I really had forgotten how quick you need to be with under 5's. Their little minds are so busy as they rush from one exciting thing to the next and when you are only 2 and 4, everything is exciting. Clare thank you for letting me come to you home to photograph your delightful children. I hope I have managed to capture their essence.
My usual style for family sessions is at home or out and about around the Solihull area but I wanted to see if the studio style would work for pre schoolers. This young man is so handsome, you can't fail to get nice photographs of him. Perhaps for a mini session where we would aim to get up to 5 photographs. My cogs are whirling! He really is a credit to you guys. A delightful young man (now I sound like I am 80!)
This is one of life's truly beautiful families. Dad makes us laugh whenever we see him. Mum and the girls are full of life, love, laughter and hugs (as is Dad for fear he is now feeling left out). It was an honor to photograph these two. Deeper and Sathish I hope I have done them justice. Click on the first photograph and they will open as a click through slide show. x
My Auntie Margaret and Uncle Paul had a song "The Voyage" sung by Christy Moore. They first heard it when we were on holiday in Kerry in 2011. We would sing at the top of our lungs (read sang very badly!) as we drove around the beautiful Irish countryside.
Aunty M requested that "The Voyage" be played at her funeral because it so perfectly summarised their life together, marriage and indeed journey through cancer.
This project and this photograph is so important to me personally that it had to be done properly. I put out a model call for a couple with connections in the Lake District. See what Magella has to say to find out how amazingly fated this photograph was to happen as I had imagined it.
Words from our model Magella:
"When I was diagnosed after a routine mammogram I feelt "all at sea". This came as such a shock to me as I didn't present with any obvious symptoms. I leaned on my husband totally amd wouldn't have gotten through without him and my family.
The voyage struck a chord as apart from both of us being a fan of the artist, I was brought up with him in Ireland and the words if the song mean a lot to both of us.
I feel it is so important to get the message out to all women to check themselves regularly and ALWAYS attend mammograms."
As always there are so many people the thank.
Magella & Dave our models - I hope I have done you justice and it was wonderful meeting you both. I am looking forward to seeing you both again at the exhibition.
Jared Smith of St Patricks Boat Landing in Ullswater. Jared got out of bed at 5am on Tuesday 4th October 2016 to provide us with a row boat for the shoot. He then had to hang around on a cold autumn morning whilst we took the portraits. Jared THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
Uncle Paul Blenkin who rowed said boat to our shoot location - in the dark! Wearing a fetching pair of waders his job was to keep the boat in position with the wind and water having a very different agenda! Thank you Uncle P.
Many thanks also to James Bell who I contacted after seeing his stunning landscape photography. James kept me sane by narrowing my search of the Lake District to Glenridding.
Cancer raises all sorts of emotions and asking ladies to relive these emotions can be both therapeutic and tough. Even for those ladies who receive the 'all clear', these deep seated emotions can rise and bite when least expected.
Kate is is wonderful lady who puts so much energy into supporting others on their cancer journey. I hope she will tell you soon in her own words what this image means to her. As Kate was unable to come along on the shoot day, I stepped in and with the support of my good friend Karen Ingram we managed to get these portraits.
When Kate and I first met, said that her overwhelming feeling was of being "Out of Place" when she received her diagnosis. She was in a dirty, horrible place but she was too young. This portrait is her vision.
As always, this project would not have been possible with out help. Credits and many thanks to:
Tracy & Gilly at "The Sale Room" in Knowle, Solihull for the loan of the dress.
Tony Smith of "Greenville Homes Ltd" for the use of the house.
Karen Ingram for keeping me sane and being trigger presser extrodinaire.
Each photograph comes for a word or feeling that has been expressed by a person who has experienced breast cancer.
Here we explore how uncertain and 'alone' the disease can make you feel.
Words from our model:
"This photo really speaks to me on a personal level. When we first discussed the theme, I had the idea of loneliness going on, and we were going to capture this at a busy city centre railway station. Subsequent permission issues pushed us out into the city centre itself and we ended up by the cathedral. Another strong theme for me personally would be around faith, and this resulting shot, while not what we’d originally envisaged, really sums it up for me. I look out of place, alone among the people bustling by on their routine, day-to-day stuff. Last year I was stuck for several months, pretty much housebound, not even getting dressed some days and this reminds me of those times. My faith has been a strong comfort and is now ever-present in my life, and this photo shows the cathedral, and implicitly God himself, behind and around me as I go through my journey."
Thank you so much Vicki for being our hardy model. This shoot didn't go to plan and it was truly an emotional evening.
Eve Ohlden - for your taxi driving skills and support
Allkah Zaverie - our lovely makeup artist
Since photographing this portrait I am sad to say that Vicky peacefully gained her wings on 11th January 2017. Tim and their girls have a challenging path ahead and for all of those of you who pray, I know you will say a word
to your God to offer them peace and support in the time ahead.
Each photograph takes time and planning and can't happen without support. I would like to thank all the people involved in this first series.
Mayfield Lavender Farm Epsom - location
Karen Canfield - Make up Artist and mirror holder!
Jean of Mulberry B&B in Epsom - for providing somewhere to do makeup thank you
Pavilion Furniture Windlesham - for the loan of the chair
To my lovely models thank you so very much.
Everyone sees something different here depending on their story.
"The Gift" is the outcome we all hope for. A lady in her 70's brushes her hair for bed. The thoughts and feelings of when she held her hair in her hands following chemotherapy come flooding back. It should have been her days in the sun but it was a tough, tough time. She didn't know what future lay ahead.
The support of friends and family carried her through and she rose up stronger. For her, cancer was the end of a hard journey and the beginning of a beautiful life lived to the full.
'Breast Cancer Now' believe that if we act now, that by 2050 any person diagnosed with breast cancer will live.
I would dearly love to hear what this photograph means to you. Your comments will help develop and inspire the project further and add weight and eloquence where I can not. You can do so anonymously if you choose.
Thank you for stopping by.
Just Giving page for Breast Cancer Now.org