From an early age I was always carrying a camera which is a strange thing to say now that almost everyone carries one on their phone, but in the 70s and early 80s when I was growing up in Carlisle it wasn’t as common. As such, I was asked to take photos of things like the local football team, or almost anything else that moved.
At the end of the 80s I moved away to university in Staffordshire to study Information Technology and again the camera came with me, documenting events and I started to get involved in wedding photography.
In the mid-90s I married a good friend Rosie, whom I had known since I was 13 and we settled back in Cumbria and had three children. As the boys grew up and as Chair of governors of their school I found that I was doing more and more photography of different events for the school websites, marketing materials, and for many local groups.
In 2006 I founded Keltic Rose Photography and concentrated on people photography. In the first few years this was mainly weddings, dance photography and outdoor portraits, but in recent years I have developed a “mobile” studio which I can set up in church halls, dance studios or other large areas. In fact I often have defined studio days where I advertise a date at a venue. These are always loads of fun, so do let me know if you think I should come to an area near you for friends and family photos.
Over the last five years, I have undertaken a number of training courses specializing in newborn photography. Many photographers believe they can do this sort of photography without training but from a safety point of view I would urge parents to only use trained specialists. Newborn photography is usually carried out when the baby is less than 14 days old, and involves two or three hours of working with the little one to get fantastic “never to be repeated” photos
In 2014 I decided to take a level 4 diploma in photography so that I had some paperwork that said I was photographically trained. This meant more to me than most of my customers, as most customers are quite rightly concerned about the photos I take rather than the theory that I know.
I belong to three professional photography societies, The SWPP (Society for wedding and portrait photographers), The Guild of photographers and finally the International Association of Newborn Photographers. These societies all have standards and codes of practice that members need to endear too. One of the main standards is that their members must be insured and so I’m pleased to say that I hold £1 million public liability insurance which I hope I never need but gives you peace of mind.
Some of the highlights of my photographic career so far have been…..
Seeing the love and smiles at every wedding I have taken photos at.
I recall a fairytale wedding with 36 bridesmaids where photos appeared in a national magazine
I take photos for a number of groups, but the photos from Carlisle Dance Academy have appeared many times in local newspapers.
Photo of 80’s star Toyah Willcox appearing in a local magazine
Photos from a Penrith midnight walk appearing on the front page of a local newspaper
Taking newborn baby photos of a little boy who was born 10 weeks early.
Many stock photos have been used for small business advertising campaigns.
Taking photos that mean so much to those people in the photos, or their friends and family.