I wrote this a while ago to describe My Why (Start with Why is a very good book).
“…My photography journey didn’t begin when I picked up a camera. It began longer ago than that. It began with my dad, who had the most incredible memory and memory recall. He was amazing at Trivial Pursuit, unbeatable! And my mum, who always had the most dreadful memory and has recently been diagnosed with dementia.
These two things growing up led me to always want to remember things – just in case a) I might need them (especially if I wanted to win at Trivial Pursuit!) or b) one day I might not be able to remember them.
I studied history and journalism at university and then went to work as a news producer at BBC News Online. I wasn’t really a “news” person and looked into other things I could do. I left the BBC and went to study photojournalism at the London College of Communication. I fell in love with photographing weddings along the way. The people I met, the stories I got to tell, the emotions, the beauty – I felt like this was what I was supposed to be doing – my life’s journey realised.
I truly believe that being a photographer isn’t just about having a nice camera and knowing how to use it, it comes from a place much deeper than that. It comes from how the world has shaped you, it comes from the core of who you are and how you live your life. It’s part of my being to tell other people’s stories and I choose to do it visually, beautifully and with love.”