I have been a self-employed photographer for over 15 years and have been living in Cornwall for about 8 years. I was living in London before that, photographing musicians and actors as I had many friends that worked in music and in TV. I had a great love for live rock music and photographed many well known bands such as Deep Purple and Heavens Basement, who play to huge arenas. I also had my own business designing and selling leather fashion accessories to Harvey Nichols and Top Shop. I did much of my own fashion photography.
I had a break from photography and fashion when I had my daughter Poppy, but soon took up my camera again on my clifftop walks along the Lizard coast where I was living at the time. I took lots of photographs of the sea along the South West and still sell my landscape prints. Nowadays I spend most of my time concentrating on portrait photography, though more children than musicians!
Now the beaches of southwest Cornwall are my studio. The light here is wonderful for location portrait sessions. It's a fantastic backdrop for family portraiture as children find the whole experience fun and laid back. It's just a great day out.
I'm also interested in taking photographs of people going through change and transition; Pregnancy, operations and recovery after illness. I'm very much interested in helping people feel better about themselves, having been through periods of self doubt as a single parent. It's amazing how empowering it can feel to have some beautiful photographs taken after a period of upheaval. Some people like to celebrate after beating cancer, or after a divorce. It's a celebration of surviving and all that life has in store for the future. My aim is that my portrait photography is affordable and accessible.
I am very approachable and have been through my own adventures and hardships. I'm very happy to share stories. It's what makes us unique and I love to capture that in my pictures.
Recently I've been working on some personal photo stories about the way we are connected to nature. I am happiest when I'm outside by the sea or in the woods amongst the trees. Despite my 20 years living in London I have still retained my childhood wonder at nature. I don't think that will ever fade, and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else but Cornwall!
My newest project is called Photographing Invisible Illness. I have been an advocate for invisible illness for years and from my work around empowerment I decided I wanted to try to help people with illnesses that are misunderstood because they're not immediately visible. So far I've had an overwhelming response, which goes to show the scale of the problem.