Liverpudlian-born Canadian. Left there when I was zero and grew up in a large family on the shore of Picton harbour, Prince Edward County, Ontario.
I went back to grad school to study Asian business in the early 90s and ended up as the Business Manager of The Cambodia Daily newspaper in Phnom Penh. At the paper I got to meet and hang out with some of the world's great shooters, some of whom encouraged me to go for it.
As I was getting into photography, my five siblings started having kids. So I used them as models and developed my candid, natural light style. Soon people started asking me to photograph their kids. That was the 'Eureka Moment' when I realized I could make this my profession.
I am based in Bangkok and split my time between privately commissioned kids photography in a few cities, photographing schools and working with NGOs in developing countries. I also like wandering around Asia taking photos for my own amusement.
When not shooting, I play music and kayak the Andaman.
Kids Photography: I have worked on private commissions to photograph hundreds of families in a number of countries. I have made portraits of thousands of kids.
Development/Humanitarian: Asian Development Bank (ADB), CARE Bangladesh, Save The Children USA, (Bangladesh), FHI 360, (Bangladesh), Helen Keller International (Bangladesh), The Mercy Centre (Thailand), Sovann Komar (Cambodia), Merry Go Round (Canada), HKJDA (HK), Bring Me a Book, (HK)
Education: I have photographed thousands of kids for a number of schools. A few of these have been IB schools, and I have worked with Montessori as well. Clients include Hong Kong International School, The York School (Canada), Casa dei Bambini (HK), Woodlands (HK), Discovery College (HK), The Canadian International School of Hong Kong (HK), Shekou International School (Shenzhen, China), Eton House (Singapore), Montessori Bangkok and The Kids Gallery (HK).
Weddings: I have shot weddings in Canada, USA, Mexico, Thailand and Macau.
Commercial Clients: Christie's Auction House, Queens University (Canada), The Foreign Correspondent's Club of Cambodia, Racing the Planet (HK)
Stock photography sales through FirstLight and Getty Images.
Prior Related Experience
1988-1993: Freelance technician and on-set management in the Canadian film industry. I worked on hundreds of TV commercials, as well as TV series and feature films. The film biz gives one a callous for hard work.
1994-1996: Business Manager - The Cambodia Daily newspaper. Oversaw ad sales, ad design, production and distribution of a trilingual daily newspaper in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Went to press 6 days a week.
1996-1998: J. Walter Thompson Advertising (JWT). Established Cambodia office for multinational ad firm, while carrying out regional roles for the Bangkok head office. Clients included Kodak, Unilever, Shell, Roche & Warner Lambert.
2000: JWT Bangkok. Strategic Planner.