For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to draw and paint, and well, to be honest, I am utterly rubbish at both!! I can see an image in my mind but that never translates onto paper.  Maybe that is why I fell in love with photography?  It gives me the opportunity to create that image via another medium.  And I love it!  I love that I can meet people, capture photos and then create a collection of images that will last.   

I am a sociable, chilled out person who loves the beauty of the world around me. I drive my family nuts because I am always stopping to capture a view, a flower or some random thing I’ve spotted.  Either that, or I’m moaning because I have so much stuff to carry that I had to leave my camera at home (it never ceases to amaze me how much stuff little people seem to need on a trip out!!).

But every photographer will tell you that won’t they? (Well maybe not the bit about being rubbish at art…..or taking half the house on a day out, come to think of it).  Let me tell you a bit about what I don’t do:

I hate posing for photos so I hate posed photos too - you know that stand-there; smile; say ‘Cheese’ type of photo (‘cheese’ is such a bad word to say anyway because it makes people look like they are grimacing!).  These images can end up looking uncomfortable.  I won’t tell you to ‘stand there’, ‘look that way’, smile on command.  I am all about having fun and leaving me in the background.  To me, these are images which capture a smile, a personality, a shared moment, fun in a special place.

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In order to get to know me a little more here are some random facts about me:

  • Coffee is very much my drink of choice, closely followed by white wine preferably consumed whilst sitting on a balcony with a beautiful view!

  • My favourite chocolate is probably Smarties - I have to empty the packet and divide the Smarties into colours before I eat them. (It drives my husband nuts!)

  • I too have 100s of iPhone photos that I never get round to doing anything with.

  • I was once - almost - in a Hollywood film when I inadvertently nearly shoulder barged Matt Damon at Waterloo Station. He was filming The Bourne Ultimatum. My 15 seconds must have ended up on the cutting room floor.....

  • I have a degree in Russian which has proved to be a fat lot of use to me, apart from that it was whilst living in St Petersburg that I first really discovered a passion for photography.

  • It is my dream to live somewhere where I can tell the state of the tide by looking out of the window.

  • Seeing cows wandering in a field in summer evening light makes me nostalgic (a bit random, I know but aren’t a lot of memories?)