About you

You are the mum who values every moment - except maybe ketchup stains. 

Way back before you had kids,  you thought you knew how busy felt. Turns out you didn't. Now you are busy... with tonsillitis, tommee tippee and tantrums.

Mums say to me every day they feel guilty they don’t take enough photos.

They feel bad they don’t take photos which are good enough. I can't take away all your mummy guilt, but I can solve your photography guilt, by bringing you joyful and emotional photography you will treasure.As much as we complain about parenting, we still can’t believe how lucky we are.  

I can give you images to make your heart sing - photos which tell your family story.


About me

I spend a lot of time trying to resist chocolate.
I constantly worry that I'm messing up my children.

I never forget a face but quite frankly I'm terrible with names. 

I'm Ellie Cotton and I am Dandelion Photography. I live on on the edge of the Peak District National Park in North-West England with my husband and two amazing, headstrong children. I'm originally from London, but we moved up to Cheshire in 2010 just before having children. It's without doubt the best decision we ever made. We're surrounded by the great outdoors, with the bonus of an fantastic view over the hills around Bollington.

First trees. Then people.

I started photography with a second-hand Practika film SLR at the grand old age of 10. That was some years ago, and I even developed my own prints at home. But being a rather shy child, I only tackled landscape photography back then. But having my first child changed my photography, and it's all about people. But I've not forgotten my childhood love of landscapes, and maybe that's why my style is so environmental.

Shoot. Edit. Love.

Quite honestly I've always been bordering on obsessive about photography. My husband knows that a big part of the point of family holidays for me is photographing and filming the kids.

Calm. Resilient. Thoughtful. Artistic.

These are the four words most often used to describe me. So how do I know this? Well, I attended a workshop in 2016 and was tasked to ask people to do just that. And, by the way, I thoroughly recommend doing this yourself - it's quite fascinating.



Storytelling photography for modern families

I offer lifestyle and documentary photography in a environmental style, telling stories of birth, babies and family.

My style is natural and authentic, so I use your everyday surroundings and natural light - there is no white studio and no studio lights. Whether you prefer a photoshoot at home, or an outdoor family shoot at your favourite park - your family can relax. Location shoots are great for the kids - it's just a family walk with a bit of silliness thrown in.  I also like to incorporate the beauty of the beautiful British countryside in an environmental style.

My magic formula

It all works just because of this..

no time pressure  +  fun for kids   =   relaxed kids + relaxed parents  +  fantastic natural photography

You might see my monkey impression, or hear me asking the kids  kids if they like broccoli ice cream - and I'm an expert at working with children no matter what mood they arrive in.  I have tonnes of patience, so even the most awkward of toddler moods doesn't faze me at all. I just enjoy waiting for the right moment and that magic shot - when I see the shot I know that all my  perseverance has paid off.

I love working with babies and children because their personalities are so unique and exciting to discover. That's why unlike many other photographers I don't offer weddings. I prefer the completely authentic interactions that come from parents and children in everyday life.

With children in the frame, every shoot has something different.