I’m an experienced photographer who after a professional photographic career extending over forty five years still maintains my love and enthusiasm for photography and the creative image.
Mediaphotos came about in 1997 after a twenty four year career as a staff photographer and picture editor working on regional newspapers in Newport, Cardiff, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
In it’s early years the business centred on Press and PR but over time I moved towards more corporate, commercial and event work and eventually took the plunge into video too.
My ethos is the same today as when I started the business. Quality, creative photography at an affordable price backed up by a level of service and support that is second to none.
My interest in photography goes way back and I think I was always destined to work as a photographer. I’d had a Kodak Brownie 127 camera when only about eight years old. My father had always taken pictures on his Agfa Isolette camera and I’m lucky to still have some lovely images of my mother taken by him as well as still owning his camera.
When as a ten year old I was given what I recall was a Chad Valley darkroom kit for a present by my grandmother my interest really grew. The kit was basic and was really only a contact printing kit which came with it’s own negatives to print using a supplied contact frame and some dishes and chemicals. The smell of the chemicals was something I lived with and loved until finally making the move to digital around the year 2000.
As a teenager I was lucky to have a close friend of my fathers who was also into photography. He had his own darkroom in his attic and also photographed weddings. He took me under his wing and helped me develop my skills.
The bug really took hold when I sold my first print aged about fifteen. I’d photographed the local hunt meeting at a hotel where my mother worked as a receptionist. The hotel bought a 20x16 print from me which for many years hung in their entrance lobby. To be honest the print was rubbish, very grey and washed out with no real blacks or contrast because it had been printed in old developer that was probably too cold as the temperature in the attic darkroom in winter was just short of freezing. But the effect was to make the image look aged, something that appealed to the hotel.
When aged just nineteen I landed my first job on a weekly newspaper, part of The South Wales Argus group in Newport and I loved it. I stayed there for twelve years before moving on to The Western Mail and Echo in Cardiff. Six years on I made the move to Aberdeen as Picture Editor on the Press And Journal and three years later I moved to Edinburgh as Picture Editor on The Edinburgh Evening News.
Three years later I returned to what I loved, taking pictures, by starting Mediaphotos. Press photography featured heavily at first as I worked regularly for The Glasgow Herald, The Scottish Sun, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, The Press Association and Associated Press. After five years freelancing in Scotland the move was made back to Cardiff in 2002.
Press work doesn’t feature so heavily now as more corporate and commercial work is undertaken for business clients working in many sectors including, editorial, pr, marketing, media, advertising, design, corporate, commercial, industrial, financial, government, utilities, leisure, retail, automotive, IT, education and the arts.
The secret with a small business is to adapt and move with the times and the demands of clients. So I now find myself shooting video in addition to stills and images of mine tend to get used far more online whether on social media or company web sites.
Who knows where the next few years will lead but wherever it is Mediaphotos will still be there.
If you would like to work with a professional, creative, contemporary and friendly photographic service give me a call on 01495 220851 or email me to discuss your project.