Craig & Bethany ‘Beloved’ shoot in Southampton

Feb 21, 2011

I strongly believe that portrait photography is not just for the big three occasions (birth, marriage, (no, not death) and parenthood).  It should be used as a document to record a stage in your life; to remember yourself.  I have no idea what I looked like at 24 because I avoided all cameras.  In fact, I only have the sneaked pictures of friends to howl at my fashion mistakes (ongoing).  I realised one day (about five years ago) that this was daft – I was looking through the photo albums of my girl’s first years on the planet and saw that you would never know I was part of the family.  I was either behind the camera or hiding.  It occurred to me that I needed to get over that because one day my daughters would want to see me there – them and I together, growing up, living our lives.  So I bought a DSLR, took up learning about photography, and undertook a 365 project (a self-portrait every day for a year).  It hasn’t made me celebrate my giant bum anymore, but it has made me care less about it, and see the photo for what it is – a moment in time I will never be able to get back.

This is a very round about way of saying that, in the spirit of this, I spent an afternoon with Craig & Bethany doing just that.  Rather than head to the New Forest nearby, we decided to embrace the grime & glamour of inner Southampton.  Southampton used to be a city full of beautiful Georgian buildings, but the blitz all but destroyed much of the city.  The subsequent developers and planners haven’t always been kind to Southampton (in a few instances they seemed to have a personal grudge against the city’s populous!) but I wanted to use that perceived ugliness;  and with the help of this attractive, loved-up couple, find some beauty within it.  I hope you think it worked!

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3 Comments

  1. Chantal

    awesome pictures! First and second in particular are really great!

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  2. identité

    Aw, I’ve never seen hearty umbrellas.

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  3. Amy Wass

    ahhh the car park! I always think that will be an awesome place for photos. you were right

    Reply

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