So who am I? I'm a dog crazy lady without a dog of my own (sob!), so I can't wait to meet you and your lovely pooches.
I'm married to my lovely husband Nigel and I have three step-kids who are all grown up, and two young grandsons - I know, I don't look old enough to be a Granny! That's the joy of step-families and a bit of an age difference between Nigel and I.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
My love of photography began back in the days of film, when I was given my first SLR by a relative. It was fascinating to learn how to develop film and eventually progress to my own darkroom - there's nothing quite as magical as watching an image appear before your eyes!
Eventually I progressed to digital photography and have developed a love of creating beautiful images, whether that is a loved family pet, a portrait or spending my free time photographing wildlife.
SO WHY DOGS?
When we were kids, as far as I can remember, we always had dogs. My grandparents had Rex and Danny, two beautiful setter-crosses, followed by Benny the cocker spaniel; we grew up with Tess, a beautiful collie-cross with a gentle soul who was the perfect dog when we were small.
After Tess crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, we adopted Tyler, a lovely Heinz 57 who was probably the most intelligent dog I’ve ever met, if a little standoffish with strangers, and then our gorgeous Charlie who was my heart dog. We’ve always been a dog family – which shows as today my sister is a qualified dog trainer, and I specialise in dog portraiture!
Today our family dogs are my Mum’s puppy, Sherbet, the lemon roan cocker spaniel, and my sister's two labradors, Dave and Remus, and her golden retriever puppy, Fred, who appear quite regularly on my social media.
Knowing how much our dogs have been part of our family over the years means I really understand how much you love your dog and how important he is to you.
I wish we had the beautiful portraits of our gorgeous boys and girls to treasure, but we don’t. We have the odd faded, often blurry, photo, and those four-legged friends who were once so close in our hearts have faded to a few brief cloudy memories.
I don't want this to be you.
I want you to keep those memories close so you can always treasure the special times you share. So that, just by looking at your beautiful portraits, you are instantly transported to those special memories that are as bright and clear as the day they were made.
MORE ABOUT ME
So you may have guessed by now I love dogs. We don’t have one of our own (yet!) but we love nothing better than enjoying cuddles and ear-scratches with the family pack whenever we see them!
When I'm not out photographing dogs, cats, horses and other animals, I love to read books (so many books! Thank goodness for Kindle!), play piano, write poetry and stories, go hiking and explore our wonderful country. I'm also learning to speak Welsh in my spare time.
WHEN I DON'T HAVE A CAMERA...
I’m have a healthy love of the outdoors and was a volunteer leader with Girlguiding UK for over 20 years. I spent three months volunteering at the Guiding World Centre in Switzerland, Our Chalet, when I was 21, and have also hiked the Inca Trails in Peru.
I’ve hiked to the top of a mountain to watch the sun rise, paraglided from the top of a different mountain, abseiled down a gorge and even done a full body dip into a glacial lake (and yes – it was COLD!).
Guiding has been a massive part of my life and has given me such wonderful opportunities, as well as making wonderful friendships around the world.
WHAT BUGS MY HUSBAND
I am a worry-wart. My husband says I get het up too much about things – but often it’s because I want things to be perfect (which can’t be bad, surely?). So I’ll be worrying about making sure your images are absolutely perfect – and making sure they are!
I’m also untidy – but I’m sure that’s just a sign of a creative mind! That’s what I keep telling my husband anyway. It’s true I’ll bring a lot of mess with me when I come to your photo shoot – but the good news is I take it all away with me afterwards, and it all contributes to those beautiful portraits you’re going to love.
I hold Craftsman status with the Guild of Professional Photographers and I am fully insured with public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
Achievements and Qualifications
Achieved Craftsman Status with the Guild of Photographers in September 2021
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19 Bronze Awards achieved in the Guild of Photographers Image of the Month competition
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Two "Top 100" placings in the International Pet Photographer of the Year Awards
Achieved the Photographers Bar in the Pets Category with the Guild of Photographers
27 Bronze Awards achieved in the Guild of Photographers Image of the Month competition
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Achieved Canine First Aid Level 2 (VTQ)
Achieved the Photographer's Bar in the Pets Category with the Guild of Photographers
20 Bronze Awards achieved in the Guild of Photographers Image of the Month competition
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Achieved Qualified status with the Guild of Photographers in July 2018
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Achieved the Photographer's Bar in the Open Category with the Guild of Photographers
Achieved Level 2 Canine Body Language (VTQ)
Two Silver Awards achieved in the Guild of Photographers Image of the Month competition.
16 Bronze Awards achieved in the Guild of Photographers Image of the Month competition
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Nine Bronze Awards achieved in the Guild of Photographers Image of the Month competition
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Best Overall Image in Wild Arena Competition