I’m a photographer and author, and I lead creative courses online that help you reconnect to your true self. My first book, This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart (Globe Pequot Press), hit bookshelves in 2012, and I’ve also co-authored another, Instant Love: How to Make Magic & Memories with Polaroids (Chronicle Books). I’m a born-again Londoner, a confident introvert and a very proud auntie to Noah.
Qualificationly-speaking, I hold an HND in fine art photography and a first-class degree in journalism, and spent many years in the capital working as a fashion editor and freelance journalist. So that’s the boring career stuff out of the way.
My life, as I now know it, began in the spring of 2005 when the man I loved died very suddenly from a heart attack. Thirteen months into my bereavement I started writing a blog called Ink on my fingers – I had no idea that this small step back out into the world would end up changing my entire life. Blogging helped to reopen the door to my creativity, connecting me to other souls around the world as I shared my heart and found my way back to what was meaningful for me.
In 2006 I flew to Seattle, USA, to spend a week with friends I’d made through blogging — it was there my passion for photography was rekindled. Surrounded by so many new sights, my camera took me out of my grief and placed me squarely back in the present. It was a revelation, bringing me full circle to my years at art school when I lived & breathed photography — my camera has rarely been out of my hand since.
In 2008 I moved to a new city and was given the opportunity to teach a photography class at a local adult education centre. As they already had a technical class I decided to create something more meaningful drawing on everything I’d learned through my healing journey. I called that first class “Unravelling: Ways of Seeing Yourself” and was excited to share my ideas with the 10 brave women who’d signed up. As we shared tears and revelations week after week I knew I was onto something, so I followed my intuition and offered the class online — within just one week I had 100 women signed up. That was back in January 2009 and the rest, as they say, is history.
I now run four creative courses throughout the year sharing the tools and techniques that have brought such profound change into my life:
– The Sacred Alone is a gentle yet meaningful journey back to the self using daily meditations and journalling – 14 days
– Blogging from the Heart teaches you how to express yourself creatively online and build community around your blog – 6 weeks
– Journal Your Life is for anyone who wants to dive deep into their journalling practice and heal their life in the process – 6 weeks
– Photo Meditations is all about creating images infused with soul using any camera — including smart phones – 5 weeks
My original class (and first baby!), Unravelling, is currently being reimagined and revamped, with plans to send it back out into the world in January 2015.
Thousands of women from over 50 countries around the world have joined together to unravel and heal their lives, dive deeper into their photography practice and learn how to share their hearts online. It’s such an honour to be able to do this work.
The healing path is one that never ends and it’s my hope that by chronicling what I’ve learned I can help others reconnect to their own true selves, using creativity as the key to unlock the door. I share my thoughts and realisations on my blog, alongside the occasional confessional (from me) and interview (with others who inspire me). I try to be as honest as I can, revealing the light and dark of my life in the hope that it will encourage others to do the same. It’s by sharing our stories that we feel less alone.
I’m so glad you’re here. xo
[Portrait by Xanthe Berkeley]
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My favourite cameras are my Polaroid 195 and Polaroid SX-70. I use my Fujifilm X100S and iPhone 5S (I heart Instagram) for daily snaps and my Canon 100D for digi stuff. I love my Hasselblad 500C/M, Diana Mini and Holga GFN for film fun.
I scan my Polaroid shots with my V700 Epson scanner to create digital images I can upload to my blog. Everything I know about Polaroid cameras, film and scanning is in my free Polaroid Guide.
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