I always knew I wanted to work in theatre, and to be around people who make theatre. The collective experience of being transported by a story, or having the world unveiled to you in some new way, is a very special kind of buzz, and I wanted to be part of that.
So the moment I graduated, I hopped on a train to London to start a job answering phones at Cameron Mackintosh’s office. His revival of Oliver! at Drury Lane went into production the week I started, and within days Rowan Atkinson, or Rupert Goold, or Cameron himself was swooshing past my desk, and I remember thinking; ‘I’m here, I’m on the inside now!’.
This would eventually lead to an 11-year career as a theatre publicist. I worked with wonderful clients on over 80 incredible productions; the UK & Ireland tour of Wicked, the Olivier Award-winning UK production of In The Heights, and the London Premiere of Carrie The Musical to name a few.
But over the years, another passion snuck up on me. I’ve always owned a camera and enjoyed photography as a hobbyist, but around three years ago I decided to explore it more seriously. I invested in a ‘proper’ camera, enrolled on a course, and was immediately hooked. Photography is the perfect combination of science and art, and I fell in love with it as both a technical and creative discipline that works both sides of my brain.
So now I work behind the camera creating dynamic images, from portraits to production shots and key art photography. Recent clients include The Barbican, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, National Youth Ballet, The McOnie Company and the Turbine Theatre, and my work has been published by publications including BBC News Online, TimeOut, The Observer, Mail on Sunday and Dancing Times.
I feel very lucky to be able to combine my dual passions of theatre and photography. I get to witness, document and interpret another person’s art as it is enters the world, and that's an immense privilege.