I’ve been taking photography ‘seriously’ for over 10 years now. I was a professional portrait, wedding, and commercial photographer for around five years before a strong dislke of professional wedding photography, and a desire to explore other interests caused me to cease trading.
Whilst I enjoyed landscapes and nature photography during that time, it wasn’t until I relocated to Wales in late 2015 that my passion for landscape photography really flourished.
I shoot with Nikon DSLRs and lenses, and my Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-5.
My work has been published by Visit Wales, Wales Online, Trinity Mirror, and a selection of my images are available via Alamy.
Whilst I’d taken 35mm images from an early age, what initially ignited my passion for photography was getting my first digital camera phone — the Sony Ericsson K750i, way back in 2005. Whilst it was a mere 3 megapixels, and was terrible in low light, the fact that I had a camera on me at all times changed how I viewed the world, and I started capturing the world around me on a daily basis.
A couple of years later, I discovered the very first version of Adobe Photoshop Lightoom. I now had a tool to help me catalogue and edit my photos non-destructivly. Shortly after, I purchased my first digital SLR with the intent of becoming a professional photographer. For five years I shot portraits, model portfolios, weddings, and commercial work.
I feel I’ve been a somewhat lazy landscape photographer — I’ve neve planned my shots, got up early for the light or waited around in a location for more than a few minutes. I refer jokingly to my work as ‘guerrilla landscape photography’ as I take my shots very quickly, and with minimal equipment. I’ve rarely set out to take a particular landscape photo. All my landscapes have been taken while doing other things — dog walking, exploring, and visiting new places. I find there is something about taking landscape photos quickly and impulsively that seems to work for me — I see the scene, capture it and generally move on. Part of me doesn’t want to spend a life behind the lens, so I often carry a lightweight compact camera with which the vast majority of my shots are taken on. However, this may change.
I try to get out exploring as often as I can, and always enjoy the buzz of knowing I’ve nailed a good shot, and looking forward to seeing it on the ‘big screen’.