Photography by Donna Ford

My love for photography and aesthetic eye comes from my deep belief of beauty in the everyday and how colour and creativity combine to create the right image. I believe that to create meaningful images you need to utilise the light available to best effect, and this is how I capture the mood and atmosphere of what's happening in the moment. I mostly work with businesses owners for personal branding and am often hired for important family events and parties in London. But am willing to travel!

Here's what to expect from me:

Quirky composition and sensitive editing offering new and different perspectives

Capture real, authentic moments

Tell a story and evoke emotions

Subjects enjoy and stay relaxed on the shoot to ensure the photos are as truthful and natural as possible

No photoshop - just some post-editing in Light Room (basically the digital equivalent of using film cameras & dark rooms)

Here's some examples of my work:

 
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PORTRAITS

Not many of us actually enjoy posing for the camera but I love finding ways to help my subjects feel relaxed and at ease so they get great natural shots of themselves for their websites or social media. After all it really helps people get to know us. See more portraits here.

EVENTS

Documentary style photography for events is one of my favourite things to shoot as I love capturing those fleeting moments that are easily forgotten. Parties, gigs, weddings and dance performance, click here to see more of my work.

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Interiors

Nearly all the photos on my blog are taken by me. I love capturing rooms as a whole in new perspectives and honing in on the vignettes to discover more about the people who live there.

Brands

Objects can tell their own narratives about the humans that have created them. Products or service-based businesses, I'll work closely with you so we can communicate your brand better visually to your audience. More brand photography here.


Testimonials

I think it's important to build great rapport with my photography clients and love nothing more than hearing how they have been over the moon with what I've created for them...

I was amazed at the final images! Donna captures personalities, situations and moments so brilliantly and naturally.
— Maria Bellin, Anaesthetist and Coach
“Donna has a fantastic sense of space, light and attention to detail that give her photographs a relaxed contemporary feel. She is a pleasure to work with and has a warm personality which means she quickly builds rapport with people making them feel relaxed for being photographed. I would highly recommend booking Donna to take the photographs at your special event - you won’t regret it.”
— Mary, 21st birthday party
“I can’t recommend Donna enough. She took the time to understand my brief and connect with me before shoot day and was equally as brilliant at getting me to relax and have fun on the day. This made all the difference and the result was a host of beautifully shot images that I am proud to use across my website and other social channels. Thank you Donna!”
— Caroline, Career and Development Coach
“Donna is a fantastic photographer. She made all the participants in my class being photographed feel at ease during the session. She worked in a friendly and professional manner. The quality of the photos were amazing and she really captured the essence of what my classes are all about. Really happy with the quality of the images and how quickly they were sent over to me after the shoot. Thank you Donna!”
— Jenni, Baby Steps Fitness
 
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“Donna is a pleasure to work with - she grasps the brief really quickly and the result is high quality professional photography that could be used in any promotional material with confidence. I was also impressed with Donna’s creative choices and confidence to deal with any challenges , like lack of lighting, lucratively and effectively. I also like her style - it’s fresh, contemporary photography that is aware of current trends and industry standards. You will be in safe hands every step of the way! The final images helped me see my own work in a new light and take my own creative practice more seriously. Can’t recommend Donna highly enough!”
— Mil, Choreographer
I’ve always shied away from professional portraits for fear of them being cheesy but I’m so pleased with the photos Donna took. I work in a creative industry and thought Donna was amazing at taking friendly portraits.
— Charlie, Senior Book Designer
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Donna is great - you made me feel so relaxed! I had zero experience of having professional pictures of myself taken before but Donna made the whole process easy and enjoyable. There was minimal prep on my part, just a few emails and a phone call ensuring Donna understood my aims and that I would be coming prepared with exactly what I needed. The shoot was fun and well thought out. Donna helped me choose a location and gave me clear direction as to where to stand etc. therefore I felt relaxed and able to just enjoy the whole experience. We had lots of fun and the pictures have come out exactly as I had hoped, a genuine representation of me. Thank you Donna!
— Jo Hamlyn, Web Designer
Thank you so much, Donna for my new images for Resilient Mums. You made the whole process fun and it was a delight spending time with you. You made me feel very relaxed throughout the whole process and you really understood my business and what I wanted to reflect in the images. Thanks for such beautiful photos and being so generous with your time. Everything was superbly done and I was so impressed by the quantity of images you sent me and how quickly you got it all done.
— Clare Flaxen, Resilient Mums
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“Donna kindly gave her time and photography expertise behind the scenes of our wonderful Black Women Rising cancer exhibition shoot weekend. She was not only a pleasure to work with, she was great with our cancer patients and captured all the special moments perfectly. We are really happy with the shots and will be working with her further on more projects!”
— Leanne Pero, Entrepreneur, Author, Mentor, Community Dance Advocate and Breast Cancer Warrior
“I absolutely loved my shoot with Donna. I felt so relaxed and had the opportunity to use different outfits and locations to really maximise what photos I would get from our time together. Donna has a brilliant way of putting you at ease and capturing you really naturally. I feel like the photos are really ‘me’ and fit perfectly with my brand.”
— Vicky Shillingly, Wellness Blogger and Coach

Fees

Packages start from £325 for a 2 hour session in London with a minimum of 30 fully edited and colour-corrected images. Additional images can be purchased and any shoots in the school holidays incur a £30 charge. If you've got another project just get in touch below. I'm always up for getting creative and for collaborating on a new photography challenge!

Can’t wait to shoot together soon,

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