I was born in the county of 'Spires & Squires', Northamptonshire, and grew up in the picturesque village of Castle Ashby, where four generations of my family worked on the Marquis of Northampton's estate.
I moved up to Yorkshire in 1989 and currently live in Bradford, which, despite what you may have heard and despite the best efforts of the City Council to demolish everything in sight, is a beautiful city with some truly breathtaking architecture. It's central location means that it is easy for me to undertake assignments all over the UK. Best of all, it is set amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country, with the Yorkshire Dales, the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District, the Lake District and the North Yorkshire Moors all within an hour's drive.
I started taking photographs purely as reference for my paintings. I was fortunate to be taught painting by the renowned railway artist, Barry Freeman, who's super-realistic, almost photographic depiction of nostalgic scenes was a huge inspiration to me. People often tell me that my paintings look like photographs and my photographs look like paintings. That's Barry's fault!
With the advent of digital photography, I began to find the spontaneity and control it offered becoming more and more appealing, and the paintings have now taken a bit of a back seat for a while.
My photography career began in earnest when my old mate Gav Harrison asked me to assist on some wedding shoots and I enjoying every minute of it. It's great to be such an important part of someone's special day and a real pleasure to be able capture all the ups and downs (mostly ups, of course!) associated with it.