Waverley Abbey has been a place I’d heard of many times but never got a chance to visit. Located in Farnham in Surrey Hills, it’s an English Heritage site hidden away on country roads (don’t trust Google Maps that will try and take you up a private track, follow the signs instead). That warm October afternoon we had some time to kill between things, the sun was shining, I had a camera in my bag and so we ended up going on a bear hunt an adventure.
I’ve always loved water and splashing in the sea or a river or a swimming pool – and it’s still my happy place. There’s something about watching water run and the waves splash that is very, very good for my soul.
I still have this vivid image in my head: I’m sitting in a bathroom of the real-life Downton Abbey, pumping milk, while a bride is getting ready for her big day in the grand bedroom next door. My client is patient and understanding: I’ve explained that I’m a breastfeeding mother, and I’ve arranged for a second photographer to join me for a day to compensate for the time that I will be hiding in the bathroom, expressing milk, just like I’m doing right now.
When I first started out as a photographer I felt like I had to dress up for a photography session. So I’d wear a nice blouse, put some mascara on, and even wear some accessories. I’d buy clothes to wear for a photoshoot or a client meeting that I would never wear otherwise. Rightly or wrongly, I felt the need to impress the clients, because our photoshoot would often be the first time they met me in person, and first impressions count, right?
I wrote this several years ago for a big photography portal, and it was one of the most popular posts on there, like EVER. But since this photography portal is no more, and I still see this question popping up every day in various photographer groups I’m in, I thought I’d post it again – with some changes to reflect what I’ve learned since :)