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From Military Policeman to Lancashire Wedding Photographer?


You might be asking how I ended up going from a career as a Royal Air Force Policeman to becoming a Full-Time Professional Lancashire Wedding Photographer? The answer is quite simple, my passion for Photography has been there for as long as I can remember.

I joined the Royal Air Force when I was 19 years old as a Military Policeman. Fortunately for me, this also included some camera work, which I received training for by the British Armed Forces, this being the best training in the world that money simply cannot buy.

My camera travelled the world with me.

Lancashire Wedding Photographer - Military personnel boarding a Chinook helicopter in Oman.

Lancashire Wedding Photographer - British Military Land Rovers and tents at night in Kuwait

In fact the only day I have not been allowed to use my camera was the day of my own wedding to Sam. It did however make it on my Honeymoon to Kenya.

Lancashire Wedding Photographer - The view from a bus along a Kenyan RoadLancashire Wedding Photographer - A Massai child looks into the camera lens in Kenya.

Policeman to Private Investigator

When my Military career ended, the next chapter in my life was working as a Private Investigator. My Camera was the most useful, trusted and used work tool of my trade. Everywhere I went, so did my camera.  I learnt how to take clear images in low light, how to be discreet (its mazing how handy this skill is at a wedding!) and most importantly I learnt how to get the shot first time.

I started my Career as a Professional Lancashire Wedding Photographer by offering to shoot for free and asking established Photographers if I could assist or second shoot for them. Sometimes this would only involve carrying and setting up their equipment. I would watch from afar and learned so much by doing this..

The most invaluable training however came from attending Neil Redfern and Liam Crawley workshops. Neil is a phenomenal photographer and I cannot recommend these workshops enough, for anyone who is wanting to further their knowledge in camera use. I still attend Neil’s workshops to this day, as he says, Every Day is a School Day.

Lancashire Wedding Photographer - Bride and Groom at Eaves Hall

Lancashire Wedding Photographer - Golden sunset with Bride and Groom silhouttes which are reflected at Formby Beach and Squirrel Park


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