Sitting down to watch 90’s children’s TV programme Going Live with guest celebrity photographer David Bailey on the show, I never would have known that this was the start of my photography adventure. I can still remember the conversation I had with my mother while watching the programme to this day;
ME: “I want to be a photographer Mam.”
MOTHER: (still preparing food) “That’s nice dear.”
TWIA Regional Finalist 2018Brilliant! I was 12 years old. And this is how it all started. I was locked on, Photography GCSE in school, BTEC College Photography and then University, during this time I studied the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, a master of candid photography and photojournalist Don McCullin, recognised for his photography of war and urban strife, both captured real life as it happened, something which I aim to achieve in my own images.
An uprooting change of life move from my comfortable Welsh village home to Devon, and after eight weeks of free labour work experience at the local newspaper, I bullied them into giving me a job as a junior photographer. It was the best outcome I could ever have wished for, having the time of my life, where after becoming established I later went on to win South West Press Photographer of the Year, thanks, Mr. Bailey!
So, fast forward more than 20 years and here I am, a documentary wedding photographer, the best job in the world, and lucky enough to have become a Regional Finalist in The 2018 Wedding Industry Awards, a finalist in the 2017, 2016 & 2015 South West Wedding Awards and the 2014 Westcountry Wedding Awards as Reportage Wedding Photographer of the Year. Devon is great, and I absolutely love it, I feel so grateful for living in such an idyllic part of the country, with Cornwall just a short drive away and the ease of getting to the rest of the UK. I believe wedding photography within the South West is better than ever, and I’m proud to be part of it.