How did you get into photography?
It happened by chance. I’d given up 6th form college where I was doing Art and English A’levels and my dad said I had to find a job. The opportunity to train at a local hospital as a trainee medical photographer came up and I got the job. They sent me to college to study photography and I learned on the job. I studied for a City and Guilds 744 in General photography over three years so could work in any area of photography really. Thirty years on I’m still doing it. I had a break professionally for a while when I went to university to do a teaching degree but always kept photography up personally before setting up my own business in 2006. I love being creative so I love my job; it makes me happy and keeps me thinking all the time.
How would you describe your style?
Alternative, fine art and a tad bizarre!
What is the best wedding you've ever shot?
It’s hard to pick the best one. I loved the wedding of Chris (The Stalker) and Rachel Walker as it was one huge mad party and filled with famous bike riders so I was in my element being a motorbike-racing fanatic. Just when I thought that couldn’t be beaten along came Don’t Tell The Bride, the wedding of Jess and Luke Tomlinson, at Donington Park Race Circuit but then at the start if February 2014 Katie and David, all the way from the Gold Coast, ventured up to Curbar Edge on the wettest and windiest day of the year for their wedding photographs. Adventure to get the best photographs on a wedding day and clients who trust in me floats my boat like nothing on earth.
What tip would you give to Brides and Grooms when choosing a photographer?
Fall in love with their style. Fall in love with them. Make sure they are creative and love what they do. Be guided by them and go for it. Your wedding day is probably the only time you’ll get amazing images so be adventurous. Don’t hold back just because you paid a fortune for your dress. You paid a lot for the photographer too so make the most of it. You’ll wear the dress once, the photographs are yours for a lifetime.