Based in Derbyshire. When I turned 30, I decided to take a career break and see the world. In fact, I ended up visiting 28 countries in four years, including Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Spain, Peru, Rio de Janeiro and Egypt. It was an amazing experience! The only camera I owned was a small hand-held, but I took literally thousands of pictures. It was only when I got home that I realised what a big part taking photos had played in my adventures and what a passion I’d developed for photography, so I set out to buy myself my first ‘proper’ camera.