Please don't say cheese!!
Where I'm based - Hi! I’m Donna and I’m a Photographer living & based in Solihull which is right next-door to Birmingham. Although I now live in Solihull I'm a Brummie at heart, born at Dudley Road hospital, raised by Jacky & George. I was Kinda educated at the local comp during the 80's then moved down to London for the bright lights. After a few years of living in London I realised I couldn't afford to live there anymore & I came back to The Midlands dragging my husband, a Londoner, along with me.
The Family - I live with Andy, my husband, our cheeky daughter, a black & white cat & a cute lop eared rabbit who poos all over the house pretty much 24 hours a day! Who said rabbits could live indoors?
My favourite things - in the world are family, music and reading. When I’m not photographing weddings & families, you’ll find me sitting on the sofa with a glass of wine, eating crisps watching Netflix with Andy. He prefers Game of Thrones & The Walking Dead & I prefer Ricky Gervais' Afterlife, sobbing throughout every episode. Sometimes we manage to have a date night, out at our local Indian restaurant but we end up talking about our daughter & mortgages rather than setting the world to rights like we did before we had a daughter & a mortgage! I also change my hair colour quite a bit as you might see from the photographs of me with the family on the slide show, currently going for the brunette look! Exercise wise I'm quite limited to an on line yoga course where I wobble along & walking with my daughter in the local park.
My love of music - is what made me want to become a photographer, photographing bands in London, old school indie/rock, was my first photography gig. Probably the most famous band I have photographed was the pop band, Steps! I also managed to get a pass to photograph some of the lesser well known bands at the Reading festival when Nirvana played in the 90's, I was very much a novice at the time but had a blast anyway.
Why Photography - I’ve been a photographer for a good while now & I can’t imagine doing anything else. The best thing about being a Photographer is that I get to work five days a week in my PJs editing with my cat on my lap & I get to meet loads of new, fun people at the weekends. It gives me the freedom to collect my daughter from school & spend precious time together in the holidays. I also love capturing authentic memories for people in a natural, friendly way while thinking of flattering angles & lighting as composition & a pretty picture is also very appealing to me!
What I love about photographing weddings is all things vintage, DIY weddings especially where I get to see the personality of the couple who are tying the knot, bit of bunting never hurt anyone did it? But I think the main thing for me is meeting my lovely couples & their guests, sharing a joke & maybe a little jig on the dance floor at the party!
What I love about photographing a family is capturing them as they are dirty knees, bruises snotty noses & crazy hair ....and thats just the adults, is great fun!