Why I Love My Chosen Profession

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A few weeks after my Dad died I looked back through old photos to find one of us together. I only found one. This is us in Rome with St Peter’s Basilica and Castel Sant’Angelo in the background. We had a wonderful time on that holiday, I remember I dragged him and my Mum around everywhere in the scorching 40 degree heat as I was so excited to show them the city I’d fallen in love with. 

My Mum must have snapped it and it’s precious. I've managed to avoid marriage so never had any of the traditional father/bride photos and as I'm always behind the camera we never had any professional ones taken.

Reflecting on this photograph and family photography makes me fall in love a little bit more with my chosen profession. It’s an honour to meet my clients, to be allowed for a brief time into their circle and to be trusted to capture and document their family. The portraits I take will not only be treasured for a lifetime but will form part of the legacy that is left to their children and descendants.

Photos are often cited as the number one possession that people would grab if their house was on fire and I feel so lucky that I get to spend my life making these precious items. 

Basingstoke Headshots

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I had this lovely lady in my studio recently who was looking to refresh her headshots for LinkedIn. We’d met up for a coffee a few weeks prior to the session and discussed what look and feel she was going for and she decided she wanted her session in the studio rather than on location somewhere. We discussed make up (go for matt ladies and avoid shiny/metallic eyeshadows as although they look great in real life they come out really weird in photographs) and we talked about the different outfits we could try.

On the day of the shoot we had a lot of fun, talked about life the universe and everything and I think I captured some relaxed, professional images that she’ll be able to use for the next couple of years.

Looking back at 2016!!

The last few months of 2016 flew by in a flurry of photo shootsl!! One minute it was Autumn  and the next thing I knew it was Xmas!! Didn't have as much time as usual to post on social media so thought I'd include some of my favourites shots from last year here. Thank you to all my customers who allowed me to take their photos the last year - it was a very special one for me as I left my career of 18 years and followed my passion going full time as a photographer.

Looking forward to what this year brings :) 

 

Blackberry Picking  Isn't she adorable?? Loved this shoot! And seems a lot of people like this one too. It's ranked in the top 10% of images of 2016 by Viewbug.

Blackberry Picking Isn't she adorable?? Loved this shoot! And seems a lot of people like this one too. It's ranked in the top 10% of images of 2016 by Viewbug.

No Room on the Broom!!  A really fun shoot for the November cover of the Basinga.

No Room on the Broom!! A really fun shoot for the November cover of the Basinga.

 

 

Autumn Days - A perfect Autumn day with a very special family!

Autumn Days - A perfect Autumn day with a very special family!

Piggyback with Mummy!  - How cute is this??

Piggyback with Mummy!  - How cute is this??

Sisters - a fab shoot with two very beautiful young ladies!

Sisters - a fab shoot with two very beautiful young ladies!

Peek a boo!!   - this Mummy and daughter were sharing a special moment!

Peek a boo!!  - this Mummy and daughter were sharing a special moment!

It's been a long night!   - this handsome chap was just a few days old when I took this. Bless!!

It's been a long night! - this handsome chap was just a few days old when I took this. Bless!!

Family Fun - had a blast on this shoot with a beautifully crazy family!

Family Fun - had a blast on this shoot with a beautifully crazy family!

Merry Xmas Everyone!! - just check out this cheeky chappy from one of my Xmas Mini Shoots!

Merry Xmas Everyone!! - just check out this cheeky chappy from one of my Xmas Mini Shoots!