Had an absolute amazing day. I contacted Gaynor with regards to a 1st Birthday Cake Smash photo shoot and luckily there was a slot for me for the following week. A very professional, friendly lady with lots and lots of patience. Even with a 1yr old trying to rob the camera to look at photographs before hand Gaynor remained very professional, even showed her a few. Everything that I had envisioned for my little girl's day Gaynor pulled off with much much more to offer. Highly recommended. Thank you very much for such a memorable day.

Leishia Lily Allen

Such an amazing lady. I have three very mischievious boys and a baby and i was dreading it to be honest but Gaynor made us feel at ease and didn’t mind that my boys were not in particularly good moods that day. Laughed it off in the end! And then baby Mias cake smash was just wonderful! Had fun laughed smashed cake whats not to love about that!
Would highly recommend Gaynor to everyone.

Sarah Dugdale

I have a real job keeping my Dalmation still for a second or 2 but Gaynor has tricks and treats which helped her capture many many photos for me … so many I found it very difficult to choose. In the end I opted for a 6 image collage which is just amazing – I love it! Thank you Gaynor

Sally Watts

Gaynor is mad about dogs and it really shows. We took our little shih tzu Bertie for some photos and the results were fantastic. Bertie really took to Gaynor and was so well behaved for her – I was amazed! Got a fab Christmas shot too for my Christmas card – thank you SO MUCH Gaynor.

Jane Moores

Fantastic service! This lady knows how to get a smile and takes beautiful photographs. She makes you feel so comfortable and adapts to any situation... nothing is forced and we all enjoyed it. Thanks

Gemma Parry

Thanks Gaynor for the brilliant promo shots. Your ideas were well received and really captured the essence of what I do. And I am sure I will be back for more in the near future.

Jamie Johnson

I booked my son Harvey for a cake smash for his first birthday. He was more interested in eating the cake than the camera but Gaynor managed to capture some beautiful & comical photos of him. He was tired and cranky come bath time but managed to get one smile while in the tub. She is an amazing photographer and also such a lovely lady, she gives off such a warming and caring vibe. I will definitely be booking a family photoshoot soon. Thankyou Gaynor X

Laura Nutter

I’d always wanted nude photos done, but always felt awkward even to make the booking. So I couldn’t believe how relaxed Gaynor made me feel when we met for a consultation and throughout the session. Gaynor is very discreet and ensured I was comfortable with everything we were doing. The photos are absolutely amazing. I’d booked for 5 photos, but I ended up having a book of 14 pics! The prices are reasonable and the book is just out of this world if I do say so myself! Definitely recommend 100%

Rebecca Prescott

Have always wanted photos of my baby but wasn’t sure what I really wanted – Gaynor offered me a combination shoot where we did some studio pics and then we went outside and into the woods and had brilliant fun in the sunshine. Got so many wonderful photographs of my Ruby – cannot recommend Gaynor highly enough and Ruby just loved her.

Maria Williams

Can’t thank Gaynor enough for my newborn photo shoot! She was absolutely brilliant with my little girl, extremely patient. It took us about an hour and a half to get my daughter to sleep ready for her shoot, but I didn’t feel rushed in any way whatsoever. The communication regarding when my order would be ready was fab and I am in love with my canvas – such great quality. I would definitely recommend Shy Violet Photography

Katrina Gnandt

Thanks Gaynor for such a fab day, you were amazing with Maisie for her newborn shoot! We can’t wait to see the prints and will be defo coming back for smash the cake!!

Camille Murphy

Thank you thank you thank you Gaynor for our wonderful wedding album. We haven’t been able to put it down or stop showing it to everyone as we love it so much. You captured our day perfectly and you made the photography bit, which I know some people dread so much fun. Everybody said how much they enjoyed it and you made us all so relaxed and got us all organised without any bossiness whatsoever. Honestly we cannot thank you enough. Highly highly recommend Gaynor for wedding photos.

Fiona & Tim Woodley

I am very awkward in front of a camera and I always look very nervous with wild eyes in most photos. However, I booked in for some headshots with Gaynor and she made me feel so relaxed and kept making me laugh – so I really did end up with some very natural and great photos. Thank you Gaynor and will be recommending you to all my awkward friends.

Sheila Barratt

Thank you so much for out beautiful wedding pictures you have captured the most amazing moments of our special day so well. Our wedding book is absolutely gorgeous and everyone has said it. It is the most beautiful way to keep those memories of which was the best day of our lives. Thank you!

Rossana & Matt

We booked in for a newborn photo shoot for my baby girl when she was 10 days old, and took our 7 year old to join in. Gaynor did an amazing job on the day, it was a lovely relaxed atmosphere and nothing was rushed. Lots of great ideas and outfits were tried on, and the end pictures blew us away, they’re absolutely amazing, we love them. I can’t recommend Gaynor enough, I’m sure we’ll be back for more photo’s in the future!

Tony Elmore

Gaynor took some great shots of my son for his new portfolio – one of his headshots was used on the cover of the agency’s magazine. Prices are very reasonable compared to others in this area and we were both really pleased with Liam’s pictures.

Beverley Heath

My daughter had a first birthday cake smash and we enjoyed the session from beginning to end. She was teething and a little grizzly but as soon as the cake came out everything changed. Gaynor was very patient and made the session fun and relaxing and now we have wonderful memories of her first birthday captured in some brilliant photos. Thank you Gaynor.

Kate Clayton

I have had loads of sessions (10 sessions) with Gaynor for my children and family shoots and she is just brilliant!! Had excellent results every time I have been, would highly recommend her. Would never go anywhere else.

Carla Hanson

Been to see gaynor at shy violet 3 times now, such a fun laid back photoshoot with amazing pictures to show at the end cannot recommend enough

Sam Ogden Constantinou

Gaynor’s ideas and poses for boudoir are very tasteful and I’d been looking for a boudoir photographer for ages before I found Shy Violet. I booked in and had my hair and make up done at the studio, and during this we chatted about the shots I wanted and props we would use. By the time it came to actually taking the photos I wasn’t at all nervous and can honestly say I enjoyed the whole thing. The pictures are just beautiful and although editing has been done, I still look like me, just me at my best. Couldn’t be happier with the results.

Alex North

Just amazing! Can’t thank Gaynor enough, we had such fun at our little boys 3 in 1 cake smash & the pictures captured all the laughs & fun we had! The pictures are amazing, such amazing memories created for us to treasure forever. Thank you so much

Stacey Dunlop

Thanks to you Gaynor for the Bridal Boudoir album for my now husband. He is absolutely thrilled with this, as am I. Thank you too for making me feel so good about myself in the photo shoot and thank you for all the fab editing you’ve done. We are both very happy with the results.

Gareth Williams

Gaynor, We just wanted to say a massive thank you for our fantastic wedding photos and beautiful portrait book. We had a brilliant day and you helped make our day special – you were fun, very professional and as we can see from all the photos, everyone was having such a good time. We would highly recommend you to anyone wanting the fun style of photography that you offer for weddings, rather than the more traditional approach, and I would ask anyone to look at our wedding pictures to see how much fun our day was. Everyone who has seen our wedding book has commented that it is the best wedding album they have seen and that they have never seen anything like it before. For any bride and groom looking for a photographer who is very professional, full of fun, offering something a little bit different, and also one who makes you feel relaxed and gets your guests to have a good time – We would definitely recommend Gaynor from Hitched By Shy Violet – as you will not be disappointed. Thanks again for everything.

Eddy and Vicky Benedek


Due to the unfolding situation with Coronavirus I have taken the decision to close my studios.

As a result of the Government's advice on social distancing and to mitigate the possible spread of the virus, I am temporarily closing to protect myself and all customers from further risk of infection.

If you would like to speak with me, or you would like to make a future provisional booking, you can make use of the contact form on my website or by telephone on 07810 533533. I am offering a reduced Deposit on booking of £10.00 (usually £39.00).

When the time is right, and we are through this, I will be offering discounted 'Celebratory Family Sessions' and I look forward to welcoming you to Shy Violet Photography.

Take care and stay safe, Gaynor