Ilive in a little wooden house by the sea, next to the Isle of Skye, in the Highlands of Scotland where I grew up. My grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great grandmother also lived here and I think it’s pretty amazing that I am looking out on the same views as they did, up to two hundred years ago.
After leaving school and spending many years working in financial public relations in Edinburgh and London, I returned to my roots via a year of travelling from London to India by bus and train and a few months in Africa. Ironically, despite all my globetrotting it was back at home where I met a handsome Englishman who had made the Highlands his adopted home and then became my husband.
We have two adorable rescue dogs from Romania, called Casper and Ben, some chickens, a small flock of native Hebridean sheep and also a couple of pigs. We also have John and Gregg (I’m a huge Masterchef fan) – two pet lambs whose mum rejected them, so we nursed them from the day they were born. They don’t realise they are sheep at all! I’d love to add some goats and ducks to that list eventually and also some bees – watch this space! Ever since watching the River Cottage series about small-holding a few years ago, I’ve wanted to be able to raise a few animals and try to live a more sustainable life. Now I have the opportunity to do that for which I am really grateful.
When I’m not photographing my wonderful clients, I enjoy spending time in our veg garden. I grow a few things each year for us to eat and have also tried my hand at flowers too so now we have dahlias, sweet peas and tulips to bring vivid splashes of colour the plot.
My biggest hobby though, is cooking (I love, love, love cooking) and my collection of cookery books is not insubstantial – over 200 at the last count. My favourite cuisine is middle eastern but I love most food. I love feeding people and one day I’m going to learn how to make charcuterie and also set up a little polytunnel pop-up on my croft – from field to fork – literally – where people can eat with a view of Skye.
Photography has been one of the best things that ever happened to me and I have a career that I absolutely love in an incredibly beautiful part of the world. I feel very lucky to do something that I truly enjoy.
Random facts: I have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and seen Mt Everest three times; my favourite colour is teal; I love the artists Ruth Brownlee and Cath Waters; I make really good chilli jam; I want to learn to knit and to dance (I’d love to be on Strictly Come Dancing!); I travelled by landrover from Tibet to Kathmandu and it was the most incredible journey of my life; I support several dog charities because I LOVE dogs (if you have one, please bring it to your wedding!)
My Life in pictures
WORKING WITH ME
I‘ve always been interested in other people and I’ve never been shy in talking to strangers – even as a young child. It’s a natural curiosity that I never lost and as a photographer it helps me get to know you quickly and to put you at ease. Most people are nervous of being photographed and my job is to alleviate that as much as possible so that you feel relaxed and forget all about your nerves.
So, if you are anxious about being photographed that’s ok – you’re pretty normal! Just know that on the day, it won’t be as awful as you think and we’ll have a lot of fun, I promise!
If you are like most of my couples, then you are probably coming to Skye or the Highlands for a destination wedding, which often means that we won’t actually meet until the wedding day. A pre-wedding chat is a great way for us to get to know each other so I like to try and Skype or at least chat on the phone at least once but if it doesn’t happen because your schedules are too busy, that’s perfectly okay.
It’s important to me to give you a set of photographs that tell the story of your wedding and so on the big day I’ll usually join you while you are getting ready at your hotel, or wherever you are staying, and more often that not if you’re eloping, you’ll be in the car with me as we drive around Skye making lovely photographs together.
A day or so after the wedding I’ll send you a few photographs so that you have something to share with family, friends (and Facebook if you’re a user) and then the full set of photographs is ready about four weeks later.
My goal is to make sure you are both able to have an amazing wedding day – to forget about everything except saying your vows to each other and enjoying the incredible scenery – and then to present you with a set of beautiful, timeless, romantic images that you cherish for years to come.
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