Free 52 Project: October | Freelensing and Creative Photography |  Diana Hagues, Cambridgeshire Family Photographer 

I have to admit that lately I hardly picked up my camera for my personal work. With client photography sessions and also working on behind-the-scenes stuff on my website (more to come soon!), I haven’t felt the urge to take my camera out for anything else. 

Don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining. I find in life that it is all about making a balance. When one side of life is rushing full-speed ahead to get jobs done or manage urgent deadlines, the other side calls for slowing down and making quiet reflection. 

So that is what I have done. I took a step back from making my own photographs to quietly observe and reflect on the surrounding scenes around me. 

As one of the great masters of photography, Elliott Erwitt, said:    

“Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

What wisdom lies in those words. It makes that connection between curiosity and wonder and letting yourself experience fully what you are seeing.

Some freelensed images of autumnal goodness taken last month. When you have finished looking through my images, go to the talented Gwendolyn Athman’s blog to see her beautiful freelensing images. Follow our blog circle around until you come back to here.

children walking in the woods and sunlight through leaves
Two brothers making a little boat with wood and feather
Little boat made of feather and bark
Boy floating his little boat on the river
swans on the river
Autumn grass leaves yellow colour
Autumn light through the plant seed
Self-portait by the red autumn leaves
Children in the pumpkin field
Orange pumpkin
pumpkins lined up by the pumpkin field
Boy wheeling his pumpkins from the pumpkin field
People picking their pumpkins in the pumpkin field

Huntingdon Family Autumn Photography Session | Cambridge Children and Family Photographer

I got to know Julia through our older children being in the same school together. I often would bump into her as she walked her dog, Marmite, back home after school. Somehow we even both ended up joining the parents-teachers’ association together at the same time too! 

I was aware that Julia works as a music teacher and also an opera singer/performer, so I am convinced her creative background is the reason why she connected with my photographs and wanted to book a family storytelling session. In our conversation, she had told me she loves reportage or documentary photography, and had chosen this natural, relaxed style for her wedding photography. 

We chose the beautiful setting of Hinchingbrooke Country Park for some photographs of her two girls and Marmite. Marmite is nine-years-old and a Hungarian Vizsla. Although it’s hard to imagine their loyal companion will not be around with their family forever, Julia was keen to get some photographs of her children with Marmite so they could have some beautiful photographs to treasure now and for years to come. 

The girls started off during the photography session feeling a little bit shy, but as soon as they realised I wasn’t asking them to stand and pose, they soon lost their shyness and just went for it and had fun! They even took their mum’s scarf and ran off with it; playing hide and seek that produced fits of giggles between the two sisters. It was clear that the sisters had a loving relationship and adored Marmite. 

I was also shown how to make a whistle out of grass, which I’ve not tried yet but will do next time I am down by the lake. Before long the session was coming to an end just as the evening light was fading away.   

Dear Photographer Magazine: BLACK & WHITE ISSUE | Published work | Cambridgeshire Documentary Wedding and Family Photographer, Diana Hagues Photography

With the summer holiday now over and the kids seen off back to school, I have only just been able to sit down and have a proper look through my copy of the Dear Photographer Magazine that landed on my desk last week.

This stunning coffee table magazine features over 120 artists’ photographs inside eight collections. The collections included: The Interesting Composition, Portrait, Movement and The Moments In Time. There were also seven articles written by featured guests artists, who are all beautifully skilled in using the art of black and white photography.   

A portrait of me appeared alongside some amazing self-portrait artists under the P52radness collection. One of my most raw self-portraits and photography I have made so far. It was so lovely and an honour to see this in print after my image was also featured under the Powerful Monochrome P52radness collection in this blog HERE back in the Spring.

Once again, I would like to thank the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Janel Peyton, and the founder & CEO, Adri de la Cruz, for their dedication and hard work to create this magazine. Also for giving a platform to share and support artists in this art form of photography. 

Thank you.

Diana x

Dear Photographer Magazine Black + White issue
Artist Diana Hagues self-portrait in black + white

Let It Teach Us About Us - Some poignant words by artist, Ana Myer, on what a good black & white photo can teach us about us, as well as the moral of a story in a black and white photograph.

An article inside the Black and White Edition of Dear Photograph
Internationally published Diana Hagues Photography, Cambridge U.