Jo Leigh (above right)
Jo started her career in media from the early age of 14, heading up the school magazine as Editor, so working within the industry was always in her sights and she went straight on to work at the local newspaper after education at the age of 19. After ten years she made a career move into property where she managed a team of estate agents in the Hampshire area.
During the recession she mutually agreed a sabbatical with her employer, to travel around Europe with her then boyfriend (living in a small campervan of only 10ft by 6ft is a test for any relationship), resulting in now husband and have also gone on to have a son and daughter. Returning back to both her careers in property part-time she also joined Country Child in 2011 too. Rediscovering her love for all things media she left property to take over the running of the magazine alongside the amazing Country Child team and has not looked back since.
Miranda Avis (above left)
Following a degree in languages, Miranda spent a year hot-footing it around the globe before landing her first ‘proper’ job working for the makers of Wallace of Gromit in Bristol. A move to the BBC Natural History Unit enabled Miranda to combine her love of travel with that of making wildlife documentary programmes. From filming whale migrations in a rickety aeroplane to living with lemurs in Madagascar and swimming with sharks in the Bahamas, it was the dream job for a young, free 20-something-year-old-female. However, following the arrival of little people into the Avis household, Miranda has (for now!) hung up her globetrotting boots and is fulfilling her love for writing and photography as Country Child's Editor, as well as freelancing for other local publications.
We are so lucky to have one of the UK’s most respected and accomplished portrait photographers, specialising in children and family within our team at Country Child. Millie Pilkington is best loved, not just for the beauty, authenticity and artistry of her finished photographs, but also for the boundless energy, humour and professionalism she brings to the process of taking them. In turn enhancing the growing brand of Country Child.
Millie’s tenacity and commitment to Country Child magazine is astounding as she always delivers the brief given (and in some cases the brief is complex), even whilst photographing either in her state of the art studio in Dorset, on location and around her other commissions (which range from fun and informal family portraits to the private wedding photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).
Millie’s work has appeared widely in the UK and in international press, ranging from The Telegraph to Hello! magazine.