Tina's Blog

Hi, I’m Tina Chisnell; welcome to my blog. If you are a prospective client please take a moment to browse through the showcase pages for examples of my portrait photography.

 I like to think of this blog as my virtual scrap book; it’s the place where I keep the other photos and stories I collect as I go about my days, building my business around my passion. 

2019

July 02, 2019

My friend rolled her eyes as I took a photograph of my food, “Do you remember when you could just order food and eat it without taking a photograph first?” She was having a dig at me, exasperated at the over-sharing nature brought upon us by social media. No I .... Read More

February 22, 2019

In June 2016 I was ill. They said I had a bug. They said I had the flu. They said I was exhausted. In fact I had encephalitis. It’s no one’s fault – it’s a rare and hard illness to diagnose and does appear a lot like flu to begin .... Read More

2018

December 13, 2018

I’ve decided it’s time to respect mother-nature and embrace my curly hair. I have to be honest, I’ve said this many times, generally while I’m on holiday when I’m too hot and too lazy to use my straightening irons. However, this time I’ve gone curly for longer. It’s been a .... Read More

November 30, 2018

When I'm out with my children, I'm rarely aware of the beauty of my surroundings. More often I'm thinking: I hope I've packed enough snacks, I wonder where the nearest toilet is, brown-eyed-boy is riding a little too close to the kerb, I should have put gloves on McSmiley...the list .... Read More

November 22, 2018

The day started with a school run; riding on my bike along the rail trail absorbing the morning sunshine glittering through the trees, the rusty leaves crunching beneath my tires and inhaling the smell of the damp earth. Once I had dropped my little one off at school, I rode .... Read More

November 08, 2018

There was a moment a long time ago. My Grandad had died; my father was devastated. The day after and possibly several days after that, he barely said a word.  It’s tradition in his…our culture to “celebrate” after 40 days of a family member’s death – I’ve never really questioned .... Read More

September 17, 2018

I recently listened to a podcast featuring Jameela Jamil; if you are my kind of age you might remember her as a T4 presenter or currently starring in The Good Place. She spoke about the Kardashian family and how she was outraged when she saw a photograph posted on Instagram .... Read More

February 22, 2018

If I rewind back 6 years ago, my only wish was for my photographs to be on someone’s wall – not including that of family since they’re sort of obligated to put my photographs up regardless of the quality. I achieved that pretty early on through taking family portraits and .... Read More

January 15, 2018

When I started my photography business, well after it took off, people began to ask whether I did wedding photography. I always replied, “Not right now, my children are too young, blah, blah, blah…” I’ve refused several opportunities and then a little while ago I was asked if I would .... Read More

2017

November 14, 2017

It’s been a while. Life has been crazy, The www.100inhamble.com project has reached half a century; I shot my first wedding; my brown-eyed boy started big school – in my head he’s still 2 so this is a pretty big deal! I wanted the www.100inhamble.com project to be solely about .... Read More

October 13, 2017

Do you know how Facebook brings up memories from previous years? Well, a while ago it brought up a memory which was actually a blog I had written a long time ago. Back then, I used to sign off with the line, “Dream big; be bold.” www.tinachisnell.com/blog/Dream-Big-Be-Bold At some point, .... Read More

September 07, 2017

It looks like the www.100inhamble.com project might actually reach completion. I photographed a wonderful 99 year old lady recently and it was an absolute pleasure to meet her, take her photo and talk to her about her life and memories. I’m sure if you have a read of Kathleen Motherwell’s .... Read More

August 31, 2017

When a client comes back to you and asks for another photoshoot, you know you’re not doing too bad a job. This is my third photoshoot with this gorgeous family and as always it was such a pleasure to work with them. We found that raisins are a girl’s best .... Read More

August 29, 2017

The other week, I took a photograph of a student I used to teach for the 100 in Hamble. I’m not going to pretend I remember teaching her but it was such a pleasure to take her photos and listen to her talk so articulately about her life in Hamble .... Read More

August 10, 2017

Sometimes I do a shoot with children and they just don’t want their photo taken. It’s totally understandable; they have never met me before, may have had an bad night’s sleep or have just walked past our play room which resides beside my studio and wants to go and play .... Read More

June 29, 2017

It’s hard to believe that I had an idea 4 years ago, decided to actually do it in March and now, not even four months later I am a quarter of the way through completing my 100 in Hamble project. 25 ladies done, and lots more booked. It’s looking positive .... Read More

March 28, 2017

About 4 years ago I had an idea; I thought I would take photographs of women and girls aged from 1 to 100 that were living in our little village of Hamble. The idea was to celebrate the lives of these ladies, and hopefully paint a portrait of the community .... Read More

February 28, 2017

Ok, so it feels like you’ve just unwrapped those Christmas presents and you still have tubs of Celebrations and Quality Street chocolates hiding in the bottom kitchen drawer but Bluebell season is almost upon us. Yes, tomorrow it will be March and Bluebells bloom at around the end of April .... Read More

February 21, 2017

“Let’s just have a bit of fun.” Dad said, and so they did. It’s always nice to see genuine smiles and that bond between family members.  Read More

February 14, 2017

You never know what you’re going to get when a client books you for a family shoot. Some of the children enter excited and pose without any encouragement or bribing. Some need a few chocolate buttons or Percy Pig sweets to get a smile out of them and some don’t .... Read More

February 07, 2017

Children get bored. I know this; I worked as a teacher for about 10 years. I also learned a few techniques along the way to keep them focused; this has served me well in my job as a photographer where I work with children a lot. I play nursery rhymes .... Read More

January 31, 2017

Autumn is my new favourite season. Apparently, that wasn’t the case before but since losing my memory things have changed. Now, I love the colours of the leaves and walking through them hearing that crunch (while hoping there isn’t any dog poo lurking beneath them!) So, I was happy that .... Read More

January 24, 2017

As any of you who have read my previous blog posts will know, I have two sons so I am always really interested when clients bring me two boys to photograph. I like to see the interaction between brothers and either see what the future might hold for my boys’ .... Read More

2016

December 15, 2016

Not long to go! We have a stack fulll of presents; the stockings are hung up over the fireplace; our fake Christmas tree (yes, fake - someone please have a word with my husband!) is excessively decorated and twinkling beautifully and snowflakes are stuck to the windows. All we need now is a miniature Father .... Read More

December 01, 2016

I’m finding that profile shots are getting more and more popular, so here’s a bit of advice if you want yours done – and I strongly suggest you should, especially for professional sites like LinkedIn, or website profile photographs. Let me know what you want. This goes for family portraits .... Read More

November 24, 2016

When I look back to my own childhood, I remember a lot of bickering between my siblings and me. Don’t get me wrong; we get on really well now. In fact, I consider my sisters my best friends. They held my wedding dress up while I did a pee on my .... Read More

November 17, 2016

I’ve been reading a lot lately. I’m slower than I once was as processing what I have read has become a bit difficult. Here’s a book I recommend to anyone going through a challenging time;  a friend gave it to me when I was in hospital and it is a book .... Read More

November 10, 2016

Isn’t there something magical about newborns? Whenever a newborn enters my studio, I forget the constant need to feed and change them and just enjoy their gorgeous smell and the wonderful touch of their skin still raw and wrinkly from the strains of birth. I love taking detail shots of .... Read More

November 01, 2016

I've never been one for accessorising much; I wear the same earrings and necklace day after day and never remove my wedding/engagement ring. I don't wear hats or scarves unless I'm outside and it's freezing but here's a bit of advice I have tried and tested with clients during photoshoots... it's from .... Read More

October 13, 2016

I spoke to someone the other week and he asked me what I wanted... big question but I didn't hesitate, "I want to be a good wife and a good mother," I answered. I forgot to mention that I also want to be a successful photographer; I guess I didn't mention .... Read More

October 13, 2016

When a client books a photoshoot they often ask me lots of questions; one of them being, "What should I wear?" My answer varies depending on the season if it is an outdoor shoot or what the purpose of the shoot is if it is a studio shoot. Is it for .... Read More

September 27, 2016

When I first started to listen to Paul’s TED talk, I thought: it’s all about sailing; I’m not going to ‘get’it.’ I’m not a sailor; I’m just married to one. I carried on anyway and I’m glad I did. This talk is for me; in fact I think it’s for .... Read More

September 13, 2016

It’s been a tough month or probably a lot longer than that; I just don’t remember. My husband kindly brought my camera into hospital when I was well enough to understand what boredom really meant. I was scared. I didn’t remember much and was so frightened that I had lost .... Read More

August 30, 2016

These days it’s all about iphones and ipads; even watches are branded with the Apple stamp.   I have to admit, I have been taken in to the era of technology (not the watch – I quite like the one I’ve got thank you!). However, there are some things that I .... Read More

August 16, 2016

Sometimes all you need is some coffee (to keep you awake after a sleepless night due to a teething one year old) and a camera – perfect for a Saturday afternoon. Some say I’m obsessed; I say I’m falling in love all over again. It's easy to work when you love .... Read More

August 11, 2016

Some of you may know that I am suffering with encephalitis. The negatives of this disease are pretty obvious – I mean I’ve lost a lot of my memory; I don’t think I need to go into the negatives much further. However, there are some positives…yes positives and that’s what .... Read More

June 21, 2016

The time has come. Both children are at nursery today leaving me with a full day to get things done. So what am I doing? Mostly opening and closing different programs on my computer; it’s the equivalent of pushing paper around your desk and making neat piles so that everything looks .... Read More

June 08, 2016

My littlest man turned one last month. It's been such a huge year of smiling, dribbling, crawling, almost walking, falling and getting back up again...and again.  It has made me think that the saying "born lazy" is simply untrue. Babies are anything but lazy. They have grit. They work really .... Read More

June 01, 2016

I was reading my friend’s blog about gifts; it’s entitled, “When is a gift not really a gift?” It's about being burdened with gifts that you don’t really want and end up keeping out of obligation. You can read it here if you are interested:  http://freshspacesnow.weebly.com/blog/when-is-a-gift-not-really-a-gift This got me thinking about .... Read More

May 24, 2016

These days, many of us don't leave home without a camera since it comes part and parcel with our phones and our phones have pretty much become an extra body part.  We can easily take a picture every day, be it of our child, cat or self so it does .... Read More

April 16, 2016

Everyone knows someone who has a profile picture that is about 8 years old, or one that looks like they are part of a police line up. In most cases it doesn’t really matter – I know what my friends on Facebook look like so I can’t say I worry .... Read More

March 27, 2016

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter. Don't let the weather spoil it for you; it's a truly marvellous day!                                                                 .... Read More

March 24, 2016

I've been to-ing and fro-ing for years. At the start, it was so exciting to think I was pursuing my passion and turning it into my business. However, when it came to actually quitting the existing day job, which brought in real money and offered real security, that excitement rapidly turned .... Read More

March 15, 2016

I gave up social media for lent, partially because I didn't want to give up chocolate. Again. And fail. Again! And partially because I thought I spent too many minutes reading things I wasn't actually interested in just because my fingers were in the habit of scrolling through my news .... Read More

March 08, 2016

If you want proof that having a nice camera doesn’t mean you will automatically get nice photographs, you’re in the right place.  Recently, I handed my camera to… someone... so that I could get some photos of me with my little one while he was riding a donkey. These were the results: .... Read More

March 03, 2016

Warning: this will be a gushy "look how beautiful my baby is," type of blog post. Last month, on Valentines day, my little smiler was baptised. It was wonderful to have my family and friends, old and new, share this day with us. I decided not to be photographer on the day and to immerse .... Read More

January 19, 2016

I’m so pleased to finally be able to share Holly and Joshua’s photo shoot from Autumn last year. The photos were used as a Christmas gift so I kept them away from the internet, which has a way of ruining surprises! Holly and Joshua were such naturals in front of .... Read More

January 05, 2016

Having your second baby is a lot easier than having your first in many ways; you know what a contraction feels like, how much labour is going to hurt and how to change a nappy when the baby arrives. You’ve also got a lot of the paraphernalia that goes with .... Read More

2015

December 25, 2015

This Christmas, I wanted to be the type of person that got a family Christmas card printed and sent out to family and friends. Didn’t quite work out. I managed to get the family in the studio – all at the same time; in clean clothes after being fed. I .... Read More

December 09, 2015

  You blink and it’s December already. There are so many sessions I have yet to share on the blog so to try and catch up before we begin 2016, here is a little taster of the beautiful Bryony’s studio session. She was absolutely gorgeous and had the most beautiful .... Read More

October 02, 2015

I'm picky. I'll be the first to admit it. To be honest, I think it's the company I keep. I have a friend who insists she is not a fussy eater but she won't eat the omelette I offer her, or anything with onions in it, or watercress grown in the .... Read More

September 25, 2015

I'm always on the lookout for beautiful locations to take clients to for shoots. Sometimes, you don't need to go very far to get a gorgeous spot.  They say that every day is a school day, so the lesson I learnt from this shoot was that doing a recce on a .... Read More

September 18, 2015

Some days it looks like this in my house: Bumpy 1 screams because he wants to get out of bed and I have taken longer than 30 seconds to get to his room; he then screams louder when I get him out of bed. Somehow, the idea of getting out .... Read More

September 12, 2015

My little newborn is a newborn no more. There's nothing I can do to make time slow down so taking photographs to remember the details is all that is left.  I've been much better this time at slowing down and letting things slide without feeling swamped with guilt. Because, these .... Read More

August 22, 2015

  This photography lark has been such a journey. I started off taking photographs of pine-cones, daisies and dandelions… basically things that didn’t move too much! I moved on briefly to sailors and boats before finding my niche taking people’s portraits. A few weeks ago, things changed again and I .... Read More

July 29, 2015

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May 19, 2015

A few things happen when you become a parent. You notice that all your furniture is either made of glass or has sharp edges... hello Ikea! You suddenly take note of just how expensive children’s shoes are (they grow out of them in like, two minutes!). You understand just how .... Read More

May 05, 2015

There's so much I loved about the session I did with the Laurie family: the sun that shone throughout the shoot, the organisation of the family, the girls' gorgeous dresses, the beautiful grounds, the opportunity for me to take varied and natural shots... I could go on. However, what I loved .... Read More

April 23, 2015

Rain is not always a bad thing. It's good for the garden as my mum says and I've always loved the refreshing feeling of going for a long run in the rain - not something I've done too recently though!  However, taking photos in the rain is not really my .... Read More

April 10, 2015

Exhausted after just a few hours sleep, I let my little one watch some Cbeebies over breakfast so that I could slowly peel my eyelids apart over a nice, steaming cup of… decaffeinated tea - about as useful as tap water! Today’s tricky task is to chase a client to .... Read More

April 06, 2015

While lots of people I know have gone away for the Easter break, we have opted for the staycation. It’s been blissful although the weather could have played a bit more nicely. I even managed to find time to bake some Easter nests.  I understand that I am using the .... Read More

March 29, 2015

There must be some kind of hormonal change that kicks in at around 30 weeks of pregnancy that makes you want to create.  I remember feeling just like this during my last pregnancy. Just around the time when you are getting so heavy that it hurts to walk for longer .... Read More

March 15, 2015

Happy Mother's Day! xx Read More

March 13, 2015

Spring has been teasing us with the appearance of a bit of sunshine bright against beautiful, blue skies. There have even been signs underfoot – daffodils have confidently sprouted and I’m no gardener but I’m sure I’ve seen the odd snowdrop here and there. With all these signs of spring .... Read More

February 19, 2015

It’s not every day you have a classical guitarist in your studio to photograph and it’s not every day you are treated to a private performance of stunning live music while you work… my ipod will never quite cut it in the studio after that! This is Jonathan Prag. I .... Read More

February 02, 2015

For those who do not already know, I am pregnant with Baby Boy number 2.  The old waistline has expanded and being adverse to maternity wear, I have resorted to my husband’s wardrobe to find jumpers which fit – I sort of regret making him throw out all those oversized, .... Read More

January 29, 2015

Not so long ago, I was asked to take some portraits of a family of fifteen. There are many reasons why taking photographs of large groups is difficult. Firstly, even before you get to the photo session, you have to choose a date and get everyone to agree on chosen .... Read More

2014

November 02, 2014

When I was asked to photograph the Hamble Calendar this year I had my reservations. Photographing women with little clothing is one thing but I thought there might be a few red faces when it was the men’s turn. I turned up to my first photo shoot prepared with my .... Read More

September 25, 2014

I’ve been reading. Those of you who know me well know that I love reading blogs; they get me excited, motivated and inspired. I read about the joys and anguishes that develop from trying to make photographs, which originate in the mind, perfectly composed and exposed. I read about the .... Read More

August 11, 2014

I have suddenly hit a realization and it has made me sigh with relief. I recently discovered a guy called Sean McCabe (seanwes.com) who runs a hand lettering business as well as offering his pearls of wisdom on how to earn a living from your passion. I was hooked. I listened .... Read More

August 01, 2014

Some people are just nice aren't they? More than a few weeks ago I met the Brown family for a photo-shoot and after about two minutes in their presence, I could just tell that they were nice people. (My English teachers would freak out if they read this - I've used the .... Read More

July 27, 2014

When it came to my little boy’s birthday party we kind of copped out. Instead of hosting the party at our house we let the River Rat Restaurant do the honors. They prepared all the food: sandwiches, scones, cocktail sausages, brownies, lemon drizzle cake... and the party was held in .... Read More

July 19, 2014

July's picture was taken at Hamble point and is sponsored by Bowen Aligned Therapy, Biospheric Performance, Stealth Security and Marine Results. The shot had to be taken reasonably quickly so that local dog walkers didn't get an eyeful on their travels! Although it wasn't a particularly nice day, we were .... Read More

July 16, 2014

Most of my sentences this week have begun with; “This time last year…” It has probably been enough to drive anyone mad, except my husband, who clearly enjoys reminiscing just as much as I do. Today is my little boy’s first birthday and this time last year I was looking .... Read More

July 04, 2014

I love the instant gratification you get from digital photography. You can snap away and adjust settings based on what you see on your LCD to make sure you get that perfect picture. However, on the flip side, the problem with digital photography is that so many of our pictures are .... Read More

June 20, 2014

June's photograph was one of the first I took for this project; it features Sonia from the Hamble Spa and Lifeboat volunteer, Dave. I loved the cheeky, fun nature of this shoot and it just sums up for me  what this project was all about.  Happy Sunday! Tina xx   Read More

June 16, 2014

If I’m honest I didn’t think it would happen…not any time soon anyway. I have wanted to have my own studio for some time now; a space where I can take photos without having to dismantle the dining table first. A place where the cat can't stroll across my pristine white backdrop. Somewhere .... Read More

May 29, 2014

It was so nice when the sun made its brief appearance earlier this month; I walked around Hamble with my camera around my neck and took photos. Everything looks so much prettier in soft sunlight and I feel far more inspired. Now, just a few weeks later the heating is cranked back up .... Read More

May 19, 2014

May in the calendar has Gael from Creating Waves gracing its page. This shot was taken with a heavily pregnant Gael lying on our kitchen floor; by a heavily pregnant photographer standing on a pouffe… oh the glamour!  Happy Monday! Tina x Read More

April 30, 2014

March's picture in the calendar is The Sea Sky Art Gallery and features Lifeboat volunteer, Dave as the model in a life drawing class. He was dressed fully in his lifeboat gear complete with helmet and it was something like 30 degrees outside… that’s commitment for you! It was just a little .... Read More

April 23, 2014

I think it is safe to say that I have broken my New Year’s resolution. It’s been a long time since I have written on this blog, in fact the last one I wrote was at the end of February! In my defence, we spent most of March either getting .... Read More

February 28, 2014

I have decided that since the Hamble Ladies Lifeboat Calendar was such a big project last year, I would share the story behind each picture as we go through the year. I only just thought of this idea, so I have January and February to share today. January features the jolly Jeeves .... Read More

February 21, 2014

Earlier this month we celebrated my baby boy's Christening. It wasn't so easy to leave my camera at home and let someone else be photographer for the day, but on the upside I think my sister now appreciates that photography isn’t as simple as “pressing the big button on top of the .... Read More

February 14, 2014

It’s getting nearer to the end of my maternity leave; decisions need to be made and that's never easy. I have spent the last seven months watching my little one grow physically, mentally and emotionally.  It’s amazing to see the speed at which he grasps new skills and the persistence he has in practicing .... Read More

January 31, 2014

I met Helen about 6 years ago at a dance class; I was new and hovering around the perimeter of the room, hoping no one would ask me to dance and she was gliding and spinning across the dance floor looking like a pro. She’s one of those people with an .... Read More

January 26, 2014

It was great shooting the Whaleys (you have to make sure people know you're a photographer before saying that in public, or you end up getting a few stares!). It started with the rearrangement of the lounge furniture so that we could get the back-drop and lights in. Having set .... Read More

January 17, 2014

When I was about 13 I had really frizzy hair – what am I talking about? I still have really frizzy hair; I just iron it within an inch of its life with my trusty ghds (thank you ghd!) I also had thick, caterpillar-like eyebrows which seemed to occupy a .... Read More

January 10, 2014

Like most people, I like to make New Year's resolutions at the start of a year. This year I have made some business related resolutions but unlike previous years, I have kept my list short so that I don't fail before February! So, here we go… To write on my .... Read More

2013

December 31, 2013

Compiling this montage of pictures from 2013 makes me realise how blessed I have been this year and how thankful I am for it all. I have had the best time launching my photography business; at different times it’s been exciting, scary, busy and uncertain. I know it's not climbing .... Read More

December 24, 2013

It's Christmas tomorrow; the presents are under the tree, stockings are prematurely full, the fridge is packed with food to indulge in and Christmas hats are at the ready. Thank you for all the likes, shares, comments and support and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and Happy New Year.  .... Read More

December 20, 2013

Wearing trackie bottoms and a sporty vest-top does not make you more active, fit or healthy. Beans on toast isn't cooking. Nobody cares when your baby last pooed, what colour it was and what it smelled like except your GP - actually I'm not even sure the GP really cares. .... Read More

December 15, 2013

Being asked to take a family portrait is always special, but being asked to take a family portrait that involves a new arrival is a particular privilege. You are given the opportunity to document the love and connection between family members at the very beginning of their journey together. The .... Read More

November 29, 2013

So yesterday America celebrated their Thanksgiving; I know this because my sister-in-law sends me a “Happy Thanksgiving” text every year without fail.  It’s not something we celebrate here but it is a useful exercise to think of the things you are thankful for and this year I am feeling particularly .... Read More

November 22, 2013

Over the past few weeks I have received quite a few photo session bookings so I have been busy planning and preparing. For those of you who think that photographers just turn up on the day of their photo shoot and go trigger happy with their index finger planted firmly .... Read More

November 15, 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve written about my Maisy-cat and that isn’t because she is any less amusing than she was before, Aiden has just stolen her limelight and cries a lot louder to get my attention! However, recently I have thought that I should follow Maisy’s example - .... Read More

November 08, 2013

Before a photo-session, I am often asked to give advice on how the client can prepare for their shoot. For instance, what should they wear?  What should they bring? etc. This is by no means an exhaustive list and is not something every photographer would wish for, but from my .... Read More

October 31, 2013

One of the things that I was told when I first had Aiden was to cherish every moment, even the difficult ones as he would grow up so quickly. I didn’t realise then just how true this was. I was going through some photographs, trying to decide which I should .... Read More

October 18, 2013

1)      She calls one of her Grandads “Bobby.” 2)      She calls her Uncle Andy “Clandy” – why waste time saying two words when you can merge them into one? 3)      She knows what she wants; if she says she wants a Dairylea sandwich, don’t even think about fobbing her off with .... Read More

October 11, 2013

Recently I was asked this question: “Would you rather have a successful photography career now, but fade into obscurity after your death where your photographs are lost and forgotten, or would you prefer not to earn any money from your photography during your life time, but have your photographs hanging .... Read More

September 20, 2013

When my baby is older and asks me what I was doing just before I gave birth to him, I will show him the picture below. This is the photograph I took just hours before going into labour; it was my final photo shoot for the top-secret Calendar Girls project. .... Read More

September 06, 2013

My excuse is that I was frustrated. I bought another lens, but in my defense I needed it. I couldn’t get those close up photos of my baby’s cute little hands and feet and if I waited much longer he might end up with the big old clown feet that .... Read More

August 30, 2013

There’s a lot of rubbish on T.V. and I’m watching all of it! What else are you supposed to do in the wee hours of the morning when most people are either asleep or intoxicated and your Facebook newsfeed has ground to a halt? So, I watch mindless T.V. to help .... Read More

August 23, 2013

This week has been full of “firsts.” I completed my first post-baby photo-shoot in the Sea Sky Art Studio. Not only was this my first photography job since becoming a mummy, but also my first corporate photo-shoot. I thoroughly enjoyed it; it felt so good to get my lights and .... Read More

August 14, 2013

Even though I have been taking pictures for ten years, it took a long time for me to call myself a photographer. To begin with, I thought I had to have a better camera and decent lenses to be a real photographer, so off I went and spent, spent, spent! .... Read More

August 10, 2013

Life is busy although on paper it looks as if I do very little. In the last seven days, we have been: to the hospital (for Aiden’s BCG jab); out for lunch x 2 and to my friend’s daughter’s baptism. Phew! I know it doesn’t sound like much and it’s .... Read More

July 31, 2013

As many of you might know, my little bundle of joy was impatient (I can’t think where he gets that from) and decided to make an early appearance – a month early to be precise.  He must have known that I had completed my big summer photography project (more on .... Read More

July 10, 2013

When I decided to start my photography business my first struggle was thinking of a suitable name. I thought of lots of names, trying to define me and what I did; then I had to make sure no one else had already taken the website domain. This took longer than .... Read More

June 11, 2013

This time last year I was organizing the final touches for my wedding. The dress was chosen and I had my fitting, swinging and sashaying my way up and down the store feeling like a princess. I ordered my tiara to complete the fairy tale look and bought some new .... Read More

June 03, 2013

This week I started my maternity leave. Mark and I have a list as long as our arms of things we need to do and time is ticking on furiously. Following my mother’s advice, we recently went baby shopping and bought some super cute baby clothes and also tried to choose .... Read More

May 11, 2013

Saturdays are my favourite day of the week; actually I can even narrow that down to Saturday mornings. The sun always seems to make that little bit more effort on Saturdays and makes the world a little brighter.  Last Saturday we had lots of jobs to do; nothing exciting, buying .... Read More

February 20, 2013

I have lived in and around Hamble in Hampshire for quite a few years and I will never forget an evening in a local pub called the King and Queen, not long after I first moved here. A guy came up to me and asked me whether I was on .... Read More

January 26, 2013

At school, we are told to give children SMART targets. Meaning, their targets should be Small, Manageable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Up until now, my dreams have also been SMART; nothing too big, nothing too ambitious, nothing unrealistic and nothing that would take a long time (I’m a “want it .... Read More

January 19, 2013

They say that people don’t change when they have children, but I disagree.  Take my friend Anne-Marie as an example. Back at University, she was the life and soul of any party; always dancing, always smiling; high on life. She was carefree, laid back; chilled out. Now she’s mother to .... Read More

2012

December 08, 2012

Today I intend to spend the day getting ready for Christmas. This was supposed to be last weekend’s job, but I got the dreaded lurgy so I already feel behind.  I will put some cheesy Christmas tunes on… something by Michael Bublé, and then I will get myself ready for .... Read More

December 05, 2012

When I was growing up, my Mum was the lenient parent and my Dad was the strict one. This meant that I could get away with pushing the boundaries with my mum; maybe staying up a little later than I was allowed to, or being a bit more lippy than .... Read More

November 27, 2012

When I asked my friend Nikki whether she would mind if I took pictures of her children, she asked me if I was sure. Her eldest child, Hollie, is about 4 years of age and a bundle of energy. She gives everything her undivided attention for approximately two and a .... Read More

November 19, 2012

They say you can’t choose your family, but that’s not strictly true; my brother chose Tebsy, who came all the way from America to join our family and I have to say he made a fabulous choice.  It’s strange when your sibling gets married and all of a sudden there’s .... Read More

November 13, 2012

This summer has been the busiest summer of my life, I got married… I could just stop there really and that would be enough, but I also did some research on lighting and a studio to hire for my portrait photography. The lighting was tough; there are so many lights .... Read More

November 04, 2012

What I have always wanted was to make a difference and give something of myself to the world.  That is why I quit my job in Biotechnology and retrained as a teacher; that is why I now work in a junior school teaching Year 5 and that is why I .... Read More