Between You and Me
"Photography is a means of recording forever the things one sees for a moment." A. Sussman
Why choose me?
I am a very cheerful, relaxed yet energetic, creative and patient photographer, who aims to capture fleeting moments in your life for ever and I have a good sense of humour. I have worked as a teacher and am able to work with and engage children during shoots.
I love to use natural light and hardly ever use a flash or studio lights.
I believe in going with the flow and seeing what unfolds during the shoot. Sometimes inspiration strikes unexpectedly. Sometimes the client has a particular idea in mind. Sometimes things go to plan. Sometimes they don't but, no matter what, absolutely lovely pictures will be created. I adore looking at details, I love angles and composition, I enjoy making the most of the moments in time, just before I press the button.
I tend to point and shoot when taking photos! I am an instinctive photographer in that sense and I go with what feels right to me, rather than what may be technically correct. I react fast to what is happening in front of me and the people being photographed help me make decisions about how things should progress. It is a partnership. I think on my feet and in the moment and I am therefore able to produce great images which require very little post-processing and I do not like to "over edit" as it were.
I am also a fully qualified first aider and have been for many years, so your little ones will be in safe hands.
I like to take natural and spontaneous shots, which reflect the nature of my clients. I do not pose people much and prefer to capture the interaction between the different photoshoot participants, which is constantly evolving. I have quick reaction times! I am not sure that you could actually categorise my style, other than to say that it can be fluid, calm, relaxed, flexible, impulsive, warm and genuine. I become one with the camera and my subjects, living in the moment and seeing the image both through the lens and in my mind's eye.
Your photoshoot experience...
I would suggest that you really look forward to it and then enjoy it when it actually happens. Be prepared (e.g. clothes, make up, props) and then relax. It should be a fun experience which allows you to forget that I am there with a camera. We will discuss details in advance and arrange location, colour schemes, props and so on and I will always respond promptly to any questions you may have. You can feel confident that you will be getting a unique and totally personal photoshoot and that I will be creating some great pictures for you to treasure.
Please note that I will retain the right to decide if something is working or not, while I am shooting. Therefore, I may need to ask you to change positions for example, even though that would slightly interrupt the flow of what you are doing in front of me.
Show me the love...
A lot of love shines through in photoshoots e.g. the love of parents for their newborn baby, the love of a little boy who has now become a big brother, the love of a younger sibling for an older one, the love of two adults. Love and laughter and lingering looks... Love is by its very nature intangible and yet it can be portrayed through photographs which can capture a moment, a look, a touch, a smile.
In essence, the people being photographed help me make decisions about what to photograph; it's a partnership :-)