Professional Commercial and Fashion Photography in the North East
07785 342261

About Me

Tony showing photos to customers at a "black tie" ball

Tony showing photos to customers at a “black tie” ball

My start in photography was actually as a male model, for Mobo Toys. I started photography as a hobby using a box camera when still at school. Bitten by the “bug”, I used to do my own developing and printing in the cellar using a home-made enlarger adapted from a plate camera. I also mixed all my own chemicals. Later I was given my first 35mm camera – a Paxette. The most notable thing about this was that it had a built-in light meter. This was not one of the new fangled electronic ones – you looked through a viewfinder at numbers on a series of grey squares. The highest number you could see gave you a value you could look up to see what the exposure should be set to. This was never very successful, so I learnt to judge exposure and distances by looking at the light, and guessing the number of times I could lie down between myself and the subject. It may have been inconvenient, but it certainly gave me a very good understanding of the photographic process!

In about 1997, I bought my first film scanner, an A3 colour printer, a copy of Photoshop, and so entered the world of digital photography. Nowadays I use the latest digital equipment almost entirely, although I sometimes miss the excitement of seeing pictures gradually emerge on paper in the dim red light of a darkroom.

Tony's first photo shoot, aged 3

Tony’s first photo shoot, as a model, aged 3

One of my all-time favourite photographers was Henri Cartier-Bresson. He was a pioneer of the photo-journalistic and candid approach to picture taking. He applied the idea of a “decisive moment” when taking a picture. It is the special instant when the subject and the composition of the picture come together to record the essence of the moment. It may be the look on a child’s face when opening a present, the moment a motor-cyclist jumps through a lighted hoop, or simply a gesture or expression that is typical of a person. In my view, the ability to capture this moment is what separates good photographers from ordinary ones.

I have always enjoyed meeting people, and get a great deal of satisfaction from learning what makes people tick and trying to show this in a portrait. While there is little time to do this at a typical event, it takes skill and experience to make people relax and look natural – no-one wants to look like a scared rabbit caught in headlights!

When I turned my hobby into a profession, I decided to concentrate on doing the things I like most, and gave me the opportunity to follow this approach – event photography and portraiture. I also undertake commercial, weddings, and travel assignments.

When I’m not working, I may be singing (Jazz, Rock or Opera) or gigging with a bass guitar. Or I may just be taking photographs for fun.
You can also find out more here

Photographer for Wedding, Event, Portrait, Commercial and Fashion Photography in Northampton

Providing Pictures for Commercial and Fashion photography in Washington, Durham, Sunderland, Newcastle and the North East