I have art directed, commissioned and nurtured photographers for over 25 years; analysing and critiquing their work, brainstorming and developing ideas for projects and assessing their suitability for the commercial and editorial marketplace across a broad spectrum of genres.
I was brought up amongst a family of fine artists and musicians in an unconventional studio environment in London with the ever-present smell of resin and paint and a constant backdrop of music and creative problem-solving.
After graduating as a scientist, alongside developing an obsession for black and white photography and the magic of the darkroom, I worked at Getty Images for 17 years from its earliest beginnings through to it becoming the global media content agency that it is today. For many years I honed my skills at editing and art direction before taking on senior creative positions, latterly as the European Director of Photography. Following that I was a director at two other leading image agencies (Image Source and Gallery Stock) before concentrating on my work as a mentor to photographers, which I have now been focusing on for the last 10 years.
This background, as well an on-going involvement in studio management, has undoubtedly helped me appreciate how creative individuals work, cope and adapt to the trials and tribulations that are an inevitable part of their lives.
I get a huge amount of satisfaction building relationships with photographers who need help defining their vision and practice and so build a greater confidence to take their work and business to the next level.
As well as one-to-one consultations, I thoroughly enjoy the buzz and interaction of running hands-on workshops and seminars for photographers at all different stages in their careers – from BA/MA students through to established pros - on wide-ranging topics to help tune up their business and take it to the next level.
Royal Photographic Society
Photographers’ Dining Club
Four Corners Film
Universities around the UK (Brighton, Sheffield, Portsmouth, Westminster, LSBU, UEL, LCC)
Cultura Image Source Ideas Tap WildPhotos Foto8 Westend61 Gallo Images Photofusion GLG Research
Bridgeman Art Library
CEPIC – (Coordination of European Picture Agencies)
Photography Courses London
World Photography Organisation
Association of Photographers