Character - #KatieJadePhotoChallenge

All this week I will be sharing the images I took as part of the#KatieJadePhotoChallenge. Today I will share my character with you.

The photographs I took for the #KatieJadePhotoChallenge will be available for you to buy (£1.00 for a postcard sized print or £6.00 for a 8”x10” print + P&P). Please contact me by email ( with the title of the print, the size and quantity to make your order.

What does “Character” mean to me?

Yesterday in my blog I mentioned my Book Of Dreams and how rediscovering it was the start of the photo challenge. One of the characters I created in my book was based on a creature that came to me during a nightmare. A clown. I am terrified of clowns, and the photo I took still sends shivers down my spine. The clown carried a weapon, unbound and psychotic. But now, five years on, this character has developed. She is more manipulative and can lure in her prey with her charm. By welcoming unaware visitors into the carnival, she traps and torments the innocents before devouring them whole. If you dare to look close enough, you can still see the blood of her victims on her hands and mouth. 

I love dressing up and becoming a different character for my self portrait sessions. When I did my hair and make-up for this photo shoot, I could feel my body language change as I transformed into this sinister creature. It was horrible to look in the mirror and see a clown staring back at me, but I used this fear to really exaggerate the darkness within the character. When I look at this image I don’t see me at all. I see the creature from my nightmares.

I hope you liked my character picture! Tomorrow I will share my temptation image with you. 

Changes - #KatieJadePhotoChallenge

All this week I will be sharing the images I took as part of the #KatieJadePhotoChallenge. I’m so excited about sharing them with you! 

Recently, I found a photo book from a project I did when I was 18 called my “Dream Book”. In it were images that were inspired by my dreams and nightmares. I’m very proud of this book, yet as I looked through it I felt my heart ache. I was frustrated, even though I am proud of my current photography, I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was wrong. For weeks deep down I felt creatively lost, but this book was my map to salvation and with it I created the #KatieJadePhotoChallenge. I wanted the opportunity to unleash my creative juices and really push myself. But I wanted it to be bigger and better than anything I have ever done before. I wanted to make it monumental by getting others to join in with me by pushing their creativity to the limits as well. So that is why I asked you to join me, and I am so thankful that you did. 

The photographs I took for the #KatieJadePhotoChallenge will be available for you to buy1.00 for a postcard sized print or £6.00 for a 8”x10” print + P&P). Please contact me by email ( with the title of the print, the size and quantity to make your order.

What does “Changes” mean to me?

For me, changes was a leap of faith I took about a year ago. I was so unhappy for a very long time and I felt completely stuck in my situation. However, my darling friend of 10 years stood by me, and gave me a chance for happiness. I was scared and I didn’t know what to do, but I trusted him completely as only he could bring back my smile. Now we are together and very happy. I’m so proud of myself for making that change as I believe I am meant to be with Aaron. My photo for “Changes” is based on one of our routines. When we make breakfast in the morning, we like to do it together. One of us will do one job and the other another, in our dressing gowns and drinking from our matching mugs. This is so special to me. 

Tomorrow I will share my “Character” photo with you….

And The Winner Is……

I’ve spent this morning counting up your votes for the #KatieJadePhotoChallenge finalists, and I must say, the scores are very close! 

First, here is a reminder of the finalists..

1. Julie Atkins - Changes

2. Lucy Atkins - Character

3. Claire Trafford - Temptation

4. Max Rudd - Light

5. Annalise Taylor - In To The Future

So… without further ado…….

*Drum Roll, Please*

In 5th Position..

Annalise Taylor - In To The Future

In 4th Position..

Max Rudd - Light

In 3rd Position..

Lucy Atkins - Character

In 2nd Position..

Claire Trafford - Temptation

And in 1st Position….. the winner is…

Julie Atkins - Changes

Congratulations, Julie! The public chose your photo as the winning image for the #KatieJadePhotoChallenge! A fantastic image! You win a £20 photo voucher to spend on any of my photographic services. Congratulations to the finalists too! You should be really proud of the photographs you have taken. 

Thank you to everyone who took part in the photography challenge and to those who voted for their favourite photograph to win.