Dress to be happy

Real Glamour 26 - Karen Dobres

This is Karen Dobres

Big week for her, featured on the front cover of The Observer Magazine and 100Designs Real Glamour Blog

And that's what makes this particular blog a massive cheat. Karen is a real live model who has worked for the big names in fashion and is glorious, and very easy, to photograph

However, I wanted to photograph her because she's doing what I love to see people do, striding about looking happy in their own skins, enjoying who they are, in her case, loose, elegant, chic and, on the morning of the photograph, about to transform into a Suffragette.

I love glamour, there is something so pure about it, so finished and complete and satisfying. It's more than a pleasure to photograph, it's a huge relief

Effortless Glamour by Karen Dobres

Effortless Glamour by Karen Dobres

Karen is a proud supporter of Lewes Womens Football Club, the first club in this country to reward both male and female players with the same pay. Find out more about #equalityfc and #unlockthegate at https://www.facebook.com/LewesLadiesFC/

Real Glamour Blog Special - Singer Alison David on the downs

Alison David of the Beautiful Voice

She is a very beautiful woman with a warm, beguiling voice which she uses to make her living

She is also surpremely natural and loves nature. Drama and nature go so nicely together. Here's some gentle, elegant, elemental gorgeousness on the South Downs last Sunday.

Real Glamour 24 - Two Cool Cats and One Nice Dog

Two women in fake leopardskin

Melissa, Emma, if you'd like this photo just get in contact and I'll send it over, with thanks

Emma and Melissa    

It was not possible to pass these two without asking for a photograph

They were strolling along in the middle of the road (precinct, they're not irresponsible) with their male companions on either side.

They just looked glorious. 

I don't know whether they planned their outfits or they're just in total harmony, but I would imagine they turned heads wherever they went yesterday in Lewes.

Emma and Melissa you are the dual embodiment of fun and glamour and it absolutely made my day to meet you.

Real Glamour 17 - Kind and Beautiful Tanja


This swan-like creature was enjoying a day out in Lewes and almost certainly the last thing she wanted was some photographer trying to get a photograph. She was lovely about it.

I do enjoy seeing where the fashion people wear on the street has come from, which decade, which century even.

I couldn't place Tanja's look aside from the fact I could see her in Paris, strolling along, long-legged (I had to run a bit down the street to capture the lovely length of her) and just fitting in.

Sheer Elegance.




Real Glamour 15 - One-word Sixties Beauties. Verushka, Twiggy and Anaya

The Sixties look


I've seen Anaya around and wanted to photograph her but it's always a nervous business asking people to stop what they're doing and pose for you.

However, the snow falling and the furry hat and wintery gorgeousness of it all gave me the push I needed to approach her, and she was charming about it.

There's lots of very lovely retro fashion around and whether it's because we're nostalgic for what's perceived as Simpler Times or just free to wear what suits us, wherever it comes from, it's always a absolute joy to behold.

Striking, geometric and lush. A beautiful, playful, elegant combination. Thank you Anaya.


Real Glamour 14 - The Stylish Guru, Julie Sellars

Speicalist in Dyslexia Support Julie Sellars

Julie Sellars

Julie is a customer and friend of mine and when we met the other day I thought she looked simply superb. So I took a photograph of her for this blog.

Julie offers extraordinarily sensitive, practical and creative support for adults and children with dyslexia, and all other forms of neurodiversity.

Kindness, imagination and fun are all part of her work and so is the joy that is reached when problems get better and enormous happiness results.

You can see all of that in the kind of figure she cuts.