Me!!

I haven’t always dreamed of being a photographer. But I did always have an appreciation for art, and used to rather fancy myself as a bit of an artist. The only drawback being that I can’t actually draw to any acceptable standard. A stumbling block for any wannabe artist, no doubt.

It wasn’t until I was in my early 20’s that photography even occurred to me as a viable profession. But once the idea had struck, I knew immediately what a perfect fit it would be for me in pretty much every way.

The original plan was to become a sports photographer, with a focus on combat sports in particular. And whilst I do still love the thrill of capturing peak action (a thrill I still get each time I nail an exciting action shot!), I quickly began broadening my horizons and shooting functions and other events, which is where I get to 'do my thing', for want of a better cliche.

To me, photography is so much more than just clicking a button on a fancy camera. It’s a way of life. A way of viewing the world and using my eyes to appreciate, frame and capture everything and anything I find interesting. Since taking photography seriously, the way I approach my day-to-day life has changed.

I feel my job also suits my personality to a tee. I don’t like being the centre-of-attention, and am more than content being the observer rather than the observed. Added to which, I feel I am at times hyper-sensitive to other people’s emotions and body language, which in turn allows me to better anticipate and capture all those intimate moments that happen between people.

I believe its really for a photographer's customers to define his/her style, but if pushed I guess I'd (somewhat immodestly) describe my style of photography as exciting, vibrant, creative and modern, with a strong sense for timing, emotion and composition.

I love using dramatic lighting to help create impact in my pictures, and like to think I am known for a high contrast, punchy, dramatic style of imagery.

I like the colours in my pictures to have the full richness of life without being too overpowering, and whilst I also love the timeless effect turning a picture into black-and-white can have, I’m not the kind of photographer who believes it suits every single picture.
I like to think my use of light is a key feature of my work, using it to help shape and craft my images, and adding dimension and depth to the scenes I capture. I am always on the look-out for the best and/or most dramatic light possible (which I believe may not always be immediately obvious to others), and will readily go above and beyond to utilize it for the sake of a better photograph.

I don’t believe in awkward posing of any kind, although I will offer a bit of direction on the very odd occasion if I think it will help make an even stronger image. Ultimately, its just you enjoying yourselves with all your friends and family that I want to capture, and I have no intention of ever getting in the way of that.

In terms of my modus operandi, I very much like to fade into the background as much as humanly possible, and just capture events as they naturally unfold (where possible, with a rather big lens that allows me to stand far back, well out of the way!). I believe its the only way to capture the real, raw emotions we all experience, and if I am barely noticed at all, I consider that a good thing. The one time I do like to get in the thick of the action, however, is on the dancefloor, as I believe it’s the only real way to properly pick up on - and capture - the atmosphere.