In August I was contacted by the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, the South East region of Wales’ NHS service, and commissioned to shoot portraits of the Value-Based Health Care team as part of an awards submission for recognised great service. The team support and rehabilitate patients who suffer with serious, often life-threatening heart conditions and nurse them back to health with the use of data visualisations to track progress.

After the COVID-19 pandemic and the monumental effort nationwide from the NHS, I jumped at the chance to shine a bit of a spotlight (quite literally) on some of the staff who all play an unsung part in helping people. Everyone was fun and bubbly, and very accomodating and I was grateful to have the chance to work with some lovely ladies who heroically put up with my dry humour and naff jokes. Job done!

EDIT: ** I’ve since learned that the team have now been shortlisted into the final for the awards and will attend a ceremony in Cardiff next month to find out whether they’ve won. Sending luck and best wishes to everyone!

NHS nurse stood in a blue scrubs smiling in a hospital corridor
NHS nurse stood in green scrubs smiling in a hospital corridor
NHS nurse stood in blue scrubs smiling in a hospital corridor
NHS nurse stood in blue scrubs smiling in a hospital corridor
Black and white shot of NHS nurses stood in a group smiling

I was recently commissioned to capture portraits for Monmouthshire County Council’s newly elected Cabinet after a change of administration following the local elections back in May. It sees the Council change from a Conservative Cabinet to a Labour Cabinet, led by Monmouthshire’s first female Leader Mary Ann Brocklesby.

The brief required me to capture the new Caninet members in the wards for which they were elected and the shots needed to be relaxed and welcoming – nothing too formal. Natural lighting and simple was the name of the game

Everyone was extremely accomodating on the day of their shoot and I was able to quickly grab the shots with ease. Thank you to each of them for puttin gup with my rubbish jokes!

Smiling lady stood atop a hill overlooking rural countryside on a glorious sunny day
Council Leader Mary Ann Brocklesby
Deputy Council Leader Paul Griffiths stands in front of River Wye bridge in Chepstow
Deputy Leader Paul Griffiths
Female county councillor stood smiling happily in a castle courtyard
Cllr Rachel Garrick
Female councillor in a blue bloise stood in front of pond smiling
Cllr Catrin Maby
Jolly looking male councillor stands smiling in front of a school
Cllr Martyn Groucutt
Councillor stood in suit with red necklace smiles
Cllr Catherine Fookes
Friendly male councillor stood in front of orange flowers smiling to the camera in the grounds of Mardy Park
Cllr Tudor Thomas
Smiling female councillor in floral shirt stood in the grounds of Abergavenny castle
Cllr Sara Burch

In July I was recruited by local folkrock band Rusty Shackle to film their new music video for upcoming single release ‘The Devil’s Pulpit’ as part of a promotion cycle for their latest album Under a Bloodshot Moon. The demand for my film abilities seems to be increasing, and I was eager to jump at the opportunity to work with such a talented band.

Filmed around various locations around Tintern, the Wye Valley and other rural areas around Monmouthshire; the song refers to the temptations offered by the Devil and the band were keen to visiually reflect the legend of The Devil’s Pulpit, a ‘sacred’ spot up in the cliffs above Tintern Abbey.

The video was co-directed between Scott Mackeon and myself and filmed over three different days in order to capture various narrative strands within the plot. As collborative efforts go, this was up there with one of the most creative and enthusiastic that I’ve had the pleasure of working on. Watching the boys rehearse the dance routine has to be one of the most entertaing things I’ve seen in a while!

Thanks to the guys for putting their faith in me.

Some of my favourite shots, behind the scenes candid snaps and final cut below:

The final cut of The Devil’s Pulpit

Selected frames taken from The Devil's Pulpit video
Selected frames taken from The Devil's Pulpit video
Selected frames taken from The Devil's Pulpit video
Selected frames taken from The Devil's Pulpit video
Black and white behind the scnese shot of Rusty Shackle practicing a dance routine
Dance routine practice
Rusty Shackle stood atop the Devil's Pulpit Tintern after the first day of filming
The end of filming day #1

Check out Under a Bloodshot Moon on streaming services or order from the band’s website. You won’t be disappointed.

What a crazy one this was! In June 2022 I entered a competition to win a commission shooting a marketing project for FOR Cardiff to promote all of the shopping arcades around Cardiff city centre. All that was required was to take an abstract photograph that captured the energy and vibrancy of Cardiff. The competition was open to anyone of any ability, and could simply be taken on a phone. Not expecting to win, I entered with the intention of a free bit of publicity and marketing exposure to a broader audience.

Three weeks later and before I knew it, my phone started going bananas with alerts and messages notifying me that I’d been shortlisted into the top five after 600+ submissions. I was contacted by the organisers and asked to write a short piece about the image (which was actually taken 3 years previously – see below!).

After a lot of love and support, my image was eventually voted the favourite and I won the commission. Two weeks later and I’d received the project brief and the final images were delivered shortly after, much to the satisfaction of FOR Cardiff. Below is a small selection of snaps that were captured during the shoot. Thank you to Emma and the team for the brief and for having me a long for the ride!

You’ve got to be in it to win it!

Cardiff Castle with Castle Street opposite, reflected in a passing bus
The winning submission
A brief rationale and explanation of the winning photograph on a red background, in keeping with the TDI branding
The story behind the photograph

Some of the final images delivered for the commission:

The front of High Street Arcade in Cardiff with people walking past
Candid shot of a barber cutting a clients' hair with client's face reflected in a mirror
Exterior shot of people sat outisde of Castle Arcade in Cardiff
Tall portrait image of a busy Morgan Arcade with colourful flags draped from the roof with people shopping below
Abstract shot of the Morgan Arcade sign taken through some greenery, giving a sense of depth
Two female friends sat at a table in Morgan Arcade in black and white
Friendly female manager of the Talking Shop stood smiling inside of Castle Arcade
Portrait of a female barista making a coffee, backlit by a warm yellow sign

In March I was approached by HYPE Collective marketing agency and asked to snap some staff portraits at their HQ at London Bridge. They were looking for informal, relaxed headshots that captured the personality of each individual. The shots also needed to be simple, with minimal lighting and easily replicable in the future.

Happy woman tiltiing head towards the camera during a studio shoot
Black and white candid portrait of a man looking away from the camera during a studio shoot

I was allocated a small space in the team’s open plan studio and so opted for a single strobe setup, with a 90cm octobox with the subjects sat on a stool two feet in front of an old brick wall. I also decided to shoot tethered so each person could review their shots after shooting, this allowed them to rate their favourite shots on a laptop, which gives them ultimate choice of their preferred portraits and also helps speed up the editing process later down the line.

We only had an hour to shoot, so it was quite fast paced and therefore crucial to maintain a relaxed environment in order to get the best out of each person. Plenty of chat and cheesey jokes, followed by a short burst of shooting and then a few remaining minutes of review time. As always, I’d rather spend more time chatting and engaging with my subject and minimal time shooting. Building instant relationships is always the fastest route to great portraits!

Thanks to HYPE for having me, it was short and sweet!

Young woman woman smiling to the camera during a studio shoot
Black and white portrait of young woman looking a way from the camera in playful, shy manner
Tall man sat on stool smiling to the camera during a studio shoot
Black and white close up of woman smiling to the camera during a studio shoot
Smiling woman staring into to the camera during a studio shoot
A blonde woman with zebra striped dress smiling to the camera during a studio shoot
Happy looking woman smiling to the camera during a studio shoot

In early April I spent the morning with Chloé from Gourmet Gatherings, a local foraging business. She specialises in guided foraging excursions around the local landscape, as well as supplying ingredients to local restraunts and distilleries. She invited me along to capture her in action as she led a group of customers around the Severn Estuary – my old stomping ground.

Local forager, Chloe, mid tour with her customers

After discussing things with Chloé prior to the tour, we wanted to capture the essence of what she does and how she brings her clients into her world. It was important to visually respresent her passion for nature and the environment and to really provide customers with a hands-on experience of foraging. Safe to say all of her guests; children and adults; were engaged and enthralled during their tour and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. Hats off to Chloé, she was incredibly knowledgable and fantastic at involving everyone in the group and had a really warm demenour with people.

It was a pleasure being able to tag along and despite needing to concentrate on the task at hand, I was surprised how much I learned about an area I’ve lived in for most of my life. I’m also happy with the shots I came away with and was pleased to hear Chloé felt the same.

If you’re interested in foraging, Chloé is your perfect guide and I’d highly recommend visiting her website for more information and book onto a tour.

**UPDATE**

It was nice to receive a message from Chloé to say that some of my images had been selected by The Guardian for a spotlight article they ran on Gourmet Gatherings!

Close up of a lady's hand inspecting a white plant
Lady with rambling stick crouched down about to pick some grass
Close up of a very young girl holding a herb up to her nose
Shot of lady taken through foliage as she points out something in a tree
Aerial shot of a foraging basket full of foliage
Candid shot of girl crouched down inspecting a flower
Father stood with you ng daughter holding a plant and smelling his fingers
Wide shot of foraging tour group stood listening to their guide

March 2022 has been a bit of bleak month for global events. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sent shockwaves around the world and illustrates just how cruel a species we can be. Many stand by feeling utterly helpless, wishing they could do more to ease the suffering of those across in Ukraine as the bullets continue to fly. Ironically, horrific events such as this often show the worst and best of our civilisation and, despite the dark days, there’s always a glimour of light that provides hope that we are not beyond compassion and love for our fellow man.

On the March the 13th my family and I attended a rally of support outside the Westgate Hotel in Newport town centre as a statement of solidarity for the families in Ukraine. It wasn’t much; a modest turnout of about 250 people, but it was a way to feel like we were doing something ot help. Even if that just meant waving flags and making small donations into buckets carried by young local children.

Young Ukrainian girls with flowery head bands collecting money


Newport is not always know for being the most, uhhhhhh, desirable place but it was incredibly uplifting to see such a diverse group of people showing up to show their love and offer refuge. It was a moving display of solidarity and equally powerful reminder that no matter our age, race, gender or occupation, we’re all human and we’re capable of amazing things when we combine positive energy with love and a desire to do good.

Of course, with such a poignantly powerful event, I had to discreetly capture what may well go on to become part of an extremely important moment in global history.

#NewportStandsWithUkraine

A middle aged man holding up a sign offering accomodation to refugees
Group of supporters holding up signs in black and white
A group of people with a man in the foreground holding up a blue and yellow flag
A sad looking man in a face mask stood holding a Ukrainian flag
A little girl stands holding a Ukrainian flag while her mother crouches proudly behind
Black and white close up of a sign reading "I'd like to offer what I can"
A sad looking lady with her head bowed and eyes closed
A woman stands defiantly holding a sign reading "We support Ukraine"
A man obscures his face with a sign reading "Shame on you Priti Patel"
An anonymous image of a young blonde girl with her back to the camera holding a blue and yellow flag
A black and white portrait of a lady holding up a painting of Welsh and Ukrainain flags together with a Welsh message written on it

If you’d like to make a donation of support to the people of Ukraine, you can visit: https://www.dec.org.uk/ to make a payment. Alternatively, if you’d like to offer your home as sanctuary to Ukrainian families then visit: https://gov.wales/ukraine-support-people-affected

SHE SAID YES!

(Thank God, or I wouldn’ be writing this, right?!)

As I’ve said countless times before, the two things I love most about photography are the people you meet and the moments you get to freeze in time. This one ticked both those boxes, and what a moment it was. Tissues at the ready!

I’d been contacted by Steph through WhatsApp via referral in early January. She’d planned to propose to her girlfriend and wanted the moment captured. Steph doesn’t use any form of social media, had no experience of how to go about booking a photographer or the costs involved. Nor had she ever heard of me or seen any of my work.

I was immediately excited at the prospect of shooting my first ever marriage proposal and the challenges and uncertainty that could come with it. I jumped at the chance to make a great first impression. After sending examples of my work and spending some time chatting on the phone, Steph quickly decided to recruit my services and we began scheming.

Her plan was to take her partner Chloe to a secluded spot on a cliff in Barry, the same spot as their first date. Their families would be stood across the bay holding up a giant sign which Chloe would need to read with the help of binoculars, only to turn around and find Steph down on one knee – ready to pop the big question. I’d be stood on the cliff posing as a tourist taking scenic shots of the bay, so as not to rouse suspicion, until the time came to swoop in and capture Chloe’s reaction. Easy, right? No pressure.

Easy? No.

Pressure? Yes.

Room for error? Massive.

Exciting? Hell yeah!

Over the coming weeks we worked out a plan of action and I met with Steph on location so that we knew exactly what we were looking at in order to pull it all off. I guess the elephant in the room was the question: even if we managed to get everything to go to plan, would Chloe say ‘yes’ when the time came? In all credit to Steph, she never doubted for a second that Chloe would happily accept, and thank God for that or this story may have ended up going a completely different way!

All was set until the week leading up to the big day when I suddenly received a text from Steph saying that her and Chloe had both tested positive for COVID-19 and that the whole thing would have to be postponed until they were out of isolation. Bummer! We began trying to re-arrange things to the following week, assuming they’d both be testing negative by then (and feeling well) and we spent the week exchanging messages. Remember, all of this was in secret so I still don’t know how she managed to not alert Chloe to what was coming. After a few set backs, we managed to reschedule.

When the day finally came and it was game time, I arrived in Barry half an hour before the couple were due to arrive to find the wind down on the coast was unreal (as you can tell by the hair in some of the shots below). I walked out onto the peninsula ready to man my station, took my phone out to check the time and WHOOSH! It was whipped clean out of my hand and blown onto the grass. I knew what was coming – there was absolutely no chance that the family waiting across the bay were going to be able to hold up a giant cardboard sign in those conditions. I spent the next 20 minutes huddled behind a bush (with no shortage of funny looks from passers by), as close as I dared.

They turned up right on cue, and I could immediately tell that Chloe was struggling to spot the sign and Steph was going to need to think on her feet. ADRENALINE! Nevermind how she was feeling, my stomach was doing somersaults! I rarely get nervous for shoots these days, but I really wanted to get this one right.

The second I saw her drop to one knee it was suddenly GO GO GO! I rushed over and began snapping Chloe’s reaction. It was perfect! The confusion, the disbelief, the joy, the love and even the “Why is there a strange guy with a camera taking pictures of me?” – it was all there, and I managed to capture every moment. There’s no better feeling than knowing you’ve got ‘the shot’ and you’ve done your job.

Of course she said yes! Never a doubt.

I can’t thank Steph enough for taking a chance on me and I’m so pleased Chloe accepted. They both seem so happy together. Congratulations both, and thank you!

THIS is what photography is about.

Newly engaged woman sharing a kiss in the wind on top of a cliff
Couple sat happily on a bench with the sea behind them
Newly engaged couple stood on beach with happy family
Girl happily lifting her fiancé into air in black and white




This shoot was almost a year in the making! Meg, the singer and band leader from the recently branded Idle Minds (formally known as SouthBound), emailed me over a year ago after the original COVID-19 lockdown to try and organise a shoot. They’d recently had a member leave the fold and wanted a fresh batch of promos to portray the bands’ image going forward. Meg is a photographer herself (shout-out!) and had a clear idea of what she wanted which included the band smartly dressed juxtaposed with a rough, overgrown backdrop. We’d been in conversation for some time but due to the global-event-that-shall-not-be-named and people’s availability, it took a long time to put plans into action.

Band stood beneath decommissioned mineshaft on a cold autumn morning


We’d toyed about with a few ideas but eventually settled on utilising the industrial vibe of Newbridge and its surrounding areas as a location and as luck would have it, by the time we got round to actually shooting, winter had come around and we were treated to a beautiful crisp morning (bit of an understatement – it was bloody freezing) with lots of light and autumnal colours which provided a rusty quality to the style of the shoot.

I lit some of the earlier shots with a softbox to add a consitent feel across the images. I’m normally one to remove a lot of colour saturation from my work but with this I wanted to keep that orangey rust-like tone, whilst removing a lot of blue hues from the sky so that the skin tones and landscape had colour priority.

Despite the moody aesthetic that seems to ever creep into my work, the band themselves were incredibly easy to work with and not ones to take themselves too seriously. These are always the best kind of people to work with and help you to feel like they trust you without trying to micromanage the session. In fact we joked it could have easily been a promotional shoot for a new estate agent company rather than a band.

It was great to finally get around to making things happen and all the waiting and planning eventualy worked out for the best. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Idle Minds. Cheers guys!

Band members stood in abandoned mining field with mineshaft in the background
Moody black and white shot of group with high contrast shadows

Continuing on from the success of the Gwent Doorstep campaign, I was contacted by the Swansea division of Foster Wales to shoot more images of local carers on their doorstep to further highlight the diversity of the organisation.

In a similar fashion to the Gwent campaign, I spent a few days down in Swansea travelling between the homes of various carers and hearing their stories and reasons for why they decided to support young people in need. As always, it proved an enlightening and inspiring project and I’m grateful for their honesty and warm nature which helped me to capture their portraits in a relaxed and unimposing manner.

Relaxed man stood with hands in his pockets outside of his home

The main challenge with this shoot was working around the declining weather and the shorter window of day light. Winter days in Swansea aren’t always the most visually attractive and I was ever mindful when planning for travel time and introductions. I’d debated bringing my lighting rig but ultimately decided against in the name of consistency with previous shoots, and the time it would save should I need to shoot in wet conditions.

Fortunately the weather held out when we needed it to!

Married couple stood on driving holding their dog and smiling

Thank you to Foster Wales for once again recruiting my services and giving me the opportunity to work some wonderful, selfless people who help change children’s lives. You can view a few examples from the campaign below.

If you think you can make a difference to a child’s life and have the capacity inside your home to accomodate them, why not contact Foster Wales for an informal chat or more information. You’d be surprised how many people are perfectly suited to foster.

Happy couple sat smiling on doorstep
Relaxed woman stood with hand on hips in front of her front door
Older couple stood smiling in front of their home