JENNIFER GILLAM PHOTOGRAPHY

JENNIFER GILLAM PHOTOGRAPHY…

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

 

I created Jennifer Gillam Photography in 2010 when I studied for a year to be a wedding photographer.  I am now a full time professional photographer specialising in equine and baby photography.  My time photographing weddings definitely was the best introduction to professional photography I could have wished for as weddings definitely throw everything at you.  You need to be completely calm, capable, organised and ready for just about anything. I loved each and every wedding I photographed but I soon realised that I drawn to more individual and personal photography.

Equine and baby photography may seem like an odd combination but it works for me! I live on the border of Berkshire and Hampshire and have a beautiful, pupose built baby photography studio in the grounds of my house in a beautiful placed called Newtown Common (RG20 9DE).  I also travel throughut the UK for Equine photography commisions.

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WHY EQUINE?

I grew up with horses and, although I don’t own a horse at the moment, I still love being around them and learning to master equine photography has brought them back in to my life – this is something I am so very grateful for!  It really is the most amazing job and I love each and every commission I undertake. It never, ever feels like work to me and I am so lucky that half of Jennifer Gillam Photography is now all about horses!

Be very careful when you choose your equine photographer – it’s a really important decision. An equine photography shoot is an investment and the images I create will hang on my client’s walls for many years to come – they will hopefully hang on their children’s wall as well, long after they’re gone! For that very reason you need to make sure of a few things – most importantly your photographer needs to understand horses. Being a great photographer isn’t enough but loving horses isn’t enough either – to be a successful equine photographer I think you need to be able to combine a sound knowledge of horses with strong and confident photography skills.

 

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A JENNIFER GILLAM EQUINE PHOTOSHOOT

 

I instinctively understand horses and I always bring a calm and confident approach to my shoots. I know how to get the best out of the very chilled and easy going horse but I also know how to settle the horse who’s on its toes and is occasionally frightened by everything!  Quite often this can be the same horse on the same shoot! Growing up as a pony-mad girl, and owing horses right through to my early adult life, has given the confidence to work with horses now and, if I’m honest, I don’t think people become ‘great’ equine photographers if horses have not been a big part of their life at some point. In addition to my confidence with horses I think my years as a wedding photographer has given me an incredibly valuable set of skills, which lend themselves to equine photography perfectly. Not only I am able to deal with ever changing weather and light I also have a keen eye for the little, as well as the big, details and I know how to help clients stand and position themselves so that we get the best possible outcome from each and every shot.

Finally – the one thing you can’t really learn (you either are or you aren’t!) I’m really easy going and relaxed. I know that few people like having their picture taken but I always seem to manage to put even the most anxious of people at ease and, without exception, everyone comments on how enjoyable the shoot turns out to be – I want everyone to come away saying that a Jennifer Gillam PhotographyeEquine photoshoot was one of the best days that they have had with their horse!.

TESTIMONIALS

What My Clients Say

“Jennifer came to photograph me (and my 3 horses) on what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year! She clearly understands horses (and people) and managed to capture a collection of beautiful images I will treasure forever. I can’t thank you enough!”

“Having felt incredibly nervous before the shoot I still cant believe how quickly Jennifer put me (and Paddy) at ease, so much so that the shoot was a really enjoyable experience! I now have amazing memories captured of a horse I will never, ever forget. Thank you so much”

“Jennifer quickly and effortlessly put my daughter and her pony at their ease and captured some special glimpses of the combined personality of horse and rider in a collection of wonderful photos.  Thank you so much Jennifer – we love them all and now have a stunning image on our wall that we can enjoy every single day.”

“Jennifer captured the special relationship we share and the finished results were so totally natural. I would highly recommend the whole experience – the end result are amazing pictures I will treasure for ever. Thank you so much.”

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– WHY BABIES?

When Jennifer Gillam Photography was all about weddings I also began photographing commercial headshots and, to do this, I needed to kit myself out with professional studio equipment. When someone asked me to photograph their baby I decided to give it a go.  I had everything I needed (or so I thought) and I’d had two babies myself – what could possibly go wrong? Even though the parents were delighted with the images I took I realised that I had a lot to learn! I had researched newborn and baby photography and knew what I wanted to achieve but it was so much harder than I would ever have imagined! That was many years ago and I set out then to learn all I need to know about newborn and baby photography.

I became a really establised newborn photographer and so rarely had babies in my studio who were more than a few weeks old.  When Lockdown eased I knew that I needed to do things differently for two very different reasons.  I needed to be able to photograph older babies (I had a big backlog of lockdown babies to photograph) but I also needed to be able to photograph babies in a much more hands-off and ‘socailly distanced’ way.  I had always been drawn to the simpler, pure white baby photography but it was a big step away from what I had been doing.

 

A BRAND NEW WAY OF WORKING FOR JENNIFER GILLAM PHOTOGRAPHY

 

I took the plunge and built a new all white area in my studio and it is absolutely the best thing I have ever done.  The focus of my photography is now all about the baby (and the family) and not about the props, the headbands, the colours and the artifical poses.  It’s simple, timeless yet totally contemporary.  I also love the fact that parents (and older siblings) are much more involved in the shoot and I love that the photoshoot itself is more relaxed and enjoybale for all.

When you book a Jennifer Gillam Photography baby photoshoot you will visit my very beautiful, purpose studio and gallery.  I wanted it to be a very relaxed and ‘homely’ space and I wanted parents to feel that it was a home from home rather than a photography studio – I’d like to think that’s exactly what I have achieved.  I’m based on the border of Berkshire and Hampshire (just south of Newbury) – RG20 9DE.

TESTIMONIALS

What My Clients Say

“What a wonderful experience! We were so well looked after throughout the shoot. Jennifer was excellent with our newborn – so experienced in handling and taking care of him. It even gave us a break! She made us feel very much at home and it was a wonderful trip out – no stress at all. We are absolutely in love with the photos and feel that she captured his little personality in these early days. What a wonderful memory these will be! Can’t thank you enough!”

“We had our photo shoot when our little girl was 10 days old and the whole experience from meeting Jennifer to the viewing session was so enjoyable. The photographs of our daughter were stunning and we bought all the images produced during the session. The journey from saying hello and goodbye was very pleasant. Jennifer is a brilliant host and a truly talented photographer. I will be booking a session again if we go for another baba no doubt!:) Thank you dear Jennifer for capturing these beautiful pictures for us to cherish for the years ahead!”

“Jennifer made us feel perfectly at ease from the moment we met her, which was precisely what was needed with a slightly fractious baby to contend with. She was full of grace and charm throughout and had an incredible way with our little girl that made her so comfortable that the photo shoot was a grand success. The images are all stunning – so much so that it’s hard to choose a favourite for thank you cards. It was truly a wonderful experience in every way and we would highly recommend her to anyone.”

“We had a newborn session with Jennifer when our little girl was 12 days old. The whole experience, from the photoshoot to the viewing session, was exceptional. We are delighted with the photos and couldn’t recommend Jennifer enough.
Thanks a lot!”

“Jennifer is amazing. From the moment we arrived with Alexander – who was less than 1 week old then – we felt welcomed and really well taken care of. Jennifer’s dedication to get every detail just right – the studio, the atmosphere, the props and even the temperature – made the photo shoot an enjoyable experience for us as parents and “just another day” for our baby. And, most importantly, the photos were stunning – natural, creative, cute and adorable. We can’t recommend Jennifer enough – she is the best!”

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“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment
until it becomes a memory”

 
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Oakridge Studio, Oakridge, Newtown Common, Berkshire RG20 9DE
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