A bit about me

From an early age, I told stories. I would write unsolicited short stories for my primary teacher and then read them out to the class, even if my teacher didn't ask (I know!). I actually began my career in the entertainment industry and spent fifteen years as a Theatre Director and Producer. Photography had always been a passion and I photographed and filmed a lot of my work on stage. The combination of spectacle and light had me hooked and it took off from there.


Becoming a wedding and portrait photographer and filmmaker was the best thing I ever did and I absolutely love the freedom it gives me to continue to tell stories, and be creative with imagery. It never ceases to be an amazing job which I feel very lucky to have. I have as much fun spending time with my couples and their friends and family as I do crafting their images and films. 

​I live in Essex with my best friend and wife Anna, our gorgeous (but tiring) two girls and our beloved family Cockerpoo Rosie. They are my life and everything I am - is in them. My eldest daughter thinks my job is taking selfies!

In my free time I'm also a pianist, a graphic artist and sometimes procrastinator. 

My favourite things

camera gear / tea & biscuits / playing with the pooch / West Ham United FC

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