“Thanks for taking the time to look through my site. Here follows a little about me and my approach to photography…
I first became interested in taking photos when I was 11 years old. Within a year I had my hands on a Zenith 122 – a tank of a camera! With this I developed a disciplined approach to exposing film manually. I later unearthed an antique enlarger inside a broom cupboard at school and persuaded the headmaster to set us up with some chemicals and paper! By 17 I had upgraded to Nikon 35mm and Pentax medium format outfits. I was invited to photograph the wedding of my art teacher’s daughter and took the plunge! Thankfully it turned out rather well and I’ve photographed over 300 weddings and civil partnerships in the UK and Europe.
At 18, I studied film production at the Bournemouth Screen Academy and graduated with a BA(Hons) in Film Production. Film is my other passion and since graduating, I’ve continued to make professional promos and award winning shorts for festivals. You can check out my vimeo page here.
While studying, I taught photography part time at Bryanston School and made use of the excellent photographic facilities at university. My photography and film work go hand in hand as visual art forms for telling and documenting narratives. I have an aversion to artificiality and believe I bring a similar standard of realism to my film and photography work.
I was rather a late adopter of digital photography. I wasn’t interested in the latest technology for the sake of something shiny and new but felt that by 2005 the resolution and sensitivity in low light was a sufficient improvement on the available film stocks. On average I’ve upgraded my main outfit every 3 years and my current crop of top end Nikon cameras and lenses have given me unbridled freedom, particularly in low light conditions.
Because I spend the time mastering the density, contrast, colour and sharpness of my pictures in post production, most of my results are indistinguishable from film. My guiding principle is that if an effect can’t be achieved in the dark room, it’s best to avoid it on the computer! Garish effects may bring something to a lacklustre picture but they also date quickly. A good picture has no need for such embellishment. Consequently my work retains a quality that will, I hope, stand the test of time.
I believe it’s important to be familiar with your photographer’s approach as well as their portfolio. Your choice is a very personal one and identifying the style you’re after will ensure you’re happy with the results. As a sole trader, I always take the lead from my client and aim to be as flexible with my services as I can. I air any concerns at the earliest opportunity if I feel there is a discrepancy between the services I provide and my client’s brief. By doing so, I have continued to live up to and exceed my clients’ expectations over the years. I grew up in Hampshire, Dorset & South Wales and often visit family & friends in all three. I live and work in Islington, north London.