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About Me:

I have over 20 years experience in the camera department in broadcast, online and independent film across a wide range of genres.

I'm passionate about storytelling and have developed my lighting skills to a high level on short films and features in recent years. In 2019 I wrapped on my third feature film as DOP, the horror feature
'Sacrilege' which had its UK release in March 2020. I have also lit and shot over 50 short films including 'Liverpool Ferry' for the BFI and three films for the Channel 4 'Random Acts' strand.

Awards include Aesthetica York Youth Award 2020 for short film
'Talia', 2x RTS Awards for Best Short and my work has been selected for many short film festivals in Europe and beyond. I also won Best Cinematography in the Global Trend Awards for the Dell Technologies TVC in the US.

I camera operate on the majority of my projects but I'm also happy to supervise multiple operators. I can source a full camera, lighting and sound team if that's what your production requires. I’m confident with most digital film cameras and formats from Arri, Sony and Canon to Panasonic and Black Magic. I also have a significant amount of my own kit for hire (see below).

I have bases in Bristol and London as well as access to great hire rates for additional equipment. I am also experienced in working under Covid-safe conditions.

I have worked and travelled extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the US, as well as Canada, China, Egypt, Iceland, Australia and the Middle East.

I'm a member of the
Guild of Television Camera Professionals and have been a guest speaker at several of their Academy events in the UK.

I'm also a member of
Women Behind the Camera which showcases women in the camera department on UK feature films and dramas.


My kit:

Sony FX9 Full-Frame 6k Camera kit
Sony A7iii Camera kit

XQD cards
V-lock battery kit
XEEN CF Full-Frame cine-primes (16,24,35,50,85mm)
Sony G Series Full-Frame 28-135mm zoom
Sony G Series Full-Frame 90mm macro

Canon EF 70-200mm zoom
Tokina 11-16mm zoom
Samyang manual 50mm prime
Selection of filters

TVLogic 5.6” HD monitor
Shinobi 5" HDMI monitor
Hollyland Mars 400S wireless video system

Miller tripod
2x 800w Redheads
650w Arri Fresnel
300w Arri Fresnel
Swit PL-E90 2x1 bi-colour LED panel
Falcon Eyes RX18 TD Flexible LED light mat

Felloni 1x1 bi-colour LED Panel
2x NanGuang RGB LED Pavolite tubes

Cineo Matchbox mini LED panel
2x 150w Dedos
6m Hillrigs Kliktrak & dolly
Fast Flags Kit

2x2m Lastolite frame with various fabrics
Adicam Camera Cart

5-seater transit van for kit & crew


References are available on request

Download my CV


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