Originally from Greenock, just west of Glasgow, my dad was a really keen photographer, and over the years he tried to get me to pick it up. I will admit, at first, I didnít have any interest, but then, my daughter was born. Gennie arrived in 1997, and from that moment on, I have learned everything I could about photography. I bought a small compact camera, started taking pictures of her, and eventually I realised I loved it. I then started to take images of my next daughter, Poppy. My mum helped me out with purchasing one or two of the cameras I have owned, thanks mum, and my dad helped with some of the technical stuff. I now have to teach him a thing or two, which he loves. I havenít looked back since.
I now use a Canon digital SLR camera. I have the Canon EOS 30D; I have lenses that cover from 10mm, right up to 300mm. This is more than sufficient for just about any situation. In the past, I have made 30inch x 20inch prints from this camera, so the quality is most definitely there. I process the images in their RAW format. This is like a digital negative, and ensures absolute top quality every time. It also allows far more latitude when processing the image, which makes my job that much easier too. I use the latest digital manipulation software, Adobe Photoshop, which I have used since at least 1999.
I have enjoyed shooting weddings, christenings, and the odd football match too. Most recently I have been invited to accompany a group of Jet Skiers across the Atlantic as their official photographer. They are having a race, yes, a race from Albert Dock, Liverpool, to the Statue of Liberty, New York. Itís a very exciting opportunity that I am really looking forward to. There are some Jet Ski images on my site, check them out. We were meant to be leaving this year, but unfortunately, it is looking more and more like next year now. I will keep you updated as and when I know more myself.