Hello & thank you for looking me up

Shiralee Swan

I'm Shiralee, but you probably guessed that...

I love to be among happy people and there is no happier place to be than at a wedding surrounded by happy people enjoying a memorable day with their family and friends.

For many years I worked as a Photojournalist I was the Senior Photographer for a Regional Newspaper, I also worked as a Freelancer Photographer too.

Shiralee Swan Press Cards

Shiralee Swan Press Cards

A Photojournalist is sent to News Stories and News Events, like Royal Visits, etc. by the News Reporters. A Photojournalist is not 'The Paparazzi'  A Photojournalist is employed by the Newspaper.

In late 2019 the Newspaper closed its door for the last time and went into liquidation.

Not wanting to continue in the Press world, I decides it was time to step out on my own... You can find my Commercial Photography page here


As an Essex based photographer what makes me different?

Experience, age, and maturity...

A Professional Photographer with over 25 years of experience, 13 years of which working as a Senior Photographer on the Regional Newspaper The Enquirer Series with the head office in Billericay in Essex.

During this time I had the privilege to photograph all members of the Royal Family, most of the Prime Ministers, MP's. 1000's of children along with some very remarkable people and beautiful Weddings.

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

Shiralee photographed the Queen in Havering
Royal Visit

My children, family, and pets.

Family is important to me, I have a daughter and a son who each has 3 beautiful children, including a set of twins. Which I believe gives me the patience and heart to be able to photograph children in a fun relaxed manner.

Horses are my passion. Spyda is my 16.1 Skewbald gelding he is fully home-produced, I bought him as an untouched foal back in 1999. Over the years we have tried most equestrian sports from x-country to dressage in our older years.

I have had a number of ponies and horses throughout my life, my children had ponies from a very young age and were members of Essex Union Pony Club which is when I first sharted photographing my children and their ponies and was asked by friends to photograph their children and ponies. I guess that was the beginning of my love of photography.

Naughty terriers have always been my dog of choice.

My husband and I live in Fobbing, Essex, we have lived in our little cottage for over 40 years. Both of her children grew up there, it's a lovely quiet little community. 'Our's is very much a family home with paintings done by my young Grandchildren on the walls'.

Fobbing is located just off the A13 near Basildon, Essex, it is only 9 miles from the Queen Elizabeth Bridge and close to M25 and A12, M11 which enables me easily drive to all parts of the U.K. Within an easy drive to a couple of airports too.

I use only Nikon professional equipment and am a Registered Professional Nikon User, am a member of SWPP (Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers). SISLP (Society of International Sports & Leisure Photographers).