A Photoshoot at Home

Recently I had the pleasure of being the subject of a photoshoot at my home. Today I wanted to share a taster of the shots.

I’d known of Alex‘s work through the Manchester blogging scene and could see he held himself to a high standard. I love the tones and the earthiness of his images. He seems to capture a faraway, dreamy vibe whilst still being very much in the moment, grounded in realism.

If you are a regular reader you’ll know I’m in the midst of writing a novel. My first one. My initial draft is almost complete and we wanted to capture the change in me, somehow. The evolution going on inside my head.

Alexander Ward photographer. Susan Earlam withlong hair with fringe bangs

I’ve written before about how coaching was the catalyst that pushed me down this (I’m going to write a book!) path. A path I’d always known was there but had simply ignored, or thought it wasn’t for me.

Stephen King’s book On Writing was also a key component of me actually thinking the stories in my head could, and should, go down on paper. I’m clutching it in the shot below.

book inspiration peacock chair in library lifestyle

Shooting with Alex at my home was brilliant. He is decisive, patient and snappy (pun intended). We’d met up beforehand to chat about the shoot and I’d sent over some images so he had an idea of what the inside and outside of my house looked like. We got through three sets/areas of my home in four hours, which I think is some kind of record.

I really am just showing you a snippet of the photographs here. There were loads to choose from and loads I liked. I’d managed not to look like too much of a goofball, which is always a bonus and I think it is totally down to Alex and his guidance.

purple front door

We showcased my home without it being an interiors shoot, which was very refreshing.

writers lifestyle by Alexandar Ward Photography

arbour in bohemian english country garden

susan earlam writer at home

I even got my own Beyonce moment!

peacock chair with plants

Okay, okay, enough already! I hear you! You’ll see more from this shoot over the coming months and further into the future. For now, I’d love to know which shot or set you prefer from the above?


Photography- Alexander Ward Photography

Assistant/stylist- Karen from Well I Guess This Is Growing Up

Location- my house

Plants- a mixture of my own and some from Plant Shop Manchester in Stockport. Which tbh is where 90% of my own plants have originated from anyway. Go and visit!


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  1. May 23, 2018 / 9:23 am

    These are wonderful photos. Alex is very talented!

    • Susie
      May 23, 2018 / 10:46 am

      He really is, would highly recommend him

  2. May 23, 2018 / 9:48 am

    These are fantastic, Susie. How on earth are you going to pick just one? They definitely will be good for your book. Great photographer X

    • Susie
      May 23, 2018 / 10:45 am

      Ah I don’t know!! Thanks Lucy!

    • Susie
      May 23, 2018 / 12:18 pm

      Ah thanks so much Kirsty!

  3. May 23, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    Fantastic pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  4. May 23, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    Wonderful pictures. Your house is gorgeous, I really love your aesthetic. I also really love the anatomy poster that you have framed!

    • Susie
      May 24, 2018 / 8:48 am

      Thanks so much! Alex is fab. The poster is actually wrapping paper! x

      • May 25, 2018 / 6:11 am

        Oh wow, I can’t believe it’s wrapping paper. That’s so cool! Where did you get it from?

      • Susie
        May 25, 2018 / 4:33 pm

        I think it was Oklahoma, a shop in Manchester is a French company I think

  5. May 23, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    What a team effort! I had an inkling these shots would come out wonderfully. I’m also very much enjoying the amount of plants/foliage on display! x

    • Susie
      May 24, 2018 / 8:45 am

      Aw, thanks so much lovely lady!!

  6. natashadenness
    May 25, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    What a stunning shoot, you look so happy in your home habitat! I’m looking forward to seeing a few more shots! x

    • Susie
      May 25, 2018 / 4:32 pm

      Ah you are so kind, thanks so much!

  7. May 25, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    The photo’s are all lovely. I think the one of you at your front door is a beautiful shot of you. The one of you writing in your dining room looking pensive is lovely too. x

    • Susie
      May 25, 2018 / 7:16 pm

      Ah thanks for selecting Carole, there’s more of each of those sets so I’ll be sure to take a look

  8. May 25, 2018 / 11:22 pm

    What amazing photographs. Particularly love the one of you on the stairs. x Good luck with the book xx

    • Susie
      May 26, 2018 / 2:53 pm

      The stairs are the hot favourite I think!

  9. May 26, 2018 / 9:29 am

    Oh these are gorgeous shots – I can totally understand why you chose Alex to work with, his style is so YOU and he’s captured you beautifully. I adore the one of you in the doorway and the one of you on the stairs but there are so many beautiful shots, it’s hard to choose 😉 xxx

    • Susie
      May 26, 2018 / 2:52 pm

      Awww thanks so much, Kimberly! That’s so helpful xx

  10. May 26, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    That last one is my favourite! So glam!

    • Susie
      May 26, 2018 / 3:23 pm

      Ah thanks so much! Have a great Bank Holiday x

  11. May 26, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    What a fabulous post! I love the way you have captured your home in such a natural and authentic way! That collection of plants along the stairwell is just gorgeous! I love plant’s but usually I like to keep them to a collection of a few faves! I think you have just convinced me otherwise… I’ve officially just been influenced! In this case… more is most certainly more! Thanks for sharing!

    • Susie
      May 26, 2018 / 3:24 pm

      Thanks Jumi. I didn’t realise how many I had until I put them all together like this. I loaned a few too xx

  12. May 26, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    Great photos. You really can’t beat having proper professional photos done! You look awesome in them all!

    • Susie
      May 26, 2018 / 3:25 pm

      Ah thanks, Stacey! Hope you enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend x

  13. May 26, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    Gorgeous portraits – just adore the staircase shot!!

    • Susie
      May 27, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      Defo the running favourite!

  14. May 26, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    What a fantatsic shots !! They trully show yours and your home personality – Alex is one talented photographer

    • Susie
      May 27, 2018 / 1:00 pm

      aw thanks so much Pati! He’s ace!

  15. May 28, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    Oh I didn’t know you were writing a novel, how exciting! Best of luck with that! You must be pretty pleased the draft is ready! Fab photos, the one with you at the table is my favourite!

    • Susie
      May 29, 2018 / 4:17 pm

      Thanks so much Jenny. Yeah I’m following my dream!

  16. Donna
    May 29, 2018 / 9:18 am

    I love this post! Excited for your book and also the creativity of the images. LOVE the one on the stairs with your plants. I really want to be a plant lady! X

    • Susie
      May 29, 2018 / 4:14 pm

      Ah thanks Donna! Plants are one of my fave hobbies!

  17. June 1, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Wonderful images and I’m loving all of the plants <3 Having a photo shoot in your own home is such a great idea and something i'll be looking into myself 🙂

    • Susie
      June 11, 2018 / 2:15 pm

      Thanks Lisa! That’s exciting! Hope you’ll share the photos!

  18. June 1, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    I think it’s wonderful that you’re following a dream and writing a book can’t wait to see the finished article!.

    • Susie
      June 11, 2018 / 2:14 pm

      Thanks for your support Claire! x

  19. June 5, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    Wonderful photos! I adore your stairs with all the foliage <3

    • Susie
      June 11, 2018 / 2:13 pm

      Thanks so much!

  20. June 27, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    Great post and beautiful pictures. Keep up this nce blog.

    • Susie
      June 27, 2018 / 8:28 pm

      Thanks so much!