Hello, I’m Laura (AKA Chicca), married to a 6ft man-child called Dave. We live with, or are allowed to live with, our furry boss Toby dog.
Our family is all about the woo-hoos, the ner-ners, hours filled with sarcasm, mickey taking & very cheesy jokes. There’s always noise, occasionally chaos, but that makes us, us.
I love a good walk, and I’m spoilt for choice on where to go, living in God’s own Yorkshire. Dave takes some shoe-horning into it, but I think he secretly likes it.
In our spare time, Dave & I watch box sets, eat our bodyweight in crisps, and argue about silly things. We foster care for hedgehogs for our local hedgie hospital, fattening them up or hibernating them, readying them for release to where they belong.
We are passionate about wildlife, keeping the local small birds in seed & fat balls, and the house becomes a nesting site 2-3 times a year. Hearing the birds singing as the sun comes up in summer is one of my favourite things. Dave is a tad deaf, and can’t hear them.
My style of shooting is very much mixed, as I love a cheesy, grin-filled photo as much as a candid moment. Once you’re in front of the camera, do what you’d do at home. Play fighting, being bossed around by children, getting pounced on by the dog. My editing style is honest, minimal, and often closely cropped (without getting in your face).
My job is simply to make memories for you. That’s what photography is gto me, memory making. This came to the fore even more when my Nana passed, and we realised that we hardly had any recent photos of her. Always take the photo, make the video, back them up safely.
This led to me looking to volunteer for a charity, as a photographer, and as soon as I came across Remember My Baby, I felt that this was something I had to do.
To have such limited time to make a lifetime of memories is something that I can’t even imagine, so to be able to provide those memories is an honour.
The charity is completely volunteer-run, from the co-founders down & is completely free.
We’re working on becoming as environmentally friendly as we can be. We recycle at home, and business-wise, we use paper and cardboard wherever possible, and recycling any glass or plastic that we don’t yet have an alternative for.