After cutting my teeth in the big smoke, it was a series of life changing events, mainly getting married and the arrival of our son, that first made us question our less than family friendly lifestyle. We decided to move back to Northamptonshire in 2006, the county in which we had both grown up and indeed met (in the Sixth form common room).
For the first few years I continued to shoot commercial photography, mainly for small local companies, although found the majority of commissions pretty uninspiring compared to what I’d enjoyed previously. It was the arrival of our gorgeous daughter, combined with the mellowing effect of age, that first helped me appreciate life from a new perspective and see the opportunities that this presented. Coincidently, all this came at a time when a close friend, and new dad himself, was gingerly asking if I’d photograph their 6 month old, in exchange for a few beers of course. At first I was unsure, I’d always loved capturing our own children but never contemplated doing it professionally. However after extensive research I gave it a go and discovered that I loved every second, but most surprisingly… so did everyone else!
I’d found my new passion, obsession and challenge, I was going to be a world class children’s portrait photographer (uncompromising quality and ambition has never left me). Although always steering clear of portraiture in the past, I was more of a hide behind the big camera type photographer, I’d always admired the works of incredible portrait photographers like Richard Avedon and David Bailey. These photographers more than most seemed to dig deep beneath the skin revealing real character, personality and emotion. The work of these geniuses plus a few others gave me the inspiration to develop my own unique style and approach. I had a lot to learn, certainly in learning how to run a business, but I loved every single second… and still do to this day!
And that’s it really, the rest of my story kind of tells itself. I continue to develop and mature as a portrait artist but fundamentally I’m still as passionate about photography as that 12 year old boy… although considerably more patient and with ‘slightly’ better dress sense!