This new life in the USA

This new life in the USA

I never wanted to be a photographer   It wasn’t a life ambition, not the career I dreamed of at school.  Back in those days I dreamed of being happy, not getting such a hard time, perhaps living a life which had smiles in it.  In fact the only career aspiration I had was to be the next ‘Kate Adie,‘ if you are too young to know who she is feel free to log off now!  Or perhaps a Hollywood actress, there’s still time I might give it a try. Spin back the clock for almost a decade & I started on this path to be a photographer.  I’d already been in Sales & Marketing, having left school and home by 16 I needed a job not a career but had been pretty good at it.  Trained as a florist, started an events company and produced three children..plus a few other sidelines in between..a true ‘female’ Del Boy.  A ‘Jack of All Trades’, & Master of none?  But actually, maybe, I disagree, I mastered the art of moving in the direction that life took me, seeing an opportunity, recognising the skills needed and putting myself out there. Taking pictures came from nowhere..I love advertising and the imagery, posed myself on the odd occasion but held photographers in high regard and didn’t believe that I could be one..with three young children I needed to sell my demanding events & floristry business and found myself needing something more to do. I took myself off to college to study photography, I was 33 years old. A decade ago. Did I become a Master of this one thing?  My photography...
Gwenda  – Fabulous II

Gwenda – Fabulous II

Gwenda Jeffs AKA Vintage Floral Design. This stunning woman, Mother, florist and occasional model embodies women of this generation. Sensitive, strong, able and full of a lust for life. Creativity is what she is all about and life has given her work the edge. Wonderful to photograph, she leaps down the lens and eats it up.   1. In one sentence, tell us who you are and what you do. I’m Gwenda, a floral designer and owner of The Vintage Floral Design Company based in the Garden of England, Kent! 2. What’s the favourite thing about your job? Working in a bespoke way means that no job is ever the same as another, which keeps the creativity flowing and the passion alive. 3. Who do you admire the most in your work? and why? I make a point of not following or being influenced by anyone in my field (see question 8!). I simply admire anyone with follows their creative heart and carves a professional niche that is perfectly ‘them’. 4. How did it feel to be photographed? I’ve done a bit of modelling for photographer friends, but this usually involves getting into a character or theme that allows me to step out of myself for a while. This was a very different experience as I was being ‘me’, albeit a more glamorous version than the usual!  You have to confront your insecurities, but working with a pro like Carey means that it’s not nearly as scary as it seems it might be. 5. Did it improve your confidence? There’s no Magic Bullet when it comes to re-building self...
Clare – Fabulous II

Clare – Fabulous II

Some of the ladies at the ‘Fabulous’ shoot had already subjected themselves to my lenses and others, although we had spoken online before, had yet to meet. I have been asked if I get nervous photographing my peers, especially photographers but the answer really is no.  Once we are in front of the camera most of us have the usual worries and hang ups, we go from smiling and laughing to a terrified falsified pose!  I am talking from my own experience of course. If I have a skill that could be bottled I think its that I put people at ease..probably because I talk so much!  But also because I know how we want to be seen, I know what we don’t like about ourselves and I know how to get the images women want.  There’s nothing I like more than showing an image straight off the back of camera and the reaction being ‘wow, is that me!”. Clare said she doesn’t enjoy being in front of the camera but you’d never know.  She is a sweet package of lovely, the camera loves her face & her hair loves a wind machine! Photographing Clare was very enjoyable, a professional make-up artist, she is fun, bubbly, attractive and great at what she does. Check out her work here: http://clarepinkney.co.uk   Winner – FHA Make Up Artist of the Year 1. In one sentence, tell us who you are and what do you do? I am Clare Pinkney, a professional make-up artist 2. Whats the favourite thing about your job I love the variety of my work, working with brides, giving make-up...
Cary – Fabulous II

Cary – Fabulous II

The lovely Cary from Wales with the bluest eyes I have ever seen. Quiet and beautiful, the camera loves her face.  She has that timeless elegance that just looks peaceful and relaxed when photographed.  She reminds me of Kiera Knightly in Atonement but with a Welsh accent! Cary is a successful photographer, Wife, Mother and friend to many. But not a good navigator..she went all round the houses before she made it to the shoot!  I’m so glad she made it though as it wouldn’t have been the same without her.   1. In one sentence, tell us who you are and what do you do? I’m Cary, I photograph newborns, children and families, and I also do professional headshots. 2. Whats the favourite thing about your job Crikey. Too many to list! I love what I do, and I can’t imagine doing anything else 3. Who do you admire the most in your work? and why? People who follow their vision, who break new ground, who aren’t afraid to be unique. 4. How did it feel to be photographed? It felt a little odd, but in a good way! I’m so used to being on the other side of the camera! 5. Did it improve your confidence? It was an interesting experience, I think all photographers should try it as it’s quite a different perspective to being on the other side of the camera. 6. Would you recommend it to anybody else? Yes, it was great fun! The whole experience of getting prepped, dressed and photographed. 7. Name one thing you love about yourself My sense of humour. I’d...
Nova – Nu Bride Fabulous II

Nova – Nu Bride Fabulous II

This was my first time meeting Nova.  A beautiful young woman with many talents. Editor of Award winning Wedding Blog NuBride, Singer, Therapist and all round fabulous human. Nova‘s mission is to bring all women a just and fair service regardless of race or colour when planning their wedding.  Sadly, & surprisingly the industry still fails people.  Nobody should receive poor treatment at anytime in their lives but when you get engaged you expect the journey to your wedding to be magical..and it is often not. Please visit Novas lovely journal and show support for this stylish young ladies cause. http://nubride.com Here Nova answers a few questions, all her own words. 1. In one sentence, tell us who you are and what do you do? My name is Nova I am founder and editor of wedding blog Nu Bride: dedicated to add a splash of diversity and encourage the mainstream wedding industry to be more inclusive. I am also a therapist and enjoy the occasional sing song! 2. Whats the favourite thing about your job Helping people 3. Who do you admire the most in your work? and why? People who act with integrity, honesty, and people who are willing to try 4. How did it feel to be photographed? Delicious 5. Did it improve your confidence? No, but that’s because my former acting days in front of the camera have hard wired me. Plus Carey makes you feel so comfortable instantly, it’s not intimidating at all, like hanging out with a friend! 6. Would you recommend it to anybody else? Absolutely. I was lucky enough to hang backstage and was watching...
Fabulous Shoot II

Fabulous Shoot II

It’s no secret that I like to photograph women.  At work, for a portrait session, someone with a story to tell or for a ‘She’ shoot. Over the past few years I have met many great people in the industry of weddings, photography, beauty, men & women. This year for the 2nd time I have pulled together large group of this gorgeous talent for what we now call ‘The Fabulous’ shoot. Admittedly in the image it is all women plus a gorgeous baby girl but we had two boys on set too!  So please don’t think me biased.. This time instead of just the large group I spent time with each individual, took smaller groups together..stylists, photographers, florists etc..there were a lot of images hence why its taken me 6 months to edit them! I hope you enjoy the following days and couple of weeks as I share with you individually the people that took part and tell you their story, why they do what they do, who inspires them and how it felt to be photographed with all these lovely people. Only myself and the two boys avoided the camera but we did make one group shot. It was a great day, a stunning building full of stunning & talented people.  Colleagues, friends, competitors!  All together feeling fabulous…. Big thanks to the stylists..all pictured. Milbridge Court for hosting. Victoria Ferguson for your lovely accessories. Maids to Measure for the Loan of Gowns Daniel & Jacob.   Charlotte Hardwick www.WildenBrideLondon.com Gwenda Jeffs www.VintageFloralDesign.co.uk Victoria Ferguson http://www.victoriafergusson.co.uk Sharon Roberts www.wonderfulweddinghair.co.uk Tania Stephenson-Oliver www.tsobridalbeauty.co.uk Joyce Connor www.bridesandbeauty.co.uk Clare Pinkney www.clarepinkney.co.uk Daniel Wilson http://smilehair.co.uk...