I’m so proud to be involved in the online Toy Like Me campaign calling on the global toy industry to positivley represent disabilty in the toy box and help kids grow up with a better attitude to human difference! Over the last couple of months I’ve been taking photographs of toys which have been made-over to give them disabilites to show the toy makers how it can be done!
Co-founder, Rebecca Atkinson asked me to take a series of head shots of her for publicity purposes. Over the course of the campaign she has appeared on national television and written for national and international press about the need for diverse toys.
The #ToyLikeMe campaign has been a huge success and Playmobil have recently agreed to produce a range of characters with disabilities inspired by # ToyLikeMe. But there is still more to be done. You can show your support by signing this petition asking Lego to positively represent disability in their products or drop in to facebook.com/toylikme.
Thank you for your support.
The holidays are fast approaching! Schools out, and it’s time for family fun! The sun’s going to shine (we hope!), so it’s the perfect time of year to capture special family moments and create memories that will last forever with a professional family photo shoot.
I can come to a location of your choice – beach/campsite/forest or just your back garden! Whatever the weather, even if there are tears, tantrums and sun burnt noses, I’ll capature the joy and laughter of your family time in pictures you will love!
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The season for me has begun and if Bex and John’s wedding celebration is anything to go by it’s going to be one corker of a year – I cannot wait!
Bex and John married and celebrated at Sussex Barn in Burnham Market, Norfolk on Easter weekend. The great thing about Sussex Barn is that you hire it for a couple of days, which means you have time to decorate it, making it your own. Bex and John’s friends and family came together the day before to style the room, and add all the gorgeous touches that reflected the couple’s personality to the space, including the flowers that lined the doorways and adorned the tables.
Sussex Barn sits within acres of fields and next to a stunning derelict house and woodland. We used the time allowed for the couple shots to wander around and explore, stopping for photographs as we came across the right spots. For a Saturday at the start of April we couldn’t have wished for better weather. The sun shone down on us as Bex and John laughed together, taking the opportunity of being alone (well almost alone, as I was there), to celebrate becoming Mr + Mrs – they could not stop beaming!
Their wedding day ended wonderfully, as everyone took to the floor to dance, spin and twirl to a fantastic Norwich-based band.
A big thank you goes to the ultra talented Rob Dodsworth who acted as my second photographer.
In April a group of parents of children with disabilities and parents with disabilities themselves started the Facebook campaign #ToyLikeMe, calling on the Toy Industry for positive inclusion of disability within the toy box.
I was asked to join the campaign to photograph toys that had been made-over to demonstrate how toy companies could easily make positive and fun representations that remove disabiltiy from the toy hospital sets and place it in the fancy dress box instead! Much more fun! We wanted to put some imagination and sparkle into disability toy box representation and help generations of kids, (both with and without disabilities), grow up with a more positive attitude to human difference!
Within days the Toy Like Me campaign went viral and the facebook page gained over 11,000 followers in under a week. We were featured on Sky News, the Mail Online, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan and blogs such as Upworthy, Huffintgon Post to name a few.
There are 770,000 UK children with disabilities in the UK and more than 150 million worldwide. Yet these kids are arriving into a world where, even before they have left their mothers’ laps, they are excluded or misrepresented by the very industry that exists to create their entertainment, the objects that fuel their development, the starting blocks of life: Toys!
This image I took of a cochlear implant fairy has now been seen by more than 80k people worldwide and shared thousands of times. It demonstrated how many parents out there wanted to see their children better represented.
Following on from Toy Like Me’s media success the team have started an online petition, which within days had over 40,000 signatures. We are still waiting to hear from toy companies like Playmobil, Lego and Mattel, please help us make some noise and get by showing your support and signing it. Just click HERE
I am so proud to be part of this campaign, as it is a subject that I am passionate about! Let’s hope we can prove that people power can make a difference and we start to see better representation in the toy box soon.
Children are such a joy to work with and this set of siblings was no exception. I took them for their family photo shoot to what felt like a hidden spot of scrubland just on the edge of Norwich . The river Yare ran next to it and as long as it’s not wet and raining, you know there will be lots for children to do. I prefer family shoots to be outside in natural light, at a location that has several backdrops to use and lots to explore. This spot was just that kind of space. There were trees to climb, feathers to collect, dens to construct, long grasses to run through and poke your brother with (!), fun for the models and fantastic material for the photographer!
I like kids to be kids, to get dirty, play and jump in puddles as I think this not only helps me capture natural expressions, but it also adds energy and movement in to a photograph which I believe best shows that person’s character.
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