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. 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 a holiday camp photographer which taught me a lot about photographing people. I also learnt how to take in focus pictures in a gloomy club whilst not totally sober (there was no auto focus in those days). I then returned to Norwich to work a hand colour printer 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 30 years I have worked as a freelance photographer and my work has been seen on hundreds of book covers, in numerous magazines and continues to sell as stock photography via the Alamy and Arcangel stock libraries, on Fineart America and Viewfinders.
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 have completed 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 my illustrated poetry. Some of this is a little naughty so Age Gate will appear if a page is not work safe.