Life for a photographer during Covid-19

My last shoot before lockdown was for The National Trust on 16th March. I spent a leisurely couple of hours photographing the peach blossom at Nuffield House, a home that once belonged to William Morris, founder of the Morris Motor Company.

Since the lockdown was enforced, a couple of shoots I was commissioned to do in February and March were published. Pernod Ricard UK commissioned me to photograph six women who work in the drinks industry to celebrate International Women’s Day. Here is Robyn Evans (below) from Genuine Liquorette, photographed at The Coal Office in Coal Drops Yard.

The April edition of Construction News Magazine used my portrait of Rick Willmott, CEO of Willmott Dixon for a feature on the man and his company.

During lockdown I have (like many others) been shooting close to my home. All sorts of still life images (in my home studio) as well as landscapes and a few portraits. Here are just three examples. A crushed Coke can found on the side of the road, the Deepdene Trail, and Plantsman John Winn tending to his tomatoes.


Photography is more than a job for me, and my passion for the craft is as vibrant now as it was when I started this journey 25 years ago. Whether it is a single image or a series, my aim is to tell a story.

I am known, and commissioned, for my ability to shoot portraits, landscapes, travel and automotive. I have photographed business leaders, environmentalists, rock stars, actors, authors, sportsmen and women, Hells Angels and politicians all around the world.

Before a shoot, I do as much research as I can and seek to make the experience collaborative. I always prepare and go with a plan, but I also remain ready to respond to whatever happens on the day. Key to my approach is connecting with the subject, art department or client on the day.

I have travelled to nearly 70 countries for clients ranging from Jaguar, Volvo, Polestar, Land Rover, De Beers, Ocado and British Airways. My work has been published in Campaign, Shortlist, The Guardian, BA High Life, New York Times, Management Today, The Telegraph, One Life and the London Olympics Official Programme, to name a few. I also have had two photographic books published. Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and Rockin’ (The Rockabilly Scene). I have had my work exhibited in galleries in the UK, North America and Europe.


I work for a variety of clients in a variety of sectors, meeting the challenges that are thrown my way.

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