Hi. We are James and Lauren. Multi award winning published photographers and parents ourselves to two spirited young children.
Both artists and photographers, we have both operated our own, individual creative businesses for a long time now.
After a rocky and at times, touch-and-go pregnancy, we were hit with the realisation that life was for living. We made the decision to combine the beautiful, personal elements of our individual businesses and life long careers in creativity and founded Lemon Sky Photography shortly after the birth of our Son, Noah.
The decision was not hard at all - in fact, it seemed like the most natural move in the world for us. Noah arrived in the world in February when the floods and rain were torrential (and no, he is not names after 'that' Noah!).
As we held him in our arms and the struggles of the pregnancy melted away, the dawn broke and the sky turned a cool and surreal lemon colour (as it does that time of year between the rain clouds) and at that exact moment, we knew everything was going to be ok... This was our Lemon Sky Moment.
After this, we stopped taking life for granted, jumped away from the fast lane and lived for those cherished, small moments instead... it was only fitting we named our beautiful little business Lemon Sky! We chose to live in the 'now' and make each day count.
Memories matter. As a teen I used to roll my eyes at my parent's wall of photographs - seriously, it was a wall. You couldn't even see the floral wall paper behind for the jumble of mismatched frames crammed corner to corner. Mostly me and my sister through the ages, as babies in matching outfits or smiling awkwardly through braces in school photographs. As a mother myself now, I understand... oh boy do I understand.
Memories are worth more than just grainy mobile phone snaps or hidden away on hard-drives that may not even function in the years to come with ever changing technology (remember floppy discs?) images that capture the sole, personality and every tiny detail of the NOW are so very important. Not just for us, but for our children's children.
A LITTLE RANDOM... I used to sail the seven seas with captain hook and lived next door to Mickey Mouse and Cinderella... I worked for Disney cruise lines for years as an entertainer prior to becoming a mother (though my own children don't believe me!)
I have always been an artist, first with pencil and charcoal resulting in two solo art exhibitions (each lasting 2 weeks solid) before going over to digital mediums as a qualified graphic designer prior to photography.
I have an uncanny ability to try to get out of cars with my seat-belt still on and to fall up the stairs! Don't ask why.
I can't wait to meet you soon.
Growing up in my household, there was never a dull moment. My mother was lead childcare co-coordinator for the whole of Portsmouth and every day, our home was filled with happy crazy children of all ages. The toys, the chaos, the noise, the laughter... our home was happy. Since becoming a Dad myself, I am loving every moment. My father is a professional, published Photographer and I grew up learning my trade as his right-hand-man... I think I could change a roll of film before I could walk! I loved nothing more than sitting in our dark-room, watching the prints develop. Though times have changed and film is now digital, the technical side of photography is ever growing. But the heart of photography, the ability to freeze time and tell a story without words - that is something that will always be ingrained in my soul.
A LITTLE RANDOM...
I am a certified and trained psychological councilor and C.B.T specialist, having worked closely with many individuals over the years. I am also a teaching assistant, having worked in several Portsmouth schools.
I am a published singer-songwriter and have several albums still on iTunes (search James Tippins) as well as successful tours of New York and the states under my belt... This is how Lauren and I met, when she auditioned as my bass player and well, as they say, the rest is history...
I can't wait to meet you.
No two families or babies are alike which makes newborn photography so wonderful!
Having a child is one of the most life-changing, beautiful things that will happen to you. We understand how blurry those first weeks are with a newborn, so we created Lemon Sky to make your photography experience relaxing, high quality and a memory in itself to treasure.
Our cosy studio is set up at our home in the PO2 postcode of Portsmouth (Hampshire) and by coming to us, you get the best of both worlds: a relaxing, friendly environment that still retains that boutique "studio" quality.
Lauren is your primary Maternity and Newborn Photographer, whilst James is your man for Milestone and Cake Smash sessions. Though we may both be present during your session, depending on the style of your shoot and the shots required. We are hands-on and supporting your baby at all times whilst they are posed to ensure comfort: Safety comes first always.
We have a large collection of props, setups and colour schemes for you to choose from: from hats, wraps and headbands, to baskets, buckets and more - in fact, we have a bit of an addiction to vintage, handmade and unique newborn props!
We look forward to meeting your family and capturing these precious moments for you in a series of fine-art, unique images you can keep close to your heart forever.