My father was a keen photographer and I loved to watch him in action. I studied photography at school as part of my Art A level but was ultimately denied a place at art college back in my teens (as the teachers said I wouldn't get the school grades). Discouraged I embarked on a career in food (training as a chef), which i soon gave up to study psychology, a field in which I worked for 16 years. My love of studying people, environments and looking for stories and detail was part of my work and carried over into my photography. Despite not going to art college I remained an avid hobby photographer. Following redundancy in 2009 I returned to food, setting up a catering business, authoring a food blog and experimenting with food photography. The writing and photography took on a life of their own and I have been slowly moving towards immersing myself in these as a full time occupation along with practicing Reiki and mentoring others as a life and business coach.