I love taking photographs!
I work both in my garden and further afield from the birds and their closeup feathers to the ice that sometimes forms on the pond. I love to show how incredible nature is: out on the amazing plains of Africa, up on the Tundra lands above the Arctic Circle or while wandering around the hedgerows of the United Kingdom - where I am mostly found these days.
Sometimes I tackle other projects with my camera such as portraits or events in order to challenge myself in new ways. With my regular photography for Hospiscare, I work unobtrusively and am most interested in capturing the interactions between people, such as a conversation between patient and nurse or family members and staff and my images are used regularly for marketing materials. I help run the local photography club and enjoy the company of other photographers.
I am published in a few books and magazines and have had some successes in nature & wildlife photography competitions. The most important thing though, is that photography is something I just love doing.
I studied Fine Art (sculpture, painting and printmaking) and then qualified and worked as a Montessori nursery teacher for 12 years. Since 2000 I have worked both as an online designer and eCommerce manger. I said my goodbyes to the London rat-race and now work freelance from my milking parlour home in South Devon.
I picked up my first 'proper' camera in 2013 after being inspired by Wild Photos - a weekend of wildlife photography in the National Geographic Society, presented by many of the great wildlife and nature photographers of our time. I was depressed and inspired in equal measures.
Since that weekend I vowed to improve my photography and whenever time permitted I spent it working through the menus, settings and instruction manuals - determined to get the camera do what I wanted and not the other way around!
Although it would be nice, I am lucky enough not to have to make money from my photography. My motivation waxes and wanes, but ultimately, it is something that I just love (and seem to need) to do.
The Sun Magazine
I am a regular contributor of black and white images which accompany articles.
Bird Photographer of the Year 2017, 2018
My photos of a close up of the black swans of Dawlish and a kaliedoscope of a mallard's wing also in the accompanying books
British Wildlife Photography Awards
My photo of a stag at dawn during the rutting season went on tour and is in the accompanying book
Outdoor Photographer of the Year
Winner of the Wildlife Insight category with my photograph of an elephant's trunk in closeup
Outdoor Photography Magazine
Feature about my accompanying image of a stag at dawn taken in Richmond Park. Double page spread on my elephant's trunk photograph.
The Sunday Times Magazine
Also featuring my stag at dawn taken in Richmond Park
National Geographic Online
YourShot (now closed) featured my photograph of a rare Amur leopard
NORP India - TFS Co-operation
Commissioned to photograph two projects in Delhi and South India