About my work
Since 1996 I’ve been shooting high quality corporate, marketing and editorial photography for clients throughout the UK. My clients range from small businesses to multi-national blue-chip companies, and include magazines, PR agencies and design agencies.
I always welcome the opportunity to show potential new clients my work. Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting. I’m in London around every three or four weeks, and am happy to meet clients there as well.
To see more of my work, visit my online portfolio.
To get in touch, see my contact page.
What areas do you cover ?
The majority of my work is in the Scottish central belt: particularly Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, but I work throughout Scotland and northern England. You can see a map of where I am based here. Most of my work is shot on location, often at clients’ offices or premises, with other work shot at my office in Stirling.
My career so far
After graduating with a degree in English, I started freelancing full time for The Scotsman newspaper. I spent the next five years there shooting news and features, including a two-year stint on the picture desk.
I left the Scotsman in 2001 and spent the next two years freelancing for the newly established Scottish business daily Business am, where I shot business portraits almost exclusively. At the same time, I continued to build up a long list of corporate clients.
After Business am closed in December 2003, I made the decision to concentrate almost exclusively on corporate work, including brochures, websites and public relations photography, while still shooting editorial work for newspapers, magazines and contract publishers.
I have been shooting digitally since 2000, and shooting solely on digital since 2007.
Industry bodies and organisations
As well as being a full time photographer, I represent the interests of UK photographers on a national and international level.
I’m a board member of the British Photographic Council, and have now served as its secretary since it was founded.
I was a moderator and director of Editorial Photographers UK from September 2005 to September 2011, with specific responsibility for technical issues.
Over the last five years I’ve held various positions on the National Union of Journalists’ Freelance Industrial Council, Photographers Committee, Copyright Committee and Scottish Executive, including chairing the Photographers Committee between 2011 and 2013.
I continue to be involved with the organisation of the NUJ’s Stand Up For Photojournalism exhibitions, selecting and showcasing the best of the UK’s contemporary photojournalism.
I represented the NUJ at the 2008 Paris photojournalism conference organised by the European Federation of Journalists, and spoke at the 2010 Authors’ Rights cnference in Thessonaliki, again organised by the EFJ.
Publications and talks
In 2009, I co-wrote Photojournalists: An Endangered species in Europe ? – a major EU-wide study on the future of photojournalism for the European Federation of Journalists.
I instigated and was responsible for organising the 2009 and 2010 British Photographic Council Industry Surveys, and wrote the 2010 survey report, analysis and conclusions. I am proud to say that the annual British Photographic Survey remains the definitive research onto the daily working lives of professional photographers.
In both 2007 and 2009 I was invited to speak at the National Union of Journalists Photographers’ Conferences, where I gave talks on business issues as they affect photographers.
I designed and teach “The Business of Freelance Photography“ course for the NUJ.
In December 2010, I gave a presentation on behalf of the British Photographic Council at the European Federation of Journalists’ Authors Rights in a Digital Age conference, detailing the current state of copyright law in the UK, and how it affects working photographers.
In September 2011, I was proud to speak – successfully – in defence of copyright law at the Bradford courthouse, in the first Photography on Trial debate as part of the Ways of Looking photography festival.
From 2006 to 2009 I was the editor of the Editorial Photographers UK news website, responsible for the relaunch of the site, a redesign, CMS integration, and producing fresh weekly content.
In the last three years I have built, designed and launched about a dozen websites related to the photography industry, including EPUK, the British Photographic Council, Stand Up for Photo Journalism and Photo Histories with my colleague Graham Harrison.
From 2005 to 2011, I wrote a weekly email bulletin on current issues in the UK photography sector, and which currently has a readership of just under 2,700 industry professionals. In 2011 I worked on a redesign, integrating it with social media.
And when I’m not working…
I met my beautiful wife Mary, while at university, and we live in a small Perthshire village with our cats and our three sons, Jake, Sam and Harry.
I spend a lot of time walking in the woods around my village, photographing the local wildlife, and helping my eldest son Jake with his bone collecting.