Whilst I’m based in the UK I’ve been lucky enough to have the privilege of photographing wildlife in North America, South-East Asia and Africa. I think I first understood the appeal of becoming a wildlife photographer
whilst on a family holiday around the age of 16. We’d been camping in Yosemite National Park in North America for a few days and during this time, I’d set my sights on seeing a wild American black bear. On one of our last mornings, my dad and I woke up at dawn to go for a walk, with the express intention of hopefully seeing a bear for the first time. Our efforts were eventually rewarded when our walk came to a short and incredibly exciting stand-off with a black bear, who, after watching us both for a few seconds, crossed the path some 10 metres in front of us and disappeared into the trees. I had borrowed my sister's old film camera and the resulting picture I took that morning was a blurred, but a discernible image of a bear.
I think it was this holiday that made me want a camera of my own and that following Christmas, some 8 years ago, I was given my first DSLR. It was a Canon 500D with an 18-55mm lens, an ideal camera for a young aspiring photographer. In the years to follow, I would finish my studies at school and move on to study a degree in wildlife conservation at the University of Kent, Canterbury. This enabled me to not only better understand the natural world and the issues it faces, but also put me in a position to better view some marvels it has to offer.
After my first year at university, I spent the summer months in South Africa studying to become a qualified field guide and to date, this was one of the best experiences of my life. Christmas of that year I had been given a Tamron 70-300mm lens and during my time in South Africa, it hardly touched the ground. Whilst there, I was lucky enough to become friends with Hendri Venter, a well-known and very talented wildlife photographer, and seeing some photos he was taking really inspired me to try to better myself as a photographer.
Shortly after my time in South Africa, I was finally able to invest in a professional-standard camera, a Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105 and on the recommendation of Hendri, I bought a Canon EF 100-400mm II USM lens with it. This really helped me to get some of my photos to the next level and since getting this, both my interest and camera bag have grown.
Since obtaining my degree in wildlife conservation in mid-2016 I’ve been attempting to expand my existing wildlife portfolio and also branch out into different areas of photography such as landscapes
and commercial photography
, as can be seen on this website.