The home page has already told you a fair amount about the photography I do, but here I'd like to give you a bit more of an idea of who I am and what my story is.
So... my name is Yvonne Blume and I've been a keen photographer since a very young age, but my career first took me into the field of fashion, working as a model booker, and then into a life on the front line of investment banking, before following my instincts and establishing YBPHOTOGRAPHIC in 2004.
I was born in Germany, then spent some time living in Indonesia, before finally settling in London when I was 15, and I've been here ever since. I have traveled all over the world and you can see a tiny proportion of my travel photographs under Personal Work. on the blog. Sadly, when you are a professional photographer, your own personal images are always the last to be edited or posted online. A bit like the proverbial plumber with the dripping taps.
I love photography as an art form and am continually striving to improve my art through workshops, forum discussions and other learning methods, to ensure that my work stays fresh and that my clients get the very best of my creative juice.
My experience in working in fashion helped train my eye for photographic composition, beauty and style, whilst the years spent in the frantic environment of the City dealing room, have taught me patience, calm and resolve in the face of drama and excitement - qualities which I bring to each shoot - whether working with kids or excited brides and their families on a wedding day.
And whilst I probably should not admit to there being anything in my life other than photography, I have to confess to a minor obsession with all things food and cooking related. I love to cook for my other half and my friends, love to eat, love to read cookbooks, all accompanied by a nice glass of wine!
My guilty secret is that I love pulp crime and legal fiction - so to switch my brain back on, I play bridge most weeks, and even enjoy the occasional pub quiz.
So that's me. :-)
There is a lot of information contained within this website and there are 100s of images in the different galleries. So I hope you'll have a look and enjoy. You can also see regular updates of my most recent work on my blog.
To book me for a portrait shoot, to ask me to photograph your wedding, or just to say "hi", please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you!