This is Emily, pictured at her home in Salisbury. I photographed Emily for a magazine feature, profiling her as one of the winners of Price Harry's 'WellChild Awards', recognising the extraordinary courage of children who live with health challenges.
Aged eight Emily was diagnosed with an optical glioma – a rare type of cancerous brain tumour that grows in or around the optic nerve. The tumour and subsequent surgery means Emily has no more than the perception of light in her left eye and only ten per cent of sight in her right eye, leaving her with extreme tunnel vision. Despite the challenges Emily is a lively and incredibly positive person, a joy to meet and photograph.
Working as a photographer can often be a wonderful enabler. Some photo shoots allow you access to things you wouldn't otherwise get to see and to meet fascinating people you would never have crossed paths with. A recent interesting commission came by the way of English Heritage, spending the day at Charles Darwin's home Down House last month, photographing their head gardener Rowan Blaik about the house and grounds.