This was not the plan. This was serendipity.
As a child I had my eye on the stars, dreaming of working at The SETI Institute when I was growing up. So, when I went to university it was astrophysics I studied – not photography.
Yet here I am in my twelfth year as a full-time photographer... nobody is more surprised than me.
The experiences I’ve had, the places I've visited, and, most importantly, all the people I have met have expanded my world. I can recount countless fascinating conversations with strangers many years later.
I do not photograph weddings for the cake, it’s for the conversations, it’s for the stories, it's for the memories I make.
I am very glad my best laid plans went awry!
Only recently did I realise that photography, and my approach to it, had always been a part of me.
During lockdown I finally had time to sort through all the things my late parents had left me. Sorting through these memories reminded me of how truly special, and interesting, pictures and film are decades later.
And I also discovered that I was the one behind the camera at all the family parties!
Which leads me on to my family: I have three sons who have grown up into wonderful young men.
I am the proud owner of a Blue Peter badge and a Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award, the latter reflecting my passion for music.
My first ever memory is watching ABBA perform Super Trouper on Top of the Pops. I was 22 months old.
Oh, and I am also known for instigating the campaign to get Rage Against The Machine to number one at Christmas in 2009. Being on stage with the band in front of thousands of people in Finsbury Park is one of the most surreal moments of my life.
I’ve had a few of those moments.
And I still love the stars.
“She had studied the universe all her life, but had overlooked its clearest message:
For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”
Contact by Carl Sagan