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 with the aim of turning my memories and experiences exploring the country into unique photographs that captured my perspective of the scene. I wanted people to look at my work and feel a sense of what it must have been like to be there during that precise moment.
I hadn't studied photography, so I started to read some books on the basics and more importantly I was out practising with the different settings and exposures every opportunity I had. I am a big believer that experience betters qualification, hence why I did not go on to study for a qualification in the field. 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 a good year self teaching, and spent time in some amazing locations around the UK with my camera, this really enhanced my understanding of the field. I started to gain exposure by winning competitions and having work published, things were really starting to take off. 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. Southern England is home to amazing landscapes and locations and this is why I spend my time exploring the region, finding new and unique scenes. In this portfolio I aim to capture scenes from a unique perspective, with strong contrasting colours and with the photograph evenly composed so the eye travels the full length and width of the photo. 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 compose the photograph with an equal split of aircraft and sky / landscape into my aircraft photographs to bring my two passions together. Take a look over my Military Aviation portfolios.
Below is a list of my achievements, all of which have helped with my exposure in the photography community;
Something I find work very well when I'm in the field is to keep a quote or saying to mind when I find it difficult to compose a scene. My quote 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.