Welcome to Abbey Wood Studios - Lesley Johnson's Blog
My name is Lesley Johnson, I work from base in Abbey Wood, South East London. Here is where I share some of my life and my photography. I love portrait photography including Maternity, Newborn and family portraits. Here I will share some recent photography sessions with you. You can also find a gallery on my main website at www.abbeywoodstudios.co.uk .
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A couple of years ago a piece of art was removed from the docklands area of London due to the redevelopment of the roundabout where it was sited. This month the piece has been given a new home near Billingsate Fish Market and I am delighted. Its a fun piece and its great to watch motorists who have not seen it before pause for a second till they realise its an art piece and not a proper set of lights.
Wish more art was a fun as this.
Its been an age since I blogged. I have no excuse. I haven’t even blogged about my special birthday surprise. My family and BBF conspired to surprise me for a special birthday I had in October. I was packed off to NEW YORK with Cheryl for a week. The only other time I have flown was to New Quay. I didn’t even have a passport till earlier in the year when my husband said I should get one as our son was going on a school trip to Spain and at least one of us should have one in case of emergencies. Can’t believe I fell for that one. Anyway had a wonderful week even though it was a bit weird not actually spending my birthday with the family. Here are one or two shoots. As you can imagine I have hundreds more LOL
Thomas Philip Prince died 100 years ago today.
This is my Great Uncle Thomas. He was a railway porter based at Selsdon Road, Croydon. His family lived in Hastings and he would go home every weekend, then travel up to Croydon on Monday morning, He was extremely superstitious about the number 13. So on 12th October 1913 he travelled up to Croydon instead of the 13th which was the Monday morning. During work that day he fell from the platform as a train came into the station killing him. He was 19 years old. The family story is that the train was the 13.01 or the 13.13. That part of the story I have not been able to claify, but he did die on the 13th October 1913.
His sister (My great aunty Ethel) gave me this photo along with the information behind it. We were sorting through various photos and she was sad to think that there was no-one to remember him. I asked for the photo and have kept it ever since.
I was also determined to remember him today – Sleep well Uncle Tom – you are in my thoughts today
Your Great neice
I have a lovely quite session with Neave, her mummy and daddy and Big brother Bobbie. She is adorable and everyone seemed so happy and chilled which considering she was only born 9 days ago is pretty good going.
Was at Wembley to see the first Color Run held in the UK. Whoever thought up this event must be bonkers or a genius. Or maybe its those taking part who are bonkers. Looks like everyone had a lot of fun and hopefully a lot of money was raised. Well done to everyone who took part, Organisers, runners and volunteers.
Sunday was probably the hottest day of the year so far. As the dedicated studio is still under construction set up and put away has to be done on the day of the shoot. Boy was it warm while I was setting up. That was fine for me but for Holly and her parents things weren’t going quite so well. Traffic at the Blackwall Tunnel was not good and they got stuck and had to turn off and take refuge in McDonalds where they thankfully have air conditioning. Luckily they all arrived safe and we go some very cute shots.
As the studio was set up you have to take photos of the grandchildren too don’t you. Madison and Jacob were happy to be models this time.
Some times I go for a shot just as it happens. That’s normally when I am out and about. The great thing about digital is, if the shot doesn’t work you can always delete it. Its not like you have to wait for the film to come back before you know what you’ve got. So today while at Wat Tyler Country Park one of the boys was walking along the miniature train track. I put the camera on the track and took a photo. Checked the LCD screen and loved what I saw. Thought that’s good I will get them to do it again so that I can take some more. Do you think I could do it again. Sometimes when you think things rather than just do things it doesn’t work. |This was one of those occasions. So glad the first shot worked
A busy but fun weekend. I had so much fun with some of the cutest kiddies you have every seen. Not only cute to look at but little stars when in from of the Camera. The sun came out this weekend, I had two days of photography – life doesn’t get much better than this.
I know my regular visitors will remember Fay and Garys wedding, well this year I had the honour of photographing their babys Christening at the same church they had their Wedding. Probably one of the largest Christenings I have ever been too but thats not suprising. Its been a tough year or so for Fay and Garys family and hopefully this Christening is the start of better things to come. Fay as usual had thought of everthing. Gary had even spent a week painting the church hall ready for the reception. Baby Betsy was the star though, she didn’t cry once and seemed to love the attention.
Baby K was Christened at St Vincents Church in Dartford. The Church were very welcoming and Baby K was very well behaved even when he was woken up abruptly by a Priest pouring water on him. It was a lovely service and I was very honoured to be invited to photograph his big day.