http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog Shelley Richmond: Blog
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u110355365-o242511199-50.jpg 2017-11-06T21:07:00Z (C) Shelley Richmond Shelley Richmond http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/11/pr-photography-hollow-meadows PR Photography | Hollow Meadows

Rachel is a flower grower from Sheffield, based on a beautiful farm on the edge of the city she grows all manner of British blooms for various occasions. You can buy them by the bucket full, freshly cut from her greenhouse and flower field. I took a trip up to the farm on a late summer afternoon to grab some shots of the field and its produce for Rachel's new website (coming soon!) and social media presence.

I adore shooting for local independent businesses in and around Sheffield and I offer a special affordable package, if you're interested in booking please do get in touch via my contact page

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-11-21T08:00:00Z 2017-11-21T08:00:00Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/11/fearless-confidence-shoot-priscilla Fearless Confidence Shoot | Priscilla

(NSFW)

HMUA: Jenn Edwards & Co

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-11-14T08:00:00Z 2017-11-14T08:00:00Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/11/editorial-sunday-morning Editorial | Sunday Morning

Model: Hannah Lamare |

HMUA: Jenn Edwards & Co |

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-11-07T08:00:00Z 2017-11-07T08:00:00Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/7/editorial-b-l-o-o-m Editorial | B L O O M

Model: Ivy Watson |

Styling: Natasha Lyons |

Gowns: Kate Beaumont |

Florals: Swallows & Damsons |

HMUA: Jenn Edwards & Co |

 

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-07-10T08:00:00Z 2017-07-10T08:00:00Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/7/concrete-jungle Editorial | CONCRETE JUNGLE

Models: Katie Altoft & Izzy Grace Rose Lindley |

Florals & Botanical design: Campbells Flowers |

HMUA: Jenn Edwards & Co |

Wardrobe: ASOS & River Island |

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-07-05T19:10:38Z 2017-07-05T19:10:38Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/5/for-the-many-not-the-few For the many, not the few

I'm currently pushing myself to create more documentary and editorial work and yesterday I spotted an opportunity...

Yesterday evening I went along to a campaign rally in North Sheffield where Jeremy Corbyns campaign bus was calling in on the Shirecliffe Community Centre. The atmosphere was wonderful and I met some really interesting folk. I decided to take a series of portraits while I was there, I want to show the diversity of the supporters that came out to cheer and wave, the people that the campaign is built for. The many, not the few...

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-05-11T12:04:08Z 2017-05-11T12:04:08Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/5/priscilla Priscilla

Model: Priscilla

Hair: Jenn Edwards

MUA: Natalie Manlove

Wardrobe: River Island

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-05-07T15:32:03Z 2017-05-07T15:32:03Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/3/editorial-opulence Editorial | Opulence

Model: Keira @Jadore

HMUA: Julia Jeckell

Styling: Amanda Vickers

 

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-03-01T13:12:31Z 2017-03-01T13:12:31Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/1/test-sofia Sofia

Model | Sofia

Hair | Jenn Edwards

MUA | Natalie Manlove

Wardrobe | ASOS

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-01-30T17:10:56Z 2017-01-30T17:10:56Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/1/test-ellie Ellie

Model | Ellie Pawlett

HMUA | Elizabeth Daisy

Wardrobe | ASOS // Topshop

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-01-24T11:42:00Z 2017-01-24T11:42:00Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/1/test-laura Laura

Model | Laura Urbano @Boss Model Management

HMUA | Julia Jeckell

 

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-01-20T17:50:35Z 2017-01-20T17:50:35Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/1/test-megan Megan

Model | Megan Lindop

HMUA | Elizabeth Daisy

 

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-01-18T13:13:27Z 2017-01-18T13:13:27Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/1/test-elle Elle

Model | Elle @Boss model Management

HMUA | Julia Jeckell

Florals | Campbells Flowers

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-01-16T17:20:50Z 2017-01-16T17:20:50Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/1/tales-from-the-mountains-stories-from-the-sea---wales Tales from the Mountains | Stories from the Sea // Wales

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-01-12T15:17:16Z 2017-01-12T15:17:16Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/1/luna Luna

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-01-11T11:45:56Z 2017-01-11T11:45:56Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2017/1/glitterpuss Glitterpuss

Cheeky little test shoot with Julia Jeckell

Models: Izzy @ Boss Model Management & Sadie Straw

Headpieces: Imogen's Imagination

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2017-01-11T11:28:53Z 2017-01-11T11:28:53Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2016/11/tales-form-the-mountains-stories-from-the-sea---the-lake-district Tales form the Mountains | Stories from the Sea // The Lake District

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2016-11-07T23:05:33Z 2016-11-07T23:05:33Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2016/10/tales-from-the-mountains-stories-from-the-sea---ireland Tales from the Mountains | Stories from the Sea // Ireland

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2016-10-17T16:46:44Z 2016-10-17T16:46:44Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2016/10/for-world-mental-health-day-a-perfectionists-guide-to-letting-go For World Mental Health Day | A perfectionists guide to letting go

 

Today is World Mental Health Day. 

Mental Health issues need to be talked about more honestly and openly, but it's hard often for people to feel able to talk about them for fear of being judged. That's not to say that people will openly judge those with mental illness but more often people will subconsciously alter their perceptions of them. I believe that the majority of people are generally understanding and kind and do their best to help when friends or family are suffering with mental health problems but often there is a mixture of shame or embarrassment on the part of the person suffering and those around them may find avoidance the easiest route for coping.

Why am I blogging about this...

Early this summer I had a breakdown. I haven't spoken about this to many people, it came on very quickly, seemingly from nowhere but now that I look back I see what was maybe contributing to it. For a couple of months I didn't actually recognise myself. My concentration was completely gone, my vision was blurry, it took me days to edit sets of images that would have previously taken an hour. I forgot things, not just things like what I went upstairs for but where I was, where I was going,  I would forget that I'd done things and go to do them again, announce I was going to work when I'd only got home an hour ago. I have epilepsy and I started to have absences again, petit mal seizures, because of the stress. My emotions where all over the place. I couldn't face going to places that I loved going to previously. I had huge amounts of anxiety and I basically wanted to give up on pretty much everything.

I wanted to write about this because I think it can be particuarly hard for people who are self employed, it's hard enough having to work when you are physically ill, there's no support, no sick pay, no one to fill in for you when you feel like shit. So you pull yourself up and get on with it, pockets stuffed with tissues and a bag full of pills and potions. When you have mental health problems, you feel you can't talk about it for fear that people will think you can no longer do your job, that you are no longer capable.  It's hard in this industry, people expect you to be strong, to be confident, to have all the answers, to be on top of everything, to be an awesome business person and to share all the beautiful stuff that you create. When you can't even face going to the post office it's tricky to keep up that projection.

It's alright to feel low, it's alright to not have a reason. I was so annoyed with myself this summer because I thought I had no justification. My business is going well, I have a really good life, a lovely husband, a beautiful house and some really great friends. No one died, nothing terrible happened to me, but I still developed mental health problems. Anyone can, anyone.  Just like anyone can fall over and break their arm.

I wanted to write about this because I'm feeling much better now, and I wanted to share what has helped me. I took a little time off from any work that I didn't NEED to do. (The hardest part was admitting that there were a lot of things that I didn't need to do) Most of the pressure on me was placed there by myself. I let go a little. I saw a doctor. I spent time outside with friends. I traveled with my husband and I cleared out my home of all the clutter I'd been holding on to. I spoke to people, I asked for help. Time spent looking after yourself is not time wasted. My business wasn't damaged by taking time off, I didn't fall out of the loop like I thought I would, I didn't forget how to ride the proverbial bicycle just because I put it in the garage for a few months...

If this resonates with you, talk to someone, take time, take whatever you need to feel better. You'll come out of it stronger, promise

Shelley

x

 

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2016-10-10T12:44:36Z 2016-10-10T12:44:36Z
http://www.shelleyrichmond.co.uk/blog/2016/10/tales-from-the-mountains-stories-from-the-sea---the-isle-of-mull Tales from the Mountains | Stories from the Sea // The Isle of Mull

Shelley Richmond (C) Shelley Richmond 2016-10-03T11:22:16Z 2016-10-03T11:22:16Z