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Family Stay in I.O.W

Documentary family photography is something I love to do and wish I could do more of. So today I wanted to share a few family photos from our break to the Isle of Wight last year. 

Documenting our own lives and our loved ones around us is so important, particularly with small children, they grow up so fast it's unbelievable. Ethan turned three last month and Isabelle is a now proper little girl, walking about, causing mischief, it feels like she is so much older now than in these photos which were taken just 6 months ago. 

During half term week in October we went from Nottingham to visit and stay with family on the Isle of Wight, the children's great grandma to be exact. This is pretty much an annual trip for us and it's lovely for the kids to be involved as well. This trip was Isabelle's first time across to the island and Ethan's second. 

With Ethan being 2.5 years old at the time, it was the first time that he really appreciated the ferry ride across to the island, he had a whale of a time (haha).

Most of these photos were taken at great grandma's house (isn't it funny that you talk in terms of the children's relationships), with a few from the park and of course a trip down to the beach and amusements. 

My favourite images from the set are of Isabelle having a melt down in the patch of light coming from the kitchen, the kids on the swings and Ethan's cheesy grin. 

It's great to look back at these photos and see the changes in the kids, and this is just after 6 months, I can only image what these images are going to mean to us in 5, 10, 15, 20 years time. It's like money in the bank with a high interest rate, they'll be worth so much more to me in years to come than when I took the photos.

I encourage you to take plenty of photos of your loved ones and one day you'll have a treasure trove of memories to share.


2016 Top 10 Images

Daryl Porter's top 10 images of 2016. Includes wedding, landscape, street and dog photography

2016 Top 10 Images

2016 has come to an end and it's been a great year for my photography. 

As we start 2017 i wanted to take the time to review all my best images and choose my very best 10 images. 

This is a great exercise for photographers to do each year, if you're a photographer reading this or someone who loves to take photos on their phone, i'd definitely encourage you to give this a go.

Here's how I worked worked down my thousands of images to just 10.

At first it can be a little overwhelming, so faced with such a large number of images I needed to break them down. As i'd been rating my images throughout the year the first thing to do was to take all my highly rated images and put them in a Top 10 potential collection in Lightroom.

I was still left with a high number of images, well over 100, so I then separated these into different categories; Family, Personal (includes landscapes, street, nature) and Daryl Porter Photography work. So once I'd separated the images into these categories, it became easier to choose my top 10 in each section.

Then the challenge really started, getting 3 lots of top 10's down to the final overall best images, it became really difficult.  

In the end I decided to select what I consider the best of the best from each section. This led to a good mix of images in the final top 10. 

I'm delighted with the overall top 10, I have 3 wedding related images, 3 dog portraits, 2 landscapes, 1 baby portrait and 1 street photo. 

I’m looking forward to see what 2017 brings, I want to photograph more weddings, more portraits and more dogs, have a look through the recently updated website and get in touch using the booking form.

I hope you all have an amazing 2017.


Jack and Poppy - two peas in a pod

Jack and Poppy - two peas in a pod

The moment I arrived to take their photograph, they were in the window waiting, they appeared to be cats, was I at the wrong house? I checked, nope, I’m at the right place, so I got out of the car, then there was no mistaking them for cats anymore as they barked away.