Author Archives: debbybesford

Wedding Bliss

Last October I was asked to photograph a small wedding at Thurning Church and then at the reception at Hindolveston, North Norfolk. It was a magical day with lots of tears and laughter. I love being commissioned to creatively document a wedding and all the little details that unfold throughout the day. Telling a visual story that encapsulates the uniqueness of the couple and the joy and excitement, new beginnings with family and friends.

Let’s Dance..



Female Artistic Roller Skaters

A personal four year documentary photography project about Young Female Artistic Roller Skaters. These young women are dedicated to their sport and stand in a moment of glory in their home environments. Phase 3 of this project is capturing each skater’s facial expressions while in mid jump. Following this is a Slow Motion video of each skaters moment jumping. Artistic Roller Skating demands similar technical elements to ice skating, but lacks the same kudos. My intention is to highlight the importance of this forgotten sport and the representation of young women in sport.

Artistic Champion Roller Skater, Molly.

Artistic Champion Roller Skater, Molly.

Restoration of the Boat Animal Heads

Part of The Venetian Waterways Photo Project. Kelvin is a bespoke carpenter has been commissioned to restore the wooden animal heads that were once attached to boats.  People could take a trip on them at the waterways. They will be displayed on once of the islands at the site soon. Note see image of postcard June 2019.


190313_ANIMAL HEAD RESTORATION, Photo by Debby Besford Photography

The Venetian Waterways – Postcard Project 2018/19

I have been working on The Venetian Waterways Project since last September 2018. It started as a personal photography project as a place I use to visit with my family, when I was a toddler to a teenager. My mum used to take my brother and I to The Waterways on a sunny day and we would sit and have a picnic and watch the boats and tourists go by. This project has evolved into a larger body of work which captures the regeneration of the Boating lake and Waterways over a period of year, which will be a shown as an animated series from beginning to completion.  The postcard series was inspired by my Dad who was a collector of postcards of Gt Yarmouth and the surrounding areas of Norfolk. The Postcard series will be exhibited in the Ex- Marks and Spencers shop in Gt Yarmouth in the next month or so. There are also plans to exhibit at the Skipping’s Gallery, Gt Yarmouth and possibly project the images onto the water at The Waterways at night.

The Venetian Waterways Postcards Series

The Venetian Waterways Postcards Series, Debby Besford Photography

Portraits of Children, Introducing Mariame Isla

I was commissioned this summer to photograph Mariame Isla for the second time. It was great fun and hard work to get her attention, but in the end it all worked out really well. Her Mother, Tomoni, was thrilled with the photographs and is keen to have her daughter photographed each year. This is one of many images that captures the toddlers character and personality.

Portraits of Children_MARIAME ISLA

The Drill House Photography Project.

Collaboration Photography Project working with Seachange Arts  and Tricia Hall from Time and Tide Museum, Gt Yarmouth and East Coast Sixth Form students. I spent two days working with the students to capture the essence of the building combining the historic to the more recent contemporary space which is now occupied inside the hall. A wonderful space for circus workshops and street arts creation and training facility offering residencies to artists and companies. It is open to local people and has a great variety of workshops and dancing on offer for all the family.

The students final work had been enlarged onto big poster boards and displayed around the building for the public to see and read the information about The Drill House.


A great project. Thank you Tricia Hall and Seachangearts.


The Drill House, 150 Years

The Drill House, 150 Years, Copyright, Debby Besford, May 2018

On Her Terms, with The Amos Trust, North Devon

Last October, I had the honour to photograph an All Women Conference called ‘On Her Terms’ Campaign in North Devon. This is supported by Amos Trust and is about “Giving girls who have never had a first chance, a second. A feeling of ownership is a powerful thing — not something often experienced by girls around the world, and especially not by girls living on the streets.” (Quote, Amos Trust)

These amazing women have travelled from all over the world, including, India, Africa, Egypt, USA and Mexico – to be together to talk and inspire each other with their experiences and knowledge within their own field – especially their roles working and supporting Girls and Women. They all specialise in working with young people and families from, Social workers, Coordinators of Youth, Psychologists, Healers and Legal advisors. The week included workshops and leisure activities.  This is one of the many photographs I took that show the wonderful energy and spirit of these women. You can see these images in the next Amos Trust Newspaper.

I look forward to my next assignment with Amos Trust.


181004_ON HER TERMS_3

181004_ON HER TERMS_3 Copyright: Debby Besford October 2018

Exhibiting in Amsterdam Dec/Jan 2019

This photo of mine is part of a larger body of work on Artistic Roller Skaters and Moments of Glory. It was selected by Shutterhub for Photomonth, In East London this October as part of the International Photography Festival 2018. The show was a great success and now is touring to Amsterdam this December till January 2019.

Locations: 5&33 Gallery which is located, right opposite Amsterdam Centraal Station.

The gallery is open daily from 10am – 10pm, and it’s free to visit. It is part of the Art’otel, owned by the Park Plaza group, a well-connected and world famous brand,

The exhibition will run from 7th December – 21st January and there’ll be an opening reception on the evening of 6th December…Exciting!!!

Project, Moment of Glory. Savannah, Artistic Champion Roller Skater. Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK



Portrait of Lucy Marks.

A few months ago I was commissioned to photograph Lucy Marks. What a great day spent at St Georges Works, Norwich. Lucy was keen to be photographed in her work environment. We had so much fun. I was able to capture Lucy relaxed and open to ideas. The portrait were for her professional profile.

Portrait of Lucy Marks, Managing Director of Norfolk Network Ltd, Norwich, UK.



Portrait of Phoebe

At the start of this year I was asked to photograph Phoebe who is a very talented young women. She needed some contemporary portraits that she could show to potential theatre companies for acting, dancing and singing. Phoebe was very happy with the results and expressed how much she liked them.