Tina's Blog

Hi, I’m Tina Chisnell; welcome to my blog. If you are a prospective client please take a moment to browse through the showcase pages for examples of my portrait photography.

 I like to think of this blog as my virtual scrap book; it’s the place where I keep the other photos and stories I collect as I go about my days, building my business around my passion. 


November 14, 2017

It’s been a while. Life has been crazy, The www.100inhamble.com project has reached half a century; I shot my first wedding; my brown-eyed boy started big school – in my head he’s still 2 so this is a pretty big deal! I wanted the www.100inhamble.com project to be solely about .... Read More

October 13, 2017

Do you know how Facebook brings up memories from previous years? Well, a while ago it brought up a memory which was actually a blog I had written a long time ago. Back then, I used to sign off with the line, “Dream big; be bold.” www.tinachisnell.com/blog/Dream-Big-Be-Bold At some point, .... Read More

September 07, 2017

It looks like the www.100inhamble.com project might actually reach completion. I photographed a wonderful 99 year old lady recently and it was an absolute pleasure to meet her, take her photo and talk to her about her life and memories. I’m sure if you have a read of Kathleen Motherwell’s .... Read More

August 31, 2017

When a client comes back to you and asks for another photoshoot, you know you’re not doing too bad a job. This is my third photoshoot with this gorgeous family and as always it was such a pleasure to work with them. We found that raisins are a girl’s best .... Read More

August 29, 2017

The other week, I took a photograph of a student I used to teach for the 100 in Hamble. I’m not going to pretend I remember teaching her but it was such a pleasure to take her photos and listen to her talk so articulately about her life in Hamble .... Read More

August 10, 2017

Sometimes I do a shoot with children and they just don’t want their photo taken. It’s totally understandable; they have never met me before, may have had an bad night’s sleep or have just walked past our play room which resides beside my studio and wants to go and play .... Read More

June 29, 2017

It’s hard to believe that I had an idea 4 years ago, decided to actually do it in March and now, not even four months later I am a quarter of the way through completing my 100 in Hamble project. 25 ladies done, and lots more booked. It’s looking positive .... Read More

March 28, 2017

About 4 years ago I had an idea; I thought I would take photographs of women and girls aged from 1 to 100 that were living in our little village of Hamble. The idea was to celebrate the lives of these ladies, and hopefully paint a portrait of the community .... Read More

February 28, 2017

Ok, so it feels like you’ve just unwrapped those Christmas presents and you still have tubs of Celebrations and Quality Street chocolates hiding in the bottom kitchen drawer but Bluebell season is almost upon us. Yes, tomorrow it will be March and Bluebells bloom at around the end of April .... Read More

February 21, 2017

“Let’s just have a bit of fun.” Dad said, and so they did. It’s always nice to see genuine smiles and that bond between family members.  Read More

February 14, 2017

You never know what you’re going to get when a client books you for a family shoot. Some of the children enter excited and pose without any encouragement or bribing. Some need a few chocolate buttons or Percy Pig sweets to get a smile out of them and some don’t .... Read More

February 07, 2017

Children get bored. I know this; I worked as a teacher for about 10 years. I also learned a few techniques along the way to keep them focused; this has served me well in my job as a photographer where I work with children a lot. I play nursery rhymes .... Read More

January 31, 2017

Autumn is my new favourite season. Apparently, that wasn’t the case before but since losing my memory things have changed. Now, I love the colours of the leaves and walking through them hearing that crunch (while hoping there isn’t any dog poo lurking beneath them!) So, I was happy that .... Read More

January 24, 2017

As any of you who have read my previous blog posts will know, I have two sons so I am always really interested when clients bring me two boys to photograph. I like to see the interaction between brothers and either see what the future might hold for my boys’ .... Read More