Why I Love This Shot – Sunset on Zamami

It was only a matter of time until my other half made my “Why I Love This Shot” series. It seems fitting that it would be from our recent travels to Japan on our honeymoon. I spent ages in the waves experimenting with shutter speeds and playing with angles – all while trying to avoid the saltwater spray as the tide came in. We’d been snorkeling for the day on a different beach and had decided to walk around to catch the sunset at the other side of the island. A moment which is now a favourite memory. x

Why I Love This Shot – Into the Water

“Why I love this shot”  with a little bit of a difference for you today.

This is my border collie Abby venturing out into the waves. I love this image for so many reasons. The abstract style from my lensbaby spark. The light and bokeh. The blur and liquid feel. The fact it reminds me of how brave my once very fearful collie became before she left us. Her love of water wasn’t something she was born with but instead, something she realised as her confidence grew over the years. Images like this make me smile.

Why I Love this Shot – Little Photographer

Today’s Why I Love this Shot is a wee celebration of a girl who’s very special to me. This lass is celebrating her 5th birthday today and it’s been so amazing to watch her grow and get to know her.

This shot is taken from an afternoon of imaginative play with this creative wee girl where my cameras were the centre of her attention. They had their own personalities and parts to play in our story that day and she was determined to learn how they worked. This was her at 3 years old.

Creative. Determined. Inspiring.

Sounds about right.

Happy birthday lovely girl! Here’s to many more creative times together! xx

Why I Love This Shot – Birthday Girl

Time for another Why I Love This Shot!

This one is a favourite from a bespoke shoot almost a year ago. A birthday tea party for a lovely little girl who I’ve been lucky to photograph many times now.  She’s a natural!

The light in this shot just makes me happy. It’s by no means technically perfect but the glistening gold of the tea party details and the gold of her hair just make it for me. I love the high contrast and the sparkly feel! x

Why I Love This Shot – A Happy Lass

This is not the first time this lovely family have made it to my “Why I Love This Shot” series. This is partly because I’ve had the pleasure of working with them more than once and partly because their home is a photographer’s dream and but mostly, it’s because their girls are so much fun to be around! I’m pretty much in a position where I’d never say no to photographing them!

Here is one of my favourite shots from our most recent photo experience. This little lass was feeling really quite unwell during our shoot but in this moment, you’d never know. Even though she was feeling miserable, she still managed a cheeky grin in my direction and I’m so glad I captured the moment. What a little trooper!

Always such a privilege to work with these guys. x

Why I Love This Shot – The Eyes of Skye

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged in this series but I’m back! And here’s my latest “Why I Love This Shot” for you.

This is Skye, from a much more recent shoot than my other images so far. He’s a rescue border collie who I had the privilege of photographing earlier this month.  Skye really spoke to me not only because of my love of all things canine, but because of his story.

A rescue from a pitiful life chained to the back of a van, Skye arrived with his new family shut down and robotic. His previous life had taught him that the best way to survive was to block out the world. Shut down. Empty eyed. So thin you could wrap your hands around his waist and then some.

When I met him, Skye had been at his new home with owner Lorraine for just under a year. If I didn’t know his story, I wouldn’t have guessed. He is fit, healthy and his beautiful eyes sparkled. His connection with his new guardian was clear. She was constantly in his sight and she was his protector when anything made him feel unsure.

Rescues always speak to me. I have so much room in my heart for people who look after these animals and give them a second chance. Skye’s beautiful eyes are hypnotic. Look at how they sparkle! Just as they should…

Why I Love This Shot – Cheeky Munchkin

Fifth in my “Why I Love This Shot” blog series is from my first official photoshoot with my cheeky munchkin niece.  There were many “unofficial” photos taken before this date but this shot is from the first time my sister and I had a play with different backdrops and props.  At one point I considered specialising in this style of photography but I learned that I was better at candid moments instead of posed ones.

And that’s why I love this shot. We had a few different costumes and props but the best shots from this shoot are when she’s laughing and doing her own thing. She’s an incredibly cheeky wee girl who is full of spirit and joy. This photo of her grinning at us always makes me smile.  

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Why I Love This Shot – Real Beauty

Fourth in my “Why I Love This Shot” series is one from my first Real Girls, Real Beauty project shoots. Lovely Hannah was my first ever model for this project and it’s a been an exciting journey since then with another 6 models photographed (two #RealGirls and four #RealWomen), two more #RealGirls due to have their shoots late next month and at least another five #RealWomen preparing to schedule theirs.

The #RealGirlsRealBeauty project is really important to me. Empowering girls and women to see their beauty in who they are and not just what they look like is vital. Especially in this industry where we’re taught to pose people to “look better” and we’re expected to edit out “flaws”. Recently, the project has evolved and I’m excited to update you all on the changes very soon.

I have many shots that I love from this particular shoot. Partly because I could see Hannah becoming more and more comfortable with the camera, me and most importantly, herself. We did a range of poses, with her favourite book, her teddy that she’s had all her life, her violin and her piano – all things she loves about herself and her life. I could pick a number to share with you but I chose this one. I chose it because it’s a moment when we were being silly and showing off her wonderful sense of humour. A moment where she relaxed completely and giggled. Showing her #RealBeauty with a smile and plenty of sparkle.

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Why I Love This Shot – Break the Rules

So it’s time for the 3rd post in my new series “Why I Love This Shot” and this one comes from an outdoor family shoot from March last year. We had a cold morning in the park but it didn’t stop any of us from having fun. The shoot was of eight people, two families of four and there was a lot of silliness on the day which resulted in brilliant, unique shots.

When I think back to the shoot, I always think of this shot. There are a few reasons for it. This girl was an absolute star in front of the camera. Lots of cheeky poses and zero inhibitions. It made for a fun shoot. But this is a moment when I caught her relaxing and unaware and I love it. Us photographers always have to be ready to capture the moment when the opportunity arises.

From a composition/photography point of view it is a rule-breaker. The focus is slightly soft, the eyes are not showing or in focus and it only just makes the “rule of thirds”.

But those are the reasons I love it. Sometimes you just need to break the rules.

Break the Rules

Break the Rules