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Freya Dowson is an international documentary photographer based in Dubai.

About Freya

Autumn is the time of year where life picks up for me, is it the same for anyone else? September to January is where the magic really happens, where the most exciting projects pop up or good news comes in. Autumn and the early days of winter is when I really start to build some momentum, and then by the time the New Year rolls around I’m ready for a good long rest/hibernation until summer.

I’ve been working on some really exciting stuff lately. I mean, super exciting! I can’t share it yet but keep an eye out for a few new albums in my portfolio of some really exciting shoots I’ve done over the past few months. And I’m hoping that good news brings with it more good news, and that good things just keep happening – you know when you feel like you’re just about to catch a wave of good luck? I’m feeling that now, I hope I’m right!

But in between the excitement, trip planning, long-haul flights and piles of laundry mounting up, there are those wonderfully quiet moments. Moments like these were Adam and I pull over on the side of the road and jump out to take in the view, totally unplanned…

I don’t know what I’ve done but I have managed to convince Adam that photography is fun. And now he’s SUPER into it. I have never been so happy. He is all in one my second shooter, location scout, and producer – all the while keeping an eye on the light telling me when it’s time to go and get those shots in.

Lately we have been making plans to go all around the UK, visiting our favorite spots and challenging ourselves to find some wonderful photo locations. With life responsibilities and work getting in the way we don’t have as much time as we would like to hop in our old car and go somewhere beautiful, but we make it work.

There’s nowhere like Yorkshire though. We were up there a few months ago for Sara’s wedding, when the heather was still out and looking so beautiful.

In between downpours and styrofoam cups of tea we found a few special spots to leap out of the car on our way home and capture some of the magic. It’s doing things like that which keep me going. There’s so much hustle to be done, you have to work hard to make the life you want and that’s something I’m coming to grips with – and the bone-tiredness that comes with it. But moments where I can put my feet up in the car while it rains outside and I’m all tired out from a fun shoot, those moments get me through those long hours of work. 



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