Kiri is a photographer, nature writer and photo-journalist living in mid Norfolk. She was born in East Anglia in 1975. She grew up on the Essex coast spending a lot of time in local nature reserves, much of it in wellies pond-dipping in the rain and exploring the natural beauty of the region’s beautiful countryside which has become her inspiration. She also frequently visited the north Norfolk coastline which remains one of her favourite places to this day.
Her longstanding passion for nature and wildlife was reawakened when she moved to a small South Oxfordshire village near the historic Ridgeway national trail. Her artistic streak found its calling when she discovered digital photography after receiving a Canon DSLR as a birthday present from her husband. Digital photography proved to be the perfect outlet for her innate creativity and she has been combining her love of the natural world with a passion for photography ever since.
Drawn back to the area by longstanding family connections and its beautiful landscape and wildlife, Kiri returned to East Anglia in 2012 and settled in a small mid-Norfolk village, where she has thrown herself into creating a wildlife garden. She continues to explore the everyday natural world around us through close up, macro and landscape photography.
Creatively Kiri’s images combine a love of colour and form with a fascination for reportage and “real” natural history. Her images are sympathetic and faithful in-habitat shots that focus on the little details, so easily overlooked, that evoke the authentic beauty of the environment around us. Most of the images are taken spontaneously on nature walks in local lanes, footpaths, countryside and nature reserves where she lives as well as in her lovingly tended nature garden, pond and meadow.
Kiri is passionate about conservation and strongly believes in responsible photography and the principle of “first do no harm”. The well being of animals and habitats, be they small or large, are far more important than capturing an image. She avoids sets and manipulation observing animals undisturbed in situe. The images on this site are naturally studied and ethically taken. Insects are not artificially refrigerated, manipulated, posed pinned glued or harmed nor relocated from their home. All water droplet are were placed by nature and not water spray bottles. Artificial sets, backdrops and skies are not used, so unlike the stylised nature images currently in vogue, few of Kiri’s shots have uniform, pristine backgrounds; those that do were created in camera.
She has occasionally travelled further afield, most notably visiting Finland to photograph European grey wolves and brown bears in the wild, a lifelong ambition. The photos of wild grey wolves and birds of prey were taken responsibly at nature or conservation sites that use some non-live bait feeding under license.
In her spare time she is an active committee volunteer for Norfolk Butterfly Conservation andan advocate of the benefits of dog rescue and rehoming and
When out and about with my camera and lenses Kiri is often asked what photography equipment she uses. Two old adages hold true; the most important piece of kit is first and foremost “the photographers eye” and much can be achieved with modest equipment used within its constraints, especially with today’s technological advances.
Truest of all is the saying that “the best camera is the one you have with you” when the opportunity suddenly appears and you really need it! Rare is the photographer who doesn’t have at least one tale to tell of “the image that got away”.
For those who love the technology side of things, Kiri currently shoots using:
Olympus Micro Four Thirds System
- Olympus OMD-EM-5 Mk II Digital Camera
- Olympus pro M. Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro lens (a longer high end macro lens needed please Olympus!)
- Canon EOS 5D Mark III body
- Canon 7D Mk I
- Canon L 24-70mm F2.8
- Canon L 180mm F3.5 Macro
- Canon L 70-200 F2.8 Mark II
- Canon L 400mm F5.6
- Canon EF 1.4 Mark III Extender / Teleconverter
- Sigma 14-28mm F4.5-5.6mm Wideangle
- Lee Filters and Polarising filter
- Hoya screw in polarising filter
- Canon Speedlite 580 flashgun
- Feisol Tournament Tripod
- Really Right Stuff ball head