I am an award winning photographer with over 30 years experience shooting high-quality work for regional and national newspapers and magazines. I specialise in editorial, publicity / PR and commercial photography based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and covering the North East counties of Northumberland, County Durham and North Yorkshire. But I will happily travel anywhere in the UK.
A career working for newspapers has allowed me to shoot a vast range of subjects in all kinds of situations, granting me a breadth of knowledge, experience and flexibility. It also gives me the insight and contacts within the industry, necessary to deliver imaginative pictures that publications want to publish.
A brief history
The photography bug really kicked in when I was 14 when my dad gave me a second-hand Russian 35mm SLR camera that appeared to be carved from a solid lump of brass, and was just as sophisticated. But it was a brilliant tool for learning the basic concepts of photography.
From there my enthusiasm grew, my gear improved, and I was spending all my school holidays working alongside two fantastic photographers at the district office of the Eastern Daily Press near my home in Norfolk. Fantastic times; I was also given free film and the run of their darkroom – excellent!
I then went on to Sheffield for the full-time photo-journalism course run by the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) the only course officially recognised within the industry. I graduated with a ‘Distinction’.
My first job was as a trainee back with the Eastern Daily Press / Eastern Evening News based at their Norwich head office. From there I moved to an expanding press agency in Norwich, supplying feature style photographs for the national broadsheets, magazines and corporate clients. Then it was down to the south coast for a few years at The News in Portsmouth.
Itchy feet lead me to spend 6 months trekking and traveling around New Zealand. An absolute dream.
The newspaper industry entered an era of turmoil, and I decided it was time to take a ‘leap of faith’ and go it alone, as a freelance photographer. Interesting times were ahead. 🙂