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This gorgeous fine art family shoot by photographer Melissa Beattie, features Mark and Kathryn Hawkes, a South African family who have lived in Dubai since 2005, their children, Ethan (6) and Kaitlyn (almost 5) who were both born in the UAE. Oh, and not forgetting Ouma Lynne (which is granny in Afrikaans) who was visiting for the festive season.

Melissa has recently relocated back from the UAE to the UK – and to celebrate she is offering BLOVED readers an exclusive (and massive!) 25% off any photography package for 2015 when booked before 31st July.  Visit to see more of her work, and see below for details of her very special offer!

Kathryn is the amazing interior design mastermind behind House of Hawkes, arriving at their house was like walking in to a page from the ‘Ideal Home’ magazine (I had total home envy), beautiful, soft and light. I knew this was the feel I wanted to give their images, mainly so they wouldn’t look out of place when hung in this stunning home. 

The shoot started at the family home with us capturing some gorgeous family portraits in the equally gorgeous master bedroom. We then headed out to the local park just before sunset (the light is beautiful in Dubai at this time) to get some more candid images of the family together. How the family dressed that day mirrored Kathryn’s style completely. Kaitlyn was wearing her favourite dress from Cotton On Kids and Ethan’s cool blue shirt is from Mothercare. 

  • About Melissa…

I am a fine art wedding and lifestyle photographer. I am also happily married to Jonny and Mother to Jack. Most days you can find me with a camera in my hand, capturing precious moments in life and recording memories of love and laughter. I am happiest when I making pictures or spending time with family; my little family supports and inspires my journey, so if I am not at work you will find me at home with them, most likely chasing after Jack with my camera. My style of photography captures natural interaction, expressions of love and moments of happiness. My aim as a photographer is to tell your story and to capture and preserve your most treasured memories so that you can enjoy them for years to come.

I am based in the Northumberland and the Northwest, but happy to travel far and wide for work. In fact, there is nothing I would love more than to join you in some far away place for a your gorgeous destination wedding.

The offer

BLOVED Readers are entitled to a 25% discount on all my photography packages for weddings taking place in Spring/Summer/Autumn 2015, just quote BLOVED when booking before 31st July 2015

The small print

  • Offer is open to anyone over 18 and resident in the UK
  • Offer ends on Midnight on July 31st 2015
  • Discount excludes travel and hotel costs where applicable


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.


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