“When I’m old I want to be a hairdresser on a Wednesday and a Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, I will be a racing car driver.”
Her favourite book is ‘The Moonlight Mystery Princess’ from ‘The Rescue Princess’ series, more specifically the character Lulu. Lulu is fed up of fancy dresses and curtsies and longs for adventure. The princesses throughout the series rescue animals who need their help and is packed full of adventure and excitement.
I could see straight away why a girl like Imani would be drawn to such a book as she was full of adventure herself. As we walked up the hill to the long grass field overlooking a small town, Imani skipped, hopped and climbed on anything she could. Whilst doing all of that she told me of her love for drawing. “If I could have one wish I would wish for lots of pads and pens”.
Why Frank & Bloom?
Her teddy ‘Puddles’ came to the shoot. He had to come as he was too important not to. A well-loved, sniffed, cuddled yet thrown around Puddles featured in many of the shots.
Photos with Mummy
The thing that made Imani the happiest was playing with Mummy and Daddy and being tickled. Had Daddy been at the shoot there definitely would have been a family tickling session. Imani’s love for her Mummy was as intense as it gets at four years old and so Mummy just had to be in the pictures as well. #thisisme #thisisher
Feedback from clients
"Jo finds out what the girl is actually about and then photographs them in their element, capturing the character of them, rather than just making it about 'prettying' them up. As you can see and hopefully what our girls will see is the energy within us all and the inner light that is in itself more beautiful and powerful than any magazine cover or Barbie doll.””
“Jo did a shoot for my daughter who has zero confidence in herself, but right from the start Jo put her at ease, taking her through the shoot stage by stage. By the end of the day she was buzzing. As for the photos, all I can say is "stunning" and the action shots blew me away! Anya loved all of them, especially the ones of her and her mog. If you want a photographer that captures truly amazing photos and is able to put the child at ease from the start, you won't find better.””
“Lily is undeniably IN these pictures; beyond just being beautiful but being HER. It is so refreshing to see photos of her that aren't pouting or posing and I love that now and in the future she will be able to see her 16 year old self fully open and free. We all felt instantly comfortable and at ease with you which meant we were able to truly enjoy the experience as a whole without any kind of pretence.””
“Jo is an absolute natural with kids and has a natural affinity with them. She manages to make them feel extremely comfortable in no time, and they tend to fall in love with her due to her easy-going, fun, friendly and motherly nature, which makes them feel relaxed and ensures they forget there’s a camera there. This relaxing situation enables Jo to capture your child’s true and beautiful essence."”
"I felt more myself & comfortable knowing you already knew a lot about me. The photos have really boosted my confidence about myself because it shows the ‘real me!"”
"Amelie absolutely loved doing the shoot and she wanted to go back and do it all again! You ‘saw’ Amelie for who she actually was and recorded her personality in a completely natural environment.””
"I cannot help but smile every time I catch a glimpse of one of the photos as they seem to perfectly capture my daughter’s cheeky, beautiful and funny soul in every picture! I love every single photo and I’m already planning to book in my youngest daughter next. Jo, thank you for a gorgeous afternoon and the most beautiful pictures of Imani.””