Children’s photoshoots Kent
Every Child is Beautiful

CRAFTSMAN IN PORTRAITURE

First, I just wanted to say that I am delighted to announce that I have recently been awarded a second Craftsman with the Guild of Photographers, so I am now a double craftsman.My first was awarded in digital art photography in November 2015, and last month I was honoured when my panel of images featuring fine art portrait photography of children was awarded a Craftsman in Portraiture. Below you can see a photo of me with my panel, taken on the day, as well as a video slideshow of my images.

How my interest in photography started

My love of photography came when I became a mother. I started taking photographs of my children and really enjoyed manipulating the images in Photoshop and seeing my girls’ delight when they saw themselves transformed in creative images.

The passion for photography led to me joining the Guild of Photographers a few years back, and I was encouraged to have my images assessed for qualified, and then craftsman status, as I started winning awards in their monthly competition. With training, my skills and my body of work improved, but I was drawn towards fine art children’s photography for very personal reasons.

Bullying!!

Kids are cruel, there is no denying that. They give little thought to how much nasty words can affect the life of another person. The old saying “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never harm me” is so untrue. Unkind words can inflict the deepest wounds of all, (victims have even ended their lives due to bullying) and these wounds may never heal fully and can stay with a person for life, shaping the adult they become.

One of my children has been a victim of persistent bullying, so I have seen first-hand how this can destroy a child’s confidence and feelings of self-worth. She believed the bullies when they tormented her and told her she was worthless and ugly, and no matter how many times we told her she was beautiful, she believed them over us. The power peer groups hold is way greater than any parent, and can have devastating consequences.

This experience, along with my photographic training led me to create fine art portraits of children. I believe that every child is beautiful and deserves to feel valued and worthwhile, and I hope to convey the beauty of the child through my photography. I love having children in my studio where I can get to know them, and bring out the best in them resulting in a portrait which demonstrates how beautiful and valued they are in our often cruel world.

My panel of images is just a small selection of my portraiture and features some beautiful and confident children, but the greatest pleasure I get from my work is bringing a less confident child out of their shell and creating portraits so they can see themselves in a new light. Obviously creating a beautiful portrait of a child does not take away the bullying, that is an issue which needs addressing by schools, parents, and society in general, but with my fine art portraiture, I aim to create timeless images to show and remind each child that they are a worthwhile and beautiful work of art.

Every Child is Beautiful Project

My most fulfilling work as a photographer has been through the joy I see in a child’s eyes when they spend time in my studio, especially is that child has had a tough time.

I am launching a new project and I will be offering a free session with a mounted 10x8  and the images as downloads to one child each month. I would like nominations for children who would benefit from the gift of a photo shoot with the images included and the chance to have a fun session in my studio where they can be a princess, a fairy, a book character, a wizard or a superhero or just have fun dressing up in different clothes and having their photo taken.

Caitlin, who has had 6 heart operations and has a brain injury after 2 strokes when she was just 4 years old, loves coming for photo shoots, and we have done several over the years.

“When I’m in the studio I feel lovely. Mel always asks me to be myself when she’s taking my picture. I love dressing up as different characters, like fairies. When I saw my photo for the first time, I couldn’t believe it was me because I looked amazing. I thought WOW!” – Caitlin Goodsell

(You can read more about Caitlin in my post Inspiration )

Lilly is 4 years old and has alopecia, she applied for a model call and I couldn’t resist those beautiful eyes, so invited her to my studio for a session.

“Lilly’s session was an amazing experience for our little girl. She felt like a princess and very special. She loved posing and Imelda made her smile a lot. When she saw the photos she said she is pretty even without hair. Imelda made us all really happy. Doing this photo shoot for free was a lovely gesture. We couldn’t thank her enough.  Imelda is very professional and lovely photographer with a big heart. Her photos have a soul in them!” – Justyna Rosowiecka (Lilly’s Mum)

To nominate a child please email imelda@photographybyimelda.co.uk with the subject “Nomination” and a bit about the child you wish to nominate.

I look forward to seeing smiles on little faces 😀

Thanks

Children’s photoshoots Kent
Every Child is Beautiful
Craftsman in Portraiture

Bullying!!

Kids are cruel, there is no denying that. They give little thought to how much nasty words can affect the life of another person. The old saying “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never harm me” is so untrue. Unkind words can inflict the deepest wounds of all, (victims have even ended their lives due to bullying) and these wounds may never heal fully and can stay with a person for life, shaping the adult they become.

One of my children has been a victim of persistent bullying, so I have seen first-hand how this can destroy a child’s confidence and feelings of self-worth. She believed the bullies when they tormented her and told her she was worthless and ugly, and no matter how many times we told her she was beautiful, she believed them over us. The power peer groups hold is way greater than any parent, and can have devastating consequences.

This experience, along with my photographic training led me to create fine art portraits of children. I believe that every child is beautiful and deserves to feel valued and worthwhile, and I hope to convey the beauty of the child through my photography. I love having children in my studio where I can get to know them, and bring out the best in them resulting in a portrait which demonstrates how beautiful and valued they are in our often cruel world.

My panel of images is just a small selection of my portraiture and features some beautiful and confident children, but the greatest pleasure I get from my work is bringing a less confident child out of their shell and creating portraits so they can see themselves in a new light. Obviously creating a beautiful portrait of a child does not take away the bullying, that is an issue which needs addressing by schools, parents, and society in general, but with my fine art portraiture, I aim to create timeless images to show and remind each child that they are a worthwhile and beautiful work of art.

Every Child is Beautiful Project

My most fulfilling work as a photographer has been through the joy I see in a child’s eyes when they spend time in my studio, especially is that child has had a tough time.

I am launching a new project and I will be offering a free session with a mounted 10x8  and the images as downloads to one child each month. I would like nominations for children who would benefit from the gift of a photo shoot with the images included and the chance to have a fun session in my studio where they can be a princess, a fairy, a book character, a wizard or a superhero or just have fun dressing up in different clothes and having their photo taken.

Caitlin, who has had 6 heart operations and has a brain injury after 2 strokes when she was just 4 years old, loves coming for photo shoots, and we have done several over the years.

“When I’m in the studio I feel lovely. Mel always asks me to be myself when she’s taking my picture. I love dressing up as different characters, like fairies. When I saw my photo for the first time, I couldn’t believe it was me because I looked amazing. I thought WOW!” – Caitlin Goodsell

(You can read more about Caitlin in my post Inspiration )

Lilly is 4 years old and has alopecia, she applied for a model call and I couldn’t resist those beautiful eyes, so invited her to my studio for a session.

“Lilly’s session was an amazing experience for our little girl. She felt like a princess and very special. She loved posing and Imelda made her smile a lot. When she saw the photos she said she is pretty even without hair. Imelda made us all really happy. Doing this photo shoot for free was a lovely gesture. We couldn’t thank her enough.  Imelda is very professional and lovely photographer with a big heart. Her photos have a soul in them!” – Justyna Rosowiecka (Lilly’s Mum)

To nominate a child please email imelda@photographybyimelda.co.uk with the subject “Nomination” and a bit about the child you wish to nominate.

I look forward to seeing smiles on little faces 😀

Thanks

Double Craftsman Awarded to Kent Photographer

 

Every Child is Beautiful

I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded a second Craftsman with the Guild of Photographers earlier this week, making me the first person in the UK to have achieved this in 2 genres.

My first Craftsman was awarded in digital art photography in November 2015,  and this week I was honoured when my panel of images featuring fine art portrait photography of children was awarded a Craftsman in Portraiture.

Craftsman in Fine Art Portraiture

My love of photography came when I became a mother. I started taking photographs of my children and really enjoyed manipulating the images in Photoshop and seeing my girls’ delight when they saw themselves transformed in creative images.

The passion for photography led to me joining the Guild of Photographers a few years back, and I was encouraged to have my images assessed for qualified, and then craftsman status, as I started winning awards in their monthly competition. With training, my skills and my body of work improved, but I was drawn towards fine art children’s photography for very personal reasons.

Bullying!!

Kids are cruel, there is no denying that. They give little thought to how much nasty words can affect the life of another person. The old saying “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never harm me” is so untrue. Unkind words can inflict the deepest wounds of all, (victims have even ended their lives due to bullying) and these wounds may never heal fully and can stay with a person for life, shaping the adult they become.

One of my children has been a victim of persistent bullying, so I have seen first hand how this can destroy a child’s confidence and feelings of self worth. She believed the bullies when they tormented her and told her she was worthless and ugly, and no matter how many times we told her she was beautiful, she believed them over us. The power peer groups hold is way greater than any parent, and can have devastating consequences.

This experience, along with my photographic training led me to creating fine art portraits of children. I believe that every child is beautiful and deserves to feel valued and worthwhile, and I hope to convey the beauty of the child through my photography. I love having children in my studio where I can get to know them, and bring out the best in them resulting in a portrait which demonstrates how beautiful and valued they are in our often cruel world.

My panel of images is just a small selection of my portraiture and features some beautiful and confident children, but the greatest pleasure I get from my work, is bringing a less confident child out of their shell, and creating portraits so they can see themselves in a new light. Obviously creating a beautiful portrait of a child does not take away the bullying, that is an issue which needs addressing by schools, parents and society in general, but with my fine art portraiture I aim to create timeless images, lit in the style of the old master painters, to show and remind each child that they are a worthwhile and beautiful work of art.

Craftsman in Digital Art Photography

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