ABOUT EMMA

THE GIRL BEHIND THE CAMERA

YOU WILL ENTRUST THE HEART & SOUL OF YOUR FAMILY TO ME … 

… SO IT’S ONLY FAIR THAT I SHARE A BIT MORE ABOUT ME FIRST …

I’m born in Canada, raised in the UK, went to university in France, and now call St Albans home. I’m mad about (and sometimes mad with) my three kids, I have an enormously patient husband who is forever supportive of my latest crackpot schemes, and we have recently added a beautiful, but rather naughty, cocker spaniel to our family.

My photography journey

As a child, when I stayed at my auntie’s house, I was allowed to play in her studio making movie reels with discarded sections of film. Sometimes I was even invited into her darkroom to discover the alchemy of processing film. This is where my fascination with photography as an art form started.

However, my journey didn’t always run smoothly. When I was in my 20’s I went travelling in China. Armed with my new SLR, bought with a bonus from work, I knew I would return with a glorious visual memory of my trip. Instead I collected over-exposed, insipid photos from the developers! This is the precise moment that I resolved to learn how to use my camera properly.

Why documentary?

Now, as a documentary photographer, nothing makes my heart sing more than elegantly depicting honest life stories. To capture the astounding beauty of ordinary everyday life is so powerful in a world of visual comparison. It takes my breath away when I watch clients ‘see’ themselves for the first time and understand that what they have is their ‘perfect’. You can read more about my love affair with documentary family photography here.

The fun stuff

Photography aside, I can often be found in my favourite coffee shops chatting with friends and feeding my coffee addiction, binging on Netflix box sets, trying (and usually failing) to convince my kids to come on a dog walk, crafting and baking with my girls, spending summers camping (or if we’re feeling flush, glamping) in France … and if you’re still hungry for more, here are some little known morsels from my personal story … 

EXHIBITIONS

AWARDS

EVENTS & PODCASTS

October 2021 – Shoot Edit Chat Repeat Podcast interview, episode #86 Finding the perfect style of photography for you

September 2021 – live discussion panel ‘Real is the new perfect’ at The Photography Show with colleagues from Made for Documentary.

May 2021 – This is Reportage Family Podcast, episode #76

May 2021 – closing panel discussion at Phlock Live with colleagues from Made For Documentary about the documentary family photography genre.

March 2021 – presented a live session about documentary family photography and the art of capturing real life with colleagues from Made for Documentary at The Photography Show Spring Shoots Virtual Festival.

2021 – Artist Story presentation at the Atelier hosted by For the Love of the Photograph.

October 2019 – jury panelist of the International Inspiration Awards.

PUBLICATIONS 

Online features include: 

CONTACT

+44 (0)7968 701934
hello@emmacollinsphotography.co.uk

LOCATIONS

I photograph in homes and on location across Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and the South East, including St Albans, Harpenden, Cambridge, Wheathampstead, Berkhamsted, Tring, Rickmansworth, Bishop’s Stortford, Hitchin, Letchworth.

I also regularly travel to photoshoots in Central London and North London, including Hampstead, St John’s Wood, Primrose Hill, Muswell Hill, Marylebone, Kensington, Clapham, Chiswick. I have photographed families all over the UK and around the world, including Canada, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Singapore, please enquire for travel expenses.

Reading upside down quirky kids portraits full of character by Emma Collins

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