OK, so this is the part where I tell you I was born with a camera in my hand, how passionate I am about photography and that my mantelpiece is creaking with photography awards…
Sorry to disappoint but I wasn’t born with a camera in my hand and my mantelpiece is actually creaking with jars of sea glass & polished pebbles we’ve collected from the beach (but I do love photography)!
I’ve been a professional photographer since 2005, constantly developing my craft and refining my style. I always knew that having a job you enjoy is one of the most valuable things in life, it’s not work if you love it! I spent nine years commuting to Norwich every day to work in an I.T. job – works for some people but not me. I need to have a creative outlet and the photography totally satisfies my craving for creativity, flexibility and freedom from the rat race.
I was born & bred in Sheringham on the North Norfolk coast and absolutely love this area. After ten years at Gresham’s School in Holt I spent three years at the University of Hull reading Marine Biology (well, technically it was called Coastal, Estuarine & Wetland Biology but Marine Biology sounds cooler although still not hugely useful for a photographer!), spent a year travelling & diving in Australia, ran a pub for 18 months and had a year in the USA, living & working in New York & Virginia.
I saw some stunning places on my travels (living on the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland for 6 months was a highlight) but for me nothing beats the coastline of North Norfolk whatever the season. In fact my first ever paid photograph was taken in the Whitsundays – while on a humpback whale watching trip I got some great shots of a curious whale coming right up to our boat, literally about 6 feet away. When I took the film to get it processed at the shop in Airlie beach that evening they asked if they could give me a few dollars to have one of the shots turned into a postcard to sell. I was stoked and maybe the seed to become a professional photographer one day was planted right there.
I have two children, Charlotte & Will, who enjoy life by the beach as much as I did as a kid. Whenever I can I grab a camera & get out along the coast with my partner Leanne or take our boat out to Blakeney Point to see the seals, do a spot of mackerel fishing or collect samphire. I love being on the water, so much so that I’ve been RNLI crew on Sheringham Lifeboat since 2000.
Anyway, back to the photography, I love the variety of being a photographer, from weddings to beautiful properties, commercial jobs to family portrait shoots on the coast. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph & meet Princess Anne, Steve Coogan, Stephen Fry, John Hurt, Michael Palin, Barry Norman, Ade Edmondson, and David Walliams amongst others. I’ve photographed a brand new £5 million yacht, stood on the top of a giant wind turbine, flown upside down over Southwold Pier in a stunt plane, driven a Lotus around the factory test track and had so many more bizarre & fun adventures all in the name of work. Never had that in the RBS IT offices!
I love: The sea, adventures, cool gadgets, boats, self-improvement books, storms, scuba diving, surfing, travel, fish, shopping on Amazon & beachcombing.
I dislike: Stilton, country music, raw tomatoes, wasting time & stinging nettles.
My favourite films: Jaws, Stepbrothers, Withnail & I, Anchorman, Stand by Me, The Perfect Storm & The Talented Mr Ripley.
Thanks for reading this far, now you know a bit about me, hope it wasn’t too self-indulgent!