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Biography

  • ‘In retrospect, I was destined for a career in photography from the moment I  picked up my Dad’s Nikon camera.  Although this was to disappear shortly afterwards off a yacht into the Firth of Forth, my passion for photography endured.  For me, it is the perfect tool to express myself and fortunately my career has survived longer than my Dad’s camera.

    After graduating from Napier University in 2002 with a BA (Hons), I took advantage of a Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT)start-up loan to invest in some equipment and launch my career gaining contracts with Ede and Ravenscroft Graduation Photographers, Elegante/Kodak Wedding Photographers and having my work published in magazines. 

  • Advertising work began to flow in through contacts such as Schuh Clothing for Feet, Youth Scotland, Tesco, Amnesty International and the London Underground. In 2007 I co-rented a studio space with make-up artist and designer to offer photography services to private and commercial clients. This became the model for The Makeover Experience which offers women the chance to experience a fashion shoot.  When this started to take off at the end of 2011, I felt it was time to have my own studio space.  The site at Clifton Terrace, formerly Banks Florist, was perfect as was the combination of my vision and Dad’s building skills.  The studio officially opened in February 2012. ‘

  • In retrospect, I was destined for a career in the creative industries. With no clear direction I embarked on a foundation course in Art and Design. Exploring public art, interior design, fashion design, graphic design, eventually studying a marketing design HND at Edinburgh’s Telford College. Unsettled with that decision and bewildered about my future career a marketing brief was delivered. It was at this time I picked up my first manual SLR camera, creating the visuals to deliver the brief - albeit with amateur results - yet armed with my Dads Nikon and a passion to learn it became clear I had found the perfect tool, a platform, a creative niche.

    The loan of my Dads camera was however brief, its destiny - The Firth of The Forth overboard a 23ft yaught. Despite this tragic event, eager and determined I took a risk

  • and changed my studies. Four years later in 2002 I had graduated, gaining a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree from Napier University, pleasing my proud yet ambivalent Father, it was certain the only voyage now was my own. 

    The arrival of my wee boy early 2003 was an unexpected addition that would set to challenge my working and personal life, nevertheless a positive that could only be the making of me. Trained traditionally in photography, which covered dark room, wet developing and printing - I needed a strategy.  I also needed finance to ignite my career.

  • At this time, digital photography was a growing yet

    competitive industry and could open up the doors to low cost production and a market place open to me. My fears of how difficult and expensive to establish myself as a freelance photographer became less challenging. Through research, funding opportunities became the key to my business's success and achieving my ambitions. 
    Granted with a Princes Scottish Youth Trust (PSYBT) business start up I had enough to invest in a little equipment and successfully gained contracts with Ede and Ravenscroft Graduation Photographers, Elegante Kodak Wedding

    Photographers, Magnet Magazine, Photography and design for Bite Magazine - I was finally published.

  • Advertising work began to come through contacts and associates I had established, Schuh Clothing for Feet, Youth Scotland, Tesco, Amnesty International and The London Underground. I began to realize fast that not only my skills, but adaptability, confidence and a natural affinity to connect with people would make my career…. 

    IN 2007 I co-rented a studio space with make up artist Christine Forster and Designer Martin Elden we set up us studios where clients could be booked anytime and I could offer studio photography services to private and commercial clients. Our studio became the platform for The Make Over Experience offering real women the chance to experience a fashion shoot.

  • The Thistle Foundation hosted us for 3 years until the building fell into disrepair and we had no option but to leave. For the best part of a year I stepped back considering my options, shooting for Duke Wedding Photography, events and arranged studio hire when my clients required. The Make Over Experience started to take off at the end of 2011, it was time, I wanted I need my own space.
    The site at Clifton Terrace firmly Banks Florist was the perfect pitch, with my vision and my Dads building skills we flung ourselves into the refer and opened in Feb 2012… And the story continues