Nikon Ambassador

I’m so extremely proud to have been appointed as the first Nikon Northern Europe Ambassador for Food Photography. 


When I started photographing for my food blog Eighty 20 Nutrition 5 years ago, I knew I had to improve my photography skills to attract readers and keep them on my website.  I’ve had no formal training or qualification, rather my passion for photography started when I picked up my first Nikon (D7000) and started to play around with it.  A whole world opened up to me and I was desperate to learn as much about food photography as I possibly could.  I studied other photographers who’s work really inspired me, breaking it down into lighting, composition, angles and depth of field.  My husband Derek, spent many hours explaining the exposure triangle to me, not being a technically minded, this turned into a tougher than expected challenge for him.  Finally through hours of practising and trying and then trying again, the penny dropped and I got it!


Turning professional over 2 years ago was a turning point for me and at 45 years old I embarked on a whole new career and a new camera (D750).  I started photographing cookery books and working with brands helping them to build a strong and recognisable social media imagery, whilst growing my own portfolio.  Currently I use a Nikon D850 and Z7, and credit the mastery of the Nikon camera for giving me such beautiful saturation and clarity in my images.


Thank you Nikon for believing in me and putting food photography on the map.  I look forward to our year ahead working with such an incredible brand and friendly staff.

“The Nikon Ambassadors are authorised by Nikon to demonstrate to the public and professional image makers the capabilities and use of Nikon imaging products, but the expressive content of their work is solely their own.  Nikon Ambassadors are independent contractors and visual artists and are not employees of Nikon.  Nikon Ambassadors are responsible for the content of their photographs, websites, exhibitions and visual images, and the manner in which such content and images are obtained.  Any messages, beliefs, or viewpoints express in the Ambassador’s photographs, websites, exhibitions or visual images do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs or viewpoints of Nikon or any Nikon employee.”

Rotolight 'Master of Light'

Being a primarily natural light photographer, I really struggled to get beautiful lighting at certain times of the year in the UK, due to the weather.  I was introduced to Rotolight and immediately started to work with the little Neo2, adding an extra pop of light to my sets.  Once I mastered the settings and established the perfect kelvin for food, I was hooked.  I’m so excited and honoured to become the newest member of their esteemed team of Masters of Light. 

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