My name is Danika Westwood and I am based in the Poole area of Dorset on the south coast of England, and am willing to travel throughout the UK. I specialise in photography of weddings, portraits and theatre.
I have been interested in photography, Images, composition and colour since I was a teenager. I have developed my skills to progress from being a keen amateur to become an enthusiastic professional photographer through a four year qualification at Poole College. I first passed the City and Guilds level 2, then attained the professionally recognised qualification for the Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society.
I have also worked at a local studio perfecting techniques involving computer editing and gained experience of backdrops, lighting, composition and portraiture.
I am fully conversant with a wide range of computer programs, using them to edit and produce high quality images in both colour and monochrome
Although I am enthusiastic about all areas of photography, and a variety of subjects and genre, I particularly enjoy documentary and candid shots and have captured the highs and lows as a press photographer in the last two elections.
One of my projects involved political documentary work which culminated in a display at Portcullis House in London and featured in The Total Politics magazine. I have had images featured in a wide variety of publications. My work has appeared on the BBC website.
I work with a high degree of professionalism at all times and produce the quality posed photographs expected at weddings and christening. I have a strength of capturing the more relaxed atmosphere at receptions, parties and gatherings where I blend into the group to catch those fun and family scenes. I particularly enjoy working with children, capturing those precious moments that often escape the guests.
My priority is to deliver the requirements of the client and so I take time to discuss, advise and clarify everything before each session in a friendly, unhurried and relaxed manner.
Please take time to look at my Gallery, and, if you like my work, do not hesitate to email me as an informal, initial contact with no obligation or pressure to take things further.