‘Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.’ Conan O’Brien
My dad’s favourite phrase was ‘work hard at school and you’ll never regret it’. He said it a lot, especially when I moaned about school, homework and exam revision. At the start of each university term he would tell me and all my friends to work hard. We would nod and the moment his car was out of sight we would go to the pub. Today I have so much admiration for people who work hard and follow their passions so I guess I did listen to my dad. Sometimes.
So when I was asked to photograph my friend Ally Lister who is training to become a floral stylist I was completely honoured. And while sharing my excitement over dinner I extended the offer to my friend Pete Slade who has just opened a produce store with his business partner Jojo. I’m so proud of them both and it was great fun to photograph them surrounded by the things they love.