"Love what you do and do what you love. Imagination should be the centre of your life."
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My Photography Story...
The quote above sums up the way I live my whole life really, and why I chose photography as my career. Photography has always been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. The ability to freeze a moment in time fascinated me and it still does.
I was very arty and creative as a child and this led me onto studying Fine Art Photography at the University of Gloucestershire. Horses were actually a big part of my photographic practice back then, as they still are today. It wasn't until I was persuaded into shooting a wedding for a friend of a friend that I realised just how much that suited me too, and how much I loved it. This led to me developing the wedding and portrait side of the company, overtaking my equestrian work until just a couple of years ago, when the drop in weddings due to Covid-19 handed me an opportunity to focus more on equestrian and event photography.
Today, I enjoy a fantastic balance of wedding, family and equestrian photography and it's amazing that I can call this my job! I'm formally qualified with both the Master Photographers Association and the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers and have photographed everything from intimate portrait shoots to huge events such as The Brit Awards and the London 2012 Olympics. It really has been an amazing journey so far and I'm looking forward to where my next path will take me.
Some stuff about me...
I feel it's important to know who you're hiring, and to make sure they're going to be a good fit for you. If you love animals, travelling, serial killer dramas or Friends (or even better - all of these) I think we will get on!
I guess I've always known what I've wanted to do with my life. I'm a very ambitious and driven person - I was always that kid in school who was afraid to break the rules and was disappointed if I didn't get top marks in my spelling test. Maybe you could call me a perfectionist!
I love to meet new people and build friendships and trying new things has never been something that's daunted me. I'm actually a bit of a daredevil under the calm exterior - I signed up to a tandem skydive a few years ago to raise money for Dementia UK and my bucket list consists of things like flying a helicopter, learning to scuba dive and going up in a hot air balloon!
I absolutely love animals! If I had to choose, I'd say my favourite are cats. I have my gorgeous beagle, Jack, at home (who drives me insane with his relentless snoring), as well as four (yes, four - I'm bordering on crazy cat lady territory!) adorable cats who I've rescued from various places. Horses are also a huge part of my life, beginning when I was eight years old and learned to ride at Stourport Riding Centre. I went on to work as a horse riding instructor for a couple of years whilst I was at university and lightly competed horses for people I worked with.