I love March for many reasons; the weather perks up, the New Year gets itself into full swing, and the loveliest of all in my opinion – its a month for celebrating mothers as Mother’s Day approaches.
This year, I’ve teamed up with the wonderful Dubai based photographer, Emma Staples. I’ve followed Emma on Facebook and Instagram (emmastaplesphotography) for a long time. I just love the emotion she captures in her photos, preserving those sweet family moments forever in a frame.
I caught up with Emma to learn more about what drives her, and what she loves the most about being a family photographer.
Keen to have your own images by Emma Staples Photography? Be sure to enter our Mother’s Day competition here!
What inspired you to become a photographer?
I’ve always loved photography – my passion for it led me to use it as the main part of my Visual Arts degree show (where I photographed cacti, transferred the image to fabric and them stuffed it to transform the images into 3D).
But it wasn’t until I lived in Kenya that I decided to take photography from a hobby to a business and started PICHAcurious. Picha is Swahili for picture/photo and I found the culture and climate a constant source of inspiration and curiosity. From wildlife to street photography, events to family shoots – I had a diverse portfolio.
When I moved to Dubai I wanted to focus on lifestyle photography – particularly families and that was when PICHAcurious became Emma Staples Photography.
How long have you been in Dubai for and what do you love about living here?
It’s been 3 years already …where does time go?! There is a lot I love about living here; the sun-infused winter (I’m not very good in the cold!); the abundance of falafel (I’m a bean-loving vegetarian); the fact that the desert and the beach are on my doorstep and a constant source of relaxation, inspiration, and stunning backdrops for family photoshoots.
The architecture; the art scene (Alserkal Avenue and Gulf Photo Plus in particular); and the way Dubai is recreating itself now it can’t rely on oil, all adds up to a diverse and dynamic place to be.
Where do you hail from originally?
I’m originally from Dorset in England, although i have lived in a few different countries over the last few years. From Kuwait to Kenya – and a few in between!
What do you love most about capturing families?
I love being part of someone’s family for a while. I feel like I’m living the dream – I get to spend fun hours with families whilst exploring these wonderful Emirates.
I love observing family moments and often prefer the more candid ones that come after ‘the shot.’ I don’t like to pose, stylize or interfere too much during a shoot – I like to see how families interact and capture those intimate looks, jokes and moments.
Every shoot is different – from maternity to newborn, to family to couples – on the beach or park, at home or in the desert … I feel very lucky to be able to capture these moments and create some special memories which families can enjoy for years to come.
Plus, I get to work with children who are wonderfully unpredictable and usually a source of a few giggles!
Finally, if you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
Oooh good question! I always wanted to be a vet. I love animals and have been involved in different animal welfare organisations…but, I’m not tough enough to be a vet. I’m also not very good with needles and the smell of antiseptic, so I would have spent most of my career fainting and lying on the floor!
WIN A MOTHER’S DAY SHOOT WITH EMMA STAPLES PHOTOGRAPHY
Terms & Conditions:
Open to UAE residents only aged 21 and above.
The shoot includes a 1.5 hour photo shoot and 20 digital, hand-edited, high resolution images in colour and in black and white, plus the same set in low resolution (ideal for social media and emails), plus a montage of the best moments in colour and in black and white. Date and location to be arranged directly with Emma Staples Photography.
Competition will run until 15 March, 2017.
The winner will be chosen at random and notified by 16 March, 2017.
If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 2 days of notification, the promoter reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
This competition is being run by The Son And The Moon (the promoter).
There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
Only one valid entry per person will be accepted.
No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
No cash alternative to the prize will be offered.
The prize is not transferable.
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