How did your career in photography begin?
I kinda fell into photography through being on holidays as a kid and always pestering my dad to let me use the camera… It was one of those things where it’s the ‘forbidden toy’ you’re not allowed to play with and this just made me want to use it more. I remember using my Dad’s old Pentax for the first time on a trip to the South of France when I was around 12 and…
That first feeling of going in and collecting prints and the anxiousness of wanting to see how they turned out – I still get the same excited feeling now going through edits after shoots.
It wasn’t until after leaving school and going to college did it really become an option to study it and take it further than a hobby.
But anyone who bridges that gap between editorial, commercial and personality will always be inspiring for me, especially when done well.
You’ve worked with numerous models for Topman shoots, who is your favourite person to work with?
I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing models for Topman, they manage to constantly cast some great up-and-coming talent. Up there though would have to be the likes of Danny Blake @D1… He has such a defined look and is just a pleasure to work with and hang out with on set. He completely gets into the shoot and puts over just the right amount of personality across and isn’t afraid to go above and beyond – even if that was getting him to eat what can only be described as a ‘questionable’ kebab while in Manchester. Expect big things from him!
Another mentionable for me would be Ted Le Sueur, really sound guy and has a great look.
What would be your dream commission?
Editorial wise it would have to be iD or Wonderland magazine, anything where I could produce and tell a nice story.
What advice would you give to a student photographer?
Test. Test. Test… And just do what you think looks good and love, I guess. It’s all about having fun meeting new people/shooting new people, and never be afraid to try new things and ask people for advice.