"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style"- Maya Angelou
Self Portrait taken with the Lensbaby Edge 35
I have been taking pictures all my life, and long before I had a camera. I have always enjoyed the perspective of the imaginary lens and the world contained within it. I studied photography throughout school, and after it was a component part of my study at the London College of Fashion, though I will freely admit I am largely self taught.
With sentimentality forming an undeniable part of my character, photographs have always been very important to me. I identified them as a beautiful and efficient means of diarising my life. But it wasn't until some time had passed that I truly appreciated the gift of photography. The timelessness of a photograph is almost majestic; its ability to mentally time travel, to almost tangibly reflect on moments and the sensations they bought at any given time Nostaglia is often accompanied by the review years and memories, which in turn allows us to bare witness to the many lives we have had. My historical archives have been reproduced into meaningful gifts for friends and I suppose that is where it all started. Taking pictures at events, parties, which became engagements and weddings, pregnancies and babies, friendships and parents and children and animals and special places. Friends, and then friends of friends started to ask me to take pictures for them, and so my hobby became my job, a really lovely job. And of course, my own children - documenting their beautiful evolution.
Ambassadorship, Awards, Nominations & Ventures:
I am very fortunate to have been part of an incredible photographic community who have been, and continue to be, an integral part of my growth as a photographer. I am very proud to have had my work find great success in major competitions, be featured in top publications and to represent Lensbaby as an Ambassador for their stunning lenses that I love so much.
In 2018 I founded The Creators Journal - a community space for creatives. This is a wonderful platform in which photographers come together to share and learn. If you are photographer, aspiring or established you are very welcome to JOIN.
"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength" - Barbara Katz Rothman
As your doula I am entirely dedicated to you, throughout pregnancy, birth and in the postpartum period. I offer a free consultation meeting, and once booked will meet with you a further two times for approximately an hour each time. I am available on phone, text and email from time of booking and will aim to get back to you as soon as possible. At 38 weeks I will go on call, and will stay on call 24/7 until the baby is born, which typically happens by 42 weeks. From when labour begins I can be with you and will offer you continuous support throughout*. After your baby is born I will stay with you until baby has fed and you are happy for me to go. I will then meet with you once or twice postnatally.
I am a Doula UK recognised birth Doula and trained with Nurturing Birth in 2014. Prior to my training, throughout, and for a period after, I also worked as a Maternity Support Worker at The Royal Surrey County Hospital. To read more about why I became a doula please read here.
In addition to the experience I bring from being a mother of four, I have supported; home birth, hospital birth, planned and emergency caesarean sections, baby loss, twin births, mothers with mental illness and other medical issues. Every birth brings new experience and with it personal growth and knowledge. To complement my on the job learning I also do regular CPD (Continued Professional Development) in both medical and holistic fields. My primary focus however is to provide emotional and physical support to the mother. Support can take many forms and the support I offer includes;
ANTENATAL; birth preparations, discussing birth options and making a birth plan, counselling, signposting.
BIRTH; relaxation techniques, movement and positioning, reassuring presence, massage and counter pressure, support to birth partners including encouragement in how they can participate if desired, advocacy and protecting the birth space.
POSTNATAL; debriefing the birth, signposting, breastfeeding support, recovery.
Having a doula can quite literally transform your birth experience; reduction in the need for pain relief, reduction of instrumental assistance, reduction of caesarean birth, shorter labour, better outcomes for breastfeeding and lower incidence of postnatal depression. You can read more about it here.
I work without judgement, respecting and supporting birth in absolutely all it's forms. From planned sections to freebirth, I am there to support YOU, and YOUR choices.
Becoming a new mother, or a mother again, is a wonderful life changing event. Where there is change there is the need for adjustment, and sometimes a little support is needed. I work postnatally with families anytime from right after birth to months later. The length of time I work with your family would depend on the hours desired and my availability. The support I offer includes; counselling, emotional support, confidence building, practical help with the baby and/or other children, basic household chores, other practical help with the family.
Whether it is physical and/or emotional help you need having me as your postnatal doula can help make the transition through the fourth trimester and beyond an easier and more enjoyable journey.
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*Support is continuous, and that is one of the key and most significant elements of having a doula. Sometimes birth can be a gentle and slow process, it can go on for a substantial length of time. With careful assessment it may be necessary to for me to take a little nap at an opportune moment so that I can ensure that you have the best of me.