Hanging out at Alys's shop Between Two Thorns might have been my most chilled out session to date.
I got to spend a heavenly morning with the sun streaming in, chatting all things business and plants and life with Alys, having a few cuddles with Fred the dog and photographing this little oasis in all it's glory.
I love this kind of creative work, showing the heart and personal side of a business and I'm super keen to shoot more during 2018.
If you'd like some cool, creative photography for your website/Instagram etc to show the heart of who you are and what you do - drop me an email!
A few weeks ago I found out that some work I submitted for a thing, wasn't accepted.
I didn't win, wasn't chosen, my life was not about to change from amazing exposure and dollar dollar bills y'all.
OOF. THE BLOW OF IT. THE GUT PUNCH DISAPPOINTMENT.
My immediate thoughts were as follows:
See? You're not good enough!
Why would they want you anyway?
Did you really think they'd choose your work?
I sat with those thoughts for a little while, and worked them through. I'm not one to succumb to the little devil who occasionally spouts these thoughts, and my rational and logical side is well versed in good pep talks.
I do think I'm good enough, hence entering in the first place. If I can't believe in my work, who will?
They would want me for the same reason anyone else hires me - the way I see the world.
Did you really think they'd choose your work? Well actually, yeah. And I'll think so the next time I put myself out there too.
Still, there was disappointment, because SPOILER ALERT, I'm human.
But this process of putting myself out there and being rejected made me think -
there is such vulnerability in business, and we should really talk about that.
Being able to be vulnerable is a key skill when working for yourself.
The whole process is one of vulnerability - you put yourself out there, make your art, ask people to look, engage, buy into who you are and what you do... and you wait.
You lay it all out on the table, heart and work and thoughts exposed and hope something connects.
Is that not the most vulnerable act you can think of?
Me writing you this email, telling you how I felt like I failed, is an act of vulnerability.
But the alternative, which would be telling you that EVERYTHING IS GREAT AND THE SUCCESSES ARE RELENTLESS! wouldn't
a) be authentic, b) push anything forward, and c) would be a missed opportunity for me to connect with you.
The point of making ourselves vulnerable is to move things along.
You can't get from where you are to where you want to be without vulnerability.
Without taking risks. Without putting it out there and seeing if it flies.
Every act of vulnerability is choosing courage over comfort.
It's knowing that you might not land that client, or have your work chosen for the thing, but that you can show up, work in hand, believe in yourself and do it anyway.
So I'm here to tell you today - GO DO THE THING. That thing you've been wanting to do that scares you, makes you vulnerable, that could sink or swim. Set it free and see what happens. Be open to being vulnerable.
Think of me as your personal cheerleader, shouting from the sidelines.
Regardless of outcome, the act of courage takes you a step closer to where and who you want to be. YOU GOT THIS.
I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Tamara Colchester for some headshots to celebrate the release of her very first book, The Heart is A Burial Ground.
The Guardian profiled her book and the fascinating story of 3 generations of Tamara's family encapsulated within it, here, along with one of the photos we captured.
Many congratulations to Tamara on her first book!
When I get to shoot weddings, I'm not embarrassed to say that I get swept away in it all. The hopeless romantic in me let's loose and has no shame - I swoon, dance, and maybe, sometimes, might get something in my eye. Ok ok, both eyes.
This marriage was one of those occasions where I swooned real hard.
Becks and Joel arranged a day that had it all - an amazing venue, all the fun, excellent food, an absurd amount of love and an order of the day with emoji detail. And guys, did you see Becks in that dress?! And the love wasn't just between them - from the moment I arrived that morning to find the bridesmaids everyone wishes for tending to and keeping everything under control, to the best men holding it down and doing a quick Pret a Manger run when there was an accident with the catering - I knew that this was going to be a day where family and friends supporting this awesome couple was the main event.
It was the ultimate pleasure to capture this day - THANK YOU for inviting me in Becks & Joel x
And a special shout out to the amazing Charlotte Green who was the second shooter of dreams and some of these beautiful shots come from her!
For the past three hours I've been sifting through images from the past year.
Full to the brim of amazing people and places and feelings, and it was humbling if I'm honest. It's one thing to spend time with my clients one one one - another to immerse myself in them en masse, especially after what turned out to be to an incredible year for me and my business.
This is the family work I embarked on this year (the commercial and wedding will come in another post!) and once again I need to thank each and every family who hired me and let me in to their lives for a little while. I always say that a massive drive in me pursuing this work is the hope it gives me about this big wide world we inhabit - because how could you look at all this love and not be hopeful for our future?
Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you.
Hopefully I'll be capturing you and yours this year.
Hi. My name's Laura and I'm an Instagram addict.
If I were to name a spiritual home on the internet, Instagram would be it. I love the community, the connection, the inspiration and talent. I love the stories. I love that it gives women in particular a place to showcase whatever it is they want - businesses, ideas, art. A place to make and share whatever you want.
But as with all good things, there is the tricky underbelly. For me in particular, the overwhelming pace that tricks you into to thinking you need to produce work at lightning speed and share share share. It can be a complete IG downer. Don't even get me started on the dread C word - CONTENT. *eye rolls self into oblivion*
It's like a treadmill and sometimes you're forced off (real life gets top billing occasionally, right?) and sometimes you just feel dizzy from it all and end up flailing and falling face down, biding your time to get back on it, watching others race ahead.
It got me thinking, when was the last time I really planned a photo project? When did you? Where we took time immersing ourselves in research and sketched out ideas of what we wanted it to look like? Thinking before sharing, working and editing and tweaking until we're were *really* happy with the final product?
I'll tell you friends, it's been a looooong time for me, Like, a really long time. Like, I was teen at art school long time. Oops.
So I'm starting The Slow Photography Movement as a middle finger up to the pressure of 'content creation'.
Over the course of 8 weeks we will focus on one topic, and creating something we love from it. 8 weeks to plan and imagine and work and shoot and share and connect with others who want the same - all at a slow pace with mindfulness in mind.
The journey is just as vital as the end product here, and I'm hoping we'll create a community of like minded people who want to cheerlead and inspire each other. At the end of the year I'm hoping we'll have a small but beautiful body of work that makes us proud and reminds us that we don't need to rush through art in order to feed an algorithm,
Art over algorithm.
Who's with me?
Come join the (very slow paced) party here > The Slow Photography Movement
About a year ago, something strange starting happening over on Instagram. All of a sudden, I was getting questions in my inbox. Other photographers on their own crazy, business bossing journey wanted to know how I did things.
It was wonderfully flattering, yet a little confusing at first. I started my own business 5 years ago and whilst hustling and growing and moving along, I hadn't stopped to look around yet and see just how far I'd come.
And baby, it was a long way.
Those wonderful photographers in my inbox reminded me - I had a lot to share, and more than that - I really wanted to share it.
Those initial discussions and people are what led me here - 12 months later, launching my own mentoring sessions packed full of everything I've learnt. I want to help other photographers like you ; encouraging you to find your own unique voice and using that to push you to where you want to be.
Now for some truth - I can be a bit... snobby, about this mentoring gig. It took me 4 years to enter in to my own relationship with a mentor because I needed to feel sure that:
I'll show you the processes and practicalities of running a photography business and attracting your ideal clients, and give you support and encouragement to be brave and take the steps that are right for you.
I understand how it feels to be consumed by what you know you're capable of, but feeling hesitant in how to get there.
I know what it means to be grinding away, unsure of whether anyone is seeing you.
I get that this can be a lonely and hard journey at times, and how valuable it is to have someone else who has been there, to listen and guide you
Come and read more about what a mentoring day with me looks like here, and if you're interested then click the button below to get the party started!
I had two of my favourite portraits of Rupi Kaur in The Sunday Times this weekend.
The thrill of flipping through a broadsheet and seeing my work is insane. I always see photographers seem so relaxed about achievements like this.
But guys, I HAVE NO CHILL. IT FEELS AMAZING.
This was one of those blissful summer days I could live over and over. I met this awesome family on Rottingdean beach, eating melting ice creams and ready to explore. We spent a few hours climbing rocks and building fairy castles, letting the sea water soak us and the sun dry us off. Location sessions always have a slightly different feel to ones shot at home, but the vast skies and golden glow just seemed to add to their joy in one another. and honestly, their was so much joy.
That's what little girls are made of."
To all the girls who were unashamedly themselves with me this past year, this is for you.