52 Week Project – August

This summer has been the hardest shooting outside, I have had so many sunburns, you have to remember to look after yourself while shooting as well as models! This month I had the pleasure of shooting some lovely people!

Week 31 – Living

A great night photographing Destination Groove at their function gig, here’s to more fun captures like this in the future.

Week 31 – Living

Week 32 – It started with a kiss

Family photoshoots like the one below couldn’t have been more fun-filled and full of colour. That’s what a shoot is like when you book with me, I try to capture the fun and vibrancy of your family.

Week 32 – It started with a kiss

Week 33 – If I had a million pounds

I would spend my days hunting down locations like the one below! *Heart Eyes*

Week 33 – If I had a million pounds



52 Week Project – July


The month I got the worst sunburn of my life. Tried my hand at event photography and harassed a lot of friends to model for me

Week 27 – No Filter

Week 27 – No Filter

An adventure down to Bournemouth saw me in portrait heaven. From Carousels to arcades, I had been waiting for a shoot like this for a long time.

Week 28 – Digital

Week 28 – Digital

Digital is a hot topic wherever you look. It feels like the world revolves around phones and social media but who remembers the old TV static. It used to be almost hypnotising.

Week 29 – Private

Week 29 - Private

It makes me so sad that so many beautiful places are blocked off to the public and left to decay.

Week 30 – Pure

Week 30 – Pure

Moments captured like this are pure and untainted.

52 Week Project – June

Some of the hottest weather on record began this month, and man alive this project is tough. To keep inspiration flowing, and to not feel constrained by the topics is so hard! See my 52-week submissions for June

Week 23 – Sub

Week 23 – Sub

In the world of photography, this title could cover all manner of sins. Literally. So here’s a boat! I live in a gorgeous part of Wiltshire and this challenge has really allowed me to see it in a new light.

Week 24 – Joint

Week 24 – Joint

Week 25 – Enough

Week 25 – Enough

This year has been a huge year for me, in a selfish way I have been focussing on myself, what I need in life. And this particular week, myself and the life of Lilly travelled to Hamburg for the weekend. I mean actually got on the plane without a suitable adult and just went to a different country. That’s enough spontaneity for a while.

Week 26 – Burp

Week 26 – Burp

I hated this topic.

52 Week Project – May

Did somebody say it’s summer? A bit delayed with last month’s 52-week project. This is a hard project to be doing but I don’t think I’m deterred yet! Although I think we’re far from the 365 project, photographers that can even commit to them deserve a medal.

Week 18 – Different Perspective

Ruined building with tower
Week 18 – Different Perspective

This was a hard one, a lot can be said for perspective, are we talking architecture photography or a different angle? For me, a different perspective was discovering this old building in the town near why I grew up. It’s a gorgeous building I never knew existed but must have driven past a thousand times, a fresh perspective on somewhere I thought I knew. The golden hour helped the beauty too.


Week 19 – Inbetween

Lots of speakers
Week 19 – Inbetween

Game of Tetris anyone?


Week 20 – Layers

Layers of paint
Week 20 – Layers

Now it’s supposed to be Summer, so layers don’t spring polo necks and tights to mind, so here’s some paint.

Week 21 – Pose

Bald model framed by wooden windows and blossoms
Week 21 – Pose

I have been dying to shoot with some blossoms and it makes me so sad that they’ve almost disappeared now. This week’s submission is from my first shoot with the canon 5d mk IV and Rosa Fury. I love the contrast between a derelict bus stop and pretty blossoms.

Week 22 – Curve

Records in jukebox
Week 22 – Curve

There’s something about retro things isn’t there? I find myself loving pin-up shoots, no matter how many time’s they’re done before, and anything 50’s – that includes an old jukebox. CD’s fitting my Week 22 theme perfectly.

52 Week Project – April

We are now into the swing of May, and what I can hopefully say is the start of summer! This month has been a hard one to keep up with photographing once a week, but we’ve got there. Have you taken on any projects this year? If so what helps you stay motivated. Take a look below at all the images submitted for my 52-week project in April.

Week 12 – Horrify Me


Image of a fake owl in a tree
Week 12 – Horrify Me


Let me just start this off with the worst week possible. In our female photography group, we have a mixture of skills, some are in portraiture and some are in landscapes. However, for this week our theme was horror. I hate horror films, I hate horror and I certainly cannot shoot it. It just doesn’t inspire me at all!

So for this week is a picture of a fake owl. Now you might think why is this scary? Well, owls are lovely creatures, very majestic I’m not denying that at all, but when I was a teenager, myself and a group of friends decided to watch the Fourth Kind, and ever since I’ve never been able to trust the things!

Week 13 – Free week

Ginger model portrait in sheer floral dress
Week 13 – Free Week

We all lose a bit of mojo now and then so for this week we had free reign on what we could submit. This week’s photo is of Gemma Huh, a model from London I had the pleasure of photographing at Pozers Studio, Cricklade.

Week 14 – Friendship

Week 14 – Friendship

Now, this girl I have known for almost 8 years. We recently got back in touch and I got the pleasure of photographing her in a record shop in Wiltshire. If that’s not friendship, I don’t know what is.

Week 15 – Abstract


Abstract portrait of woman through a glass
Week 15 – Abstract


We all know I’m a portrait photographer and abstract really isn’t my thing, but I gave it a go with a glass and some sunshine!

Week 16 – Spring


Landscape of the rapeseed flower
Week 16 – Spring


What tells me spring is on the way is Yellow fields and Bluebells. On my commute to work, I am surrounded by golden landscapes for miles. The smell is god awful but I do think they look gorgeous.

Week 17 – Frame 


Portrait of model framing her eye with her finger
Week 17 – Frame

Getting back to what I know and love with portraits with Eli. My biggest aim for 2018 was to get out of my comfort zone and this girl just does it. Surround yourself with creative individuals so your life will never be boring.



52 Week Project – March

Can you believe that March has been and gone? I mean seriously, yesterday felt like I was counting in the new year, not four months ago! Now this month has been very strange, I’ve been snowed in for three days and then met some lovely new people, it snowed again and then I ate my weight in Mini Eggs. It’s not been a bad one and here are my March photo’s to prove it. March has been a quiet month for me while I prioritise other aspects of my website other than blogging but the 52-week project has continued!

I have to say 52-week photography projects are hard, but the rewards are worth it! All topics chosen are set by our photography group leader Alley, a studio owner who’s imagination is as vast as her creative skills. It knows no bounds.

Week 9 – Cold

Snow landscape photo
Week 9 – Cold

What it says on the tin. In March 2018 the world watched as the UK lost it over the freezing temperatures it was facing, now I am a complete wuss, I stayed indoors for most of it, managed to scare myself driving and spent most of it in my PJ’s. However, I managed to go out and brave the chill for the 9th week of the project. Pretty much what it says on the tin here. It was cold.

Week 10 – Bonkers

Red and blue fashion editorial portrait with blue tracksuit and red back drop
Week 10 – Bonkers

POPPERS ARE BACK PEOPLE! Have you seen them? The 90’s trend is back with vengeance in my shoot with Elica. Who can say that this outfit is not bonkers? Plus, you know, it’s blue so what could be better?

For week 10 we brought a touch of glamour to Swindon! No one has ever said those words together. Ever.







Week 11 – Once Upon a Time

Week 11 – Once upon a time

This one kind of says it all really, sometimes don’t you just feel like climbing a mountain of books? It does remind me that I do not read enough!

52 Week Project – February

As February ends I sum up the month with my images for my 52-week project. As some of you may know one of my new year’s resolutions was to produce an image once a week every week for the year, and this was a goal I could actually stick to, with the help of my photography group – a motivated and inspiring group of women you can’t help but be excited to work with.

Week 5 – In a Previous Life

silhouette self portrait of myself as a queen
Week 5 – in a previous life

In a previous life… a difficult subject to base your image on. I went with a queen. Whether this means I was a queen before I definitely am now – well try to be anyway.

50 shades of white entry for 52 week project using a white artichoke
Week 6 – 50 shades of white

Week 6 – Fifty Shades of White

Week 6 was a tricky one. I pride myself in low light photography and textures so creating an image all with white tones was tough. But that is what this whole journey is about, trying new ideas and techniques, this is one I definitely won’t be revisiting for a while though.





Week 7 – Wild thing, what makes you angry?


Multiple exposure self portrait with landscape
Week 7 – Double exposure for what makes you angry?

Week 7 was a time where people were getting to me. Sometimes it feels as though everyone has an opinion on your choices and ideas and yet they don’t have to live with them. Sometimes I wonder if living in the middle of nowhere away from everyone would make me happy… I know it won’t but this lead to my double exposure image. Double exposure is a way of merging two images together, back in the day of film this would have been created by two negatives, however, my double exposure was created in Photoshop. This hard work actually won week 7’s submission and I couldn’t have been more proud, even if I was being very negative in creating it. What makes you angry?

Week 8 – Fear of the Unknown

Abandoned Chair in front of a landscape background
Week 8 – Fear of the Unknown

Week 8 of my 52-week photography project concludes with the fear of the unknown. I mostly have a fear of loneliness and the more and more people I get to know the more common this seems. During my commute to work, I saw the chair above and kept telling myself I must stop to take a photo. Every day I drove passed for 4 days and it was raining or I had no way of stopping but finally, I did and must have looked insane to the oncoming traffic. The next day I drove past and saw that the chair had gone which did give me a seize the opportunity type epiphany.

What were your new year’s resolutions and have you stuck to them?

52 week project – January

As we say goodbye to gloomy January and get excited about Spring, I thought I would round up the first month with my 52-week project for the first four weeks. As I mentioned in my new year post, within my photography group we decided to attempt the lengthy 52-week project, with themes created by our photography group leader, you would need to be committed and inspired – that’s why I am thankful we have each other!

Week 1 – New Year

Self portrait with fairy lights
Week 1 – New Year

An image I have already featured in my new year post. My first self-portrait in over 3 years and I felt amazing. Channelling my inner Brandon Woelfel I let myself loose with the fairy lights and a timer.

Week 2 – School of Hard knocks

Old lady in hoodie out side thrift shop in shoreditch
Week 2 – School of hard knocks

I spoke a lot in 2017 about by jump back to photography and how you need to brush yourself off so I kept myself out of this one. I met this woman in my photography course back last year. She runs an emporium at a lock up in Shoreditch, it’s been passed down through three generations, it even survived through the blitz! Her grandfather, portrayed in local street art, watches on as his emporium still goes strong.

Week 3 – Yummy Yummy, in my tummy

pop art self portrait with wispa wrapper off mouth
Week 3 – Yummy yummy, in my tummy

Don’t Wispa, Shout! It’s January, some of us have given up on our diet and others are in denial, myself included given my recent Mini Egg Binge, so it’s only right to base week 3 on a little indulgence. I had a shot in mind and I asked my stepdad to bring home one Wispa bar, 2 multi-packs and a massive food baby later and my week 3 submission was born.

Week 4 – The doorway to your soul

abandoned building portrait
Week 4 – The doorway to your soul

This was a tricky one for me and my entry may seem a little surface level, but photography is a doorway to my soul. This shot was taken this weekend with Bex and Hannah, it’s amazing what you can do on a drizzly day.

What were your new year’s resolutions and have you stuck to them?

Should you work for free?

Should you work for free diagramEvery time I go to my partner’s parent’s there’s a piece of paper on their fridge that says ‘should I work for free’? They are both Musicians in their own right, they make money from their talent and this always gets me thinking about this stigma in the creative industry.

Whether you’re a blogger, photographer or musician you would have been met with a request to work for free like “you can bring your camera along”, “It’s great experience”, “We don’t have the money but…” or “I can credit you”, the list is endless. Remarks like this are why it’s becoming increasingly difficult to create an art that people value. It begins to doubt your worth. For a creative, there is so much time and work that goes into the final product, that not many people realise, the practising, the research, the editing.

I’m not saying you should never work for free. There is so much tension around not being paid, many believe it belittles your skill, puts others out of business and creates excuses for sub-standard work. Others believe that it is the only way to get exposure and experience in the industry.

For me this is a grey area, I have worked for free a very long time ago, I learned a lot and gained a lot of experience, it also brought me repeat work and a loyalty. However, as a photographer you are constantly met with “that doesn’t fit our budget” or “it’s just clicking a camera” and this is just degrading, it questions their value.

With a photoshoot, you are paying for the photographers time, their skills and their product. You don’t question a Vintage Wine’s price, you appreciate the time it has matured and then the final product.

It’s important to establish the benefits to you. Be respectful of the request, but respect yourself too. How would this affect you? Would it bring you more business in the long run or allow you to progress further in an area? Also, respect someones choice to work for free, it’s their time, their skill.

Have respect for creatives, they don’t work 9-5, they’re brand/skill is their life. If you’re friends with a creative, don’t expect their services for free, treat it as a surprise if they were to offer. At the end of the day, you are providing the services, you have to weigh up the options that work for you.



How do you feel about working for free?


2018 has Arrived

In the spirit of the new year, new me and all that, I wanted to compile my goals and aspirations for 2018. 2017 was such a great year for me with my photography. I fell in love with my camera again, joined my first female photography group, organised my first editorial shoot at a launderette and helped Life of Lilly gain body confidence with my photos. What a year!

My Photography goals for 2018:

  • 52-week challenge – what it says on the tin, 52 photos for 52 weeks. I have always admired people that have the discipline to keep the 52 week or 365 projects going, you not only need to have the ideas and imagination to keep your photos fresh, you have to find the time to create and edit the images. However, the good thing I have now which I never had before is my photography group who are all taking part, we’re in this together.
  • Build my portfolio
  • Blog consistently – Blog posts will be posted on a Tuesday weekly going forward.
  • Create more editorial pieces
  • Build a reliable model network – networking is something you always need, a great model, like a great photographer, is hard to find so once you’ve found one cherish them.
  • Be proud of what I create – confidence is key, I love what I do and this year it can only get better.
  • Love every second

My Personal goals for 2018:

  • Travel more
  • Laugh more
  • Keep pushing with my career
  • Get a tattoo 
  • Find more time for me, friends and family.

What are your goals for 2018 and beyond?

The featured image is my first photo of 2018 and self-portrait in three years. Happy New Year!