I picked up my first camera after A-Levels however it didnt really take off until I had a shoulder operation due to rugby. I wanted to stay involved so took my camera along to games with my university. From there my love for photography grew. It was Ian Lawlor and Ben Hartley at The Leadmill in Sheffield who gave me my first taste of the photo pit. I was part of the stage crew at the venue and asked if I could come down and shoot, admiring the work of Kevin Wells (you should check out his story with Public Enemy if you havent already), The Leadmill allowed me too and from there my love has grew and grew as I have found my own creative style and voice.
I moved to Nottingham shortly after university, which is where the catalyst seemed to take place, the image quality grew, my knowledge of my kit got stronger and it saw me shoot for festivals, in arenas, backstage and get me to some pretty epic locations and in a position where I can finally say the large majority of my shows are now paid.
Luke Curtis (@lukecurtis.co.uk), once again a lovely bloke who has a great business mind, Luke captures exciting images, creating colourful end products as well as creative portraiture. His business sense is great and helps keep me in check from time to time.
Ed Fielding (@edfielding) this guys work is like paintings at times, his work creates movement and a bit of a dynamic nature which I love. His stripped back approach is great, in a recent chat with him, he mentioned he goes into the pit with one camera and thats all he needs. I agree with him, theres no point over complicating things when you are on a job. He goes in with a clear head and gets the shots.
All 3 of these guys are family men and are genuine. A few years back it would have been intimidating to approach them, but I can now call them all friends which is a huge honour.