I'm a Irish professional photographer based just on the outskirts of Belfast.
I have been obsessed with photography pretty much my whole life, from the age of seven my grandfather sparked off an interest that was to shape my life. He was an engineer by trade and a damn good one, but he also had a strong passion for photography.
It didnít take long for his passion to rub off on me; by the age of twelve I had set my sights on being a professional photographer. I wasnít sure how I was going to get there but I knew thatís where I was headed.
Luck was to play its part as by the age of sixteen I was offered a job as an assistant in a local studio working for a great photographer going by the name of Lionel Salem. I have gotten to know some great people in this industry, but I think Lionel was the greatest. A small man in stature but huge in every other way, he probably had the greatest impact on my career (outside of my grandfather starting it all). Sadly Lionel died about five years later, I lost a friend and my mentor.
My life as a photographer has had more twists and turns than most soap operas, would I change a second of it? Well yes I would change a couple of those twists and turns but not many!
Having spent over half my life as a photographer (donít tell anyone, Iím 42 now) I still feel incredibly lucky to still have the passion that my grandfather gifted me.