“I do a job I love and get paid by loads of different people to do something that many people see as a hobby! How cool is that?”
First of all I have to thank Dessie! Ever since a rather lucky and dramatic photograph of the spectacular grey racehorse Desert Orchid got me the cover of The Daily Telegraph, I had a dream of becoming a professional photographer.
Soon after I started working for Horse & Hound (I guess that almost makes me Hugh Grant!). I became their retained photographer, travelling the country photographing top equestrian and social events such as The Derby, The Grand National, Badminton Horse Trials and The Royal Windsor Horse Show etc. Horses aside, all of this was invaluable experience in the tricky art of getting people and their beasts to relax in front of the camera.
As a professional photographer, one of my most valuable tools is to know how to get the client to forget I’m there, and naturally capture their emotions, feelings or personalities in that very moment and translate it into a stunning fine art portrait and something to be proud of and cherish always. With diverse influences I mix together illustrative, natural light documentary, still life, landscape, fashion and lifestyle photography to create stylish and unique images.
Now living on stunning Dartmoor, my subject matter is diverse and varied to say the least. I am still a regular contributor for such great magazines as Horse & Hound, Country Life, Shooting Times and The Field. I photograph beautiful rural events such as country weddings, shooting parties, balls, hunting, holidaying families, playful pets and many other things that require my creativity, skill, patience, presentation, eye for detail and a little bit of charm. My style is very much a blend of contemporary portraiture and fine art photography but always relaxed and fun to experience. Also, as a commercial photographer in Devon and Cornwall I regularly shoot properties, products, actors headshots and news features – very varied and never dull!
I’m married to Nic (a designer of some very smart websites) and we have two daughters, a Springer, two cats and four (very friendly) rats. Surrounded by all my girls, so I am well and truly outnumbered!
We live on the wild, open moorlands of Dartmoor. This unique moor has become my ‘studio’ and it is the perfect setting for my natural photo sessions as no two sessions are ever alike.
I feel extremely fortunate to be able to earn a living from something that I love doing so much.
I really hope you enjoy the showcase of my images.
If you are going to spend time with me on a shoot you might as well know a bit more about me. So here are a few more facts:
- When I was a boy I wanted to be a steeplechase jockey. Sadly however, I’m 6ft 4 inches tall!
- I was an Ologist at University but now I’m an Ographer.
- I am half Scottish and half Norwegian – I think that makes me a Viking!
- My wife creates fabulous websites.
- I collect automatic watches – no quartz in my house thank you.
- I love everything Apple Mac.
- When I have any free time I like to play tennis or golf and fish for the pot with a beer or two in-between.