I live 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 a very clever and adorable terrier called Flora, some chickens, a small flock of native Hebridean sheep and also a couple of pigs. 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 – 109 at the last count. My favourite for the last couple of years is Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour and if you like middle eastern food it’s really worth buying – I promise!
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; I drink tea but not coffee; 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 travelled by landrover from Tibet to Kathmandu and it was the most incredible journey of my life; my favourite tv show ever is Strictly Come Dancing!