'A thing of beauty is a joy forever.'
My most treasured possession is my mum and dad's wedding album. You can't beat holding a special photograph in your hand. You can even kiss it and feel the love of the person in it.
I photograph people in love amongst people who love them, wearing lovely clothes, looking and feeling fabulous... unique touches, friendships, bonds and emotions - what's not to love?!
Since moving with my love, my photographer husband Tony, and our cat, Monique, to the Yorkshire countryside, I've convinced The Husband that a doggy would be a perfect addition to our home but the cat still says no!
My dad was a cool, sharp dresser, tall, dark and very handsome. We were once sent out for school shoes and returned with three party dresses for me, one of ankle length, yellow spotted tulle with dropped waist... and pistachio ice cream. Days together at the seaside were the best, and eventually I got a brother AND a sister, and a rubber dinghy.
Talking about style and beautiful dresses... Claire Pettibone wedding dresses are straight out of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Few designers recreate 1920s and 30s styling like Jenny Packham and Eliza Jane Howell. Alice Temperley gowns range from the supremely chic to romantic boho. So many dresses are divine, as are most things which are beautifully and individually made by talented creatives so you could consider a bespoke wedding dress in your favourite colour - I wrote about this here. My favourite 'big' shop is Anthropologie.
It's all about The Love, keeping it natural with a touch of magic, & some Boho Chic
Photographing since my mum gave me a camera for my 10th birthday, I plan to photograph forever, or thereabouts.
Starting school, I used to be happy writing stories. My happy ending was to have a picture at the end of each one but I just couldn't draw. My mum, good at many things, would often draw the picture for me and then I'd colour it in. Maybe it's because I couldn't draw (at all) that making pictures with a camera became so rewarding. I know that deciding to fomally study photography was one of my best and happiest choices - I'd do it all again!
Through photography, I occasionally get a glimpse of glamour and fame, though meeting the real 'Poirot' was definitely a life highlight. I can tell you that Jimmy Choo is a very warm, smiley, personable man; getting close to him for a picture was perfectly fine, but I was not allowed near his one-of-a-kind couture shoes and I had to photograph those from afar.
A believer in harmony, I care that we connect because there is such a thing as the right photographer for you and your wedding
Favourites include warm fresh bread with brie, camembert or Wensleydale, strong frothy coffee, dark chocolate (Tiramisu is therefore my perfect dessert!), fizz & full-bodied reds, lots of dancing, much reading, the seaside, art-deco, 70s maxi-boho fashion, flowers in your hair, Elvis, ceramics, warm snuggly people and soft turquoise blues, Carmen, Lemony Snicket, Practical Magic, Highlander, Little Women, The Odyssey, Northern Soul, salsa, Argentine Tango...
I envy those with good thighs and an aptitude for engineering...
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