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Photo shoot with Michelle and Ceri

Michelle Reeves and Ceri Gillet photographer Tinuke Bernard

I love photography. Most of my subjects are inanimate buildings, unknowing strangers in street photo shoots or are likely than not, my daughter because it’s in our contract that she humour me whilst I work out ISO, depth of field or bokeh. Recently, I mentioned to a good friend that I’d love to take my photography further, even go to university to study photojournalism one day if I ever managed to save enough. The first step though, would be to pop my photo shoot cherry to gain more confidence and make some money. I said it in passing. Something about my friend Michelle makes me spill my latest hopes and dreams whenever I meet up with her. She’s got a real gift, she’s also a life coach now so she’s in the right field.

Never one to let my goals go unaccountable, Michelle rang me up earlier this year and asked me to host a photo shoot for herself and her good friend Ceri Gillett, founder of This Welsh Mother  an all around busy mama, business woman and blogger queen. I agreed, because that’s the only thing you can do when Michelle asks something of you. She’s got a magnetic personality that instantly draws you to her. Even over email!

Ceri smiling this welsh mother photographer Tinuke Bernard of beingtinuke

We shot in her home on one of the first Spring- like mornings of the year. I think all three of us were slightly nervous, none more so than me. I spent the night both excited and slightly pooping my knickers fretting about how I’d take it if they honestly didn’t like any of the photos.

this welsh mother photographer tinuke bernard bloggerTurns out, they both had some they were happy with. Michelle has even started using some of hers across her website and social media which gave me the confidence to write this and show you guys some of my work! I hope you like them. I’ve got another shoot with another good friend and amazingly talented fashion blogger coming up over the weekend so I’ll be sure to share a few of those too!

photo shoot with Ceri this welsh mothermichelle reeves photographer tinuke bernard 2017

Something I’ve learned over this past year is the importance of following your creativity and having side avenues for them. I’m so glad people like Michelle have reminded me to do just that!

Michelle reeves on her coaching site photographed by Tinuke Bernard beingtinuke blog

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  • Reply Fiona @ Free Range Chick March 22, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Tin, this is the first blog post I’ve commented on in probably over a year. The idea of following your creativity and pursuing dreams resonates with me hugely right now. I haven’t found the courage or will to write about this, and perhaps I never will. Lots of issues that were previously buried – largely about my upbringing and what I was and wasn’t encouraged to ‘do’ – have come to the surface lately, and I’m stuck between being totally undecided about what to concentrate on.

    Anyway, I’m thrilled that you got to work within something that is a creative outlet for you – take photos of subjects other than buildings, strangers’ backs and your beautiful daughter (although it can be quite addictive capturing their gorgeous personalities on camera). Here’s to more opportunities for you, you lovely lady! xxx

    • Reply Tinuke March 22, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you thank you thank you! I know what it’s like to be less than encouraged to follow certain paths, I’ve spent a long time struggling with an urge to be ‘professional’ verses creative. I hope you find your comfort zone and find a way to concentrate on what brings you joy and light.

      Maybe we’ll get a chance to meet and I can give you and the boys a fab shoot?

  • Reply Michelle Reeves March 22, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Darling Tin what a fabulous day we had! Thank you again for the gorgeous photos – I just KNEW you had to let that amazing talent of yours out and look at the result! Thank you so much for your kind words. I completely adore helping frustrated busy mamas become the positive, powerful, productive and sparkly women they dream to be. You ROCK as a photographer and I can’t wait to see more. Oh and come back to The Barn soon… we miss you! Hugs x

    • Reply Tinuke March 22, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you so much for giving me the nudge in the ribs I needed, I can’t express how much of a difference it made. You really are doing so much to help other mamas and I’m glad you were able to help me too!
      I’ll be back, Princess still hasn’t forgiven me for coming down without her xxx

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