Growing up, I have always been extremely passionate about creating videos and taking photos. In high school, I persuaded my teachers to allow me to incorporate photography into my Art GCSE project. This allowed me to be very creative and grow confidence behind the lens. Whenever my family went on holiday, I was always there, camera in hand capturing every moment. Upon our return, my parents would be busy unpacking and doing the washing, and I was straight onto the computer, putting together a video of our best bits.
I then went on to study photography, film and media in college. In my free time, I developed a great interest in working along side charity organisations. Whilst at college, I volunteered with animals in South Africa, again this was a fantastic time to develop my skills behind the lens.
After college, I worked as an apprentice in a photographic studio for an e-commerce company. Through hard work, dedication and determination, I was promoted to a studio photographer. When I wasn’t photographing, I was busy finding ways to volunteer my time. I took part in a cycling challenge in China and my sister and I also organised a Rucksacks for Refugee Children scheme.
After years of studying and working, I was longing to go travelling, to find out more about myself and the rest of the world. My partner and I packed up our stuff, sold what we couldn’t fit in our bags and headed off to South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. We worked a variety of different roles, from fundraisers to sales assistants to farm hands. Travelling didn’t stop my urge to create content. I got into blogging and created the opportunity to become a freelance photographer. I worked on some big projects in Melbourne such as photographing an event at the Australian Open. I also managed to find the time to skydive 14,000ft to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Once we returned from a year and a half of travelling (and after I had cut off and donated 30cm of my hair), we decided to pursue freelancing back home in the UK. We set up AB Creative Studio. I took on the roles of photographer, videographer, social media guru and blogger whereas my partner Ben, got stuck into design and illustration projects. We had some great clients, created some fantastic work, but after a year or so, we decided AB Creative Studio just wasn’t for us.
In 2018, I decided to embark on an adventure, to pursue my passion working within the charity sector. I went on an International Citizens Service placement in Nepal with Restless Development. As well as being an overseas volunteer, I was also selected as a Youth Reporter. As challenging as this placement was, it was an incredible opportunity to thrive in the two environments I most loved, content creation and working alongside a not for profit organisation.
Since returning from ICS, I have discovered a whole host of new opportunities. I have been able to discover and develop my two passions and to this day, I continue to gain experience and knowledge within these fields. I continue to freelance on my own projects as well as take up short term roles such as Social Action Manager for NCS and ICS trainer for Restless Development. I still volunteer my time and mainly work towards climate action and environmental issues.
Annas Free From Kitchen - A blog and social media account that first began in Australia through my love of baking and experimenting with recipes. Over the years, I have researched nutrition, experimented with food and adapted my diet. As a wheat intolerant vegan, I use this platform to promote healthy, sustainable and active lifestyles whilst raising awareness of environmental issues.
Where We Went - My partner and I set up Where We Went Designs & Adventures, creating custom travel map prints using Etsy as our selling platform.
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