Thanks for visiting Kath & Belle!
Here's a little bit of background......
I have been surrounded by photographs all my life. My Mom has worked at a professional photo lab since the early 1970's. My Grandad Cole took photo's as a hobby and even set up a dark room in the cellar in his terraced house in Intended Street, Colley Gate.
I have worked for a photo lab on and off for over 20 years, and experienced the different areas, from developing negatives, all the way through the editing. At the same time I achieved a BA (Hons) in 3D Design and an MA in Fashion, Textiles & Surface Design.
I never really appreciated the importance of a photograph when I was younger.
When our Daughter, Amélie Belle was born in 2012 it all changed. I was recording every movement, milestone and facial expression. Time goes so quickly - all we have left are the memories captured in photographs.
I began sewing in 2014 and making unique clothing for her to wear and set up a little business selling them. She was always my model (reluctant at times). This is where I've gained my experience with photography. Trying to get a decent non-blurry image of a 2 year old who literally would not sit still for one second was a challenge. 7 years later and she still struggles to sit still or stop talking, but I'm much quicker at snapping those natural moments. The dressmaking has taken a back seat now, as I found I was more excited by the photography side of the business and the styling of the photoshoots, rather than selling the dresses. It seemed like a natural progression...
So Kath & Belle was born... My middle name is Kathleen and Amélie's is Belle. We've always worked as a team and she is definitely my harshest critic. She appears a lot through my portfolio of images - although a reluctant model at times.
I specialise in children's and family photography. In May 2020 I completed a Mini First Aid Course and also an online course which covered the health and safety aspect of newborn photography. In July 2020 I completed an Infection Control course, to make sure I remain Covid-19 secure.
2020 has been an unusual year. The studio has been closed more than it's been open. Let's hope 2021 means that we can start to get back to normal.
My main aim is to provide accessible and affordable photo sessions for everybody, whether you want simple portraits, or an outdoor family shoot, we can work together to ensure we capture your own natural memories for you to treasure forever.