Photography is my passion. I was in my early teens when my Dad gave me my first 35mm film camera. I 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. My new 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 eleven years and weddings for ten and enjoy nothing more than producing honest photos that tell stories and capture emotions, so the moments 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.
An aspect I am always proud of is the thank you messages I receive and a selection of these have been made via my Facebook page, which can be found via this link.
Interests, Pursuits and Accolades
Sussex is in my blood. From the people, to the variety of landscapes and the seasonal activities, this county offers so much. In my late teens I would hop onto scooter and take the coastal road down to Eastbourne or head up onto the Ashdown Forest. Now I jump into my car and add to these routes with adventures to Rye, Alfriston (pictured) and the South Downs Way.
Fun fact, I can not ride! I have been on board a few horses but much prefer seeing others enjoy these amazing animals. I have been photographing horses for eleven years now and love getting to know their individual characters, especially the foals! For many years I was the Official Event Photographer for the Southdown Hunt East Club and enjoyed documenting everyone competing regularly.
Every season is special. The rural ways of life are deeply influences by the changing seasons and I enjoy getting outside all year around. From shooting and hunting in the Winter, to point to point racing in the spring, polo and show jumping in the Summer and village pubs and country walks all year around, there is a community and way of life to be enjoyed and documented with my camera. If the weather is good and I have some free time, you will normally outside exploring!
Music is always playing in my office. I have a huge record collection of LP’s and 45’s which are constantly going onto my turntable while I edit photographs. This passion for a really wide and varied selection of tracks comes from growing up to all sorts of music being played in the family home. I have written my own ‘Tracks of My Years’ which you can read about here.
My first ever wedding photography job was my Aunty’s wedding! I was 17 years old and was absolutely terrified, but I got the bug for weddings on that day. Being able to provide a couple with photos that allow them to relive the best day of their life is such a privilege. People often ask how I deal with the stress… well when I have such fun and produce unique pictures that are going to be treasure, I really don’t feel it!
Giving back is everything. I am privileged to be my own boss and to meet so many amazing people through my work. As such I hear inspirational stories regularly and I want to help where I can. With my contacts, I have held four charity barn dances raising over £3500 and am holding a ‘Bingo & Bubbly’ event this September. I also work closely with The Emile Faurie Foundation.
In 2016 and 2017 I was honoured to be the Official Press Photographer at Hickstead Horse Shows. This entailed documenting some of the best international show jumping in the country, the incredible Showing, the atmosphere and the grandeur that is Hickstead. This venture began back when I was 19 and you can read the story here, and can see my 2016 work here.
On 25th March 2016 I was delighted to be awarded a ‘Licentiateship in Wedding Photography’ with the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers. It is great to know they feel my photography is worthy, although I am keen to continue to grow my creative skills and overall production quality to please my couples while also reaching higher grades within the SWPP.