Self taught professional photographer, and mentor with an international reputation. I have run a successful photography business for 35 years, mentoring amateurs and professional photographers for the last 12 years.
I have been a successful professional photographer for over 35 years. I have worked in many different genres of photography for large blue-chip companies and small ones too. Yes, I have had ups and downs but also great successes along the way. I have the experience and the passion to help you move forward with your photography journey whether that be just to enjoy as a hobby or turn it into a profession.
Having worked as a photographer for the past 35 years or so, I have worked on advertising campaigns for Blue Chip companies including Laura Ashley, Barker & Stonehouse, The BBC, Miss Sixty, The Cooperative Clothing Company, Unilever, Hilton Hotels, Mars Confectionery, Hand Picked Hotels and many more. I have also worked with and been featured in dozens of lifestyle and photography magazines including Professional Photographer, Amateur Photographer, Digital Photographer, and Photography for Beginners. At the beginning of 2013, I became an Ilford Partner, delivering masterclasses to lecturers, students, and competition winners.
I have also photographed well-known people, including Alan Shearer, Pixie Lott, Cheryl Cole, Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder, Professor Green, Blue, and Beverley Knight to name just a few. Back in the day I also photographed some of the cast of Emmerdale and Coronation Street.
Having taught photography in large institutions such as Northumbria University, Teesside University, York St John University and mentored many professional photographers through Digital City Teesside as well as individual companies like BIGDUG and Galvin for Men Ireland.
I love passing on my photography knowledge and advising people with tips and techniques I’ve learned over the years. Seeing people develop, learn, and be inspired to achieve their full potential is fabulous – there’s no better job satisfaction.
Whether it is advice on which camera to buy or tips on how to get the most out of your photography. I take pride in helping amateur, keen enthusiasts and professional photographers achieve their potential.
I offer mentoring and coaching service, street photography workshops, studio photography workshops, and black and white film and darkroom workshops from my own studio and darkroom in North Yorkshire.
‘Learn the basics, use your imagination, and don’t be afraid to experiment’.
I’m self-taught and a testament to the fact that anyone can do it.
When I first started out digital cameras didn’t exist so I would go out with a few rolls of film and practice and experiment using different exposures, apertures, etc just to see what happened. I learned by making mistakes which were expensive! but I had to do it, I needed to do it.
My workshops enable me to share my learning and give people a real understanding of the art of photography.