I live near Loch Lomond, have a dog called Sam, drink copious amounts of strong tea, love watching films on the big screen, hate shaving, eat chocolate at least once a day, prefer music to TV – and spend every spare moment reading books because I get lost in a good story. Also, I’m still hooked on photography…
I left school in 1975 with little more than a head full of dreams and a very dubious hair cut. In those days of glam rock, Ziggy Stardust, platform shoes, and ridiculously flared trousers I just couldn’t imagine that one day I would be a professional photographer, but photography is a bit like that “crazy little thing called love” – it slowly lures you and then once it has you, it just doesn’t let you go.
One of my favourite movie quotes is from Blade Runner. “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.” – which makes me think about life and about weddings because precious moments can be forgotten about all too quickly. As a photographer I know very well how pictures can capture moments in time.
I became a fully qualified photographer in 1983, and I qualified as an Associate in the British Institute of Professional Photography in 1987, achievements which I am still massively proud of today. I photographed my first wedding in 1987, which was a scary experience, but these days photographing a wedding is more of a pleasure than anything else.
Since 1983 I’ve worked in all aspects of professional photography, even managing photographers and teaching photography, and after all these years of photographing just about everything I am still here as a full-time photographer – who is lucky enough to visit the nicest of places and photograph the loveliest of people.
Its a great job, so what more could I ask for…?