20 February 2014

Liverpool Loves Campaign is Getting Underway

I'm pleased to announce that the Liverpool Echo supplement, Best of Liverpool, are interested in getting behind Liverpool Loves. And so I'll be out and about next week capturing women in a quick photograph and asking them to tell us about what they love about themselves. Very excited!

10 February 2014

The Liverpool Loves Campaign

Hate yourself in photographs? I know what that's like. Particularly as I get older because in my head I'm still only 26! When you meet me, you'll see why that's a laugh. Over the years, though, I've learned how to love myself in life, and in front of the camera. In fact, in a couple of weeks I'll be able to share my latest photographs from my own portrait session. But for now, this is all about you.

I'm on a mission. I want to help every woman of Liverpool love her photographs. I want every woman in Liverpool to love herself. No more 'let me lose weight first' - you're beautiful the weight you are. No more 'I wish I had a different nose/mouth/legs/hands' - you're perfect just being you with the quirks that make you ... well, you.

What message do we send to our daughters when we criticise ourselves so readily? What message do we send her when we tell her that it's ok not to love yourself? Isn't it time we changed all that? Isn't it time we celebrated the woman we are?  I don't want my daughter stressing about her weight, her looks, her height, her stomach, her teeth or any other part of what makes her uniquely her. I want my daughter to be proud of who she is, to be proud of who I am, to be proud of being a woman in the 21st century, amongst other proud women of Liverpool.

Women of Liverpool, we are part of such a proud city, and we always say we are a republic in this fabulous city of ours, we always say we are unique. And we're right! There are very few cities in the world where the women go to work dressed their best, with their make-up on, the hair coiffured, everything in place. So now it's time for us to make a difference in the world. We can change how women feel about themselves, how they see themselves in the mirror, how they talk about themselves to their friends. We can make change what perceptions women have about their bodies, what society classes as beautiful. 

We can make that change by making a stand. It's time to celebrate the good in us, the beauty in our unique features, in the shape, size, colour and foibles that make us unique. It's time to say thank you when someone tells us we're beautiful instead of talking about the things we hate about ourselves. It's time to say I love my bum, I love my arms, I love my chins. It's time to be grateful for what we do have, not bemoan what we could be.

Join me in my campaign for loving ourselves - Liverpool Loves. And let's spread the message. It's ok to love yourself today. It's ok to love who you are right now. It's ok to love what you look like - tall, short, skinny, fat, black, white, disabled, able-bodied - we all deserve to love ourselves today, now, and we owe it to future Liver Birds. We owe it to our daughters to be happy with loving who we are today.

With Mother's Day coming up at the end of March I'm starting the campaign to find something about ourselves that we love. Maybe just now you're struggling to love something about yourself, but I challenge you to find one thing and to be grateful for that one thing for the next week. Tell your daughter, your sister, your mum, your nan something that is beautiful about her. Let her know she too is beautiful. And let's make Mother's Day 2014 a day when we all celebrate our unique beauty, a day when we smile at the friend who tells us we have a beautiful smile, a day when our eyes sparkle when our mum tells us we have beautiful eyes, a day when we celebrate being the woman we are now, today.

Liverpool Loves - let's start spreading that love! I'll start. I love my nose. Are you with me? Your turn ....

Delivery and Collections Day!

Lots of orders are going out today - so far 19 framed photographs have been delivered. A gorgeous keepsake album with prints has been collected. And I've just received deliveries so there are more albums, prints, frames and more to be collected shortly!

09 February 2014

Exciting New Portrait Photography Studio in Liverpool

Did you notice it was a bit on the quiet side on the blog last year? I'm sorry to have disappointed those of you that were following my regular blog posts. Sadly my sister passed away which knocked me a lot more than I expected it to, and some things had to give. The blog was one of them.

Now, if there's one thing that my sisters death at only 54 has taught me, it's to live life to the fullest, and as I move forward with Zoe Photography in 2014, my 10 season photographing weddings, portraits and pets in Liverpool, I'm doing just that. We're starting with something very exciting - a new studio in Liverpool City Centre, the likes of which just doesn't exist in Liverpool at all for boudoir photography and family and baby portraits - plus we will be adding in pet portraits to our portfolio of photography in Liverpool.

Want a sneak peek? Here is the lovely new studio:

But things aren't quite how we want them on the inside, so we're having work carried out with walls being built to create a fabulous makeup and changing room alongside our fabulous portrait studio, whilst on the floor below we will have a relaxing presentation room, reception and office.

I promise to keep you up to date on progress over coming weeks as the works get underway. And in the meantime, I'll post a few photographs from work over the last year.