Having worked in the field of journalism for over 17 years now, Siobhan has gained extensive experience on all levels. This, in turn, has given her the opportunity to branch out into professional photography, PR, marketing, social media and travel writing.
From her days as an intern at The Irish Times in 1996, she slowly worked her way up the ladder to secure the post of editor of Irish Horse World, the sport horse section of The Irish Field, in 2003. She held this post with much pride for seven years, before making the decision to go freelance in October 2010.
Since then, she has had the wonderful opportunity to pursue her love of travel writing, amongst many other interests. In two years she visited such countries as South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, the USA, Spain and Italy to review horse riding holidays for a variety of travel companies and magazines. Her work has appeared in magazines in Sweden, Canada, the USA, Great Britain, and of course, Ireland.
When not abroad, she is regularly commissioned for features, particularly equestrian-related, but also on farming, and topical news issues.
Siobhan's passion for photography evolved in the 1990s when she studied the art at the Dublin Institute of Technology. However, due to time constraints while editor with The Irish Field, her cameras were rarely used. On leaving the paper, she found the time again, and developed her own website (www.siobhanenglishphotography.com) to showcase her collection of equestrian images. In the first 12 months it received one million hits. Many of these images feature Irish hunting scenes, but also many of the Horse Fairs across Ireland.
Her first set of hunting-themed Christmas cards in 2011 sold out within weeks, and a second (generic) set has recently been produced. See www.countrycards.ie
Siobhan held her first solo photographic exhibition ‘Gone Away’ during the 2012 National Hunt Racing Festival at Punchestown. Some of those images depicting Irish hunting scenes were sold to Canada.