“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards”
Being a parent is the most important, tough, challenging but rewarding thing any of us may ever do with our lives. That’s why i’m campaigning to capture the here and now, this perfectly imperfect moment with photographs that tell the story of who you are as a family.I don't just photograph how you look as a family but how you feel too.
If we work together, the photographs I take will take on new meaning as your children grow up. They can look back on times, places and people that they perhaps have no memory of and get a sense of belonging and a better understanding of their family and their place in it.
You like to have a good chinwag and you’re pretty much up for anything. Your family is everything to you and you always put them first. Saturday nights used to be all about going out to gigs and parties but now it’s a much more sedate affair. You probably spend an unhealthy amount of time watching boxsets (it’s ok we’re all friends here) and then you probably spend just as much time talking about said boxset to friends the next day but let’s be honest, you’re probably quite tired because a) you’ve got kids but b) you’d stayed up later than you’d planned because……boxsets are a thing now.
You appreciate photography and have an eye for creativity and for ages now you’ve been thinking about having some professional photos but well, we’re all busy and life gets in the way.
You want to remember the here and now; where you live, your pets, that wallpaper you fell in love with but now it’s up your not so sure. Those gappy smiles, the first tooth, the curls before the first haircut, the crayon on the wall (which led to the questionable wallpaper choice), dribbling, the inability to remain fully clothed for more than an hour, that funny face you pull that makes them howl with the laughter. The list is endless. If only you could bottle that stuff up and squirrel it away.
You love photographing your kids but as the chief photo taker in your family, you don’t feature in many photographs yourself
There are hardly any photographs of you all together as a family and you know you really should do something about it but if your honest, you don’t really like having your photograph taken.
You probably have a pretty awesome vinyl collection.
You’ve had lots of adventures up to now but you’re really looking forward to the adventures you are yet to have.
You like cheese.
I live in Nottingham with my husband Adey
my daughter Choo-Choo Magu and my Step-daughter Amber, we have what can only be described as an 'eccentric' number of cats. I love animals of all kinds and have an uncanny knack of stumbling across lost pets or injured birds. This keeps me very busy. Once I found a lost ferret whilst working in Mansfield, this is a true story and is also the working title of my memoir. We are a family that camps and we're very lucky to have a camper van to go off on adventures in. We love the North Devon Coast, it's a magical place; we call it our home from home.
First things first, you should probably know there are some things I am particularly enthusiastic about. These are:
I first trained as a Sound Engineer
but went back to study photography in my 30's. I started out as a music photographer and some of my images have been featured in local and national press. Homelessness has always been something I care deeply about and I have a vast body of work that gives voice to homeless and vulnerable people. My work has been featured in The Guardian, local press and has been exhibited and printed in various forms for varying outlets. My work was also featured on the BBC Inside Out programme.
How I work
I’m not big on poses but I do give some gentle direction. As someone who avoids having their photograph taken at all costs, I completely understand how ‘icky’ the thought of a photo shoot can be. I have lots of experience of photographing even the most camera-shy and have been told more times than I can remember “even though I was dreading it, I’ve really enjoyed it” which is high praise indeed. I’m not expecting matching outfits, perfect hair, perfectly behaved kids or a neat and tidy house. Just come as you, that’s all that’s required.