I was born in the UK, raised and lived in the London area. I've been involved in live events in various roles for most of my working life. After four seasons at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain I went on to work all over the world as stage and company manager for theatre companies. I've also worked in event management, PR, and even, occasionally, as a performer.
My boyfriend (now husband) and I decided to move away from London in 2004. In preparation for our relocation to Mallorca I retrained as a massage and beauty therapist (I figured that my inability to learn French in the lower fourth could be a sign that learning Spanish may also be a a slow, slow process and that I would have to get a job working with my hands). I ran my first business, Phoenix Holistic in the fabulous and glamorous Port of Andratx until 2008 during which time we also got married and had our daughter, Georgina.
I think my natural condition is to be communicating and connecting people so when the chance came my way to start writing, first as a blogger and then for local newspapers and magazines, I grabbed it and left the hands-on therapist work behind. Soon I was also taking the photographs to accompany my articles and as it does, one thing led to another.... I have benefited enormously from the support of Aimee Haak and Diana Hirsch, two photographers I know and love who encouraged and taught me, plus I am married to rather a good photographer, Oliver Neilson, who specialises in architecture, interiors, landscape and professional cycling. Together we run our corporate photography, marketing and copy writing business, Phoenix Media Mallorca. I've also made some great friends in the photographic community of Mallorca, and I feel very lucky to have arrived at what is my perfect job. But my dad Eric would have said, "The harder you work, the luckier you get", and he's right, it was a lot of work to get to this point.
My photography style is, I guess, documentary: I want to record what I see, what other people see and how they react. I want to surprise people by showing them how amazing they are. I am a complete softie and when I photograph weddings I can't help but be moved (be warned Brides To Be). I feel extremely privileged to be so close to the centre of the action, but I'm just as likely to step backwards to observe and try to find different angles to tell the story of the day and to find the drama and emotions that everyone is experiencing. I always leave a wedding very tired and completely buzzing on love!