A bit of background…
Ten, even five, years ago, I could never have imagined where I am now. I was a primary school teacher in Nottingham City. It was a job I kind of fell into as I wasn’t sure what to do after a degree, MA and some part-time jobs and travel. I was good at it, but man was it hard! Teaching was incredibly rewarding at times and a privilege, but everyone knows it’s a tough slog and as my own family grew, it became harder to maintain the energy for it.
My passion for photography started after my daughter was born in 2013. I had a decent camera but, like many people, I didn’t move it off auto. I decided to go on a workshop to learn how to use it properly and the rest, as they say, is history!
I became obsessed! I practised and studied to learn more and more. I started photographing mainly babies and families as I had plenty of opportunities to practise on those! I took a diploma in my evenings, staying up late to learn about all aspects of photography; the technical and the business side.
There was a gem in my mind that maybe this could go somewhere…
Initially I focused on lifestyle newborn and family work which I loved, and still do! I had met a friend from Sydney when I was travelling in Asia a few years before; she is an incredible lifestyle photographer over there and she mentored and inspired me to hone this craft.
Gradually, I began to dip my toes into the work of wedding photography and I was soon in love myself! Before long, things took off enough for me to go full time with it and I haven’t looked back.
Photography and teaching may seem poles apart but I have found that there are in fact many similarities. Teaching taught me to be super-organised, something that helps me in running the many aspects of my business around a busy family life. It also helped me to feel confident in standing up in front of people – something you need at a wedding! Also, the similarities between managing 30 rowdy 10 year olds and herding drunk, excitable adults into group shots at a wedding are endless!!
I’m a firm believer in visualising something and it will happen if you want it enough. From small beginnings, I am now a national award winning wedding photographer, have been featured in many of the U.K.’s best weddings blogs and I’m booking stunning weddings with my dream couples!
I won’t settle though; there is always so much to learn and I intend to keep growing and improving.
I sometimes have to pinch myself at how lucky I am to now make a living doing something so damn fun! My colleagues are inspirational creatives who I love learning from. I no longer dread Monday mornings, in fact I LOOK FORWARD to them!