Hello and welcome to Lightmonkey!
Thanks for visiting my website. If you're looking for a photographer to take beautiful photographs of you and your family, whilst having a fun and bringing out the personality of your children, you've come to the right place.
I'm based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, where I have a home studio, but I'm happy to shoot throughout Herts, Beds, Bucks and London. I'm not like other photographers - there is no impersonal studio here - I invite you into my home, where you can relax and be yourselves, which of course shows in your pictures.
I specialise in newborn photography, a stage I just adore to capture, and I have trained with some of the UKs top newborn photographers including Shellie Wall, Maddy Rogers and Rob Mank. I am also a member of the Baby and Newborn Photography Association (BANPAS) who promote safe working practice in the industry - so you can be sure your baby is in safe hands. If you're interested in newborn photography please click here for more information.
But I also shoot every stage of family life from maternity photography to cake smash to celebrate the big 1-0, sitters, crawlers, runners and teens. I'm happy to photograph your family at any age or stage, in my studio or outside 'on location', which can give you a much more natural feel.
I first studied photography as part of my degree at Sheffield University, back when cameras took film and had nothing to do with computers. I caught the bug again after having my little boys and refreshed my training at The London School of Photography, The Trained Eye and The Newborn Workshops.
Now I am lucky enough to call it my job. Having children myself I know how important it is to capture those moments and memories. And I think everyone should be able to have beautiful photographs of their family, which is why I try and keep my prices affordable.
Please have a look around my site and if I haven't answered any questions you may have, please feel free to drop me an email or a call.
People often ask me the origin of Lightmonkey. The term was coined by Albert Einstein, who was irritated by the photographers who flocked to his public appearances. He called them Lichtaffen, German for Light monkeys.
It was an era when photographers weren't respected as artists - compared to painters, they were seen as talentless 'monkeys' who played with light.
Although originally a derogatory term it has a playfulness that I just couldn't resist. And he was right, photographers do play with light, photography is all about light (but we're not completely talentless!)