In November 2006 I was fortunate enough to pursue a long-held dream when, with my partner Niky, I moved from the UK to live in the tiny village of Usseau in the Deux-Sevres area of France. Among the many benefits of that decision has been that I now have time to work on my photography, a passion for many years. With La Rochelle and the Atlantic coast to the west and the stunning Marais Poitevin to the east, I am spoilt for choice in raw material.
I enjoy the different challenges of landscapes and portraits. Some of the major influences and inspirations on my photography are the early works of Ansel Adams, particularly in Yosemite National Park in the USA (which I have been privileged to visit and photograph); the seascapes of Philip Plisson and the landscapes of David Noton. Like them - and many others - I am endlessly inspired by the the magic of light and the challenges of capturing some of that magic in my images. I have exhibited in Usseau and more widely in this region. In 2009 I was fortunate enough to have had many photographs accepted for exhibitions in several locations in the Marais Poitevin and I accepted commissions to photograph weddings, portraits and social events. One of my photographs taken in the Marais Poitevin won a "prix public" at a major fete in the autumn of 2009. For 2010 I accepted commissions to photograph four more weddings and a portrait and to participate in more exhibitions, where my photographs continue to sell well. 2011 was another good year for me, with more weddings and several local exhibitions. 2012 has started well; I have been asked to put on another exhibition locally in February and have a wedding to photograph in May. In January I was commissioned to take photographs to support the launch of a range of food products by a cook based in the Dordogne region. When she has her website up and running I will add some sample photographs to this site.
Although I do not have a studio, I have taken portraits on commission at clients' homes and elsewhere. I prefer to use natural light anyway and will always look to see if a portrait can be taken using natural light if possible. I am happy to consider any commission and would invite you to spend a few minutes looking at the sample galleries here and to contact me, entirely without obligation, to discuss your needs.