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 (calm your dirty mind – i’m referring to the animals), pizza munching, photo bombing, car singing, prosecco guzzling, weight lifting, welsh and proud, limbo champion, cartwheeling extraordinaire who happens to spend my days taking pretty pictures! I really hate spiders, wooden forks, the new cardboard straws that have appeared everywhere to save the earth (they stick to my lips and just feel wrong) and people who take themselves too seriously. I am also completely terrified of having my photo taken! I hate it! I don’t usually look anywhere near this put together as that though and actually spend the majority of my time in my PJ’s or gym kit! If I’m not leaving the house, I’m not getting dressed!
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 39 now but last week at a wedding got told I don’t look a day over 28 so I look pretty much the same but now have a bit more chin and wobbly bits). 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. Yippee! 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! I needed some down-time and a new outlet to unleash my creative juices beyond theatre. 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.
The usual 'how I became a wedding photographer' bit
My life right now...
It’s safe to say that I’m definitely in one of the most exciting and exhausting stages of my life so far! Over the last 18 months, along with my partner Neil we have founded an amazing global community called Flash Masters focusing on recognising and celebrating the world's best flash photography through education and awards. I never would have imagined that I would have the opportunity to deliver education to so many members and through Flash Masters meet so many incredible photographers from around the world. Life with Neil is pretty incredible! He is the kindest, most thoughtful and loving true gentleman who makes me feel like we can take on the world together (and we will!)
Adding to that he is also one of my all time favourite wedding photographers meaning that we sometimes get to work together and that is always a lot of fun! He will absolutely be cringing when he realises I have added the above photo to the website and said nice stuff – I think he’s as bad as accepting compliments as I am! I can’t wait to update this section with as we continue to chase our dreams together (yep, you’re allowed to make a vomiting sound right now and I won’t even apologise!) I am head over heels in silly, giddy all-consuming love!!!
Why you should book me to be your wedding photographer...
To be honest with you, I haven’t the foggiest idea! I’m super clumsy. A ‘Chatty Cathy’ who will happily natter with your guests for ages before actually taking their photo. I’ll cheekily snag a canape during the drinks reception and if there are fizzy cola bottles in the sweet cart, I’ll be pinching some of those too! If the offer of alcohol presents itself I’ll never turn it down – prosecco, gin, pimms…the worrying thing is that I’m pretty confident my photos get better after a drink! I always flirt with the groomsmen – I’m great with the banter. I’ll laugh and cry through the speeches as if I actually remember the story when you flashed your knickers on stage in primary school. I’m always lurking ready to capture the bits you don’t always want to remember – your boobs fall out of your dress from over enthusiastic dancing? I’m shooting that. The flower girl picks her nose during the ceremony – I’m shooting that too. You pull a face that makes you look like sloth from the Goonies after a shot of Sambucca – you can bet I’ll be giving you that photo! I’ll always want to take ‘just one more’ photo of you both because essentially I bloody love what I do. Every wedding I attend is an absolute honour and a privilege. I never shoot a wedding giving less than 150%