Hello, hi, hey, howdy ... thanks for visiting my website. As you may have guessed, I'm a photographer, based in Wandsworth, South West London and while I like taking pictures of pretty much anything, I generally specialise in portraiture - both kids and adults, and also dogs (but not cats, believe me I've tried).
I work both in my home studio and out on location, and often do both within one shoot as I live on the edge of Wandsworth Common. I'm also happy to travel to people's homes, which works particularly well for younger children. I'm gripped by two things - getting the lighting right, and getting the expression right. Most people over the age of three and a half turn into a gurning idiot in front of a lens, and it's my job to turn them back into the person they really are (usually by turning myself into that idiot). I don't care if people don't smile - in fact I prefer it. (Go to the National Portrait Gallery and tell me how many smiling faces you can see on the walls.) I think you capture the essence of a person more when they're not smiling. However, I do try and make the experience as much fun as it's possible to be when someone is staring at you from behind a camera, and if you're under ten you may be treated to the World's Funniest Joke so I can get those Granny-friendly shots. Above all, I'm a strong believer that most people are beautiful and if they're not then they have character, and I want to bring out that beauty, or character, or both.
Once I've taken the photos I then fiddle with them in post-production to make you (or your kid or dog) look even better. No one is too young or too gorgeous not to benefit from a light touch of photoshop. Sometimes I go quite heavy on the photoshop to make the picture more dramatic, which works particularly well on girls I find.
Oh, and I almost forgot - I have two children of my own: my daughter models for me regularly and enthusiastically; my son normally allows me five shots and then demands payment. We also have a non-modelling cat, even though I'm actually a dog person.
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.