I have always loved photography. My earliest memory of taking pictures involved a disc film camera purchased from a jumble sale in the mid-1980s which is probably still huddled in the back of a drawer somewhere along with various other photographic bits and pieces which I couldn’t possibly live without.
Having spent far too much time in the darkroom during art lessons at school in the 1990s, I spent my late teens and early twenties with a camera permanently attached, capturing everything from family holidays to wild parties to intriguing buildings, forgotten parts of town and small interesting things that were somehow impossible to just walk past and ignore.
My beloved hobby became something more than a simple obsession when I fell head over heels in love with two enticing beauties – a Canon A1 and a Nikon compact digital camera – in my mid twenties. Having decided that the fields of marketing, research, customer care training, designing work tracking systems, waitressing, exotic dancing, bar work and sales didn’t quite hit the mark when it came to passionate career choices, I returned to education to study photography.
RockstarVanity Photographic Art was born in 2005, became a fully-fledged business in 2007 with the help of Business Gateway and the Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust, through whom I won a John Connor Business Start-Up Award in 2008. Since then, I have worked with private and commercial clients, with my photography appearing in a variety of places and publications, from mainstream magazines to indie art websites and exhibitions.
As well as my work behind the camera, I ran a fully-equipped studio and taught one-on-one and group workshops until 2012, sharing my love of photography with other artists, students and aspiring professionals. I also worked on artistic collaborations with make-up artists, stylists, performers and other creative individuals, from burlesque performers to bands to horror effects creators.
I now share my work under my own name and love hunting for low-cost gadgets and dSLR accessories, playing with mobile photography apps and exploring online platforms for promoting and enjoying art. I no longer undertake commercial assignments and only occasionally shoot for private clients. Photography is now my lover, not my boss.