I studied Photography & Film at Napier University in Edinburgh. All of my projects were completed using medium and large format cameras, I loved old film cameras and enjoyed spending hours in the darkroom. I became a press photographer at Aberdeen Journals a couple of months after leaving university in 2006, it couldn’t have been more different to my uni days! I was thrown in to the world of digital and had just minutes to get ‘the’ shot, often wiring it through to the desk whilst still on location. During my time at Aberdeen Journals I was shortlisted for Young Scottish Press Photographer Of The Year. After 3 years working as a press photographer I packed up my camera kit in and decided to fulfil my passion for travel photography and took a year out to explore. I won SWPP Travel Photographer Of Year 2011 with an image I took whilst travelling Morocco. If you like to travel check out that section of my portfolio! I was lucky enough to photograph maternal health in Malawi and India for a local charity based at Aberdeen University, the pics were then exhibited at Holyrood, it really was the opportunity of a lifetime.
I set up my own photography business in 2010. I started by photographing friends’ weddings and loved capturing a couple’s big day. My wedding photography style is relaxed and candid – I love capturing all those special moments, I love looking for moments that will make people smile, laugh, shed a wee tear and generally just feel lovely. I love colourful happy images that reflect one of the most awesome day’s of people’s lives.
I also love photographing families in a relaxed documentary way. Since having my wee boy I realise how quickly time flies and how important it is to cherish every moment of your little one’s journey. They grow up too fast!
So, I should really write a quick paragraph about other things, so you don’t think I’m too boring and can only talk about photography! I live near Dunecht with my partner Ben, our son Finn and whippet daughter Winnie. I spend my non shooting days going for walks, pretending to be a dinosaur or a monkey, avoiding the expensive treadmill I bought and editing. When I get the chance I like having a cheeky gin or two and the occasional glass…. eh bottle of prosecco. I love having a raid through vintage shops, dogs (I love dogs at weddings!) planning trips away, although not as exotic as they used to be but Burma and Japan are on the to do list! I listen to a mix of music from the Rolling Stones and David Bowie to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and First Aid Kit. Going back to photography for the last two minutes…. It really isn’t just a job, there is nothing else I can imagine doing. I found a letter in my loft written to myself in the future when I was 12, I wrote about wanting to be a famous photographer. The fame bit isn’t important to the grown up me but getting to take photos for my job? It is THE BEST.