My earliest memories of photography were of my beloved grandad and his obsession of all things photography. Wherever we went grandad was sure to take his favourite Leica camera along. Sometimes he would have another two cameras slung over his shoulders! He really was at his happiest when he was photographing. It didn’t matter whether it was landscapes, sitting in a hide for hours to catch a few shots of a kingfisher, or photographing us making sand castles. It was all about capturing moments and life.
He also had great fun developing the photos. Whenever there was an opportunity, I’d ask if I could join him in his make-shift darkroom. Grandad was a big softie, so I ended up helping him quite a bit and loved every minute. Seeing the photos come to life before my very eyes was magical! My gran was the one that was tasked with putting the photo albums together and to this day those albums are some of my most treasured possessions. They document the story of our family and our childhood and that is something very special!
Why I never went straight into photography, I don’t know. My working life has been an interesting journey taking me from working in the medical field to the IT arena. Being a creative spirit at heart, there always seemed to be something missing in terms of job satisfaction. 7 years ago, after a lot of soul-searching, I came to the realisation that my working life needed to include creativity. I needed to feel fulfilled at the end of a day, doing something that I was passionate about.
Whilst grandad instilled an interest in photography from an early age, and my little point and shoot camera was never far from my side, I had never considered photography as a career. That was all about to change! I started investing in photography equipment and courses and literally threw myself into the learning process. It really was the best thing I ever did and it opened up a new and exciting world, which I truly love. Creating precious memories for people is something special and dear to my heart. Capturing moments and life – like grandad did!
Here are a few random facts about me:
○ I love bright colours (you could call me a colour magpie!)
○ I have a great big soft spot for animals. I grew up on an African farm and our menagerie included dogs, cats, horses and a pet pig called Percy. There were also a multitude of ‘unwelcome pets’ such as snakes, spiders and scorpions.
○ Being outdoors makes me happy. I love long walks in the Windsor Great Park or out in the countryside.
○ I love to run! A blessing I think, as it keeps me fit.
○ I’m passionate about cake – put a slice in front of me and watch my eyes light up!
○ I enjoy reading when I get the time. In the winter, there is nothing nicer than curling up on the sofa with a cosy blanket and a good book.
○ I get super excited about travelling to different countries and experiencing their culture.
○ Like Granddad, my camera is never far from my side.