What does a photograph mean to you?

Just one photo holds a moment of time, an emotion, a precious memory, a forever keepsake.

Photographs are important to us all, as they connect us to our past and to our happy places – emotionally and literally. They remind us of feelings, of stories, people and places. They tell us about ourselves and who we are as individuals – our style, our interests and our adventures.

To me, photography is more than capturing those big life events, but to treasure everyday stories that we don’t always speak of. To enhance an insight of what our daily lives consisted of and to leave those chronicles for the enjoyment and sentiment for our families and generations to come.

I’m Petra, a lifestyle and commercial photographer, a wife and busy mother to my three young children and Bentley (our dog).

In 2016, my family visited from Slovakia where we participated in our first family photoshoot. I was so excited and fascinated by the creative process that I discovered my passion for photography there and then, which very soon after turned in to a new career path.

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing hundreds of families and since having my first son in 2011, I discovered a true love for newborn and birth photography. Capturing those precious moments where parents meet their babies for the first time is simply magical.

My photography approach is editorially led and often candid, which allows me to capture real feelings, memories and sentiment. I strive to create heartfelt photography, that will have a lasting effect, create smiles and feelings of nostalgia.

My forte and style is lifestyle focused – from maternity and birth, to newborn and family. I have also branched out in to commercial photography for small businesses, bringing their brands to life for their websites, social media and other marketing channels and campaigns. I also specialise in portraits and headshots too.

I’m based in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, but often shoot on location and in your homes, wherever families feel most comfortable and at ease. For me, listening to what my clients want is paramount. Photographers often believe they know best, but when photographing those truly personal moments, it’s important I achieve what my clients want, enhanced by my lifestyle approach.

What does a photograph mean to you?

To me, they are a beautiful reminder of what life was, and is. Life can be busy for all of us and when I look back on those times, I escape in to the moment and cherish the evidence with the biggest level of gratitude.

If you would like to get in touch, please contact me here.

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