Sammy | portrait photography | Hove, East Sussex
This blog post is a bit of a twist from what I usually photograph and I’m really excited to share it with you!
Sammy is a family friend who goes way back to my childhood growing up in Zambia. I used to love hanging out at her house – most probably because she would let me do all sorts of things I wasn’t supposed to, like eat granola straight out of the box. So I was gutted when she went off to the UK to join the British army when I was only 8. We had lost contact over the years until recently when she discovered my blog. She loved what she saw and since Sammy is retiring from 22 years of service this October she wanted me to photograph a portrait session with her uniform before she has to hand it back.
Once she retires Sammy is returning to Zambia to start up Sprinkles, (a bath cosmetics, picture framing and jewellery making business) and will frame a series of the photographs from this photo shoot to hang on the walls in her shop. An exciting plan is in the pipeline to use Sammy’s bespoke framing service for my Zambian based clients – watch this space!
We did the photo shoot on Hove beach with beautiful summer evening light. Sammy started by wearing her number 2 uniform which is used for important occasions and I made sure to focus on the medals. Then we got more playful with a quick beach change (good job there weren’t too many people on the beach) into her combats which has been Sammy’s every day uniform and we even got a few stunts :-).
I feel that this portrait session really captures the essence of Sammy and has given her a set of photographs to treasure for a lifetime. It marks the ending of this chapter in her life and the start of something incredibly new. If you like the photographs that you see, I would love the opportunity to photograph you too, so please get it touch.