In 2006 I moved to Wales after meeting a man on the motorway… no i am not joking.
Driving with a friend back from a road trip, Day’s Rentals Van, number against a window and four months later I leave Cheltenham (after a few month stop off in Plymouth) and move in with my new boyfriend, his parents and siblings.
To say I can be spontaneous would be an understatement. But when I want to do something, I tend to just do it. I jump in with both feet and give it my all.
As I was in a new town (and country) I needed to get a job. After searching for a few weeks I spotted one as a mobile studio photographer for a company called Pixifoto. I remember actually crying and asking out loud to no one in particular (the Universe definitely heard my call) to get the job.
I so wanted to work as a photographer and had spent the 5 years previously messing about with photos of friends and taking snaps for family members. I had a dream to run my own photography business even if I didn’t know exactly how I would do it. I still to this date have the invoice book from a garden party that my mum hosted selling my (awful) landscape photos back in about 2002/2003.
Me and my Girly. Will she take after me?
Me and Isla a year into business
So for 7 and a half years there was, a marriage, a house (with lots of rentals in between), various photography jobs for Pixifoto and a studio manager role in Dawson Strange Photography in Cwmbran. Redundancy when I was a few weeks pregnant. Maternity cover job in retail, baby girl (best thing EVER), maternity pay finished when she was 6 months old….. So, what to do now? Oh I know. FINALLY start my own business.
Needless to say it takes rather a lot to start a business from scratch and with a 6 month old on your hip it wasn’t always the easiest to fit it all in.
A year on and sadly my marriage dissolved, but as with most life changing situations, you can either crumble or thrive and I decided to thrive.
6 years on and I am still my own boss. I am also an employer, I have had two studios and rebranded my business multiple times, upleveling my skills and knowledge each year.
Working in a studio setting for the last 13 years has meant I have seen a lot of trends come and go. I have captured babies and then captured them again as teens with their new baby brothers and sisters. I have watched families grow and change and its been amazing to be a part of that.
I have always shot out and about since starting on my own and over the years my love for this has grown. My style has developed and I find myself drawn to the more natural tender moments that you can see when working in someone's home or on location, as opposed to the staged scenes in a studio.
It’s not just me that has gone down this route on my own, there is a real call for it lately.
With the times we live in being so fast paced and sometimes disjointed, and the digital age meaning we can miss the real genuine moments, people are awakening to the need for a more simple life. One where you slow down and enjoy the small things again.
This is why I have made the decision to give up my studio. It has not been an easy choice to make, but after over a decade in this field I am ready to grow and bring my passion for memories to my clients in a more natural and relaxed way.
I am slowing down myself and taking time to really appreciate what I hold dear, and that’s time with Isla. I am here writing this to encourage you to do the same.
Life goes so fast. Before you know it your baby isn’t a baby any more. Loved ones pass. We get caught up in the worries of everyday life and forget how good we really have it.
Through my photography I want to help you document those things and people you hold dear.
A smile can be read in any language.
So it’s the end of an era, but I am beyond excited about being a free bird flying high. I will get to flow with the natural rhythms of life. Every shoot will be unique and my creativity will know no bounds.
Thank you to everyone that has supported this journey so far by choosing me as your family photographer. Love you all xx
Here’s to real life, may we live it, may I capture it, may you cherish it forever.