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It’s Been A While!!!

About 20 or so days ago it dawned on me I’ve been creating some of the most important images of my life with out even knowing! Here’s the start of my project/task to compile and capture OUR special moment together.

Here’s what I first thought…

Today, 8th September 2015, I realised I’ve been doing a photographic project for years without even knowing it!!!

Women in power, women in love, women in pain, women in need, women giving, women growing, women living. the women in my life have been the biggest influence on me and given me some of the best times in my life and photographic career without me even realising! Whether they trained with me, worked with me, assisted me, posed for me, carried bags and stands for me, or just happened to be with me when I spotted some nice lighting and they ended up in the image, they influenced what I saw through the viewfinder and captured in the image.

They shared tears, laughter, stories, confidences and secrets with me. I shared a part of myself with them too. That special second, moment, instant we shared meant something to us both, loved it, hated it, whatever, it meant something in that time. It brought us together. I saw you in that moment like no one else ever did or ever will. You were beautiful, you were perfect, you were vulnerable, you were powerful, you were what I needed.

So today, 27th September, I’m sharing some images of my oldest and probably my closest friend. Well once I’ve shared these she may not consider me a friend 😉
We’ve known each other over 33 years. We have birthdays a week or so apart. We went to the same primary school, same secondary school, we shared many major events in our lives, got drunk too often together, we know far too many secrets about each other that we could never really not be friends anymore for fear of what might come out! We were both pregnant with our first child at the same time, both having sons surprisingly just over a week part. We can speak to each other multiple times in one day, then not speak for weeks, we can see each other every week then months and months can pass when we don’t meet up.

The lucky ones among us have a friendship like this, a friendship that covers years, decades, lifetimes.

She didn’t want to pose for these, but doing her duty as a faithful friend she posed for my “lighting” test as she had many times over the past 18 or so years, whether it was a bare lamp light bulb for lighting, a street light at 11pm at night, or her feet covered in glitter, petals and Lego (long story you had to be there!!) she gave her time and we laughed and gossiped and reminisced and laughed a bit more!! Thank you Mel you are beautiful inside and out!!

Mel Mel

 

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My first blog at last, so here goes….

From CSI to One Born Every Minute.

My name is Helen Powell, and I’m the owner and photographer of Topetones, Specialist Maternity & Newborn Photography.

I’ve been a professional photographer for nearly 15 years, working in most areas of Photography. In 2006 I landed what I thought was my dream job working for Cheshire Constabulary as a photographer based within Forensic Investigation. I loved it, it was like CSI on the TV but not as sunny. Whilst there I had my first son, Gabriel, now 4, and after returning to, work part time I fell pregnant for the second time, having Luca, now 2, in 2010. On my return from maternity leave this time, the public sector had become a very different place to work. Due to massive cuts made to the police budgets redundancies were being made and I was made redundant in April 2012. I then saw an opportunity to follow a new bigger and brighter dream.

Since becoming a mum I’d really enjoyed taking photographs for pleasure again and not just work. It was and still is my passion not just a job. Like all new parents, I had taken so many pictures of my newborns along with my nieces and nephews, and my friend’s children documenting their little lives through photography that I started to realise this was actually my dream job -photographing and documenting beautiful little lives as they begin and grow. These moments in theirs and the parents lives go by so quickly, parents often forget just how special that newborn time was – especially when they have a boisterous 3 year old running round!

I decided to turn my eye to the growing area of Newborn Photography.

I used some of my small redundancy pay out to attend Newborn, Posing and Safety training courses and began building a portfolio of work. As a mother I have the confidence to handle a newborn with ease and understand the time limits that need to be worked to, with a baby that could be only days old. A newborn session is usually completed during the first two weeks, as baby is more sleepy and easier to calm. The session can last anywhere from 1-4 hours dependent on the baby. I’ve had some who are very easy to work with and it’s all done and dusted within an hour. Others like things their own way. Even at a few days old they have very strong personalities and will only do things on their terms. Being a mother of two very different boys I know just how different and unique each baby is. No two sessions ever produce the same result.

I can do the sessions at the baby’s home, (this means mummy can stay in her pyjamas if she wants!) and I now have a lovely new studio, close to Birkenhead Park, which I opened in the summer.

I never thought my passion for photography would take me from CSI to One Born Every Minute.

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Topetones goes live!

Topetones newborn, maternity and kids photography is now live and kicking! It’s been a while coming but we’ve got there in the end. We hope you enjoy the new website. Check out the galleries and the main navigation to see what I can do for you.

If you’d like to book a session please do contact me using the form.

Helen Powell

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