I’ve been taking photos basically forever – my parents declared the very first picture I ever took astonishing, and I’ve been seeking that same adulation ever since.
As a teenager I took a second GCSE in art to mess about in the darkroom during my A-levels, taking pictures on a battered old Fuji I got in a charity shop, developing my own black and white film and printing my own prints. If I wasn’t in class or hanging around Camden town, I was in the dark room giving myself headaches with all the chemicals.
After a stint at drama school (so yes I do know what it is like to be on the receiving end of a headshot lens too), photography crept back into my life and grew in parallel with my career as a theatre and live arts producer and publicist. My photographs of the shows I worked on started being printed alongside reviews and previews in big newspapers like The Metro, The Independent, The Guardian – being seen by thousands of people, and it felt great! When I became the in-house producer and head of marketing at Theatre503 in 2011 my graphic design started to step up to meet the needs of the role too, and with the team there we started to develop a house style of posters and flyers, and I found myself designing brochures, newspaper ads and online gifs, as well as snapping all the in house shows of course. And Fringe Report very kindly gave me an award in 2012 – Best Creative – Producer, Photographer, Publicist.
In 2015-16 I co-ran design company Blue Pie Media briefly, as the sister production company to Finger in the Pie (which I also co-ran during that time), with whom I managed and helped execute a number of commissions including the rebrand of The UK Major Ports Group and various websites and show posters, as well as the publicity and assets for our shows, classes etc.
With my other hat on I have been a publicist at Mobius Industries for over 6 years, with whom I manage press and publicity campaigns for a range of shows, companies and venues across the UK including New Diorama Theatre, British Youth Music Theatre, Watford Palace Theatre, Ameena Hamid Productions, The Hale, RashDash and many more – so I know what works for the press in terms of images too.
Otherwise I’m just a born and bred central Londoner, I live with my son, my cat and a temporary snake, love to cook, and can’t get enough of slightly macabre and weird things like the Krampus. But I’ll stop there as it this is SLIGHTLY becoming like a dating profile!
I still get genuinely excited taking and editing photographs. I love capturing a moment and I like to think we can have a fun time taking a picture together or making the design assets for your project – and if I can make a few rubbish puns along the way, then even better!