The nutter behind the lens
Hey guys! So glad you found me and have cared to click on the about me page. Let’s get straight to it.
I’m a super energetic, disco dancing, tea drinking, doggy loving, pizza munching, photo bombing, car singing, prosecco guzzling, welsh and proud, limbo champion, cartwheeling extraordinaire who happens to spend my days taking pretty pictures!
I’m not going to bore you with the usual guff of ‘ for as long as I can remember I had a camera in my hand’ or some cliche romantic story of how I ‘discovered my passion for photography’. There is a story however – it’s just not likely to move you to tears! Imagine me. 22 years old (I’m 33 now but last week at a wedding got told I don’t look a day over 24 so I look pretty much the same with a little more chin). I’ve got my degree in Drama and just passed my PGCE which means I’m fully qualified to take my knowledge and enthusiasm of Drama and go and inspire some young people. Yipee! Fast forward a few years and the scowl lines are starting to appear on my face, my tea to wine ratio is pretty even and my hair starts to fall out with stress. Inspiring high school kids is one thing but doing all the pointless paperwork and keeping up with million changes the idiots in Westminster were making on a daily basis was driving me mad! In swoops my husband who buys me my first posh camera. It is so that I can go to college in the evenings and unleash some of my creative juices that are being soured by constant assessments and marking. URGH! So, I head off to college with no idea what I’m doing with this fancy pants camera in my bag but my Timehop tells me once a year that after one lesson I decided I was going to be an epic award winning photographer. Looking back to my images then – I was shit! One thing I did have though was determination and desire to get my ass out of teaching, take pretty pictures and have more fun! That was back in 2009. December 2014 I skipped out of the school gates (whilst probably flipping the bird) never to return. The famous quote ‘she believed she could so she did’ didn’t resonate with me until that moment. The End.
My life right now…
I am super lucky that I can say that I am now living my dream life. I have been with my husband Ron now for 13 years and have been married for 7 (some rather unlucky numbers there – hoping neither of us get an itch!) We bought our dream house in 2017 and any time I’m not shooting/editing my mind is drifting away over colour schemes/furniture/renovations. I’m a little obsessed with property (I check rightmove constantly which drives Ron mad as we have no plan to move for many years!) I will forever be grateful to him for giving me the nudge and support to change careers. It certainly isn’t all fun setting up a business from scratch in an incredibly competitive and over saturated industry. Thank you so much Ron for believing in me; spending a ridiculous amount of money on camera kit in the early days and being my rock through the crazy high and lows of self employment.
Our fur babies
Doggies! Like Pokemon I just wanna catch them all! Unfortunately, Ron won’t let me. He wants to get some alpacas. I think I get weird enough looks walking down the street with 22 stone of bear – adding some alpacas to the mix might end up with the men in white coats coming to get me! We are both big softies when it comes to our babies though and we are the proud parents to two Newfoundlands. We’re the kind of idiots that upgrades the bed to a super-king so that our eldest, Treacle Bear (the brown one one the right) can join us for nightly snuggles. She takes up 2/3rds of the bed and just leaves us just a small edge. Our other Gus (black one on the left) likes to be the man of the house. He loves being outside and you can usually find him outside of the front door ready to protect us from literally anything. He takes his task of protection very seriously so will also bark at a birds, the wind, people on bikes, and most amusingly, any kind of animal on the TV. It doesn’t even have to be an actual real animal and he has been known for barking at animated ones too. For his downright crazy behaviour he is more commonly referred to as Dick Head. I can’t imagine my life without dogs. To be fair, I prefer them to humans most of the time.
If you’re yet to be scared off and would look to book a free consultation to discuss your wedding photography (and cuddle with my dogs) please do get in touch.