I'm originally from London but have been lucky enough to have lived in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Paris. I've travelled extensively, and have been sent around the world on photo and film missions. I'm proud to have been commissioned to take photographs by the artist JR, resulting in my photos being displayed on buildings around Paris, and have had my films screened at the prestigious International Microfinance Awards in the Louvre museum. I offer a broad range of skills, extensive experience, and a passion for creativity.
I studied drama and media at Queen Mary's University, London, and film production post-graduation. I have been working full time in video production and photography since 2008, in particular working with non-profits and NGOs to help them to promote the important work that they are doing.
From web promotional videos to short documentaries, I have several years of experience working as a one-person production company. I handle all parts of the production process from start to finish, allowing me to provide clients with top quality service. This personal approach means I can ensure clients get a bespoke film exactly as they want it to be. No fuss, just great films!
I have travelled to the corners of the globe capturing images of farmers and artisans and telling the stories of the non-profits that work with them. I have photographed everything from portraits to huge corporate events, famous cities and candid street photography.
As much as I love shooting, I also really enjoy helping people with projects that they may need a hand with. I offer remote editing services and often work with crowd sourced material. If you already have videos or photos in any format, I can turn them into something wonderful at a lower cost than hiring a full video production service.
Skills // Final Cut Pro, Final Cut X, Magic Bullet Looks, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe After Effects
WISER – Empowering Girls
Microentrepreneurs of The Philippines
Craft and Microfinance | Madagascar
Mobile Banking in The Philippines
Peace Jam | Japan
Pando Projects | Web video for non-profit organisation | New York City
Crowd-sourced video project for Wiser Earth
Microinsurance | Benin
Travel photography | Microfinance clients and their surroundings in Brazil, Israel, and France
Portrait Photography | Some examples of portraits commissioned by artist JR
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I’ve been sitting here trying to adequately put into words how the time I spent at WISER affected me, but I can’t find the ones that will do this wonderful place justice. But here’s the story:
I lived, worked and breathed a phenomenal organisation a few weeks ago for 4 days called WISER. Based in the small, isolated village of Muhuru Bay, on the banks of the vast Lake Victoria, this organisation is changing the lives of the poorest girls living in the most difficult situations.
There is no real economical activity in the region, except for fishing as it lies right on the banks of lake Victoria. But this is both a blessing and a curse: it provides one of the only steady sources of food, but as most people do not have any economic income, and therefore no money to even buy food, girls are forced to sell themselves for next to nothing to the fishermen just to survive. The statistics are shocking: 50% of sexually active 10-16 year old girls are forced to have transactional sex to get money for school, food or sanitary pads. This is also in an area where HIV/AIDS prevalence is a staggering 38%. But the girls have no choice. And it often leads to pregnancy or illness.
Add on to this the huge cultural difficulties: the village is a very patriarchal society, where many husbands have several wives. Girls and their education are not valued, and most of them will not go to school as families prefer to spend the little money they have to educate their sons instead. Most girls will only go to primary and the majority drop out before they are 14. Girls are then left with no options except begging for food, selling themselves, or the very common choice: early marriage. Many of the girls at WISER have been down these routes. Girls’ worth are seen as their dowry – just a few cows or similar. So they will often marry older men when they are just young teens, then they get pregnant and drop out of school and the cycle begins again.
But then there was WISER (the Women’s institute for Secondary Education and Research).
It is amazing. It is a boarding secondary school offering top quality education for very bright girls in the area, all for free. They receive applications every year and pick 30 girls from the local community who have passed their exams and have big potential but no means to get an education. Then they live at the WISER campus, a very nice, safe environment where they have dormitories and beds with mosquito nets (often the first time the girls have ever slept in a real bed) and four square meals a day, which is practically unheard of outside. Most of the time they would do well to have one or two, and even then it would be beyond basic and badly balanced.
They study a full curriculum and are very intelligent. When I arrived on campus, lessons were underway and I peeked in and took some shots. They were learning physics, chemistry and one class was learning about the history of Kenyan elections and politics in another room. Each girl had a story of such difficulty and yet they are flourishing so well and are spreading such important views amongst the society: that girls are equal, that they have a voice and that they WILL succeed. It was just so wonderful. The society is taking note, too – people respect the WISER girls and their views and starting to trickle to the general community. They are learning that educating girls is important. And furthermore, WISER has created competition in the area: girls are studying harder than ever to get in, seeing how it has benefitted the others. This is great as more girls are in school (a large part of it is WISER Bridge – the programme that is keeping primary schools and girls on track and transitioning to secondary education) and are working hard to change their future.
The teachers are also incredible: dedicated changemakers with the kinds of attitudes that Kenya needs. The male teachers were an inspiration, challenging patriarchal viewpoints. And they are so hardworking: most girls will request to stay in school even during the month break they have – as life is so much easier… and so the teachers will stay too and pass up any break they may have had as they also live in campus.
WISER also has a clean water programme/kiosk for the local community, a garden where the girls eat nutritious food and can sell it to people outside too. It has classes on HIV risk reduction, a reproductive health awareness programme, etc. The list is endless.
They have been running for four years, and they have four forms (year groups) so currently they are at full capacity of 120 girls for the first time and this coming March will be the first ever graduation. Then the girls will go on to bigger and better things – university and beyond.
And as I write this, I have humble tears of inspiration and pride welling in my eyes. You go, WISER girls. You have changed me and I know you’re going to change the world.
More information can be found on their website here: wisergirls.org and my film about WISER is now online for you to view. Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think.
WISER is an incredible organisation that deserves all the help it can get so let’s keep spreading the word about the fantastic work they are doing. As for the girls – they are simply amazing…. they are the future.
Mambo, everyone! (Apparently this is more common and the recognisable “Jambo” is only really used by and for tourists.)
Apologies for my lack of communication recently – it’s been a bit mad! So, after a wonderful and whirlwind few months in Seattle (which stole my heart – what a amazing and underrate city it is!), followed by a brief stop in London, here I am finally in Nairobi, Kenya!
I’ve just arrived and am really looking forward to getting to know this amazing country some more, though I have to say I am loving it already. So far I’ve wandered around our local area, eaten some yummy food and yes – I fed, patted and even kissed some beautiful, gentle giraffes at the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Giraffe Centre. As many people know, I am a *tad* animal obsessed and adore all creatures, so it was a very special experience to kick off my time here.
Furthermore, I have also already met a whole bunch of wonderful, inspiring people that are doing fantastic work here and I have some great ideas brewing for films that I think will make a real, significant impact, so watch this space! Exciting stuff!
More information on that specific project coming soon….
Lots of news!!! So:
See you all on the other side of the pond!
Ps: To see more about the WiserLocal talk I was a par tof, what we discussed and what films we analysed, see the article: www.wiser.org/article/f3d08ec5e98a2aa3257f1e881139b1c5