With many thanks to Tom Broadhead Films for capturing such a wonderful morning. I hope to show you all just how fun a portrait shoot can be. As the film goes on you can see the different moments that I have captured and then how I play with the colours and the light to get the photographs you see on my website.
This was done one morning in July last summer just outside of Edinburgh. Difficult to believe, being so sunny, that it was shot in Scotland!
Last saturday saw me not as the photographer for a wedding but the Bridesmaid, Matron, Madonna or Best Lady as were some of my names! I laid down my camera and watched the wedding unfold with new eyes and without a lens to obstruct the view, it was wonderful and felt great to be able to appreciate a wedding in an entirely different way. Of course when the couple were having their photographs taken I couldn’t help but get involved with holding the reflector and watching for veil and hair that seemed to be flying everywhere! Typical bridesmaid duties perhaps?
Tattie Rose did the flowers and she was original, creative and unique. One especially impressive display being on a medieval style candle holder in the centre of the marquee.
When I returned home to Cumbria on sunday my thoughts turned to the portrait session I was doing the following morning with Elizabeth who is a very sweet and angelic little girl. What interesting ideas and props could I use to create memorable photographs and of course, out of everything, it’s my bouquet of flowers done by Tattie that fits in perfectly!
Special thanks also go to Rachel Wilson for assisting.
People always used to ask me, what do you want to specialise in with photography? Really I didn’t know, anything that I could get work in really. I wanted to make my website available for any opportunity. Fashion perhaps, it’s creative and I knew that photographing people was/is still a definite interest. Food, not really. Landscapes, no, I grew up in the Lake District and although very beautiful for me it missed some key components- eyes, nose and a mouth. In other words, a living being. Therefore portraits became my interest. People: old, young, fat, thin, boys, girls, men, women. Anyone with expression and my enthusiasm would ignite!
In 2006 I lived in Mexico for five months. My purpose there was to work in an orphanage in Guadalajara. Working with children was magical. I felt like I was doing something, even if it was a small contribution, for humanity. If I had been ten years older I would have adopted one of them, David, not a very Mexican name (he also had blonde hair) but he was wonderful. I would sit for hours with him trying to make him eat or holding his hand as he cried and cried while sitting on the toilet. It was very hard to leave in the end.
Therefore my recent sejour in Cambodia reopened my eyes to the magical fun of children and confirmed my suspicions. Yes, this is who I want to capture, children. I want to have fun with these innocent, ethereal and divine creatures!
A great thank-you to Tom Maisey and Mariana Castillo for creating this wonderful website. Here I will post thoughts, recent photo shoots and links that I find interesting. Watch this space! You may also follow me on twitter or my facebook page.
As it is my first post I want to introduce someone who was my first inspiration concerning photography. Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) was one of the first women photographers. She mainly did portraits and lived on the Isle of Wight where I myself spent many a summer holiday when I was younger. I return to her photographs again and again.
This image to the right is one I especially like. There is an ethereal quality to it. The eyes are sharp but everywhere else has a soft focus. The child isn’t smiling but there is a playful expression in her regard.
As you may have gathered I love photographing children. They have an innocent, fun, unabashed manner that creates the most interesting photographs. You have to work for them to like you and they are quite ready to say something very matter of fact like: “My daddy has a camera like yours… but it’s bigger!”
These are the joys of working with children!