Photography is my passion. I was in my early teens when my Dad gave me my first 35mm film camera and would run around the family allotment searching high and low for things to photograph! From an even younger age I had always spent my spare time outside in the fresh air exploring. The camera gave me the ability to capture my world in photographs and I was hooked…Fast forward a few years and I still enjoy the rural ways of life and photographing scenes outside, using the natural light and environment to compliment my subjects. I have been taking pictures of horses for ten years and weddings for eight and enjoy nothing more than producing honest photos that tell stories and capture emotions, so they can be relived in the years to come.
As a child I was quite introverted, and still am to a degree! I would happily avoid the camera if there was a “say Cheese” photo so when people say to me “I really don’t like having my photo taken!” I know exactly where they are coming from! The photos I take should show friendship and love and this can be done in an informal, relaxed and fun way to show the genuine connection friends and family, plus horses & their owners, share!
In March 2016 I was delighted to have a panel of my wedding photographs awarded the Licentiate award with the Society of Wedding Photographers. You can read about this qualification on my blog here.
Here are a few random facts about me:
I have a seven year old Jack Russell called Doug. We often go for a run together exploring the Ashdown Forest.
I hold an Annual Charity Barn Dance full of local food & drink, laughter, cowboy fancy dress and plenty of dancing! You can read my blog post about the 2016 dance here. This years dance is on 8th April and you can purchase tickets here.
My favourite dessert is most definitely, without a doubt, banoffee pie!
The top two highlightsof my career would have to be photographing in the International Ring at the Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead, when I was only 19 years old, read my story here, and photographing a private function at Buckingham Palace in 2014.
My favourite quote is‘Beautiful things don’t ask for attention’from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I am a fond believer that you don’t need to shout to be heard, or travel to the other side of the world to see amazing things.
I have a huge record collection of LP’s and 45’s! Music is always being played in my office and I have written my own ‘Tracks of My Years’ which you can read about here.
Unlike many photographers I am 100% full timeand rely purely on my photography for my earnings. This has made me truly appreciate my work and my clients. It drives me to continue to grow, improve and learn so I can make a long-term career from my photography, which I love to do.
Where my work has been seen & Who I have worked for:
I am a firm believer that you achieve your goals & happiness in life by also helping others achieve theirs. I also share the opinion that life is about creating amazing memories and experiences, rather than monetary goals. This may all sounds like a hippy talking, but it has done me well so far!
As such I am pleased to offer an exchange service. If you have a service or experience that you would like to exchange in return for a discount or exchange for your photography booking please do get in touch. This could be anything from a few jars of honey from your bee hive, to a trip sea fishing on your boat or a stay at your holiday home!
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