Hello and thanks for taking the time to look at my work. I hope you can see that I love what I do - which is all about the unique combination of the craft and the people. People like you who appreciate the value of great photography.
My favourite subject at school was art and back then my medium of choice was oils. I studied History of Art at degree level and now when people describe my work as 'artistic' I couldn't be happier.
Following graduation I always worked in creative industries - TV marketing, fine art publishing and brand design. I looked after the clients, ran the projects and helped the team create and deliver a vision. Then I moved out of central London to raise my children - studying photography in my precious down time - but loving every minute of it.
I cut my teeth taking pictures of my children, then my friends' children. I was asked to shoot a wedding and finally I listened to those close to me and decided to set up my business. There has never been any doubt about my speciality, my photographic passion - and that is photographing people. And I'm convinced you can only do this successfully if you enjoy making connections and building relationships. It matters to me. I want to give you something individual and personal by taking the time to know you a little.
I often get asked now what I most enjoy taking pictures of and I honestly can't restrict it to just one genre. Without doubt I adore working with children the sheer energy, joy and innocence of childhood is something I will never tire of. But equally I feel blessed to be able to capture the intense love between a couple on their wedding day. And I truly believe that the work I do with women and boudoir photography is a gift, both to me and most importantly to the women I see so positively transformed by the experience. As a result boudoir is something which is very precious to me. I have also discoverd how much I enjoy training and mentoring other aspiring photographers - sharing the love of this wonderful, frustrating but ultimately rewarding art. In 2016 I launched a new photography education initiative called Training byLUMIERE which offers an alternative experience to the traditional education system for those interested in a professional career in photography.
I also write features for a number of magazines including Photography Monthly, N Photo, Amateur Photographer, DSLR Magazine and I write a monthly column for Practical Photography. In March 2013 I was asked to join the panel of The Guild of Photographers. The Guild is a supportive and forward thinking organisation that nurtures and develops professional photographic standards via a business based qualification process.
In May 2015 it was announced that for the second year running I am one of only 5 Nikon Ambassadors in the UK - a brand that I am very proud to represent and I hope to inspire others to turn a hobby into a business. What does all of this mean? That you are in safe hands – which is actually quite rare in an unregulated industry.
It has been great to discover the kind of photographer I want to be. One who wants to give you something a little bit different, more considered, more unique if you will. So if that's what you are after then get in touch and let's work together to create something special. I hope you will also get to meet Becky. She plays the very important role of Studio Manager ensuring that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes. We met because she was one of my brides in 2012, so if you want to talk to someone about how I work and how it feels to be photographed by me you can give her a call. And just like you she doesn't like having her picture taken...
If these heartfelt words feel at all familiar then I can only apologise - recently it has come to light that due to my high profile in the UK I suffer from a huge amount of plagiarism. Every word on my website is my own and a true reflection of my business and brand.
At the beginning of the year Nikon encouraged me to make the jump to filming on DSLR and the video below shows the first time I shot moving image on location as well as some behind the scenes footage. Since then I have added cinematography and aerial filming to my portfolio so please have a look at this section of the website. To be able to offer stills, film and aerial is hugely exciting and I'm very much looking forward to what lies ahead!