Meet Shona

Hello and welcome! I’m Shona, a forty-something-year-old, Ayrshire born-and-bred natural light photographer. Photography is my passion! I know, I know… it’s a cliché but I know no other words to convey how much I truly love what I do.

About Me
  • About Me

  • My aha! moment happened when my children came along. I couldn’t believe how much, and how quickly, they were changing, even from day-to-day. I wanted to hit the pause button. I wanted to hold on to each and every precious stage for as long as possible. I had to find some other way to preserve the memories that were passing way too quickly before my eyes and so I picked up my husband’s dslr for the first time, started shooting and my photography love affair began.

    Since then barely a day has passed that I’ve not taken a photograph or watched a YouTube video to learn some new technique, or practiced editing, or flicked through a photography book to gain inspiration or simply rejoiced in my ability to see beauty in the ordinary and see light like never before. I am, you could say, a little OBSESSED!

About Our Session
  • About Our Session

  • It’s probably easier to tell you what I don’t want from our session first!

    I don’t want you to feel like you are on a photo shoot. I don’t want you or your children to feel you have to pose or force a smile. And I NEVER (ever!!) want you to ‘say cheese’!

    Instead, I want our session together to reflect the style of photographs I love to produce - relaxed, carefree, spontaneous and natural. I strive to capture images that document precious, often fleeting, beautiful moments full of genuine personality, connection and love. For that I simply need you all to be yourself! So, walk with your children, hold their hands, cuddle them, push them higher in the swing, throw them in the air (but please catch them!), laugh, talk with them, have fun… I find inspiration in the most ordinary of situations where I can use my creativity to produce a timeless image you can treasure forever.

Location
  • Location

  • Based in Dunlop, East Ayrshire, I am spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful locations for our session. The majority of my shoots are held outdoors where I utilise natural light and your pictures can benefit from the wonderful, and varied, Ayrshire landscape as a backdrop. There are lots of great locations within a short drive of Dunlop which we can use or, if you have somewhere in mind, then let’s discuss it. I’m always happy to visit somewhere new.

    I will ALWAYS encourage you to choose an evening, if at all possible, for your session. The reason for this, quite simply, is the light. As the sun starts to set the light becomes softer and more golden and has the ability to turn a somewhat ordinary photograph into something sublime. I promise, it really is worth keeping your kiddies up a little later for!

    Of course, if you’re looking for a newborn session or you have very young children then I’ll happily come to your house to photograph your little ones in your home environment.

 

What others have to say

Shona has taken some cracking pictures of our boys.  She has an amazing talent for capturing fun and excitement (and in our case mischievousness).  I can’t recommend her highly enough.  Thanks Shona.
Helenfamily session at Common Craig Woods, Dunlop

What others have to say

Shona’s session with our newborn Angus and ourselves was fantastic.  She captured ‘us’ just as we were, making for a natural picture with real feeling in them.  We’ll look back on this time, and the pictures, with great fondness.  Thanks again Shona.
Kirsti‘lifestyle’ newborn session

What others have to say

I can’t recommend Shona highly enough.  Our daughter is one of life’s ‘posers’ in front of most cameras, but Shona managed to capture her spirit & personality in a very natural way.  We have a beautiful set of photographs that we will always treasure.
FionaChildren’s session at Dunlop Wee Gardens and play park

What others have to say

From a fun, relaxed hour in the park, we literally could not have been any happier with the results.  Beautiful, natural photos that look like ‘our’ children, if you know what I mean!  Shona was fantastic at engaging them and making the whole experience so enjoyable.  She seems to know instinctively what will work and gets the best possible results.  Hoping for a yearly shoot!
RebeccaFamily session at Dean Park, Kilmarnock

What others have to say

The pictures Shona took of my sone are just simply amazing and captured him so well.  No fake poses just all natural.  I think everyone who has a child should have a photo session with Shona because the finished product will blow all other pictures you’ve previously had done out of the water!
KatieChildren’s session at Lainshaw Woods, Stewarton