Inspiring Women on International Women’s Day!


Tonight, the 8th March is International Woman’s Day and I am to photograph the “Women in the Law” Annual Dinner. The highlight for me will be meeting a self declared feminist, who has promoted diversity on the bench and was is the first ever female president of The Supreme Court. Baroness Hale is described as a feisty woman and as a special bonus the Daily Mail is not so keen on her progressive views, so I am liking her before we have even met! Brenda Hale taught Law at Manchester University for 18 years so it is fitting that she will be celebrated in our city for International Women’s Day 2018.

I was invited to photograph the event by Sally Penni who is award winning Manchester Barrister and campaigner for Women’s equality. Like Brenda Hale she promotes diversity and is an awesome force of charm, intelligence and energy. I met her when she interviewed me at Didsbury FM and she can hold a room!

This will be the first job that my daughter has assisted me on so it is rather fitting that she gains some work experience (she is an A level student) at The Midland Hotel with a room filled with amazing women! Book me for your corporate events, web images and head shots.

LGBTQ Wedding and Engagement Shoots

The engagement and wedding season is imminent and this year with a Royal wedding your families may have higher than ever expectations. You may feel the need to live up to the Royals, even if like me, you don’t even like or respect them. There will be no escaping the daily media focus, but how does that make you feel?

Now gay and lesbian weddings are fairly commonplace, lots of venues offer “diversity and acceptance” but if you are trans gendered things are often difficult. The trans women I shoot are very diverse, there isn’t one pattern. Some are in relationships with men, some women, some see surgery as a solution to being born into the wrong body and some don’t. I could go on, but you get the idea. It is not as clear cut as sexual orientation. 

If you are LGBTQ you need the right people to handle your wedding. You need an ally. So if the Chairperson of Sparkle (the national trans gender charity) pays me a compliment I am going to publish it!

” Allie is very easy to work with, and being relaxed is essential for a good photograph.

The end result was a superb study and I have had lots of compliments on my portrait.” Joanne Mason.

So if you are looking for an intimate engagement shoot or a talented ally on the big day email me or phone for a chat! I have added a Stonewall link with up to date U.K. guidelines and legalities below. 

0784 072 6363

A Portrait Commission in 5 Steps.

You wouldn’t buy a wedding dress from the Pound Shop or “guess your size and hope is really is silk”  online. You would look for a shop or designer whose style you love and ask them to tailor one just for you. It would fit like a glove and be unique! A portrait as a private commission works the same way.

Step one:  Look for a style that moves you. Does my work speak to your heart? Do you want  idealised images or aim for authenticity? Now ask for a quote and tell me what you want – a large framed print, canvas, book or digital images.

Step two: Time to meet up to chat. You need to look at my work, choose some you like and TALK TOGETHER  and share ideas. I will make time to get to know you and work out what you VALUE.

Step three: Having agreed a plan I begin work looking for the right location, do some test shots and check the light. This could take a lot of time! I may also need to get permission to shoot in that location, lots happens behind the scenes. You may also want styling, hair, make-up arranging.

Step four: The shoot will take at least half a day – longer if you need to. This includes set up time for me – you will not be in front of the camera for four hours! It will then be edited and re-touched before you view the images to select one.

Step five: I will handle the printing at a specialist lab and you only receive the finished goods. If you wanted it framing that is my job too. You will not be charged extra as it was all agreed at the beginning.

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