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How it all began…..
My days are completed by my husband Mark (an übermaths geek) and our cute cat Misu and two kittens Atlas and Solar (if you’re wondering, their names are inspired by my favourite pudding Tiramisu and our geek streaks for geography and the sun!). One of my first jobs was processing 35mm film at Lawn’s in Broadstairs so photography and I have had a long history! I am lucky enough to have moved from a career teaching folk photography and advising on employability in higher education and have been capturing weddings, families and lifestyle brands for seven years.
Inspired by nature….
Living by the sea means I am cocooned by the environment that inspires me and nourishes my creativity. The dynamic nature of the coast, tides coming and going, sunrises and sunsets, its ever changing and ever inspiring and I document this coastal life in my Stories of the Sea. I love walking in deserted woodland and I am easily distracted by nature, birds fascinate me (not-so-closet RSPB, National Trust & Woodland Trust member!) and I adore being outside, seeing, listening and just being. I did a geography degree so being good to our environment is important to me and my obsession with my regular travels in Iceland lets me live out this geekery in an epic and inspiring land.
Sustainability and carbon offsetting….
I have worked with the Woodland Trust to create 100m2 of new native woodland, which I am delighted to see certified today. In time this will absorb at least 4 tonnes of carbon dioxide, helping me to reduce my business carbon footprint. By calculating the business milage I do and looking at my office space use, 4 tonne is more than double what I estimate to produce so I wanted to buy more that I needed to really offset and put back. You can read more about this byclicking here.
Making & music….
Music is my life blood. I always listen to spotify (click here for a list of my favourite tunes to edit to), sing and play piano and sax. Mark and I play in The Railway Swing Band, raising money for local charities through our concert programme and a few years ago I had a ball playing in a function band too! Our first dance was one of the first songs we play in the band we met in. I love to make things and see things grow. You could say I am a cardigan-wearing-craft addict, always pottering with a project, gardening, crocheting, sewing and making, which includes my handmade packaging.
These are a few of my favorite things
Atlas, Solar & Misu.
Darling husband, Mark.
Featured and Published….
My work has been featured on leading wedding blogs RocknRoll Bride, The Huffington Post, Rock My Wedding, Boho Weddings, Love My Dress, Offbeat Bride, Whimsical Wonderland Wedding, Mr and Mrs Unique, Bloved, English Wedding, Wantthatwedding, Under The Vintage Veil, The Natural Wedding Company, Creative Brides and French Wedding Style. Mollie Makes (an international craft & DIY magazine) published some of my work in their wedding special.
National magazines Perfect Wedding and Wedding ideas have featured many of my weddings and regularly feature my images in their editorials. Pretty Patches Magazine and The Sewing Shop in Canterbury commissioned a day of documentary photography of a fabric shopping trip in Paris. Kent Life, East Kent Lifestyle and Ernest Journal have published some of my lifestyle commissions.
The Times Newspaper featured an image of a couple in their wedding announcement section and locally my work has been recognised by Your Kent Wedding who used my image on their Nov/Dec 2012, May/June 2013, and Sept/Oct 2013 covers as well as feature work within the magazine. Kent Bride magazine has used one of my images on the cover of their 2013/14 and 2014/15 issues.
Awards & recognition….
Three of my images from 2015 were recognised my Nikon in their IAM2015 slideshow, taking the headline ‘I AM YOURS’ and ‘I AM LOVE’. I have been shortlisted for a number of awards in my career including, Best Use of Artificial Light (recognition for my expertise with flash), Best Use of Location (capturing a couple under the aurora in Iceland) Finalist in the Kent Wedding Awards and Regional Finals in The Wedding Industry Awards for Best Wedding Photographer – London and South East. This means the world to me as it is feedback from couples that I have worked with that has led to the Regional stage of this national Award.
I am really lucky to have worked with so many lovely couples at such beautiful venues and I am delighted to be a preferred photographer at Preston Court, The National Trust’s Scotney Castle, Odo’s Barn, Chiddingstone Castle, Kingshill Barn at Elmley Nature Reserve, Aspinall’s Port Lympne Mansion House, The Ferry House Inn, The Secret Garden at Mersham, Marleybrook House, Wadhurst Castle, Highfields Park Farm, East Quay Whitstable and The Great Barn at Rolvenden.