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Born near Edinburgh, I became interested in photography after leaving school, during a period of economic recession, a happy coincidence as it gave me lots of time to explore my new hobby. I soon found myself working in a camera shop, blowing most of my wages on the latest stock. Keen to take things more seriously, I went to night school specifically to get the one grade I needed to access Napier College in Edinburgh (the main centre for photographic learning in Scotland at the time). I got the grade but found I was too much in debt to leave full time employment, so my photography remained just an enjoyable hobby for many more years. I shot mostly landscapes and as I started to travel further overseas, my focus broadened to encompass travel photography, especially where people featured. After many years of making pictures for myself I eventually became a regularly commissioned photographer with the travel publisher Insight Guides and for several years, a brand ambassador + visionary with Olympus cameras. During the past few years I've won a number of national awards, developed a love of shooting location portraiture and a deepening fascination with the human face. I was commissioned to photograph a number of vintage festivals around the UK over a four year period for the designer Wayne Hemingway.  My two solo exhibitions have focussed on behind the scenes fashion shoots in Romania and travel photography in India.

I occasionally run domestic and international training workshops for travel trade partners like Kuoni and for private individuals.

In addition to my photographic pursuits, I oversee a corporate identity company I started over 25 years ago.

Inspirational influences: Lillian Bassman, Saul Leiter, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Elliot Erwitt, Ellen Von Unwerth, Louis CK


Quote for "Behind the Catwalk" solo exhibition 2015:  “Great to see a gently lit unobtrusive approach to fashion, illustrating the back stage scene so eloquently…”.......Ian Berry, Magnum 

Quote during New York workshop when reviewing my work: "Fuck....dude!"....David Alan Harvey, Magnum


British Travel Press Photographer of the Year 

AOP Open Award 

Independent on Sunday / Travel Photographer of the Year 


The Travel Photographer of the Year: Finalist in 2006, 2012, 2013 (special mention) 2014 (commended) 2016

PX3 2016, Honourable Mention

PX3 WHITE, Honourable Mention

Black + White Spider Awards, 3rd Place Honour of Distinction 2015

ICA Fine Art, International Colour Awards, 3rd Place Honour of Distinction 2015


"India", at the Art Bermondsey Project Space Gallery, London 2016 - (Solo Show)

Portrait Salon, at the RPS Stronghold Gallery in Tokyo 2016 (group show)

"Behind The Catwalk" The Link Gallery, Winchester University 2015  - (Solo Show)

Portrait Salon 2015 - London (group show)

Royal Geographical Society 2015 (TPOTY awards - group show)

Oberstdorf Photo Summit 2015 (Olympus Group Show)

Louvre Paris 2015 (Exposure Awards group show)

Royal Geographical Society 2014 (TPOTY awards - group show)

AOP Awards, The Truman Brewery, London (group show)

Vejer de la Frontera 2009 (solo - just one night in a room above a bar, but a lot of fun!)


Smart Design (New York)
Insight Guides
Royal Festival Hall / Southbank Centre
Olympus Cameras
McCormick & Smith Architects
Hemingway Design
Dante or Die Theatre Company
CDB Resorts Portugal
Canon Cameras Europe
Oceania Cruises Florida
Vejer Properties Spain


Kuoni Explorer
Photo Professional
Amateur Photographer
Olympus Magazine
Photography News
Digital Camera
Photo Plus
La Luz Publishing
MND (Motor Neurone Disease) Thumbprint

Insight Travel Photography Masterclass, Stamfords, Covent Garden, London
Olympus Presentation, The Photography Show
Olympus Presentation, Focus on Imaging

'Be Creative' workshop, exhibition and seminar in Sibiu, Romania

Various workshops and masterclasses for Olympus, Insight Guides, KUONI, Lastminute.com and private clients (tutoring over 250 photographers to date)

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