You believe in the simple things, the real stuff, the good stuff… family, friends, love, fun, laughter, adventure…
You treasure photos of your kids but you’re usually either behind the camera or dodging it, so you’ve got precious few pictures of you with them, and even fewer of the whole family together.
You can’t be bothered with some stranger swooping in and bossing you all around, making you pose like a pillock while you desperately wish you were somewhere else.
You aren’t fussed about perfection, pristine outfits or pretty pictures that say nothing of any value and look the same as everyone else’s.
You want real stories, real memories, not manufactured ones.
You don’t just want to remember what your family looked like, you want to remember your mannerisms, personalities, quirks, emotions, connections, habits, spirit, expressions… everything that made each of you ‘you’ at that point in time.
You don’t want to sleepwalk through your kids’ childhood, to miss the good stuff… But the crazy rollercoaster of family life whizzes by giving you so little time to breathe, that it’s all you can do to try to slow down, stop and appreciate it, let alone trying to capture it all yourself with your camera at the same time.
I get it, because I’m a mother and I feel every single one of these things too.
Helpful stuff for ace families
… I’ve put together some resources you might enjoy. If you like these, there are plenty more over here.
Grab a brew, put your feet up & have a read…
HOW I WORK
My images are inspired by my love of people and their stories.
A few things you should know about what I offer you…
I’M A MOTHER, ABOVE ALL ELSE
One of the biggest compliments I’ve ever been given was to be told that I photograph other people’s children as though they‘re my own. When I take these photos for you I’m not thinking as a photographer but as a mother. I get the wild, overwhelming love. I’ve seen first-hand how pudgy fingers, dimples, curls, urgent cuddles, uncontrollable giggles and gummy smiles can soon disappear…
I’ve felt the heartache of thinking something is ‘everyday’ until suddenly, it’s not. I get how important it is to bottle all this fleeting magic so you don’t have to ever worry about forgetting it.
I DON’T CARE ABOUT PERFECTION
PHOTOS WITH ME ARE A POSE-FREE ZONE
I KNOW THERE’S MAGIC IN YOUR ORDINARY EVERYDAY
WHY THIS MATTERS
I’ve never heard anyone say that they regret having too many photos of their family, but I often hear people tell me they regret leaving it too long. So many people put it off to wait for a time when their body or house looks ‘better’.
Your kids will care about NONE of this, and appearances will only matter to you in the future in terms of being able to remember things that are long gone… There’ll come a time when you look fondly at the crap wallpaper, your tired eyes from broken sleep, proud of the body that cradled your child, wistful for the messy house hit by a toddler tornado.
You won’t care whether it was all perfect, you’ll just care that you’ve not forgotten, and that you appreciate now what you might have been too knackered to fully appreciate back in the crazy thick of it. Your kids will look back and remember how special it was… or they’ll be captivated to see something they have no way of remembering.
Manchester family photographer, for down-to-earth, adventurous, big-hearted families all across the North West, London and UK
Creative, documentary family photography in Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, London
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