Meet Hero of the Week Flora Westbrook

How long have you been taking photos, and how did you get started?

What camera gear do you use?

I am a Nikon girl at heart. I love working with my Nikon DF. I work with a 35mm, 105mm, 24mm and 50mm lenses but I use my 35mm 90% of the time!

Your images have such a distinct style and color palette. How have you defined your personal photographic style over time?

It took me years to find myself in my colour palette and editing work. Coming from a film photography background, I was so lost when I first discovered digital. It took a long time for me to find my own style. Lots of trials. Lots of errors.

This is the part where I will make myself vulnerable because the root of what I do comes from a very dark and broken time in my life. Photography became more than a hobby when I went through a very painful divorce. It left me lifeless and I almost lost myself. It was the “thing” I would do to express my heart and the feelings I just couldn’t put words to. The pain. The chaos. The broken pieces. My own mess. My mistakes. My longing to live again. I was so crushed as a woman. Self-harmed. Starved myself for a period of time. Hated my body. Couldn’t stand my own reflection. Photography is such a powerful tool that showed me a new perspective and became a part of my healing journey.

What is one goal you have for your photography?

My goal is to shoot less weddings and more “Love Yourself” sessions. It’s priceless to see women embracing freedom! Don’t get me wrong, weddings are special, and capturing beautiful moments in a couple’s life is very precious to me. But I long for more.

I also want to photograph more couples that have been together or married for longer than just a minute. Couples who have walked through challenges and who want to tell their stories on my blog. Not just the sparkly. But the hard times they have overcome together. Couples who don’t pretend but are wanting to share the real stuff.

What is one tip you would give to another photographer?

Love people with all your heart. Be soft hearted and teachable. Be inspired but don’t compare yourself.

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