Life through a lens earns mum top awards

Photographer Hayley Edge
Photographer Hayley Edge

A Marton mum-of-three who trained for a career change to follow her heart has won three bronze awards from a top industry body.

Hayley Edge, who recently opened her own photography studio at her home, scooped the top honours from the Guild of Photographers.

One of Hayley Edge's award-winning photographs

One of Hayley Edge's award-winning photographs

Hayley, who has run her photography business, Hayley Edge Photography, for four years, specialises in children and family portraits, weddings, newborn babies and commercial work, on a 100 per cent referral basis.

In the past, she worked in children’s nurseries and ran her own child-minding business from home. But as her two eldest children – Abigail, now 11 and Finlay, now eight – got older, she decided to fulfil a lifelong ambition and re-train as a photographer. She did her degree at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Hayley – whose youngest daughter Emilia Rose, is just coming up to two – said: “During my time studying for my degree at Blackpool and The Fylde College, I used the opportunity to work for other photographers in my spare time and also trained with some very successful and talented photographers and learnt as much as I possibly could along the way, to develop my own style.

“My three children are my inspiration, I love capturing natural portraits and lifestyle images, real-life emotions.

“I was over the moon to have been awarded three bronze awards from a governing body which has such high standards.

“Choosing images from your own work is really difficult and really makes you look at your work critically. When I look through my camera, I try to think about composition, facial expressions, colours and light.”