Dearest Joanna,

I remember the first time I met you.  Both at the very start of our photography business',  chatting online.. fascinated and drawn to each other's work more than anyone else's.  I was acting in a play in Brighton and you came along to watch.  I remember sitting in my dressing room before the show and someone dropped in a little postcard.  It was from you.. before we'd even met in a real life.. a note to say good luck..

That was five years ago.. and the notes have kept on coming.. and so have the chats, the giggles, the support, the tears, the fun and all the adventures.  You are my bestie and along with Debs and Anna, our little From Our Hearts gang... we are family.  You girls mean the absolute world to me and over these past five years our little group has had it's fair share of knocks but we are holding on tight and we'll never let go of each other.

I just wanted to tell you how proud I am of you.

The journey you and Glenn have been on to welcome Beau in to the world hasn't been an easy one.. both personally and professionally and although at times it might have felt impossible I was in total awe of both your strength and your ability to let yourself be vulnerable.  I want to write a million things right now but what I will say is.. getting that picture message when Beau was born has to be one of the best things I've ever seen.. and getting to hold and smell and kiss your baby boy.. he really is the most precious thing in the world.

So.. Mr Beau Fox Armitage.. just to let you know.. your Mum is kinda the bee's knees and she loves you so very much.. and so do we.. and I'm afraid you're just going to have to get used to a) getting kissed all up every time one of us visits and b) having a camera in your face until you're approx 18. K?

Here's some photos of your Mummy looking all awesome and so, so beautiful.. well.. you know.. you were there.. ;)

Welcome to the mad house little fox cub.

All images taken on a variety of cameras.. digital and film..

If you want to go take a look at the cutest little red head in town then go have a read of this beautiful post by Jo on her blog..


  1. These take my breathe away.

    And you two ladies in one room? Goodness, so much talent, I'm amazed those 4 walls didn't implode from the power of such.


  2. Just so perfect. I held it together until I saw the photo of Glenn and Jo. Now im typing with tears in my eyes. These are so beautiful Em/Jo. You know how darn proud we are of you Jo/Glenn/Beau and you know how happy we are too.
    Love these to the moon and back.The happiest photos ever! xxx

  3. Awwww your words are magical my darling girl, that first postcard I had forgotten about that, I just love our journey together the tough times and the good and the milestones are incredible to share with you and then to be able to capture them in such a unique ass-kicking Emma Case styleeee is pretty much the icing on the cake. You and Pete have been our rock and we all can't thank you enough, I promise with glenn and Beau fox when the time comes to support in EVERY which way we can when you guys have a family, every step of the way we will be holding your hand like you have done with us.. incredible generous gift of friendship is totally amazing we are SOOO lucky. I am there ready for you guys too and can't wait to capture your next milestone too... :))) you are our official family photographer both of you and I was thinking lets get pete shooting some super 8 stuff too ... We love you guys to the moon and back thanks for being there for us ALL the time we are grateful beyond words can express. love you xxx

  4. Utter beauty. Love your words, friendship, and images. A real treasure of a post right here. Congratulations Jo, Glenn and Beau! xx

  5. Oh my gosh, so so beautiful I could cry.