Welcome to my world full of brightly coloured dinosaurs!
My name is Emma. I’m a 24 year old photographer, designer and lover of all things prehistoric. I have no background in palaeontology and my story of how I came to love dinosaurs is not your typical ‘I loved dinosaurs as a kid’ story.
Dinosaurs barely registered on my radar until 2015 when I was 18 years old. However, I think the foundations for loving dinosaurs had always been around. I have always had a deep connection with the natural world. I love animals (probably more than I love people), I have been vegetarian since I was 13 because I befriended a sheep, the Natural History Museum in London has always been my favourite museum and I could think of nothing better than being in the countryside amongst nature. So, I think my love of natural history was a natural progression for me.
I would love to say that the second I watched Jurassic Park in 2015 a lightbulb went on in my brain. Unfortunately, it did not. I thought the movie was awesome, granted, but my obsession with dinosaurs had not yet begun. I watched The Lost World, Jurassic Park III and then went to the cinema to watch Jurassic World. I moved onto the books – I’ve read both of them three or four times now. Thus, my obsession with Jurassic Park begun. I started buying Jurassic Park T-shirts, the soundtrack on CD/vinyl and various Jurassic Park themed memorabilia. Thus, I was now totally obsessed with all things Jurassic Park.
From this, mainly through visits to the Natural History Museum, my adoration of dinosaurs begun. My love developed over the space of a few years; there was no lightbulb moment but rather a progression of smaller lightbulb moments that led me to creating The Cookieraptor.
Now, I am totally obsessed. I live and breathe dinosaurs. They’ve become more a lifestyle for me than just a hobby. I dress head to toe in dinosaurs, I make my food look like dinosaurs, my house is decorated with dinosaurs and then I now run my little business dedicated to dinosaurs. I am no palaeontologist, and I will never claim to be, but I spend almost all of my waking hours trying to learn about palaeontology.
Why do I love dinosaurs? These majestic creatures once roamed this earth that we stand on right now. They aren’t fiction like dragons or unicorns but instead they thrived for millions of years. They were so diverse that there were tiny, like Microraptors, huge, like Argentinosaurus, and developed flight, like Archaeopteryx. They still exist today through the lineage of birds. I think that is pretty incredible. Humans are ignorant enough to think we are the dominant, intelligent species but we are a drop in the ocean compared to the reign of dinosaurs. They put everything into perspective: past, present, future.
The Cookieraptor was born in a moment of desperation and I honestly believe that it has kept me afloat for a few years. Back in 2018, I hated the final year of my photography degree to the point where I was threatening to quit. Alongside this, my ex partner had cheated on me (without me finding out until 2020 when he did it again). The Cookieraptor was an escapism really; I could create new dinosaur related recipes, photograph them and show them to people who actually liked them. I could create photography that no one was belittling. I could enjoy the world of dinosaurs and get lost in its wonders. This grew into so much more when I started designing and creating products which I started selling on Etsy. My little side project helped me get through to my graduation. It has also helped me bounce back from the toxic relationship I was experiencing.
Dinosaurs have gotten me through the tough times, the normal times and the good times.
Check out my Etsy shop here: www.etsy.com/shop/thecookieraptor.
Every time you read this blog, every time you like, comment or share my work and every time you buy one of my products you are honestly making my day. The fact that there are people that are out there supporting my little business means the absolute world to me. So, thank you.
Enjoy reading and feel free to get in touch with me! I am always up for talking about dinosaurs.
Em a.k.a The Cookieraptor x