I always love working with Hester and her family. This shoot was shot, natural light, at Llandudno beach and completed in November last year before the family moved to the Netherlands.
(Note: “The Housewives” was a term I fondly coined in 2006 after I started getting shoot requests from private, individual women who became my clients. Many of the women who contacted me were married and in their mid 30’s and were doing the shoots as gifts to their husbands. The folder in my archives is still called this and so I’ve stuck to it, in part just for the irony: most of these women are not “housewives” at all, but strong independent and forward thinking women who I have had the honour of documenting.
All are private commissions and the demographic has changed substantially over the years. Some I’m still in contact with, others I’ve totally lost contact with, some have become friends, some may wish not to have their real names used, others don’t mind, some may have their faces obscured for privacy reasons, others have generously shared their experiences of being photographed.)
I met and worked with Patricia in 2019 while she was on a holiday trip to South Africa from France where she lives. We shot on two locations and the images shown here are from Bakoven beach, just out of Cape Town. She has a super lithe body and was so wonderful and confident to work with.
It was a cool and windy afternoon when I met Shelley and Richard up the West Coast, near Yzerfontein, for their maternity shoot.
By the time we got to the beach the sea had gone frothy and totally wild. Shelley was amazing,- with so little clothing on in the freezing conditions she carried on to help me pull of this beautiful series of natural light maternity portraits of her and her husband.
A selection of Shelley’s favourites now hang in little Kingston’s nursery bedroom.