After studying English Linguistics for 4 years in Paris, where I was born, I moved to the UK in 2001. I first worked as a French teacher in a secondary school and then as a University lecturer in Liverpool. I took the opportunity, while back at university, to take a Diploma in Strategic Management and I also found the time to work as a bartender in one of the many Revolution Vodka bars.
This is where my love and passion for Vodka and Cocktails grew.
The bartending bug bit me and I decided to put teaching on a back burner and work full time for Revolution. After a lot of hard work, I was promoted from being a bartender to becoming a General Manager. Thanks to this position I traveled quite a lot in the UK and managed very busy late night bars in Liverpool, Manchester, Wolverhampton and Bristol.
In 2006 I applied for the position of Wyborowa International Brand Ambassador which I thought was a fantastic opportunity for me to combine my teaching skills with my passion for vodka and cocktails! I was based in Warsaw, Poland and had the opportunity to work with Miranda Dickson - the Vodka Princess - and Dre Maso & Henry Besant - from the Worlwide Cocktail Club - and share my passion for vodka all around the world: Germany, Italy, Singapore, Canada, Costa Rica, Venezuela, El Salvador…
Inventive Leisure and the Revolution Vodka Bars created a job title especially for me (‘Vodka Pimp’) in June 2007 and, despite my love of traveling, I just could not refuse to come back to the UK and spread my knowledge within all 52 sites as well as develop new cocktails and menus to develop vodka sales.
I left Inventive Leisure and the Revolution Bars in December 2007 to found Juicy Shoot, in collaboration with Laura Dronsfield Photography & Art Direction and will be working with vodka brands such as Akvinta from February 2008.
My interest for Photography first appealed to me in 2001 and I immediately started to search for Photography courses. It was also at that time that I started working in a Portrait Photography Studio, along with Brian Ollier and his team who taught me the basis of Photography as well as Printing, Mounting and Framing, as well as the importance of customer service.
In 2002, I moved from my hometown of Macclesfield, Cheshire, to Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in order to follow my drive and passion to become a professional Photographer and completed a National Diploma in Photography.
These 2 years were very rewarding as I experimented with 35mm, medium and large format cameras, and printing on various materials (paper, canvas, plastic, silk).
I went on to study Contemporary Photographic Arts at Batley School of Art & Design, Huddersfield University.
As my passion and technique grew, along with my Art Direction skills, I realised I was not necessarily willing to specialise in only one Photography style or genre, although capturing real life situation and people gives me the most enjoyment. Landscapes and Wildlife Photography come in a close second, bringing both tranquility and energy to myself and my images.
Within this time I had the opportunity to travel to Prague, New York, Kenya, the Bahamas and Paris and these amazing experiences gave me an appetite to see more and appreciate, explore and capture different cultures and traditions.