HELLO!

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

Life in 2021, Juried exhibition, Documentary Family Photographers Gallery

2021 Picture (im)Perfect, FMoPA, Florida, USA

2021 Transforming Perspectives, inaugural juried exhibition, Documentary Family Photographers Gallery

AWARDS

Winner 4th Place, 10th Place & Honourable Mention, 

Winner 1st Place, Environmental Portrait category, Voice Collection 2021

Winner 2nd Place & Honourable Mention, Teenager category, 9th International Documentary Family Awards, June 2021

2021 Shortlisted for the Sony Alpha Female Award, the World Photography Organisation

2021 Shortlisted for the British Photography Awards in the Documentary category

Winner 1st Place & 9th Place, Pandemic category, 8th International Documentary Family Awards, October 2020

Winner 1st Place Best Overall Award, 7th International Documentary Family Awards, May 2020

Judges Choice Award, 7th International Documentary Family Awards, May 2020

Winner 1st Place Award, Environmental Portrait category, 7th International Documentary Family Awards, May 2020

Winner 1st Place Award, Environmental Portrait category, 6th International Documentary Family Awards, December 2019

Voice Collection 2019 finalist, ‘Her’ category, November 2019

Honourable mention, Nothing is better than real life category, 5th International Documentary Family Awards, August 2019

Winner 2nd place, Cell category, 4th International Documentary Family Awards, April 2019

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.

PRINT PUBLICATIONS 

Click Magazine, Best photos of the Year, Winter 2022 issue

‘Natural Family Photography’, Digital Photographer Magazine, issue 238

‘The Power of Family and Moment’, Marie Claire Hungary, December 2020

Published in Sweet Paul Magazine, Winter 2019

Click Magazine, Best photos of the Year, November/December 2019 issue

Dear Photographer Magazine, The black & white special edition, August 2018

Cover of Juno magazine Winter 2017

Published in Juno magazine, Autumn 2017

ONLINE FEATURES 

CONTACT

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

LOCATIONS

I photograph in homes and on location across Hertfordshire, London, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk 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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