I never thought about being a photographer when I was growing up. I thought about travel. A lot. When I was fourteen, I told myself that by the age of twenty one, I would have already left England and would be on my way around the world.
As I grew up and that date grew nearer, I was even more determined to make it a reality. For me, photography was born out of a desire to do justice to every wonderful place I visited. I didn’t want to show someone photographs of my time at the majestic Taj Mahal and say things like: “You really had to be there, the pictures don’t do it justice”.
That’s where my journey began.
I’m not a hipster. I’m not a wacky creative and I can’t grow a beard (lord knows I’ve tried). I’m a traditional kind of guy. When I take photos, the latest trend or style doesn’t influence my approach. I watch for the moment. I look for emotion. The real emotion. The kind of emotion that happens when people think no-one’s looking, and it’s gone in a flash. It’s the most beautiful thing to photograph and it transcends time or fashion.
A photographer has to take great photos but he has to do more than that. He has to look, watch and miss nothing. The pictures are a huge part of your day and they are images that will be with you for a very long time. And if, twenty years on, they bring the occasional tear to your eye, I’ve done my job.
I shoot real life. I don’t go for the big staged shots and you won’t see me carting around a bunch of big lights. What you will see is me being passionate, curious and determined to capture the magic and beauty I see in front of me.
If you’d like to talk about working with me, please get in touch here, I’d love to capture your story.