Me and my camera

“To me, photography is about observing.  It is about light and time.  Sometimes, light and a moment touch briefly, and if you catch it, the photograph will bring you joy.” 

Your real life story in photo art

pennybird20170205-IMG_1826-Edit-1024x1024-80x80When investing in a portrait session, you will be looking for skills and added value from your photographer, as your portraits are marking a milestone or special occasion in your life, and will take pride of place in your home.

Approach:  I put my subjects at ease with my calm, relaxed approach.  I have a comfortable home studio and also use the beautiful landscapes on our doorstep.  Sessions mostly include an element of indoor and outdoor photographs.  I would like all my clients to have an enjoyable and uplifting experience with me.

Colours/styling:  I consult with clients before the session to ensure they are choosing colours, shapes, layering and props to enhance.  We also consider the end portrait, the settings, the colour palette, the right hair and makeup, to get the best overall result.  On booking, every client gets advice on how to prepare for the portrait session.

Posing/lighting: I know how to pose you to create engaging and attractive shapes, and light you to enhance your most striking features.  I work with my clients to ensure they absolutely love their photographs.

Experience:  I’m a mother with two children and have worked in various settings with children over the years.  I apply this experience to capture those special smiles and expressions that you love.

Editing:  I use photo editing software to remove temporary blemishes, dust spots and subtly enhance images.  Your portraits will be finished to a high standard.

Setting off your portraits:  I chat to you about your lifestyle and make recommendations on how and where to display your portraits.  I offer bespoke traditional framing and also some more contemporary ideas that work well in modern homes.

If you absolutely love my work, and would like to create your own real life, beautiful images with me, please get in touch.  All you need to bring is your spirit of adventure and sense of humour, because that’s how special images happen.

Qualified Guild Professional Photographer (2016) with the Guild of Photographers and member of Herts Visual Arts.   Awarded Lifetime Membership of the Photographer’s Bar (2015) for a consistently high standard of photography.


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by Gill Clark on pennybird and camera

Penny is a delight to work with. She listened carefully to the photo spec and her photo's are just stunning. She put each person at ease and made it a relaxed and fun experience. I completely recommend her!

by Geraldine oxenham on pennybird and camera
Highly reccomended

Wonderful relaxing experience. So pleased with the photos. Penny carefully listened to what I wanted and beautifully recreated the look and feel that I was after. Thank you!

by The Senner-Thompsons on pennybird and camera
Wonderful Photos of a Family Group

We had a fabulous session with Penny for the shoot and she skilfully handled 11 lively, excited family members with ages ranging from 11 to 50 years old -no easy task! Her confidence and professionalism enabled us to be relaxed and natural and this is evident in the result - amazing pictures that we will cherish forever. The teens and twenty year olds in our group loved the experience and rated Penny's work very highly. We are all very much looking forward to the 'big reveal' as the photos will ultimately be a surprise 80th Birthday present.

A fun and pain-free experience!

I arrived for my headshot photo-shoot feeling exhausted and frazzled (kids!), but left feeling happy and relaxed - with a great photo! Thank you.

by Natalie E on pennybird and camera

Penny is an absolutely lovely lady and very efficient at what she does. She managed the 3 lively children (my 2yo and neice and nephew at 10 and 7!) Extremely well and even managed to take the opportunity to get photos of the eldest 2 whilst mine ran off! Her studio is in her home and we found the whole experience very welcoming and comfortable. Penny was also really quick to send proofs and final digitals of our chosen images understanding that we wanted them for Christmas gifts! I would certainly go to penny again for future photos I just lived everything about the service she offers! Thanks Penny!

Magical Moments

To mark the occasion of my mums 70th we invited Penny over to capture moments of our day with 4 generations of our family. Penny was absolutely wonderful and the pictures are incredible, she has a fabulous aura and she managed to capture some amazing moments with the kids bringing out their individual characters too. I would highly recommend this talented lady to capture any special moments! Thank you Penny, Amber still won't tell me what you whispered 😂Xx

Luxury Portrait Shoot

Penny put me at ease straight away - there was lots of laughter and experimentation with light and angles! I have never felt more spoilt, and I simply love my photos.

by Justine on pennybird and camera

I've had to hire quite a few photographers over the years for work and Penny is the only one who has ever bothered to research me and get background information on what I do and suggest what I need based on her experience. I found it extremely hard to find a photographer who wasn't either friends with those recommending them and/or didn't just decide to get a great website and start up because they'd enjoyed it as a hobby. I really recommend her.

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