Brief is life but love is long

That quote, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was spotted on the table settings of Bethany and Michael’s wedding in September 2017. Bethany is my best friend’s sister, and I couldn’t have asked for a lovelier couple to work with as I captured my first full wedding. From getting ready to the ceremony to the first dance, this wedding was full of love. You’ll see what I mean when you scroll down and see the way he looks at her (oh, my heart…). Enjoy!



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As I’m getting into the routine of 9-5 with my new job, I’m really missing being in the bustling atmosphere of the studio. I wanted to share one of my favourite fashion shoots ever, for Nottingham Trent University student Alice Kerry’s final fashion product collection, AKCO. The fashion was incredible, each piece had zips and interchangeable textile panels, including beautiful laser cut pleather layered over a metallic stripe. Hair and make up by Cristina Lazarotto.


Waiting for summer: Barcelona on film

I fell in love with Barcelona two summers ago so I jumped at the chance to visit again in July. This time, we stayed in an airbnb apartment in a lovely residential area which was a twenty minute walk from Sagrada Familia. Our time was spent wandering the side streets of La Rambla and sipping sangria. I will never tire of Barcelona – it’s the perfect blend of city break and beach holiday.

We hired a boat in Parc de la Ciutadella, explored Park Güell and drank cocktails in the sun. I can’t wait for this summer already!

All photos were taken with Kodak Portra 400.


Summer Daze

I can’t believe it’s been quite so long since I last posted. My third year at university was just a whirlwind of library sessions and savouring my last few months in Nottingham. I had an amazing summer, graduating from university and spending time with my friends. I’ve been finishing projects that I started so long ago, including scrapbooks of the past few years. Starting my digital marketing internship in early September meant that the last few weeks have gone by so quickly, but I’ve finally managed to sit down and update my blog and I’m determined to catch up on posts – I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since my last one?!

I wanted to share some of my favourite 35mm snaps, documenting my life with my amazing friends over spring/summer. These were all taken with Kodak Portra 400. Look out for more summer catch up posts over the next few weeks.

Great Yarmouth with Sheng back in April: the caterpillar rollercoaster, fish and chips and ice cream on the beach.


Hitchin Lavender Fields with Meg: the sweetest day in the sun spent picking lavender and eating cake:


Boat daze: thank goodness for the sun, the radio and friends with boats.


A weekend in drizzly but lovely Wales visiting my great aunt and uncle.



Duxford Air Show 2015


I finally got my negatives developed from September, most of which were from the Duxford Air Show. It was quite an emotional day for my family as we all were obviously thinking of my grandpa, who passed away a couple of years ago, all day. I’m lucky enough that I inherited his 35mm camera, so seeing the air show through his lens was a very lovely, moving experience. Enjoy the photographs, taken on Kodak Porta 400.


















Autumn Wonderland

Back in September, I was lucky enough to work with these two lovely ladies to create a dream shoot. We had a seventies inspired wardrobe and golden hour, as well as the classic autumn backdrop of fields and forests. Styled by the fabulous Emily Gray, and modelled by Jasmine Clark, here are a few of my favourite shots; there will be more on my official website (coming soon)!








Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Who doesn’t love Audrey? Her beauty and unique style have been captured in many photographs throughout her lifetime. More than seventy photographs were brought together for the recent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery dedicated to the icon, along with magazine covers and film stills.

I’ve put together my own collection here of my favourite images from the exhibition, as well as some more that I’ve discovered whilst putting this post together.

Audrey by Norman Parkinson
Coyly glancing at the camera in a Givenchy dress; Audrey by Norman Parkinson, 1955

I know it’s been used time and time again, but I’ll never get enough of the above photograph by Norman Parkinson – especially the colours.

Audrey Hepburn at London’s Kew Gardens by Bert Hardy. May 13, 1950.

Mark Shaw was a noted fashion and portrait photographer, and this collection of Audrey on the set of Sabrina, as well as in her flat, show his indisputable talent – they are just so natural and intimate:

Audrey on the set of Sabrina
Audrey on the set of Sabrina on the Paramount lot, 1953/4, by Mark Shaw.
Audrey Hepburn 1954 © 2000 Mark Shaw
Audrey on the set of Sabrina on the Paramount lot, 1953/4, by Mark Shaw.
Audrey in the apartment in Beverly Hills she rented while filming Sabrina. By Mark Shaw, 1953.
Audrey in the apartment in Beverly Hills she rented while filming Sabrina. By Mark Shaw, 1953.

“Audrey is the most intriguingly childish, adult, feminine tomboy I have ever photographed; she is many women wrapped up in one.” – Mark Shaw

One of many magazine covers of Audrey – again, I love the pink colours in this image, with the over-the-shoulder pose combining ‘glamour and intrigue’:

Audrey Hepburn by Philippe Halsman. Cover of Life magazine, 18 July 1955.
Audrey Hepburn by Philippe Halsman. Cover of Life magazine, 18 July 1955.
Audrey in Paramount Studios, Hollywood, by Yousuf Karsh, 1956.
A reflective moment before filming Funny Face: Audrey in Paramount Studios, Hollywood, by Yousuf Karsh, 1956.

“Intensity, I suppose, is her particular quality and her particular success. Beauty is combined with an insatiable appetite for life and for work, too.” – Yousuf Karsh

Cover of French Vogue, May, 1963. Photographed by Bert Stern
Cover of French Vogue, May, 1963. Photographed by Bert Stern

And, finally, I adore this photograph of a life-long friendship:

A life long friendship - Audrey with Hubert de Givenchy, photographed by Victor Skrebneski, 1986.
Audrey with Hubert de Givenchy, photographed by Victor Skrebneski, 1986.

“I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.”

Summer Vibes with Romy

Summer seems so far away now so I thought a little throwback would cheer me up. Luckily, before I went back to university, Romy and I had a chance to shoot a few more outfits before the autumn chill set in. I love these pictures – they take me back to the summer and show off my beautiful hometown of Cambridge. See more pictures and outfit details on




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