So wow this has really been one of busiest months, EVER since leaving the studio a year and a half ago!
17 location shoots, eight weddings, preparing for my talks for Fuji in Cologne, and a precious need for some mummy daughter time, and I have felt stretched beyond belief, but its nearly over and I am looking very much forward to a few days off !
Leaving the studio before my trip to Africa was a brave move, and one that I must admit, made me a little nervous to say the least! But I am so pleased that I made the jump, to a better work life balance!
My trips abroad were the push to leave the daily grind of the commute and the rent payments (dont get me wrong I bloody loved that studio!) but it was time for a change! And for the first time since I have been back, it has felt that my business has got back to where is was before! Phew! It took a while!
But now from strength to strength as they say, and because I am no longer tied to the studio I am able to take up some wonderful opportunities that have come my way!
Sometimes you just have to jump, and hope that you’ll land ok! And with a lot of hard work that generally tends to happen fortunately!
So from my amazing trip to Nepal earlier this year with Raleigh International, I was offered a great chance to return again with another project, photo journeys with the brilliant Jonny Fenn.
Nepali travel photographer
Travel portraiture, Nepal
Nepal travel portraits
We will be visiting the epicentre of the Nepali earthquake that tragically took so many lives last year to see how the area has progressed since. From my visit in January this year I have no doubt that the Nepalis will be smiling through it all and welcoming us into what ever shelter they have! I hope that the government has released the much needed fund to rebuild!? I will wait and see.
The next great opportunity actually happened a while ago, as you can see from my last post I was approached by the lovely guys from Fuji, to test out their new flagship Fuji XT2 in the hope that I would see the benefits of using the mirrorless system over my Nikon DSLR.
It was a bit of a steep learning curve, especially with a prototype model, but even with that factored in, I was impressed! I have now completely switched, and am now looking forward to speaking in Cologne at Photokina telling of my experiences! Its been a bit of a whirlwind of a year, and my advice to anybody stuck in a bit of a rut?
Go out there and do something that pushes your boundaries and your buttons of creativity! It really has taken my life in a completely different way!
I am so excited for the few next months and years! And never expected that volunteering for four months for an NGO would take me so far!
They do say you get back what you put in , and seems to have rung true with my year!
Here’s to more adventures and exciting projects!
So 2015 was a big year for my lovely little business, I decided to make the big step of moving from my gorgeous studio in High Barnet to all location based shoots. Many thought I was mad to give up such a lovely space, and leave the comfort zone of the studio.
Here is an article, from The photographer Sept 2015 explaining why I did ,and the great changes is has made to me as a portrait photographer in London. It really pushed my photography in ways that are both good for me in a creative way, and for my clients , their portraits are now more unique to their family.
Please click on the link below to read the full story!
The photographer, Saraya Cortaville
I think it is a real insight to how a great adventure (which Africa, Tanzania, and the whole experience with Raleigh International was) can completely change you’re outlook in life! And in so many ways that you might not even imagine!
2016 is also proving to be a very exciting year, with many new projects and adventures planned! I look forward to telling you all about them! 🙂
They really all do seem to have stemmed from this initial adventure! So go on push yourself to do something out of the ordinary! You never know where it might take you!
Speak soon! Love from a very excited portrait photographer 🙂
Last week, I had the pleasure of returning to a fabulous house in Winchmore Hill, North London, for some natural portrait images, of two gorgeous little girlies!
This is a yearly occurrence for this family, as they want to capture their growing family and how their girls are changing so quickly! It is really lovely to see how the girls are really getting such lovely little personalities!
I have been imaging the girls for a few years now, and started doing this in the studio in High Barnet, I now have moved all of my shoots outside, and on location, as this seemed like the natural progression!
The kids are loving the freedom of being able to go outside, and as a result the images taken are more natural and unique to each client, something which clients are really embracing.
If you are thinking of having some beautiful natural portraits of your family or children, please do contact me for details! It would be a pleasure to chat with you!
Portrait photographer, North London
Portrait photographer, North london
Portrait photographer, North London
I am available for portrait shoots in and around London, and can travel further afield for the right commission!
I look forward to hearing from you!
Having returned from another wonderful trip to Nepal with the charity Raleigh International, I am now back to shooting my day job, with some lovely location portraits in and around London.
So with the weather improving (slightly!) I have started to shoot all of my portraits of children and families out on location, and what a joy! I love to explore the beautiful countryside and parks that we have in and around London. We really do have a wealth of great open spaces that are perfect for family portraiture.
Childrens photographer, Cheltenham
family photographer London
lifestyle photographer, London
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Childrens photography, London
Childrens photographer, Hertfordshire
Natural childrens photography, London
Childrens photographer, London
Childrens, photographer, London
Family photographer, Hamstead
I am loving the freedom of not being tied to the studio, and the results I am finding are much more natural, and in keeping for the growing trend of lifestyle location portraits, although they are definitely more time consuming, clients are relishing choosing locations more personal to them, resulting in more unique portraiture.
Some of the more memorable shoots from last year include, a vintage bus shoot, a skate park shoot, the Cutty Sark, the seaside, and many others!
If you and your family would like to capture some unique portraits in a location personal to you, please do contact me to discuss your ideas! It would be great to hear from you!
I am now taking bookings for the summer holidays! With weddings and other commissions meaning I am very busy, please do contact me as soon as possible to book a particular date.
I look forward to meeting you!