I wanted my first portrait session of the year to be a self portrait. I wanted it to embody everything that I have learnt and loved from 2017. My focus was on colour. I have always loved colour, but come to the realisation that dark, rich colours are my favourite. I’m not sure why this hasn’t been obvious to me sooner, I pretty much wear black or deep red most days and when asked what I my favourite colour is I’m quick to describe the shade with absolute clarity. For my self portrait I chose black as the main colour, wearing only black and taken against a black wall. During 2017, I developed a love for using a hit of vibrancy through bold colour choices. Although subtle, I went for a bright lip colour to create a contrasting element, especially against my pale skin and hair.
2017 was a year filled with lots of fantastic projects. I hope 2018 has even more! I intend to push myself to the limit, throwing myself into new projects and working with new clients. I am very excited.
What a way to start the new year by being featured in Rock N Roll Bride Magazine! EEEEEE! I have been a mega huge fan of the magazine for a looong time and it feels overwhelmingly amazing that my photos were selected! Woo hoo!
The photos featured were of Helen Anderson in her wedding dress, enjoying herself at Norwich Market. The concept behind the shoot is about being the bride you want to be, not the bride that people think you ought to be. In a nutshell it’s about being true to yourself and not feeling that you have to follow expectations of what a bride should and should not do. The article is a great read and the photos are pretty good too(!). You can pick up a copy of the magazine from the Rock N Roll Bride website or from the shops. Go get yours now!
I can’t believe we’ll soon be waving goodbye to 2017.. I feel like I barely said hello! This year has been one of my favourites, creatively. I have got stuck in on lots of fab projects and made some really good friends and connections with new clients along the way. I wanted to end this year reflecting on how much fun I had by sharing my top 10 favourite photos with you. Unfortunately there some photos that I took this year which I wish I could put into the top 10, but alas I have to keep them a secret for now. So without further ado…
For number 10 I chose a self portrait. I had not taken a self portrait in for what felt like forever, and the experience of taking this self portrait was thoroughly therapeutic and reminiscent of how I got into photography way back in 2006. See the full collection here.
Inspired by The Matrix films, I teamed up with designer and good friend Sydney Clark to create an action-packed fashion story. Mariana Gonzalez created a gorgeous dramatic hair and make-up look and Megan Rudling willingly and eagerly through herself round the grounds of the UEA. It was a gorgeous sunny day and I had so much fun working with a super creative team. See the full collection here.
This shoot was all about creating cool shapes and focusing on lines, shapes and repetition. Arleya is a dream to photograph! I’m so in awe of her. See the full collection here.
Dreamy colour combinations and a cool setting makes for a super excited Katie! I had help from a brilliant team who were a breeze to work with. Thanks Amy, Rebecca and Olivia! See the full collection here.
These colours!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely adore deep rich colours and dark tones. I was so happy when Beth and I stumbled across this location. See the full collection here.
Alex and Binks are sooo gorgeous together. When I was retouching this collection, I couldn’t help but make a little “awww” sound when opening each image. Fuzzy, warm, happy feelings are the best! See the full collection here.
I’ve never really taken night time portraits before, apart from at events like weddings or parties. Usually I take portraits of people in the daytime when the light is really even and flattering. However I felt like I wanted to experiment and push myself to try new things. I was really inspired by all things autumn. Gorgeous autumn tones, the darkness creeping in earlier and everyone retreating to their cosy homes. Becki and I headed out just as the sun was setting and the glow from the street lights and shop windows were pouring onto the streets. It was an achievement for me to try something new and different. I instantly fell in love with the photos and couldn’t wait to share them. See the full collection here.
Arleya has sneaked into the top 10 twice! Cheeky! This western themed shoot took a year of planning and co-ordinating between myself and Rebecca Morello. Arleya suited the western look, bringing edge and poise to the shoot. I was absolutely over the moon when Whim chose the photos to be featured in their magazine! See the full collection here.
I am so in love with the 70s. Kirsty Harris, Sophie Chittock and Beth Atkins brought my 70s vision to life with a warm colour palette and awesome textures. I was really inspired by Ruby James’ photography and wanted this series to reflect her feminine style. We were lucky enough to get these photos featured in the Untitled Collective. See the full collection here.
And just before I announce who made it to number one.. here are some honourable mentions..
This photo is my absolute number one. I love it soooo much! The lighting, the colours, how ridiculously gorgeous Helen Anderson looks.. uhh.. it’s perfect! It’s not just the image by itself that I love. I had such a brilliant time wandering round Urban Jungle with Helen. We were both as excited as each other exploring the jungle and I really enjoy Helen’s company. It was lots of fun! We plan to go back to Urban Jungle in the new year for afternoon tea :)
See the full collection here.
I am enormously grateful and honoured that I have had a brilliant year working with soooo many talented and inspiring people. Thank you to all of my wonderful clients who I have had the opportunity to photograph this year. It truly means the world to me. I am excited about what 2018 has in store. Who knows what might be round the corner! I hope you all have a fantastic 2018 and I wish you all the happiness for the future.