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Get pretty pictures and pretty things because we love mums! It's nearly Mother's Day - let's help each other celebrate the strong, beautiful, multi-tasking and multi-talented women in our lives.  We've got lovely jewellery from the www.thefeatherpen.com to give away along with lifestyle photo sessions from yours truly at www.photomadly.com. #mothersday   #mums   #mum   #mothers   #photographer   #photography   #sussex   #brighton   #london   #freestuff   #free   #contest   #competition   #photomadly   #thefeatherpen   #gifts   #mothersdaygifts   #pleaseshare  
  You may have noticed that things have been quiet on the PhotoMadly front lately.  There's been a reason for that, and he's a little gentle giant called Sebastian Cooper.  With a birthday of ...
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#fashion   #photography  #editorial #winter #luxury  #diamonds #ice #shiny #seqins #brighton  
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Publication: Sussex Life magazine, February 2015
Photography: erika szostak
Styling: Rebekah J Shirley for Beksie’s Boutique
Designers: Beksie’s Boutique, Rosa Bloom, Louise O’Mahony, Tessa Metcalfe Jewellery, Wolf & Moon
Hair & makeup: Lydia Pankhurst
Models: Laura Faye & Emily Bunclark
Credits. Publication: Sussex Life magazine, February 2015; Photography: erika szostak; Styling: Rebekah J Shirley for Beksie's Boutique; Designers: Beksie's Boutique, Rosa Bloom, Louise O'Mahony, Tessa Metcalfe Jewellery, Wolf & Moon; Hair & makeup: Lydia Pankhurst; Models: Laura Faye & Emily ...
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“midnight glitter” | holiday fashion editorial, absolute magazine nov / dec 2014 #christmas   #xmas   #holiday   #fashion   #editorial   #photography   #mrsukworld  
For the November/December issue of Absolute magazine, we had to make the The Grand hotel in Brighton look like Christmas on a sunny day in October. Lucky the shops start selling holiday decorations earlier and earlier each year, so sourcing those proved somewhat less of a challenge than I ...
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“Sirens”, a sea-siren / mermaid-themed editorial for the October 2014 issue of Absolute magazine. Shot on location at Rottingdean Beach, East Sussex, UK. #fashion  #photography #heartsandguns #mermaid #seasiren #brighton  #sussex #fashionphotographer #editorial 
“Sirens”, a sea-siren / mermaid-themed editorial for the October 2014 issue of Absolute magazine. Shot on location at Rottingdean Beach. Credits: Photography: erika szostak | photography; Styling & production: Laura Powell for Hearts and Guns; Makeup: Elloise India Willett; Hair: Raf Blosinski ...
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Love this super creative wedding shot.
Yes this is a wedding photo :D For this couple I got pretty much free hands to come up with original concept for their wedding photo. I knew that the couple are into movies, so I wanted to create definitely something that has movie feel. I got some inspiration from the movie Inception where the perspective of the world changes in the dreamworlds.
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Richard & Chris's Hurts-Inspired Pre-Wedding Shoot at the Barbican ft. on Way Out Wedding blog today: 
I love an engagement shoot with a musical and artistic twist. This is the shoot of Chris and Richard by PhotoMadly in the style of the band Hurts. I love all the moody shots around and about the Barbican. One of my favourite bits of London, the complex is a big concrete, futuristic playground, ...
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Recently I collaborated on a shoot for newly opened Brighton salon Black Eye Hair with fellow photographer Dade Freeman, makeup artist Sean Chapman and designers Hearts and Guns and Jenna Shahira, along with models Mai Osuga, Daisy Jayne Behar and Claire Murphy.   Check out our results here:     #fashion   #editorial   #brighton   #hair   #salon   #whatshappeningmagazine   #erikaszostak   #photography   #photographer   #photographerstofollow   #sussex   #commercial   #blackeyehair  

       
Recently I collaborated on a shoot for newly opened Brighton salon Black Eye Hair with fellow photographer Dade Freeman. The resulting editorial in What's Happening Magazine features photos from both of us; as you can see in the layout to the right our styles our quite distinct from one ...
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"Hi Erika! We’re slowly emerging into the land of the non-honeymoon, and I wanted to say thank you, again, for such a great experience…. We are ridiculously thrilled with the photos we’ve seen so far, and, obviously, planning to quit our office jobs and pursue careers as supermodels, now that your photos have revealed that we’re both secretly very beautiful. Thanks again xxx” - Penny & John #wedding   #london   #dinosaur   #quirky   #weddingphotography   #weddingphotographer  
Penny & John were tons of fun to work with - not only did they choose a quirky "elegant dinosaur" theme for their wedding, they were happy to run around London to get lots of iconically British...
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"The Mum Complex" - Thrilled to see @dseeland's write-up of Mother Plastic on @sternde Weitwinkel blog yesterday. 

A few words about the project:  I have two young children, two boys aged 5 months and 3 years, and I suppose the Sugar Mama and Mother Mary images are particularly informed by that.  I hadn't necessarily thought of it that way until I described my idea for Mother Mary to a friend and she responded with, “Wow, that's an interesting representation of your experience of motherhood, Erika.” And it occurred to me that she was right.  There's so much pressure on women to be perfect mothers – and among a certain subset to be perfectly “natural” mothers – along with all the other pressures to be “naturally” beautiful, to be successful in our careers, to be good homemakers and cooks and wives and bombshells, etc that in the end I wanted to poke fun at that stereotype just like all the others.  In my case, with my first child, I tried to follow a course of natural parenting as closely as possible; I had a home birth, used cloth nappies, did attachment parenting (baby carrier, co-sleeping, breastfeeding), made my own organic baby food, stocked up on wooden toys, swore off television and access to technology etc etc, all of this while starting and running my photography business at the same time – and to be honest, even though I'm glad we chose to do all of that, I still often felt as if it wasn't enough. I don't know if other mums truly were judging me or this was just the result of my own insecurities.  Because what happened is that all my ideals about natural parenting eventually smacked up against the hard edges of reality and a massive level of exhaustion (as it's all fantastically time-consuming), and eventually it all became too much and, despite our initial objections, we ended up with a house of full cheap plastic Chinese crap, disposable nappies, store-bought baby food, baby formula to supplement the breast milk, occasional sugary snacks, ice cream bribes and a dedicated iPad for our older child.  It was after all this started to change that I did feel especially as if I were failing in the competitive mothering arena, while other mums had managed to keep up that level of natural parenting much longer than I had and maintained quite strict adherence to all of those standards, some quite pedantically. I found myself showing up at playgroups with a store-bought cheese sandwich for Oliver that I'd bought in a rush on our way out the door while everyone else had something like organic homemade roasted vegetable couscous full of produce hand-grown and harvested from their own allotments, and well, I wasn't winning any parenting awards among that crowd. In any case, everyone takes it all so terribly seriously, and while parenting is obviously quite a serious and important endeavour, I think we've  really just got to keep a sense of humour about it. One part of motherhood that I wasn't at all prepared for was the real loss of a sense of self, the total subsuming of my own identity and needs and desires to this new role as mum, and I spent some time mourning for the loss of my old life and the old me.  The Sugar Mama and Mother Mary, in particular, are me rebelling against all that a bit, satirising myself and a social ideal of motherhood that I found impossible to sustain unless I were going to quit work altogether.  

Once again I owe big fat huge thanks to all the people that helped make the project possible - Dade Freeman, Dumpster Design, Black Eye Hair, Charlene Howells Make-Up Artist, Jacqueline Damelle, Frankie Kent, Beksies Boutique, RockCakes Jewellery, Katya Vezzadini, Flutterby Bakery.

#mothers #parenthood #mums   #moms #naturalparenting #stereotypes #motherhood #photography   #photographer   #fashio   #kitsch   #hyperreal  
Wer hasst sie nicht, diese Supermütter mit ihren Hausgeburten und selbstgestrickten Ökowindeln? Erika Szostak fotografiert witzig-bunte Mutter-Klischees.
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Fashion photography, Beauty photography, Advertising photography, Portrait Photography, LIfestyle photography, Event Photography, Wedding Photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, Teaching, Writing,
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    Commercial photographer: fashion | editorial | lifestyle | beauty
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Commercial photographer specialising in fashion, editorial, lifestyle & beauty, based in Brighton & London, U.K. American ex-pat. Househead. Parent. Reader. Writer. Nerd.

My images tend to be bold, bright and aspirational with a subtle sense of humour, appreciation of kitsch and the hyperreal cinematic influence of years spent in Southern California.

Before delving into photography, I spent several years working in the film industry in Los Angeles, gaining experience in diverse aspects of shoot production.

I often art direct and produce my own shoots. I also take well to art direction, dedicating myself to realising clients' visions; when possible I enjoy being involved in the creative process for a shoot from inception.


For my wedding, event and portrait work, please visit www.photomadly.com.
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