My first memories of photography are of watching my Father developing his photographs in his darkroom. I must have inherited the passion for photography from both him and his father. My Grandfather was a very keen and accomplished photographer. He had a passion for photographing birds and had some of his work published, including a photograph of nesting Redstarts in a bombsite taken immediately after the Second World War. He worked closely with Eric Hoskin. Sadly, much of his work was lost in a fire.
My first camera was a Kodak bought from a chemist shop while on a caravan holiday in the Lake District with my parents and sister. I was 11, but I remember the excitement to this day…..and still have the photographs!
Fortunate to grow up on a farm, I spent my childhood riding and helping on the farm. On leaving school, I set up my own business teaching, training horses and competing. I considered a career in photography but a week of work experience with the local paper taking photos of roundabouts put me off! Better to work with horses and enjoy photography as a hobby I thought!
However, although my camera took a back seat for a while, I am now doing an increasing amount of work as a photographer, including being a photographer for the Badminton Horse Trials Media Team.