Gemma Brunton Photography: Blog en-us (C) 2018 Gemma Brunton Photography | The Studio, Larkham's Farm, The Street, Teffont, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 5QP (Gemma Brunton Photography) Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:39:00 GMT Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:39:00 GMT Gemma Brunton Photography: Blog 120 80 Family portraits for charity A few months ago I donated a portrait session to a charity ball to raise vital funds for two important charities, Live Life Give Life, and The Stars Appeal - and collectively the event raised over £18,000 for these two charities, a fantastic result. You can read about it here:

The lovely family who successfully bid for my session invited me to their home near Andover to photograph them all, catching the wonderful evening light in the wheat fields just before harvest. The two boys are insanely talented young sportsmen with bright sporting futures and I wanted to capture the energy, bond and (healthy!) competition between them as well as the entire family together. The eldest embarks on secondary school adventures this term, so it's a poignant time for the parents as their boys take another step closer to adulthood. We had such fun and the boys were up for anything - including giving each other a drenching with ice cold water....boys, eh?




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A recent maternity portrait session in Wiltshire I love photographing pregnancy, it's such a special time and the feeling of anticipation and excitement at the impending arrival is such a treat to capture, as once the baby arrives you forget so quickly what it felt like to be pregnant. Kathy has already booked her newborn session when her little one arrives in a few weeks time, and I'm so looking forward to photographing them again, and getting the odd cuddle if I'm lucky!

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Cuteness...almost makes me want another one (almost) We had such a fun morning photographing this gorgeous girl, possibly the sunniest, most engaging little person I've had the pleasure of photographing - I'd swear she was born with a smile on her face....

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A beautiful boudoir session with my competition winner Before Christmas I ran a competition to offer a portrait or boudoir photography session to whoever had the best reason for wanting one. I was overwhelmed by the lovely and sometimes heart-wrenching reasons why people were seeking some professional images, but lovely Imogen here spoke so candidly about her struggles with body dysmorphia I knew I had to try and help her. 

I have often thought that good portrait photography provides a rare opportunity for the subject to see themselves in an objective light, through the eyes of the photographer -  to me the perfect antidote to the one-dimensional reflection we look at in the mirror. I personally think mirrors encourage us to over–scrutinise ourselves and warp what we see and I can perfectly see how disorders like body dysmorphia develop.  For what it’s worth perhaps we’d all be happier without them, but there we go…

With that in mind, I wanted to help Imogen see herself in a different light, as her husband and the rest of us see her, so that hopefully her boudoir photography experience with me might be a stepping stone to changing the way she feels about herself. I know she was incredibly nervous about the whole idea but she courageously put her trust in me and I hope I’ve had a positive impact on how she feels. Imogen has very kindly has written an insight into how her disorder shapes the way she sees and feels about herself, and I'm grateful to her for being so candid.

"It is widely assumed that it is the media and a contribution from society that drives body dysmorphic disorder, not so.  I do not look at other women and wish that I looked like them, it is entirely internal, a deep loathing when I look at myself.  Disappointment in a body that has already degraded significantly in my 28 years.  Feeling as though I do not deserve nice clothes as I can not do justice to them, and certainly not that a photographer such as Gemma would wish to waste time photographing such flaws.

A sense of foreboding took over once the shoot was booked.  But this was time wasted!  I thank Gemma wholeheartedly for a wonderful day and even more wonderful images.  With body dysmorphia, how you felt at the time a picture was taken and what you see when you look at the image are so grossly entangled.  The shoot was such a positive experience, full of girly giggles, and this has impacted hugely on what I see."

Well, from what I can see she looks incredible, I'm sure you'll agree.


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Wiltshire Life Photographer of the Year 2015 Gemma Brunton - Wiltshire Life Photographer of the Year 2015 I was thrilled to have been awarded the Photographer of the Year award for 2015 at the recent Wiltshire Life awards. What a fun evening - a lovely excuse to get dolled up in black tie (which in dreary January is a real treat) and attend a gala dinner and awards ceremony with lots of talented and inspirational individuals and businesses.

The awards celebrate all that is great about our wonderful county, from tourism, to sporting achievements, young achievers, food & drink and of course photography. The two other fantastically talented finalists were Martin Cook (2nd place) who is a wonderful amateur landscape photographer, and Robert Peel who is also a landscape photographer based in an around Malmesbury, which also won Town of the Year.

I got to bring home a wonderful trophy to add to my little collection, a third award in two years, for which I am very grateful (and slightly disbelieving!)

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WIN a lifestyle shoot & sort out a Christmas present all in one go! Because I'm full of festive cheer, and because it's Black Friday, and well, just because, I've decided to give away a very special lifestyle or boudoir portrait session to one of my Facebook followers. I'm also celebrating completing my fifth year in business, and hey, I need no excuses for a celebration.

The prize will include a full 2-3 hour lifestyle or boudoir photography session at a location of your choice, and a CD/USB of all the beautiful edited images (50+) at print resolution, worth over £800.

You may wish to give the prize as a Christmas present to a lucky friend or family member, in which case I can supply you with a beautiful gift voucher to give them.






















How to Enter:

So, all you need do is head over to my Facebook business page, and like the page (not this post). Then PM me with your name, email and why you would like to win. Not asking much, huh? Once you've done these things (and I'll be checking...!) then you'll be entered into the competition and the winner will be announced on Saturday December 6th.

The Closing Date is Friday 5th December and the winner will be announced via my Facebook Business Page on Saturday 6th December.

Best of luck! x


The boring but essential bit:

The session can be undertaken at a location of your choice but travel more than 20 miles from Salisbury will be charged for. Entries will close on 5th Dec 2014 with the winner announced on Saturday 6th December. Entrants much be over 18 and reside in the United Kingdom. There is no monetary substitute to the prize winner. Each entrant is subject to a complete release of Facebook. This competition is not endorsed or sponsored by Facebook in any way and the winner agrees to their images being used on Gemma Brunton's Facebook, website and for marketing purposes. Your personal information is for Gemma Brunton's own business use only, not for Facebook, and you will be subscribed to my mailing list from which you can unsubscribe at any time. 


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Family Portraits in the New Forest This wonderful family have entrusted me with documenting their growing family through photography for the past four years now. Having photographed them 4 times already (maternity and newborn portrait sessions with each of their two kids), I was so honoured to be asked to mark their fifth wedding anniversary with some family and children's portraits at the hotel in the New Forest where they got married, Moorhill House Hotel. It's a lovely, quiet, intimate location tucked away in the middle of the forest so we made use of their wonderful gardens and the glorious sunshine to have some fun. What a happy family.

Family Portraits in the New Forest



Family Portraits in the New Forest

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Muddy Paws The past year has been fun and games with a new addition to the family of the four-legged variety - Tinker joined us in almost exactly a year ago so to mark her 'anniversary' I took my camera out on a sun-filled dewy morning walk to capture some images of her. The darn thing moves too fast though, so 'portraits' is rather a loose term - more like trying to nail jelly to the wall. Still, I got these which totally capture her utterly delightful faster-than-a-speeding-bullet bundle of sock-stealing, slug-eating pure trouble.


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Summer Sunset Portraits I had the immense pleasure of photographing this family at their beautiful family estate near Winchester during the summer, who wanted some lovely natural sunset family portraits in the stunning gardens surrounding their family home while they were visiting from the USA. The Great British weather was fabulously obliging (love it when that happens), and the scene was picture-perfect - all three kids full of beans well into the evening thanks to jetlag. They look like they've popped straight out of Ralph Lauren advert, they could not be more natural if they tried! Enjoy x

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]]> (Gemma Brunton Photography) Location portraits Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:19:11 GMT
Evolving your boudoir photography skills - never stop learning I have been very fortunate enough to secure the time of the very lovely, talented and renowned portrait photographer and friend Kate Hopewell-Smith (, who tirelessly imparts her extensive knowledge of the industry to help other professional photographers like me build their businesses, brands and skills through her mentoring and training services. It is incredible how a fresh pair of eyes on an environment I use all the time to photograph in can refresh and reinvigorate your creative juices, and I was amazed at the different angles, set-ups and lighting opportunities she was able to create in spots that had never inspired me before. A master at her craft she certainly is.

We had an amazing day here at the studio finding new ways to use the rooms to their best advantage for boudoir photography, and also to trial some new lighting equipment (which to you other photographers out there is the Westcott Skylux, used with beauty dish, strip box and grid...very impressive piece of kit, daylight balanced, 30-100% dimmer, extremely versatile and can highly recommend it's use as a complement to natural light). It marks a shift change in how I approach lighting all my boudoir portrait sessions, no longer relying solely on the vagaries of British weather, and hence light, but able to shape and enhance ambient light that feels realistic and natural. On the flip side, I can use the same light on its own to provide much more angular, flattering light that is so well suited to boudoir photography.

For the day we had the services of two very lovely ladies - Model Julia Kinnear and Salisbury Make-up Artist Teresa Jolly who both worked hard to help create the images you see below.

Much fun was had and Julia was very good natured -  even sitting in a chilly empty bath at one point - but the results I think are fantastic and will be coming soon to a boudoir shoot near you!


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A Christmas Cherub A few studio shots of this cherubic little fella complete with irresistible blond curls! I don't often do studio portrait sessions these days, preferring to be in the wild outdoors, but I love the softness and simplicity of these...that and the cute nekkedness that can only achieved inside on a cold December morning...

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Teffont Christmas Art Trail

This weekend sees the craftspeople and artists of Teffont join forces to create a Christmas Art Trail around the village. Christmas gift opportunities from local artists such as Rose Eva, Anthony Connolly, Alison Pitcairn and Lindsey Keir, as well as handmade award-winning cakes from Ewe Tree, bespoke furniture from Holly Blue and stained glass from Rowena Lewis.

I'm holding an Open Studio over the weekend, where you can book a half-hourly slot to have some portraits taken of you and the kids to give those tricky-to-buy-for family members for Christmas. I only have a few slots left, and although the sessions are free of charge you must book an appointment (please don't just turn up as you are likely to be disappointed!)

More information about the Art Trail, including venue & location maps can be found on the Teffont website at:

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Another Award! I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been awarded the David Mathias Portrait Award by leading international professional body the Master Photographers Association at the national Master Photography Awards 2013/14 awards last weekend. I was so not expecting to even reach the finalist stage, that I very nearly didn't go to the ceremony - I'd been battling a heavy cold and the atrocious weather we had on Sunday did not make me want to make the drive to Solihull and back just on the offchance! Fortunately Dan pushed me out the door, and boy I'm glad he did!

I had to go through four rounds of judging to reach the final, from a panel of highly respected photographers within the industry, so as my entries slowly got through each round I didn't dare hope to get any further - and when I arrived at the awards, the gallery of all the images achieving an 'award of excellence' contained so many incredible images that I didn't expect to see my entry hanging up there with all the rest!

It was a fabulous event, with over 250 of the country's leading photographers and industry executives all suited & booted for the evening. We were treated to a delicious dinner, speeches and a glittering awards ceremony, so when my name was called out I nearly fell off my chair ;-) 

The legendary fashion photographer John Swannell was presenting the prizes, and here I am collecting my award with John (left) and a representative from Towergate Camerasure who sponsored the award (I'm not wearing heels, honest ;-)

I'm absolutely chuffed to bits, and big congratulations to all the other winners - the calibre of the category finalists was absolutely inspiring, and I am so honoured to be included. 
ou can see the full list of winners on the website at: 

Gemma Brunton, David Mathias Portrait Award Winner 2013/14, Master Photographers Association Awards

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Race for Life Salisbury 2013 It's all been a bit radio silent from me for the last month or so as I had my final reconstructive operation and have been recuperating quietly at home (this heatwave was perfectly timed and the tan's coming along nicely - thanks weather!)

I'm thrilled to say that this week I was discharged by my surgeon, the very lovely Mr Mansoor Khan, who has stitched me up and put me back together beautifully. It's great to know that my treatment is all done and dusted, and neatly within 12 calendar months of my diagnosis too. So it's back to work now with a renewed sense of purpose, knowing that I won't have to pack my camera away for any more extended periods while I recover from this, or that operation. It's a great feeling ;-)
My breast cancer portraits really seem to have captured the imagination of the wider public, which is wonderful, and I've had the great pleasure of photographing some amazing ladies as they seek to feel good about themselves once again. There's another blog post coming about that, but for now I wanted to tell you about running (well, trotting is probably more accurate) the Race for Life in Salisbury this morning. Boy it was hot. By 10am the thermometer was already reading 27°C and us ladies, mostly clad in pink, were already 'glowing delicately' while we waited for the off. First though I had to get on stage and talk to several thousand said ladies about my experience with breast cancer and the photography service I now offer as a result of my experience. I hope I didn't blither on too much! It was the first run I'd done since my op, but it felt good to be back out there and looking at all the messages of support pinned to the backs of the other runners there was this lovely bubble of positivity as we all slogged round the course in ridiculous heat. Never has a Calippo tasted so good when I'd finished! Here I am with my two little supporters...


If any of you fancy making a small donation, you can do so on my JustGiving page here: Thank you very very much.

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Women Inspiring Women Awards 2013 I am totally chuffed to bits to have been awarded 'Inspirational Woman' at the inaugural Women Inspiring Women Awards at the weekend, for my charitable photography work with breast cancer ladies.

It was an amazing night, full of giggles (who knew en masse karaoke to Shania Twain's 'I Feel Like a Woman' could be so much fun?!) but most importantly to recognise the achievements of some amazing women out there who are doing incredible and inspiring things in business, the community and are showing promise of great things to come.

I was so honoured to have been shortlisted in such a great field, and to win 'Inspirational Woman' was very humbling, particularly in such company. My hope now is to live up to everything the award stands for by making a real difference to how ladies who've undergone breast cancer treatment feel about themselves.


Thanks to Lizz Badcock for the piccie of me and Dan - can't seem to turn off the watermark, but she clearly took it, not me! x

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BBC Wiltshire interview Wow - I've just been interviewed on BBC Radio Wiltshire about my charitable work with breast cancer ladies, in light of Angelina Jolie's announcement this morning of her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy. I hope I managed to get across that although I cannot help with the physical recovery of breast cancer patients, I sincerely hope to aid their emotional recovery by helping them to see beyond their scars and help them accept their new bodies. My desire is to use my photographic skills as a form of therapy to improve and ultimately restore feelings of self-worth, body image and confidence among ladies who have undergone the often brutal and disfiguring treatment that breast cancer requires.

To show you what I mean, here are a few images taken of a breast cancer patient (who, its important to point out, is very happy for me to use her images to highlight what I do). She is two years post-treatment, but I think it's safe to say that emotionally has taken longer to recover than she did physically. She is a former dancer with the English National Ballet and here she shows that she is beautiful, brave, strong, and above all that cancer has not held her back. If you know anyone affected by breast cancer who could do with a boost to their self esteem, send them my way, it won't cost them anything and they'll feel fabulous.

Breast Cancer Boudoir

Breast Cancer Boudoir


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Breast Cancer Boudoir


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A recent boudoir portrait session This recent boudoir lady of mine wanted to surprise her husband with some gorgeous photos of her. He's currently serving with the army overseas, and like many couples in the armed forces, the distance and time spent apart can be really challenging. Wiltshire has a large population of Army and military families based in the area, and many of my ladies come to me for boudoir photography for a much needed boost to their confidence and self-esteem but also remind their partners abroad that they are thought about and missed. Needless to say this husband was thrilled when he received his parcel from home containing the bespoke album I'd designed for them. I like to think it will make their reunion all the sweeter for it ;-) 


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Award Nomination Last Saturday was the prestigious SWPP 2012 Photographer of the Year awards in London, and I was honoured to receive a nomination in the Children's category for this photograph taken last year. There are over 12,800 images submitted to this competition, so to make it as a finalist among some incredibly talented photographers was brilliant. It was a really fun evening to boot! The awards were the culmination of a week long convention during which I attended many seminars given by well established and respected photographers within our industry, and I have come home with my head buzzing with new ideas and things to try, and I can't wait to get started!

Children and Family Photography in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset

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Gold award! I’m chuffed to bits to have won an SWPP Gold award for this photo I took on a steam train recently of my gorgeous girl – one of those spur of the moment, unplanned pictures that turns out lovelier than you expect, and an award winning image too!


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Such a lovely letter I received this wonderful letter yesterday from a lady I photographed recently that she has kindly agreed to let me share. To hear that what I do brings real benefit to my clients and their partners, especially when one of them is abroad, gives me huge satisfaction and lends credibility to an industry that often gets criticism for being shallow and superficial. She looked fantastic, and in time maybe she might let me share a photo or two so you can see for yourselves ;-)

“Dear Gemma,
I have to say a huge thank you to you. I never would have expected that after three children, it would be possible to get pictures like that of myself, that I actually love. You did such an amazing job all day, taking the time to make me feel really comfortable, encouraging me and helping me feel confident in front of the camera and I had such fun at the same time!


I was nervous about coming to see the photos, dreading that I would be disappointed (not worried about your skill as a photographer, but about how my half naked body would look on paper). I did not need to be anxious at all. That morning was such an uplifting moment for me, I did not ever think that I could look that good in a photograph and I swear I smiled all day after seeing them. The poses you got me to do looked amazing and were so tastefully done. I have only showed a couple of friends and they were very impressed – I was overwhelmed by their reactions and very, very happy.

The album went off on its way to Afghanistan yesterday. My husband has no idea and I’m sure he will be thrilled. It has been a long tour for him so far and I know how much that parcel will be appreciated. It’s really hard for all the guys serving out there, life goes on for us back at home and sometimes they can feel like they are being forgotten about. The fact that I can send something like this out to him helps him to know he is missed and loved and it made me feel a million dollars during a difficult time in my life. There are plenty of women like me out there, missing their husbands and wanting to do something special for them. So thank you.

Thank you once again for your fantastic photographs. I enjoyed the whole experience immensely and am so pleased to come out of it with something I will cherish forever. It was a real pleasure.”

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