Who am I?
Well, firstly I’m Dad to my two boys, I am a husband to my wife, a surfer to my soul and a photographer to my creative nature. Although important the first 3 are irrelevant to this bit of blurb, beside you’ll find enough insights into me, my family and passions throughout the coming year in my 365 project. So Me, as a photographer, what can I say?
I first started playing with digital cameras about 8 years ago when I co-ran the surf forecasting website Eyeball Surfcheck, I wrote the thrice weekly e-mail surf forecasts and took images of the waves to post online when needed, now to sell the surf on the not so great days was hard, but we learnt and this is where my passion for photography was born. Having tinkered for several years at this and running the family greengrocery business in Woolacombe, situations dictated we sell the business and I move on from Eyeball. From there I got a job in a local surf company running the shop, online business and taking photographs of the stock for promo material etc etc. This was to be my first journey in studio lighting and I loved it. As my passion grew I wanted to learn more, so I left that job and took sometime off to study A level photography, which I passed comfortably. Back out in the real world I was adamant that I didn’t ever want to shoot a wedding or family portrait. It just didn’t appeal to me, at the time. But this was soon to change. Family and friends started to get married and as I “Was good with a camera” I was called upon to do the deed. Nervous, scared, stupid and out of my depth. All of those things I think was how I felt shooting my first wedding back in 2007. But when I got home after that night my outlook had changed and that feeling it gave me has been my driving force to get me to where I am today. I literally fell in love with the whole experience of a wedding. With over 15 years working with the public, I am not cut out for a desk job, I need to be interacting with people and wedding and portrait photography suits me to a tee. I love everything about it, the preparation, the joy, the romance of the day and the knowledge that I was there to capture the happy couples memories forever. Every wedding is different and every wedding is special and that’s what I love about it all. If I was doing it for the money, I would have studied hard at school, got a degree and be somewhere else by now. I do it because I love it.
It was always a goal for me from the minute I first got paid for taking some photo’s that one day I would be a full time photographer and be able to just go shoot images when I could and was called to. Due to a bizarre twist in fate this has now happened. I am no have a go harry or weekend warrior. I am a full time professional photographer, who pays his tax and works hard for every penny, carries full public liability insurance and a professional indemnity, oh and few bits of extra kit in my van out on a shoot in the event the unthinkable happens. But I am not stopping there. I aim to absorb as much information from those who know as I can by attending more professional training courses over the coming years and pushing my skills to their max and one day expand my business to other photographic avenues.
So this site, what’s it all about. Well my other site covers my wedding and portrait work and rather than clog it up with my numerous postings of my projects, holiday shots and random fancies I thought it best to seperate it out. So this site is my blog, my project gallery and home to some of my ramblings. You may be lucky to score some useful info on taking smoke art images or it maybe a some alcohol related banter (Hopefully very limted on the latter topic!). Who knows this site is a creative beast that will evolve.
Just a few shameless links to the services i offer a porfessional photographer
So thanks for getting this far and not clikcing back or close. Have a nose around, leave a comment or two and enjoy.