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Hi, thanks for stopping by.

It's quite tricky deciding what to write in a blog. I asked myself what might someone looking at my website want to read about? Is it kit, image settings, the story behind an image, locations and places I've been to photograph, or general musings and chat? I came to the conclusion that it's probably a bit of everything and everyone coming to my site is likely to want something different. So as time goes on and my posts build, I will endeavour to write about a whole variety of subjects, but if there is anything specific you want to know, please drop me a note.

I have 2 memories of photography going back to to my childhood. The first was when I must have been about 7 or 8 and my brother was given a dark room kit for his birthday - I thought it was so cool. He made a darkroom in the attic where he developed his own negatives and I remember thinking how I'd love to do that.

The second was quite a bit later when I was in school and the careers adviser was asking what my thoughts were for a career and what I was interested in. I remember saying I enjoyed photography and would like to do something along those lines and she told me in no uncertain terms that photography was a hobby and not a career. If I knew then what I know now, I'd have ignored her and pursued it anyway, but as an easily influenced 13-14 year old in a school that focused on academia rather than creativity, I took her comments on board and photography got lost by the wayside.

Fast forward a few (too many) years and a friend sold me his old DSLR (Canon 400D) and my love for photography was reignited. A few more years on, and my new at the time boyfriend really encouraged me to pursue it. A new camera (Canon 760D) a few lenses and a couple more years later and I have mastered the exposure triangle, using manual mode, the ‘rules’ of composition and dabbled in various aspects of photography to work out what fits best with me and where my passion lies.

If I can combine the joy of taking pictures and the peace and tranquility of being outdoors surrounded by nature, I am truely at my happiest. To make a career out of it? That will be hard, but the best things in life don't come easy and I am ready for the challenge.