I'm a Irish professional photographer based just on the outskirts of Belfast.
By the age of 12 I knew I wanted to be a Photographer, nothing else interested me (if you exclude football and girls). When I was around 16 years old I started spending my Saturdays working in a wedding and portrait studio, I wasn't getting paid but just being in and around that environment was worth more than money. Plus I knew my mother would feed me anyway! They must have seen something in me, after a few months I was offered a job which I said yes to without hesitation. Academically I was probably never going to amount to much anyway, pictures always spoke more to me than words.
Sadly, about three years later, the owner of the business died, his daughter took over the running of the business and I became the main portrait photographer which was a lot of responsibility at a tender age. I had a lot of growing up to do and fast, but I loved the buzz of being a fully-fledged photographer. It's funny how quickly you can mature and adapt. Several years down the road I had my own successful business, winning many awards including; 5 Kodak European Gold Awards and the British Institute of Professional Photography Portrait Photographer of the Year to name a few.
Today I'm a Commercial and Fine Art Photographer. The Commercial side of my business challenges me every day and the variety keeps me fresh and focused. My Fine Art is an indulgence but it's something I need to do, it's something I have always done. It allows me the freedom to be creative and freely express my vision. And it's a true honour and privilege when others like that vision and proudly display my work in their homes.