Sunday, 15 November 2009

Wonderful Women

If I had a pound for every time a woman I have met says “I hate having my photograph taken!” I would be a very rich woman. However what is more rewarding is the satisfaction I get from women who can say “I love my photograph!”

The wonderful ability of women to open up about themselves and to share how they are feeling not only enables me to learn about whom they are and what they do, but also to see the damage that has been done to their self esteem. They are mostly high powered business women, who understand the necessity of a portfolio of photographs to suit each of the diverse range of their target markets. They chose to come to me to achieve this, and start our session often in a state of abject misery about having their photograph taken. I discover that they are remembering a passing comment made sometime ago, about their weight or height, teeth, chin, scar, eyes etc, that some well meaning loved one has shared with them, and which has continued to haunt them and shape the way they feel about the way they look. I think nearly all of us can empathise with these feelings, and the tragedy is that often our self esteem issues have coloured the way we live our lives for too long. If each of us, every day could look at our reflections in a mirror and find something about ourselves that we like, the world would be a happier place.

Monday, 12 October 2009


Well were has the time gone? As with all good intentions, I meant to add to my blog regularly, but the time just ran way from me. It is all the Networking I am doing! My photo tip this time is to avoid having the light coming from directly above you when you are having your photo taken. If there is not enough light coming from above, it can result in you looking as if you have big bags under your eyes, not very flattering. As an actress, some time ago, I was working on one accession with a very experienced actress, a real “old pro”. We were on stage in full makeup and costume, about to have some publicity shots done, when she called a halt to the proceedings, and refused to have her photograph taken until we were all lit properly from the front!! She was a striking woman and knew what she was talking about! Her acting was pretty good too!

Friday, 3 July 2009

Women Networking

I see a blog as not only a way of sharing knowledge but also to give an insight into the person about whom you are reading. It is a way of sharing experiences. I wanted to share my joy of networking with Women. We have an enviable ability to sit down with someone who, really you know very little about and within minutes have learned a vast amount. You can learn about their life, their beliefs and future possibilities for strategic alliances. If you could bottle this stuff you would make a fortune. Always be open to meeting new people and invest your time with the people you already know.

Monday, 15 June 2009


Having to have my photograph taken on a regular basis, I know how difficult it can be to feel and look natural when you are having your photograph taken. I am focusing on sharing some tips that I have picked up along the way, to help you if you are having a professional shot taken, or simply a holiday snapshot taken. I have shared my advice on not talking, it may seen obvious, but it is amazing the number of people who start to say” I hate having my photo taken…” or something along those lines and then wonder why they have there mouth open or their eyes shut in the final shot. Positioning is tricky, because you don’t always have that much control of where the photographer is, just be aware of trying to have the camera slightly above you. It is generally more flattering and helps reduce the possibility of a double chin.
To add to the tips today remember to relax! Relax your face muscles. Just before the shot is taken blow out your cheeks, let the air out and then rest your tongue behind your teeth. Don’t worry about looking silly; the end result is worth it!

Friday, 12 June 2009

Positioning yourself for photos

Try to position yourself, so that the camera is slghtly above you which is generally more flattering, and helps reduce the possibility of a double chin.

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my Photography blog. In time I hope I can share some of my photographic experiences with you, in the hope that they may be of some use, some day.