A wandering route into photography

I had a non-traditional route into photography – although I did want to be a photographer when I was at school but there just weren’t the work experience opportunities around. So to cut a long story short I started my own design business, which I have been running successfully for 12 years.

A friend in need…

It wasn’t until my friend Ceri asked me to be her wedding photographer (and wouldn’t take no for an answer!) that I discovered weddings. Since then I’ve thrown myself into the world of photography. I’ve trained with fine art black and white and fashion photographer Keith Moss, as well as Petra Creffield, a lecturer in photography at Brighton University – who helped me discover my love for all things documentary and story-telling. Along with my background in graphics and print, world-class training in Venice and Barcelona I’ve found my own style and have even become the official photographer for Angel Couture – beautiful bespoke bridal gowns and evening dresses inspired by the art of dance.

A life of amazing contrasts

So now I find my weeks filled with beautiful designs, amazing people and fantastic locations. I love the contrast between the corporate business world and that of weddings – contrasts keep creativity alive and exciting.

Quiet times

I love to walk in the open – anytime I can be outside I’m happy. I’m a seaside baby and love to get my toes in the sand whenever I can, even in the middle of winter (I’ve been known to go on Christmas eve before now) My family is the most important thing to me and I love to spend as much time with them as I can – we have to cherish them while we have them. I also love horses – I’ve never been lucky enough to have my own, but one day! So I’m often found out taking photos at events – I especially love Allerton Horse Trials.

Loud times

On occasions you might also find me behind a drum kit in Sheffield playing with my band – Idle Hans and The Devil’s Work. A cross between the party nonsense of the B52’s and the hammond organ 70’s vibes of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (“I am the god of hellfire, and I bring you fire”).