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“I couldn’t play a guitar, so photographing bands seemed the nearest thing I could get to a rock ‘n’ roll life style at 17”.

Having printed up a few of photographs, I sent them into the then editor of the NME and by return post I received a press pass for the punk band Stiff Little Fingers. And thus began my career as I photographer.

Art College beckoned and then spell as an illustrator for a few years before the lack of daylight/fresh air and burning desire to return to my first love of photography.

Worked as a assistant during the early 90’s to a number of photographers in London & New York, before making my home in Edinburgh and then shifting North by a hour to the hills of beautiful rural Perthshire, where I am still based.

Over the pass 20 or so years as photographer I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world, meet and photograph some amazing people and places. I’ve done this as part of large productions and on my own with a bag of cameras and a brief. I am happy working either way, the mission’s remains the same, to tell stories well and try to create stunning images and films for my clients along the way.

In my spare time and occasionally when I should be doing something more productive I ski. Alpine, ski mountaineer, cross-country I don’t really care which, I just like sliding around on snow in the mountains.

I would like to think the skiing, just like the photography has improved over the years, sadly the same cannot be said of my guitar playing, as my sons will testify.

BMW, British Airways, Brazilian Tourist Office, Carloway Harris Tweed, Coutts & Co, Crown Estates, The Dalmore, EnQuest, Falck Safety, Gleneagles Hotel, Glenmorangie, Highland Park, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Hilton Hotels, Jura Whisky, Lalique, Peninsula Hotels, RBS, Remy Martin, Scottish & Southern Energy, Shell International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, TAQA, Talisman-Sinopec Energy, Turnberry Hotel, The Macallan, VisitScotland,