The first camera I ever owned was a Kodak Instamatic, given to me by grandmother when I was a child. I soon got frustrated by the camera’s limitations that I started saving my pocket money to buy a camera with manual controls. After that, I was hooked and I used to cycle down to the local camera shop every Saturday and spend hours drooling over all those expensive lenses and gadgets that I just had to have!
During my third year of secondary school, I spent a week’s work experience in the photographic department of my local paper, the East Kent Gazette. I enjoyed it so much that I asked if I could go back at weekends and in the school holidays. I just wouldn’t take “no” for an answer, so I was probably a bit of a nuisance at the start. Eventually though, I became quite useful to them and they used to ask me to help them out and to do the odd shift here and there.
When I finished my A levels, they offered me an apprenticeship. Although I had a course lined up, a paid job with training was worth far more to me than a degree, so that’s what I did. The training was the National Council for the Training of Journalists photojournalism course in Sheffield, which I passed with flying colours. I loved the course and I made some fantastic friends there who are also brilliant and successful photographers. After my apprenticeship I worked for the Kentish Times, covering the South London area before moving up to the Midlands to work as a senior photographer with the Coventry Telegraph.
I originally intended to go back to Kent, but I liked it so much in the Midlands that I stayed! In 1996, after five years at the Coventry Telegraph, I left to set up my own freelance photography business, and the rest (as they say!) is history.
You will have seen from my gallery pages that I cover far more than press, PR and corporate editorial photography now. The quick reactions needed for press photography have led me to doing wedding photojournalism. I absolutely love it! Being paid to “people-watch” – what’s not to like?!! This documentary style of wedding photography (also known as “reportage”) is proving very popular with couples these days. I also enjoy the technical and artistic challenges of commercial, architectural and aerial photography as well as of course, corporate videography. Overall, I enjoy the mixture of all of these specialities as every day is different. I think that is what keeps my photography and video work fresh.
I now live in the village of Stoney Stanton in Leicestershire, with my lovely wife, our gorgeous daughter and our adorable (if sometimes slightly neurotic!) cat.
I have held a private pilots licence for over ten years and I get a great buzz from flying light aircraft. I have a share in an open-cockpit aerobatic bi-plane based at Leicester Airport. I love nothing more than to get airborne on a summer’s day and do a few loops and rolls etc. I just wish I had more time to fly. When time allows, I also enjoy salsa dancing and playing the guitar and banjo (yes, I‘ve heard all the jokes!).
When I look back on my wide, varied, exciting (and sometimes scary!) photographic career, I’d like to think that I would have made my grandmother proud after she bought me my first camera, all those years ago. I’m sure she never thought it would lead to her grandson being commissioned twice to photograph the Queen inside Buckingham Palace.
I think that’s enough about me. How can I help you? Call me now on 07973 638591 or CONTACT ME for an estimate or if you wish to discuss your photography or video