About Me

Bringing the Christmas Magic back!

I don’t know if you’ll have seen the latest craze to sweep the World, I spotted it late into last years season, so when I spotted a couple of friends at it again this year, I just had to join in.  Although I love Dinovember, the pressure to keep that up was too much, but with my 10 year old boy starting to question the magic of Christmas and my 3 year old not yet understanding what it was all about, I knew my time was limited.  Then in flew Crinkles.  Our own special magic Christmas Elf on The Shelf.


The Netherlands – Day 4

Our last day in the Netherlands had to be spent with the windmills.  So we headed to Zaanse Schans where they have working windmills.


The Netherlands – Days 1 and 2

I recently took a trip to the Netherlands to visit one of my best friends who moved out there a couple of years ago.  She’s an amazing photographer so it was a great excuse for 3 days (allowing one day off for pure shopping) of fun photography. (more…)

Press Release: Local Photographer Celebrates International Recognition

snapdragonsbygemmadawksLocally based, still-life fine art photographer and mother of two Gemma Dawks, had cause to celebrate last weekend as she picked up 3 international awards at The Guild of Professional Photographers annual awards night. These are in addition to the 35 awards that she won throughout 2013 in their monthly competitions. (more…)

Award Winning Photographer ← That’s ME!

Aside from my fine art style floral photography, I’ve been a bit quiet about the photography side of my business until now.  That’s primarily because my illustrations have been so incredibly popular that all of my time is being taken up between them and my bespoke design work.  Photography however has been a life long passion of mine, I’ll go into a little more detail in a later blog post.  But to give you an idea of how long I’ve enjoyed photography, I can remember my very first and even my second camera and I’ve spent many happy hours in the darkroom with my fingers crossed, hoping that in the pitch black I got the film onto the reel correctly and used the right chemicals, all in pre-digital days!

In the summer I joined the fantastic association The Guild of Photographers but it was only in January that I finally managed to find the time to enter their monthly competition and submitted 3 images for individual assessment by a panel of judges.


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My First (and hopefully not my last) Bronze Bar.

A score of 50% is where they draw their line for professional standard with bars being awarded for bronze (70%), silver (75%), gold (80%) and platinum (85%).  Since joining the guild, I’m not aware of anyone being awarded a platinum in the monthly competitions.  There’s only been a few golds (less than one a month) and each month there’s only a handful of silvers.


One that got away!  Short of a bronze bar by 0.5%!!

One that got away! Short of a bronze bar by 0.5%!!


For my first submissions I decided to enter 3 very different images.  And I’m thrilled with my scores.  I got my first (and hopefully not my last) bronze bar, I missed out on another bronze by just 0.5% and yet another by just 1.5% and was given some valuable feedback on those that missed the bar.


The other one that got away - missed the bronze bar by 1.5%

The other one that got away – missed the bronze bar by 1.5%


I now have just 1 week to meet February’s deadline for submissions, so what will I put forward this time?!?!

The First


The first blog post, it ought to be the best or most important.  It needs to be witty and engaging, thought provoking and inspirational.

No pressure then!

Well I think my first post should be a simple “Hello”

hello my name is Gemma