I am lucky enough to live in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, with my husband, two daughters and our beloved Labrador, Oscar. My studio nestles behind our home at the foot of Ilkley Moor.
Although I studied law at Leeds University, it has become clear, with hindsight, I would have enjoyed something which migh have allowed for a little more creativity!
However, those years as a lawyer taught me many skills…. Pulling and teasing evidence from witnesses, maintaining a cool, calm exterior, putting clients at ease and the long hours, are many of the qualities you also need to be a successful social photographer!
What inspires my photography? The work of photographers such as Jean Loup Sieff and Henri Cartier Bresson are right up there. I love the timeless quality of black and white photography, which lends itself perfectly to both wedding and portraiture work.
When I am not working I love nothing more than spending time with my family and friends, enjoying all that life offers, long walks on the moors, scouring junk shops, watching films (my all time favourite is Cinema Paradiso) and when I get the chance, visiting Italy, a country with which I have never fallen out of love!
I was delighted to be awarded The Guild of Photographers Documentary Image of the Year 2014 and to be nominated again in 2015. I have achieved a gold Bar from the Guild for enviromental portraiture and I am also a Fuji film Merit Award winner.