With a 6am start, I packed my camera and headed to Sunderland to meet the amazing and talented Lisa Mccormick, for some extensive outdoor training. Lisa, being one of the UK's most sought after photographers/trainers in her field, has been on my bucket list of people to train with for a while.
After the 3.5 hour drive, I arrived to be welcomed by such a lovely soul. Lisa has the kind of personality that is warm and welcoming and after 5 mins you feel like you have know her for a lifetime. Her openness to share all her knowledge was incredible and certainly something I admire in a trainer.
The afternoon saw us head to the local park to meet a model Lisa had arranged. Little Beau was a true professional at such a sweet age of 5 years old! With her amazing attitude and stunning hair, she really was the perfect model. With it being a cloudy cold March afternoon, we used our surroundings to our advantage and achieved a lot of variation in the gallery.
I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to meet Lisa in person and have her help and advise me even after the course finished.
I look forward to hopefully meeting her again in the future and not being a stranger.
She truly is a star.
Thanks to the convenience of having a camera in our pockets that is occasionally used as a phone, we all too often take countless photos and then forget all about them. Every now and then when we get a chance, or you can’t take any more photos due to a lack of memory, we have a browse through them. Cute ones of our kids smiling and happy, blurry ones that are the result of rushing and pressing buttons before they lose interest and wander off, and of course the group ones from family days out. The next time this happens to you, I have a challenge for all you mums. While swiping through the countless images, take a moment and ask yourself this, how many photos are you in?
As a photographer, it is something I hear mums say all the time. “I don’t really have many photos of me with the kids” or “I seem to have loads of photos of the kids and dad but hardly any with me”. Why? Because lots of mums have assumed the responsibility of ‘family photographer’ and neglect the important business of documenting their time with their little ones. I know this isn’t always the case but being passionate about photographs, I think it’s important to remind ourselves why we take them. Photos are not just a freeze frame of a person, people, or a place. Looking at a photo, whether it be from your distant or very recent past, should evoke all the emotions, connections and feelings that were captured the very millisecond light passed through the shutter and the image was captured. Every time you look at the photo you should be transported back to that moment. It is truly magical that a bunch of pixels on a screen, or a picture on a piece of paper in your hand has the power to do that, but there you go, it is a magical universe we live in.
So, if you are one of these mums who put other people first when it comes to taking photos, then please remember, DON’T! Worse still, if you are a mum who doesn’t like having photos taken for self-conscious reasons then remember, photos are only for the world to see if that’s what we choose. As human beings our memories, no matter how they are recorded, are for us, nobody else. Unless we choose to share them, they can be exclusively for us to enjoy. Never sacrifice the chance to add to those memories because someone has to be the one who presses the button, or because you’re not feeling your best right now. Remember, the camera doesn’t care how we look when documenting our lives, so really, why should we?
Love Katrina 💜
Last week, I had the pleasure of photographing Little Reggie, at 7 days old! It was clear from the moment I arrived just how much love filled the room.
After a quick look around the house, mum and I decided on the session being carried out in Reggie's beautiful nursery. This was certainly a great temperature for the session to take place. With little Reggie needed a little longer to get into a deep sleep, we started the session off with a few wrapped images which he certainly enjoyed.
This was then followed by (after a little top up of milk) one of my favourite set ups on the beanbag. This collection of images are shot in a timeless simplistic style to showcase baby and all his newness just a few days old. These images are perfect for capturing baby in a natural yet posed position, which can be cherished for years to come.
I am asked at most sessions what my favourite things are about newborn images, as hard as this question is to answer, I think the following three images represent what I love! I love capturing these little details and are something parents will hold so close to their hearts in years to come. How tiny these little hands are, whose nose they were born with, and every detail we sometimes forget to document ourselves, and will be transported back when the are all grown up.