Planning a Birthday party for your one year old

Planning a Birthday party for your one year old

Planning a Birthday party for your one year old

I am so lucky that my job as a London family photographer encompasses so many different things - from fun in the parks, through intimate family parties and big family and friends’ occasions. I was absolutely thrilled to meet Zayd and his family to celebrate his first birthday. It was a huge privilege to be part of his big day and capture precious moments.

Hena contacted me via my Instagram, which recently has been the most common way to book the sessions with me. She asked for the family photography on her son`s first birthday party. On that moment I had no idea that the party size will be something like small wedding. Lol. Having photography experience in big parties like wedding I was thrilled to be a part of that beautiful event.

It was such a joy to meet Zayd and his family, his parents, his grandparent, his aunties, his cousins and all his friends. I do hope that when he looks back on these pictures as an adult, he will enjoy seeing the fun everyone had on this special day.

It was amazing party organized in Venue 28 in Beckenham. The beautiful building is located in the heart of Beckenham near Beckenham Spa and has couple of rooms to choose with amazing catering possibilities.  Hena was a master of planning and she had put so much thoughts into the event – from decorations which she hand made to the entertainment by incredible Leonie`s Funtastic Faces with her artistic face paint. Her ideas gained not only children but as well adults. Trust me she hardly had time for a sip of water. Zayd`s mum easily could run successful event company. Everything in the room was perfectly planned and organized. They decided to have wild animals’ theme with mix of beautiful colours.

From the entrance first thing which gathered our eyes was cake table made by Madison Cakes. Everything was personalized and matched the decorations. I probably took thousands of pictures only of that amazing cake. On the top of that, it was delicious! Having over twenty children at the party, I was really surprised no one tried some of these sweets before dinner, lol. Talking about food I must mention, that catering for dinner was provided by Spice Village. Oh, so good and spicy! Next to the cake you could find printed board with Zayd`s details and achievements. Fantastic first birthday party idea. Massive well done Hena.

At the party there was as well little soft play area for the youngest guests. There were bags of treats for children as well as jars of goods  for adults. Brilliant idea for those who had some longer drive home.

This time on this blog post you could find few tips for the perfect first birthday party. What is actually important, is the people and atmosphere they create. Do not forget about that. Make sure you create warm, joyful and pleasant time for yourself, your baby and all the guests.

Meeting Zayd`s family gave me the feeling lke I have known them for many years. I got wonderful welcome and I hope to meet them again on some other family occasion.

Lots of o Love and Happy Birthday Zayd, thank you for letting me share this wonderful day with you.


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Lifestyle photographer in Portugal

Holidays with lifestyle photographer

Our second passion is traveling. I think it is even more settled in our hearts than photography, maybe because we always wait for that whole year. We do tend to have short breaks, however busy schedule allows one proper family holidays a year. This year long waited destination - Portugal! We are lucky to have Portuguese friend, who found time to travel with us. Because it was our first time, we wanted to see as much as possible, considering two little monkeys, who traveled with us. And we loved Algarve beaches, Porto and Amarante vineyards but there were few disappointing stops as well. Have a look below and go through our little journey.

As our little girls go to school already, we only can travel when school breaks. Anyone who have kids know, that usually this time the flights tickets prices are double than usual. So the best deal we found was Easyjet flight to Faro in Algarve. We decided to spend there four nights and enjoy some sun and lovely beach life. We absolutely loved the scenery, views and beautiful sand. Also we have to admit, that only the small villages further out from the coast stole our hearts. Especially one, famous from pottery and great wine celar Porches Velho near Praya de Marinha, where looking for some nice dinner we end up having great local cuisine. We visit Portimão, Albufeira and Lagos at the coast. Definitely for us the most amazing views we found was at the “end of the world” - at San Vincent and Sagres. You could really spend there whole day just watching the waves.

Three nights in Lisbon

After four great beach days we drove to Lisbon. We decided to spend there three nights booked with Airbnb - thanks Paulo for a great hospitality. Our apartment was in the very center with walking distance to the most famous historical sightseeing points. We spent two days walking around the city, loved the St Georges Castle and Torre the Belem. Girls loved the Oceanarium, despite the enormous queue we stand. However the most beautiful part of Lisbon for us was Sintra with old historical town. We got to the coast as well with stunning ocean view at Azenhas Do Mar. While we were walking through Lisbon we didn’t really feel the atmosphere of Portugal. There was something missing. We had absolutely fun using old style trams in central - used a tip from our friend Kate to catch the tram on very first stop so we could have best seats in this crowded attraction! The name of the stop was Campo de Ourique - jump on tram number 28 or 25.

We love Porto

With little bit of disappointment with Lisbon, we moved on to our next destination which was Porto. How great compensation we found there!! I so regret I only booked one night in this amazing and beautiful city. Porto absolutely stole our hearts. The minute we arrived, could feel the atmosphere of joy and relaxation. Loved every little street of that place. We had great tour at Port Wine Calem museum, not only because it included the wine tasting lol. In the evening the both sides of Porto Vila Nova de Gaia and Ribeira, were full of people dancing, drinking and having great time. Porto I am coming back soon!

Last few days we spent in Amarante, where our dear friend comes from. We travel around vineyards and had great boat trip in Douro. It was definitely fantastic and relaxing time before departing from Portugal. Our flight back was from Faro as well, so we had around 400 miles drive from Amarante. We have to admit, that Portugal has great motorways and in a short time you can travel from one to other side of country. Unfortunately it is a little bit pricey as well.

We did have have great time in Portugal. Also it is great to see different places so you can pick the one where you like the most and be happy to return one day.

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Awesome Surrey maternity photography

Surrey maternity photography

Any good excuse is great to meet your girlfriends! When it happens that one of them is pregnant, this is another reason to have quality time together. There will be a driver to take you home for sure, lol. Monika is the last one from the team to be a mum. All the girls at the baby shower party already experienced the joy of motherhood. You only can imagine how many tips, advice and adventures were shared on that party! While Monika was celebrating her baby shower, her girlfriends had secret weekend break from being a mum. Whoever is reading this blog post and is a mother, knows what I’m talking about, lol.

The weekend was planned at the fantastic hotel with spa, where everyone could relax and enjoy the party. We had great food served and great evening time out. When the girls meet there is never quiet. Never ending subjects to discuss. The long conversations would make me almost forgot to take some photos, lol. I love to get involved as well and be part of the lovely bunch. In the gallery below you will find some maternity images which literally took us half an hour to create. I love this spontaneous shoots. I do believe that way we can deliver the best imagery. If you are thinking of saving some precious memories, just simply send me a text, drop a line or give a call. The size of the party and a venue doesn’t matter It is the people, who make the atmosphere.

Monika's baby shower


North London Christening photographer

North London Christening Photographer

North London Christening photographer

Just take a look at this family. They are happy, they are beautiful, they have fun and what is the most important they have LOVE!

I have been so lucky, that I have an opportunity to meet them and been invited to capture their happy day. They have been celebrating Christening of their son Maksymilian.

The day started at home. Getting ready with the family. Love to capture that connection between parents and child. And have a look at this perfect make up done by James Adisai. That was great time to take some family shots, both those posed, which you might frame and those candid moments. Everyone looked fantastic as they wanted to remember that day. After that party moved to Tuffnel Park Tavern for a family lunch. I just adore such a friends and family time. All gathered to celebrate Maksymilians's christening, and this was the reason to spend nice afternoon with closest people.

Christening ceremony took place at Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Again Father on duty was so accommodating and helpful - many thanks. After the ceremony, we came back to the house - just check the joy on Maksymilian's face once his mum and dad brought the cake with sparklers. Simply priceless! It's all about love, fun and happiness.

If you are looking for london christening photographer or london family photographer let me know and contact me. I would love to be part of your family event and capture those beautiful stories. Time goes so quick and the only thing which stays are photographs.


Creative portraits photographer

Creative portraits photographer

Creative portraits photographer

I met this beautiful Lady few years ago. From being completely strangers, we became very close friends. When you come to a certain age, you think you won’t meet more people, who actually can be your best mates. Usually, we cherish friendships from early years school or neighborhood which last for lifetime. However, Agata is a great example, that you can make friends at any age. She became one of my favorite models as well. Don’t you think she looks a bit like Marilyn Monroe? I certainly do think she is as beautiful as her. I have no idea why I haven’t done this blog post before, as the session in Brighton was done last summer. I have posted some pictures on instagram and facebook, but there is so many more to share! Well, then I thought today will be the best time then.

While outside is freezing and feel like having snow around the corner, I want to send you some sunshine! Beautiful scenery of Brighton with gorgeous girl. However, there is one more reason - the real reason me posting this today! I wanted to say Happy Birthday Agata! Thank you for being next to me and always supporting and believing in me! I wish you all the best from the bottom of my heart!

Dear Everyone please cherish your Friendship!


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Emilie's Christening

Bromley Christening Photographer

Emilie’s mum and I met at children’s play group. We have children in similar age. Such a lovely lady. At first we did mother and daughter autumn session. Aneta said that Emilie is very shy and I might find it difficult to approach her with camera. Ohh she was so wrong - me and little Lady clicked straight away. You can see some images from that day HERE. It wasn’t much later when Aneta with her husband called me to book photography for Emilie’s Christening. They have planned an intimate event only with close family and friends. It was absolute pleasure to meet them.

We all gathered at the their family house, had a great coffee and prepared for very important occasion. Emilie’s dress was bought in Next and she looked like a little princess. At their home mixture of Polish and French made a really cosy and warm atmosphere. As you will quickly spot when checking the photographs, I felt in love with their cat Bubba, even though unfortunately I am allergic to cats. He was my star of the day, lol.

Cosy and warm home

The Christening took place at Catholic Church of St. Edmund of Canterbury in Beckenham. A massive Thank you to Father who was on duty that day for letting me in to every part of the Church. It is much easier to get nice images once you feel welcome and have freedom to do your work. Afterwards we did some family photographs inside and outside the church and finished beautiful day with amazing cake from Caffe Concerto.

Thank you so much for having me!

Please check below a little gallery from that day:

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THE COLOURS OF AUTUMN LONDON FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY

The colours of autumn London Family Photography

THE COLOURS OF AUTUMN LONDON FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY

It was such a pleasure to photograph this young families. I remember those three mornings. We were playing with leaves and running around creating some priceless moments. It is a gorgeous time of the year when nature becomes multicolored and sunlight is so warm and low, and everything shines. Every family shoot is different. But there are always two things in common - smile and laughter. That two factors I always try to get out from my clients to create atmosphere of friendship and fun. To be able to go thru the session and capture natural beauty my clients need to forget that there is a girl with the camera. They need to know that I am part of the family, a friend who is there with them to have fun, to celebrate their happiness.

Three stories below were shot at the same time of the day - I just adore morning sun, the light at this time is simply perfect. Even I am not a morning person at all, getting up for a shoot is so rewarding, that I am extremely happy to do so.

Here are a few of my favourite frames, enjoy! If you like them, let me know.

If you are still looking for your London family photographer please visit my blog to see some of my recent stories. I would love to hear your ideas for another exciting shoots! Get in touch!

I just LOVE the colours of Autumn

We do love all the colours of autumn. If you are looking for your London Family Photographer let us know. We would love to discuss your ideas and help you keep your memories forever. Do get in touch via contact form here or just drop us an email. If you like the images above share it. You might help someone a lot. Many thanks.


London Christening Photographer

London Christening Photographer

London Christening Photographer

This time I’m pleased to show you a beautiful Christening in Poland. No matter if it's a large party or small intimate family occasion, I am happy to join you. This time I was invited by family, which I met during summer family shoot. Before they even saw my work from that day they already asked if I was available for autumn Christening of their youngest daughter. This is extremely nice when your clients have such a trust to you and your work. I think the personality and approach are the most important in my work. I always try to be invisible while capturing the candid moments. What is the most important in my opinion is to avoid interfering and let the family and specially the children to be themselves. Once you give them your heart they will start trust you. I absolutely love when little ones bring all the toys to show me or want to know how the camera works. It makes a special connection. It was exactly the same this day. I really adore this family. Milena and Rafal are young parents to three children- oldest Szymon, middle Hanna and little star of that day Kinga.

All moments are important

As always I started my work early at their house with large cup of coffee. LOL. I went through all getting ready for the big day. That are the most precious photos for me and many times for the family as well. They don’t photograph their children while they dressing up or having hair done, no one usually have time to capture that little moments. While being in the church I capture all the important religious ceremony as well as lots of candid family moments. I take group pictures as well. I know that in few years will be nice to remember who joined them in that important day. Important for me is taking time to capture older generation. If you invite grandparents or even great grandparents, as Milena’s family did, the portraits are must have.

Kinga’s parents decided to have nice dinner for all the guests in beautiful hotel near by - Marena Spa Hotel. The food and beautiful cake were sooo yummy, lol. The event room looked amazing! Beautiful fresh flowers with candles and balloons looked elegant and stylish. All decorations were done by family friend Magdalena who is florist and own Kwiaciarnia Niezapominajka in Dziwnow.

Thank you again for having me! I hope we will meet again next year. Love you lots.

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Autumn family photo shoot in London

Autumn family photo shoot in London

Autumn family photo shoot in LondonAutumn shoot at Mottingham Woods in Bromley

Hi Everyone! The best season for photography just arrived! If you still cannot forget about amazing sun during this year summer, please have a look at my last blog post here. As well I keep adding new work on my instagram just here. I hope you will love them as much as I do. Each season I try to start with photography of my own children. There was a moment when I was so busy, I completely forgot about my own children’s photos. The same time I was keep telling everyone how great is to capture the memories, share them with family and friends. So I thought I really have to do my own homework LOL. So there as a lifestyle family photographer I decided to photography my own children at the start of every season.

This time having just little time I took my girls to Mottingham Woods located in Bromley area just outside busy London. Usually we photograph in different parks but I wanted to escape and have a bit more wild environment. It was brilliant idea as there was much less people around. Girls absolutely loved it.

When you don’t have usual playgrounds you start to use your own imagination to create them. The mixture of green, yellow and brown colours together with beautiful sun coming through the trees created magical atmosphere. I am sure I will have more this kind of shoots this year. Hopefully we all be blessed with such a great weather full of sun!

Autumn Family Shoot


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Lifestyle Photography at the seaside

Lifestyle Photography

When the family photographer goes on holidays... Well, actually it won’t be about holidays. This summer being on short holiday I met three wonderful families, who asked me to take some lifestyle session with them. With beautiful weather, sea and absolutely lovely atmosphere I couldn’t say no. I thought as well there is probably limit of interesting pictures you can take at the beach. As always I got great surprises!!

First family was Milena, Jakub and little crazy Zosia!! I’m telling you people will hear about this child one day! This girl is completely fearless !! Seriously! We meant to take some shots on the beach but parents decided to start with different ambient! We took go kart and went to woods. Woohoo! I was jumping like crazy once Zosia strated to drive! OMG, that was awesome! All future boyfriends be aware, LOL. Few moments later we took the most amazing picture, but again not only at the seaside but in the sea itself actually! Of course no one thought about taking clothes for change, lol. Well, you will see it was worth to get wet. Big time!

Next day I had a great family of five. To be honest, I was a bit afraid if we all manage with little children neat the water. But I think they were one of the most warm and enjoyable family I have ever worked so far! They were so calm, fun and calm during whole session. We had tree children - Hania who was 3, Kinga few months old and Szymon who is 4 and absolutely stole my heart. Little boy is autistic and don’t speak but connection he makes with his family is magical.  Ohh, how I loved that session and you can tell watching the story how beautiful family they are.

Go kart at the beach

The last but not the least was a couple with two boys. And I thought nothing can surprise me anymore but hey!! Another go kart and guess what, driven actually on the beach! The brotherhood love and parents great moment created wonderful images. All three families were captured during sunset to capture these beautiful colors. It is great to photograph against the sun. Skin tones are so amazing. I absolutely love it!

I am so grateful for possibility to capture these wonderful families.

Please take a moment and have a look on that great memories.


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Mayfield Lavender family photography

Mayfield Lavender family photography

We have been millions of times at Mayfield Lavender Farm. It is located only 20 minutes drive away from our house. Every year we talk about that place a lot, always spending there whole day. When it comes middle of July we are ready to explore it. Our two daughters absolutely adore this place.

We always start our day with brilliant and refreshing lavender lemonade and lavender biscuits. This time was no different! Trying to avoid weekends with girls is hard, however since older goes to school we have not much of a choice. We knew it is going be crowded, but it didn’t discourage us to have a great time. We bought one of the bouquets made from lavender, sat on the bench with lemonade and made simple floral headbands. On this trip we took grandparents, as they were visiting us at this time. They knew a lot about place but never  had a chance to see.

Wera and Pola as usual took part in a competition to find little bugs which eat the flowers and collect them in the glass jars provided by owners. This is very entertaining exercise which allowed them to explore a lot. On the top of that girls had grandad to join the game. So much fun we had on that day. Maybe it was us or maybe it was the place but each time we are in Mayfield Lavender Farm there is a wonderful weather. As being family photographer i couldn’t resist and take some great family shots, especially with grandparents. Absolutely amazing memories to freeze.

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I do love Mayfield Lavender Farm for the smell, colours and peace you can find there. I do always recommend to come and see this beautiful place.

Can’t wait for the next summer- see you next year Mayfield Lavender Farm. Love you.

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Lifestyle family shoot at the lake

Lifestyle family shoot

Whoever knows me a bit can easily tell black and white are my favorites images. I find this vintage style family photography as timeless. This kind of photography gives unique and more dramatic look. I can easily say that everyone looks good on black and white images. This family which decided to go ahead for that style has own very good taste. The way they look is perfect for that photography. It was great idea as the weather was far from perfect. Sometimes you can find beautiful scenery but the cloudy sky and completely lack of sun makes colours very pale. That is why black and white style can bring more character to lifestyle family photography. I do love them as well for not being perfect. Sometimes out of focus, a bit blurry or grainy images look extremely amazing.

Love black and white photography

Everytime I go through my own pictures from our own family albums, I can feel this mystery. People are the most important on them. All the memories are brought through the faces. No one need colours to express the feelings and freeze the moments. My own children have most of the pictures in black and white style. I really hope they will appreciate it one day.  The last think which is great about this style of photography is that any skin imperfections are less visible in black and white. Our faces look much better, natural and more flattering. That is good tip for people who avoid the pictures in general just because of that. Rather than coloru, go for black and white portraits and I’m sure you won’t regret it.

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