Captivating photography of families, boudoir and brands
Photography is one of those things that I don't remember a time it hasn't been there in my life. From my first Instamatic camera aged 8, to my Dad and his life-long obsession with camera kit (who still terrorises every camera shop proprietor in the South of England), a bit of modelling followed by a degree in multimedia and my warm-up career as a web developer - cameras have always been there. Family photography was my first love as a professional photographer when I started in 2010, expanding to boudoir and commercial photography, realising that my passion for portrait photography centres around forging lasting relationships with my clients and helping them build confidence in front of the camera. Trust is at the core of what I do and I'm very passionate about it.
I use my skills to support charitable causes as much as I can - having been involved in several fundraising projects for breast cancer research, a cause close to my heart, as well as local charities (more below). A firefighters calendar and my lockdown portrait series 'Children of Salisbury' have been particular highlights and my work has taken me to some fascinating places. I've even photographed a submarine missile. Yes really.
I know I've had a good shoot if I'm either filthy dirty or my beloved waders have had an outing. I always seem to end up in water just like my bonkers spaniel (are dogs like their owners or owners like their dogs? Never quite sure) and my waders have even developed their own little fanbase on Instagram.
I’ve been incredibly lucky to experience some of the most jaw-dropping places on Earth. I’ve watched the sun set on Mount Everest, tracked the Milky Way from the middle of the ocean and seen the morning sun turn the Alpine mountains into a white sea of diamonds. I’ve jumped off turquoise waterfalls in the Grand Canyon and my adventurous spirit is always looking for new challenges and explorations.
But as much as the wonders of our big blue planet feed my soul, the smaller pleasures closer to home bring simpler, but just as special, meaning. A snuggle on the sofa with my kids (though it needs bribery these days), a really good bar of chocolate or the pure indulgence of a back scratch.
I'M AN ADVENTURER, LOVER OF HUGS & PURVEYOR OF TERRIBLE JOKES
What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
- MARY OLIVER
I'M HONOURED TO HAVE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING
ACCOLADES FOR MY WORK:
2021 Sony World Photography Awards Open - Lifestyle Shortlist
2021 Wiltshire Life Arts & Culture Runner-Up
2020 Professional Photo PoTY - Child Portraiture
2018 Master Photographers Association Shortlist - Children
2018 Wiltshire Life Arts & Culture Runner-Up
2015 Wiltshire Life Photographer of the Year
2013/14 Master Photographers Association 'David Mathias Portrait Award' Winner
A CHARITABLE PORTRAIT SERIES EXPLORING THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF LOCKDOWN ON SALISBURY'S CHILDREN
During June - November 2020 I photographed 112 of Salisbury’s children, compiling a series of portraits that chronicles how, despite upheaval and challenge, these children found real positives from their lockdown experience. Heartwarming, uplifting stories of how children discovered a love of nature, even their own siblings(!), undertook physical challenges, helped their community. Many many more, each one with a unique story.
It is a body of portraits that document a generation of children in the wake of this unprecedented event in their lives, and how the effect of lockdown has shaped their view on what is important to them and potentially how they live their future lives.
We raised £5000 for The Stars Appeal and Action for Children, and produced a limited edition, large-format book of the children’s portraits and their stories – copies of which were presented to Earl of Pembroke and Duchess of Cambridge as patrons of the charities. One of the images was shortlisted for a Sony World Photography Award, an absolute highlight of my career. See here for more.
Breast Cancer Portraits
I offer a charitable service offering sensitive portraiture to women affected by breast cancer, aiming to help restore confidence and self-esteem for ladies who have been affected physically and emotionally at a time in their lives when they feel at their most vulnerable. Having been through it myself, I am all too aware how the often disfiguring treatment can erode our feelings of femininity, desirability and self-worth and I get immense joy at helping these women back on the road to emotional recovery through beautiful intimate photography.
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Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to know more about my photography services.
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