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IWD | EMMA LEWIS

Photographer

Emma escaped the city to live a country life as a photographer having worked as an Associate Producer in film. She now photographs some of the most covetable interiors out there for publications such as Elle Decoration Country, Cabana and House & Garden. As well as capturing space with elegance, Emma puts you at ease when taking your portrait and is an expert at finding interesting people to feature.

At Caro - Emma is our resident photographer at The Space and has been with Caro since the beginning. We love her calm disposition and passion for natural light.

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The lovely circle used for my logo is a 'nod' to the Ensō – it represents strength, elegance, simplicity & the acceptance of imperfection as perfection. It is an expression of individuality & a symbol that combines the visible & the hidden. These are the qualities I strive to bring to my work.

Where do you live?

 In a modest cottage in Bruton, Somerset with my partner Kelvyn Smith and son Grey. It is wonky & cosy & is our own happy home. We have the river Brue at the end of the garden which we love to watch ebb and flow & I love hearing the hourly chimes from the church clock opposite.

What is your dream escape destination?

The Isle of Mull on the West coast of Scotland where I spent my childhood summers & I still go to with my family now. It is my haven. We have a very special spot where we rent a house & the sound of the wild weather, the waterfalls running down the mountains, the eagles flying overhead & the sheep baa’ing all immediately relax me. 

What is your vice?

Collecting too many shells, stones, feathers & leaves on my walks & not letting them go – the house is full of them!

My most memorable advice?

When I was working for Stephen Poliakoff, he always said make sure you speak to the person in charge – go straight to the top. This was great professional advice.

Who is your muse?

My two grandmothers. Their outlook on life was so positive and no-nonsense, they just got on with everything and took it as it came. 

Whats on your coffee table?

Far too much! I currently have Mary Newcombe, Drawing from Observation by Tessa Newcombe, How to Eat a Peach by Diane Henry, Simple by Ottolenghi and Tara Wigley, Luncheon magazine, World of Interiors mag, Porter mag, Peepo by Janet & Allan Ahlberg, a Barton Croft candle from Caro and a cup of my home made tea of nettles, oatstraw & raspberry leaves!

What is your favourite dish to eat?

Roast chicken with roast potatoes, cheesy leeks, peas & covered in home made gravy.

What are you most curious about?

Nature. I walk every day;  I always see something new and inspiring, I’m such a fan of Mother Nature. I constantly carry my camera with me to capture this beauty.

What keeps you up at night?

I'm a very good sleeper and don’t have sleepless nights & I have an eleven week old son who happily has inherited my sleeping habits. The only thing that keeps me up at night is a quick 5am feed (touch wood!)

What gives you butterflies?

My man gives me butterflies!

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