My showreel (new one coming soon!):
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About Me:

I have over 20 years experience in the camera department in broadcast, branded content 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 March 2022 I wrapped on my 4th indie feature 'Kirsty's Promise' shot in black and white on the streets of Bristol. 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. I also consider myself a strong advocate for women in film.

In 2022 I self-funded an adult
Mental Health First Aid course so that I can better support my crew and those around me.

My kit:

Sony FX9 Full-Frame 6k 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

Tokina 11-16mm zoom
Samyang manual 50mm prime
Selection of 4x4 filters

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

Miller tripod
Nanlite Forza 300B with lantern & soft box
Swit PL-E90 2x1 bi-colour LED panel
Falcon Eyes RX18 TD Flexible LED light mat
2x NanGuang RGB LED Pavolite tubes
Rosco DMG Dash light with Dot accessory

Cineo Matchbox mini LED panel
2x 800w Redheads

650w Arri Fresnel
300w Arri Fresnel
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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