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A few months ago I donated a portrait session to a charity ball to raise vital funds for two important charities, Live Life Give Life, and The Stars Appeal - and collectively the event raised over £18,000 for these two charities, a fantastic result. You can read about it here: http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/
The lovely family who successfully bid for my session invited me to their home near Andover to photograph them all, catching the wonderful evening light in the wheat fields just before harvest. The two boys are insanely talented young sportsmen with bright sporting futures and I wanted to capture the energy, bond and (healthy!) competition between them as well as the entire family together. The eldest embarks on secondary school adventures this term, so it's a poignant time for the parents as their boys take another step closer to adulthood. We had such fun and the boys were up for anything - including giving each other a drenching with ice cold water....boys, eh?
I love photographing pregnancy, it's such a special time and the feeling of anticipation and excitement at the impending arrival is such a treat to capture, as once the baby arrives you forget so quickly what it felt like to be pregnant. Kathy has already booked her newborn session when her little one arrives in a few weeks time, and I'm so looking forward to photographing them again, and getting the odd cuddle if I'm lucky!
We had such a fun morning photographing this gorgeous girl, possibly the sunniest, most engaging little person I've had the pleasure of photographing - I'd swear she was born with a smile on her face....
Before Christmas I ran a competition to offer a portrait or boudoir photography session to whoever had the best reason for wanting one. I was overwhelmed by the lovely and sometimes heart-wrenching reasons why people were seeking some professional images, but lovely Imogen here spoke so candidly about her struggles with body dysmorphia I knew I had to try and help her.
I have often thought that good portrait photography provides a rare opportunity for the subject to see themselves in an objective light, through the eyes of the photographer - to me the perfect antidote to the one-dimensional reflection we look at in the mirror. I personally think mirrors encourage us to over–scrutinise ourselves and warp what we see and I can perfectly see how disorders like body dysmorphia develop. For what it’s worth perhaps we’d all be happier without them, but there we go…
With that in mind, I wanted to help Imogen see herself in a different light, as her husband and the rest of us see her, so that hopefully her boudoir photography experience with me might be a stepping stone to changing the way she feels about herself. I know she was incredibly nervous about the whole idea but she courageously put her trust in me and I hope I’ve had a positive impact on how she feels. Imogen has very kindly has written an insight into how her disorder shapes the way she sees and feels about herself, and I'm grateful to her for being so candid.
"It is widely assumed that it is the media and a contribution from society that drives body dysmorphic disorder, not so. I do not look at other women and wish that I looked like them, it is entirely internal, a deep loathing when I look at myself. Disappointment in a body that has already degraded significantly in my 28 years. Feeling as though I do not deserve nice clothes as I can not do justice to them, and certainly not that a photographer such as Gemma would wish to waste time photographing such flaws.
A sense of foreboding took over once the shoot was booked. But this was time wasted! I thank Gemma wholeheartedly for a wonderful day and even more wonderful images. With body dysmorphia, how you felt at the time a picture was taken and what you see when you look at the image are so grossly entangled. The shoot was such a positive experience, full of girly giggles, and this has impacted hugely on what I see."
Well, from what I can see she looks incredible, I'm sure you'll agree.
I was thrilled to have been awarded the Photographer of the Year award for 2015 at the recent Wiltshire Life awards. What a fun evening - a lovely excuse to get dolled up in black tie (which in dreary January is a real treat) and attend a gala dinner and awards ceremony with lots of talented and inspirational individuals and businesses.
The awards celebrate all that is great about our wonderful county, from tourism, to sporting achievements, young achievers, food & drink and of course photography. The two other fantastically talented finalists were Martin Cook (2nd place) who is a wonderful amateur landscape photographer, and Robert Peel who is also a landscape photographer based in an around Malmesbury, which also won Town of the Year.
I got to bring home a wonderful trophy to add to my little collection, a third award in two years, for which I am very grateful (and slightly disbelieving!)
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