Q: How long have you been a professional photographer?
A: It is 21 years this July that I became a full time professional photographer and I still love it as much today as I did 21 years ago.
Q: What is your style of photography?
A: Whilst there is no pre set style and I often adapt to what my clients want, as a general rule I like to make the photographs look and feel natural and not too rigid. I also like to ensure that my clients enjoy the experience of their photo shoot, whether it is a portrait session, a lifestyle shoot or a wedding.
Q: Are you insured?
A: Yes, I have professional indemnity and public liability insurance, which I think is essential for a professional photographer.
Q: What is your favourite type of photography?
A: Generally those with people in, be it a pre set occasion or reportage street photography.
Q: Do you ever have time for your own personal work?
A: I try to make time when I can as I feel it is important to keep the passion for photography and this can often be done by setting myself projects to stimulate my creativity and create a body of work outside my normal photographic work.
I will often take other photos when out and about and I do then sell some of these as limited edition 'fine art' prints.
Q: What makes you happy with the photographs you've taken?
A: When my clients call me to say they love the photos. Whilst its great to be recognised by my peers, my greatest satisfaction is going beyond what my clients expect.
Q: Where do you work?
A: In short anywhere. I love the challenge of working in new places, as well as places I know well. New locations can mean I have to think harder about what i need to do to get the photos my clients want ... and more. I would hate to become complacent about any assignment I am commissioned for so new places keep me fresh and help me bring new ideas to places I am very familiar with.
Q: Do you have an assistant / second shooter?
A: This depends on the assignment and what my clients want, so for a small, intimate wedding with 10 people, then usually no as 2 photographers would be too much, but for a large Indian wedding with 500 guests then it would be essential.
Q: Whats your favourite photograph that you have taken?
A: I have taken so many photos that I love, but some of my favourites are very personal, from my daughter aged about 3 in Oxford, one of my son in New York in 2011 when he was 22, a black and white shot of him in a cobbled street, very Bob Dylanesque, and one of my wife Sarah taken in gorgeous light in an upstairs room in our house. I love not just the emotion that photographs stir inside us, but also I love gorgeous, natural light and the atmosphere it creates.
Q: Do you train other photographers?
A: Yes, I have run one to one training courses for aspiring photographers, as well as workshops for companies such as Nokia (their camera phone tech team) and seminars for Epson UK and the British Institute of Professional Photographers.
Q: What excites you about photography?
A: Great light, strong composition and gorgeous eyes.
Q: Who do you like working with?
A: There are lots of different people I like to work with, and the following is a list of some of my favourites, people whose work I admire, who are great to work with and who also provide great customer service to their clients.
Venues:No 1 Aldwych
The Kensington Roof Gardens
The Queens House in Greenwich
Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)
Kingston Bagpuize House - Cotswolds
The Forbury Hotel Reading
The Grove nr Watford
Event / Wedding PlannersSiobhan Craven-Robins
Melanie @ Cranberry Blue
Wedding DressesChenca @ Ritva Westenius
Catering / CakesUnique cakes by Yevnig
True Deli bespoke catering