Starstruck and humbled

Yesterday I was very lucky to be amongst a wonderful group of ladies and at the same time meet a Broadway superstar! I have to admit I was nervous… I am very used to being able to focus on others and “hide” behind a rather chunky camera to capture images that give visual dialogue and representation of people, events and emotions. DU9A9929aCropL

Yesterday had a slightly different angle to it as I was asked to represent the collection of images that I have been working on for the past 18 months. The project, “Femininity comes from Within” began with a single request from a breast cancer patient to photograph her showing her mastectomy scar. Working with local charity, Keeping Abreast, we conceived that a collection of images would portray a deep insight into the concept of femininity and give immense impact. The collection continues to grow with more than 20 women volunteering as models, all willing to help others to understand that the beauty of women shines through adversity. 7 of these women were at an audience with Broadway star, Lorna Luft, (daughter of Judy Garland) at the Theatre Royal in Norwich. Lorna had requested a meeting with a local breast cancer charity as she herself was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2012. So why was I starstruck? My Mum always followed musicals and movies, with many a PictureGoer Film Annual in our house – Judy Garland was a superstar and to meet her daughter actually made me very nervous! DU9A9967aCropLDU9A9912a2L

Lorna was just lovely, she spent over 2 hours with the small group of ladies, who she referred to as “sisters”. They talked about the different experiences of diagnosis and treatment and she encouraged us all to demand more from the health service to help early diagnosis. She was also full of compliments for the image collection and praised the bravery of the women for taking part… The Broadway connection continues as I am extremely lucky to be part of a small team travelling at the end of November from Norwich to New York to exhibit part of the collection at a global microsurgery conference.

…And humbled, because I feel so privileged to be allowed by each model to capture their beauty and to tell their story in a visual way. When women get together great things happen, our femininity is definitely within, but strength and determination puts us out there! DU9A9976a2

The Return of The Twins…

Norwich Playhouse saw the start of the sell-out shows by Norfolk’s favourite “twins” this week and I was lucky enough to photograph their second performance on Wednesday, August 21st. Karl and Owen returned to Norwich to perform on stage after 5 years away, and were warmly welcomed by the people of Norwich… and Norfolk, and possibly even some from further afield!

As a Norwich-born girl I love the self-mocking, Norfolk-twisted humour, and had to put the camera down at times as my image-stabiliser was not good enough to keep the lens still while my shoulders soaked-up my chuckles!

Anyone lucky enough to have a ticket to the run at the Playhouse, or the two nights at the Theatre Royal, will not be disappointed…

Karl Minns and Owen Evans at Norwich Playhouse

Karl Minns and Owen Evans at Norwich Playhouse

Nimmo Twins

Puppet Man returns

Puppet Man returns

She Gu makes an appearance

She Go makes an appearance

Location shoot with musician Alison Sparrow

Today was my third creative shoot with Alison – a very talented violinist and music tutor based in the same “village” as me. The brief was for a shoot based around a piano to promote Alison’s piano tutorial work. I am lucky to have a friend with a baby grand piano and a home that offers a beautiful location in which to shoot. So we headed off to the South Norfolk location with a car full of potential dresses and accessories to meet up with the hair and make-up team: Tracey Ward for hair and Emily Turnbull from LoveMoi Makeup. A couple of first images are posted – the intention was to use bleeding backlight and textures to create a painterly and atmospheric feel to the imagery. More to follow…DU9A8765aDesat_BkgrdL

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