So here's the bit where I talk about me... Oh fuck. 

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. 

That's the hubby, Stu. 

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! 

Two rare images...

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 *

So what's with the heart, Sarah?

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!