I’m guessing that most of you know me as a Newborn Photographer. So I often get asked, “do you photograph older children?”YES Of course, is the answer but perhaps I don’t show enough of my other types of work! I love learning so this training day with Kate Hopewell-Smith was just what I needed.

So I thought I would combine some Mummy time and Training and take my daughter Lizzie along as a model for the day. We had a lovely location just outside Swindon at the Guild of Photographers training center Blackthorne.  It was a beautiful sunny day which for a photographer is good and bad, we usually like to wait until the end of the day if it’s sunny. On a workshop like this you just have to work with what you had, and bright sun is what we had! The day was spent mostly training with one of the UK’s premier Lifestyle photographers Kate Hopewell-Smith, we also had some free time and business mentoring.

Lizzie and I thoroughly enjoyed the day, she posed for the camera, and me photographing her and two other children. It was a great start to spring and has given me the bug to step outside the studio into the fresh air.

Here’s some of the images from the day !


Over the years , completed many training days with national and international trainers in lots of genres from newborns to children and even weddings ( hate weddings I decided ). One of my favorite sessions was with the amazing Cass Vanhorn from Noelle Mirrabella We had a magical weekend in Devon at a place near Wistmans wood and I think I will always hold this workshop as my most favorite ever. It was truly a fantastic weekend of learning with a master!

Bye for now

Karen x