Amy’s celebratory shoot

I can’t tell you how much fun we had on this shoot… but I have the scars to prove it! (Note to self: stop climbing mountains in inappropriate footwear, and remember that dried bracken is sharper than it looks)

Anyway.

Amy wanted this shoot to mark her brilliant achievement of reaching target weight, after a year of dedication and determination.  Amy and I are neighbours and I have seen her progressing on this journey, day in, day out, and been completely inspired.  In losing so much weight, Amy has given herself the priceless gift of good health, fitness and overall wellbeing.  [At this point, I should say I am not in any way sponsored by or associated with Slimming World, but Amy seems to be living proof that the method works!]

Amy is a beautiful woman through and through, and I am delighted to have captured photographs that truly show how stunning she is, and which I hope will further boost her confidence and self-belief for the future.

Shot on location at Woodhouse and Handsworth in Sheffield and the Longshaw Estate, Derbyshire.

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Toddler Tula mini-shoot

Anyone who has been watching my photography will know that I’m very keen on capturing babywearing images. In fact, when I first set myself up as a ‘proper’ photographer (I’d always been taking pictures, mind you) my dream was to offer babywearing portraiture. I know how important – and special – slings become to parents and their children – after all, I’ve pretty much had a baby or toddler strapped to me for the last five years as well. It is SO much more than a means of transport. It enables a connection, heart to heart, a place of safety, of intimacy, of interaction and interest, joy and humour, and reassurance, of rest and calm. Can you tell it’s hard to put into words.  There aren’t enough adjectives!  Something this special shouldn’t be left to occasional blurry selfies. These are the photos that we’ll want to look back on in 30 years and be transported to those feelings, those memories.

Yet – in the process of developing my photography, I’ve taken fewer pictures of my own loved ones. Here’s a very mini shoot to slightly redress the balance.  The light on Saturday evening was so clear and soft yet with August here it is already fading fast.

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Sue’s 70th birthday celebration

I always enjoy photographing family gatherings – and this was a very special occasion indeed, celebrating the lovely Sue’s 70th birthday!  Four beautiful grandchildren, and a lot of laughter in this scenic Sheffield garden, ensured there was so much to photograph I could have stayed long into the night… Here are just a few of my favourite shots from our party.

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