Welcome -- this is my story
"My goal is to share imaginative, unique photography with an artistic and vibrant edge......."
How many truly memorable photographs do you see that capture the essence of the subject and inspire you?
I am a commercial, lifestyle, and editorial photographer who focuses on capturing the character of a person, or brand. I concentrate on photographing people and architecture.
Recent projects include a series of portraits for a leading environmental consultancy, a large aspirational residential property development, as well as covering a community educational project for The Times. One of my fashion portraits also performed exceptionally well in a Contemporary Portraits competition run by the National Portrait Gallery.
My goal is to help you release your imagination and create the pictures in your head; and to share my vision and passion through unique photography. I offer imagery with an artistic and vibrant edge to my commercial and private clients.
If you’re interested in setting up a portrait, lifestyle, or editorial photo shoot, or would like to discuss a project or development, please get in touch or message me below ........
So, where are you based?
Edinburgh, Scotland - although I work all over.
What inspired you to get into photography?
Originally, my Dad: I used to help him in his darkroom and became gripped by the ‘magic’ of images appearing in the developer tray.
And after that?
I guess I really liked the work of some of those 60s and 70s portrait photographers and [Vietnam] war reporters. Nowadays, what inspires me is continuing to learn and seeking out new creative ideas.
Do you enjoy what you do, and why?
Yes, absolutely. I’m good at what I do because I love it; and I love it because I believe in it. What’s not to like? It’s a people business: I get to meet lots of new and interesting people and do what I love at the same time.
Be honest, what kind of photography are you not so good at?
Ah, that’ll be wildlife and sports. I simply don’t have the specialised gear for that kind of thing; or the patience to lie in the mud for hours on end waiting for the right moment – absolute respect to those who do it well, though.
OK….., so what are you best at?
People and architecture: portraits, events, people in general; and buildings. I can do all sorts of genres but I love dealing with people and capturing their character in photographs. I’m also a fan of contemporary architecture.
Who would you most like to thank for getting you to where you are today?
Well, I already mentioned my Dad. So, it has to be my wife: for her patience and belief – she’s also an excellent ‘spotter’ of photo ops when we’re out and about.
What would you do if you weren’t a photographer?
Well, at one time I thought about being an architect. For some time I did financial consultancy work for companies but, in the end, my creative side won out. More and more people were asking me to take on photography assignments so I thought “let’s go for it”.
What’s on your memory card right now?
Shots from an editorial photography assignment at a community school in Perthshire.
What was your first camera?
First camera I used was my Dad’s Leica Rangefinder. First one I owned was a Polaroid. First ‘proper’ camera was a Pentax K1000, metal body, fully manual, didn’t do anything for you – great to learn on. I still have it!
Favourite place to visit with a camera?
I’ve been very lucky to have visited lots of unusual places. Some of the ‘usual suspects’ are great for photography, but my favourite unusual places (so far) are in Siberia and the Russian Far East.
Who would you most like to do a portrait shoot with?
Celebrities are already well-known. So, probably someone completely unknown who will go on to become another Kate Moss, Keira Knightley, Michael Caine, et al.
And what about architecture?
It’s easy to get wound up with the massive glamorous projects and ignore small perfect developments with style and elegance. But hey, let’s go grand and say Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim, Bilbao. I’m also a fan of contemporary design which is also environmentally friendly and fits in with its surroundings: grass roofs, natural materials, lots of daylight, and energy efficient.
If you could be invisible for one day with your camera?
Ha, that must be a hypothetical meeting between Trump, Kim Jong Un, and Putin. Throw in another few world leaders, mix vigorously, and stand back...
Away from photography, what’re your hobbies?
Rowing and music; oh yes, and cooking.
Care to expand?
Well, I’m not going to win Masterchef but I won’t poison you. I played in an indie rock band for a while but nowadays play simply to enjoy. And as for rowing: it’s a part of me, like photography – I’ve been lucky enough to row with some pretty handy athletes and we’ve won a few medals.
Any final comments to people reading this?
Yes, get in touch – I’d love to hear from you :)