I can fit into any situation be it informal or formal.
I enjoy everything about photography. It usually looks like I'm having fun because I usually am!
Hand in hand with enthusiasm is my energy. I can keep going all day!
I'm easy to talk to and put people at ease.
I can be relied upon.
Guilty! Who doesn't love a good dance?
I became interested in photography as a young boy, borrowing my fathers camera to take pictures in the local forest where I grew up. After finishing university my interest became more intense and I would take photographs whenever I could afford the film for my old SLR camera.
I got into weddings quite by chance, a friend’s wedding photographer fell off his motorbike the day before their wedding and I was put on standby to be the official photographer. As it happened they managed to find a professional but I still took a lot of informal photographs and to this day it’s my images that sit adorn their walls, not the replacement professional they found!
I really enjoyed my first little foray into wedding photography and so with some trepidation began offering my services for free to couples who could not afford a photographer while I learnt the ropes. In 2003 I had progressed to the point I was comfortable charging for my work and decided to turn professional and have been busy shooting weddings ever since!
Outside of photography I am very physically active. I compete in Ballroom and Latin American dancing, go to the gym and try to get in a 5k x-country run once a week.
I’m also very much into the outdoors and love being outside, walking and camping. I’m definitely not cut out for city life! I did work in the city of London for many years but I need wide open spaces and to look up at night and see real stars. Its a bit of a joke in my family that I prefer camping without a tent. I can’t deny it, if its not going to rain a sleeping bag and a hammock is all I need after a long day in the woods!
I think loving the outdoors is probably an extension of what drives me as a photographer. I’m a natural observer and appreciate the beauty all around me. From the way the light plays through the trees towards the end of the day to the sounds of birds and other creatures.
I am also a big believer and passionate about providing opportunities to young people. For the last 7 years I have been involved as a sergeant instructor with the cadet forces. Cadets is a big part of my life and something I have volunteered hundreds of hours too and I strongly believe it helps shape young people into better adults. It also gives me an excuse to spend a whole weekend outdoors!
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all. – Michelangelo