A few months ago, Jade Cockerill, owner of Ivyhouse Photography, from Ivybridge gave up her 9-5 job and followed her dream of becoming a wedding photographer. She is now in the running for the title of the Best Wedding Photographer in Devon.

Jade is one of five photographers tying for a Muddy Stiletto Award, which champions small independent lifestyle business across the country, after being nominated by the public.

A former photography degree student, Jade started her business Ivyhouse Photography two years ago but only recently took the plunge from her steady job as a marketing manager for a house builder in Newton Abbot to pursue her business full time.

‘I feel very blessed to be in the top five photographers in Devon already, but to be crowned would be fantastic,’ said Jade, who became interested in photography as a child when she was shown a lot of film cameras owned by her grandfather.

The cameras provoked a curiosity and later Jade studied press and editorial photography enjoying the documentary and storytelling side of her art.

‘I took photos for friends and family weddings but what I really enjoyed was being able to tell the story of the day,’ she said. ‘It is a real privilege to be able to photograph someone’s wedding and be part of their journey.’

Jade said she takes time to get to know her clients and their wishes for the day. ‘It’s really important they feel relaxed with me as the wedding day can be so overwhelming,’ she said.

Jade said she is really ‘living the dream’ by doing a job she loves and being able to share in the joy of couples’ wedding days.

Voting for Devon best wedding photographer closes on Sunday, June 4. To vote go to The winner will be announced on June 13