I've always loved making pictures.
After High School I studied Art before dropping out (in the late 70’s it was pretty much obligatory if you wanted to be cool), and went into advertising from where, over the next thirty years I built a successful career as a marketing strategist across print and digital media.
I’ve worked with every kind of business enterprise from butchers and local estate agents to the BBC and global pharmaceutical brands. I have a reputation for reliability and problem-solving, a strong work ethic, as well as the ability to humanise every project, turning strategies into creative stories that everyone can understand.
But in 2011, a series of life-changing events saw me turn to the thing that brought me the greatest peace - my camera - and gradually I built a new world.
Now, from my home in the Wiltshire countryside I experience the simple beauty of light, colour and texture that surrounds me every day, in all weathers, and this affinity for what happens naturally is reflected in my photographic work. To humanise others you must first experience the wonder and pain of being human. This I can do….
More on my life and being he4dgirl on the BLOG
I specialise in creative portrait and environmental photography for businesses, families and children, working on location, using natural light to create beautiful, authentic images to treasure.
I treat every commission as a unique story. I like to push boundaries to create images that are true to life and full of personality. Working in natural environments as I do, my clients – you! - are more relaxed, having fun and just being yourself.
It’s a style that suits personal and family portraiture to a tee, but it really comes into it’s own for corporate environmental portraits and business events, where true professional edge is needed to capture the real people behind the brand, stay on message, and set you apart.
A portrait, whether for business or family, is more than a snapshot and it takes skill. To create an image that humanises you, at ease with yourself and your surroundings – that’s a specialism and it takes a professional with experience to deliver.
Why Headgirl Photography?
Well, it’s been my nickname for years – an ironic joke on me because I never actually made it to being Head Girl (too full of mischief!).
And I’d been blogging and tweeting for a while as he4dgirl, so had some social channel investment in it. Also, I’ve never been sure if I would stick with my surname long term.
The image came from some early SHE project work, not by design – but sometimes something is simply waiting to be born. So it was for Headgirl Photography.
At some point during studies at Salisbury College 2015-16, I realised it was photographing people that gave me the greatest thrill.
For me, that feeling when you know you’ve captured a ‘moment’ in the life of a human was what I’d been looking for; a style of photography I could combine with my love of the countryside and being outdoors, not confined to or limited by studios and artificial lighting.
So in 2016 I applied and was accepted for mentorship by the acclaimed portrait photographer Bella West FBIPP ARPS, exhibited some early personal project work in Salisbury, and gained my Licentiate distinction from the Royal Photographic Society. My Associate Distinction followed a year later.
As a professional, accreditation from a recognised Professional body is important to me. In late 2017 I was accepted into the British Institute of Professional Photographers, and in April 2018 gained my Licentiate qualification.
Fine Art (Giclee) Printing
Every single image I give you is individually finished and proofed in a fully calibrated workflow.
Print orders are then sent to be professionally printed at a giclee specialist laboratory. Giclee refers to high resolution printing of images with archival inks on fine art papers, giving exceptional quality and far longer life span than standard desktop or high street prints.
Modern giclee printing achieves superb yet affordable gallery-standard images that will be admired on your walls for years to come. Photographs take on a whole new feel when printed on archival art papers with lovely velvety inks and unrivalled tonal range - both black and white and colour images are transformed, breathing with life and warmth.