London is a vibrant, living map of the memories that tell the story of my adult life. As a photographer, I get freeze pieces of those places in time, so I don’t forget parts of my journey. I’d love to do the same for you and your family
When I first moved to London (17 years ago) I worked in a nondescript office, right by Buckingham Palace. I could never get over the fact that I walked past the Queen's residence every morning on my way to work. I'd take breaks to watch the changing of the guard and mingle with the tourists taking photos outside the palace gates.
On the weekends, I spent hours exploring the many wonders that London holds, from the museums and galleries (all the usual tourist spots) to the hidden more secret spaces. As a student I revelled in Camden and saw many a sunrise over Soho. Brick Lane and Shoreditch were our stomping grounds, we knew exactly which bars did student deals and where to get the best bagels to take home after a night out on the town.
A London romance
I met my husband at a pub in Hackney and our romance ranged from beer gardens and riverside restaurants in Greenwich to to the underground clubs and theatres of Soho. We moved into our first flat in Wimbledon and were married in Barnes, right by the Thames.
These days we live in Tooting (best curry in London, don't bother with Brick Lane and Brixton market has two serious contenders in Broadway and Tooting markets, near the tube). Our London looks a little different. It's no longer impromptu dinners at the hottest new restaurant and spur-of-the-moment outings to clubs and gigs. We're more likely to be found patronising the nearest playground and making sure we hit our favourite brunch spot well before 12pm to ensure we get the best table for the kids.
London: A city of memories
But there is no denying that all of my adult life has been spent in this great city and while we are constantly discovering new and exciting places, all the old ones hold the memories and stories that make up who we are, right now.
My children are born and bred Londoners, their childhood memories of parks and museums, the tube and bus journeys, the overwhelming hustle of 7 million people packed into this sprawling city we call home, are going to be so different to mine (weekends spent on game reserves, endless sunny days by the swimming pool, and hikes in the eastern mountains of Zimbabwe). But London will leave its imprint on them, as surely as it has done on me.
We're going to spend our summer exploring more of our beautiful city, allowing me to indulge in nostalgia and them to form new memories of the place they call home.
As a journalist, I've manned the newsroom through some historic lows and some amazing highs - I'll remember the incredible atmosphere of the 2012 Olympics for as long as I live.
Shoots in the City: Your personal paparazzi
And as a photographer, I love celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of this awesome city. I'm going to spend my summer capturing memories of my family in both new and familiar places in our iconic city, and I'd love to do the same for you.
So whether you live here (like me) or you are just visiting for a short break, why not let me help you celebrate not just the time of your life, but also the place.
Whether you want someone to capture memories of you in a specific place, or you'd like a personal paparazzi to follow you around and document new ones, I have packages to suit you.
Keen to book a shoot?