"I remember walking to the venue a few days before and saw my huge photograph and my name plastered all over the front windows at street level and I actually got tears in my eyes. I just thought wow. The hard work is paying off."
First and foremost is the freedom of being self employed. I couldn’t work for someone. In fact, aside from Summer and Saturday jobs, I’ve never been employed long term! I’m not sure anyone would employ me anyway! But on a serious level, I love meeting new and interesting people. The job takes me to incredible places around London and occasionally abroad, shooting beautiful and wonderful people.
I recently wore this insane floor length leopard print dress to a friend’s birthday. Leopards are my spirit animal; I felt incredible wearing it!
Don’t care so much what others think. As females I think we have a tendency to put so much pressure on ourselves and worry whether what we do, how we look, what decisions we make will be judged by others. I also would tell the younger me to stop worrying so much and live in the moment. It all works out in the end!
Having my first exhibition before the age of 30. I was approached by the Hospital Club in Covent Garden to put on a show for 2 months at the end of 2016. The process of working with the team and selecting shots from an archive of thousands of images and seeing the show up and framed on the walls was surreal. I remember walking to the venue a few days before and saw my huge photograph and my name plastered all over the front windows at street level and I actually got tears in my eyes. I just thought wow. The hard work is paying off. This is what it’s all about!
I’m obsessed with these pearl face masks from Sephora. I always stock up when in America.
Equality and being taken seriously. My industry is very male dominated. I am the only female photographer I know covering the sort of private events I shoot. It took a long time to prove myself and I had to grow some thick skin. To this day I still have to fight for my place. I read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In a couple years ago and it changed my outlook on the workplace. Every woman should read this – and every man too!
"Don’t care so much what others think. As females I think we have a tendency to put so much pressure on ourselves and worry whether what we do, how we look, what decisions we make will be judged by others."
Be nice. My dad always taught me that it doesn’t cost a thing to be kind to people. Be patient, understand that success in this industry and any creative industry for that matter does not come overnight. Be pushy! Everyone wants the same thing, it’s a matter of who wants it more.
My mum. Without her I am no one. She has believed in me, pushed me and always been honest with me from the beginning. She is superwoman in my eyes. A true inspiration.
I still go out and buy Elle Magazine every month. It’s the one publication I will always buy in print. I enjoy the articles and commentary on Huffington Post and it would be rude not to mention my late night visits to ASOS!
I want to say my iPhone but I should be saying my camera!
In 2015 I embarked on a roadtrip across America with my best friend. I’d wanted to do it for years. It was the most insane, strenuous, life changing trip of my life; very Thelma and Louise but without the ending! We covered 3000 miles in 21 days!
I’m quite good with switching off from work. I really believe in getting that work/life balance. I workout a lot so I start each morning at the gym or go for a run. In the evenings when I’m not working I love to cook, read and watch documentaries. And then there’s the other, real side of me – dancing til the silly hours, out with my friends!
A plastic surgeon.