Category : Photography

Rachael on the Radio

A strange thing happened yesterday morning:  it’s the middle of half term and most usual avenues of entertaining the children have been exhausted, so we decided to pull out the big guns and go out for brunch and furniture shopping.  That wasn’t the strange thing – the children love a good sofa shop!  The strange thing was the phone call I received from BBC Radio Essex, inviting me on air to discuss photographing the elderly. Very quickly I realised this […]

Time for Tea

Last weekend I hosted a Contact the Elderly tea party.  Contact the Elderly is a charity that aims to tackle loneliness and isolation among our rapidly ageing population.  It was founded in 1965 and is the only national charity with this sole purpose.  It is supported by a volunteer network who organise monthly tea parties for small groups of older people across England, Scotland and Wales.  These tea parties provide a regular and vital friendship link every month to almost […]

When in Rome

I recently travelled to Rome with my sister.  3 whole days with no children, unbroken sleep, no work and plenty of gelato!  To say we enjoyed it would be an understatement – it was fantastic.  We laughed so much, talked a LOT and caught up on all the things we never get time to any more (catching up with 3 under 5’s in tow is never straightforward!) and took in all sorts of cultural wonderfulness. When we arrived at the hotel […]

Spring is in the air

Spring is finally in the air! And what better way to enjoy the warm sun on my face and fresh air in my lungs than with a camera hung around my neck. I had an absolutely fabulous day at Hylands House recently, photographing a few little beauties. Starting off the day I knew there would be 2 preschool age children, which I was very excited about as my own children are that age and it also tends to be my […]

Puppy Love

I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely family for a lifestyle photoshoot last weekend.  Mum, dad, son and puppy.  Four happy faces for me to capture – what a treat!  The morning started off very rainy and dark, and it didn’t get much better for hours.  I was quite concerned as we neared our appointment time, and driving along the motorway the sky was literally split in half: bright blue and sunny on one side, and dark grey clouds the […]

Glitter, glitter, everywhere!

“Never work with children or animals”.  That’s what they say.  But the majority of my photography work is with children, so I laugh in the face of adversity!  Animals though, I’m not so sure.  I’m not quite brave enough yet.  I have no clue who ‘they’ are, but ‘they’ seem quite well versed on random, generic advice so I think I will agree with them on this one.  However, I think ‘they’ missed something out.  ‘They’ should have said “Never […]

Wonders of nature

So here we are, 2017.  A whole seventeen years since the millennium.  Am I the only one who still feels like it wasn’t all that long ago?! We had quite a quiet New Year celebration this year.  A busy few weeks leading up to Christmas and then being hit with a horrible cold meant I was good for nothing but falling asleep on the sofa in front of the television.  My husband did wake me before midnight though, when I […]

Here’s to 2017

Presents have been opened, the smiles have been plentiful, and the turkey has been roasted, curried and sandwiched – what a lovely Christmas!  I am a firm Christmas-aholic at the best of times, but this year was extra special as my little people were really excited; the 4 year old’s excitement definitely helped the 2 year old realise something big was happening!  Gone are the Christmases of late nights partying, in place of late nights wrapping presents.  Gone are the lazy […]