I am a housewife with tattoos, from Bristol in the UK. It is my home.
Our readers are usually curious if our featured artists attended school for Photography. Did you?
I have had no photography education, however I dedicated my time growing up towards music festivals! Also later on in life did an accounting and finance degree!!!
How long have you been a photographer?
Dead on two years…never held a camera prior to that
How would you describe your style?
Photography with a twist….I love Photoshop to help create mood and hopefully to showcase the beauty of my subjects. Its all about capturing a moment, an expression, and emotion….
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is fear itself – let that conquer you and your life is not your own….. 😉
What is your current gear setup?
Two bodies, Canon 5D Mark III – love it!!! I need to change lenses a lot so life is a lot easier with two….
What is your favorite photography accessory?
Shopping trolly is my favorite accessory – What you say? The gear I need is so happy I transport it around in an old ladies type shopping trolly – got big wheels is really. Lots of photographers have said what a good ideal, and it’s worked for me. So no, not reflectors, flash guns…. A shopping trolly!
What is your favorite lens and why?
Gotta say love my lenses equally, can’t leave one out! However I must mention a few. The newest is the Canon 500mm f/4 and I LOVE IT! The Canon 300mm f/2.8 is also a beautiful lens. The work horse of my lenses the 70-200mm f/2.8. I use 1.4x TC Mark III on all of them – don’t even know they are there with AF!!!!
What lighting equipment do you take on a regular shoot if any?
Use natural light….. on rare occasion use a flash gun…. still don’t know how to use them properly so can’t comment any further
What is your favorite computer/editing accessory, other than your computer? How about software?
Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4.1, Nik Software the whole lot……
How important is Photoshop in your final images?
The way I shoot usually goes two ways. In a perfect world, you should always aim to get everything perfect while you are shooting, act as a purest…perfect light, composition and action. However in the real world, it can get a little bit tricky. That is where Photoshop comes in for me. It is to help boost an image, where the light or composition isn’t perfect. I get a kick out of uploading an image that I don’t need to do a dam thing too!
Are you a Mac or PC lover?
Mac all the way…..
Do you plan on buying any new equipment in the near future and if so what do you have your eyes set on?
I bought all the equipment now that will last me a life time – I’m broke lol!!
Your work really inspires myself and many others to pursue photography in a wider degree. What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such amazing imagery?
Nature is my inspiration, the animals capture my heart maybe not a cool answer but they captivate me oh and old oil paintings…… the light is just awesome… dark lol!
What has been your most memorable or favorite project and why?
I got to shoot these Wolves….there was a pecking order dispute and lots of beautiful howling…wow! It was a special moment! I have spent hours and hours waiting for those moments.
Is there a photographer you would love to say you got your photograph taken by?
Got to be three people, even though they are not portrait photographers! They are on 500px so check them out – Magda Indigo, Steve Mackay and Ashley Vincent.
Do you have a website and/or blog you visit often? How about forums?
I just use 500px, it’s great platform…I have met some fine people and photographers.
What do you feel is the most challenging thing about being an artist?
The challenge of being an artist is being self critical all the dam time, hitting a brick wall, not improving enough, feeling stagnant – long list of frustration!!
What do you think of the current state of the photography industry and where do you see it in 5 years from now?
Stock photography non stop…what more can I say. In five years time, more stock photography…
If I wasn’t a photographer, I would have loved to have been a marine biologist. What would you have been?
I have tried lots of other things and had lots of challenging life experiences and now feel like I have finally arrived home, photography is it…
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Photography has saved my life….My one true savior. It has literally restored my sanity.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
If I won the lottery I would be permanently traveling with my car, music, camera gear…World here I come!
And the last question, if you had one wish…
If I had a wish it would be to help fund wonderful photographers who can’t afford decent equipment, or have the time/money to travel. I HATE to see unfulfilled talent. It’s heartbreaking.