I am a freelance photographer based in southeast England with over two-decades experience working in the photographic and creative industries. I have been taking photographs since the age of thirteen when my late uncle gave me an old Russian rangefinder camera for Christmas. My grandfather, himself a keen photographer since the 1940s, taught me the basics of photography and how to use the camera and a light meter. By the time I was sixteen I was regularly carrying my camera around in my school bag and after my A-levels I studied for a year at Maidstone Art College followed by three years at Staffordshire University, from where I graduated with a degree in photography in 1995.
Within months of graduation I scored my first professional commission – a portrait for the Sunday Times Magazine, and by 1997 had become a regular freelancer at the Guardian and Observer newspapers. Over the next ten years I worked all over the world shooting travel and documentary assignments as well as news, features and advertorials here in the UK. All of my press work was shot on film, however at the end of 2003 I purchased my first digital SLR, which also allowed me the opportunity to work as one of the London-based photographers for The Scotsman. During this period, I worked on a wide variety of assignments for a wide variety of other UK and International journals and became known in the book publishing industry for my photographs of North America, where I had been regularly photographing since 1992.
In 2004 I started shooting for Time Out London and worked on countless main features and news items for the magazine. I also developed a firm relationship with a London-based production company and creative agency, and shot CD covers for a broad range of music genres represented by all the major record labels.
More recently I have been working for National Geographic Traveller, Rolling Stone, JustGiving, UnLtd, the British Legion and numerous book publishers. Although my background is in photojournalism I have a great deal of experience in most areas of photography, particularly portraiture, and am comfortable working either on location or in the studio.
When not on assignment I have worked a lot in my community on numerous photographic projects, often alongside the local school, where my children also attend. In 2016 I produced a short documentary film about our parish war memorial that featured people from across all generations, and was subsequently nominated in the 2017 Charity Film Awards.