When my children flew the nest, I was encouraged to follow my heart by studying at the Institute of Photography. This led to becoming a member of the RPS and SWPP, gaining my Licentiateship and I am now planning on my Associate this year. I set up my website on International Womens Day 2018 to showcase my work to a wider audience. It has been a challenging and fascinating journey as I have developed my skills and my personal style. The support and encouragement of fellow professionals has been invaluable as have the friendships made whilst on workshops or at the SWPP annual convention. Achieving three hangings in this years gallery alongside so many talented photographers was confirmation for me that I am on the right track. Last year was a tough year as my first exhibition was postponed due to Covid. I eventually held my maiden solo exhibition in August which was a hugh success, supporting a local charity and now receiving orders from collectors of my work. This was the hardest yet most rewarding achievement to date. My next exhibition is planned for July 2021. I have recently been appointed Chair of Boscombe Camera Club which has been challenging but thoroughly rewarding, introducing the club to zoom and inspiring members to keep up their photography. It's so lovely to give something back and help others to grow. It's also boosted my confidence in hosting zoom meetings and public speaking. I love simplifying compositions to highlight the beauty within nature that is so often overlooked, as we carry on with our daily lives. Photography for me is about a connection. It’s being in the moment and capturing that magical image.