I have held a lifelong passion for photography and animals: horses, dogs, parakeets, hamsters, you name it, I loved to photograph it! So when I quit my glittering career of 20 years as a global PR exec and followed my husband and his job to India as the ‘trailing spouse’ — yes, that’s really a term — I turned my passion into my profession and created my dream job of of ANIMAL PHOTOGRAPHER!
Whether marveling at the primping and preening of pups at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, following the training of landmine detection dogs in Bosnia, or capturing the personality of a beloved family pet at my studio in the beautiful village of Orlean, VA, I’m still as fascinated by photography as I was when I first picked up a camera back in the north of England in the early ‘70s. But whatever I am photographing, my aim is to document their stories with integrity, individuality and insight.
I have now worked for more than 14 years as a photographer (yes, I’m THAT old). My work has featured in multiple national and international newspapers placements, including the New York Times, The Times of London, The Guardian (UK), People Magazine, among many others. It has also been exhibited and sold internationally in Asia, Europe, the UK and the USA. I’m also honored to have received a prestigious World Press Photo Award in 2014 for my images documenting daily life at the 4PAWS dog shelter in Malaysia, where 250 dogs lived together, roaming around free, cared for by a German expat and her small team of volunteers.
I work hard at continuing to hone my photography skills and learn from some of the world’s best photographers in the business today through photojournalism workshops, my preferred visual style, investing in online education, reading about the craft of photography, visiting exhibitions, and scanning the plethora of social media that is available to us all today.
I am a member of the Royal Photographic Society, the association of Professional Photographers of America, the Orlean Artist Collective (OAC), Artists in Middleburg, and HeARTs Speak, a global organization that pairs artists with local animal shelters to help raise their profile and adoption success.
Since moving to Virginia in May 2018, I have partnered with a number of animal rescue organizations to help their adoption efforts by photographing the dogs and cats at WAAAG, (the Washington Area Animal Adoption Group) and the big beautiful dogs at Colonial Newfoundland Rescue and the Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. I also volunteer regularly as a horse leader and occasional photographer at the Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center in Haymarket where I’m sure I enjoy as many of the emotional benefits as the students!
When not behind the camera, I'm a proud puppy momma to three Indian born dachshunds: Mitzie, Monty and Minnie. And I am still trailing the spouse, camera in hand.