My goal as a photographer is to make the person I photograph feel confident and happy. I want my photos to show their inner strength come through. When I receive feedback from my clients telling me they felt great, pretty, cool or even bad ass after having their picture taken makes me feel really happy. Making my clients happy is key to what I do. I also believe strongly in making others happy, whether it be someone I know or a stranger, spreading the love is a priority for me. For instance, I will often tell a stranger if I like their outfit or pluck up conversation where I can. If a stranger has a dog I will definitely stop to chat with them and give the dog all my love and attention because dogs are amaaaaazzzinng!
However, for someone who strives to make others happy I often neglect myself. I am so hard on myself and sometimes feel really low because of it. I think that being hard on myself can be a positive and a negative thing. In some cases I have found that being hard on myself has pushed me to keep trying, striving for perfection and being tenacious. Although I do think that the negatives are far stronger, and I come away feeling anxious or lacking in confidence. It feels like I’m wasting valuable energy on thoughts that don’t matter, don’t make sense and don’t help me to grow and develop. I’m fed up of feeling that way and I want to make a change.
I want to push any negative thoughts out of my head whenever they creep in. My goal is to swap the negative thoughts with positive ones by thinking about all the things I am happy and grateful for. I want to take the time to look after myself by pampering and taking care of my body. Before Christmas, my best friends got together and we had a pamper night whilst watching Muppets Christmas Carol (such a good film). It was soooo relaxing and fun to be chilling out with my favourite girls. We meet up as often as we can, but I definitely would love to see them more as I feel so happy when we are all together.
I am at my happiest when I am holding my camera (and when I’m snuggled up with Aaron eating pizza and watching a movie) and I want to make the most of this. I think photography can be my cure to banishing negativity. I plan to start the Self Portrait Project, where I take self portraits once a month to experiment with photography and work on my self confidence. It is always to good to work on personal projects and I am very keen to share this one with you.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments on whether you’ve struggled with negative thoughts and what you have done to overcome them.
I think we could all do with some self love now and again.
Emelia approached me asking for some portraits as a treat to herself for her Birthday. To suit both of our schedules, we met up on Monday evening to take some atmospheric night time portraits. I’m sooo glad we did as I am really in love with the deep, rich tones and contrast between the light and dark areas of the photos. We met up at the Forum in Norwich, taking some photos outside the front as there was plenty of light leaking through the big glass windows. We then walked to Chapelfields and took some photos outside the front of the shops.
I really enjoy shooting in dark settings, although it is a challenge, I really love how charming grain can look in an image. In my opinion it feels so raw and authentic. I think it is easy to shy away from dim lighting locations as it can be a worry that you might make the photos too grainy or the light doesn’t fall very naturally on your subject. I find this challenge exciting, a good way to make sure the light is looking on point is to ask your subject to sit or stand in a location, walk around them and seeing how the light is different as you rotate around them. Also look at what is happening behind your subject to decide whether the background is too busy or distracting. I often shoot around Norwich in the day time and seeing the contrast of these places from day time to night time is really interesting. The way light falls from a building and onto the streets is magical.
I think the photos we took together have a cool urban feel to them, which is helped by Emelia’s styling and the built up city location. I particularly like the light being behind Emelia as it helps to separate her from the backdrop, bringing her forward to keep the focus on her. We took these photos in just 45 minutes and managed to get a good variation of shots for just a small area. This is something I try to do with my blogger clients to make sure we can make most of the time we have together and fit in as many outfit change ups as possible.
As the nights are slowly getting brighter, there will be less opportunities to take night time portraits until the autumn rolls around again (I’m sure that will come quicker than we think!). If you would like to have some evening portraits taken, please send me a message via the Contact page. I would love to hear from you.
“I’ll be wearing my pink fur coat so you won’t miss me!” She wasn’t wrong. Approaching Hannah, I couldn’t miss her for her bright pink coat , purple velvet dress, shimmery fishnet tights and docs. She looked awesome. I couldn’t wait to get to know her story and take pictures of her. Hannah told me about her love for collecting records and musical theatre, as well as her passion for make-up and fashion. Hannah is passionate about creating interesting, fun and honest content on her blog, The Mermaid Life. I highly recommend you check it out.
Hannah explained that she may need me to direct her, but honestly she needed very little direction. As soon as I put my camera up she was modelling 101! Dayum gurl! She looked so confident and at ease in front of the camera, and I think that really shows. She was amazing to work with! I love so many photos from this portrait session, I find it almost impossible to choose one favourite!