I grew up with my parents among the orchard and hop farms of
rural Kent. My mother is an art teacher and my father was an architect.
I’ve always been a visual person having been taught about composition,
texture and form in art from an early age. I was 12 when I first
experienced the magic of making photographs with a Patterson enlarger in
the bathroom. I’ll never forget the pungent aroma of the stop bath
chemicals. Two magical moments I am glad to have experienced at an early
age are peering at the processed film for the first time as it is
removed from the processing tank and watching the image form on the
photographic paper in the developer tray.
I’m inspired by beauty and as I have matured as a photographer
I’ve learned to see beauty in just about everyone and everywhere. It’s
not what I look at that matters to me it is what I see. I am always
converting the three dimensional scene in front of me into a two
dimensional image in my mind. The exhilarating visual experience I have
every moment of the day drives my passion for photography. I love
studying the work of other photographers to relive the excitement of
their captured moment.
I’m a self motivated guy with quite an entrepreneurial streak in
me. It’s been quite a journey from my days at the BBC where I trained
and worked as a cameraman and lighting director. 14 years of BBC life
taught me nothing about making money but everything about image making
that I could ever have dreamed of. The entrepreneurial skills came later
in life when I embarked on a lucrative career and teamed up with my
wife Julie as wedding photographers. Having a distinct style kept our
work at a premium level and we charged high fees accordingly. After 10
years and 400 weddings it was time to move on.
Cutting loose from weddings allowed me to follow my heart and
become a portrait and beauty photographer. I suppose I’m quite similar
in mind to Helmut Newton, obsessed with detail and excited by beautiful
people and places. I love to direct my subjects and take control. To
part fund the transition into portraiture I published my first book on wedding photography in 2007 and it went on to sell some 35,000 copies making it an instant best seller in it’s field. Next came my first art book called Chloe Jasmine Whichello. This has gone on to receive wonderful critical acclaim. More information about the book and signed copies at ‘cheaper than Amazon prices’ can be purchased here.
It took me until my early 30s to develop a maturity that enabled me to
direct my clients and models. Effective communication and the ability to
forge instant rapport are skills I learned quite late in life. Helping
other photographers achieve their goals has been a big highlight in my
recent years. My role in life has become to inspire and educate other
photographers through a sharing of knowledge, wisdom and passion.
A few other random facts about me…
I love people and I suppose women in particular. I love their
mannerisms, fashion, style and beauty. I love photographing women. I
also get a buzz from teaching. My favourite colour is green. It is the
signal colour for the start of spring and it reminds me of lying on the
ground in apple orchards as a child. I’m an evening person. I come alive
as the sun goes down, It’s when I like to party. I feel I have some
Latin spirit in me that just wants to party until dawn. I have my roots
firmly in the UK yet the climate is not how I like it. I’d like to live
1500km south of here in the Mediterranean region. Travel, photography
and adventure are my main motivators right now. I like to have at least
three international trips in the diary ahead of me.
Six things that I like…
- Youth – Vibrant, beautiful, effervescent, alive and broad-minded people excite me.
- Music – Rhythmic, mood enhancing and well structured music provides the sound track to my life.
- Sunlight – Sunlight uplifts me, it creates visual contrast and generates fabulous patterns of light.
- Food – Slow roasted lamb shanks with Dauphinoise potatoes and I suppose chocolate are my favourite foods.
- Drinks – Fine old world wines, beer and cappuccino are three of my life excesses.
- Connectivity – smart phones, and devices keep me connected via Twitter, my blog Prophotonut and Facebook.