Back to my old blog!


If you came here to look at my recent work, please visit my main blog. I have decided to move back to my old blog after a short adventure with WordPress.

If you would like to get in touch, you can still e-mail me at

Hope to see you over on my website soon.


Anna xx


Birthday boy

This week we celebrated our boy’s fourth birthday, and decided to have a mini shoot in the woods, because… well, why not!

Home maternity photoshoot

Those last few weeks before your baby arrives are both tough and wonderful at the same time. Tough, because as your body grows, you start to struggle physically with the odd daily task, but wonderful, because the excitement begins to rise and you are not too far away from meeting your bundle of joy.

This couple contacted me a few weeks before the baby’s arrival, and we had a wonderful maternity photoshoot in their own home. Maternity photography can work well both outdoors and indoors, but in the winter months it’s easier to enjoy capturing those special moments in the privacy of your own home.

It was so obvious that this couple was very excited about their new arrival, and they couldn’t wait to meet their son. I hope you enjoy looking through their session.

I would also like to congratulate them on the safe arrival of their baby boy, wishing them all the health and happiness!

Anna x

P.S. The baby boy has now been born! I would like to congratulate you both on his safe arrival, wishing you all the health and happiness! I look forward to meeting the little man!

Fairytale workshop with Rosie Hardy and Alex Cameron

I’ve been following Rosie Hardy and Alexandra Cameron on Flickr for a good few years now, always impressed with the quality of their work. When Rosie announced that she’d be running a fairytale workshop with Alex, I just knew I’d have to go for it. Needless to say, I don’t regret it! In fact, it was one of those decisions that was pivotal to my development as a photographer.

The workshop took place just outside of the beautiful town of Buxton, a place that’s still on my list to visit again. The night before, I was nervous and insanely excited at the same time. Prior to the workshop, I had a few months out and didn’t really do anything photography related. I got married in June 2015, and in the months leading up to the wedding, I was busy working full time, planning the wedding and looking after my son. It meant that I had lost a bit of confidence and wasn’t sure whether it was too early to go on a workshop like this one. Oh my, was I wrong!

The workshop began with some introductions, and Rosie and Alex explaining what we were going to do for the day. Once the models changed into the dresses provided my Rosie, we drove to the location in the middle of the Peak District. The location was stunning, but for the first set of photos, we used a small woodland area – it just makes you realise that you don’t need an amazing location with stunning views to get great shots!


With that being said, the beautiful dresses and props did help!

We then moved onto the second location, a few minutes walk away from the car park. When we were almost there, I realised that I had left my camera in the car… I felt so silly! After a quick jog down a slippery path, I made it back in time to take these photos below.


Using smoke bombs was a first for me! These shots are examples of photos I simply wasn’t able to create on my own at the time. I wouldn’t have had a clue where to start! Attending the workshop made me realise that, with a bit of planning, it’s achievable. I have since organised a few of my own conceptual shoots and it’s given me the confidence to pursue different kinds of photography. This was also the first time I had shot with models, and again,  it helped watching Rosie and Alex, seeing how they work and direct the models to get the shots they had in mind. I also made a local photographer friend (BONUS!) and we organised a couple of shoots of our own too.

Not only was the workshop an enjoyable experience in general, it propelled me to try my own stuff and not be afraid to ask. I have since established a relationship with a local modelling agency and have done a few test shoots with their new faces. I never would have contacted the agency had it not been for this workshop!

Don’t be afraid to ask  – the worst that can happen is a ‘No’. You never know until you try it! So go out there and chase your dreams!


Anna x

Models: Lauren Hallworth and Logan Gray

Floral headpiece made by the incredibly talented Waterbaby Flowers 

5 free photography resources you should know about

As a self-taught photographer, I’m always on the lookout for new photography resources, and particularly free ones. The internet is full of content, you just need to know where to look!

If you’re a budding photographer, or are looking to get into portrait photography, some of these resources may come in handy. Along with photography books, the internet holds enough information to get you started. Once you know the basics, you can then search for any particular areas of interest. Always remember though, practice makes perfect! Don’t forget that vital bit of learning – actually getting out there and practising your craft!


Here’s  a list of 5 free resources that are worth checking out:

  1. If you are only going to look at one of these, make it this one! Creative Live On Air show some of their classes live, which means you can watch things for free. I have watched many of their classes, and had access to material I otherwise wouldn’t have. I really recommend this channel for any creatives out there – it doesn’t just cover photography, but music, writing, how to run your creative business and many more. They always give a discount if you buy the class there and then, too! Go check it out now!
  2. Ben Sasso – a well known photographer, offers a free Lighting class, as well as endless advice and help on his Facebook page. Ask him anything in the comments, and I bet he’ll get back to you! As well as providing learning resources, he’s also just a massive inspiration to many photographers out there.
  3. I have come across Nadia Meli fairly recently, but she has also been a massive inspiration. She has a tonne of videos on her Youtube channel covering various aspects of portrait and wedding photography. She’s the most likeable person out there and her videos are really easy to watch. She explains things so well and often does behind the scenes posts, showing what the life of an international wedding photographer is like!
  4. Another photographer I came across on Youtube is Jessica Kobeissi. She’s been posting videos for a long time now and you can watch behind the scenes as well as editing tutorials on her channel. Whether you like her style of work or not, it’s always interesting to see other photographers working.
  5. Last but certainly not least, is the Digital Photography School. This place is FULL of material, and it’s one of the places I started my adventures with photography. They cover all sorts of topics, and have really great content particularly for beginners. If you’re looking to learn the basics, this is the place to start!

These are a few of the places I go to when looking for inspiration. There are many, many more out there, depending on what you want to learn, good old google will help you along the way.

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Anna x

The beauty within

About a week ago I came across a stunning location in Nottingham, and I just knew I had to have a photoshoot there! As soon as I got home, I put the wheels in motion. I joined forces with Agne from Blake Models, and Caroline Kent MUA. Caroline understood the look I was going for and executed it beautifully. The make up was flawless and it really made the photos a dream to edit. Not to mention that Agne was a dream to work with!

I’m very proud of these photos – everything just fell into place and we created some magic together! I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them!


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Preparing for a photoshoot

Before I became a photographer, I had no idea where to start when preparing for a photoshoot. Don’t worry though, I’m here to help! Having done many photoshoots, I now have the experience and knowledge to help you consider a few things beforehand.

Each photoshoot is a little different, but they all have the following in common:


Picking a location that you love is an important step, because ultimately, it will set a tone for the whole photoshoot. Take a look at some of my favourite locations here.

Newborn sessions work well in the comfort of your own home, providing there’s plenty of natural light, as this will affect the quality of the photos. It provides enough variety – you can use the baby’s cot, capture their room decor, before having some relaxed, lifestyle photos of the parents with their new arrival in, say, the living room or the parent’s bedroom.

In the spring or summer months, this can absolutely be done at an outdoor location. Just make sure that your tiny human is comfortable and warm enough. You can always wrap your little bundle of joy in a blanket if it gets a little chilly.

If there is a particular park or open space that you love, or perhaps a place where you spend a lot of time as a family, make sure to suggest it to me! You are likely to know cool little spots and will all feel more relaxed in a familiar place.

Love certain woods, or perhaps like to climb a hill with stunning views, but not sure if it will be a good photoshoot location? Let me know! If you need help, we can decide together!

Urban locations can also be great for small families or couples. The diversity of city streets will provide enough awesome backdrops.

Although the location is an important aspect, don’t forget that it’s you that matters most. You will be taking centre stage, but don’t let that scare you off. My sessions are very relaxed. Life’s too short to be serious all the time!

Time of day

This is an important consideration, because the time of day will influence the type of light available. This, in turn, will affect the photos. It’s always best to avoid the harshest midday sun, particularly in the summer, but if we can find shade, we can make it work.

Early morning or late afternoon/evening are best for outdoor sessions, because the sun is relatively low in the sky, which creates beautiful light to photograph in. It also means that it’s the most flattering light, with no harsh shadows. The evening sun provides that golden glow that can make photos truly breathtaking. Throw in a beautiful view, and you’re done!print-untitled-5790

With all that said, we live in England and it’s not always guaranteed that the sun will make an appearance. If you’re scheduled to have a session, and it’s forecast to rain, we have two options. If it’s forecast to rain heavily, we can reschedule. If it’s only a little drizzle, we can still go ahead. You can even bring an umbrella for some fun shots!


What to wear

Don’t worry, there’s no dress code! I always tell my clients to wear whatever they feel comfortable in, as I want you to feel relaxed during the shoot. Wear your favourite clothes that you feel good in! It’s your photoshoot – it can be as relaxed as you want it to be. If you fancy wearing wellies for a muddy session – go for it! If you want to wear that dress you’ve been wanting to wear for ages, do it! Floaty dresses always look great!

If you’re still stuck for ideas, take a look at this Pinterest board I’ve created especially for you!

Things to bring

I generally don’t ask my clients to bring anything, but do bring some favourite blankets! They can be used to sit on, lie down on or just to wrap around you for some hug filled photos!

Couple hugging, wrapped in a blanket

If you have any particular things you’d like to include in the photos, bring them! I will always do my best to include those special bits in the photos, so if it’s a scan to announce the arrival of your baby, maybe some coloured balloons to do a gender announcement, or anything else at all, bring it along with you!

Most importantly…

Don’t forget to enjoy the session! The list above is just a guide to ensure you make the most of your photoshoot, but don’t worry about all the little things. Relax and let your personality and love take the spotlight.

Anna x

My favourite photography locations

I often look back at my previous work. I do it for various reasons: to see how my style has evolved, to seek inspiration or remind myself of good photography locations.

There are a few that will always be my favourite, mainly due to their diversity, and I come back to those often.

Elvaston Castle was one of those locations. I had never been to it before this particular shoot below, but I really loved it and I’m glad that my client suggested it! Maybe it has something to do with how much I love this lifestyle session with this little cutie.

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Located just outside of Derby, it makes for a lovely trip out even for those based in Nottingham.

Another favourite, and I think you’ll agree with me on this one, is Wollaton Hall. It’s a stunning location no matter the season. In autumn, the trees turn red and the fallen leaves make for a fun playground.


In the spring and summer, the beautiful gardens to the back of the house make for a lovely backdrop.


Clumber Park, as well as Rufford Abbey, are both great locations, particularly in spring, when the beautiful bluebells make an appearance.


There are also many other great locations to pick from within Nottingham, such as the Arboretum, local parks like Woodthorpe Park, Gedling Country Park, to name a few.

Blidworth Woods are another favourite of mine. We visit it regularly as a family and it’s a lovely place for adventuring, whether it’s for a kids, family, or couples photoshoot.


If you have any favourite spots, please share them with me! I love discovering new places!

Look out for a new blog post on urban locations. I will be posting some location suggestions for Nottingham City centre soon!

Anna x