Welcome to my blog! My name is Laura Shimili (maiden) Mears (married name). I started this blog to share my interest in photography and writing and also to talk about my life as an Albanian expat in London and a mama to two boys.
Last year I started a Freelance Writing and Journalism course at the London School of Journalism, which I have now completed with distinctions. I had an article published on the Guardian, in their housing professional network, which is my area of work – something that made me and my tutor proud! I hope to be able to keep this up.
My interest in photography dates from my student years in Paris. When my first son was born we bought a Canon 550D camera so that we could take good photos of him. I started learning more about photography through courses, meeting with photographers and online resources. I started a local photography group in our area, in Clapham Common, London, and in my My Photography Pages I have included posts on things I have learnt so far from meeting with professional photographers and from an introductory course on digital photography. I also started a Photo a day project but I couldn’t continue it more than 28 days as it was a commitment! Hopefully I will be able to complete 365 days another time.
I have lived in various places which are very dear to my heart: Tirana my home town where I grew up; Paris where I went to University to complete a Master’s in Philosophy of Economics and Epistemology and Bachelor’s in Economics; and London, my current home. Love brought me to London, as I met Roger in Albania and then decided to move together to London.
We have two little boys, our “prides and our joys” (can you use this in plural?); the older one is 4 and the younger one is 1 weeks. They will be growing up bilingual, which is quite difficult to do but I am determined to continue; we will see how it goes.
As to my daily work, I work in housing policy, for the Chartered Institute of Housing. My work is related to my studies in economics but also two other of my areas of interest, social and political realities.
If you visit this blog, I would like to hear from you, so please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or follow by email. I am on twitter too @shimili, it would be great to be in touch.
Have a lovely journey!