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Birth Photography Essex
September 25, 2017 by maryann In Essex newborn photography 0 Comments

The beauty of birth photography lies in the event itself. The passion, pain and anticipation etched on the expectant mother’s face. Those tender and supportive touches the father gives; and, the crowning glory and priceless victory of finally seeing the child for the first time. Saying that birth pictures are beautiful is an understatement.  I understand the sentiments of expecting parents of someone taking pictures during these very private moments of their child’s birth; the fears of intrusion into an intimate space. I’ve experienced childbirth and motherhood five times over. Every day I still marvel at those moments as each birth is different from another. And if I had the chance I would have captured and encapsulated those moments with a camera. Now that I am a full-fledged professional photographer, taking on the task of capturing these moments is as memorable for me as that of the parents. Birth photography is just as personal to me as to the parents. And because the event always comes unexpectedly, I am “on call” and will be right there as needed. Birth photography is not financial gain for a photographer but rather a calling in keeping memories alive. It is the love for […]

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Ceri and Craig. Colchester, Essex.
September 07, 2017 by maryann In Weddings 0 Comments

I recently had the privilege of not only meeting these two (pretty amazing) human beings, but also being their photographer and sharing their special day.  Ceri and Craig married at the beautiful Five Lakes Venue near Colchester, Essex and had an unusual outline for the day – they had their meal before the Ceremony meaning we were able to capture the merriment that normally post-dates the ceremony, but in their case carried on throughout the entire day.  For me, some of the most touching moments, well besides that of two lives joined, was of the children and their great-grandparents. There was more than one touching moment that brought a tear to my eye.  They also allowed me to bring along my film camera to capture some analogue images, which for me is special, the images I feel were the most beautiful of the entire day, it means a lot to me to be able to give the couples I photograph something that I have created by hand, the entire process from start to finish is a product of my making, reflecting the love between the people before me.  Ceri and Craig – Thank you so much for allowing me to be your […]

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Teepee Bride
September 04, 2017 by maryann In Weddings 0 Comments

It isn’t everyday I get to meet a soon-to-be-married couple that doesn’t mind defying wedding day traditions and norms. While most engaged couples opt for a traditional church ceremony and hall or ballroom reception, some are determined to mix things up by highlighting natural beauty and their love for the wilderness in the setting of their big day. After all, who says you need four walls and a dance floor to have the fairy tale wedding of your dreams? Inspired by a not so conventional bride and set up in an open field surrounded by tall trees, this outdoor wedding photoshoot showcases a naturalistic atmosphere and a laid-back, laissez faire appeal. Offering a mix of rich colors, fresh foliage and rustic undertones, the woodsy landscape used during the photography shoot makes the perfect venue for a free-spirited gypsy, a peace-loving hippie or Bohemian beauty to tie the knot with her Prince Charming. The outside setting is also easily replicated, which means you can have this type of field wedding anywhere and everywhere (with proper permission, of course). And though the countryside backdrop steals the show in this outdoor wedding photo session, I really wanted to also bring attention to the […]

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Fine art film photography
August 17, 2017 by maryann In Analogue Photography 0 Comments

Does film photography still have a place in the modern world? Of course! Photography is about creating and preserving links with the past and what better way of doing so than with a traditional method, hand processed and hand printed by your photographer.  With each click of the camera, light interacts with the chemicals in the film, creating something fragile and sensitive that needs nurturing and bringing into the world. Romanticised? Perhaps, but worth the effort if only for the dreamlike feel that only film can bring.  By its very nature, film photography is a physical product which makes it instantly more tangible, more sharable than digital, do you miss the days when the family would get the photo album out to share memories of both recent and distant past? This is simply not done in the modern world, not because its socially unacceptable, but because our memories lie unseen on hard drives and mobile phones, only to be glanced at then quickly forgotten. My work aims to bring some of that back to our lives, I create memories to  be seen and cherished.  I’m not going to get into a debate about which is better, both forms of photography have their benefits, I […]

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Jude – Essex Newborn Photography

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting newborn little Jude and his family in Harwich, normally I go along with lots of backdrops, props.. the usual baby photography paraphernalia, but this wasn’t what mum wanted, she wanted more natural shots of little Jude in their beautiful home, and I was more than happy to oblige! Jude was an absolute star! He was certainly a natural in front of the camera.

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An unconventional day
February 22, 2017 by maryann In Weddings 0 Comments

Just sometimes, I am lucky enough to put together an entire day full of photographic beauty! I get to arrange all of the elements and play with pretty things while creating some inspiring imagery. I think your wedding day should say more about you than is conventional, it should encompass your style, your personality, and flair, your day is about you, your partner and the love between you don’t be afraid to show off exactly who you are! Photography by – The Menagerie Lifestyle Photographyn Flowers by – Miss Fleur Floral Design​ Venue – The Compasses at Pattiswick Model – Sarah Rawski​ Dress – TBC Make up – Olivia Murray Aimez-vous Hair & Beauty​ Cake – La Belle Cake Company ​Favours –  Manta Makes​ Rings  –  Titan Jewellery​

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