Photography is a lifestyle.

I was introduced to cameras at a very young age. My Dad had an old Canon EOS film camera, which is probably still hidden away in their loft somewhere, come to think of it. My Dad wasn’t a professional photographer or anything like that, he didn’t shoot architecture or street scenes; he simply took heaps of photos of his family and made a whole bunch of family albums.

I used to love it when he would come home from Jessops with a freshly printed batch of new photos for us all to look at. We’d sit around the dining room table, and all smile and laugh at what he’d captured. I think this is what installed the fascination in photography that I still have today. The idea that a little black box can freeze a moment in time. Whether that be a family memory, a record-breaking sporting moment, a poignant moment in political history, whatever it is, a photo pauses a moment in time. It makes it memorable and believable for all of time.

In my early teens, I picked up a small Fujifilm compact and started having a go at shooting. I’d be photographing family, friends, plants, bees, all sorts of random subjects. It wasn’t until around 2013 that I started to really think about the subject, composition and lighting on a family holiday in Turkey. The sun was setting over the sea, and paragliders were landing on the beach. They became a perfect silhouette as they passed in front of the sun. I cranked up the shutter speed, got close to the ground to create some foreground, then when the next paraglider passed by, I took my shot. I looked at the screen and thought, this is how you take a photo.

Since then, photography has been a massive part of my life. I’ve captured everyone and everything in it. From shots of travelling the world to pictures of my dog, I’ve had this constant obsession with photographing the world around me and constantly trying to improve how I do it.

However, for a long time, photography was just a passion project. My full-time working career was in sales/business development. And while I admit I had some great times in those jobs, I never truly loved what I was doing. In 2019 I started doing some professional photography work on the side, and it gave me a taste of what life would be like as a full-time photographer. This was the turning point. In 2020 I took the plunge to follow my passion of working with cameras for a living, and I’ve not looked back since.

I have now successfully built a strong business offering high-end commercial photography and videography throughout the UK. I’ve met so many amazing people and worked with a whole range of amazing clients. Yes, it can be hard working for yourself, and yes, I probably work more hours now than before. But I love it! I’m passionate about it, and there is never any Monday morning dread.

And that, to me, is why photography is a lifestyle. It is more than just a job to me. It has allowed me to work in an area that I truly care about. It has allowed me to follow a dream while making a living. It gets me outside; it introduces me to amazing people; it takes me to the tops of mountains, to beautiful homes, to bustling businesses, to the wide-open countryside. It gets me up before sunrise and keeps me awake after nightfall. Photography truly is a lifestyle and something I am proud to say I do full-time.

And that’s it. That’s me about me.

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