Hey, lovely.

I’m so glad you found your way here! I’m Carla – photographer, magic maker, fairytale lover, book addict and accidental but besotted cat lady.

Do you still have a childlike wonder and an unruly imagination?

Are you a bookworm, and retreat into daydreams at every opportunity?

Me too.

From a very young age I had my nose in a book and my head in the clouds, and magic has always been real to me. When I first discovered photography in my teens, it was a way to document life and show the world through my eyes.

And it quickly became apparent that my camera is my wand – this is how I can make my magic visible, share it with others and be a beacon for kindred spirits who have kept their sense of awe and wonder.

Most of what you’ll find here is personal work, fine art photography in its most joyous sense, where I create the stories and scenes from inside my imagination. I hope that you’ll find yourself and your own stories in my images.

If you’ve ever dreamed of starring in your very own fairytale, I create magical shoots with you so you can do just that.

I believe in the transformative power of seeing yourself in a photograph – seeing yourself with a little bit of magic, and shifting your perceptions about yourself and how you show up in the world.

And once you’ve seen your true self – you’ll be more yourself. It’s actual magic.

Are you ready to make magic and be seen?

With love and unicorns,
Carla xx

P.S. I’m also a brand photographer – so if you’re a colourful, magical weirdo with a business, let’s chat!


mermaid tails


assorted hats

unicorn horns


I’m never going to apologise for being me, or believing in magic, or making things beautiful and magical for other people. If you don’t like it you can just scroll on by – but if like me, your imagination and your reality are intertwined, and you long for that ethereal world hidden in the pages of books and half-remembered stories – welcome home.

– carla watkins