Graphic designer and photographer:
I have worked as a professional photographer for over 10 years, and a graphic designer for over 15 years. Prior to this I had a successful career in quantitative market research analysis and, needless to say, this has been invaluable throughout my design and marketing career. I am currently based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
As both an employed and self-employed graphic designer, I have worked for some of the world’s largest corporations, within a range of educational establishments, and freelanced for a wide variety of clients from sole traders and SMEs to politicians, government departments and tourism boards.
I have extensive experience of working within corporate brand guidelines, am comfortable acting as a ‘brand guardian’ (including developing and delivering brand workshops to both creatives and non-creatives), and in developing a brand over time from within an organisation, including brand management and creative lead roles. My image research skills and ability to art direct photo shoots are particular spikes.
I have also built up excellent working relationships with a number of printers, image libraries and specialist photographers over the years and work hard with them to deliver my clients with the best possible results, within budget and in a timely fashion.
My photographic career began in the film tradition and in particular colour transparency (I still miss Fujichrome Velvia 50!), but my approach now embraces the current technology of the digital revolution. I gained my BA in Photomedia and Design Communication in Plymouth, at the heart of the beautiful south-west of England, and I achieved Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) in June 2013.
My first photographic love is for landscape and travel photography, and here my images are distinctive for their graphic simplicity and use of colour. I am particularly drawn to the landscape of the coast and have a great affection for islands large and small. On a weekend I am often to be found rummaging around old fishing harbours, in steam railway sidings or in air museums… seeking out more abstract images which concentrate on shape, form and line (see my Flickr feed at the bottom of the page).
Having photographed the British Channel Island of Alderney for over 20 years, I have built up an intimate knowledge of good locations as well as a deep understanding of the weather and light. Finding subjects that suit the prevailing light is one of my key guiding principles, and this comes in very handy when leading photographic workshops. My emphasis in teaching photography is on the photographer’s vision – of developing visual perception in photographers – for more information on workshops please contact me using the ‘contact’ tab at the top of this page.
I also work as a commercial wedding photographer, where my strength lies in documentary style images and my attention to detail – and you will see real brides in my portfolio, not models! This often combines well with my graphic design skills, providing bespoke stationery for the bride and groom, and enabling me to offer a very wide range of album/book options.