Sedgley's Natasha snaps up photography awards
She's snapped countless baby bumps and giggling toddlers but now rising star Natasha Ince has been crowned one of the nation's best.
The Sedgley photographer managed to scoop both the winner and runner-up prizes from the Guild of Photographers for her maternity snaps.
It comes six years after the mother-of-two, who specialises in capturing wedding, maternity and baby images, launched her own photography company.
She said: "I want to say thank you to everyone for their support and love.
"Maternity photography has been something I have been so passionate about and to receive such a prestigious national award like this, makes me so happy to have my work acknowledged.
"I do work so hard and to achieve this is like a dream.
"My family know how hard I have worked for this and even my photographer friends will sometimes look at my work and say 'well why didn't this get an award'."
Ms Ince discovered her passion for photography when she received her first camera at the age of 11.
She then transformed her hobby into a business, setting up Photography by Natasha in 2013.
But the mother decided to specialise in capturing expectant mothers three years ago after falling pregnant with her first child Niko.
She said: "I started specialising in maternity photography when I was pregnant with my first because I wanted to add some glamour to the shots.
"When you usually see maternity photography, the woman normally looks very insecure and there's not much glamour in it. I didn't want that.
"I think it's great for pregnant women to feel powerful in these shoots, I mean look at what they're doing with their bodies."
Ms Ince was named one of the Guild of Photographers Image of the Year winners after submitting her work into the 'maternity' category.
She achieved silver and gold awards in the monthly stages of the competition last year, with seven out of 10 of her images coming out on top.
As part of the awards, photographers produce work each month to compete for the title, with more than 12,000 entries submitted last year across all categories.
But she missed out on attending the prize-giving ceremony as it came just five days after she welcomed her second son Jax.
Ms Ince credited the support from her family and friends for helping her achieve her dreams and continue working.
The rising star often travels abroad to train other photographers and has even had people from the US and Israel come to work in her Dudley-based studio.
She plans on travelling to the Netherlands later this year but said having a newborn will mean less travelling in 2019.
See more of her work at photographybynatasha.co.uk
By Kirsty Card