A professional photographer since the late 80’s I built a loyal base customers and covered many stories. Excellent at quickly identifying important stories and capturing the essence. effective dealing with a wide variety of people and situations. Adaptable and unobtrusive or assertive and unambiguous. As Chief photographer at the Croydon Advertiser newspaper I successfully ran and inspired a team of five + freelancers for 9 years. Picture Editor Award winner 04. 3rd in UK, Trinity Mirror regional photographer of the year.02In late 06, Advertiser Editor Ian Carter tasked me to research multimedia for the Paper's website.
I found Soundslides
. Combining audio and stills to tell a story. The chance for me to tell stories in depth. We sometimes shot features but more often than not the subs would use the ‘wrong’ pic. Crop it or basically screw it up. Newspaper photographers get one, maybe two images per story. Soundslides gave me the freedom to use enough images to tell a story. All I had to do was to learn how to capture sound. Microphones, minidisk recorders, lights, radios, more microphones and then... A video camera. It was a revelation. I received much recognition for my innovation of multimedia in local news, being one of the first in the UK to start using audio with photographs and a pioneer in video for local newspapers. Favourably mentioned by Pointer, on Hold the Front Page
, in the Guardian. I Produced a first for local newspapers with a live video broadcast during the 2007 snowstorms. Subsequently broadcast live from several election hustings.
I was delighted to be invited to join Metropolis Publishing
in Jan12 to satisfy the increasing demand for multimedia content on the companies 20 publications websites and to provide a service to editors and advertisers, delivering a bespoke video and stills production service. I’m responsible for delivering professional video projects for internal and external websites from initial project conception, planning and client liaison through to shooting with high end Sony cameras DSLR’s and editing with Final Cut X / Apple Motion. I create high quality short pieces and have been receiving excellent feedback from both external and in house customers. I have developed my role to coach and mentoring print journalists in presenting, interviewing skills on camera, shoot preparation and script writing.
I continue to enhance my knowledge of all types of story telling and editing through research, study, networking, attending workshops, shadowing BBC cameraman
Metropolis is a great place. Inspiring colleagues who want to grow and develop into being the best we can be. Its great and I pretty much love every day.