(Photo) Shooting Mums…so they know how fabulous they are


THE other day an email landed in my inbox which made me a little teary eyed.

For when I opened the email, I was greeted with beautiful images of two beautiful woman, looking proud, looking happy and looking glorious.

Two women who have lived, two women who are larger than life, two women in their sixties who are still as beautiful now as they were many years ago.

Both women are rather special.


They are mums of grown up children. They are grandparents.

They have known loss and suffered hardship but have always kept on, keeping on. Bouncing back bigger and better.

And they are loved. Especially by me.

Because you see, these two women are very dear to me. Folks, let me introduce you to my Mum Sue….


And to my Mother In Law Janine…


And yes I know I am obviously biased, but I ask you, don’t they look magnificent?!

These stunning images, which I absolutely adore, were taken by the very talented photographer, Helen Booth, owner of Masque Photography.

Helen, who has become a good friend of mine, is a special kind of photographer in my humble opinion, especially when it comes to capturing women.Why?

Because she has a real knack for taking drop dead gorgeous, feminine images of women, at their very best.

As someone who has been lucky enough to have been photographed by Helen (it was Helen who did this Monica Bellucci inspired photo shoot with me) I know exactly how much care she puts into her work and am always blown away by how passionate she is at capturing women – ALL women – in their glory.


So when Helen asked my Mum and Mother-in-Law to be her guinea pigs for her latest photography offer, I never once hesitated in asking them if they’d like to do it because I just knew they would be in safe, talented hands.

On the morning of the photo shoot, two very giddy mamas giggled in my car at the thought of their big camera moment and as the shoot progressed, I can’t tell you how much joy I got from seeing them both embrace the experience and grow in confidence in front of the camera.

Posing and laughing and having a ball.


The final images made me so proud and also rather emotional, because they both look so stunning, vibrant and full of life.

And I can only hope that when they look at these photos as the days go by, they will remember what I’ve always tried to tell them both…

That they are beautiful. That they are special. That they are loved.

Thank you Helen for showing both mums – whom I love so much – just how glorious they truly are and for capturing them both so perfectly. It really was one mother of a shoot.


Inspired by the two glamorous mums (!), Helen is now offering the perfect gift for Mother’s Day – a glamorous photo shoot for just £49.

The gift includes a 30-45 photo session, refreshments, professional re-touching, choice of stunning head shots and your favourite photograph printed. (Includes a 12×8″ and 2 7×5″ mounted prints)

To book email Helen at info@masquephotography.co.uk or call 07957337198. 

With love,






All images used with kind permission from Masque Photography.


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15 Discussions on
“(Photo) Shooting Mums…so they know how fabulous they are”
  • Wow Kate! What beautiful pictures, both your mum & Janine look absolutely gorgeous! I’ve always said that I wished that older women were photographed more in the fashion industry, because they are just as beautiful as young women!
    What a lovely post, I really enjoyed this one!

    • Thank you Jess! I was so excited to post this, they look gorgeous don’t they? (And you know I’m totally with you on the fashion industry thing!) x

  • Hi Kate, when you said to me and your exact words were “I’m going to ask you something and you can say no if you want to ” you asked me if I would help Helen in being a guinea pig for an older women photo shoot to promote a mothers day gift, I said straight away oh yes and then I thought I wonder why she asked me. I have never ever had anything done like this no special photos or anything. In the morning when I was getting ready I thought what shall I wear, well Kate had already pre warned me what sort of clothing to wear already, I bought a soft grey jumper with a white lace collar and pearls, but in the end it just wasn’t right so Helen said try this on and it was a black and rust kimono top and as soon as I put it on that was the look Helen wanted. My goodness Helen had so much patience with us to get the right lighting the right background she is an absolutely wonderful lady, very homely and down to earth and very softly spoken a beautiful lady inside and out. Helen made you so much at ease and it was as though I had known her for forever. I thank my beautiful daughter in law Kate and the wonderful Helen to give me the opportunity of doing something I have never ever experience, and all you daughters and sons who adore your mums this is the perfect gift for your beautiful Mothers , she will absolutely love it and Helen makes you feel so special, and I guarantee you will have so much fun too. Go on do it for your Mums. Lots of love Janine XXX

    • Janine – you were incredible and look sensational. I couldn’t be prouder to showcase both you and my Mum on this blog of mine. So glad you enjoyed it, the images of you both are truly wonderful and yes Helen is absolutely amazing. Wonderful lady! I hope you enjoy these photos for many many many years! X

  • LOVE this post! Thanks for sharing this, such gorgeous photos and fabulous women – it makes you realise how important all mums are in our lives and how important it is to celebrate the women who in our opinion ROCK! Happy Friday love Olivia xx

  • These photos are absolutely beautiful. Love them. They look so happy and so content. I really hope they love them and feel proud. Great to see. Thanks for sharing with us on #sundaystars

  • Just catching up on your blog chick now and wow what a gorgeous gesture for the two mamas in your life who are both utterly beautiful. You look so like your Mum and these are photos both women should be so proud of. Get framing them ladies and believe just how gorgeous you both are. Loved this x

  • Such a lovely collection of photographs, and a lovely idea too! My mum has had a lifetime of being the person behind the camera – I’d love to see how she’d respond to a gift like this… xx

  • They are such beautiful women and very stunning photographs. What a lovely idea!! We need to do more for our Mothers and this is such a wonderful gift. Thanks for sharing on #sundaystars Jess x

  • Oh my, what beautiful pictures! I love the energy and warmth that they both exude, how lucky you are Kate to have these gorgeous ladies as part of your world! If only Helen was nearer, I am dying to have new pictures taken of my mother, and also of my yoga pictures too! One day!

    Thanks so much for linking these gorgeous women up to #AllAboutYou xx

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