About me

Welcome to Laura Shimili Mears Photography

Welcome to my website, I am so happy that you are here! 

I love to say that my photography is "Photography with a difference" because through my work I want to help others and make a contribution. More on that below under "My charity" work.

My love for photography began in 2002 when I was a student in Paris. That was my first experience of leaving home and being in a different country. I started taking pictures of people in the street, my friends, Paris which I loved.

Years later I met my husband who is from Devon, in Albania and we got married and decided to move to London together for one year. 11 years later we are still here, have 2 boys Edward (8) and Elliott (5) and live in Tooting.

When I am not working, you will see me out with my two boys, catching up with friends and doing a lot outdoors.

Before starting Laura Shimili Mears Photography I worked in policy and marketing for 14 years, building a totally different career. Following a redundancy from my last position, I took the leap and started my own business, as scary and exciting as starting a new venture can be!

In the last year and a half I have been very lucky to work with families, pregnant mums and tiny babies and have had great feedback for my work. I also work with individuals looking to update their photographs for their website or Linkedin and with businesses wanting to showcase their work.

Having lived in different countries and the experience of motherhood have helped me truly understand the value and importance of great photography, of capturing those fleeting moments which otherwise would get lost and making them solid and whole in photographs.

My charity work 

I support 4 charities and I organise regular events and fundraisers. I also donate from my bookings to these charities who all support children across the world that are in difficult and vulnerable situations. The 4 charities are:

Help Them Grow created by me and five other Albanian mums in London to send second hand toys and books to Albanian state nurseries. You can always help and bring a bag of toys that you want to clear out at one of the sessions we do together.
Cup of Uji feeds underprivileged children in Kenya with a daily cup of porridge that keeps them in school.I have raised £220 for the Cup of Uji so far. The story behind the event I organised and why I support them is in a recent blog I wrote here.
Samara’s Aid Appeal started by Samara a mum from Brighton, helps displaced people in the Middle East with clothes and emergency health support. I have raised £150 for Samara's Aid Appeal so far and have taken part in a number of their clothes collections.
SOS Children Villages care after children who are on their own and vulnerable by offering them a “home”. We sponsor a child that is part of an SOS Children Village in Albania and in addition I have organised an event "Headshots for charity" where I raised £215 for SOS Children Villages.

If you would like to get in touch, you can call me on 07934788100 or email photography@shimilimears.com 

15 Comments

  1. lily wilson

    love the photo, I want more. What about a video ?

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    • Lauraslittlethings

      Thank you, hmmm not sure about the video?? I’ll think about it 😉

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  2. johnbromford

    Agree…..a fab photo! Looks timeless. Taking lessons was a good idea. My wife Jo is of Cypriot origin and our wedding was full of traditional dancing too……some done very badly by me. Luckily it was analogue days so evidence to post.

    Enjoying your blog…..and excited about ‘speaking’ with my first ever Albanian.

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    • Lauraslittlethings

      Hi John, thanks for your comment and for visiting my blog. The Cypriot dances must be similar to Albanians, I guess, they would have similar influences. I am pleased I’m the first Albanian you’ve met. Keep in touch.

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  3. Studio B Photography

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today and commenting on my post. I notice you have just started a Project 365 of your own – good luck to you and I look forward to following along!

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    • Lauraslittlethings

      I like your blog and reading your posts when I see them on wordpress reader. I started a project 365 which has slowed down at the moment as I cannot find the time to post every day. It lasted for 21 days though 🙂 But i am continuing to post photos regularly so in a way it is still going on… Lovely to meet you.

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  4. O

    How amazing! As a fellow Albanian, having lived in the US for 20 years now I am always curious about how others perceive and experience this unique country! Well done!

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    • Lauraslittlethings

      As you say, a unique country in many regards. You have lived in the US for longer than me in the UK (5 years so far) but I love to read other people’s views about Albania too, curiosity and a desire to compare thoughts and experiences I guess… Thank you for passing by and I hope to see you again

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  5. Tamir Davies

    Hi Laura

    Do you have an email address to get in contact with you about an exciting autumn photography feature Resident’s Journal at Run Wild Media would like to do for our November issue?

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  6. Le Coin de Mel

    Your wedding photo is gorgeous, and timeless. We’re also raising our children in 2 languages. Not easy every day, but so worth it in the end. Where did you study in Paris? I studied there too? (Sorbonne Nouvelle) Mel

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    • Lauraslittlethings

      Hi Mel, thank you so much. Our wedding was in the Albanian style, so like a big party with all our favourite people… Is it English and French you talking to you children? It can be quite frustrating doing that, right? I studied at Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne) and Paris 4 (Sorbonne). How amazing! What did you study? Laura x

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  7. Elise

    Hi Laura ! It’s a pleasure to read you ! Can you say a bit more about the LSJ ? I’m thinking of taking one of their journalism course. Would you recommend it ?
    Bisous

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    • Lauraslittlethings

      Hi Elise, thank you for your comment 🙂 I am happy to have a chat about the LSJ, they were very good, the tutor was very good and attentive. I did enjoy doing the course with them and i learnt a lot. It was the first thing i had ever done in learning about journalism and i did get a good grasp of how the industry works, how to pitch for work, the content and headlines, your sources, interviewing people, looking for stories and maintaining contacts with editors.
      I would recommend it certainly and what you’re going to do with it depends on your circumstances really. For me it was to have a first go at understanding journalism, and it was also related to my work at the time of policy work. It is still useful in my current role of business development and marketing as i have a good understanding of how press releases, writing copy etc works.
      It was also very satisfying to have had an article published in a national newspaper online, the guardian for which i also got paid. That was thanks to the course. I am happy to have a chat on the phone, if you need more detail.

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      • Elise

        Hello Laura, thank you for your reply ! It’s been very interesting. I wouldn’t refuse a chat on the phone or further email exchanges, if you don’t mind. I’m just starting in this journalism idea and might have further questions for you 🙂

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        • Lauraslittlethings

          No problem Elise, I don’t know how to see your email address but mine is laura.shimili@gmail.com
          Drop me a line and I will respond and we can speak on the phone too. Laura 😊

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