An interview with Abigail & Suzi

A Happy Capture photography workshops has been live for just over a week now – we’re delighted to welcome old friends, and also many new ones too – we’re looking forward to getting to know you a little bit better on one of our workshops in the near future. We’re hoping to bring you some fascinating photography posts on our blog – but as is social custom, we felt it only right to properly introduce ourselves and tell you a little bit more about our photography journeys before we continue any further!

Abigail & Suzi


How did you first get into photography?

Abigail: My Dad was and is a keen amateur photographer. I was always playing with his camera when I was young and of ten went on shoots with him. He would wake me up early in the morning to drive to a local beauty spot so he could shoot in that gorgeous early morning light. He is the reason I was so fascinated with photography and he gave me my first SLR when I was about 11. But like a lot of photographers – well female ones anyway – it was after my daughter was born 10 years ago and I got my first decent DSLR that my interest and passion really grew.


Suzi: My first real contact with professional photography came on my university placement year, where I worked at a marketing agency and  spent many a happy hour in the studio, overseeing photo shoots for the Early Learning Centre catalogue and picking up photography tips on the way. But my passion for photography was truly ignited 7 years ago when I was living in Sydney – I took a photography course and bought my first DSLR. I practiced and practiced and decided I wanted to learn more, so I studied for my diploma while we were taking 18 months out to travel around the world with out young daughter. I started my photography business in California, but moved it to the UK in 2014.

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How did you learn photography?

Abigail: I’m mostly self taught however I have taken quite a few courses both online and with various schools of photography.

Suzi: I did a diploma and a number of short courses, but an awful lot is self taught.

What inspires you?

Abigail: Light, in whatever form it comes.

Suzi: Human connections, and light – ultimately photography is all about the light!

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What’s the best photography advice you’ve ever received?

Abigail: Don’t worry so much about what everyone else is doing in the world of photography, shoot for you!

Suzi: Get out there and shoot! Try things, practice, play with your camera until it’s practically an extension of your hand.


What lens can’t you live without?

Abigail: 35mm 1.4L – I’m totally in love with this lens.


Suzi: I hop between my 50mm 1.4 and my 24-70 2.8L – it depends what and where I’m shooting.

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What was your favourite photography moment in the last year?

Abigail: A late summer evening shoot for a beautiful Mummy and her daughter to celebrate her first birthday. All the elements of that shoot came together so nicely I could barely stop pressing the shutter.IMG_9925

Suzi: Thanks to all of our moving around, my daughter’s spent the last two or three years telling everyone that she’s never seen snow, so capturing her first experiences of snow, and even just cold and frosty mornings, has been quite magical!

Do you have your camera with you wherever you go?
Abigail: Pretty much..I shoot daily so I will more often than not have my camera close by.
Suzi: A lot of the time but not always… sometimes it’s just not practical or to make sure I devote some 100% attention to my family I leave it at home… but you can almost guarantee that something amazing will happen if I only have an iPhone to capture the moment with!