Welcome to my blog! My name is Laura Shimili and this is the blog for Laura Shimili Mears Photography. This is where I share updates about my photography mainly but also sometimes about my life as a mum to two boys, an Albanian married to an English and living in London since 2008. I have also lived in Paris where I graduated with a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Economics.
Since the beginning of this year I decided to do more photography and develop a professional photography portfolio. I opened a facebook page to share my images and portfolio and it has been great as I have worked with many people. I am now building a portfolio specialising in:
- Portraits and headshots
- Family photography
- Maternity and newborn
My interest in photography started during my student years in Paris (15 years ago) when I purchased my first semi-pro film camera. At the moment I shoot with a digital SLR. I have attended a number of courses and private tuitions with professional photographers and will start a formal qualification with the Society of Wedding and Portrait photographers later in the year.
Apart from photography I have a long list of interests and activities that are dear to me. And I also have a job which I enjoy, in Business Development and Marketing in housing.
I am part of Help Them Grow, an initiative we have set up with 4 other Albanian mums living in London. We collect second hand toys and books and send them to Albanian state nurseries. We have helped 1550 children so far and continue to help more.
I support whenever I can initiatives that help refugees affected by the recent war in Syria and I follow and support Samara’s Aid Appeal in particular. I am planning to organise an event in July to raise funds through a ‘Headshort party’ event, stay tuned.
I met my ‘English husband’, Roger who is from Devon, in Albania. He is a well-travelled man and went working oversees as a civil engineer. We had an amazing “Albanian wedding” after which we decided to move to London.
If you visit this blog, I would love to hear from you. My facebook photography page is Laura Shimili Mears Photography I am also on twitter @shimili and on Instagram @shimilimearsphotography it would be great to be in touch.
Our Albanian wedding!
Have a lovely journey!