Unfortunately, this isn’t one of those nostalgic tales where I reminisce about my grandfather gifting me my first camera, and from that moment onward, I was captivated by the art of photography.

In reality, upon leaving school at sixteen, my aspirations leaned towards becoming an animator or a professional footballer, aligning with the dreams shared by my mates. However, I recognised that my natural inclination towards artistry surpassed my footballing abilities. The notion of spending my days sketching for Disney seemed like the ultimate dream job to me. Unfortunately, like many before me, that dream was dampened by a well-intentioned careers officer who advised pursuing a more conventional career. Following this detour, I navigated through various character-building jobs before one of my hopeful letters found its way to a commercial photography business. They graciously provided my first opportunity to enter the creative industry. Despite the absence of a job at that moment, my persistence and refusal to be forgotten paid off. I’m delighted to share that the working relationship with that photography company still thrives some thirty-three years later. I take pride in considering them not just business partners but also cherished friends.

Jumping back a little…

Eventually, my career path took an unexpected turn, and I found myself working with Disney—but not as an animator. Instead, I embarked on a unique journey as one of their cruise ship photographers. The opportunity to capture moments on luxury liners resonated with me, and despite the initial setback that led to this unconventional choice, it turned out to be a fascinating chapter in my professional life.

As fate would have it, my cruise ship photography career kicked off in 1998. This experience proved to be an invaluable education, forcing me to adapt quickly and excel in interpersonal skills while interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Working on one of the world’s finest cruise liners allowed me to mingle with the affluent and renowned, providing me with the chance to explore approximately sixty countries over a remarkable seven-year period—all while getting paid for what felt like a dream job.

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I’ve led an exhilarating life filled with unforgettable experiences, crafting cherished memories and tales to pass down to my children. Like the time I fell head over heels for Maui, Hawaii, where I spent my days mesmerised by the majestic Humpback whales in their playground of azure lagoons. Alaska’s raw beauty left me awe-inspired, while Norway’s fjords rivalled the grandeur of the Alaskan Inside Passage. Yet, if there’s a paradise on Earth, it’s undoubtedly Bora Bora. Perched like a gem in the Pacific Ocean, this idyllic haven emerges like a masterpiece, defying description with its breathtaking natural splendour.

During my final overseas contract, fate led me to meet the mother of my children in Sweden, and together we returned to the UK in 2004. Over the next four years, I immersed myself in the world of commercial photography, honing my skills in studio lighting, mastering software like Capture One Raw and Photoshop, and delving into the intricacies of Apple Mac technology.

In 2008, just two months before the arrival of my first child, I took a leap of faith and established my own photography business. Primarily focused on stock photography for Getty and its sister company, iStock, I also cultivated a loyal following of commercial and advertising clients. Today, my partner and I reside in the picturesque village of Bridgnorth, nestled in the heart of Shropshire, alongside my three boys: Lucas, Oscar, and Henri.

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