As a child I was very interested in the world around me. Sundays were spent walking round the Valley Gardens in Harrogate with my Dad while I quizzed him on the world before we'd head home and I'd try to draw as many memories of my day as I could to show my Mum when she got back from work. As I got older my Dad decided it would be much easier for him if I had a little camera to take with me so that he wouldn't have to answer as many questions or help me draw as many ladybirds when we got home. That camera changed everything.
I loved the fact that thanks to this little box I could take a photo of something and I'd get to keep it, and therefore the moment, forever. The piece of paper was mine and no one else would ever take that exact same photo exactly like I would again. It blew my mind and I was hooked. Throughout my childhood and teenage years I kept on playing around with cameras, asking questions and teaching myself as much as I could about the art of photography. And that knowledge teamed with a love of life, a keen eye for magic moments and a desire to keep on learning is what I have built, and continue to grow, my business on.
But that's not all that inspired me to become a photographer, the secret is that I'm a huge fan of adventuring down the rabbit hole of nostalgia. To me there's nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa, grabbing a box of photos and looking at each one and remembering the moment contained in it. It's amazing how a single image can transport you to a certain time, place, smell and feeling without you having to move at all. And that is the sole reason I knew I was meant to do this wonderful, crazy and everchanging job - I needed to preserve moments for as many people as I could so that they would always have a tangible memory to a time otherwise left to their history. Photographs allow us to meet relatives that we sadly never got chance to in person, they allow us to celebrate our victories time and time again with as many people as we know and most importantly, they allow us to freeze moments that should never be forgotten. They prove that we loved, that we laughed and most importantly that we grabed life by the hands and lived.