I get asked this a lot. In fact I didn’t own a camera as a child, being a professional photographer wasn’t my lifelong ambition and would I have possibly considered it as a career choice at 13 years old? Not on your nelly my friend.
I fell into photography gradually over time, a progression of point and shoot digital camera upgrades until I finally invested in my first DSLR, a Nikon D80 which I still own to this day. It was this camera which gave me my grounding in photography, it amazed and frustrated me in equal measures. It rarely delivered what I wanted it to, but I became hungry to learn and quickly realised the person using it was a huge part of the camera’s limitations.
I became a professional photographer in 2008, focusing mainly on events, products and portraits and have somehow managed to pay my bills with photography ever since.
Wait, come back! It’s OK, It’s OK!
Whilst I loved my Nikon D80, I knew a lot of people back in the day who used Canon and after trying their cameras and lenses at the time, I decided Canon was the way forward for me. I own a fair few camera bodies these days, but I largely shoot with the Canon EOS R and the Canon 5D MK4.
Oh – I do jest, I don’t care what camera you use or own, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Fuji… they are all great these days.
One of the first things you are going to notice about me if we meet is the beard. Unless you squint a lot and generally don’t look in my direction, it’s hard not to see it. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty proud of my beard and I spend far too much time these day’s trying to keep it looking presentable.
I know you now want to see it, how could you not? So here is a pic of me doing my best model pose and looking very awkward, pretending there is no camera pointing at me whilst at one of my favourite beaches in Cornwall!
1). My go-to shoot snack is Haribo, it’s not essential that you provide them, but if you do, you’ll have one happy photographer. If I’m photographing your wedding and you’re having your wedding breakfast, I’m probably sat in my car eating Haribo.
2). My favourite food is pizza. I’d eat it every day if I was allowed and if I am ever cooking for myself, I am probably having pizza for dinner. This means if you hire me, you will also be supporting Dominos.
3). My favourite landscape photography destination is Iceland. I’ve been there a couple of times now, both in winter and summer and out in the wilderness it is like visiting a different planet at times. If you’ve not been, I thoroughly recommend it!
4). I own 2 guinea pigs called Mop and Ringo. I named him Mop because well, he looks like a mop. Ringo sadly does not play the drums, I have tried teaching him, he just keeps chewing the drumsticks.
5). I got an A in my Drama GCSE’s, perhaps I should have been an actor…
6). One of my favourite memories is snorkelling next to a huge turtle at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, it seemed to swim along with me for the longest time.
7). I once entered the Young Magician Of The Year competition held by the Magic Circle. Somewhere there is a video of me doing so and I fully expect my mother to pull it out one day!
More random facts coming soon, if you know one I should add, be sure to tell me!