jilly cowdry


As a photographer, my eye is trained to capture something beautiful or extrodinary through a lens.   It’s a very individual thing as we all see beauty and light and something fascinating to us very differently and I guess that’s what makes this work so exciting.  Photography is a life long study and development and I’m so glad to be part of it; I follow countless photographers and am inspired by their work every day.   I love photographing people and particularly children as they have no barriers.   It takes a little longer with a grown up but I enjoy that challenge.

Behind the lens I search for natural, emotional moments whether it be a family shoot or a lifestyle commercial shoot.  Natural light is very important to me although I use some props to enhance that light occasionally.  I use a great deal of shallow depth of field which puts the subject in sharp focus with blurr in the background. 

Beautiful places and products, nature and the motherhood journey are important to me.  I also love interiors and travel and I started my photography journey in Paris taking pictures of a gorgeous, atmospheric cafe called Cafe de Flore for a blog post.  Right there a passion was born.

Keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of life

Khalil Gibran

My Story

I haven’t always been a photographer, in fact a change in life illuminated that possibility

After many years working in the luxury hotel industry in guest relations and later HR working in London, Canada and Ibiza, I settled in London and was lucky enough to meet my husband and have two beautiful girls.  I also took on two gorgeous step children.  This happened later in my life so I stayed home with my girls and put my career on hold.  One day a magazine article inspired me to visit a beautiful little village in the South of France called Cotignac.  During that trip I stumbled upon Aix en Provence and a travel seed was planted.

A year later we all moved there for a year, for an experience with our children.   I started a travel blog www.mydreamyprovence.com and my interest in photography was born.

On our return to London I studied photography for a few years before embarking on a business starting in family photography.  Over the last years I have met some wonderful people and it is always a great joy seeing them treasure their photographs.  More recently I have been focusing on commercial photography, mainly around motherhood and children and also headshots which is a fantastic challenge.

My family are growing up and we now have two teens around the house and a white fluffy dog.  I live in Twickenham and thrive on the diversity of London.  We are lucky enough to enjoy wondrous parks around us teeming with wildlife to find calm and it’s always tempting and easy to exit to the countryside or fly to a European destination if time allows.

I am re-starting my blogging again with London life, Wanderlust and travel stories.  I plan to blend my photography skills with all that I love to share with you.

Thank you for visiting





Welcome to my little blog and a chance to share snippets of travel, London lifestyle and my photography experiences.  There will be stories and interviews, offers and suggestions as well as things that I dream of but haven’t experienced ….YET…..  I look forward to sharing with you and hearing your thoughts.  Jilly x

Contact me

 email: Jilly@jillycowdryphotography.co.uk

Tel: 07808724330