I left school in 1975 with little more than a head full of dreams. In those days of glam rock, Ziggy Stardust, platform shoes and flared trousers I just couldn’t imagine that one day I would be a professional photographer, but photography is a bhit like that "crazy little thing called love" – it slowly lures you and then once it has you, it just doesn’t let you go.
I have a confession. I'm not one of these cool photographers you see in wedding magazines, on Facebook or on Pinterest. Also, I don't wear jeans or pointy shoes at a wedding. Sometimes I have a beard and sometimes I don't, because like the seasons my chin changes at will - because I hate shaving. There. Said it...! Also, I don't follow the latest photography trends - like photographing the couple looking as though the budgie has died, or turing all the clouds purple, or shooting everything in monochrome, or photographing heart-shaped groups from a drone. Maybe that's why I'm not a famous photographer, or have a team of assistants or bloggers following my every move.
Oh yes, I don't really like to blog either. Time is precious to me, and every day I seem to have a 1001 things to do, which seems to happen when you run a business. After a wedding I may post a few images online, but don't expect to see a constant stream of pictures on social media because to be honest, I'm not too concerned about getting myself out there. All I want to do is capture clear and colourful pictures that my clients will enjoy, cherish and love for many years to come, and to be honest, I can't see much wrong with that.
I was a marine engineer for several years, but I knew it just wasn't for me so after re-training (sitting down in a classroom and learning about photography the old fashioned way - instead of the YouTube way) in 1983 I became a fully qualified photographer, and in 1987 I qualified as an Associate in the British Institute of Professional Photography - achievements which I am exceptionally proud of today. Since then I’ve worked in all aspects of professional photography, even teaching photography and managing photographers, but whatever I was doing or wherever I was - I was always taking pictures in some shape or form.
And after 30 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…?