full time Mum to Jude and Etta, photographer and designer. I arrived on Tresco as a toddler, over thirty years ago and grew up in a house just a few hundred metres from where I am now bringing up my own children.
Read on to find out how my business was born and how it has evolved.
As a child in the nineties I could often be found carrying a disposable camera and enthusiastically documenting my day, whether I was at home on Scilly, or further afield. By the time I was a teenager, my parents had equipped me with my first proper bit of kit, a Vivitar, just in time for me to embark on a school skiing trip. Unfortunately, I managed to lose the camera on the way home... but undeterred by my early misfortune, I was eventually able to fund a replacement and fuelled by my beautiful Scillonian surroundings my passion for photography didn't stop growing.
My business began as an idea that arrived as the pandemic took hold and the world underwent an ugly metamorphosis. Like everyone, I was fearful of the impact it would have on my family and community and I was heavily pregnant (about to burst!) In a fit of what I think you could call financial nesting, I hatched a plan to release a calendar and try to bring a little extra money in to make the family finances a bit more robust.
With the support of the Scillonian and visitor communities and the invaluable backing of Tresco Estate, my idea paid off and by
the summer I was selling notecards and wooden postcards too. Then I started being approached to provide photography for business projects, families and couples - I was thrilled and embraced all the opportunities I could, learning and developing as a photographer and designer through a wealth of new experiences.
Almost two years on, I have worked with an increasing number of local businesses and organisations, set up a community makers' market and have a head brimming with ideas for the future.
I have recently left my part time job to have more time to focus on my business and spend with my family. A scary step, but one I'm already so glad I have made!