I don’t know about you, but I really dislike ‘about me’ pages on websites.
They’re generally really boring sales pitches or just random lists of random statements about the person who owns the website. They are normally also totally irrelevant to what the rest of the website is about.
So, here’s a list of random irrelevant statements about me.
Followed by the story of how I got into photography – and more importantly how I got into photographing properties:
- When writing this I couldn’t remember how to spell irrelevant so I Googled it.
- I have worked in a pharmacy, a sound studio, a swimming pool, a supermarket, as a door-to-door salesman and as a business consultant over Skype – not all at the same time though.
- My oldest memory is of Roald Dahl doing a book reading in a library.
- When I was 4 years old I got banned from a museum.
- I have run over 10 marathons and over 50 half-marathons.
- My favourite colour is red.
- I am a qualified ITTF table-tennis coach.
- My interest in properties started when I was under 10 years old. I think I was 7 but don’t remember an exact date.
- I studied and then worked at an international Bible school.
So you might be wondering how I got into photography.
It wasn’t the ‘normal’ route of – childhood interest and then going to university for a photography degree.
I was 24 the first time I ever held a DSLR camera (now I am hardly ever without one). And if you’d told me at the time that I would at some stage become a photographer I would have laughed at you. I had just joined the staff at Capernwray Hall (a Bible school and holiday conference centre in Lancashire).
Now, I should probably say upfront that I’m colour-blind.
Strictly speaking, you’re not meant to say colour-blind anymore – apparently it’s not politically correct. Nowadays you’re meant to say colour deficient. Either way, I struggle with colours and I’m going to use the term colour-blind. Whenever I have said “colour deficient” to people, they look at me like I’m talking a foreign language. Anyway, because I struggle with colours I had always tried to avoid doing anything visual when it comes to technical stuff.
Capernwray told me that I would be taking photos for their holiday brochure and website. I thought they were joking – why were they asking a colour-blind person to do their photography? Imagine my surprise when I found out they weren’t joking!
Whilst some might (as I did) imagine all kinds of problems arising for a colour-blind photographer, there were actually very few issues that arose. And all the ones that did arise, were very easy to solve.
Over a period of time, I quite often thought to myself, “I really like this photography stuff”.
So I started looking into getting my own camera. As well as watching every video I could find about photography on YouTube. I read every photography magazine I found and asking as many questions as possible to any photographers that I met.
I left Capernwray Hall in 2013.
By then I had also photographed 8 weddings and had started taking photos for a variety of stock agencies. My photographs were provoking people’s interest, and this was becoming clear to me. Therefore I started thinking about becoming a full-time photographer.
In 2016, a friend of a friend needed some photos for a serviced accommodation apartment and they recommended me. Shortly after taking some photos for them, their apartment’s occupancy rating rocketed upwards. And within a few months almost every apartment I took photos for had occupancy ratings above 95%.
Nowadays I live in Leicester.
Even though I live in Leicester I will cover the anywhere in the UK. Although some areas I have to charge slightly more to cover my transport.