Like all parents I have taken hundreds of photos of my son Ben since he arrived 2 years ago. I have always shied away from the "professional" photo shoots, mainly through fear of being handed one of the "staged, unnatural" pictures of a child that slightly resembles your own!
The photo's I have received have totally changed my view. She has taken magical shots of Ben that totally capture his fun, happy, cheeky personality. She encouraged him to have fun, and enjoy the session in the local park, and even brought her own bubble machine for extra entertainment. He was totally relaxed, and that shows in every photo.
My only problem is trying to narrow down my selection, as I love them all!
I have booked in already for next year, as I now want Julia to capture his spirit as he grows each year.
I cannot imagine anyone not falling in love with her photos.
We are delighted to recommend Julia Bell as a family photographer. The photos she took of our sons, aged 4 and 7, are absolutely wonderful. They capture the spirit of two very energetic little lads very accurately. We can't believe how accurately. Everyone who has seen them has said how well she caught them on film, how typical their expressions are of their feisty characters, at home and at the playground. Everybody has asked for copies, and we are having trouble choosing which ones to have enlarged.
We were amazed at how quickly the boys relaxed with Julia, and how easily she got them to do what she knew would make a good photo. (We wish they were as compliant for us!) Within moments of meeting Julia, they were happy to do whatever it took to please her. The measure of her rapport was that our 4 year old proposed to her before she left our house!
We love her style of picture, and opted for black & white photos as we felt they were more iconic. We're hoping to make a Julia Bell shoot a regular occasion, as we feel the photos will make excellent presents for grandparents and uncles & aunts who are scattered around the world.
Siobhan & Paul Callan.
Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
My husband and I were very pleased with the photos Julia produced of our 11 month old son, the results being all the more remarkable due to his incapacity to sit still for a second for anyone. Our experience with Julia proved that the quality of photos taken in the home environment where the child and parents feel so much more at ease is definitely superior to those taken at any external venue. We would not hesitate to recommend Julia personally.
Sharon and Michael Liard.
Julia's bubbly / relaxed personality quickly put my son at ease and he soon forgot the camera was there. As a result we have a wonderful collection of natural photographs of a very good quality. Compared to other photographers, Julia offers a very good value service. A friend has already booked a photo session with Julia following my recommendation and has been impressed with the results. We will definitely use Julia again in the future.
Lisa and Philip Turner.
Thank you for a wonderful day the children were very relaxed and enjoyed their photo session. I especially loved the bubble machine and the way you made it feel more like a fun session, looking forward to the photos and would like to book you again for the summer.
Thanks again Margaret & Kids
We wanted a photo to give to my parents for Christmas. My brother and I were quickly put at ease by Julia, who made the whole "shoot" really fun. We were thrilled that interactions between us were captured so beautifully, and found it difficult to decide which photo to order. Thanks to Julia, my brother and I also have a fun memory as well as gorgeous photos!
Gillian. Knebworth, Hertfordshire.
When Julia came to do the photoshoot our daughter Elvie, who is only 15 months old, was feeling very sorry for herself as she was teething and had a heavy cold. Julia made the photoshoot great fun and Elvie became relaxed and happy. The photographs of Elvie both make her look her best and perfectly capture her character and cheeky personality. When we saw the results we were spoilt for choice. I would highly recommend Julia as she has a talent for bringing out the very best in her subjects and an eye for a great composition.
Rachel & Chris, Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
This is the list of photos we are after, can I thank you again, you were very patient with us and the rest of the 'von trapp family'.
They are beautiful, thank you so much.
Alison Abbatt, Camberley, Surrey.
It was lovely to meet you and your husband on Sunday. I just wanted to say thank you for making it such a fun photo shoot, even Lauren enjoyed later she said!!!! I can't wait to see the end results.
The photos are fantastic, the girls look so lovely I want them all!!!
Dawn Redstone, South Norwood.
A very big thank you for the lovely photographs - they truly are special family photos to be treasured for years.
It was lovely to meet you both, thank you so much for helping to make this happy family celebration such a memorable one.
Gill Jones. Churt, Surrey.
I doubt you would remember me, you took photos of myself, my step mother and my little brother Alexander. Needless to say we were all delighted with the results and I would like to thank you again.
I am enquiring as to your availability for another session shortly after the new year.
Greg Henry. Old Basing, Basingstoke, Hampshire.
They are fantastic thank you very much, I will be in touch with the rest of the order as soon as possible, I know one friend has contacted you and a couple of others are very interested in using you so will hopefully keep you busy !!!!
Kelly Copley. Horley, Surrey.
Thank you for emailing me the photos they are amazing and we are so pleased with them.
Rob and I were so happy with the photos we are hoping to arrange a day nearer to Christmas that we could meet in the park next to our house and have some family photos of just us and the children and was hoping you would be able to do them for us?
Michele Butters. Wallington, Surrey.
Thanks so much - we are really pleased with the pictures, they are really lovely and do capture Ali's personality beautifully.
Elizabeth Penny. New Malden, South West London.
The photos are absolutely fantastic - we're so pleased with them and it's going to be really hard to choose which ones to get prints of - we want them all !!
After much deliberation we have finally chosen the photos we would like prints of. They were all so brilliant it's been really hard choosing and I'm so sorry it's taken us so long.
Katharine & Steve Beadle. Ashtead, Surrey.
Many thanks for your email, and the pictures look great! Glenn and I have already chosen quite a few we would like! I have passed the link onto my parents, so will get back to you ASAP.
Thank you again, its a great pressie and I will definitly recommend you to my friends.
Katie Chinnock. South Godstone, Surrey.
Thank you for a great morning yesterday, we really enjoyed ourselves, cant wait to see the piccies.
Photos look fab so many choices lol, but after much decision making we have come up with the following...
Received the photos this morning - thank you, they look fab, always nicer to see them for real!!
Katrina Green. Walton, Surrey.
Thank you so much for putting my photos on your site so quick! They are absolutely gorgeous!!
Keeley Abbs. Croydon, Surrey.
First of all I would like to say a huge thank you, Amber really enjoyed herself and has told everyone that she had her photos taken at the weekend.
They are amazing how on earth do we decide.
Sue & Martin Clipperton. Betchworth, Surrey.
We're planning to put these in a special album and the ones in black & white will go on the wall, along with the 7 x 5s. So that just goes to show how pleased we are with them - we never put photos of us on the wall, not even in the loo!!!
All the best,
Caroline, Stephen & Crispin Lee. Camberley, Surrey.
Julia, We were delighted with the photographs you took of my family. It has taken us quite a time to choose which to get printed.
Martin Doyle. West Byfleet, Surrey.
Just to say we love the photos - we are planning to order many.
Janice Rowe. Clapham.
Thank you for sending me the pictures, they are magnificent! You did an amazing job with the garden pictures and I loved the christening shots too. I am looking forward to putting them on display!
Thank you again!
Many thanks they are great. I will get back to you with order.
Thank you very much for the photographs, they're great.
Hello Julia, Thank you so much for yesterday, it was lovely to meet you both, We really enjoyed ourselves and we can't wait to see the photos. Again many thanks Julia.
Lynn Wheeler. Staines.
Hello Julia, Thank you very much for the photographs, they are lovely. We are really pleased with them.
Best Wishes, Lynn Wheeler. Staines.
Hi Again, The pics are fab!!! I'll show them to Mark and we'll get picking! Thanks again for coming to do them.
Lynsey Ashton. Croydon.
Hi there, These are great, thank you :) We obviously want lots of copies. Thank you so much, we are so happy with them.
Julia, Thanks for the prints. The mounted photos are superb quality and some of the best we have ever seen. Thank you very much for these - they are photos we will cherish forever. We hope to use your services again in the near future.
Payal Shah. Warlingham, Surrey.
Hello Julia, Just want to say thank you for such a quick turnaround of our photographs. I only wish I could have sent this note straight away but with children I never get a chance! Anyway, WHAT FANTASTIC PHOTOS!!! We are stunned by how well you have captured us in them! There are so many really great ones! Hence why we are still unable to really choose what we want! I hope to let you know soon. Is this ok with you?
Thanks again Julia, great job!
Sarah Parker. Surbiton, Surrey.
They are great. I'm having a hard time deciding which ones to get! I'll let you know asap.
Samantha Miller. Thames Ditton, Surrey.
My Dad was thrilled with his portrait and we were all really impressed and pleased with our prints. As you could probably tell I'm not the most photogenic of people but all I have wanted for years was a lovely picture of me with my girls and I am so happy with the pictures you took of us - thank you so much.
I would be more than pleased to recommend you as you provided a fantastic service - thanks again.
Louise Tomassi. Surrey.br>
Just wanted to say thank you for getting the photos ready for us so quickly. I appreciate that!
They are ABSOLUTELY beautiful! We are so pleased with all of them. I took it to my school to show off. Everyone loved it and are very impressed with your work.
Thanks again. Lee.