I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. It was probably the hardest decision I’ve ever made to leave such a beautiful country, my friends and family but I knew I had to take a chance and if all else fails, I would be welcomed back with open arms.
My husband and I arrived in the UK in November 2008, probably the toughest time to start a new life and although it was a rocky start, we are now settled and have made it our home.
I am currently still working full time as an accounts manager but my ambition is to do photography full time. Giving me the freedom to look after my family and do a job I’m absolutely passionate and proud about.
The story behind my company name, Photography by Debra Brown….. My father was an only son and he had three daughters, so the family name ended with him when he passed away. I got married and decided I would continue my business in my maiden surname of Brown, that way I kind of continue the family name for years to come. Trivial perhaps but I’m just sentimental like that.
I wish I could tell you some fantasy story of how when I got my first camera at the age of 4 I knew I wanted to be a photographer.. but the reality is as a child I never knew what it was I wanted to do or be when I grew up! Then one day I was looking through someone’s wedding photographs and it just filled me with admiration, that someone could capture such beautiful moments to be cherished forever. It was then that I knew I wanted to be wedding photographer.
I am mostly proud of being a South African because we are a nation made up of diverse cultures, with a rather complicated history but we are fiercely proud people and continue to fight to make positive changes.