Oh, hey! Remember me? <waves>
You may have noticed it’s been pretty quiet around here lately. Well, for a good 18 months+ actually. But sometimes, things don’t turn out the way you expected them to. You think you know what path you want to take, then you realise you’re not actually enjoying the direction you’re heading in.
As many of you know, I spent nearly 5 years working as a wedding photographer, as well as dabbling in stills, property, and boudoir. In the end, after much soul searching, I realised that wedding photography wasn’t something I wanted to pursue. As much as I loved the clients I worked with and felt extremely grateful I never experienced a bridezilla, I felt that it wouldn’t be fair to future clients if my heart wasn’t in it. I’ve encountered many wedding photographers over the years who have expressed their dislike for the industry, and I always felt they were doing their clients a disservice. I didn’t want to be one of those photographers.
During my 18-month absence from social media, I’ve been quietly working away in the background shooting boudoir and property, as well as working as a freelance videographer on a whole host of random projects. Unfortunately, the more I’ve moved into other areas and involved myself with other projects, the more I’ve found my love for the industry starting to waiver. I’ll be phasing out the property and the video but continuing with boudoir photography, as this is an area I still deeply adore. I will more than likely delete my Facebook page before the end of the year.
For the past couple of years, I’ve also been running another business selling hand printed wrapping papers and other printed goods. Having studied printmaking at college, I think it was only a matter of time before I ended up returning to my printing roots. I like the physical act of making things and printing satisfies the need to create something, followed by the feeling of satisfaction once it’s complete. Although The Barefoot Printer is still in its early days, I’m excited about moving forward with it and seeing where it goes.
So, I guess I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years. I’ve met some lovely people along the way, and for the most part, I’ve had a blast. To those who made the past few years fun and interesting, I’m sending you lots of love with some virtual chest bumps.
If you’re interested in boudoir photography, you can find me over here, and if you like brown paper packages tied up with string, please head over to my Etsy shop. You can also follow along with my creative journey on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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Crikey. So here we are, 9 days into 2015 already; I should probably make time to sit down and think about my goals for the next few months at some point.
As I sit here and reflect over the last year, I realise that 2014 was filled with shooting beautiful properties, meeting brave and amazing women and working with some lovely talented creative folk. I also had a photo of Olympic runner Helen Clitheroe, featured in Live Preston from a photoshoot we did back in 2013.
I met lots of new people through the wonderful world of video and I found myself undertaking a lot of freelance work. Filming medical conferences, tours of hospital departments and some courageous teens while they sea traversed, kayaked and built rafts were just a few of the projects Read more »Filed under: Boudoir, Fashion, Interior Photography, Photography, Property Photography, Video | Comments Off
Last week I got creative again – and it felt good. I really enjoy shooting property, but sometimes you just need to mix with people! A big thanks to Flo for modelling and Tanya Appleton for hair and make-up. It was a good day!
If you’d like to book Flo or Tanya for a shoot, Flo can be emailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org
and Tanya can be found on Twitter
Today I have a very special boudoir shoot to share with you. Earlier this year, Kate came to the end of a long period of surgery and wanted to mark it with something significant, so she booked in for a boudoir session. I know how personal a boudoir shoot can be, so I’m extremely grateful that she has allowed me to share some of her images. Kate also very kindly shared some of her thoughts with me about the shoot.
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Working from home has been giving me major cabin fever lately and the need to break out has been overwhelming. The need to be outdoors, connect with nature and to breathe in fresh air has been driving me crazy. Ian and I keep trying to plan a day off but then something crops up and it gets rescheduled – my sanity has been tested to the limits.
Last week we grabbed an afternoon and headed out into the great outdoors. We ate parsnip soup and drank coffee from a flask. I took photos of scarecrows and we watched people walking their dogs. We walked, we laughed and we discussed plans for the future. Will they happen? I don’t know. But we’ll try our hardest to make sure they do. It’s amazing what fresh air can do for the soul…
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Natalie and I have been working together on boudoir shoots for a year now. She does the hair and make-up of each client making sure they get fully pampered before their photoshoot. She also helps to calm any last minute nerves that may arise before getting in front of the camera.
But what happens when you’re doing your own hair and make-up and have last minute nerves of your own……?
After telling so many women that having a boudoir shoot is such an amazing experience, a couple of weeks ago Natalie decided it was about time to put her money where her mouth is and get in front of the camera….
For me, it was something I’d done many times before, but for Natalie, it was something bigger. We chatted and giggled as friends do, especially when I nearly fell off her water bed! But it wasn’t until I read Natalie’s blog post about the whole experience that I got a real insight into what thoughts actually arise before and after a boudoir shoot….
If you’d like a boudoir shoot like Natalie had, then don’t be shy – get in touch! Please don’t worry about your images being shared, that only happens if you consent to them being used.
Here are some shots from the day, once you’ve looked through them please head over to Natalie’s blog and check out her thoughts on the whole experience….
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There are many different reasons why women choose to have a boudoir shoot. For some it’s a gift for their partner, be it Valentine’s Day or their wedding day. For others, it’s about reaching a milestone in their life, recovering from an illness or celebrating a significant age. Then there are the women who have one just because they can……
Vic is Mum to five kids. Yep. Five. Not only that, but they’re aged 1,2,3,4 and 5! Talk about having her hands full! She is also full time carer to her two year old disabled daughter. Strong willed and feisty, 37 year old Vic got in front of the camera last month to have a boudoir shoot, and I have to say it was the rowdiest boudoir shoot I have ever done!
Hair and make-up was done by Natalie of Roberts-Steel Hairdressing and I’d like to thank Margo for being on hand to do touch ups throughout the shoot!
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Vic for letting me share some of her images with you all and Ferraris Country House for providing us with a room to use.
Whether you want a boudoir shoot for Valentine’s Day or an anniversary, or for something else, please don’t be shy….. Get in touch!!
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In my recent review of 2013, I briefly mentioned that Ian and I went to the top of Snowdon last year. Even though the trip was to shoot some video footage, I couldn’t resist grabbing a few photos while we were up there. I never got around to blogging them, so to brighten up a pretty grim January here are a few shots of blue skies to cheer you up!
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Okie dokie. It’s that time of year again when love is in the air – can you smell it?! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and your lovely wife/girlfriend/fiancée deserves an amazing present.
I bet there are a few newly engaged couples out there wandering around all loved up, so what better way to show your fiancée how much you love her, than buying her a gift certificate for a boudoir shoot?
A boudoir shoot is one of the most liberating experiences you can have, and done tastefully, boudoir photography can create some amazing images for you both to treasure – which means everyone’s a winner!
Every client is different. Which means that every shoot is different. It’s tailored to meet each persons needs. Some clients prefer to start their shoot in some comfortable clothing, a bit like a lifestyle shoot, and other clients like to strip down to their undies and get cracking. By purchasing a gift certificate, you’re giving your partner the freedom of arranging their own shoot at a time that’s convenient to them. It also means I can chat to them to find out what they’re comfortable with.
Hair and make up will be professionally done by Natalie of Roberts Steel Hairdressing and you’ll also receive a complimentary bottle of wine to help you relax whilst you’re being pampered.
For further details or to purchase your gift certificate please get in touch.
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