Award winning photographer
I am now officially an “Award Winning Photographer”. I recently joined an organisation called the British Institute of Professional Photographers and very quickly gained my licentiateship. I was delighted as it was on my to do list for quite some years. Despite having lots of very happy customers I wanted to do something for myself. I wanted to be recognised by a trusted organisation that is well respected in the industry. I have been a professional portrait photographer for nearly 10 years. Despite having many happy customers that come back year after year, I wanted to achieve my own goals. I had often walked past the stands of the BIPP at various exhibitions and thought “one day” that will be me. The competition is tough and the standard is very high. I had to prepare myself and my work. I think as photographers we are plagued with self doubt. I certainly never thought I was good enough to receive such an award. It is an industry where the majority of us are self taught and quite often sitting on our computers late into the night editing. It can be terribly lonely. That is when the self doubt creeps in. I think as a mother I have made a conscious effort to instil self esteem into my three girls. However sometimes we are so busy with life that we forget about ourselves and our own self esteem.
On the 25th April I attended a training course with Bryn Griffiths on product photography. Which was taking myself out of my comfort zone again. I was advised to enter a few of my photos into the regional awards competition. Low and behold on the night I was awarded with a Gold, Silver and a Bronze award. Then unbeknown to me there was the “Cotswold photographer of the Year 2016” award. Then next thing I knew I was my name was being called as the winner. I wished I had known this was going to happen as I would have washed my hair!
Here is the link to the Bipp website…link to prove it.
So now I can honestly call myself an “Award Winning Photographer”. As my family are probably bored of hearing already. It’s never too late to achieve your dreams.
If you would like to know more about the way I work and how to capture those precious moments in your family. Please contact me here . I look forward to hearing from you.
Mother and baby photographer Battersea
As a baby photographer Battersea I love it when my clients are local. When I am out and about I am always looking out for familiar faces and seeing how the babies are changing. I was delighted to be asked to photograph Poppy who had just got over a nasty bug. Poppy was very happy to be cuddled and adored by not only Mum but Grandparents too. She wasn’t a shy baby so it made my job much easier. How lucky she is to have her Grandparents living near by. It’s a special relationship to be cherished. I enjoy to capturing the love between the generations.
I think it is really important to capture the stage that baby’s are at. It all goes too quickly and we forget at what age they accomplished their milestones. Poppy was at the crawling stage. I expect by now she is pulling herself up and braving her first steps. She was also at the stage where she wanted to feed herself. I love photographing babies eating. Although it can be very hit and miss. Or rather hit and mess!
I am also a strong believer in photographing Mummies and babies together. We are the ones that are doing all the hard work and not always getting the deserved credit. My daughters have often commented on the fact that there are very few photos of me and them together as I was always the one taking the photos. We are spoilt with lovely dresses for girls but I do love getting their birthday suits out too. So in between changes I let them be free of the restrictions of clothes. I love a chunky roll or cheeky crease. They will soon be leggy teenagers.
If you are thinking about having a baby photo shoot or a family get together and would like to know more about my work then please drop me a line here. I look forward to hearing from you. xxx
Newborn and family photographer/sw11
I have always wanted to call myself an Award Winning photographer. Well the time has finally come and I am proud to have been awarded the title of “Cotswold Photographer of the Year” by the British Institute of Professional Photographers. I will be blogging my winnings in due course but am very honoured and shocked to be awarded such a title. I am not one to brag, promote or even advertise my work but this is something I might have to do.
Anyway enough about me. I have been prompted to blog about this lovely family in my favourite neighbourhood of Northcote Road Battersea. I went visit Jen at her home when she was expecting baby girl number three. Having three girls myself I could have total empathy. It’s funny but people often assume that you are hankering for a boy but I have always been happy and blessed with three girls and happily so was Jen.
There is something quite delightful about photographing a family that is expanding as they get more relaxed and chilled with life as their family grows. I always think a family needs a dog to complete the chaos. However in this case Bolshy the dog was the first baby and am delighted that he is a much part of the family as the kids! They were so relaxed that Stella the newborn baby was allowed to snuggle with him. I love it as it’s such a special relationship that is a natural part of childhood. The other bonus to third child is that the older siblings get a real baby doll to play with. Fabulous fun! Until of course baby Stella reaches the age of 2 and can hold her own. Then the she might develop her own ideas and not want to conform. Until then enjoy the calm.
I am delighted to be going back to photograph the family and document their changes. Lets see if we can make it to the park this time now I am an award winning photographer! Sorry I just like saying it!
If you would like to know more about my Award Winning Photography then please contact me here. I look forward to telling your story.
Newborn and bump photographer in Cheltenham
I am proud to say that being a newborn, bump photographer is fast becoming my speciality. The older I get the easier it seems to be for me. I love to calm the newborn babes and make the mothers feel comfortable, whether its their first, second or fifth baby! I love to capture the curiosity or sometimes indifference with the siblings. Kids can be quite honest about their feelings towards their new brother or sister. It doesn’t always go the way you expect.
Bobby is a dream older brother. Very affectionate and was happy to hold, love and kiss his new sister Nelly. He will be the proud big brother looking after his sister when she’s older. This is my third or fourth time of photographing Amy and Bobby. I was delighted when Amy asked me to capture some photos of her bump, as I knew that she was blooming in her pregnancy. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea to have their bump photographed but I think there is nothing more beautiful than a blooming, pregnant woman. Amy certainly fits this category. It’s such an amazing thing that happens to your body and should be celebrated! I like to make my clients feel relaxed and comfortable and take the time to appreciate their body and enjoy the calm before the storm!
I love the family shot of all the family looking down at Nelly. This was towards the end of the shoot and Bobby was starting to get restless. He loved the camera to be on him and was starting to feel that he wasn’t the main spotlight. However he loved to look at himself in the big mirror behind me. I let him enjoy his own reflection in the mirror and then when he was ready he looked down at just the right moment.
If you are looking for a newborn, bump photographer and would like to know more about the way I work or book a session, please contact me here. I look forward to hearing from you.
After spending years of wandering around photography shows such as Focus , SWPP and the Photography Show Nec, I admired organisations like the BIPP at a distance. I never thought that I was good enough to be a member. It is an organisation that recognises a benchmark of excellence with Photography. Within a few weeks of joining I took a deep breath and went out of my comfort zone and tried to gain the first tier of qualifications. Thankfully my hard work paid off and I gained my Licentiateship. Part of the process was to produce a book of information about me. This was a task I did not take lightly. It gave me an opportunity to really look at myself and my work. I have been a family and baby photographer in Cheltenham and London for about 10 years and have hundreds of happy clients. Many of which come back year after year for more of my soulful portraits. However, there is always room for improvement and I don’t wan’t to become complacent! That is why being a member of the BIPP will help me to improve my skills and share my knowledge.
Here are a few spreads from my supporting evidence ( book). I really enjoying designing the layout and the look to fit in with my brand. I believe I am a natural story teller. Which shows in my family photography and in my book design. I think its really important to tell the your personal story through my lens and therefore many of my clients like to present their photos in one of my books. You can have a peek here to see more examples of my books.
I always find it hard to choose which photos to submit as my choice might not be the best. Here are some of my favourites from my portfolio review.So if you are interested in making your own family story of photos and would like to know more about my work then please drop me a line here. Happy to chat and find out more about you and your story.