believe in the power of stories

I seek to meet the authentic, intuitive expression of my subject with equal measure of the magical.


I create visual stories for individuals and businesses, and I teach photography.


I am a Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society, and I assess their qualifications at all three levels.




rps live interview

As part of the Royal Photographic Society's season of online talks, I was interviewed live by Sue Brown FRPS, chair of the RPS Fine Art panel. I talk about my journey as a photographer and how I created my Project Animalia series.


Come with me and you'll be

in a world of pure imagination


Based on the work I created for my successful FRPS panel, this work aims to capture the personality of the children and animals, showing them interacting as if they were really in the same space. I create painterly, fantastical images that would look to the children as if they could be real. All images are composites.


the concept

I feel when children discover they share this world with other living creatures, it opens their hearts, it opens up their minds, and creates empathy for others.


With ‘Project Animalia’, I wanted to encourage children’s connection with and respect for the natural world, by showing them interacting with their favourite animals through these digital composites.


My images narrate the importance of animals in our lives, as they fill our dreams, star in our stories and teach us about our place in nature.


But Simultaneously, I wanted to use this project to remind people that wild animals only belong in our imaginations and in the wild. They are not, and never should be, pets.


  • Children and animals are photographed SEPARATELY and then put together in the image by digital manipulation.
  • Children are photographed in my studio with parents present, against backdrops I have hand-painted.
  • Animals are photographed at a separate time. They are live and may be photographed in my studio, at zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, and in the wild on travel trips I have taken. The appropriate property releases will be obtained for all privately owned animals.



Session including 2 fine art mounted prints and their digital copies

  • Video call consultation to discuss animal choice, styling and concept
  • 1 hour session
  • Photography of animal and digital retouching to create the art
  • Portrait presentation in the studio or on video call with a minimum of two original Animalia portraits and 10 fine art portraits, which you can choose to bu

Additional print bundles and wall art start at £395



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The portrait studio is currently closed due to the pandemic, but if you would like to join the waiting list for shoots or you would like to discuss bespoke brand photography or photography coaching, please fill out the form below and I'll get back to you.

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Based in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire



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chandlers ford, hampshire