I live in Norfolk and have worked in the photographic industry for nearly 40 years. Despite the jokes growing up in Norfolk was quite a pleasant experience but I did have the advantages of not being born in the county and leaving as soon as I thought I had achieved adulthood to study photography at the West Surrey College of Art and Design.
I began my career as holiday camp photographer and then returned to Norwich to work a hand colour printer in the days when making prints involved darkrooms and smelly, noxious, chemicals. Eventually I was allowed out into the light and trained in wedding and portrait photography even though a lot of my first clients were dogs (I don’t mean ugly – although some were – I mean four legged pets with a tendency to bark and pee up the background). Having served my apprenticeship I ran several portrait and commercial studios where I did (and still do) a lot of Boudoir photography.
For the last 20 years I have worked as a freelance photographer and my work has been seen on over a hundred book covers, in numerous magazines and continues to sell as stock photography via the Alamy and Arcangel stock libraries.
I have also been runner up in the Sunday Telegraph Photographer of the Year competition, winner of the Photography magazine cover girl competition (that’s my photograph – not me personally) and have been featured in many photo anthologies. When not shooting stock pictures I love street photography and taking photographs of anything that flys (mechanically).
I am a qualified adult education tutor and industry trainer and teach photography and English as a foreign language. If you are new to digital photography there are some free PDFs to download that offer advice on composition and exposure .
With the help of the Open University I am completing a degree in Creative Writing and English Language and am now starting a second (or possibly third or fourth) career as a writer. many of my illustrated articles have been published and I was a runner up in the Let’s Talk short story competition (2015) with The Mail Run. This site also features quite a lot of my poetry – sometimes illustrated by photographs.