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We are two Edinburgh based events and arts photographers. So let's introduce ourselves


The most important thing I can say here is "I love photography!"

Along with my love of photography I also love travelling. The two mesh perfectly and have been a driving force in my life since I was a teenager.

Like most people, I played around with cameras as a kid. I remember only one camera of my childhood, a cheap version of the Kodak Pocket Instamatic. Armed with that and the occasional flash cube I clicked away happily recording days out and holidays. Some years later I picked up a Praktica BC3 and began my love of "real" photography, composing, exposing and developing my own pictures.

Since becoming an adult, I’ve been lucky enough to have lived in a number of countries. Throughout this time I’ve been able to experience many different stories through the lenses of my cameras. The Republic of Ireland gave me an eye for urban spaces and whilst in France I developed a love of the art of street photography. Scotland, and in particular Edinburgh, has so far provided inspiration through its street theatre culture. Combining this with my travel experiences has given me an organic style that has continued to grow.

Though I am happy to take staged shots I much prefer to work in a looser, more fluid style. In all my pictures my main aim is a picture that is a story, and a definite feel of emotion.

I greatly enjoy the challenges of landscape photography through the effort that is needed to capture the image but my primary love of photographs are the ones that show people in their environment. I like shots which beg the viewer to investigate the picture and discover what it means to them.

Since living in Edinburgh I have participated as a photographer at festivals, clubs and sports events. In the past few years I have gained experience organising and leading large groups of photographers for the events I have been asked to cover. I am quite happy covering large and small events alike. My main aim for each job is to be unobtrusive, I generally wish to have no influence over the events that are taking place and I find that this approach leads to the most emotive pictures. I love what I do and I’m always eager to explore new ways to do it.


Most people would say I live life through a camera lens, I’d say I agree with them. It’s certainly a rare occasion for me to be without a camera in my hand.

I am originally from New Zealand and I was far from interested in photography as a kid but after meeting a photographer on my travels I became interested. On returning from my travels I met an inspirational photographer, my friend and mentor, Staszek. He was the first to show me what a camera can really do and how to get the most out of it. From then on I was hooked. On my travels through India my life changed forever and I became the makings of the photographer I am today. As I grew into a seasoned traveller, my photography skills also grew, while I documented my experiences in a photographic diary.

I would say that I am a bit of a gadget freak, I can’t get enough of new technology as it continues to advance. I feel privilliged in what it enables me to achieve, from the camera and lens through to the editing suite at my computer.

I am happiest exploring the streets of an exciting new city through my camera, capturing real life as it happens. I have an eye for detail and love natural portraits that express true emotion. I love photographing wildlife and believe it takes more skill to capture action in the moment than stage a scene, though I am always eager to try new things and experiment. I love problem solving and being inventive on location. My hairdrying windswept portraits are a testament to that.

Over the past couple of years I have regularly featured pictures in Edinburgh student newspapers The Student, The Journal and Veritas, as well as being published on the BBC website. I have documented several charity fundraisers, including events for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland and Save the Children. I love feeling part of something and the enjoyment my photographs can bring.

With a wide range of interests I am comfortable taking pictures of just about anything. Every new event is an adventure that I am bursting with enthusiasm to be part of, witness and document.

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