My interest in photography began in earnest in the late 1980s when I was fortunate enough to win a competition to shadow a photographer working at London Fashion Week. It was an experience that I’ll never forget and one that only cemented my determination to enter the profession full time.
After a few years honing my skills, I began freelancing for local newspapers, helping out when staff photographers were on holiday or extra cover was needed for special events.
I was eventually offered a position at the East Anglian Daily Times – becoming the paper’s first dedicated full time photographer covering Suffolk and north Essex.
I spent 10 years in local news, gaining the experience and skills required to take high quality images, under the pressure of tight deadlines in testing conditions.
I quickly learnt how to build a rapport with people not 100% comfortable in front of the camera – making them feel at ease to create a more natural and relaxed image.
Often there was just one chance to get the perfect shot and I’d be forced to adapt to situations and work around a problem – an approach that continues to this day, collaborating with clients to find solutions to achieve the best results.
During my time at the EADT I won several awards, including: Sports Photographer of the Year, Features Photographer of the Year and News Photographer of the Year.
In 2008 I started my own business – establishing a large and varied client portfolio that now includes the likes of: University Campus Suffolk, EDF Energy, East of England Co-operative Society, UK Power Networks, Suffolk County Council and various NHS organisations in the east of England.