Hello and welcome to my space, my little corner of the internet.
I have always wanted to make a blog, but I never got round to it - I guess I am nervous about writing, what to talk about and if anyone is actually reading my words.Anyway, as I sit here in lockdown with the rest of the country I have no excuse. I'm not going to talk about the news and the horrible situation we are all facing. I am tired of reading about Coronavirus, aren't you?
This is my safe place to reflect on photography, art and my home projects. I will write some photoshoot tips, teach some photography and have some fun arty tutorials for your little ones. Let's be positive, this is a time to learn and be creative. First, let me start with 'my story', don't worry I'll keep it short and sweet!
I grew up in the Yorkshire Dales, in a little place called Wensleydale (yes, the home of Wallace and Gromit's Cheese). I was very lucky to grow up on a sheep farm in the beautiful countryside. I was surrounded by nature and plenty agriculture, most of my days spent raising orphan lambs, feeding baby Cows and riding my little Shetland Pony, Copper. I remember the long Summers and the smell of cut grass. My Family working in the fields, getting all the hay bails wrapped before the thunderstorms. The endless wandering through the meadows, woods and heather-land. I would definitely say my sister and I were free spirited children with very active imaginations. Ever since my 6th birthday, I wanted to be a Vet often playing games with my TY beanie babies (with scissors, needles and thread - it got messy) - I loved my animals and wanted to care for them. However, when I got to secondary school I developed my passion for art and that was it. I absorbed myself in everything artistic and creative, Art became my therapy. I didn't have many friends at school or have a good experience, I was quite the nerdy introvert but I made it!
In 2010, my parents bought me a camera for Christmas (after asking a million times). I had already taken so many pictures on 35mm film cameras from Boots. I was obsessed with collecting vintage cameras and reading all the photography magazines I could grab. I enrolled myself on a digital photography course at college and my first projects involved in taking pictures of agriculture and nature and I got my work into local galleries, After I made my first sale, I knew I could make a career in photography. After developing my skills and completing a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, I set my sights on studying for a degree in Photography.
I received my conditional offer from Kingston University. It was so emotional leaving my home, the farm and leaving all my animals behind for the big city. I was homesick for months. For my first two years in London, I lived on a narrow boat (like the one from Rosie and Jim) on the river Thames. A fantastic experience, every morning the Swans would peck on the windows for a snack and you would hear the Rowing teams shouting during their training. Living on a boat was best in the Summer, sun-bathing on the roof and the many neighbourly boat parties but when it came to winter, the boat was very cold. Luckily there was two log burners onboard. A cosy space, where I could be wrapped up in wooly jumpers and reading my books. I absolutely loved being a student even though I didn't go to halls. I met many lovely people and made life long friends (one with who I live with today). Even though I spent most of my time in the library stressing over essays and deadlines, the experience will stay with me forever.
After university, I began my freelancing journey, working for various different companies like Big Sky Studios and assisting photographers in the fashion industry. I loved being on all the different production and designing sets. But I learnt most of my skills working alongside Cate and Orli at Rock and Rose Photography in a little studio in Surbiton, under their wings I was able to practise my own style and develop my camera knowledge. There are so many memorable photoshoots and so many lovely families I could talk about, but that would make this blog too long.
This brings us to present day. Last year, I decided to sadly leave the studio and start my own photographic business. Offering my services to families at home by bringing my equipment to client's homes. In my first months as a small business owner I have learnt so much about running a business and the marketing that goes into it (so much to consider). So that's me (the quick version) and I think I have said enough for one day!
For now, I will leave you with some fun facts about myself!
5 Fun facts about me!
How you got any interesting facts about yourself? why not share with me!
Everyone take care, stay safe and stay at home xxx
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