The desperate housewife? {Personal Project}

16 Apr 2012

You may just know me as a wedding photographer; this is true however this is just one element of my photography work.  I have been taking photographs for 18 years since my A-Levels; I have 1000 of photographs in my archive featuring numerous projects, exhibition work & commercial and professional work too.  When I am not shooting weddings I am shooting personal work; I do not rest; the desire to create imagery is too strong.  I shut my eyes and see photographs and I have a sketch pad on me at all times and by my bed for those moments of clarity I have as I nod off to sleep.  It is my passion, which has always motivated my work and my fascination with story telling and the everyday.  This latest project I collaborated with Kat & Elbie on earlier this year.  I see the period between January – March as my chance to shoot to my hearts content, shoot personal projects and scratch some creative itches that I have.  This process is integral to me as a photographer; it directly informs and translates into my wedding work and other projects; keeping my work ever evolving and with a creative edge.  I will be posting more of the projects that I am currently working on soon so watch this space.

I love visiting my boyfriends mother’s house and not for the reason you would think {even though her cooking is ace}.  It is because it is so nostalgic and reminds me of an age gone by.  Like you I was also dragged around numerous relatives houses as a child. Maybe it was because I was small and from my perspective were acres of net curtains, mantelpieces, pot plants, carpets that would make me dizzy, picket fences and shrubs. As a 5 year old I was not interested in conversation and got easily bored; so I became fascinated with these objects and my relatives homes.

The “home” is synonymous with my childhood and I have always felt a tension between the banal of the everyday, the comfort of the home and also the claustrophobia that this also brings with it.   I have explored this tension over the years from when I first picked up a camera and spent a whole summer in an old-fashioned hair salon where I documented the rituals and heard numerous housewives’ conversations.

I guess this is what has driven this project, the combination of a house, my memories, and a fascination with the idea of a housewife and the desire to discover the truth and scratch beneath the surface of the everyday life.   It kind of came together, I knew that I wanted to do a shoot in the house and it was only a matter of time all the pieces slotted into place.  The housewife had to be authentic and I one of those light bulb moments I think when Kat tweeted something about trying to cook Gareth dinner and then just dialing a take away instead as it went wrong.  The rest is history; Kat loved the idea and got onboard also with Elbie who worked her magic with hair and make-up

The shoot was over one day, it was very simple I just set out to create a story following a narrative about Kat who is a housewife, and I used the house and locations to explore her psyche.  Hopefully you can see the range of emotions that she feels through the shoot from desperate housewife to doting wife and the all the subtle ones in between.


  1. Posted April 16, 2012 at 08:11 | #

    Wow. That’s all I’ve got to say! Astonishingly good photos.

  2. Posted April 16, 2012 at 08:23 | #

    Stunning! I adore every photo and such a beautiful narrative.Inspirational as always Jo.

  3. Posted April 16, 2012 at 09:08 | #

    Whoa woman these are soooo good! Beautiful photography through and through.

  4. Posted April 16, 2012 at 09:16 | #

    beautiful, sexy images…(hey! us housewives ARE sexy!!) i love the carpet shots and the kitchen shots in particular. great storytelling…i am left hoping her lover will get there soon!

  5. Posted April 16, 2012 at 09:40 | #

    Very very very inspiring stuff ladies! I’m loving this shoot, and taking a leaf out of your book for keeping personal projects alive and kicking. Thank you xxxx

  6. Posted April 16, 2012 at 09:45 | #

    These are gorgeous. Love the ones on the bed x

  7. Posted April 16, 2012 at 09:59 | #

    Freaking yeah!! Beautiful set Jo, Kat looks incredible.

  8. Posted April 16, 2012 at 10:32 | #

    Holy moly lady! What an amazing shoot! I just get so excited looking at your work! You’re such an inspiration! X

  9. Posted April 16, 2012 at 11:32 | #

    These are so amazing, and such an inspirational shoot to wake up to and see! Beautiful work :)

  10. Charlotte Powles
    Posted April 16, 2012 at 14:05 | #

    I have been left lost in your images……bloody gorgeous, I love how you have taken your vision and created such a fabulous piece of work. x

  11. Posted April 16, 2012 at 14:38 | #

    WOW. I love the story telling and the artistry in this set of images. Truly inspirational work; and some of the most gorgeous images I have seen of Kat. Fabulous.

  12. Posted April 16, 2012 at 18:26 | #

    What a great concept.Love the nostalgic & dreamy feel of these images. Kat looks stunning. Love the ones of Kat lying on the carpet especially!

  13. Posted April 16, 2012 at 20:01 | #

    I saw these earlier via my phone and could not wait to get home and comment. Jo these are fantastic. Seriously beauitful, they should be in an exhibition! They represent everything that you stand for. Honesty, hard work and believing that you can turn your vision into a reality. I love everything about this project, please do more personal ones!! :)

  14. Posted April 17, 2012 at 06:50 | #

    Jo these are gorgeous! I always look forward to your posts and ever time you blow me away. You having the most amazing and unique eye. Kat must be thrilled with these. Xxx

  15. Posted April 17, 2012 at 08:17 | #

    Jayne – i am!

  16. Posted April 24, 2012 at 19:28 | #

    You have such a breathtaking eye – beautiful as always

  17. Posted April 29, 2012 at 11:06 | #

    Bloody heck Jo, these are amazing! Cannot wait to see more of your personal projects this year hon. x

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