I didn't begin my career as a photographer. It's really been quite a long journey consisting of me overlooking my deepest interests and passion for something more tangible. The initial joy and enthusiasm I felt when first tampering with an old film camera some 20 years ago was very gently nudged into a more 'pragmatic' professional field by my parents (sorry Dad!).
I've never been pragmatic by nature though. As I felt my passion for photography could be channeled into a more broader field, I began my career in art and archaeology which led me to work in museums and galleries across Asia and the Middle East, including my work as an Art Specialist for the auction house Christie's in Hong Kong. It was here that I first started to work on researching and curating photography.
Some time later, I went to work as a curator for a museum in Saudi Arabia where I ended up managing the art collection and a small handful of Saudi female photographers. I once again allowed my growing passion for photography to bloom, inspired by the fierce, intelligent and artistic women around me, I purchased my first DSLR and began my journey into self-taught photography from there.
I would say my approach and style are somewhat unique due to this background. In addition to capturing a magical point in time, I always have in mind the final aesthetic; where the photograph will be displayed and in what context, and above all the persona of the individual I'm photographing. My goal is always equal parts capturing a moment and ultimately creating a work of art.
What may be termed as a pivotal moment in my professional career for me - as well as the most magical experience of my life - was the birth of my children. I finally conceded that my Mum was right, that time goes so fast and this is never more apparent than in seeing your children grow. With a strong desire to capture these moments in time and to cherish them as that time continued to speed by, I entered full time into photography with the singular goal to record my children while they're growing up. I eventually came to realize that photography is where my true passion still lies and in the ability that it gives me to help other people to freeze special moments and periods of their lives.
And the rest is an ongoing history....!