I trained as an Air Photography Operator with the Royal Air Force at RAF Cosford in 1974. I was then posted to RAF Brampton and then moved into the The Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (JARIC) working with air reconnaissance and satellite imagery.
In 1978 I joined a commercial photography studio as a printer before moving to Cambridge University where I photographed manuscripts, rare books and special collection items. In November 2013 I was made redundant from the job I had loved for 33 years in a restructure which decimated the service provided by the department, no longer does customer service count.
I gained my City & Guilds certificate in General Photography in 1984 and was a Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photography from 1987 before transferring to The Royal Photographic Society.
Although I am a professional photographer this wildlife photography is completely new to me and has kept me going after the death of my lovely mum.