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.
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
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.
- 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.