So, it's finally happening (I think)

As you probably know, I started Love Luella Photography as a hobby on the side where I could photograph peoples children/families/those you hold dear in a relaxed and informal fashion.

Having always been obsessed with documenting memories and people since a very early age it never really was an option to be a hobby was it?

Anyhow, going back to when I had Milo- I had access to many local studios, which although looked lovely, made me feel anxious. Posing in front of a white screen with my boys, hands cupping faces... I just couldn't.

Whilst I appreciate the huge amount of work that goes into this photography (and it really is an art in itself and I know SO many talented people who offer this) it didn't quite appeal to me for myself and my children and it didn't really fit my personality as a service.

I wanted images that I would laugh at in years to come, images that took me right back to that moment-images of expression, images of moments in time capturing my children & others children at their most natural, sometimes feral state with their unique personalities shining through. 

For the most part, that's what I did. Then weddings came along. Weddings and couples, are always going to be an integral part of my life but whilst this was happening I seemed to naturally move away from lifestyle photography.

I also realised of late that this year >>2017<< I have taken substantially less images of my own children and even more noticeably I seem to have stopped snapping them with intent. Yes I've lived in the moment, but I'd love to see some images of those times too.

 I'm not sure how it happened all I know is, it's not cool. It's not me and being busy definitely distracted me from observing & documenting my own family more.

Well, that's about to change. Kai, you're just going to love it.....

Sure, I have plenty of iPhone pictures in the cloud. {Where even is that cloud}

But what about tangible memories? Albums, Photo-books, Prints on walls? Errr where am I??

Me, their Mother. Being present in photographic memories for my boys to look at and their children (hopefully) in years to come when I'm rocking a grey nest is an absolute necessity.

I've spent a good chunk of this year photographing other peoples families, especially this Autumn past. Some key people I captured this year are sadly no longer with us; the price of those images now doesn't exist. Images are important, they are precious and life is fleeting- this is what shook me into action in childhood, this is the soul and the meaning behind Love Luella.

Spending time with families this year has reignited my passion for what I do and why I do it, it's the driving force behind my wedding photography business. But, I can do both- Weddings & lifestyle and that's what I shall do!

So. To summarise, i've made a little spin off Facebook page "Love Luella & Life" and whilst my hub page Love Luella Photography will always be prioritised, I can share extra sneak peeks or whatever catches my eye on that little project and plenty of my boys, my boys that are growing way way way too fast.

I'm excited for the future, feel free to keep in touch

T xx