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From humble beginnings of wrapping newborn babies back in 2010, to having a successful lifestyle business, Emma has become one of the leading documentary family photographers in the UK and has won several Documentary Family Photography awards, including Best Overall and Environmental Portrait categories twice in a row. Her heart has been won by the powerful stories that documenting family life offers, showing families that life doesn’t have to be manicured, that what they have together is their perfect. She is passionate about spreading this message, raising the profile of the genre and teaching photographers how to elevate their images to create art from the everyday chaos.
Image © Diana Hagues
Antonina is a recovering lawyer who moved from Russia to the UK in search of an adventure and found her home. She started her lifestyle family photography business back in 2009 and after getting tired of telling people what to wear and where to sit, transitioned to a more documentary approach in 2015. Over the past 10 years she has become one of the leading UK family photographers working with clients from all over the globe. Her superpower is documentary portraiture and capturing authentic moments of humour and connection. An introvert to the core, she is passionate about teaching photographers how they can run a profitable photography business while playing to their unique strengths – and without burning out.
Image © Ralu Chase
Alice has been a family photographer since 2011. The moment she realised documentary family photography was an established genre was the moment everything started to make sense. Alice is passionate about enabling families and children to be themselves in their family photos so that she can champion their individuality. Alice has been listed as the top UK family documentary photographer by FPJA and TiRF, winning many awards. With 15 years’ people management experience, Alice only misses two things from her corporate days; office cakes and developing people’s skills. A qualified coach and experienced mentor, Alice is passionate about helping photographers to plan, do and grow.
Image © York Place Studios
Diana started her documentary family photography business in 2017 and quickly established herself as a versatile documentary family photographer, where she has won awards in Documentary Family Awards, Portrait of Britain, and This is Reportage Family. Her passion for this genre of photography started from an early age after moving from Hong Kong and poring through old family albums as a way to find connection and make sense of her roots back in her native country and in the UK, where she now lives outside Cambridge. As an educator and mentor, she is keen to help other photographers find their own unique voice and to feel confident in communicating through their photography the beauty of everyday life using the documentary approach.
Image © Ben Heasman
Image © Antonina Mamzenko
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