There is something about those last few weeks before and after a baby arrives. Before, the anticipation, the cusp of change and unknown. And then after, when everything looks the same on the surface but feels so utterly different and shifted in ways that you can't exactly describe.
There is magic laced throughout these days - the sleep deprivation is a killer, but balanced out by the crazy number of hours you can just look at the tiny being you made and hold in your hands and marvel at.
Katy and David were amazing. Relaxed and open and so full of love that it wrapped around the three of them like a blanket. Newborn photos at home really are my favourite - I think these explain why. It's just such a privilege to witness these moments of new life and new family in the routine of your days - thank you for inviting me in.
Things I love:
There is a magic about being on holiday, right? Rules are relaxed, day drinking is encouraged (by me), everyone gets to let go a little. This was my first time getting to capture a family properly taking a break from the every day, and I want to do more!
Family sessions are a way to switch of from the world and connect with each other for a few hours, and doing it this way just takes that to another level.
It doesn't have to be the beach, you could be visiting London, or Brighton, or the South Downs even for a day. And I could join you and give you holiday photos that everyone is in! Imagine that....
I was honoured to shoot Rupi Kaur a few weeks ago, and have one of those photographs featured in The Observer this weekend. Click the link to read a wonderful interview and learn more about Rupi.
On my third day of shooting, on a train somewhere between Edinburgh and Glasgow, I had a 'moment'. I took out my pen and started to write in my notebook, trying to grasp any of the thoughts that were flying around my brain, trying to make them still so I could hold on to them and feel them and get to know them a little more before they were gone.
This might sound weird, it might sound gushy, it might even sound a little bit wanky. But hey, that's pretty much me!
If you know me in any way, real life or online, then I'm pretty sure it's apparent. I come alive when I do this work. Not in a big, jazz hands way, more of a centred, immersive, connected way. Like, it's such a gift, guys. Such a gift. That people invite me in, and let me see them with their favourite people. That I'm trusted to see what they feel and live with and know, and they let me take that and interpret that and feel it and show it back to them.
On that train on that day, it overwhelmed me. I was exhausted, creatively fulfilled, emotional and ecstatic. I travel for work yes, but never that far. That I got to be sitting on that train, in that moment, because people wanted to hire me? It was special. And I am and will always be beyond grateful.
When I started this business, there was no real way of knowing what it would become. If it would work. If people would want what I thought I could give. And it's still evolving, I'm always learning and striving to be better. But that seed of an idea I had 5 years ago, that I planted and watered and made myself green fingered for? It feels like it's finding it's spring. The late nights and practice and months of no enquiries and pushing myself and raising babies whilst building a business have been so very worth it. Getting a few hours to be in someone else's world, to chat and hang out and make some art out of life. Photographs that generations of family will look at and wonder at and talk about. To be here now, having met some amazing people and shared so many moments that mean something.
When you live near a pebble beach, then low tide brings a certain kind of magic. The usually uncomfortable, rugged terrain is transformed into a paradise made for bare toes and joyful abandon.
I'm now the loser who actually plots low tides in my calendar, extra special days are when sunset and low tide collude to make the dreams of this city dwellers come to life...
I would LOVE to shoot you and your people here at low tide (or any tide for that matter) fancy it? Click the button!
I had the pleasure of spending a winter's afternoon with this little gang, and could not have been more rewarded.
Sophie and Stuart got engaged in Kew Gardens and so we returned to capture them there, as a three. Clara had just started taking those tentative first steps, a little Bambi-esque in her very new walking shoes. Getting to capture these times is never not thrilling to me, especially as the sun set and the giggles and love flowed.
Ridiculously excited to be able to say - I'm off to Scotland!
A few wonderful women on Instagram had been asking me when I'd be making it up North and so I'd been secretly trying to hatch a plan. And what a nice way to start the year, to plan for an adventure in new to me cities with new families to meet and hang and photograph!
Sessions are £325, and I currently have one left:
Thursday 13th - AM session
I'm going to be based in Edinburgh and traveling between there and Glasgow, so if you're somewhere else I might be able to make it to, drop me an a email. We're also planning a few days after in the Highlands, so if you live someone beautiful and in the middle of no-where and fancy a little adventure with me and my camera, let me know!
I was so excited when Alexa got in touch to ask about having some photos taken on a trip they planned to Brighton - as a fellow photographer it was amazingly flattering to be asked and also a gift in and of itself. She sent me the loveliest message before we shot basically saying 'I trust you - go for it and shoot how you see us'. See? A GIFT.
The love between these three people was like a beautiful current that rippled through their every interaction. They also packed in all the brilliant things; ice cream and chips on the beach, hide and seek, toes in the water, kisses at sunset. A joy from start to finish.
Thanks for letting me hang, guys.