Where is your home base?
Malmesbury, South West England (about 1.5 hours from London)
What is your photography genre/specialty?
I’m a documentary wedding photographer by trade. I also shoot family documentaries and social and street photography.
What is your most memorable image and why?
I was commissioned to shoot the caesarean birth of my clients’ daughter. It was an incredible experience to witness and a total privilege to be asked to document it.
Why did you become a photographer? What drives you to capture images and has this changed over time?
I became a photographer to give up the 9-5 rat race. My drive is my
family. I have built my business to support them financially, but also
by allowing me to spend much more time “out of the business.” I’m never
likely to drive a Ferrari but I always make sure I take at least three
months of every year off and spend it with them. My ambition in this respect has
Do you have any personal rituals to help you get ready for a shoot? What are they?
I’m almost always at a wedding two hours
before I need to be. I’ll normally wait in the car and listen to
Classical music or an audiobook.
What are the top 5 things you can’t live without while on a shoot?
1. My Fuji X-Pro2
2. My 56mm F1.2 Lens
3. My Spider Holster belt attachment
4. My RF protected memory card case
5. Water. Lots of it.
How do you regain your inspiration if you hit a creative rut?
I shoot a lot of street photography and it’s this, generally, that I seek
out as inspiration. I’m a people photographer, and I love looking at
the way other people photograph candid moments in public. Their use of
light, composition and moment are what I’m always looking to learn from.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your journey as a photographer?
Martin Parr, an English Magnum photographer.
If you could share just one tip with aspiring photographers, what would it be?
Shoot with your own style. Don’t let the industry dictate how you should run
your business. If you don’t want to do cheesy posed stuff, then
don’t. Likewise if you do want to do gorgeous classical images, make
time in your business to learn how to do them well and be different to
the others offering the same.
What are the top three Zenfolio features essential to helping you run your business.
1. Order management. Being able to send a report direct to my account of all orders in a given period is essential.
2. The ability to set and dictate product prices. I can change this so
quickly depending on the job and perhaps even the economic marketplace.
3. Being safe in the knowledge that all my finished images are in the cloud, and safe.
If you could second shoot with any photographer (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Joel Meyerowitz. I love the balletic way he works on the streets and the
amazing images he captures, making everyday scenes into a work of art.
How has the photography world changed since you turned pro?
are more of us! But, I also think that the social media explosion has
actually helped clients to understand the importance of a decent
photographer. You can’t make something good simply by applying an
What one piece of software besides Zenfolio do you consider to be vital in your workflow?
Outlook. My email, my diary, my task management system. Its on all my devices and is cloud-based too.