I am inspired by the old fashioned, a building with soul, an individual character or a feeling conjured up by a walk on the beach, or a conversation with someone. The everyday beauty of nature, seasonal changes and the light that comes through the kitchen window on a winters morning. The late evening sunlight in September or the early mornings in spring as nature wakes up from hibernation.
I grew up in the Lake District which will forever be my spiritual home, there is nothing like a long climb up a hill with that rewarding and magnificent view when you get to the summit. That feeling of being on the top of the world.
Image: Hermione with Indra the Bedlington whippet.
I photographed my first wedding In April 2013 which was both a terrifying and thrilling experience. With my knowledge of street photography, whilst working in Paris, I had developed more of a photojournalistic style, working in an unobtrusive manner, never stopping people and asking them to pose but anticipating a photograph and capturing those fleeting & spontaneous moments which really create a story of a wedding day. A wedding is an incredibly special moment of true celebration and I always feel very special to be part of the fun, laughter and love. I am more than happy to travel anywhere in the world and have so far photographed in Spain, France, Italy, Ireland and all over the U.K.
I also create a number of portraits each year. This might be an image for a website, instagram content or for personal use. I aim to work in your familiar surroundings which I believe helps the image depict the character of a person. For example I have recently collaborated with the artist, Mark Hearld for a book that was published in January 2022. I photographed him in his house surrounded by all his belongings and his dog.
I particularly love working with children, creating more candid portraits of them in their everyday real life. My photo shoots usually last between 1-2 hours depending on how many children there are. Our time together is meant to be fun and I will happily join in with them running around, playing hide and seek, catching bubbles and reading stories in order to get those natural images. It is nice to hear children telling their parents afterwards that it was much more fun than they thought it would be!
The video below by Thomas Broadhead Films captures a glimpse into what a portrait session involves.