I’m hoping you’re here because you are looking for a photographer or you’ve seen our photography and want to know more about us, maybe even both.
If not, stick around anyway and you might like what you find.
Whatever the reason you are here, you are beautiful!
Who We Are and Our Why
We are husband and wife, Lesley-Anne and Richard Hastings. Our niche is natural family photography in and around Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, UK.
I am Lesley-Anne our Photographer. It’s my words you will see on this website and our social media. That’s because it’s me you’ll be spending more time with. We may as well start to get to know each other now.
I am an over thinker by nature and have been as long as I can remember. I think that’s why I love photography. The light, composition, feeling, emotion, tiny mannerisms. I want to get lost in your family moments.
I suppose it began over 15 years ago, around the time my father was losing his 4 year long battle with Cancer. Photography was and still is my therapy.
I also suppose this is also the reason I knew so early in my career how important stories, memories and keepsakes are. But it’s only recently I’m starting to understand this is something to be celebrated.
Our humanity is what makes us beautiful. The light will never look the same or be seen the same again and neither will we. We will never have this moment again. So, let’s document it!
OK! Maybe I got a little deep so early on in our friendship, we’re still just getting to know each other. I’m a bit of a hippie if you haven’t guessed it yet. But that also means no judgement here. I’ll take you as I find you, no matter how murky or complicated your past might be.
I’ll choose honesty over perfection every single time!
Richard, Ric, Rich, however he has decided to introduce himself today, is my husband, partner, muse, cheerleader, assistant and tech guy.
We also met around 15 years ago. Wow, scary thought! And a long, complicated story too. I’ll explain that one another time.
He’s often told me stories of his grandparents’ home. They had walls filled with old black and white family portraits, going back generations.
He then went on to collect old broken cameras, learning how they worked, how they could create such art. They are proudly on display in our home.
Ric comes from a customer service and coaching background and like me believes people are at the heart of everything we do.
You will most likely see Ric alongside me at your wedding, christening or family event. He can be timekeeper, messenger, assistant and of course friend.
Our shared interest created the team we have become. Our children are what inspire us everyday to capture each moment, each memory. We believe every family deserves this, including yours.
Tell us your story, let us get to know you, let us see you and capture those special moments, people or memories.
So Why Choose Us?
Difficult question, because its not just about us. It’s a collaboration. It’s how I see your story through my lens.
I believe the best family portraits are those with a story, a memory, a personality. Just for the sake of documenting a moment in time. Finishing the film kind of beauty. If you know what I mean.
I am one of a handful of photographers in my area that showcase honest, authentic, everyday moments. This is my speciality!
I am on a journey of self-discovery and noticing small, delicate, awe-inspiring moments. And I am seeing them with every family I am lucky enough to spend time with.
I want to share what I see with you. And if you see it in my images … I am the perfect photographer for you!
Deluxe Digital Portrait Package
All the magic of our digital portrait package, only with all the images from your gallery. Memories that last a lifetime. Maybe even generations. When it’s only a snapshot of life, it my be our most expensive family portrait package, but its a small price for the value and happiness it brings.
USB Box + Photobook
We don’t expect you to choose your products until we have delivered your gallery. But this has to be my favourite product. Coupled with the Deluxe Digital Portrait Package, all the imagesf from your gallery in a handy little keepsake. It’s the great combination of modern and traditional memory preservation.