A Natural Photography Specialist who started Young
It’s All About The Love & some Boho Chic
My story . . .
Photographing since my mum gave me a camera for my 10th birthday, I plan to photograph forever, or thereabouts.
That’s me on the right… I photographed Colin Firth that night…
Getting married is wonderful, yet somehow it can feel a little surreal too. The more you and your wedding suppliers are in sync, the lovelier your experience will be. Your wedding photographer is usually around more than any other wedding supplier on your wedding day, and you will still have contact with her after you return from honeymoon. I care that we connect because being a good match is such splendid harmony. Harmony rocks, so here is some of my story to help you choose the right person …
A few years before the camera present, my mum would often return from work to find a mess of various ‘experiments’ that I’d tried, ‘just to see what happened’, or I would have written her a story. My stories nearly always featured people with magical powers or animals who would end up falling in love… I also wrote about wanting a brother or sister to cuddle, boss around & play with .
My mum who was good at all sorts of things would often draw me a picture at the end of my writing to match the story and one of us would colour it in. Maybe it’s because I couldn’t draw (at all) that making pictures with a camera became such a wonderful pastime.
My grown-up story started with film photography. Photographing people reportage style and creating abstracts (think Paul Smith stripes recreated with rhubarb sticks… ahem…). Deciding to study it all ‘properly’ was easily one of the happiest decisions I have ever made & I’d do it all again.
Living between Leeds and Harrogate, I regularly photograph all around Yorkshire and also cover much of the UK.
I’m also the one with the dolly (mum, what am I wearing?)
My dad was a cool, sharp dresser, tall, dark and very handsome. We were once sent out for school shoes and came back with three party dresses for me, one of ankle length, yellow spotted tulle with dropped waist… and pistachio ice cream. Days at the seaside were the best, and eventually I got a brother AND a sister, and a dinghy.
My most treasured possession evurrr is my mum and dad’s wedding album. I always order professional lab prints of my favourite photographs, and I always will. You can’t beat holding a photograph in your hand.
Psst…You can see a bit of mum’s wedding here
Daily Life . . .
I live with my love, my photographer husband Tony, and our cat, Monique, in North Leeds. I think I’ve convinced the husband that a doggy would be a perfect addition to out home but the cat still says no!
I was a sunny June bride in a simply designed gown of crochet lace on top and a fluid skirt that I could flit about and dance in with golden yellow pom-pom flowers and daisies. Ideally I wanted to marry in a golden yellow dress made by Alice Temperley and I might tell you how that didn’t go to plan if you too love gorgeous dresses… I ended up with three gorgeous, unique dresses to ‘help’ celebrate our wedding; one was grandma’s from 1910. My husband would not have me sell any of them and sometimes he tells me how he felt as he watched me walking towards him in my wedding finery.
& Loves . . .
It’s pretty difficult for me to go out without any camera so there will always be pictures of all sorts popping up from me here and on social media. A good, strong, yet smooth coffee is a daily must-have, and somehow Italy got into my soul and I can’t go long without a visit. Tuscan scenes bathed in that distinctive soft warm light, to smell and swim in the sea are the best as are sandy toes on the beach, pussycat and doggy paws, pistachio ice cream, mille-feuille and any meal or bread that my good-in-the-kitchen-husband decides to make. You might see salsa and tango and lots of saucy dancing really, plus faces of course… lots of lovely faces… that’s how it all began for me. I’m rather into BOHO CHIC, and I’m about to creatively combine that with natural photography for couples wanting to express their own boho chic style.
An art-deco fan who has met Poirot AND got to photograph the iconic art-deco stunner that is The Midland Hotel, I especially love late 1930s dresses and the art and graphic designs of Cassandre. I’m a big fan of the best bits of 70s fashion – think long floaty dresses, field flowers in long wavy hair and floppy hats. I have an original 1910 antique cream day dress – and I’m not afraid to wear it – well, it’s Boho Edwardian, isn’t it… I feel the same about flower crowns and silk tulle!
If I wasn’t a wedding photographer ….I’d be a mermaid frolicking amongst exquisite sea-horses and exploring new seas… though I’d really miss my cat and I’d never have a pooch to walk. And, what if you can’t hear Elvis or Carmen under the sea or shop from Anthropologie ever again?
OR – something that involved lots of reading and picnics on an Italian beach, studying waves and shades of turquoise blue, and styling and organising something arty and memorable with creatives of extremely good taste!
How it all works . . .
As you’ve got this far I’m guessing (and hoping) that you love the pictures. You understand the lasting power of emotive photography and value quality over quantity. We talk. We connect and you book me (thank you, xox). My Top Tips follow….et voila….it’s your wedding morning! I give you photographs so you step right back into your wedding every time you look at them.
Natural rapport with your wedding suppliers really does make a positive difference. It’s so true ….pick the personality as well as the work, and you’ll enjoy everything right from your engagement.
I care that those special touches of yours matter to you and your mum, I really do. And, I’m all for the personal touch so you are happy-happy from start to finish.
When you’re compatible, working together just feels fun and seamless. See what I mean right H E R E
Qualifications . . .
In case you’d like to know: I formally studied Photography and Digital Design at Leeds.
I’m a professionally qualified licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP) and The Society of Portrait and Wedding Photographers (SWPP). And I’ve won the odd award …
The BIPP and the SWPP are qualifying professional organisations for professional photographers in the UK providing continuous technical and creative development.
BIPP qualifications are widely recognised as a benchmark of excellence. Professional status gives buyers of photography confidence that the photographer has reached a certain level of expertise.
Experience matters . . .
From castles, country gardens and boutique chic hotels, marquees, stately home extravaganzas, creative and Alternative Weddings in barns and teepees ….seeing everybody’s imaginative and personal touches is really inspiring, and lucky me, I’ve done it all. Well, I’ve yet to photograph a couple on a beach…please… couple getting married on/by the beach – pick me!
Regularly recommended by popular Yorkshire wedding venues AND other professional photographers, I’m often asked to mentor those in the first years of their photography business too.