How did I become a photographer?

There are a few new followers so I thought it would be good to blog about my story. This way you get to know the person behind the business a bit more. I'm still working up the courage to do more talking Instagram stories.

The million dollar question that people ask since we are children is “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Being a photographer honestly wasn't on my radar as a kid growing up in England. I actually really wanted to be a vet. This obviously became a non-starter when I learnt I would faint at the sight of blood. Something I actually discovered funnily enough at the vets' office when my pet budgie was sick.

Thankfully this is something I've outgrown cause as a mum of 3 boys, they're a little accident prone.

When I say a little....I mean A LOT!

I ended up studying dual honours of Biology and Biochemistry at University and then followed a career as a research scientist in Cancer research. A career I choose to follow after losing my mum to breast cancer when I was 15. It was a career I loved for 8 years and have many fond memories of. I'm still in touch with a lot of old colleagues.

I moved here in 2010 and my plan had been to carry on in research, however, this never panned out and I got pregnant with my first son and after a lot of consideration, we decided that I would stay home with him.

Notice the camera in my hand

Now I was known for always having a camera with me as a kid and at University and yes my friends hate the fact I have lots of photos of them on nights out. So I don't know why I didn't think I could do it as a career. It wasn’t until after taking many photos at play-dates, that a friend told me I should make a career of it. She saw in me something that I didn’t see. Slowly friends started asking me to take pictures of them and their families. I started up the business Facebook page originally as a joke, expecting it to go nowhere. I had just planned on sharing pictures I took of friends. If you check out my Pinterest board, you can see my images from the very start, before I even left the UK.

Its been a slow process building up my portfolio, honing my skills and building my client base over the last 7 yrs. I'm still part-time, till my youngest starts school in September. I'm so grateful for the friends who let me use their family and babies as practice. I'm happy to say they're still clients as well as close friends. I'm also grateful for a loving husband who allowed me to indulge in a dream that I didn't know would go anywhere. It’s so important to surround yourself with people who lift you up and who are there for you. If that friend hadn’t of pushed me, who knows where I would be now.