The great 19th century photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron, said of her photography that she was “arresting beauty”. As one of the visual arts, it is vitally important to me that a photograph is beautiful in some way. When I photograph adults or children, or even dogs, I am looking to find the beauty and character within them using both lighting and gentle direction. I make use of careful retouching so that we see beyond minor skin blemishes which we don’t notice when we talk to someone but we do notice when we look at their photograph. A lot of people, particularly women, say they don’t like being photographed. I strongly believe that everyone owes it to their loved ones to have a decent portrait of themselves, and I aim to make my clients look the very best they can be.
I studied Geography at Cambridge University and worked as a radio producer for some years. While I enjoyed radio I have always felt that I am primarily a visual person so when I had to give up work on moving to New York with my partner, I started studying at the International Center of Photography. Here I shot on black and white film, photographing in the streets and parks of the city, processing the film myself and spending hours in the darkroom. In 2011 I studied for a year at the London College of Communication, the alma mater of many top photographers, gaining a distinction for my diploma in Professional Photographic Practice. One of the pictures I took while I was studying was commended and exhibited in the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, and another became a winner in the prestigious Portrait of Britain competition in 2017.
I also had a winning photograph in Portrait of Britain 2020. I have had my theatre photographs published in many national and international newspapers. I have two teenage children but sadly no pets as my children are both allergic to them, although I grew up with dogs and adore them. Until the coronavirus struck, I volunteered in a local primary school, helping disadvantaged children with their reading and I am DBS checked. When I’m not taking photographs I’m looking at other photographers’ work and I invest in continuing photographic education to keep me at the top of my game. I love visiting art galleries and am a particular fan of the Dutch Golden Age. The lighting techniques of the great Dutch painters continue to inspire me.