My most prestigious award so far is “Most Determination,” which I received in 1987 as a beginning-level gymnast. I drink massive amounts of tea every day, love rap music, traveling, and napping (an extremely rare treat these days). Daffodils are my favorite flower. I have them tattooed on me a. because I love them so much and b. because I like to face my fears (I used to be terrified of needles).
When I was little, my dad built a darkroom in our house and I loved photography instantly. I’ve also been really into art generally since… well, always.
My wacky grandmother, Gillian Hodge (insert her high-pitched, English accent), was a ceramic artist and all-around inspiration for me. To be honest, a piece of my artistic side died when she passed in 2001 and I had a hard time picking up a camera or paintbrush for a long time.
After ditching a high-stress career in IT 10 years ago, I started picking up my cameras again. I built a darkroom in my house and also started diving into digital. Not to sound cheesy, but I started to feel alive again.
I started photographing everything that came my way – family portraits (including newborns, pregnant women, senior portraits), events, product launches, and weddings of all shapes and sizes (I loved the small ones best!). It was all great fun and I learned a ton.
These days, I focus on my true love – artistic documentary-style family portraits. I just find so much joy in the images I capture of my two children and the families I’ve photographed over the years (some I’ve photographed annually for 10 years – such an honor!!). Providing high quality, artistic, story-telling images to families is where I want to pour my heart, soul, and energy.