ABOUT ME

I live in Paignton in Torbay, Devon with my husband, two children and beautiful German Shepherd. I grew up here, and after living and working in Bristol for the last 14 years, I moved back down to Devon to be closer to our families and enjoy giving our children the kind of upbringing both my husband and I had down here.

My Grandfather was a keen photographer and film buff, and I grew up around Cameras, Zoetropes and Cinefilms as he lived with us for most of my life (there we are together in the pic on the left). His Father before him was also a professional Photographer.

I first studied photography at A-Level, armed with my Grandfather's old Olympus SLR, and fell in love with the magic of messing around in the Darkroom. I continued with it at university as part of studying for a BA in Media studies and mostly concentrated on landscapes.  

For the years afterwards, I continued to love taking photos, irritating my friends and family snapping away with a compact camera or phone, but photography as a hobby took a backseat. I moved in front of the camera working as a model, alongside my day job working in marketing, and learnt a huge amount from the many brilliant photographers I worked with over the years.  

Fast forward to the birth of my daughter, and I had the urge to pick up the camera again. Sadly my grandfather's SLR is outdated in the digital age, so I bought a Digital SLR and started playing, rediscovering my love of photography and went back to college for a refresh.

I moved on to portraiture, and my subjects became my daughter, my dog, family and friends. I've become more of a documentary style photographer. I love to capture everyday life, and using natural light especially.

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