My photography story

Colour photograph of a person wearing purple eye-shadow applying pink lipstick and wearing pink nail polish

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, and I returned to full-time education to study photography.

After I graduated from college in 2007, I started my business 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 enjoy shooting more places and things after years of primarily photographing human subjects. I no longer undertake commercial assignments and only occasionally shoot for private clients. Photography is my lover, not my boss, and my passion for creating art is stronger than ever.

See my photography credits for projects and published work.