All about Me

Photographer Shiralee Swan wearing a blue shirt

My Career as a Photographer

With my background as a Senior Photographer (Photojournalist) on a Regional Newspaper.  I can assure you that I have the confidence and competence along with people skills to match all occasions.

I am a Mother of two and a Nanny to six wonderful Grandchildren, including a set of twins.


Super pleased that you would like to know more about me and who I am...

Shiralee (Shi-ra-lee) that's the name my Mum gave me, different I know! I'm Essex-born & bred and still living in the cottage that my children grew up in.

You have heard the saying 'The wrong side of 50' Well that is where I am.  But not who I am! I am not defined by a number.

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Stepping out...

Let me explain...  In 2006, I began working for a Regional Newspaper, as a Photojournalist, reaching Senior Photographer working from the Billericay office.

In August 2019 The Newspaper closed its doors for the last time and went into liquidation.

Not wanting to continue in the Press World, I decided it was time to step out on my own and use my skills as a Photojournalist. I have the skills to photograph many genres.


Shiralee Swan Press Cards

Why I'm the Photographer for you...

Weddings and all things family or are you launching a new business and need a set of Personal Branding images, having a corporate drinks reception, hosting a conference, or a music festival, as an Ex Newspaper photographer… I have you covered.

With my background as a Photojournalist, I have a portfolio 2nd to none. Having photographed under the extreme pressure of photographing Royal visits for the Front Page to photographing local events like the Soap Box Derby and thousands of visits to Schools.

I dress appropriately in line with your event dress code, I mingle and melt into the background and your guests will hardly know I'm there, you will have a range of documentary photos to remember your occasion.

Show your confidence

Based in Basildon, Essex, within easy reach of the M25 and London working across the South East, I’d love to hear from you and chat about your plans.

My style of photography is relaxed and unposed using natural light wherever possible.

This means there are no limits to where I can photograph capturing the true feel and atmosphere, if there is a need for lighting, I have that covered too as I have a battery-powered studio set up.

I couldn't say to the Queen... "Look at me and smile" - so I won't say it to you either!

Read my Blog post telling the story of how I became the Photojournalist who shoots Weddings...Here!

Shiralee photographed the Queen in Havering
Royal Visit

My life away from my camera

Horses have always been in my family's lives, the kids always had ponies and I have ridden since I was a kid too.  Today I have an Ex-Racehorse called Bert.

Horses become a lifestyle. Everything in my daily life involves horses, and if you are horsey? you know exactly what I mean, every day starts at 5:30 am with coffee, and off to the stables, before a full day of work.

Bay thorooghbred horse in a field in Essex.

Let’s see if I’m available

Please feel free to contact me, I would love to hear about your wedding plans.

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