Best Job in the World

“Don’t ever give up hope of doing what you love”

Straight from school, I joined Barclays and thought that was all I could ever do.  After 35 years, I decided it was time to change my direction and do something I love rather than something I know. It was a steep learning curve, especially as I was so used to being in a comfortable and protected job to suddenly be out there in the big wide world starting my own business. I have never looked back, I have a permanent smile on my face and love the job I do.


It was when my girls were little that I picked up a camera for the first time and started to take pictures. My eldest would always be posing for me but Beth not so much – move forward 20 years later, nothing has changed. Not long after I started taking photographs, I purchased a backdrop. I remember hanging it from two little screws on door frames. More kit, lighting, stands and equipment followed.


Next, I started photography and newborn training. Online training to start with and later on a 1-2-1 basis with the UK’s best newborn photography trainer, Claire Elliott when I decided to specialise in Newborn and Baby Photography. Looking back over the last seven years from when I first started I can’t believe how far I have come.  I’ve studied and practised to perfect my craft. You never stop learning whatever job you choose, but I am so much happier with the images I create today and my natural style of photography.


Photos of toddlers

At the Guild of Photographers annual awards in 2014, I remember sitting there as one of my pictures was in the top 10 baby photographs of the year, so many people I have admired for so long were also there, and one of my images was being judged alongside them. I was very proud. But, it made me realise that after all this hard work, I can take pictures and just by being there the incentive to keep working harder. I have never once looked back since the day I left the Bank, and I can honestly say that I have never wanted to return.

Photography, for me, is the best job in the world. I love my job and my life.

– Heather Elliott



Giving birth in a Pandemic

Giving birth in a Pandemic

As most of us are now self-isolating at home, I was thinking about those who are expecting a baby over the coming months and the uncertainty. It could be that your having a hospital birth or a midwife visiting for a home birth. Things that we take for granted as the...

Coronavirus  – Studio is temporarily closing

Coronavirus – Studio is temporarily closing

The Studio is temporarily closing I’ve taken the step in the last few days to close the studio for the foreseeable future. Not just to keep myself safe, but more importantly my clients and families. What’s happening seems so surreal at the minute, changing daily and...


Heather Elliott Photography,

Woodroyd Studios,
Woodroyd Mills,
South Parade,
Cleckheaton,  BD19 3AF