I trained as a textile designer, graduating with a woven textiles degree from the Scottish College of Textiles, and then an MA in Textiles from Central St Martins.
Back then I used photography to develop design ideas. I started with a film Minolta SLR and developed my own B&W prints in the college darkroom. The skills learned at design college are very useful for photography – composition, colour theory, texture, and contrast.
After college, I worked as a project manager for a small design practice that specialised in printed fabric signage systems for museums, galleries and retail. Over the years this company developed into Dimensions Displays which I now own.
A spur-of-the-moment purchase in 2005 of a Nikon D50 digital SLR re-ignited my passion for photography following a long break after college. Over the last 18 years, I’ve honed my portraiture, still life and product photography skills as a hobby. I started doing all the product photography for Dimensions Displays when I upgraded my D50 to a D300.
A premises move in 2018 allowed me to build a photo studio within the railway arch that Dimensions now occupy. This gave me the space to develop my photography further and I decided to pursue photography professionally. I also had the good fortune to have the designer/maker McCollin Bryan as a neighbour. They started giving me work photographing their furniture pieces.
Then the pandemic struck…! It almost wiped out my exhibition business. I pivoted hard to studio hire and photography. Using the lockdowns constructively to build a dedicated website for the studio hire and upgrade the studio.
I now divide my time between professional photography, hiring the studio out to other creatives and running Dimensions, which survived. My studio is based in Camberwell near Burgess Park and is available to hire with or without me taking the pictures.