Starting out as a female press photographer more than 20 years ago, in an industry where men outnumber women by four to one, was undoubtedly a challenge – but my passion and talent for capturing unique moments through my lens was an itch I just had to scratch!
After achieving a BTEC National Diploma in photography and the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualification in photojournalism, I became a full-time press photographer.
I worked for local newspapers for 17 years and photographed members of the Royal Family, MPs and Prime Ministers, including Boris Johnson; celebrities like Lenny Henry; and numerous inspirational local people making a difference in their community whose stories I was privileged to tell through my pictures.
In 2003 I entered the Newspaper Society’s Weekly Newspaper Awards and was named Best Photographer in Free Weekly Newspapers and three years earlier I won the David Worthy Award for best cycling picture, judged by sports agency Empics.
For the last three years I’ve been a self-employed press and PR photographer. I love the immediacy of live events and taking candid or documentary-style photos at festivals, music and sport.
As a PR, commercial and corporate photographer, I work on visual marketing projects for sole traders, small businesses, larger companies and organisations, as well as newspapers and magazines.
Why work with me
I’m friendly, approachable and experienced at dealing with people from all walks of life.
I’m passionate about showing women, in particular, how good lighting and photography can help overcome your anxiety, grow your confidence and build your brand.
I take the time to chat and build up a rapport with my clients before taking any pictures so, when you step in front of the camera, you’re relaxed and comfortable. To break the ice, I often take a fun picture first to make you smile!
My business goal is to be part of a network of supportive and like-minded small business owners.
Behind the lens
I live in Kidderminster with my husband and daughter and I’m currently President of my local Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM) which is a registered charity.
My faith helps me to stay calm and focused under pressure and nurtures my respect for others and their faiths. My faith gave me great strength when I suffered a TIA (mini stroke) and was made redundant within the space of three months.
I enjoy fundraising and have organised music concerts, fashion shows, cake sales and garden fetes for charities.
I relish the opportunity for new challenges and have delivered photography workshops as part of a wellbeing programme.
Outside of work, I'm an aspiring artist and short story writer, and I’d like to develop my blog into a story or novella.
I’m currently working on a personal photography project called The Art of You.
I've always been fascinated by body art and the way we express ourselves as individuals – from dying our hair different colours to the bold make up we wear.
I want to use my art and photography skills to blend images together and create pieces of art featuring people’s body art, make up and striking hair colour.
I hope to one day turn this personal project into an exhibition. But I need your help!
If you'd like to volunteer to be photographed for my project, please get in touch. In exchange, you will receive a copy of the images taken.
The right kit
I use a Canon EOS 70D digital SLR, with a back-up Canon EOS 1200 digital SLR.
I have a portable studio light, a hand-held small LED light (ideal for close-up portraits and product shots) and a Manfrotto tripod and monopod for action pictures at fast-moving events.