/3/how-is-it-march-already I just realised that it's over two months since my last blog post. Two months!! How is the year slipping by so quickly?! And it's not that I've not had anything to blog about, but somehow I have neglected to make time to write & post about all the things that I have been doing. 

Butterflies at RHS Wisley
Tailed Jay butterflyTailed Jay butterflyamazing, luminous Tailed Jay butterfly, captured at the RHS Wisley Butterflies in the Glasshouse by Surbiton nature and product photographer Marion Wotton Glasswing butterflyGlasswing butterflyincredible and delicate Glasswing butterfly, shot at the RHS Wisley Butterflies in the Glasshouse by Surbiton nature and product photographer Marion Wotton.

 

Something that I absolutely loved doing back in late January/ early February was visiting RHS Wisley to attend their annual Butterflies in the Glasshouse exhibit. I made sure to go by myself (Me, My camera and I - style) as well as with the family. It was brilliant, but trying to get great photos as well as keep eyes on two mini-people would have been beyond me! I have some more butterfly images in my nature - flora and fauna gallery.

I've not had a chance to get down to RHS Wisley in the last couple of weeks, and I'm really looking forward to our scheduled school-holiday trip down there next week. Seeing the changes that the seasons bring is one of the joys of living in the UK for me. Growing up in Sydney, one thing that you don't get to experience is the absolute and clear delineation between the seasons. It's more of a blur, with perhaps six to eight weeks of wind, rain and colder air temperatures that pass for 'winter'. Hardly enough to warrant a proper winter coat at all!

Spring in the UK to me is daffodils, crocus and bluebells popping up through the lawn, being unsure if you actually need the heating on in the house (generally, yes) and the count-down to daylight savings so that at least it feels like the kids are sleeping in!

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challenge on nature photography - day 6 http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2016/1/challenge-on-nature-photography---day-6 Day 6 of my #challengeonnaturephotography posts, and this choice is inspired by the timeless Disney movie Fantasia. I remember being entranced by the movie when I first saw it as a child aged about 6 - it was the first time that I was able to truly understand the stories that could be told through music. It was a revelation! Even now the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, The Waltz of the Flowers and The Chinese Dance conjure up the beautiful animations, twirling flowers and plump dancing mushrooms for me. 

dance of the flower fairiesdance of the flower fairiespink fuchsias in full bloom and poised as if ready to step off and twirl en masse to Tchaikovsky's 'Dance of the Flower Fairies'. By Surbiton nature and product photographer Marion Wotton. Captured in the greenhouse at RHS Wisley These gorgeous fuchsia blossoms look like they are about to step off the bush and go twirling en masse through the plants. 

 

fuchsia flower poised to twirl en pointedelicate balleriaa beautiful, pink fuchsia flower in full bloom and poised as if ready to step off and twirl to Tchaikovsky's 'Dance of the Flower Fairies'. By Surbiton nature and product photographer Marion Wotton. Captured in the greenhouse at RHS Wisley A prima ballerina, en pointe.

For those who'd like a nostalgia trip, here's the sequence from Fantasia featuring music from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. I never grow tired of this gorgeous creation. 

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marionwottonphotography@gmail.com (Marion Wotton Photography) Chinese dance Disney Fantasia Fantasia Kew Gardens Kingston Marion Wotton Photography Nutcracker ballet Russian dance Surbiton Tchaikovsky ballet music Tchaikovsky nutcracker autumn ballet music challenge on nature photography dance of the sugar plum fairy fine art photography flower fairies flower photo fuchsia macro macro photography photographer Hampton photographer Kingston photographer Surbiton photography Kingston photography Surbiton pink fuchsia product photography walta of the flowers http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2016/1/challenge-on-nature-photography---day-6 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:09:36 GMT
challenge on nature photography - day 5 http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2016/1/challenge-on-nature-photography---day-5 For my Day 5 image of my #challengeonnaturephotography, I am revisiting the greenhouse at RHS Wisley that is just outside London's M25 ring road, in Surrey. This is an overhead shot of a fabulous and rather small succulent that just cried out to me to be photographed.

fractals in naturefractals in naturechaos theory as seen in a succulent. By Surbiton nature and product photographer Marion Wotton

I call this 'fractals in nature'. I love finding patterns in plants and the natural world more widely. I find it just fascinating how beautifully harmonious, structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing patterns can both be innately 'understood' by plants and creatures and described by complex mathematical formulae.

 

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marionwottonphotography@gmail.com (Marion Wotton Photography) Botanic gardens Kew Gardens Kingston Kingston photographer London gardens Long Ditton photographer Marion Wotton Photography RHS Wisley RHS greenhouse Royal Horticultural Society Surbiton Surbiton photographer Thames Ditton photographer Wisley gardens Wisley greenhouse cactus challenge on nature photography chaos theory fabulous photo fine art photography fractals greenhouse live maths macro macro photography maths in nature nature photo patterns in nature patterns in plants photography Kingston photography Long Ditton photography Surbiton photography Thames Ditton product photography science in nature succulent http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2016/1/challenge-on-nature-photography---day-5 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 22:04:21 GMT
challenge on nature photography - day 4 http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2016/1/challenge-on-nature-photography---day-4 Walking around my house this morning I was wondering which photo I show choose for my day 4 of the #challengeonnaturephotography ... and I simply had to choose this one. 

sunburst over Vailsunburst over Vailclear blue skies, loads of dry, fresh powder snow ... simply glorious!

We have a print of this image up in our house, and although I took it a few years ago, it remains a firm favourite. This photo was taken on a 'meet you halfway around the world' sort-of family holiday in Vail, Colorado. It was our first time to the Colorado Rockies and we were blessed with a week of family fun and amazing skiing. The sort of trip you don't get home and have to recover from! (and we've had plenty of those over the years ... the perils of being expats). 

For me, this image sums up the skiing part of this trip - enormous, impossibly blue skies above and near-empty slopes of fresh, dry powder snow below. 

My challenge on nature photography is with friend and fellow photographer, Graham Hazelgreaves.

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challenge on nature photography - day 3 http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2016/1/challenge-on-nature-photography---day-3 For my Day 3 of my #challengeonnaturephotography series, I have chosen this image of a spiderweb draped in waterdroplets. 

Autumn reflectionsAutumn reflectionsAn autumn scene in miniature, captured in waterdrops on a spiderweb. By Surbiton nature and product photographer Marion Wotton

If you look closely the scene behind the spiderweb is visible in the central droplets - an alternative, miniaturised version of reality.

This was a difficult image to capture. I was using my Nikkor 105mm macro lens handheld, there was a thick (and very cold) autumn mist this morning (hence the waterdroplets) and a brisk but variable breeze. I found I had to experiment quite a lot with my shutter speed and take far more exposures than normal in order to achieve this image. This has been processed in Lightroom CC only.

My challenge on nature photography is with friend and fellow photographer Graham Hazelgreaves, who's based up in Boat of Garten, Scotland.

 

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challenge on nature photography - day 2 http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2016/1/challenge-on-nature-photography---day-2 And so to day 2 of my #challengeonnaturephotography posts. Today I would like to share this black and white image 'Inside a Waterfall'.

inside a waterfallinside a waterfalla waterfall frozen in time, revealing the sinuous shapes, bubbles and glass-like forms that exist for fractions of seconds before making way for new ones.

I love the 'frozen', almost glass-like appearance of the falling water in the image. I took a lot of photos of the 'inside' of this waterfall at RHS Wisley, and I found it just fascinating how what looks to the naked eye to be a wall of water can be revealed by the camera to be an ever moving and evolving rhythm of shapes, lines, bubbles and water. This is my favourite image from the session. 

My challenge on nature photography is with friend and fellow photographer Graham Hazelgreaves.

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marionwottonphotography@gmail.com (Marion Wotton Photography) Marion Wotton Photography RHS Wisley Royal Horticultural Society Surbiton Wisley gardens art autumn black and white challenge on nature photography dewdrops fine frozen water glasslike macro macro photography photo photographer Hampton photographer Kingston photographer Surbiton photography photography Hampton photography Kingston photography Surbiton product photography rain raindrops still life waterfall http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2016/1/challenge-on-nature-photography---day-2 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:47:13 GMT
Challenge on Nature photography - Day 1 http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2016/1/challenge-on-nature-photography---day-1 There's a fun online photo project going on in the photography world that I was invited/ challenged to participate in by a good friend and fellow 'tog, Graham Hazelgreaves. It's a bit of a Facebook thing and I must admit that I started yesterday by posting my chosen image on my Facebook photography page ... but really I should be sharing this fun with more than just FB! I will be choosing some of my favourite images from 2015 (and possibly one or two you've not seen before ...)

So here's my Day 1 of #challengeonnaturephotography:

Rose caught in the autumn mistRose caught in the autumn mistA late blooming rose in the rose garden of Hampton Court Palace on a misty autumn morning. By Surbiton nature and product photographer Marion Wotton

I'm looking forward to sharing my next six chosen images with you all! 

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marionwottonphotography@gmail.com (Marion Wotton Photography) Hampton Hampton Court Hampton Court rose garden Hampton rose Kew Gardens Marion Wotton Photography Surbiton autumn autumn mist autumn rose challenge on nature photography dewdrops fine art photography flower photo macro macro photography photographer Hampton photographer Kingston photographer Surbiton photography Hampton photography Kingston photography Surbiton pink pink flower pink rose raindrops still life http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2016/1/challenge-on-nature-photography---day-1 Mon, 11 Jan 2016 22:28:22 GMT
why I love photography http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/12/why-i-love-photography I recently had a discussion with a woman in from a 'mums in business' networking group that I'm a member of, and it sparked something for me. Through this, and following on from our chat, I started investigating the roots of my desire to pursue photography as more than 'just an expensive hobby'.

asparagusasparagusfresh British asparagus; styled and shot by London food and product photographer Marion Wotton

Turns out that my desire to build a business is both simple and quite complex, is rooted very much in who I am and where I want to be. I have always been fascinated by photographs, and the time and effort I have invested in building and developing my skills has only caused me to be more intrigued by light: how to capture it, how to manipulate it, how capturing light equals capturing a moment in time.

This has been - and I'm sure will continue to be - an important component in my vision for my business and a compass-bearing for my photography. I'd like to share a little of my 'why'. Why do I love photography? What is it about photography that intrigues me so much?

The challenge of capturing an image that I have visualised

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The malleability of light through angles, experimentation and through the camera

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The challenge of using the knowledge that I have to achieve my visualised goals

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The ability that I have to capture a moment in time through my camera - especially when it comes to capturing images of my children.

St Michael's, Barton, Cumbriagirl at St Michaels, Bartongirl at St Michael's Church, Barton (near Pooley Bridge)

As I get older, it is more and more apparent to me just how relative time is - it is as much as experience as a dimension that can be studied through physics. I distinctly remember that as a child the 6 weeks between my birthday and Christmas felt interminable. The long, hot days of early summer would stretch forever until the Southerly Buster arrived at 3pm like clockwork to relieve the muggy heat of the day. Yet now it feels like I blink and five minutes ago it was January, yet in another five minutes it will be Christmas again. 

 

I once thought that this perception might be the result of modern technology speeding up the pace of life - you send an email and expect a response within the hour instead of posting a letter and being happy with a response within a month. Make a phone call to someone’s mobile and they’re there to speak to you instead of ringing a home phone and hoping someone would be home to answer. But a conversation with my 95 year old grandmother clarified this for me. She told me “whatever speed life feels it’s at for you at the moment, enjoy it … I can tell you that it only ever feels like time is passing by faster”. Time is a precious commodity - especially the time that we have with our loved ones. My camera enables me to freeze moments in time to help crystallise memories and capture the essence of an experience. My camera is my time machine and it’s helping to build a time capsule of memories. 

 

The other important thing to remember is that with the pace of technological change, a printed memory is potentially a lot more ‘secure’ than a digital one. If any one of us looks through our family archives, it will contain physical prints of 100yr old photos, not daguerrotypes, glass plate negatives or celluloid film. Likewise in the future I don’t forsee our grandchildren opening an old shoebox full of USB drives or DVD-Roms. Chances are that the current technology needed to read the files on them will be in a museum by then.

If a moment is important enough to capture, I strongly believe it is important enough to print!

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5 portrait photography tips http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/11/5-portrait-photography-tips Five tips to improve your family photos and snaps. By photographer Marion Wotton.

As I have progressed on my photography journey, certain things have become apparent to me. One of which is that I have often found objects and landscapes more intuitive to photograph. It took me a while to realise why this is - they allow me more time to make an infinite number of adjustments until I achieve the results I am looking for.

asparagusasparagusfresh British asparagus; styled and shot by London food and product photographer Marion Wotton Rose caught in the autumn mistRose caught in the autumn mistA late blooming rose in the rose garden of Hampton Court Palace on a misty autumn morning. By Surbiton nature and product photographer Marion Wotton

 

People, on the other hand, are a totally different ballgame! The way that light hits skin, and the different hues that skin can have ... colour casts from clothing, surroundings, reflections ... It's something that requires a lot of study, practice and training to feel like you're starting to get it right.

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Talking about this with a friend recently has spurred me to put together a short list of tips for portrait photography - things to do/ try/ be mindful of regardless of the camera (or smartphone) that you're using and your level of experience.

 

If your subject is a bit camera-shy, photograph them in their 'natural environment' 

So if your kids are happiest playing with their toys, building Lego, weaving loom bands, reading, climbing trees .. let them do something they enjoy and snap away. You'll capture a far more natural moment.

boy and his trainboy and his trainyou can take a little boy anywhere, and he may as well be at home with his train set

 

Consider the light 

Bright, midday sunshine is very harsh and the light from indoor lights can be very unflattering too. Try positioning your subject close to a window and if there's bright sunshine streaming in cover the window with a white bedsheet. This will 'diffuse' the light, making it much softer and more flattering

school portrait - girlschool portrait - girl This was taken on a very sunny day - a diffuser was held above the subject and a white board was in front of her to reflect light back towards her face

 

Juxtapose clothing with surroundings 

If you think of kids wearing brightly coloured clothing in a ball pit ... It would be very easy to 'lose' their bodies and for them to appear as disembodied heads! Much better to have bright, plain colours against a muted background, or pale, unpatterned clothes in a brightly coloured location.

 

Try to avoid a 'forced' photo 

By this I mean the forced, cheesy expression that can result from the off-camera wave, smile and calling out "Hey Bobby, smile for the camera!!". Either try to pose your subjects properly for the camera or let them 'ignore' the camera for a more relaxed, natural picture

 

Think about the angle you're shooting at

If you photograph 'down' on someone you are 'belittling' them, whereas if you photograph 'up' on someone you are 'empowering' them. This is why photographs at the same level (or lower) for children tend to work far better than those taken from an adult's standing height. 

St Michael's, Barton, Cumbriagirl at St Michaels, Bartongirl at St Michael's Church, Barton (near Pooley Bridge) For this, I was kneeling on the ground, the subject was slightly uphill from me and the church in the background higher still, adding a sense of depth and perspective.

 

I hope you find these hints helpful - I'd love to hear your thoughts and if you'd like me to write some more posts like this.

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London in an autumn mist http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/11/london-in-an-autumn-mist A little earlier this week England, and especially the south, was blanketed in a thick fog that lasted a couple of days. While commuters and the aviation industry weren't particularly pleased, as a photographer I couldn't have been happier. I was the proverbial pig-in-mud! On Sunday evening I ducked out for an hour once the kids were in bed (and before Downton Abbey screened) to get some atmospheric shots of our local train station and surrounds.

 

Surbiton station in autumn mistSurbiton station in autumn mistA long exposure of the art deco Surbiton station on an autumn evening when a thick mist enveloped London. Taken by Marion Wotton, photographer.

We are fortunate to live close to Surbiton station - a beautiful, understated and elegant art deco building that frequents 'London's hidden treasures' sort of lists. It's found fame as more than 'just' a train station too, having featured in a Harry Potter movie (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) and a Poirot episode (The Adventure of Clapham Crook) in days past. There is a certain satisfaction in managing to capture a different image of a well-known location.

Likewise, on Monday morning I looked to make the most of the weather and spent some time in Hampton, capturing images of Hampton Bridge, Hampton Court Palace and in the area.

Hampton Bridge in a thick autumn mistHampton bridge in the mistHampton Bridge looming out of a thick autumn mist over a millpond Thames river. Photo by Marion Wotton. A different perspective of Hampton Bridge - looming out of the mist over a millpond River Thames.

Following is a similarly different view of the palace itself - emerging from the mist on a sleepy start to the week and framed by the gorgeous golden hues of the autumn leaves.

Hampton Court Palace in a thick autumn mistHistory emerging from the mistHampton Court Palace emerging from a thick autumn mist in London. Photo by Marion Wotton.

Autumn is such a glorious season!!

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commercial jewellery shoot http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/10/all-that-glitters-is-silver by product photographer Marion Wotton

Fingerprint jewellery.

Such a wonderful idea for a memento of little people being carefree, gorgeous, cheeky munchkins. And future heirlooms, when the little people are no longer quite so little and they can marvel "my fingerprint was that small?" in an incredulous way.

I was recently asked to photograph a new range of fingerprint jewellery for the Glasgow-based Truly Silver. It was brilliant fun and I loved capturing the details of these beautiful, one-off pieces.  

silver fingerprint jewellery by Truly Silverfingerprint necklace charmsBespoke, one-off fingerprint charm necklaces. Styled and shot by Surbiton-based product photographer Marion Wotton. As well as necklaces, there is the option of a small charm on a bangle - which was surprisingly challenging to photograph in it's entirety in a way that I was happy with. There was a lot of adjusting the fabric underneath to get the colours and angle of the bangle just right (the fabric is actually a gorgeous silk scarf by London designer Alysia Thomas

fingerprint jewellery by Truly Silverfingerprint jewellery by Truly Silversilver charm with bangle - fingerprint jewellery The cufflinks were a different challenge again - I roamed the house studio gathering items and created an appropriately masculine set to display them in detail.

handmade, handstamped silver cuffliinks with fingerprintbespoke silver cufflinksBespoke, hand crafted silver cufflinks featuring children's fingerprints. Styled and shot by product photographer Marion Wotton. Cufflinks created by Truly Silver. Finally, the necklaces again. I had so much fun with these, and here are a few of my favourite shots.

double fingerprint heart pendant in silverdouble fingerprint heart pendant in silverSilver heart pendant with two fingerprints. Styled and shot by Surbiton-based product photographer Marion Wotton. Double fingerprint necklace pendant by Truly Silver.

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silver fingerprint necklacesilver fingerprint necklaceSingle fingerprint pendant in silver with heart-shaped link. Styled and shot by product photographer Marion Wotton. Necklace by Truly Silver.

Styling by Marion Wotton. All props supplied by stylist.

Photography by Surbiton - based Marion Wotton Photography.

Please get in touch to discuss photography of your products - be it jewellery, food, or something completely different!

 

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autumn glory http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/10/autumn-glory by food and product photographer Marion Wotton

Autumn has well and truly set in now in London. There's nothing quite like clear blue skies, bright sunshine and a fabulous crispness to the air. The colours that come with Autumn aren't too shabby, either.

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Fine art photograph displaying the glorious colours of autumn via a free-form wreath of autumn leaves
I gathered these leaves from a very early-to-turn tree close to my son's nursery. I must have looked like some sort of crazy woman when I stopped the car and jumped out in a hurry, only to be rummaging on the ground to try and gather some perfect Autumn leaves!! 

The variation in colours just amazes me. I tried a number of different arrangements to try and demonstrate the beauty of them, and this wreath arrangement shows them off just perfectly to me.

To segue on the colour theme, I was pleased when I read that Waitrose (a UK grocery chain) is stocking ever more heritage varieties of English apples and pears (amongst other fruits) - a little more of the 'buy and eat local' has always got to be a good thing. However when I saw these apples and pears in store, the excitement kicked in. They were all so beautiful to looks at and their colours are just so fabulously autumnal. I couldn't help but hide them from the kids when I first got them home and use them as still life subjects.

drunk autumn peardrunk autumn pearFine art photograph of pears, featuring British heritage varieties I call this one 'the drunk pear'.

autumn queueautumn queueFine art photograph featuring British heritage varieties of apples and pears I just love the luminance of the fruit in this one.

As well as the leaves I gathered for the top photograph (which make an appearance here as well), I also managed to forage some grapes for the next still life. And yes, there are wine grapes that grow wild near my south-west London home! (don't ask!!) 

autumn tableautumn tableFine art photograph of autumn, featuring heritage varieties of British apples and pears, together with foraged grapes I am so glad to have been able to capture these portraits of Autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

My ode to Autumn. 

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marionwottonphotography@gmail.com (Marion Wotton Photography) John Keats John Lewis John Lewis partnership Keats Kingston Marion Wotton Photography Surbiton Waitrose apples apples and pears autumn autumn color autumn colour autumn leaves autumn photo autumn portrait autumn still life fine art photography food photographer food photography foraging grapes heritage fruit leaves macro macro photography ode to autumn pears photographer Esher photographer Hampton photographer Kingston photographer Surbiton product photographer product photographer London product photographer Surrey product photographer south west London product photography season of mists and mellow fruitfulness still life http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/10/autumn-glory Thu, 15 Oct 2015 20:40:06 GMT
Christmas is coming (apparently) http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/christmas-is-coming-apparently by food and product photographer Marion Wotton

There was more than just some fabulous vintage cars on display at the Surbiton Festival last weekend. There was some pretty amazing local produce available too. Some of the food producers I was familiar with already from our monthly Farmers Market, others were new to me.

One of the familiar faces was my friend Catherine with her amazing decorated cookies. I mentioned to Little Miss 5 that Catherine would have a stall in amongst all the others on our way to the festival and she insisted we head straight there. Once we had stopped off by the balloon seller to buy her the most ridiculously oversized prancing horse balloon you've ever seen. Honestly, it's almost as big as she is! And, of course as we bought her one, we also had to get Little Master 2 one as well ... although we opted for Thomas the Tank Engine for him. Yay.

balloonsballoonshelium character balloons at the Surbiton Festival 2015 So, all balloon'ed up we found the Piped With Love stall and found out that, apparently, Christmas is happening soon! Ok, so I've already started making a few plans myself, but Catherine has been far more organised and has been dreaming up Christmassy goodness in the form of a biscuit Advent calendar (!) Although how she expects people to manage to only have one biscuit a day escapes me.

biscuits - Surbiton Festival 2015biscuits - Surbiton Festival 2015decorated biscuits by Piped With Love I also suspect that there's been some experimenting with coloured icing and a spray gun ...

heart biscuitsheart biscuitsdecorated biscuits by Piped With Love

For more of my images of the Surbiton Festival, please visit the gallery.

If you would like me to photograph your private or community event, please do get in touch for availability and prices.

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marionwottonphotography@gmail.com (Marion Wotton Photography) Cars Christmas Christmas is coming Kingston Kingston upon thames Lightning McQueen Marion Wotton Photography Peppa Pig Piped With Love Surbiton Surbiton festival captured moments cookies decorated biscuits event photography handmade helium balloons street photography http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/christmas-is-coming-apparently Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:15:00 GMT
Surbiton Festival 2015 - vintage cars http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/surbiton-festival-2015-vintage-cars My largest local annual community event - the Surbiton festival - was held this past weekend, and I grabbed the opportunity to indulge in a little street photography.

Admittedly, this was a little bit difficult to do, considering I had a balloon-obsessed little lady with me who first nagged me into buying an enormous, helium-filled prancing horse (together with a large Thomas the Tank Engine one for the absent, sleeping younger brother); and then wanted me to hold them for her (so two strategic errors - inviting the little lady along in the first place and then managing to 'enter' the festival where the balloon seller was!).

Note to self - do not take children along on street photography meanders!!

Regardless of this slight oversight, I did manage to get a variety of photos that I'm quite happy with, starting with these black and white images of a small number of vintage cars that were on display.

For these, and more images of the festival, please view the online gallery.

If you would like me to capture images of your upcoming event, do get in touch!

vintage cars on displayvintage cars on display'classic car concourse' at Surbiton Festival 2015

vintage cars on displayvintage cars on display'classic car concourse' at Claremont Gardens, for the Surbiton Festival 2015

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marionwottonphotography@gmail.com (Marion Wotton Photography) Kingston Kingston upon Thames Marion Wotton Photography Surbiton Surbiton Business Community Surbiton festival black and white community events concourse event photography old cars photos of old cars pictures of vintage cars street photography vintage vintage cars http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/surbiton-festival-2015-vintage-cars Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:45:00 GMT
fine art prints http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/fine-art-prints Now that a lovely, very long(!) summer holidays have come to a close (and munchkins are happily ensconced at their various schools, pre-schools, etc), I have the luxury of time to kick my business and blog into a higher gear. Yippee!! Given that I was initially planning on starting my business now, instead of back in March I suppose you could say I've given myself a head start?!

During the summer I had a few of my still life studies 'made real' as fine art prints, and I could be more thrilled with the results. All are now gracing their new homes - on walls where they can be admired, instead of just decorating the interweb. Afterall, that is what photography and art are for - decorating spaces and enhancing their surroundings. 

This fine art print medium works superbly for almost any subject matter. Here are two examples - raindrops on a rose, and a sepia-toned black and white image of an interior of the Palm House at Kew Gardens.

fine art prints - rose (colour) and Kew Gardens Palm House fine art prints 15" x 9"fine art prints

The crispness and detail in the prints is simply stunning:

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To say that I'm pleased with these results is a significant understatement! I have also had one of my 'asparagus' still life images created as a fine art print - I must create sample images of this for you too!

 

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marionwottonphotography@gmail.com (Marion Wotton Photography) Kew Gardens Kew Gardens Palm House Marion Wotton Photography Palm House black and white fine art photography fine art print flower photo macro macro photography still life http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/fine-art-prints Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:20:11 GMT
Visitors in my Lovely Lavender http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/8/visitors-lovely-lavender My Lovely Lavender bush has been something of my very-own-outdoor-studio these last few weeks. I've been so thrilled to be able to watch (and photograph) so many visiting insects and arachnids while they enjoy the bounty available.

Here are a select few of my favourite images from the summer so far. These and more are available for purchase in my Nature - flora and fauna gallery.

By Surbiton nature and product photographer Marion Wotton

 

 

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marionwottonphotography@gmail.com (Marion Wotton Photography) English lavender Marion Wotton Photography arachnid bee bee lavender bees bokeh bumble bee buttercup cricket flower photo gorgeous bokeh honey bee insect lavender lavender photo macro macro photo macro photography nature macro spider spider lavender http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/8/visitors-lovely-lavender Sun, 16 Aug 2015 21:15:00 GMT
Lavender is English summertime http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/8/lavender-is-an-english-summertime For me, as a long-term expat Australian, one of the best things about living in England is the very fact that we get to experience real seasons.

I grew up in Sydney and - not that I don't miss the epic spring thunderstorms and the sweet relief of the summer afternoon Southerly Buster sweeping up the harbour - I do really like having the need for properly distinct wardrobes.

And there's something so intensely Christmassy about it being cold and dark in December, with fairylights decorating the houses and high streets (sidenote - my first cold Christmas I wandered around in a daze for about three weeks as it felt like I was in a cliche'd Christmas card scene!)

 

Conversely, summertime now is spent seeking sunshine, rather than avoiding it. The humidity rarely causes serious discomfort. Thunderstorms are a welcome and rare treat. To go to the beach requires over an hour in the car both ways (or a flight to the Med) instead of a 5 minute drive and 30 minute search for a parking space.

I've been surprised to find that since moving to our house, I've quickly come to associate English summertime with the flowering of the rather large and sprawling English lavender bush that we inherited with our front garden. Last year (our first in the house) the lavender flowered quite late, but with regular deadheading it didn't stop until almost October.

english lavenderenglish lavenderBy Surbiton nature and product photographer Marion Wotton

This year it's been even more prolific, flowering a bit earlier and absolutely covered in blooms. I love that it's flourishing with a little TLC ... and that it's providing such a boon for the pollinators. Fat bumblebees, small honeybees and random butterflies are constantly throughout the blooms as long as it's daylight and not raining.

Fortunately for me, I love lavender. Photographing it, harvesting it, having it's scent throughout my garden and home. Strange, really, as before I'd always associated lavender with Provence, not suburban London!

 

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marionwottonphotography@gmail.com (Marion Wotton Photography) Australia England English English lavender English summer" summertime summer "English summertime" seasons "Provence France" London "London summer" "London summertime" Marion Wotton Photography Provence Southerly Buster Sydney flower photo flower picture golden hour lavender lavender photo lavender picture purple purple flower sydney thunderstorms http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/8/lavender-is-an-english-summertime Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:30:00 GMT
box frame prints http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/8/box-frame-prints A few of my photos have been done recently as box frame prints, and I have been very impressed with the high quality of the print itself, and of the effect that the box frame gives. And added bonus is that because of the wide frame, the print can be positioned on a shelf or mantlepiece just as easily as hung on a wall, often with dramatic effect.

The first image I'd like to share is a box frame print of my black-and-white photo of the inside of the roof space of Kew Gardens' Palm House. Here is the original image:

roof interior, palm house at Kew Gardensroof interior, palm house at Kew Gardens ... and here it is as a 15x10" black box frame print, ready to go to it's new home:

The detail achieved in the print is fabulous, and all up it makes a great statement.

A second example is a recent school portrait - this has been produced as a 10x8" black box frame print:

As you can see, this frame type suits various subjects, and the frames themselves are available in a selection of colours to complement both the image and the position that the print will be displayed. If you would like to order any of my photos as box frames, they are listed within 'Showcase' products on my price list.

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marionwottonphotography@gmail.com (Marion Wotton Photography) Kew Gardens Marion Wotton Photography black and white box frame box frame print famous greenhouse fine art print girl portrait greenhouse online photo purchase online print purchase palm house photo prints school photo school portrait specialty prints statement photo statement print http://marionwottonphotography.com/blog/2015/8/box-frame-prints Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:15:30 GMT