Firstly, thanks for visiting my website and taking a look at my work.
I became a full time photographer after a career in the Army and I haven't looked back since. I moved to the beautiful Scottish Borders town of Peebles in 2015, became a mother and settled into the wonderful community here.
I'd describe myself as a relaxed, creative and family orientated person. Something which I hope comes through in my images. When I'm not taking photographs I can mostly be found on my bike in the hills, a place where I feel very at home and something I love to share with friends and family.
I'm lucky to have worked and trained with some of the countries most talented wedding photographers, although I now focus mainly on family and pet portraiture. I'm also studying for a BA Hons in Photography to formalise all those skills. Go take a look at my personal work or follow me on Instagram to see some of my self generated projects. It's important to me to work on personal projects to keep my commercial work fresh and interesting. As a result of my degree studies and personal projects I have developed a mild addiction to film photography and a desire to collect and shoot old film cameras, either luckily or not my bank balance can't keep up!
I hope you see something you like as you look around and hopefully I will hear from you soon.
I'm not one for a huge amount of stress, that doesn't mean to say I don't like things to be done right, but having been through some pretty stressful situations I try not to sweat the small stuff anymore. (Try, don't always succeed!) My approach to photography is just that, relaxed and informal, I truly believe that the best images come from a place of comfort and thats what I aim for. Making you as relaxed as possible to produce those images. I won't spend a huge amount of time asking you to pose, but I might point you gently in the right direction if I think it's needed. Posed images and forced smiles are not what I like to see in a picture of myself and so I wouldn't do that to you either.
Yes in the most part I do use fairly large professional cameras with at times big lenses attached but I aim to make you feel as comfortable with that situation as possible. For anyone really nervous about the experience of a professional shoot then I can easily tone down the equipment I choose to use. Remember the start of the first Austin Powers movie (showing my age now!)? 'Your a tiger' Well that's not me....good film though.
Consider going unplugged if you want an even more natural and slower approach to your shoot. On the other hand if you love nothing more than striking a pose for the shutter to let rip thats totally fine by me but my images will always have a more candid feel, even from the studio.
The slightly less interesting but equally important things that you might want to know is that most shoots last about an hour, sometimes we get an amazing raft of shots and achieve everything we want in 45 minutes sometimes it takes a little bit longer, as I mentioned don't sweat the small stuff. The same principal applies to a wedding, I arrive and depart to best suit your day rather than any rigid timings. The shoots themselves can take place on location, at your home or in my studio. The only exception is newborn photography, I only do this in your home in a natural setting. Newborn studio photography is a specialism that just doesn't suit my style and approach to photography and there are many talented photographers who will do a better job than me!
Ideally, you will view your finished images at the studio so we can go over them and make sure we are both happy but busy lives means there's also the option to view online. I'm able to help you with printing, framing and albums if you would like but it's not obligatory and your images are yours for personal use.
I hope that's most things covered! Price lists are available here.