'Quick Martin, Get a photo of me whilst I have some make up on...'
Behind every photo there’s a story…and that’s also true about this photo of little old me sat on my couch! I gave my lovely, long suffering husband a crash course in how to use my camera, fought off a naked, potty training toddler (sorry Freddie!) and this picture happened! You would never guess that just out of shot there was a 2 year old giggling away and rubbing his bum on my foot would you?!
As you’ll no doubt have noticed by now I’m a wedding photographer based in Preston, Lancashire. As well as documenting weddings all over the North West I’m a mum to my two boys, Cian and Freddie. Excitingly I’ve also recently acquired a full time step daughter too so I’m currently relearning all my Mum lessons as I parent a GIRL!
Being a Mum makes me the person I am. The three kids make me the best version of myself I can be... and everything else just falls into place around it. The story of my profile photo is a typical day in ‘Mumsville’ and I think it proves that I can handle just about anything! Your wedding can throw anything at us and I’ll take it in my stride. No two days in my life are the same. That can also be said for weddings. They’re all so different and that’s what keeps this job so exciting.
some photography skills!
My love of photography…
Thanks to my beautiful Nan I have always been aware of the importance of photographs and photography. She was a photo hoarder and has a suitcase packed full of memories. Without her and her images I wouldn’t know who half of my family were. It makes me chuckle how similar we both are, photography is clearly in my blood!
This incredible lady is well into her 70s. She is fit as a fiddle (after taking on and beating the big C - go Nanna!) but every single time I see her I take photo of her. Nothing more than a snapshot on my phone but I know that one day that’s all that’s going to be left. When she is way up there, shaking her booty to an awesome reggae song, I’ll have these photos to take me back in time and remind me of all the moments that we spent together.
Around 13 years ago I stopped just looking at photos and started taking them! I borrowed my uncle’s digital camera to take a gazillion photos of my little boy. I wanted to capture so many photographs of him as he was growing up far too fast for my liking! These days that little boy towers over my head and avoids me and my camera as much as he can but I have a box full of memories that we’d never have if I hadn’t been so snap happy.
Every now and then I’ll dig out my box of photos and look back at my family. Seeing how we’ve all changed over the years, the holidays we’ve had, the times the boys have spent together is wonderful and makes me feel so grateful for the chance to capture everything in a photograph. I love knowing that I can add my pictures of the boys to the suitcases of memories my Nan is leaving me...
Family. Memories and nostalgia. Three little words that mean so much. Reminiscing does funny things to us doesn't it. Before I became a wedding photographer I worked in fashion and it did nothing for my soul. Yes I spent my day with some lovely male models which was a bonus but truth be told looking at their perfect stubble on my screen everyday was BORING and the photos had no meaning behind them.
So that’s how I found myself here, taking photographs on people’s wedding days. Sharing the best day of people’s lives alongside them and then being able to hand over physical reminders of a day which will eventually become memories. It gives me goosebumps knowing that years from now a past couple of mine are going to look at a wedding photo I've taken and be transported back to that day. They'll feel all warm and fuzzy inside as they’re reminded of something or someone.
Ok, now I’m feeling all nostalgic I’m going to wipe the tears away and crack on. Just be warned, I'll more than likely shed a tear at your wedding!
Oh! Whilst I am on the topic of photographs and memories, have you seen the film COCO? I recently took Fred to the cinema to see it (really for 2 hours of peace during half term) & OMG... I totally ugly cried watching it. If you have not seen it then please put that on your to-do list in the near future!
Apart from my family (that’s a given) and photography (again, an obvious passion!) these are just a few things that make my world go round.
If you ever want to make me smile talk to me about food, cakes, bike rides, the great outdoors, reality TV (I ADORE real life people watching) or cocktails.
Plastic baskets! No, I’m not a basket case but I do like keeping everything in life simple and organised. I do have a little bit of an obsession with plastic baskets. Ask me about it and I’ll fill you in on my organisational secrets!
I’m a big coffee fan and struggle to start the day without it. I end the day with a quick (ahem…2 hour…) scroll through Facebook. That then leads to Instagram and ends up on Pinterest. I’m sure I’m not alone here, social media just sucks you in doesn’t it! Thinking about it, that ‘quick scroll’ is probably the reason I need my coffee the next day