I have a coffee bean subscription & start my day with a double espresso made from freshly ground beans. After a high protein breakfast, I head to the gym. I’m a member of two, so which one I attend depends on which day of the week it is. My cross fit gym is where I lift weights, flip tyres and work on strength training. Being strong helps with carrying around 5kg of gear for 10 hours on a wedding day!
I’m such a geek! I love gadgets & I have Philips Hue wireless lights throughout my apartment. This means I can control the lighting through my phone. I have my office lighting daylight balanced and have my lounge lighting matched to colours in photos that I love. Much more fun than light switches. 😉 Check it out here: Philips Hue
I keep my nails short as it’s both easier to flip tyres & fasten wedding dresses. On a wedding morning, I’m usually the only woman in the room who does not have nail extensions! I do have a bit of a NailsInc addiction though. On a wedding day, I’ll wear a nude colour. At the moment I’m loving Mayfair Lane NailKale. The rest of the time my nails feature Black Taxi or Alexa Leather, which match my tattoos (all black at the moment). On a wedding day, my tattoos are mostly tucked away under a smart jacket.
I have an SNC and HND in photography from what is now the Glasgow Metropolitan college. I’m a qualified member of the British Professional Photographers Association. I have achieved ‘Associate’ level with my work, so that explains those hard-earned letters after my name. I’ve achieved the PTTLS and the first year of the Cert. Ed. teaching qualification during my 18 months of teaching photography & Adobe Photoshop in Further Education colleges. I gained a new respect for the amount of paperwork teachers have to deal with! I don’t have the time to teach in FE any more, but do provide coaching and mentoring to others in my industry.
More About Me…
I’m originally from Rutherglen (near Glasgow) and first came to Manchester in 1999 through my previous career. I moved back in 2007 to settle in Manchester.
I usually work from home. On occasion, you’ll find me and my MacBookPro at one of my favourite Manchester ‘offices’. At the moment my favourite city centre location is Ezra & Gil in the Northern Quarter. If I’m in the south then I love working in Didsbury Lounge. I swear they do the best Americano in South Manchester.
After 10 years of full-time wedding photography, I found I was missing the social part of working as part of a team. In 2016 I started working part-time as a freelance web consultant a couple of days per week, where I help other photographers fix their websites. I get to chat with other photographers around the world and I really enjoy it! My web work days are Tuesday’s & Wednesday’s.