Annabel is starting school!

Annabel is starting school!

Tomorrow morning my very own little one will be heading off to school for the first time!

While I am really excited for her, it also feels rather poignant for her to be taking her first step on her education journey. As with the other school starters who have come to see me recently, I have captured this moment on camera so that it will be preserved and we can both look back at it in years to come. I hope that one day she will even share it with children of her own, as I have shared a photo of me heading off on my first day at Primary School with her.

Competition Time

Competition Time

I am excited to announce that in partnership with the Index magazine, I have launched a fabulous competition for September! You have the opportunity to win a mini photography session for your child and your choice of carefully edited digital image - a prize worth £150.

This Father's Day... 'even if we're apart... I'll always be with you'

This Father's Day... 'even if we're apart... I'll always be with you'

‘There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.’ Winnie The Pooh

I wrote this post back in June, but wasn’t brave enough to post it then. There were just too many emotions vying for attention and by sharing this with the world, it felt that I would be exposing a lot… perhaps more than any of you want or need to know! But now, I feel braver and stronger and I think that Winnie the Pooh would want me to post this… let’s just hope I’m being smart in listening to him!

Finding time to smell the roses... (or tulips!)

Finding time to smell the roses... (or tulips!)

I needed to take a little break from photographing children, as it requires a lot of energy and a certain amount of speed and agility to launch oneself into the positions required to capture spontaneous giggles and moments of fun. So, I turned instead to the flowers that I had been so kindly given to brighten my bedroom. Admittedly, some were past their best by the time I picked up my camera again, but that just seemed to add to their beauty: whilst not conventionally perfect, they had developed a uniqueness as well as an intensity of colour in their wilting (a bit like me, I suppose - a bit sore and damaged, but with a big dab of blusher to cheer up my pale cheeks!). I fell in love with the tiny details of powdery pollen, the diversity of colour within each flower and the elegant curving sweep of the falling petals.

'I'm not perfect, I'm original'

'I'm not perfect, I'm original'

Milk spots, baby acne, dry skin, jaundice, red splotches, scratches, snotty noses, chapped lips, bumped heads…

These are just some of the things that parents worry about when they are considering a photography session for their newborn or child, and I was no different when I had my daughter. I looked at stunning photography on the internet and I looked at my newborn baby, and made the classic mistake of assuming that what I saw online was reality (we’ve all been guilty of that in moments of weakness… usually involving comparing ourselves to some bikini-clad, angel-winged, Victoria Secret’s model!). I felt that my baby came up short (!) and I blamed myself and my novice parenting skills, assuming that I had washed her too much/too little/used the wrong oil for her skin/exposed her to too much dust/dirt/sunshine/detergents etc etc… the list went on (especially in the many wakeful moments during those long first nights!)

‘If you’re not falling over, you’re not trying hard enough.’

‘If you’re not falling over, you’re not trying hard enough.’

‘If you’re not falling over, you’re not trying hard enough’ my 4 year old sagely declared. And she is right. If we all remain within our comfort zone all the time, then we will never discover the full extent of what we can achieve.

My little girl did fall. Many times. But after one particular fall, she got up smiling and said, ‘I don’t know how to do it… yet. But I will learn.’ Again, I was taken aback by the simplicity and confidence of this statement.

It is amazing what we can learn from our children.

What have you learned from a child?

'Have Fun at Work' Day!

'Have Fun at Work' Day!

Winston Churchill said that ‘if you find a job you love, you’ll never work again’.

When I am in the studio, my clients and I have so much fun: we blow bubbles, we throw confetti, we tell silly jokes to one another, and in the midst of all the giggles, children often forget that they are in front of a camera at all and my job to capture those smiles, sibling cuddles or tentative first steps, is both a joy and a privilege.

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

On 1st January, many of us diligently consider our resolutions for the coming year and, for most of us, they involve getting fitter/healthier/more mindful. If you are a parent, I imagine you may also have a second resolution along the lines of spending more quality time with your children, and (the holy grail of parenting) creating joyful memories which will last well beyond childhood.