Err, yeah, that's probably the first thing you should know. I'm a bit sweary.
I also love to laugh - proper big belly laughs that make your face hurt and sides ache. I love my family passionately and fiercely - despite the fact that we are spread far and wide. My parents live in Malta, where I grew up. My sister is in Dublin. Here in Essex it's just me, the hubby and the cats.
He's from Derbyshire and he talks funny. Even after 12 years together I don't always understand what he's saying. I think he does it on purpose...
Stu also dabbles in photography. I taught him everything he knows! His other passion is his job. He's a Specialist Paramedic. The ambulance service is how we met. He was a young trainee Paramedic and I was a Dispatcher, telling him where to go, nothing's changed much!
Lewie + Lola both sitting still for the camera (cat biscuits may have been responsible...)
And me and my family all in one country at the same time! This is a very rare occurrence indeed.
* I'd like to thank Jodi Redhouse, Nikki Cooper and Carla Watkins for the use of some of their fantastic images *
Before I was a photographer, I was training to become a Paramedic and some time during my training I developed a real love of those vintage anatomical drawings - particularly of the heart.
Roll on 2014 and my Mum's heart stopped during a routine operation. It's fair to say she scared the bejeezus out of all of us! The year following this was a rough one for me... even though we were lucky that Mum didn't die, I did still go through a grieving process and as the year came to an end, I felt the need to mark it with something significant. At the age of 35, I got my first tattoo :-)
It seemed only right to have an anatomical heart - partly for Mum, partly for my love of them and my medical background. The line written around the heart is from one of my favourite poems: 'i carry your heart with me' by e.e. cummings, which was read on our wedding day. And, in some ways, it represents how I've changed emotionally - as someone pointed out to me, I really do wear my heart on my sleeve!