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 :)
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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.
I feel such an empowering feeling of accomplishment when I see my pictures featured somewhere. I am over the moon that I am able to work with such wonderful creatives on really fun projects. When it all comes together and I see the pictures featured in magazines or online webtorials, I’m so immensely proud of what everyone has put into the project. I worked with some ultra cool people for my most recent feature “Colour Cafe” starring the gorgeous Amy Beven. I teamed up with Rebecca Morello who created a dramatic yet elegant make-up look and Olivia Kali who put together wonderful vibrant outfits, with fab textures and detailing.
For this series we shot it at North, a lovely cafe that the owner Ella generously let us use for the shoot. The overall look of the shoot was inspired by the use of bright colours matched with darker colours. North was perfect, filled with vivid colours and quirky interior to play about with. We were all feeling pretty excited about the space and how we could use it for the shoot.
When taking the photos, I wanted to make sure there was variation between each shot. I have to admit I am quite a sucker for a head shot, so I made sure to pull back often so that the focus could be on the clothing and location, whilst not taking the attention away from Amy.
When editing the photos I wanted to make the most of the vibrant colours, without making it too garish. I deepened the shadows, making the colours appear richer whilst bringing up the vibrance a smidge to make the colours really pop.
We were fortunate enough to have the photos selected for Modellen Land Magazine, a fantastic magazine filled to the brim with gorgeous fashion, portrait and fine art photography. It felt like such an honour for the images to be selected. I am sooooo grateful to the ladies who worked so hard for this shoot, without you it would not have been possible. You’re all so amazing and talented, and you transformed a normal Sunday morning into a jam-packed creative one. Thank you <3
I love going for walks. It’s one of my favourite things to do. It’s really nice to take it easy, taking in the surroundings and be able to refresh my thoughts. I sometimes feel like I get my best inspiration from walking. I have to grab my phone or a pen and paper as soon as I can to jot down my notes. Going for a stroll, I like to look around at the scenery and nature, seeing the way light falls upon objects and taking note of the interesting textures, lines and shapes that are forming.
When taking the most recent set of photos of blogger and make-up artist Beth, I took her to a little area near my house. We stopped on long road lined with garages, sheds, fences and gardens. It has a really cool laid back feel to it, which worked well with the look we were going for. I’ve used this location on multiple photo shoots and managed to use different areas along the road each time. I love symmetry (very much inspired by Wes Anderson) and we used this by having Beth standing in the centre of the road, with all the lines leading towards her. We also took some photos with a metal gate in the background. The lines on the gate were used to mirror the leading lines from the previous shots. After taking many, many photos, we wandered back to mine so Beth could do a quick outfit change. I say quick, but we ended up chatting away about life and Christmas, and such. It’s nice to have a good ol’ natter! ;)
Heading out again, we wanted to find a similar location. A built up residential spot with lots of cool textures and lines. Walking through aisles of terraced houses, we stumbled across a little pebbled alley way. Down the alleyway was lots of over grown plants, draping over the fences and pouring into the street. We were pretty excited about finding this location. It goes to show it really helps to just wander around. Although I knew about the previous location we shot at, I had no idea this really cool location was just a couple of roads down! It was such a fluke that we found it seeing there was so many other terraced streets we could have opted for. We tried to make the most of the street, taking photos in front of, beside and pretty much emerging from all of the plants!
I love finding locations like this. It’s so exciting to have lots of different options to play with. I especially like the deep, rich colours of the plants contrasting the soft, muted tones of the street. I can highly recommend going for walks just to find locations. Just walk as much as you can. Some golden locations are well hidden and are such a gem to come across!