"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life." Henri Cartier-Bresson


Documenting my daily life in photographs.

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Prints of my work are available at http://katieshires.redbubble.com/

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Little bundle of cute

A while ago, a friend of mine asked if I could take some photos for her sister of her gorgeous baby boy, Jonah.  Looking at these, you can see why it was impossible to resist when you have a model this cute.  I'm looking forward to seeing this one grow up - I can see lots more photo shoots on the horizon!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Summer by the sea

Wow!  It's been a long time and so much has happened since I last blogged but I've still been snapping away, and I felt it was time I shared a few shots from my summer... especially as the nights are drawing in and the cold is starting to bite, we all need a reminder of what the Great British Summer looked like.

It was the beautiful South Devon coast that drew me back again this August.  Whilst I have plenty of shots of Dartmouth harbour, the boats and the fun of the regatta from over the years, I thought I'd try to get a few more traditional seaside shots this time around, so I headed out on the steam railway to Paignton to capture the bright colours of the beach huts and all the traditional seaside sights.

So, below are a few highlights from the summer.  I hope they brighten up a cold Autumn evening!

I also picked up these delicious macarons from the food fair in Dartmouth.  Couldn't resist the pretty pastel colours, and although they're not traditional seaside food, I thought they toned in rather nicely with the summer seaside pastels.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Oh baby!

On Wednesday I had a birthday.  This is not really a cause to celebrate as I'm a total birthday scrooge and can't stand being reminded that I am moving further and further away from my 20s and that perhaps I really should be acting a bit more grown up in my old age.

Still, there are good things about birthdays.  One of which is all the lovely flowers my even lovelier friends gave me.  The other good thing is my Amazon wishlist, which allowed my (also lovely) mum to find out that what I really wanted for my birthday was a Lensbaby.  Since having a play with one of these a while ago, I've had a real hankering for one of my own for some time now.  Plus, I think I need something new to get me back into a photography groove and inspire me to snap more.  And my little Lensbaby seems to have done the job.

I've only had a little play so far, but I'm liking the results for now.  Check out that blur! Can't wait to give it a proper test run.

Monday, 4 June 2012


Jubilant, a photo by KatieSh on Flickr.
I wasn't that bothere about the Diamond Jubilee. It's a good excuse for a few days off and a bit of celebration, but I find it hard to get excited about the royal family.

But, today I got a taste for what it's all about and remembered that it doesn't really matter what your views are on the royal family, the jubilee is a great reason to celebrate community and come together with people you might not usually have much chance to exchange more than a 'Hello' with on an ordinary day.

So, this afternoon, my neighbour knocked on my door to tell me that they'd started an impromptu garden party and were hoping the whole street could join in. We have communal gardens out the back, so it's perfect for this sort of thing. Everyone brought a bit of something to eat or drink and we all just chatted and got to know one another a bit better whilst the Pimm's was flowing and the children played.

We even managed a toast to the Queen.... but more importantly, we raised a toast to Bath Terrace and all the fabulous people who live here!

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Camille's Appeal 2012 Calendar

So, all you organised people, already looking for next year's calendar, look no further!  2012's Camille's Appeal calendar is available to order now, featuring a selection of beautiful images from some very talented photographers (and me!).

Camille's Appeal is a fantastic charity set up by the parents of a beautiful little girl diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2009.  The charity raises money for children under the age of 5 who are suffering with a brain tumour, trying to find ways to ensure that the long-term effects of treatment are minimised to allow the child to lead a normal life.

You can find out more about the charity and about Camille herself here: http://www.camillesappeal.co.uk/

There are 2 formats available: a slimline layout or an A4 layout.

They are for sale via ebay, where you can also purchase Christmas cards designed by the extremely talented artist Nicki MacRae.

Calendars - buy here (£5 and £8 + p&p)
Christmas Cards - buy here (£5 for 10 + p&p)

Here is a sample page from the A4 format:

and a slimline sample:

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Summer in Dartmouth

It's funny how a change of scenery can lift your mood so completely.  There's something about the tranquility of the sea, and the new places to discover that feels like a different world and allows that escape that you only ever get on holiday.  Dartmouth in Devon has always been the place we used to escape to for family holidays.  Three generations of my family have been coming here since the 1960s, and whilst a lot has changed in that time, the picturesque views, the narrow rambling streets crammed with colourful houses, and the bustle of the regatta always stay the same.

This time, I was determined to take some long exposure seascape pictures.  I bought some ND filters a few weeks ago and have been keen for the opportunity to try these out.  I wasn't disappointed when I arrived at the house we were renting to find two enormous bay windows granting views of the entire estuary, from far up the river Dart, right out to sea.  The weather forecast hadn't been promising, but I still hoped I might manage to capture a few moody and dramatic skies.  With the typical fickle nature of British weather, it turned out that the moody skies stayed away, and in their place were some of the most beautiful, peaceful pastel sunrises and sunsets.

These were taken from the window of the house at sunset:

View up the river

The view out to sea with Kingswear across the water.

I even set my alarm to go out and capture some dawn images:

I love the neat rows of houses, all with their different shapes and sizes and colours, yet still strangely ordered and geometrical.  You can only really see the full effect when you take a boat up the river, which is how I took this one:

... and just because I can't quite manage to leave the portraits alone for long, this is my nephew on a little beach excursion to Blackpool Sands.  He didn't catch anything apart from a few pebbles, but at least he looked the part!

The only drawback is, this has given me a taste for landscapes, and now I've got a hankering for a decent wide-angle lens so I don't have to rely on my ropey old kit lens just to get some width.  Sigma 10-20 anyone?

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Bedroom bliss!

Over the last 5 months I have been going through the nightmare process of buying out my house from a joint mortgage.  Every possible thing known to man and mortgage advisor that could go wrong, went wrong along the way, but finally the transfer took place and the house is now solely in my name!

As the whole process ended up costing a lot more than it was supposed to, I haven't been able to go away this summer, so I decided to treat myself to a bedroom makeover instead.  I've not really done anything to it since moving in 4 years ago, so it was starting to look a bit tired and definitely needed a bit more of my stamp on it.

I had been looking around for wallpapers for some time and had spotted some lovely designs in Laura Ashley which I had earmarked for a feature wall.  However, my plans went slightly awry when I found the perfect paper.  I am deeply ashamed to admit this, but I saw it adorning the walls of the girls' bedroom in the Geordie Shore house!  Yes, the backdrop to their sordid nights of debauchery was the wallpaper of my dreams.

After a bit of scouring of the internet, my friend google found the paper for me, and although it nearly tripled the budget of my Laura Ashley designs, my heart was set.  I colour-matched the background to get a Dulux paint mixed up for the other walls and was good to go.

So, after a couple of days of hard-decorating, all done by my fair hand (I really am the wallpapering pro these days), here is the finished article, my beautiful, blissful, blue boudoir!

Wallpaper: Cole and Son
Paint: Dulux Liberty Blue