I took the decision in 2013 to follow a passion that I've had since I was a kid. I purchased my first DSLR camera around April time as I wanted to turn my memories and experiences exploring the country into a unique photograph that captured my perspective of the scene. I wanted people to look at my work and feel a sense of wow, it must have been amazing to be there during that precise moment.
I hadn't studied photography at school so I started to read some books that taught me the basics but more importantly I was out practising with the different settings and exposures at every opportunity. I am a big believer in experience over qualification and I still have no formal qualification in the field, but I have managed to build a professional reputation through experience and ensuring I have a high quality unique portfolio that tells my story.
I spent at least one year learning and I spent some time in amazing locations around the UK with my camera that really enhanced my understanding of the filed. In 2014 I started to gain exposure by winning competitions and having work published, so things were really starting to take off. Even now I still find myself learning something new each time I'm out and to ensure I continue to offer a range of unique photographs and services I've set out two aims for the future.
My first aim is regarding my Landscape portfolio. This showcases my favourite locations from the South of England and includes places that hold some great memories for me. In this portfolio I aim to capture a sense of wonder and distance in my photographs. Southern England is home to some amazing landscapes and locations and this is why I spend my time exploring the area finding new and unique scenes. I try to create a photograph that when you start looking at it, your glued and intrigued to see what else is in the photograph. I have pledged to add a unique location to this area from the South of England each month, Take a look through my Landscape Portfolios and see how I am progressing.
My second aim sees me concentrate on something I am very passionate about. Military war planes have been an interest of mine for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up my grandparents lived behind RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire, this was the perfect opportunity to witness a wide range of aircraft from a young age. We would also attend the RAF Lyneham family day each year which was home to an amazing air display from some amazing aircraft. Seeing this at a young age was mesmerising to me and this is why my passion for this area is so strong now days. I have set myself the aim of capturing my unique view from recent air shows that will allow others to enjoy and remember as I did. I like to combine an equal split of sky and plane into my aircraft photographs to bring my two passions together. Take a look over my Military Aviation portfolios.
Please see a list of my achievements below, all of which have helped with my exposure in the photography community;
Something else that a friend and photographer taught me a while back was to keep a quote or saying to mind when it was hard to compose a photograph. He said any time you feel stuck revert to the quote for some inspiration. I took on his advice and when this quote was shown to me I thought that's perfect, it tells me to look at the bigger picture, concentrate on what I am looking at as there may be something in my field of view that I originally did not notice.