It’s My Birthday!

Hip Hip Hooray! It’s my Birthday today! I’m currently in a mystery location where my boyfriend has planned lots of Birthday surprises for me. Follow my Instagram story for updates! He told me on Monday what items I would need to pack and that’s it. I have also included a trusty camera to my bag because you never know when it might be needed! 

I’m 26 today. Blimey! How exciting! It’s weird to think that ten years ago I was in high school doing my GCSEs. Wow! Lots of people get really upset or put out about birthdays. They don’t like the idea of getting older and melt down a little bit. I’m quite the opposite. Birthdays are exciting! Another year of experiences, adventures, ups and downs. I enjoy making the most of life and grasping each opportunity with both hands wherever I can. 

I hope this doesn’t come across as cliche (although I think it’s unavoidable!) but I really think I’ve learnt a lot about myself and my photography over this year. I’ve come to understand the importance of confidence, personally and creatively. It makes me feel like I have purpose and direction. Photography has given me the opportunity to meet and work with lots of amazing people. It has been soooo much fun! Thank you for making each photo session so bloody amazing! I am having the best time! Life is good.

I have lots of goals and ambitions for this year. I’m hoping to continue to kick it up a notch! I’d love you all to be a part of the adventure, so if you’re looking for some photographs to be taken please get in touch. I am always looking for new faces to photograph, new projects to get my teeth stuck into and new creatives to create magic with. I’d love to hear from you. Please send any enquiries to katie@katiejade.co.uk. We’re going to have so much fun together :) 

Of course, I couldn’t resist taking some birthday self portraits. My boyfriend told me that he thought I looked like Veronica Lake (aww!) and I started looking at images of her. I love images from this period and I wanted to put my own spin on it. I hung up some material in front of a big light source, put a light in between myself and the backdrop so that I stood out from it more. I dressed up in an elegant dress and put a crown in my hair because I’m the birthday girl! ;) There was a light in front but to one side of me which created the dramatic shadows. I enhanced this in Photoshop and Lightroom before changing the colours to monochrome.