Every year Nikon has been collaborating with a whole host of very talented Nikon photographers to create a beautiful inspiring film. The film is simply called “I am Nikon 2016”. Divided into different sections, I am family, I am loved, I am Free, I am 2016, I am here to name a few. I love the strong sense of “I am”.
This year I was honoured to have four of my photos chosen for the film. I have been using Nikon cameras and lenses for at least 10 years. I’ve stopped counting exactly how long I have been a professional photographer. All that matters to me is that I am still as passionate about photographing people and families as ever. I borrowed a friends Nikon 10 years ago and decided that was the one for me. In all that time it has never let me down. Therefore I feel very proud to be chosen by Nikon to represent their brand.
I love this image not just because of the peacefulness but for capturing the feeling of wonder and pride. Sometimes you don’t need to see the parents faces to know how they are feeling. As it happens I photographed this couple at their wedding and now they have just had their 4th child. It’s lovely to watch them grow.I was delighted that this photograph was chosen for the I am nikon 2016 best of film. It has a special place in my heart. Sadly Rob, the father standing proudly in the middle passed away. He battled with cancer for a few years. I love this photo as the family stand united and strong.Now this one is another of my favourites as it looks just like the perfect family all admiring the cutest newborn sister. Which of course it is. However, just a few seconds before this shot the baby was crying and Bobby the brother was not playing ball. But the magic happened in a split second and I was ready. You need the eye but you also need a very fast shutter speed and a lot of patience. Another photo chosen from a very special family photoshoot. I spent the day with this family on their gorgeous boat on the River dart. It was a beautiful day but sadly this little girl was not feeling great. Out of the blue she decided to ‘out do’ her brother and climb the mast. Children really are unpredictable and therefore keep me on my toes.
If you would like to know more about my natural, fun, family photography then please drop me a line here. Always happy to have a chat about capturing your family and preserving those simple yet treasured times. I tend to work between Gloucestershire and London (Wandsworth) but I am happy to travel.
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.
Welcome to my first blog of 2016. I have a feeling its going to be a good year! It started well for me when I opened up Facebook and noticed that the new I am Nikon 2015 promotional video was out and they had chosen one of my images. Well, I was delighted as I never imagined that I was good enough to be represented by Nikon. Although I have hundreds of happy customers that come back year after year its always nice to get recognition from the Professionals. Nikon is my chosen weapon and has been for many years. It has never failed me.
Here is my photo to look out for…
Looking forward to a great new year. If you would like to know more about my natural family photography then please get in contact. Here are my details contact. xxx
Here’s another little video of what I’ve be up to this year. I’ve been too busy to blog.. so thought I would condense it all onto a video! I’ve met some amazing people, each with a different story to tell. Can’t believe the year has whizzed by and I’m already putting up the Christmas tree! Don’t forget that vouchers are available for Christmas, a personal timeless gift. In the meantime, enjoy what I’ve been up to. If you would like more information on my natural family photography, please contact me HERE.
So this is a first for me….taking the time to reflect on my last years work as a children’s family photographer. I think it’s a great thing to do. Not just to show my past and future clients what I have been up to during the year but for myself. To remind myself of what a privilege it is to be asked to photograph families, newborns and relationships. For them to let me into their lives and share their milestones. Or simply to capture the simplicity of their day.
Although I have photographed many families last year I have not been able to include everyone. For this I do apologise! As you can imagine I have many more favourites and have found it hard to whittle it down to a mere 90 photos! Please take the time to sit back and enjoy my little slideshow. If you would like to know more about my relaxed style of photographing friends and families then send me an email with your details and I will be happy to discuss your needs. Just here! I am looking forward to what 2015 has to bring.
Just thought it was time I shared some of the photography from our epic trip to Zanzibar last summer to promote the fantastic work of my dear friend Julie Lawrence. Who happens to be back in town therefore I am topping up some photography of her beautiful jewellery. Some people in life are truly amazing and it astounds me how kind and generous they are. Julie is one of those people. She has single handedly opened an NGO selling beautiful handmade jewellery and for local women in Stonetown Zanzibar. It has not been as easy journey . It is not a culture where women are encouraged to be independent, whether Western or Muslim. Despite many challenges the workshop is a thriving business and community. It was named Fahari, which means Pride in Swahili. The women come from miles around to work and natter!! I was privileged to be capture the women at work. You can check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NgoFahariZanzibar. Or better still visit their website www.fahari-zanzibar.com . You can buy products without the expense of going all the way to Zanzibar! Although it is worth the trip!
So….it’s been a while since I have posted on my blog. I have almost forgotten how to do it! I am alive and well and have had an extremely busy summer, therefore apologies for the lack of blogs. However, that is all about to change as the summer has come to an abrupt end so its time to dig out the ugg boots and faithful wooly cardigan. I have to say that as a family photographer I embrace all seasons and light conditions and am quite looking forward to the autumn. It just seems to have appeared rather too quickly and I am already feeling nostalgic for the summer. These two photos are from my family holiday in Lake Balaton Hungary, a place we visit every summer. I am passionate about taking natural family photos and can be a little irritating on holiday as my camera comes everywhere. I have been known to do photo shoots on boats before so please contact me for details. For these shots I was bobbing around in a rubber ring trying to position myself. As you can see the rain was on its way. Sorry Girls…..(and hubby) it had to be done!
So….firstly I do apologise fo being a bit behind with the old blogs…..and then posting my own family photos. Still it is a rare occasion that your daughter turns 21and so the celebrate we took a trip up the Shard to admire the View. It was well worth the trip. Wasn’t quite sure what to expect or indeed if it was worth the £25 a head ticket? Maybe we were lucky as the sunset was quite spectacular and the views were amazing. We spent close to 2 hours up there and time just whizzed by. I thought I wouldn’t cope without a snack bar or the obligatory glass of wine! However, neither were necessary as the many views and changing light kept us all entertained. As a family location photographer it is quite hard to photograph your own family with out becoming quite bossy and trying to get that perfect shot without spoiling the occasion. Not supposed to mix work and pleasure but heh ho…As you can imagine as the sun was setting the view became overcrowded with heads jostling for position to get the perfect view. I enjoyed standing back and capturing the moment of the silhouettes and the London sky. If you are interested in capturing the day with your family on location please contact me here. I promise not to be too bossy…..x
Ok, so I don’t normally post personal holiday photos on my blog but I just wanted to share these with you to show that when you are a photographer you are looking all the time. Looking at the light, composition, and the emotion. As a family portrait photographer you never stop looking, especially on holiday. My family gets really irritated with me therefore I don’t take fancy equipment, just a small rubbish camera that hopefully they won’t notice. Then I pray as I wish I had taken my professional camera to really capture the moments! I am delighted as I have been asked to photograph clients whilst on holiday. Perfect. I can combine my two favourite things in Life, holidays and photography. Thanks family for putting up with me! x
Nine years ago my sister-in -law Wendy’s life was cut short. We were devastated. Winston’s Wish came up with the idea of setting off balloons on her birthday to celebrate her life. It’s a tradition that we have kept over the years and will continue to do come rain or shine. This year happened to be a beautiful evening. I love the light in these shots. Blue was her favourite colour. Happy Birthday Wendy……..x