Married with three sons and still have my own hair. Well some of it, OK very little. Photography for me, it's a way of life, one that takes me out of the rat race and the hustle and bustle of daily routine. It has never been about money, always the art comes first. With so many out there, where their price does not reflect their experience, or delusions of being a photographer since being equipped with a new camera for Christmas, and feeling it is their right to advertise for work. It's a minefield of the delusional and unethical. You may even stumble across websites that look very similar to my design and layout, they do go to great lengths... Finding the right photographer relies on instinct and homework. I have been a photographer for as long as I can remember. My journey started back in the days of working for a newspaper within Tamworth and Burton Upon Trent. Doing the jobs none of the other reporters or photographers wanted. Normally late nights and early mornings, covering clubs and pubs, interviewing "B" list celebs etc. This contributed to an amazing social life with so many great times going down in colour and black and white.
Based in Derbyshire, East Midlands and covering the whole of the UK and overseas, shooting ceremonies from Swadlincote to Stuttgart in Germany. I would like to think at my age my photography is a little more sedate, but my passion for wildlife to weddings, landscape and portrait photography takes me all over the UK and abroad. It can be non-stop and pretty hectic. If truth be told, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Sadly I confess, I have an addiction to expensive toys. Photography is not a cheap profession I can tell you that. That is unless my wife is reading this! Let no one say to you that gear does not matter. Believe me, it does. Yes having the photography skills to pull off great shots consistently goes a long way. I'd like to think that is what separates me from the local natives. I shoot with two bodies, Sony full-frame cameras, the A7riii. 42MP. I honestly think there is no better camera for wedding photography and portraiture. The detail and depth of the Sony's are pretty special, I have clients who say "it sees into their soul". All of my glass is either German Zeiss or G Master by Sony and the combination of German and Sony engineering with the technology of the Sony camera system... Well, seeing is believing.
I also have years of high-end editing and retouching experience with several professional photography software programmes that add the finishing touches to your images. Many photographers tend to use presets, a simple press of the button and it's done. That's where the term "cookie-cutter photography" comes from and when you've seen one you've seen them all. Every image I select is edited individually. This is really where the photographer's eye for detail and balance comes into play. I can easily spend days locked away, totally absorbed in my editing, as I enjoy this side as much as photography itself.
If you want to know more and have an informal chat over a coffee? Feel free to get me through my contact section and I look forward to hearing about your plans.