I've always taken photos, ever since I was a child on holiday; who hasn't? But it wasn't until I went off to university that I really discovered the art in photography. Studying Environmental Conservation in Sheffield helped me explore a landscape new to me at that age - the Peak District. Field trips would take me to all sorts of wonderful corners of that beautiful region, and I found myself taking more and more photographs on my Sony DSC-N2 point-and-shoot. It did have some very basic manual settings though, and I remember a seasoned photographer stopping to help me in Sheffield city centre one Christmas evening as I tried to capture the lights of the Sheffield Wheel as it blurred round in the dark. That got me wanting a proper DSLR and tripod, and ever since I've been an avid landscape photographer.
Things got interesting in 2017 though when, having been a teacher for five years, I stepped away from an educational setting to become a full time property photographer, and I now work freelance across North Yorkshire shooting some of the county's finest country homes and luxury holiday cottages. I also travel the country on occasion shooting developments for a couple of nationwide clients, and love the mix of urban and rural settings I find myself in. I have become a UK ambassador and test photographer for a leading camera gear manufacturer and have had my images published in a range of media, which are great points of pride for me.
My professions in the environment and in education have given me a great love of worldwide nature, and of learning too. It is perhaps ironic that the career I now follow is one I have no formal training or qualifications in, despite my path through education myself. Hopefully, my journey so far though proves that it is possible to learn many new things, and that you are never sure where new experiences may take you. One thing's for sure though, I love England, and I love being a photographer.