I joined Field Photographic as a wee lad on a two-year training scheme in 1989 just a year after it was established, and never left! Back then, professional photography was a very different and demanding discipline. I gained a City & Guilds qualification in photography and very shortly afterward was awarded Litentiateship of the British Institute of Professional Photography.
I’ve simply always had the photography bug. Even as a kid, I never liked the books ‘with words in’ half as much as the books with pictures. So really, making images is just in my nature, I can’t help myself…
I progressed through to managing the studio in the 1990’s, gained a Licentiateship membership of the Master Photographer’s Association, and eventually took over the business in 2000 just before I got married, had one inventive and industrious child, and several cats & a dachshund. So somehow, I’ve ended up working as a professional photographer for 25 years, which can’t be right, as I’m obviously far too young…
I’ve been lucky to enjoy working on an amazing variety of commercial, wedding, and portrait assignments over the years and no two jobs are ever exactly the same, which suits me just fine! I can’t wait to see what the next 25 years bring!
Just after 2000, Merv Spencer joined us as a wedding photographer, and just like me, never left! Merv has been integral to the running of the studio, he still covers lots of weddings and is now in charge of our portrait studio sister company Field Photographic Portraits. He shot that extremely rare photograph of me above :)