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Pride in London 2016 - Street Photography London
25th June 2016








Attended the Pride in London 2016 event this afternoon in central London with my We Shoot People photography Meetup. The sun was out and there was a massive turn out to celebrate diversity in London. The Pride Parade made its route from Oxford Street, down Regent Street, through Piccadilly and ended in Whitehall. Always a great event for photo opps.
Brick Lane street photography Walk - We Shoot People Group
19th June 2016






Just back from a great photo walk event around Brick Lane, with my street photography group We Shoot People. It was cool to see lots of new faces and of course the regulars who attended today. See some of their cool photos here. I noticed it was slightly quieter than usual for a Sunday, maybe because folks were out about celebrating Fathers Day. Made it a bit easier to get some clean compositional street shots! Here are a few pics I took earlier today.

Next event up is our Camden photo walk on 25th June 2016!
Street Photography Walks coming up - June 2016
12th June 2016


Having a crazy busy month already, but wanting to fit in some street photography walks for June with the Meetup group We Shoot People. Want to come along?

Upcoming weekend walks:
19th June - Brick Lane / Shoreditch
25th June - Pride In London/Parade

Will try and get 1 or 2 mid-week evening events too if I can squeeze them in!

If you are not already a member, its simple to sign up to the Meetup group. Once you are approved as a member, you may RSVP to reserve your spot on an event you wish to attend space permitting. Then get notified about future events via email as they get added if you wish.

The group is for beginner and intermediate street photographers alike. Meet fellow street shooters, swap tips & ideas, have fun, and have a social photo walk around town within a friendly group!
Seen in Leicester Square - London Street Photography
11th June 2016


Seen in Leicester Square - London Street Photography.
Donating photographs to animal care shelter
08th June 2016




Humane Society of Johnson County an animal care shelter in Indiana contacted me in regard to donating a pic for a fundraising event. Of course I said yes, and have donated these two pics; a signed 8x12" of the man & dog one taken in Portobello Road market, Notting Hill Gate, and a 8x8" square print of the cat in window one taken near Shoreditch. :-)

They are hosting a fundraising event in July and will offer these photos as part of their silent or live auction. The theme is Art Unleashed: Through Their Eyes and is being held at a local winery, Mallow Run Winery.

‪#‎animallivesmatter‬ ‪#‎animals‬ ‪#‎cats‬ ‪#‎dogs‬
Barbershop abstract - Soho, London
01st June 2016

Some late night, barbershop abstract action, taken in Soho, London.
Seen in Mayfair, London
28th May 2016


I love old traditions like this mobile shoe-shine service in the middle of Burlington Arcade. When this well-suited man stopped to get his brogue shoes a quick polish, I popped a few candid shots.

The Burlington Arcade is a covered shopping arcade in Mayfair, London that runs behind Bond Street from Piccadilly through to Burlington Gardens. I enjoy passing through as I love the beautifully designed decor and the bijou shops full of luxury items! It is one of the precursors of the mid-19th-century European shopping gallery and the modern shopping centre.
Shoreditch cat is a natural in front of the camera
24th May 2016


Shoreditch cat is a natural in front of the camera.

I am a cat lover and love candidly photographing them if I see one during my photo walks. As I was walking down an East London street, I noticed this cute cat in the window, just sitting there a bit bored, so I spent a couple minutes playing chase my finger, which she seemed to love! I didn't want to go, but thought I'd take a photo so I could remember this beautiful, photogenic cat. As I took the shot, it looked straight down my camera lens!
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23rd May 2016



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Why you should never delete your photos
20th May 2016


A rainy day photograph I found in the 'Vaults' today. This was taken in Soho, London September 2015. I was out on a photo walk, one of the evenings after some heavy downpour in the UK that flooded most of the country. I took a few shots from this Soho location, but at the time, I wasn't sure which shot from the series was my overall favourite. A few months on, it turns out its this one I like the best. The moral of this story is never delete the photos from your camera, no matter how rubbish you think it looks at the time. Even when you get home and look at them on your big screen monitor and you are still unsure about what to keep and what to delete, for whatever reason.

If you are not sure about a shot, store it away - keep it, back it up somewhere. There are so many freebie 'cloud storage' services available if you don't have a USB stick drive, a portable hard drive to copy your image files to. I'm quite religious with my backups now after almost losing ALL of my original files stored on a failing hard drive.

After every photo walk I do, I create & name a new folder on my Mac with the date and location of the shoot for my reference (i.e 20 May 2016 - Soho). As I review the photos from that shoot, I save the usable files (one high res & one low res) in that folder, this then gets auto backed up to my portable hard drive via Time Machine, and then this is copied to my Google Drive cloud storage area, so if both my Mac and portable drive go up in flames, I still have my cloud copies! Yes I'm a tad organised, but it is for very good reason. I'm not just overly OCD!

If like myself, you make and sell prints of your work, you need to be able to find that file for processing. I will get a print enquiry from someone about a photo that I shared on one of my social media pages. If you don't know, some of my shared street photography images date back to 2009. That's over 7 years worth of photos, that's tens of thousands of images I need to easily access and find that high res version of a specific file efficiently. Thinking back to before I had this filing system, it was virtually impossible to find image files I was looking for. I just randomly saved my images to some folder or just threw them on the Mac desktop. But now I have my 'vault', it is so much more simple to find and grab any file when I need it, especially when I have a deadline to send an image file to the printing lab. It just makes my life a whole lot easier.

Another reason I keep my files, is every so often I review a batch of older images that I've taken. They that didn't make the original cut for whatever reason and occasionally find an image I really like from that bunch, and think why didn't I notice this one before. It could be for one or a number of reasons: a) I didn't think it was visually strong enough or b) I wasn't sure it was the strongest in the series I took or even c) maybe it was not perfect in your mind, but your style may have changed or maybe now you just don't mind quirky imperfections! d) other. Every photographer should have a 'vault', a personal collection, containing your body of work that you can return to, dip into, review, rework, get inspiration from.

What have I learnt from this? Simply taking a step back from my own photos, if that's a week, a month, or a year; disconnecting myself emotionally from my images, and revisiting them from almost 'another persons' point of view, can make you see them completely differently. I have occasionally found a few gems such as this one, that I had completely forgotten that actually ended up growing on me!

This image is available as a photographic print here.
Seen in Notting Hill Gate, London
15th May 2016


Seen in Notting Hill Gate, London.

So much colour in this part of town. Taken on my iPhone as on my way home with bags full of shopping, I didn't take my camera with me. Not sure why there was a chair there, but it added to the randomness of the photo!
Columbia Road Flower Market - Street Photography
09th May 2016


It was such a lovely sunny hot day at Columbia Road Flower Market yesterday! I love it down there - always a great buzz and atmosphere when the flower sellers are in action. I hosted a Sunday afternoon, street photography Meetup with my group We Shoot People. It was great fun hanging out with some lovely group members. Shame the weathers gone to pot today with the rain - typical British Summer! :)
Street photography London Meetups - May 2016
06th May 2016
Some new May street photography Meetup events coming up with We Shoot People....



  • Sunday, 8th May 2016
    Columbia Road Flower Market
    Columbia Road Flower Market is a famous Sunday market in East London, within walking distance of Brick Lane/Shoreditch. On Sunday the street is transformed into oasis of foliage and flowers and is full of characters and a great atmosphere c/o the charismatic flower sellers! A great place to get up close and personal for some street photography and street portraits!

    We will take a short detour walk through the colourful, graffiti filled Shoreditch area then spend some time on Columbia Road getting some street shots. To join in, simply sign up as a member of We Shoot People Meetup group and RSVP!

    Next weekends Meetup walk will be Portobello Road Market on the 14th.
Seen in City of London, London
05th May 2016
Seen in City of London, London.

New print on Etsy - Lisbon Travel photography
30th April 2016
New Lisbon travel photography print available in my Etsy Store.

Taken during a trip in Lisbon, through the window of a tram on a rainy day. Square print format 8x8" to 20x20" on professional photographic or fine art paper.

A Prince fan from L.A
26th April 2016


A Prince fan from L.A. just purchased a print of this image I took last Friday.

I never planned to sell the photo. I went out for a walk with my camera as photography has been very therapeutic for me. I was just trying to get my head around the news and I needed to do something creative that day, as a way to remember him by. So, its great to connect with another fan on the other side of the world through two of my loves.

Email from Michelle:
"I am a classically trained photographer but work as a real estate broker now and used to do live music photography in LA. I loved Prince. He is my favorite artist and have been looking for something to remember him by in our home and I love your image. Thanks for capturing it."
Seen in Notting Hill Gate, London
24th April 2016
Seen in Notting Hill Gate, London

Seen in Brixton, London
23rd April 2016
Seen in Brixton, London 2016

RIP Prince
21st April 2016






I'm shocked and saddened to hear the sudden news about Prince. You see, Prince was my childhood musical idol. I became a fan when I was 13 years old. I went to my first gig when I was 17 years old and was very lucky to have seen him live over 30+ more times, and so I have some happy concert memories: I once got to shake his hand (didn't wash my hand for 48 hours!), at a very early after-party gig, Prince stage-dived and I was one of the fans in the crowd who got to hold him up as he crowd-surfed, I've touched one of his guitars as he handed it to fans in the front row, I've been front of stage several times, made eye contact with him (which converted me to jelly every time), I saw him perform with Amy Winehouse, I've queued outside in the Winter cold and rain for over 8 hours+ just so I had a chance of front row tickets (which I got).

I literally did anything to see & hear Prince perform live whenever he was in London. Why? for the reasons that he was a one of a kind, versatile, creative genius. A once in a lifetime musical legend, a pioneer, the likes of which we will never ever see again.

I am privileged to have witnessed his classic, and still one of my favourite songs, 'Purple Rain' played live. Each time he performed it, I sensed something very spiritual that I cannot explain, touching my heart & soul just like it did the first time I ever heard it! Anyway, thank you Prince Rogers Nelson for your one of a kind talent & brilliance. I will keep all these and more happy memories with me always.

‪#‎RIPPrince
Female street photographers
11th April 2016
Honoured to be one of the female street photographers on this updated 2016 list. The list is meant to serve more of a 'who's out there' list rather than a top ten, favourites type list.



As mentioned in Casy's blog post, recognising woman in photography, particularly in the genre of street photography, where we appear to be the minority, when it comes to top streettog lists, featured publications, galleries, exhibitions, received recognition, awards, etc is a step in the right direction. So, am honoured to be in the good company of talented women from around the world, who are also into street photography! Click this link to check out the Female Street Photographers list.
Camden Town Street Photography
08th April 2016
Seen in Camden Town, London.

London Street Photography - April Meetups
01st April 2016


Here are this month's street photo walk events coming up with We Shoot People, a Meetup group for beginner and intermediate photographers with an interest or passion for street photography.

These social based street photography weekly events are great introductory way to get out about and explore London, meet fellow street photographers in a very friendly environment, and hone your street photography skills!

April Street Photography walks coming up!

  • Brick Lane/Shoreditch - Street Safari Sundays - 3rd April

  • Camden Town - Midweek evening - 7th April

  • Vaisakhi Festival @ London Bridge - 9th April

  • Covent Garden / Seven Dials - Midweek Walk 13th April

  • St. Christopher's Place - Midweek Photo Walk - 20th April

  • Brixton Village & Markets - Photo Walk - 23rd April


Its very simple. Just sign up & RSVP to join us for some street photography this month!
http://www.meetup.com/We-Shoot-People-Street-Photography/

If you wish to hone your skills even further and take your images to the next level, I offer beginner & intermediate 1-2-1 tuition in London and beyond.
Symmetry of Strangers
29th March 2016
As humans, I think most of us feel the need to connect with other human beings in some way, whether instinctively or subconsciously. As a street photographer, I often always notice the 'mirroring' behaviours of others, which I find interesting to observe from both a photography & psychology point of view. It is quite entertaining to watch complete strangers engage in these mannerisms, especially if you are an avid people watcher like me, equipped with a camera!



"Mirroring is the behaviour in which one person subconsciously imitates the gesture, speech pattern, or attitude of another. Mirroring often occurs in social situations, particularly in the company of close friends or family. The concept often affects other individual's notions about the individual that is exhibiting mirroring behaviour, which can lead to the individual building rapport with others.



Mirroring is the subconscious replication of another person's nonverbal signals. This concept takes place in everyday interactions, and often goes unnoticed by both the person enacting the mirroring behaviour as well as the individual who is being mirrored. The activation of mirror neurons takes place within the individual who begins to mirror another's movements, and allows them a greater connection and understanding with the individual who they are mirroring, as well as allowing the individual who is being mirrored to feel a stronger connection with the other individual."


Steve McCurry Exhibition - Beetles & Huxley gallery
19th March 2016
Today was the last day of a Steve McCurry exhibition at Beetles & Huxley gallery in Piccadilly, London. The exbitiion displayed a cross-section of works from his long photography career. If you have never heard of Steve McCurry, he is a veteran photojournalist spanning over 30 years. His most well known portrait, known as the Afghan Girl, which became one of the most iconic images of the twentieth century after it was featured as cover of National Geographic magazine.



Happy St. Patrick's Day
17th March 2016
Happy St. Patrick's Day !



Kids with the best view, watching the St. Patrick's Day parade, London 2012.
Etsy London photography print sale
12th March 2016


Recently sold on Etsy...
8 x 10" print: Embankment tube station, London 2012
fine art print to a buyer from Chicago IL, USA
1-2-1 Street Photography Workshop Review
11th March 2016


Mark, a member of We Shoot People, came along to my Brixton Meetup group event about a month ago, I remember distinctly because it was the first time I had been to Brixton as a street photographer (and coincidentally the same morning I went to visit the David Bowie fan memorial in the area). Mark expressed some interest in a 1-2-1 street photography session with me and we kept in touch via emails so I could get a better idea of what he was looking to learn and how I could mentor his street photography. I typed up a customised agenda of street photography topics and areas I knew Mark specifically wanted to work through, and we scheduled to have half an afternoon of daylight / half night photo shoot around central London on a weekend.



Needless to say, Mark was the model student, very inquisitive, enthusiastic, had a good eye for street moments, and luckily as I do a lot of talking as I walk, soaked up everything I was saying. Overall, it was a very fun afternoon for me and he made my task as a tutor very easy to do. I asked Mark if he wouldn't mind sharing a few of his favourite pics from the day.



I’m a novice photographer with a little under 3 years experience. I met Linda through her ‘We Shoot People’ street photography meet up group after accidentally stumbling on her images online about ‘active street photographers in the UK’.

This was an absolutely nerve-wracking experience for me but Linda made me feel at ease over a coffee and ran through a list of small initial tips to help me get started. We walked and talked around areas of Seven Dials, Soho, Park Lane, Mayfair and Oxford Circus, finding countless interesting areas and listening to her talk about her ‘process’ of looking for opportunities. It was a very rewarding experience and I felt I learnt a great deal about everything from composition to processing.

I can’t recommend this 1-2-1 session highly enough, nor the meet-up group for those eager to learn the basics of street or candid photography. On top of a great day’s tutoring, I also had Linda look at a few of my favourite shots and give her opinion on my thought process in the capture and also of my image itself. I won’t win any prizes for the overall images I took but it was a vast improvement on everything I had attempted beforehand and look forward to repeating this lesson in a few months time.

Great company and a great day’s photography. Mark
1-2-1 street photography vs group workshops
10th March 2016


I recently had a 1-2-1 street photography workshop session booked with Mark, a member of my We Shoot People Meetup group recently. I started a beginner group because at a time when there were no other similar London street photography groups offering that service to beginner photographers interested in street photography, to meet their peers in a social way for photo walks around the city.

People ask me why I teach 1-2-1 street photography workshops, and not group sessions? The answer I give, is purely down to my own experience, as I HAVE done small group sessions before in the past. Is mainly down to the simple fact of knowing that most, if not all the students who attend, are at different levels when it comes to street photography, both technically and creatively.

I have taught group workshops, which were fine, but I had to teach it in a more generic way, where it was more like 'one size fits all teaching. In contrast, when someone approaches me about street photography tuition, I have to work a little harder and I am challenged (in a good way), as I get to tailor a workshop just for that one student. I start by getting to know them personally in terms of a photographer, try to understand what specific topics they hope to get out of tuition with me, their tastes and influences in photography and art, their current level of experience, and where they want to be, in say a year from now, etc.



If I asked 10 different beginners these types of questions, I would typically get 10 different answers, because photography is not generic, it is subjective and personal. There is no one size fits all when it comes to art & photography. So why teach that way? Based on your personal influences, who inspires you, why you started photography and why you want to creatively pursue it, plus many other factors will change your answers. By customising a workshop based around a student, it makes a session much more fun and productive.

So, when a keen novice photographer like Mark approaches me for mentoring, tips, tricks, advice. I explain to them that I will teach them all that I know in techniques and training, how I approach taking a street photo in the best composition, dealing with tricky subjects, technically taking the shot, post processing, etc. but once the session is over it is the ongoing practice and training of the eye thereafter that they will need to keep up to improve their photos.

I get more satisfaction from helping a student 1-2-1, to bring out their strongest qualities, improving on any weak spots I can spot whether creatively or technically, push them to find their own creative identity in their journey, and discovering their own style.

My mentoring continues post 1-2-1 session. I ask students to email me their favourite shots from our workshop. I then give 'constructive' feedback and any post editing tips they need. During and at least by the end of a session, I can usually see a marked improvement on not only a student's confidence but also in their photos!
Soho at night in the rain
09th March 2016
I used to moan about our British weather, especially the rain, now I go out in it and take photos! :)

Kind words from a website visitor
02nd March 2016
It brightens up my day when I receive lovely messages about my photos, like this one from a chap named Rex who emailed me recently. Thanks for your kind words Rex, most appreciated! :-)

Oh, the photo Rex is referring to is the one below, that I took in Brick Lane, London | 2011.



Huffington Post - All Women Everywhere Portraits
01st March 2016


Street Portraits from a photoshoot I did for a month long Huffington Post UK project called All Women Everywhere.

HuffPost UK will be providing a platform to reflect the diverse mix of female experience and voices in Britain today. Through features, video and blogs, we'll be exploring the issues facing women specific to their age, ethnicity, social status, sexuality and gender identity. Read the full article here.
Day In The Life Of... Peter Alberti
28th February 2016
I just completed a photoshoot with London actor recently, with Peter Alberti, in a 'Day In The Life' themed shoot. All images were made in Central London. Here are some highlights from the shoot...





As a street photographer, I enjoy getting hired to do portrait photoshoots as I am usually giving full creative control on the making of the images. Its always fun to work with a model 'subject' and also have permission to put my personal 'street photography' stamp on the final results. No fancy gimmicks or kit lighting - just one camera, and two lenses (an Olympus prime 90mm & 50mm) and natural day light!



Piccadilly Circus, London reflections
20th February 2016
After some heavy rain in London, a nice puddle reflection with just a hint of Piccadilly Circus.
This print is available from my Etsy store.

A sketch of a street portrait photo
11th February 2016




Occasionally I get requests from artists who want to sketch or paint one of my street portraits. This drawing of my Man and His Dog street portrait photo is by a photographer/artist named Martin Turner.

I am quite impressed with the final results. Apparently it took some 40 hours (give or take and was sketched using Graphite on A3 Bristol Board for all your tech spec fans. What do you think?
David Bowie memorial Brixton London
23rd January 2016


David Bowie memorial Brixton London

I had a scheduled photo walk Meetup with We Shoot People in Brixton this Saturday afternoon with We Shoot People. So, thought I would get there ahead of schedule to pay a visit to the Bowie memorial wall first as I felt I needed to go and say goodbye to the Starman.

I was pretty taken aback to be honest with the ever growing shrine of flowers, fan memorabilia, & personal gifts left by mourning fans, two weeks on from his passing on 10th January 2016. I saw a few people in tears, still adding tribute messages on the walls by the artwork mural. Sad, reflective, overwhelming, but amazing love in the air for the David Bowie. You are truly missed.
Covent Garden Meetup - London Street Photography
13th January 2016


Happy New Year! T'was my first Meetup of 2016 with the We Shoot People group, after a break over the festive holidays. Amazing how short a time it takes for you to get rusty with the eyes, (well for me anyway). Well, it wasn't long before I was back in a zone, after first warming up my camera with some test shots and most importantly warming ME up, it was cold out there tonight. Frozen hands and cameras just do not go!

An hour and a half goes by very quickly in street photography world, but with a full house of freezing cold new members thinking about a pub to warm up in, the photo walk ended on a high with a great social drink and a nice start to the new year.

This print is available from my Etsy store.
Seen in Kensal Green - New Year Resolution Perhaps
01st January 2016
Seen in Kensal Green, London | 2016 Happy New Year. I hope you had a great christmas and NYE. I also hope at least ONE person made use of this knife bin as a new year resolution!

Covent Garden Street Photography - London Meetup
18th November 2015


I hosted another Wednesday Meetup event in central London with my amateur street photography group We Shoot People. This time we explored the areas around Seven Dials, Covent Garden, Leicester Square & Chinatown which are always full of night life subjects and great light.



It never fails to make me smile when new members, (who join one of my photo walks for the first time) ask me what they are meant to be visually looking out for and for creative ideas to start them off, and then watching them get so into 'the zone' that only a street photographer can, once they start to get it! I love seeing their confidence grow over a short space of time. Often even before the event is over they are asking "So, when's the next photo walk?!"
Soho Street Photography - We Shoot People Meetup
11th November 2015


I arranged another Soho street photography session with We Shoot People Meetup members on Wednesday. For those who attend, unfamiliar with the concept of going out after dark to shoot street, I see the slight apprehension in their eyes when I explain what my night photo walks are about.

They have grasped day time shooting and their camera settings, but get them to see the world with low light and push their cameras to the max, work with just the natural lighting around (no flashes, no tripods), just a prime lens and you have a new way of thinking. Not only have you got to find interesting subjects or content, but you also have to be alert about the best way to capture your composition in terms of avoiding it being too dark, too blown out, too blurred because you have not had to push your camera that far before. I find it sharpens your photography skills, focuses your eyes and keeps you on your toes.
My Photography & Camera Technology | Light
10th November 2015
Throughout my whole life I have had an interest in photography. I am the youngest and only girl in my family (I have three older brothers!); my youngest of my elder brothers teases me that there are no baby photos of him, yet tons of baby photos of me! I guess my parents decided that they wanted to document their one and only girl in photography. My dad owned a Polaroid Instant camera and my mum a Kodak film camera. I remember being taught how to load film and take photos from an early age.



I remember holiday snap shots and trips to the Margate and other seaside days out and excitedly handing over the roll of film to the pharmacy and the anticipation of getting the photos back a few days later.

As I got older I still enjoyed photography and started using those disposable film cameras or borrowing a compact digital camera to use, but it was just something I did on special occasions like birthdays, holidays, a music concert, etc. During this time my passion was music and I had various jobs and projects that meant I didn’t realise my passion for photography until summer 2009.



A friend of mine, Andreas Wheeler was already a photographer and I expressed an interest in learning to master the basics of a DSLR camera, from having used those small cameras for snapshot photos on automatic settings. Andreas loaned me a spare Sigma SD14 and a couple lenses and we would meet on weekends and go for photo walks around London as he taught me about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc. I remember the Sigma being big, heavy and clunky, but the quality of images was decent. I remember walking for hours and hours, taking photos of everything that caught my eye on our walks. I guess at that stage of learning, I had no real idea what direction my photography would take. I was so hooked on taking photos that I was going out with the camera 3-4 times a week! Any opportunity I could get after work mid week and on weekends.





After about 3 months with the sigma, going out day and night, taking photos of anything and everything, architecture, scenery, objects, experimenting with slow shutter speed shots and different styles of photography. Looking back I can see my images definitely started to clearly focus more and more on people. I was already a ‘people watcher’ but the camera probably magnified this! Candid portraits and moments that I thought captured something interesting. Of course at the time of taking photos of random strangers in the street, I had not even heard of the term ‘street photography’. It was only after posting one particular photo on Flickr, that someone commented that the image reminded him of Henri Cartier-Bresson, and at the time I was thinking ‘who?’! So Googled the name, saw the photos Cartier-Bresson took and it was like I had just uncovered a gold mine of eye candy!! I think that was the day everything changed and I knew this was the genre I wanted to get into and learn more about.







Fast-forward about 6 months, I had since mastered my basic camera settings and had discovered street photography. The Sigma had done its job initially, but I guess I had outgrown it. For my street photography walks now, I knew I wanted a camera much smaller, lighter and faster to capture moments quicker and more discreetly, so I got myself a Canon Powershot G11, which at the time was great and helped me get many shots I am proud off.

About a year later, I decided that I needed something a bit more powerful and with better megapixels and opted for a Canon 60D DSLR with an EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens and a 50mm prime lens. Whilst it was a more modern DSLR than the Sigma and the image quality was great, it had its little flaws like being slow to auto focus in low light and a few other little niggles that didn’t make it the most enjoyable camera for street photography.







Around this time, I also just started to experiment with my new iPhone and liked the fact it was a lot more portable and I felt a lot more invisible to get even closer to my subjects. I knew that smaller bodied cameras that had the power and the qualities of that of a DSLR and lenses and was the way forward.

By around 2011, the ‘mirror-less’ camera new technology was available. I thought to myself I don’t want to have to keep changing cameras too frequently, so I made a list of all the features I wanted my next camera to have and from experience the flaws I wanted to avoid before I decided on my next camera purchase. At the time, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 ticked all the boxes and was like a godsend to me especially with 20mm, 25mm & 45mm Olympus M.Zuiko prime lenses that I have for it. So much so I still use it for most of my street photography, but also for any commissioned work or projects.











In 2013 I decided to go even smaller and acquired a Sony RX100 as a back up camera, which fits into the palm of my hand and easily slips into my pocket when I want to go for a wander with something lighter and even more portable.

Of course new technology is constantly evolving, and as you grow as a photographer, you will want to continually upgrade to newer cameras and features that meet your needs and demands. Whether in speed, ease of use, image quality and/or portability. The most recent new technology I’ve read about is the LIGHT L16, a NEW CAMERA TECHNOLOGY that integrates 16 lenses onto one slim, streamlined camera body that boasts DSLR quality. Imagine having a camera body, 3 fast prime lenses fit right into your pocket. With up to 52 megapixel resolution, this camera is going to be a game changer.







Brick Lane Meetup - London Street Photography
25th October 2015
Brick Lane is always a popular East London destination with the We Shoot People Meetup Group. We were back this Sunday for another street photography walk and met some interesting people along the way.



I find when I'm in this part of town hosting an event, that street portraits are the most popular style of street photography that students concentrate on. On a Sunday, I'm sure people get dressed up especially just to be seen. I think subjects who frequent this area, know by now that street photographers hang out in Brick Lane and so you can usually get any shots you want without any hassle, especially if you are new to street photography and want to build your confidence in taking photos of strangers in public.

The Street Photographer Notebook
23rd October 2015
I am featured in the latest issue 10 of The Street Photographer Notebook.

"The Street Photographer Notebook is the magazine for street photographers around the world. If you love street photography, you will love the magazine for street photographers created by street photographers. The magazine features the best and stunning contemporary street photographs from some of the finest names in street photography. As well as inspirational content every issue provides opportunities for street photographers around the world to have their work published and to benefit of international visibility and the attention of some worldwide famous brands of photography. The Street Photographer Notebook is already an inspiring reading for street photography lovers and enthusiasts."



I had a flick through the online copy sent to me and have to say, that I'm quite impressed with the quality of street photography images featured in this issue. Its quite a hefty publication to with 81 pages. Priced at 5 euros it's well worth it.

You may order this issue 10 and any of the previous 9 issues on the website of Alex Coghe, the publisher of this eBook (magazine) Click here.
Soho Street Photography - (Rain or Shine)
21st October 2015
With our Great British unpredictable weather, any day is a new fresh canvas on which to paint with light, especially when pre-organising a street photography photo walk in London!


© Linda Wisdom (Prints available for purchase here)

I guess that's just part of fun of street photography - every moment, every second things are changing and moving, along with this you will compete with the lighting conditions, weather conditions which can and will change as you proceed. It is up to you to stay focused and grab these moments. The challenge is to make a image that gives the viewer something special to look at, knowing you nailed that shot the best you could.


© Linda Wisdom

Another Wednesday, another fun evening out with members of my Meetup group 'We Shoot People'. This time I took them to the heart of London, Soho. The title of this event was aptly called 'Soho Street Safari - Rain or Shine' (mainly just to cover all bases!), we got relatively lucky (depending on how you view rain and photography)... it HAD been raining all that day and had stopped by the time we started the walk, so the streets were still wet and glistening and with the neon and bright lights of Soho, made for some potential, great opportunities to get creative.


© Linda Wisdom

I always try and give new group members some creative ideas and inspiration as night photography is particularly challenging for beginners. I was chasing light as is my usual task... and Soho did not disappoint. I am sure I am not the only person who gets excited over puddles?! but this one was perfect! It was making some beautiful reflections of the Miss Saigon musical sign shining down from the theatre,and as soon as I showed everyone this puddle and what they could do with it composition wise, I could see their eyes light up.

After spending quite some time in this street, (I had to literally drag some of the members away from this puddle!). We ventured on exploring and capturing more moments and sights of Soho, before ending the evening walk in a cosy little pub for a social drink. By the sound of things, everyone had a fun night! :-)

It was good to try the "street at night" and I did enjoy the evening. Great to meet you all and thanks for the company! David McK

Had a great time, and it was a pleasure to meet you all... Ilyas A


© Linda Wisdom
Mayfair Light Chasing - London Street Photography
14th October 2015
For the past few weeks, I have been organising a mid-week, after work photo walk with my Meetup group We Shoot People. Yesterday I took group members to Mayfair, central London to explore night street shooting. As you know if you follow my stuff, I am a 'light chaser' and so nighttime street photography is fun but challenging and I love to utilise the given light available to make creative street images. This style usually works best when the image is processed in black and white to give a noir feeling to a shot.


© Linda Wisdom

It was fun showing the attendees my favourite locations and inspiring them to experiment and opening their eyes just a little. Many first time street photographers are more used to holiday 'snap shot' type images or understand street photography to mean just getting street portraits during day light hours. A few of the attendees expressed that they had never come out for a night street photography event, so I felt like I was really showing them a whole new world. Once I gave them a few pointers and helped them optimise their camera settings to accommodate the lower light, they were off shooting enthusiastically with their newfound creative way of looking at the world at night.


© Katherine

Many thanks for a pleasant evening. Thanks for your tips and showing us around some great night time shooting spots. Angelo Gifford

During the walk through some back streets, I stopped to take some photos of a smooth concrete wall that immediately caught my attention because of the moving car lights reflecting shadows and silhouettes of people walking past and some stationary bicycles. One of the attendees said that they would have walked right past and wouldn't have thought to take a photo. Another member expressed frustration in not seeing 'interesting' stuff, which is a common query that I get enquiries about very often.

There are many tips and tricks that I teach through my 1-2-1 street photography workshops, which can help you train your eyes to start to see more opportunities, add dynamic to your compositions, help you think creatively and make stronger photos. The most important part of that tuition, is going out with your camera as often as possible and practicing as much as you can what you have learnt. Over a matter of time, trials and errors you WILL start to see things around you in a whole new light.
Large canvas commission for this London image
09th October 2015
Great news! This London image of mine just got the go ahead to be made into a 52x100" canvas for a private art buyer. The Minnesota art consultancy firm who I've been in contact with said, "they want it to display in a corridor of an apartment building". How cool! :)



If you are interested in a fine art print or canvas of this image, it is available for purchase from my Etsy Shop

TITLE: Zebra Crossing
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Sold today on Etsy - London photography print
08th October 2015
Sold today on Etsy - London photography prints

A 12x16" London photography print on Fuji lustre professional paper.
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An original fine art photograph print taken from my first floor apartment in West London. A best seller print ideal for home decor or any wall space decor

DID YOU KNOW! This photo came first in a photography contest. Winning at the most recent British Life Photography Awards competition, in the Street Life category. It was exhibited at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London and is published & printed in the official British Life Photography Awards book volume one. Check out the BLPA Winner's Page

TITLE: Yellow In The Rain
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Sold today on Etsy - Lisbon Photography Print
25th September 2015
Sold today on ‪#‎Etsy‬!

A 16x24" photography print to a buyer in Brooklyn NY, USA.

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Covent Garden - London photography
23rd September 2015
This Wednesday evening I took beginners from my We Shoot People photography Meetup group to Covent Garden . Lots of well lit areas around here so no real problems when the natural light starts to dip around 7pm. For some of the beginners it was their first time in a group shoot and weren't sure what they should be looking out for and were a little nervous about photographing strangers. After a little pep talk, come creative inspiration and a quick demonstration on how to get up close to subjects, off they went! I think they will be hooked on street photography from now on.

Really enjoyed the Meetup. Hope to make it for the 3rd October meeting. Jose Masana

Very friendly. Good fun Raymond







Covent Garden - London photography