I’m Yorkshireman living in this fabulous city that is Liverpool. I married Lou (the good looking one in the photo) in 2009 at Thornton Manor. Together we have a gorgeous Bedlington terrier called Indy who is the friendliest little soul you could wish to meet.
As you already know I’m a full time professional wedding photographer. It’s a great profession which I feel very lucky to have. I got my first camera all of my own when I was 9, my parents bought it for me in the vain hope I’d leave my dad’s expensive TLR (twin lens reflex) camera alone – it didn’t work and that old camera still fascinates me to this day. Ironically the first time I used this camera was at a wedding, history in the making? However my love for photographing weddings didn’t come till much later in 2006.
When I’m not photographing weddings you’ll find me indulging in one of my many interests, hobbies and loves.
Unsurprisingly, when I’m not photographing weddings you’ll still find me taking pictures of people. Photography is simply in my soul. I’ve developed a fascination with street photography. You’ll find me about once a week indulging in this photography genre. I also read a lot of books on photographers and photography.
Indy, our super fluffy Bedlington terrier
Most days you’ll find me strolling around Sefton Park with Indy past one of my very favourite wedding venues the beautiful Palm House. Sometimes we take him to other parks, woodlands, forests and beaches. His favourite pace (well ours at any rate) is Keswick in Cumbria. There are so many places to walk there and all the B&B’s restaurants and pubs are dog-friendly.
I love spring and all the colour and new growth, it just makes me happy. This brings me on to my biggest love outside photography… the garden. When I’m not working I spend hours (and more money than I want to admit) in the garden weeding, planting, changing things and generally just enjoying the space Lou and I have and are creating. We’ve made it a real wildlife haven and even when it’s too cold or wet to sit outside we can still watch the wildlife including fox’s and frogs. We have so many different birds visit our garden it costs us £20 every couple of months in sunflower seeds. My favourite regular visitors are the colourful goldfinches. We get too many species to name including bullfinches, greenfinches, sparrows, wrens, a heron and even a stunning sparrowhawk. We also have a delightful little robin that follows me round the garden often no more than a meter or so away picking up bugs as I weed and plant.
Creative and arty stuff
In short, I like anything creative and arty including looking round galleries and exhibitions. I especially love sculptures and I collect bronze figures. The favourite bronze I own is an art nouveau dancing girl, her dress has so much movement just like soft fabric it amazes me it’s actually solid bronze. I get a lot of inspiration from my love of art.
Another inspiration for my wedding photography is fashion and my love of clothes. You can see the high fashion influence in my posed work, its what makes it strong and vibrant. When not photographing weddings I’m likely doing a fashion shoot.
I listen to a crazy amount of audio books too, about 2/3 a week depending on their length. I love em! There is nothing like listening to a good book, read well whilst editing wedding photos or traveling.
I also love cooking and fine dining. I enjoy real ales, red wine and single malt whiskies. I’m also know to enjoy a rum and coke, a kir royale and Singapore slings which I discovered where it was invented, the world famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore during a stop off there on our way to Bali and the Gili Isles for our honeymoon.
Oh, and I’m a vinyl junkie
On an evening I love nothing more than to kick back on the sofa with Lou and Indy listening to my vinyl collection. Growing up with older siblings and in the post-punk era, I have pretty eclectic tastes when it comes to music so I’ll probably have at least one tune in my collection you’ll love.
Not content with one turntable I have to have one in both our lounge and my gallery. The top one’s a Nottingham Analogue, it’s an industrial work of art and weighs more than my wife. The others one I made myself using a classic 1980’s Audio Research turntable as a donor. It’s covered in an ebony veneer and lavishly finished with 12 coats of high-quality, high-gloss yacht varnish. It took me over a month to make and needless to say, I’m unashamedly proud of it.
I also love travelling. My favourite place in the world is India, it’s where I proposed to my wife. A little closer to home I love France, Spain and Italy where I was lucky enough to photograph a destination wedding recently.
- My vinyl collection is my most treasured possession along with my Nottingham Analogue turntable, which I think is a thing of beauty and an industrial work of art.
- My favourite wine is Amarone
- My favourite place in the world is India
- My favourite food is curry
- My favourite dessert is sticky toffee pudding
- My current favourite shirt is a plain navy one by Vivienne Westwood