I’m always taking photos and one of the reasons why I love blogging is that I have the freedom to write what I like and take photos of what I like too.
My camera memory card is full of photos of my children, flowers, close-ups of furniture and food, and many Yorkshire landscapes. Aside from my monthly Me and Mine family shots, very rarely is the camera pointed at me.
So when I’m asked for a photograph of just me – which I have been more so lately for writing, work kind of things – I only have a selection of daft, fuzzy selfies taken on my phone. Until now that is!
I decided to call in the professionals to help make my profile picture look a bit more, well professional. After having a look online to see whose style I liked, I asked Laura from Laura Hartley Photography to do some natural-looking shots with me on a sunny autumn day. Laura is based in Yorkshire near me and takes lots of gorgeous photos of families, portraits and headshot for businesses or individuals.
She came over to my house and after a few cups of tea to get to know one another, and to have a chat about what kinds of images I liked, we got started. I have to say I was a bit nervous as clearly I’m no model and not at all used to posing in front of the camera at home! I really clicked with Laura though and she made me feel so at ease, it was just like having a friend round and asking her to take some photos for me.
I really enjoyed chatting about photography though, finding out how Laura got started (it was by kind of by happy accident!) and getting a few tips for my own pictures.
I wanted a really natural look, a bit nicer than just sat on the sofa writing in jeans and a sweatshirt as I am now, but still kind of casual and realistic. I also decided on a mixture of indoor and outdoor shots, so after some time in the house we headed to my local park to get some there. As it was a weekday morning, there weren’t too many people around so I didn’t feel too out of place! It was sunny, the light was good, and I think Laura got some really nice photos.
Here are some of my favourites. All I need to decide now is which one I like the best to use as a profile picture! What do you think?
All photos by the wonderful Laura Hartley Photography.