Hello, my name is Bernice.
The curly headed person, appearing very occasionally
on this website or my Social Media pages - that's me.
The curls are a family heritage, which also reflect my personality:
unstructured yet (mostly) organized, cheerful and relaxed - plus -
whichever way the wind blows, things just fall in place again!
This has helped me calm camera shy people or hop around bouncy children:
for the relaxed, natural person makes a most beautiful, treasured image.
All too often, family photos are faded images, damaged slides and negatives - packed away in a shoebox.
More recent ones lie in drawers - on CD's or memory sticks.
We don't experience their sparkle. And only when it is too late, do we realise the immense loss this really is.
My mission is to bring you beautiful, archival quality (think family heirloom) images - printed and/or framed. These will keep your loved ones anchoring your life constantly, as you relive treasured moments daily.
Your family's present and future should most definitely include beautiful images - both of the family unit and of each member individually, as a positive part of daily life. By either restoring old, damaged photos, by creating fresh memories in new images, or by eternalising a tresasured moment through painting, we can make it happen!
During the 25 years I spent working alongside a professional photographer, my training, although including textbooks, was outside of a formal classroom enviroment. Although I do studio work, my preference is for natural light. Photoshop is a handy tool and beautiful composites can be created if needs be. My preferred photographic style is observance - creating lasting memories from real life moments.
From a young age I was drawing. Painting in oils intrigued me later in life, and I had the privilege of doing commissioned work. Currently my focus is on digital painting (yes actually painting stroke by stroke with virtual brushes - NOT filters applied to images). It is faster (no waiting for oils to dry), it is cleaner (no more inhaling fumes), more affordable and being printed with archival processes/materials, it can last 100 years or more!