I first got properly interested in photography when I was scouted as a model by Independent Talent back in 2004.
Working with photographers like Mario Testino, David Simms and Patrick Demarchelier, I got to travel all over the world and appear in publications such as Vogue, Another Magazine and Dazed. These experiences gave me a rare insight into the way some of the world’s best photographers craft their beautiful images. I wanted to get behind the camera - not just stand in front of it.
After studying and training in photography, filmmaking and editing, I now get to do what I love everyday - making killer content for amazing people.
I've shot live performance music videos and tour diaries. I tend to edit stills right after the show and then do the video the next morning so that they are ready to be posted on social media straightaway.
When I'm on tour, I delve deep into the experience. I make friends and capture the quiet moments between the spectacle and stardom, the reality of touring, the people, not just the name. I’m fascinated in the relationships between the band, the crew, the crowd and the locations. Trust is a huge element in what I do and I go out my way to make sure whoever I’m working with is happy with the final result.
For my live photography, I’m less interested in clean, glossy shots, I like the reality and atmosphere of the experience. I want crowds to see my pictures and videos and be transported there (whether they were at the show or not). I like to people to see the imperfections and the sweat. Not viewing stuff as if it’s on some slick TV show. That sort of gloss sterilises everything. And to me, that’s bullshit.
When it comes to portraits and products, I’m old school. I’ve studied and assisted some incredible photographers and have learnt how to light properly, direct or just let things happen. And although it sounds lame, knowing what it’s like to be in front of the camera has helped massively in what I do now. Figuring out how to catch someone in their element is what I do best.Here’s a neat list of just a few of the people I’ve worked for:
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