I thought it might be an idea to tell you a bit about the person who likes to stay behind the camera! As I type this, I'm 39, married, living in the North East with 3 dogs and 2 tortoises! I am the lucky Aunty to my fantastic nephew Charlie who is almost 4 and cute little Niece Rosie who isn't yet 3 months old. I grew up on the Isle of Wight but left there to go to college on the mainland. I love the Island and perhaps appreciate it much more now than I did when I was younger. I've been living in the North East for almost a year and many things are still very new to me here. I love the feeling of freedom up here. The South Coast felt so busy and congested. Our house is a work in progress and I still have a room full of boxes. Hopefully I won't always have a room full of boxes!
I had cameras when I was very young. My dad had a chemist shop in a village and had a shelf with a few cameras on and below it a shelf with boxes and boxes of film. My first camera was a little Agfa 110. I still have it upstairs. It had those funny little flash cubes that used to turn round on the top of the camera. You could take 4 pictures with each cube. You had to think about what you were doing before pressing the button and wasting a flash. I progressed from that to a Konica pop 35mm camera. I loved this camera, mainly because it was red. I also still have this camera and I think that one day when it's a nice day I might actually stick film in some of the cameras kicking about upstairs in one of those boxes and for old times sake go and have fun with them. My first job as a photographer was going to people's houses and photographing fairly new babies at home. I then worked Venture in Chichester, Sussex before deciding that actually what I wanted to do was work for myself. When I started out I didn't just specialises in children's photography, I did a few small weddings and pet photography. I was luckily enough to do some pet photographer in Harrods, London which was entertaining and exhausting as I took all my equipment up on the train.
I realised that what I enjoyed and what I seemed to be really good at was baby & children's photography. I can arrive at a house and meet a 3-year-old for the first time. They are unsure about what's happening. I might just sit down and see what toys they have which sparks a bit of interest. I set up my lights and they become a bit more interested. By the end they are chatting and jumping about and want to come away with me. The parents are impressed that their little one happily had photos taken and when I go back absolutely love the pictures. That is why I love my job. I do photo shoots from newborn and upwards. I love photographing newborn babies because they change so quickly and before you know it you can't really remember exactly how tiny they were.
When I'm not working
I like to take photographs of other things. Some of these you will see in the gallery shop. In 2012 I need to do this a bit more and I love that too and I keep forgetting that. In my spare time I like watching films, usually ones that aren't scary and have a happy ending, I walk the dogs. I do agility with 2 of them and enter a few competitions. I love food but all the wrong foods. Don't we all?
I think I have waffled on enough for now. This year has gone so fast and over the Christmas & New Year period I will be planning lots of exciting things for 2012. I'll keep you posted.