I'm a freelance photographer, specializing in music photography.

I’ve enjoyed music all my life and when I went to study in Cardiff, I started to attend gigs and found that live music was so much more. You feel the music as well as hear it, and watching the performance just gives the music an extra dimension. I went to many gigs in my early twenties.

In 2006 I was given the opportunity to photograph from the pit at The Cornbury Music Festival. I combined two of my favorite things and through networking with bands, promoters and artist managers, I’ve had access to take photos at festivals and gigs every year since.

What I like about shooting from the pit and the three song rule, is you have fifteen minute to work out the light, what the band might do and who is the most dynamic or photogenic. It’s anticipating what’s going to happen next and trying to capture the essence of that performance in one image.

I’m looking forward to shooting more music this year, and capturing more of those decisive moments.


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