I married Tom, my best friend and better half, last year. For ten years, he’s been the patient answerer of my relentless questions, the brewer (and thus, main enabler) of my raging tea addiction, my ski-holiday-sidekick, and my all-round whole world.
We love a good Netflix boxset binge in our house. Alternating between super-violent and shamefully basic (Vikings followed by Emily in Paris, that kinda thing). I have the music taste of a stereotypical dad. George Michael, Simply Red, Lighthouse Family, Rod Stewart. Basically put on anything from the 80’s and I’ll be on the dancefloor singing along! And with my 1st in Interior Design, I’m a sucker for all those beautiful wedding details and anything pretty and artistic!
I hate sausages but will happily eat a McMuffin. I hate spiders, can’t stand rudeness, and get disproportionately wound up by bad parking (which is basically just rudeness on wheels, right?!)
And I’m full-on obsessed with dogs! Very recently Tom and I took the puppy plunge with Sunny, our cute, cuddly and crazy fox-red Cockapoo. If there’s a dog at your wedding, I’ll definitely be making friends and sneaking them canapés!
I was born and raised in the Cotswolds by two Scottish parents. I’m the middle sister, sandwiched between Becky, queen socialite and semi-professional party-goer. And the ostensibly no-nonsense but undercover-softy, Hannah.
My mum works in Childcare, and is the most devoted, considerate, loving and caring mum a girl could ask for. My dad served in the RAF for 25 years as a Parachute Jump instructor. But he’s a proper softy and a true dad of girls, just another one of the gang getting in on all the gossip! And being a true Scot, he’ll wear shorts nearly all year round. Those are my absolute besties.
And that’s one reason why I love weddings so much. Because beneath all the beautiful styling and traditions, it’s a day all about the coming together of two families, and the beginning of your own exclusive little team. A whole day surrounded by all your favourite people in the world, and all the joy, love and happiness that comes with it. And I love that I get to be there to capture it for you.
My love of photography began with my uncle. His lifelong passion for photography had given him a daily purpose, and a distraction from his struggle with mental health. He’d taken up a ‘365 photography challenge’, but sadly lost his life before he could see it completed. So I inherited his camera and continued his challenge in his name. Tom bought me my first camera shortly after, and my love of photography intensified. And the rest is history.
I’m a firm believer that ‘the secret to having it all is knowing you already do’. Everyone has their own story, and a unique path they’ve taken to get to where they are now. So I guess all we can do is be ourselves, fight the urge to compare ourselves to others and love and accept the person we are in this moment.
We have no idea what people are dealing with, what they’ve been through or what lies ahead of them. So to be able to capture a day of true love and happiness for them to look back on fills my heart with joy.
And far more than my passion for photography, my affection for aesthetics and my love of family, the honour of capturing the most perfect day in people’s lives is what makes me love my job the most.