Profile Photographs

It was time for Camilla (aka butterscotch) to bite the bullet and get some portraits taken.  Being very apprehensive in front of the camera she was not looking forward to this at all!   But, the proof is in the pudding and when you relax and take your time, you really can create some gorgeous shots.  It was a very rewarding collaboration!

“Oh Lisa, thank you. They are really wonderful. I feel like they’re the first and only photos I’ve ever had that look like me, and where I don’t look terrified. It feels like you got me and understood me and I appreciate that more than you could ever know.  Thank you so so much for your sanity and patience.”

Camilla Westergaard based in Sheffield emanates style, she is a maker, printer and designer - especially of interiors.

With a life long love for craft, she helps British makers get their work seen all around the world being the content editor at Folksy

Camping in Upper Booth

Camping at Upper Booth Farm is always a fantastic rural experience and I was delighted to be a part of this for a gorgeous family from London. 

Our adventures began with finding insects along the blue bell clad Crowden Brook until we came to the little waterfall for a splash and a paddle.  We meandered our way back to the campsite - singing all the way in the soft late light where they began the preparations for their supper.

Such a perfect way to spend a sunny bank holiday. 

Birthday picnic with the grandchildren

A popular Birthday treat is a gathering of lots of loved ones and inviting a photographer to capture the love and happiness of the event - this was certainly this!

A beautiful sunny afternoon in the grounds of Chatsworth was a perfect setting for a picnic and games.  I quietly snapped away giving the family enough space to enjoy themselves without having to be too conscious of a stranger amongst their midsts!

Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Family get-togethers, for what ever reason, are amongst some of life’s most precious times especially when you travel from all corners of the globe.  This gathering, was no exception - the weather may have been a little dour given the time of year but the atmosphere was not!  

Burrs Farm, a self catering house in the village of Chelmorton, was full of fun and happiness inside and out.  Whilst the family enjoyed games of footballgolf and swingball, stroking the horses and basking in the hot tub, I photographed them with as little interruptions as possible to capture the nuances of their celebration as it unfolded.  

The Edale Church Wedding

Its a village affair!

I am proud to be included in the list of “talented” people when it comes to pulling off a village wedding!!

Drawing on the skills of many residents in Edale we had ourselves a celebration to remember - our village boasts a Priest, church choir, organist, flower arrangers, caterers and astonishing cake builders, drivers of vintage cars and tractor and trailer - obviously to transport the children from the church to the village hall!  The village hall was transformed from a banqueting hall into a disco with live music in the evening.  It’s amazing to realise how local and truly successful an Edale wedding can be! Congratulations Phil and Naomi and thank you for a fantastic day!!  

Guests who have been given the password can view the gallery by following this link.

Autumnal Equine Shoot

On a beautiful afternoon a few weeks ago, when autumn was drawing to an end,  I photographed Saskia and Alice with their naughty horses.  This photoshoot was given to them as a present as their friend was leaving their stables - what a thoughtful present!!  I love the warm light enriching the landscape and creeping into the lens.   As their stable is down a private track in the village of Hope, I also really enjoyed approaching Mam Tor from an angle which I’m not used to seeing it and having it as the back drop :)

Manchester Wedding

I’m such a sucker for LOVE!!  Even the smallest of weddings brings me so much delight, capturing the connections of deep love on a special day is what it’s all about. Allan and Louise got married in Manchester Register Office back in September, it was a beautiful ceremony.

Family shoot in the great outdoors

Edale in the Peak District National Park is full of lovely little walks, big walks and is the start of a very big walk!  I love bringing families to Grindsbrook for photoshoots when the heather is in abundance; the colours and textures make for an amazing backdrop and the children always find a lot of fun and adventure bounding around the clough.  

Needless to say that Katie, Mia, Oli and I had a wonderful afternoon - there were so many great shots it was so hard to choose the 20 which is my blog’s limit.

Edale Country Day 2017

Promotional photography

Edale Country Day is by far one of the most fun packed days here in the Valley for families.  With all of the profits benefitting the village school and village hall, the support from the sponsors, volunteers and organisers is hugely appreciated by the whole village.  The village folk unite to put on this unique country show and we have visitors form far and wide enjoying themselves!

I too have a role in the organising of this event as the sponsors and raffle coordinator:)  So, I negotiate and round up all the prizes and donations which brings in mighty profits.  I’m also a sponsor; over the years, I have put family portrait shoots up to auction and I have provided photographs of the event for their website. This year I offered my services to a fabulous vintage vocal harmony group called  Lah Di Dah.  They needed some promotional photographs and we needed to keep our costs down so its was a win win skills swap situation - Don’t you just love that?!!  Their songs brought extra rays of sunshine to the day and I would highly recommend them at any event to entertain the crowds!

70th Birthday Celebrations

Family Portrait shoot in the Peak District. 

Had a super morning with 3 generations celebrating a 70th Birthday. We walked up to “Robin Hood’s Stride” nr Matlock which was a perfect place for the children to have a rampage and test their parent’s nerves by seeing how high they could climb on the rocks and in the trees!

Product Photography

Northend Creative Print Solutions

Being a bit of a stationary and print process geek, it was just up my street to be given a behind the scenes tour at Northend Creative Print Solutions in Sheffield. They commissioned me to photograph the factory and a selection of products for their upcoming website re-vamp.

I created an in house studio to shoot some products on the Director’s leather desk, and took others to a photographic studio with an infinity table.  But it was whilst weaving my way through the machinery that it became apparent to me that an interesting way to portray the calibre of their products would be to get some logo’s and products placed within the making process and machinery.

Otter Tots, Bakewell

Otter Tots provide swimming lessons for pre-school aged children in Bakewell; they are in the process of re-designing their website. I was so impressed by the standard of teaching whilst I was busy taking photographs, I wish my children had been taught here, my youngest might even be a confident swimmer by now if he had!  Here are a selection of photographs of the shoot.

Crowden clough

This is one of my favourite local walks.  The foot fall is significantly lower compared with other paths and there are opportunities to have a good old scramble and fun on the rocks.  The peace and quite is punctuated by the call from curlews, grouse and lapwings at this time of year.  

Walking in Edale

Scrapping the advice on composition that landscape photography works well with leading lines in the form of  paths and roads, I went out today with the intention to shoot the textures and sculptural shapes which the snow accentuates on the facades of the hills……for most of the time.

Revisiting Alison and Rob.

This time last year Rob and Alison were preparing for Rob’s imminent treatment for cancer.  We did a portrait shoot to capture life as it was and to cement the love and memories to date.  Their year has been very difficult with many complications but they have been surrounded by family and friends who have kept them smiling and given heaps of support.  Last week they threw a “Thank you Party” in Hope and whilst many of their close family were altogether they seized the opportunity for more family portraits this time with the grand children.  

Hope Show 2016

I can not believe that my family and I have never been to our local Hope Show in the Peak District before.  There is such an amazing array of all things with four legs or four wheels, displays of home grown and hand made and plenty more besides.  A fascinating agricultural experience for the whole family.

Corporate Portraits at Hope Cement Works.

Susi Wellings, a talented architect with a very impressive CV has moved to the area from London.  Building her website to promote her new practice in the Peak District required a portrait session!  Her passion is cement so a reconnoitre around Hope Cement Works was our first location idea.  Such an amazingly aesthetic and interesting site which we will definitely return to but this will require further planning, in the mean time, we found a suitable well lit wall!

To find out more about Susi visit her website.

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