Amelia's passion for photography began at A-level, but she
didn't feel ready to go out on her own as a professional without some further training.
"I didn't feel that I was experienced enough to just go out
there and look for a photography job. So I looked into various photography
courses in London as I knew that was where I wanted to be," she said.
I wanted to be in the heart of where
everything was at creatively – and immerse myself around opportunities.
Amelia enrolled on the BA (Hons) Photography at London South Bank University, a course with a strong focus on employability and excellent
connections to industry, which would also allow her to develop her creative flair.
"What was most valuable
for me on the course was the work placement module, as it helped me gain
experience in photography as a career and the many different avenues I could
potentially explore after university. This module also helped me gain
confidence in my photography work as well as a better understanding of what
it's like to do photography work for a company or organisation, not just my own
Amelia undertook work
experience at Oxford House, a community art centre, and Furtherafield Gallery,
exploring issues around photography at the same time as developing her
Million pound mansions
currently works as a full-time photographer for Foxton's Estate Agents. This
involves photographing various interiors, properties, sketching up the floor
plans, writing and creating the online brochures.
says she's really enjoying the freelancing essence of the job, as she's out and
about shooting all day in a variety of settings, including some fantastic
"You never know what
to expect with this job, you can be going to photograph your average house in
London or photographing a £10million pound mansion, so the job keeps me
constantly surprised and occupied."
My degree gave me the confidence to talk about my
photography which then gave me the determination to carry on developing and
creating what I love.
For many professional
photographers, working for yourself is one of the perks of the job; however
it's not always that easy. Amelia has worked hard to carve out a freelance
career alongside her work with Foxton's, first approaching Caffeine Magazine,
an independent magazine for coffee lovers.
"I'm a huge lover of coffee and food so when Caffeine Magazine
agreed to let me do some photography for them I was thrilled. I have worked in
many projects with them from photographing bearded baristas, great independent
cafes and speciality coffee roasters all around the UK - I am happy to say that
I am still freelancing for them to this day and it's a pure loving joy for
is freelancing for Houzz, a leading online platform for interior design and
"I photograph beautiful homes all around London to help visually
inspire other home owners and designers," she said. "Alongside my full-time
job I am also still keeping up my freelance work as for me it's vital to keep
photographing what I love."
Amelia is not a believer in having a
career plan; one thing she knows for sure is that she wants to carry on creating
and doing what she loves.