At 17 years old, I left home in search of adventure, leaving a secure and loving home.
I arrived in Jersey, found work and saved every penny fulfil my dream of backpacking around the world.
During this time I saw the gorillas in Uganda, climbed Kilimanjaro, worked with the leatherback turtles in Costa Rica, taught English in Colombia and worked my way around the world.
Seeing these incredible places and meeting the most colourful people, I wanted to capture it all on camera and that’s where the passion for photography was born.
After 14 years of living away and leaving ‘a secure job in the bank’, I returned home to train as a Photographer!! I lived with my parents and saw my fiancé at weekends, who were all unbelievably supportive of me, despite the odds.
Under the guidance of Brendan Murphy, I trained as a photographer with the Irish News and went to college. During this time, I often doubted myself but after being awarded ‘Newcomer of the Year’ and 2nd place in the ‘News Category’ of the IPR Awards, my confidence was boosted. I borrowed money, bought my first camera in 2004, lenses and my wee Corsa and I was all set. I worked as a freelance Press Photographer and as soon as I photographed my first Wedding, that was it. I was hooked!
I have worked as a Wedding and Portraiture Photographer now for over 10 years and absolutely love it! It’s a privilege to document a couple’s story on their wedding day, to capture all the emotions that go with it. My aim is to produce a wedding album that reflects this in an honest and organic way and to provide families with timeless images that they will be proud to pass on to future generations.
I'm lucky to be living in the beautiful village of Dundrum with my husband, David and children, Marc and Sofia and of course, I can't forget about our golden labrador, Bella. Being surrounded by sea, forest parks, mountains and a castle, I'm spoilt for stunning locations to photograph my own children, couples and families. If the great outdoors aren't for you, I have a welcoming studio that I run from my home.
To make people feel at ease and enjoy being themselves in front of my camera is always my first priority.
John Lennon once said: “When I was five-years-old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” My sentiments exactly!