It’s funny to think that 20 years ago I was dipping my toe into the unknown waters of running my own business around something that meant a lot to me and felt very personal. It was a big leap, turning something that I did for pleasure into a business and having the confidence to take it in the direction I wanted as well as taking my photography to the next level. I’ve definitely had a few wobbles on the way in terms of confidence, but I’ve learnt that you just have to stay true to your own style.
Although I have dabbled in other photographic genres, there has never really been any doubt about where my photographic speciality lies. I love photographing people – it’s as simple as that. I love portraiture in all the forms that that presents. I love creating special memories for people and helping people realise their dreams by taking headshots that reflect the essence of who they are.
My main goal as a photographer is for people I am photographing to feel relaxed. My need to capture a moment in time that is just so fleeting, surpasses everything else. It’s definitely about finding the balance but when I am photographing people I just don’t want to miss any little expression or emotion that flies across their faces, so I try and work quickly before any kind of self consciousness materialises.
I can’t get away from the fact that I am massively sentimental and all I want to do is collect and archive memories. That is one of the main reasons I became a photographer. I loved looking at old family photos and I still do now; I never tire of it however often I have looked at one image. A photograph is like a piece of music or a smell – it just takes you right back in time and you remember when or where it was taken and everything about that person.
My professional journey into photography started by taking photos of children at the local preschool as well as of families and local events. This quickly developed into family lifestyle photography, portraits, headshots and school photography. It is very easy to look at what other photographers are doing and wonder whether you should be following specific trends but the truth is, I wanted to be me and to develop my own style. I can’t tell you how exciting it is for somebody to recognize an image as mine.
It still surprises me today when I get such lovely feedback from people. It makes me feel that I have achieved what I set out to do in making people happy with my photos, making them smile, inspiring them in some way or giving them something to treasure and pass down to generations to come.
Despite running my business for several years, it took me a long time to have the confidence to talk about my work and exhibit it but I quickly realised that there are people out there who are interested and are big supporters. It’s a wonderful feeling. Thank you!
I wanted to mark my 20 year work anniversary by running various projects from Autumn of last year, leading up to a big celebration in the summer of 2020. Some of you may have seen the photos I have been releasing from my archive, which has been a great trip down memory lane. I have also been trying to run a series of ‘Then and Now’ photos, which has been on hold but I am planning on continuing with these over the summer. My big celebration event had to be postponed but will go ahead when it is safe to do so. 20 years is a big achievement so I want to remember this time as something really special.
I have been really lucky to have met so many wonderful and interesting people over the years. I love to think that the photographs I have taken have made a real difference in people’s lives, whether that be by creating special memories or by helping people to create an all important professional profile.
Thank you for all your love and support up until now and I hope to see you all very soon for the next 20 year adventure.
To create a storyboard of memories, I would really love to hear your experiences of a photo session with me or to see and hear about a specific photo I have captured for you. Please share them on social media and tag me, leave me a comment on here or send me an email. It will mean a lot to hear from you all and there will be a surprise for everybody who would like to share.