Deidre Sorensen is a London UK based photographer. She specialises in maternity, newborn, and baby photography in her Kensington & Chelsea portrait studio.

Studio Deidre is four today!

August 25, 2014

Initially in a beautiful studio in London and then in people’s own homes, Studio Deidre has been welcoming newborn babies, mums-to-be, and families for four years now, capturing their special moments for them to enjoy through the generations. We’ve also grown over the years and have more products and services to offer than when we first opened our doors.  (Please get in touch to learn more)

We especially love the return visits of many of our families, so we get to see the babies grow up, with little brothers and sisters joining them.  It’s a privilege to know and photograph so many wonderful people.

Here’s to another lovely year for all.  x

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Photographic print sizing: part 2 – wall print size guide

August 8, 2014

This is part 2 of a 2-part blog about print sizing.

I find myself more and more making large wall prints for my clients, and this guide is really great for helping them think through what the sizes will really mean when they hang a portrait on the wall.

Part 1: standard image sizes and ratios  (click to see previous post)
Part 2: wall print size guide (i.e. how large will something look on a wall?) (today’s blog)

What size prints are ideal for hanging on walls?

A room with a sofa and a range of photographs of different sizes hung above it with labels from 20x30

A comparison of print sizes from 20×30 down to 8×10.

We consider 11×14” and larger to be wall prints.  These are appropriately large to be visible from a distance and to be able to “fill” the space.  In general, images 8×10” or smaller are framed and displayed on tables and desks rather than walls.  On walls, they can often be overwhelmed by the space, since 8×10” is quite tiny when viewed from a distance.  There are a few exceptions to this, which we will describe in our next blog, but first, here is a comparison of the key sizes on a wall above an average sized sofa.

A picture of a room with a standard sofa and a 30x40

30×40″: These are stand-alone prints that can fill a significant display space in a medium to large room, or a less significant space in a very large room. A room that has a large double-height wall will potentially need two prints of these sizes in order to look balanced and full, whereas a medium to large room will only need one (e.g. above a sofa or fireplace).

A picture of a room with a standard sofa and a 20x30

The 20×30” print, viewed from a distance, isn’t all that big and does not dominate the space, despite it sounding like a very large size!

A picture of a room with a standard sofa and three 16x20

Here again is the same room and sofa with some 16×20” prints grouped together. These are reasonably large prints but will still likely need to be displayed at least in pairs, depending on the space in your room.

A picture of a room with a standard sofa and three 12x16

12×16″: These again are reasonably large prints but will still likely need to be displayed at least in pairs, depending on the space in your room. Here again is the same room and sofa with some 12×16” prints grouped together. They appear significantly smaller than 16×20”.

A picture of a room with a standard sofa and four 11x14

11×14″ are medium sized images and about the smallest you would go for a wall print. These need to be hung in groups, as you can see here, if displayed in a medium sized room, although they can be hung in pairs or alone if only filling a small column of space or if in a small room.

A picture of a room with a standard sofa and three 11x14

11×14″ are medium sized images and about the smallest you would go for a wall print. These need to be hung in groups, as you can see here, if displayed in a medium sized room, although they can be hung in pairs or alone if only filling a small column of space or if in a small room.

Hope that’s helpful!

Text and images © Studio Deidre / Deidre Sorensen Photography

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Quote of the day

July 16, 2014

Every day is a journey; and the journey itself, home.

Matsuo Bashō in Oku no Hosomichi

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Baby Photography Tip #1: White balance and colour tone

July 12, 2014

I get asked about colour tone in images a lot – why do images taken at home sometimes have less than pleasing colour tones or different tones from image to image?  The answer is all about colour temperature and a feature called white balance.

What is it and why does it matter?



All sources of light emit different light, when you examine its physical properties.  Some have much shorter wavelengths and some longer.  Our eyes and brain can easily adapt to this, so we can walk from a room lit by Tungsten lights to one lit by fluorescent and not find the shift in light tone around us to be particularly noticeable … if we think about it, we can see it, but most of us don’t.  But take photographs in the two rooms and suddenly it’s more obvious.  Our cameras have eyes, but they don’t have our brains, and therefore tend to see exactly what is there.

Here is a series of images, all with different colour tones (click to enlarge).  The difference is now obvious.

mini filmstrip of six identical images of a baby with different colour tones or white balance settings

© 2013 Studio Deidre / Deidre Sorensen, London (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

(more…)

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Red, white, and blue (for our American friends)

July 4, 2014

From our archives: originally published 30 May 2012

New maternity photographs being added today to our pregnancy gallery.

I love the deep rich tones of the blue fabric and the dark red backdrop.  The backdrop was actually bright pink in daylight, but it became a deep red in the dark studio, producing fabulous shadows and depth in these images. The silk chiffon fabric also moves with such fluidity … just beautiful.

Pregnant woman photogarphed in profile with blue chiffon blowing over her body with dark shadows and a deep red backdrop

© 2013 Studio Deidre / Deidre Sorensen, London

Pregnant woman photographed from the head to the hips, with blue chiffon billowing across her body and out behind her, with the ends of the fabric held to her shoulders with her hands, and a deep red backdrop behind

© 2013 Studio Deidre / Deidre Sorensen, London

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Hats!

June 26, 2014

Newborn baby sleeping on a cream fabric, with head balanced on arms, the rest of his body hidden from sight, wearing a woolen hat with a long tail and pompom

© 2013 Studio Deidre / Deidre Sorensen, London

While I normally shoot really natural newborn images, the occasional hat can be quite adorable…

Enjoy!

 

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Quote of the day

June 17, 2014

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.”

- Unknown

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Happy father’s day

June 15, 2014

When you’re a new dad, every day is father’s day!

© 2013 Studio Deidre / Deidre Sorensen, London

© 2013 Studio Deidre / Deidre Sorensen, London

So often here on my blog and website, I post pictures of pregnant women, new mums, and babies … but it’s about time the dads got a turn.  So here is one from a recent shoot. I love how tiny the newborn looks — and how content.

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Double take

June 9, 2014

From our archives: originally published on 17 December 2012

Recently we had the chance to take newborn photos of a little girl whose older brother we had photographed almost exactly two years earlier. They were so alike in how they posed and their expressions.

We’ve now done some gorgeous prints for the family’s new London home, and we’re looking forward to seeing them once they’re hanging on the wall.

These two images were mounted on aluminium with a matte laminate on top, giving them a very modern and clean finish — I love how the matte laminate completes them so well. The composition of these two shots also works so well for them to be hung next to each other. Lovely…

Newborn baby curled up on its side, sleeping on a brown and cream fabric, legs crossed, with one arm beneath its head

© 2013 Studio Deidre / Deidre Sorensen, London

Newborn baby curled up asleep on its side, lying on a cream fabric, wrapped in a mint green blanket

© 2013 Studio Deidre / Deidre Sorensen, London

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Baby Photography Tip #2: Storing your photos

June 5, 2014

As promised, my second topic, based on questions from clients, is around storing photos.  That might not seem like a photography tip, per se, but it’s an important thing to think about.

So many of my clients have fabulous cameras at home and are either using those to get daily snaps of their children or using their phones.  Images are piling up — great little day-to-day moments — and they’ve not had a second to think through what they’re going to do with them.  Since I got asked the other day about storage, I thought I’d share what I do and what I’ve learned.  Three themes: (more…)

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Little bear

May 27, 2014

From our archives: originally published 13 October 2012

Newborn baby lying on cream fabric with head and arms showing, head resting on interlocked hands, with a bear hat on his head

© 2013 Studio Deidre / Deidre Sorensen, London

Loving this recent photo too.  He’s nicknamed their little bear, so his grandmother sent a cute bear hat, which we incorporated into the photo.  I love how his little fingers curl beneath his chin.  And what adorable lips.  So precious.

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Quote of the day

May 22, 2014

One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.

- Henry Miller

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Oh, the eyelashes!

May 13, 2014

From our archives: originally published 23 February 2013

Loving these images from a recent shoot.  This little guy has the most precious eyelashes. He just looks so serene!

He was also just a joy to photograph …

newborn baby asleep on its back in a white fur lined wooden bowl on a wood floor, in brown tones

© 2013 Studio Deidre / Deidre Sorensen, London

newborn baby asleep on its tummy, head turned to the side, lying on a cream fabric with a cream blanket over its back, with closeup details of the lips and eyelashes

© 2013 Studio Deidre / Deidre Sorensen, London

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Photographic print sizing: part 1 – image ratios

May 9, 2014

When my clients are choosing their favourite photos to print, I find myself walking through the relative sizes and ratios of images, and helping them think about how certain crops or images would look on their walls.  There is a lot of thinking that goes into these decisions, because it’s a surprisingly complex topic.  So, I thought I’d write a bit about it. Well, actually, a few bits:

Part 1: standard image sizes and ratios

Part 2: wall print size guide (i.e. how large will something look on a wall?)

I’ll do part 1 today and part 2 sometime in the next month or so.  

Standard Image Sizes and Ratios

While most of us rarely think about it, the height-width ratios of the images we print vary, depending on the standard enlargement we choose. We ask for a 5×7” print at the print shop, without a thought as to the original size of the image we took. And indeed, each of us has different cameras, which themselves have different aspect ratios. So the image you took with your camera and the image I took with mine may be different in their original sizes, but then we both go into the print shop and ask to print the images in the same standard size.  How does that work? (more…)

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Contentment

May 5, 2014

From our archives: originally published 8 October 2012

A new favourite from Studio Deidre: an angelic sleeping baby in a hanging basket. ♥

Newborn baby hanging in a basket, sleeping, aagainst a neutral backdrop, with basket lined with cream fabric which drapes over the edges with mini pompoms

© 2013 Studio Deidre / Deidre Sorensen, London

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