A bit of history…
I didn’t pick up a camera until I was in my late 40’s. Then I couldn’t stop taking photos.
I was asked to take food article photos for the Dartmoor Magazine, and when I submitted the first shots with interesting details and commentary, the then Editor asked me to take over the column with a free hand as to which pubs and hotels I wanted to include in the food reviews. Excellent! Good food, well, mostly good food, paid for AND take photos. That was right up my street!
The complexities of a camera are quite beyond me. I quickly hand the camera over to Rob my husband if anything technical goes wrong, but I seem to understand composition and know how to frame subjects. I’m an ardent people watcher, so when my photos began to sell I quickly decided to become a professional photographer.
On January 1st in 1997 I opened a shop in Chagford called ALL FOUND IN DEVON, selling quality craft goods made in Devon where I ran the Tourist Information Centre and my photography really got off the ground. I displayed photos of local interest in the shop window overlooking the town Square, and it wasn’t long before people asked if I took wedding photos. More about that on the weddings page.
Chagford Show asked me to judge the Photo Entries at their Agricultural show, the school was happy for me to take photos at their events, I got paid for some local press photography and the whole of fabulous Dartmoor was full of scenic shots.
Websites and the Internet came into their own in 1997 so I built what was only the second website in town, the local Estate Agent having beaten me to having the first.
Some brilliant part time staff helped me to run the shop and my Dartmoor Accommodation website quickly grew with my reviews of local accommodation B&B’s, hotels and self catering, and of course lots of photos. When the shop tenancy renewal became due after 3 years I closed the shop and started working from home at the same time that we took on the enormous challenge of converting a derelict granite barn into a home to live in. For 18 months we lived in a 60′ foot caravan on site with our two teenage girls, our lurcher dog Tilly and Boz, the cat. More weddings came rolling in and life was very full.
As soon as we could we moved into the barn and ran some B&B, along with photography work, really expanding the Dartmoor Accommodation website with the enormous help of a young man called Tom Powell, who is truly a technical wizard.
I sold the accommodation website in 2014 and we settled into retirement. But the iphone and camera are still very much in use.