I met Hayley at Britmums and totally fell in love with her. She is one of the funniest people I have ever ever met, and is a fellow Alan Partridge fan. AHA!
She is also a very talented photographer living in Bedfordshire. You can see more about her photography at her blog and business site www.shutterflies.co.uk.
You know how they say a picture says a thousand words? Well I've always been a chatterbox. I think of it almost as a letter to the future. Hey, I was alive once and these people were really precious to me. Aren't they beautiful?
What do you like taking photos of?
Life. Love. Family. I love that through photography I can show people themselves as I see them.
My absolute favourite thing to photograph is my own children. Not only are they amazingly good looking (shhh, they are…), I don't think anyone can photograph them like I can because what I'm capturing is the interaction and love between us. They aren't just looking at a camera, they're looking at their mother.
Do you have a particular style?
I don't know…do I? I feel like I'm still finding it. I worked for another photographer for a while and she tried to mold me into what she wanted me to be and it didn't work. It felt unnatural and wrong and for a while I lost my way and only feel like I've found it again recently. I like photos to be natural and real. Real people living real lives. When I take a photo, I have an idea in my head how I want the finished article to look. I went crazy for a while with editing and filters (my son rocked some creamy yellow cross-processed skin for a while) but I'm over that now and I've found what I like. I like real moments, people connecting. I like the pictures to be colourful and bright and I love a good catchlight. And I just love film, there's something really special to me about the whole process.
When did you first get into photography?
It's something that's always been in me, my parents have home videos of me at age 7 taking photos at my little brothers party! In my teens I was always taking photos of my friends and had various funky cameras that took panoramic pictures or Polaroids (I still love my Polaroids). I've always loved looking through family albums and at photographs on people's walls so I suppose it was always there but I just didn't realise at the time.
When my husband and I first started going out, he tried to persuade me to buy one of those new digital cameras but I wasn't convinced. When I got pregnant, he insisted we got one and I went crazy taking photos. You don't have to pay to develop these? Awesome. I photographed our gorgeous new baby all the time and gradually improved and became more interested in photography. I went back to work when he turned 2 and went to work at Jessops which was the best job ever, my colleagues were amazing and so knowledgeable. I learnt so much from them and it really became a huge passion for me. I dream I'm taking photos and I find myself mentally taking photos all the time. That's normal though….right?
What kind of photos do you like looking at?
I like photojournalism and looking at the kind of photos I like to take myself but much better! I love Linda McCartney, her family photos and portraits of Paul are perfection to me. I think she's terribly underrated as a photographer which I think is a huge shame. I guess marrying a Beatle will do that to you.
I'm a fan of Jose Villa, Tyler Branch and I like Andreamful on Instagram.
What are your 3 favourite photographs you have ever taken?
I'm afraid I can't show you my all time favourite photo of my son because he's naked in it. It's embarrassing enough having me as your mother without me putting your bum on the Internet.
I have a favourites gallery on my site if you'd like to see more *shameless blog plug*.
Thanks so much for having me, Lauren!
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