FEATURE: Paramedic’s photos get hearts racing

Hugo in the Lakes, which won national praise
Hugo in the Lakes, which won national praise
  • Paramedic Emma Williams taught herself photography five years ago
  • She started taking photos of her two young sons but then began to specialise in dog snaps
  • A picture of her miniature dachshund, Hugo, has won national acclaim

Never work with animals or dogs they say but a mum-of-two who taught herself photography around working as a paramedic has won national recognition for doing so.

Emma Williams, 39, took second place in the man’s best friend category of the nationwide Dog Photographer of the Year competition.

Emma's sons George (second from left) and Max (far right) with friends Olly and Charlie

Emma's sons George (second from left) and Max (far right) with friends Olly and Charlie

She lives in Old Town, Brackley, with her partner Stephen, 41, and loves to take snaps of her boys Max, six, and George, eight.

But the highly-commended image starred her miniature dachshund Hugo as they walked through the Lake District last spring.

“The best shots are when you are not really trying,” Emma said. “So always have your camera with you.

“He was running in the water and he must have got cold because he jumped on the rocks. I just laid down to get the shot from behind.”

The best shots are when you are not really trying”

Emma Williams

It won Emma national recognition for a hobby which she only began five years ago.

Now, her friends and family are scrambling over her pictures to put up in their homes.

“I’ve always been quite artistic,” Emma said. “But then realised I had a natural flair for it.

“You’ve got to be passionate about it but if you’ve got a natural eye, that definitely helps. I’m learning all the time.”

Mabel the chihuahua

Mabel the chihuahua

Emma, who has been a part-time paramedic for 21 years, launched her own photography website two weeks ago.

She thrives on portraits of people but after dog-sitting for a friend - and watching Hugo and her whippet Gus pounce about - she realised how striking dog photos can be.

“I just love dogs, Emma said. “And lots of friends have dogs so I’ve recently started to specialise.

“You need a clear amount of light to bring out their eyes and I meow to get them to stay still. It works a treat.”

Emma Williams

Emma Williams

Emma uses a Canon 70D to shoot her colourful snaps and will shift the image to black and white if it suits the picture.

But she thinks budding photographers should avoid editing their photos and instead concentrate on using natural light and definition.

“I don’t think that pictures should be manipulated,” Emma said. “Because if it needs editing, maybe it wasn’t that good in the first place.

“It’s early days with the business but I have started taking a few bookings for April already and had quite a few enquiries.”

Check out more of Emma’s photographs at www.lightgreenphotograph.wix.com/emmawilliams

Poppy in the grass

Poppy in the grass