It was an accident. I’m not that academic, and at 16 I was going to drop out of school, but my parents suggested trying photography, and it was my saving grace. I did photography A level on my Stepdad's Nikon F6, and I’m so glad I started out on film. Technically speaking, you learn so much with a film camera, and the whole process of developing your images prepares you for post-production with digital. My next step was a fashion communication degree at Northumbria University in Newcastle, specialising in photography, and I quickly realised I didn’t want to go down the fashion route when I graduated; although I loved fashion, my passion was photography.
When I moved to Minnesota, I got my first job at a heritage woolen mill (Fabribault Woolen Mill) styling and taking photographs for their lookbooks and social media, and I steadily built up a US client base, mostly through social media – as well as photography, I’m an art director and stylist, and I also do web design and digital marketing. I love doing anything creative, although I have to admit that I get a local company, Fine Art Solutions in Chessington, Surrey, to make my prints for my print-sales business. They are amazing, and the quality is insane. Prints are so personal, so it’s really important I can trust them to people I know; and as everything I do revolves around community, I always want to support local businesses, too, so it works on different levels.