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Growing up in the idyllic Cotswolds, I have been immersed in the beauty of nature.
From a very young age I have been fascinated by wildlife. When I was 3 years old I had a bird poster in my room with various garden birds on it. I quickly memorised all their names and could identify them when out and about. I took a particular interest corvids. Their intelligence and large size fascinated me. The colourful jay became my favourite bird despite having never seen one.
I would often go for walks upon local hills such as Painswick Beacon with my family. The rolling hills which stretched for miles always wowed me. One hill in particular, Rodborough Common I always enjoyed as after we had been on a long walk we would stop at the top and have a Winstones ice cream, which remains my favourite.
Going to junior school I would often stare out the window and watch the pied wagtails on the playground and the crows investigating the rubbish bins. I particularly enjoyed subjects such as geography and science, learning about the natural world. With my friends, we would often go to local parks and explore and climb trees.
I had a great interest in insects. When I was around 7, I was given a bug-catcher. It was great! Going out catching insects from bushes and grasses, staring at them and seeing the diversity. We had bird feeders in the garden and I would happily sit and watch them for hours.
At the age of 11 I bought my first camera. Having been to the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ exhibition I was amazed by how incredible the images were. I soon decided that a career in wildlife photography would be my ambition. My passion for wildlife grew and grew. I would take pictures of everything and I became obsessed with trying to photograph the more elusive species such as deer. My passion for photography soon spread to filmmaking.
From then on my passion kept on growing along with my camera kit. Photographing wildlife taught me many things such as animal tracking and understanding animal behaviour. Studying subjects such as biodiversity and ecology fuelled my interest in nature. Every subject I took was chosen to best suit me for a career in wildlife filmmaking.
I now have a degree in Wildlife Media (BA Hons) from the University of Cumbria. Cumbria has allowed me to explore some incredible habitats; wild forests, lakes, rivers and mountains. One of my favourite places to film is along the River Caldew, just outside of Carlisle. The river holds host to a wealth of wildlife.
Wildlife filmmaking allows me to express my passion of wildlife through media and hopefully others will be inspired by my work. I aspire to become an internationally renowned filmmaker and be able to travel to a wide range of habitats across the globe. Wildlife is a very important part of my life and I hope to inspire others to become passionate about nature too.
Who I’ve Worked With
Over the years I’ve worked for many individuals and organisations. I’ve worked with some amazing people and I hope to work with more in the future.
Here is a list of who I have worked for:
- Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
- Cumbria Wildlife Trust
- Cairngorms National Park
- Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT)
- Caerlaverock Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT)
- Speyside Wildlife
- Eden Rivers Trust
- English Heritage
- Friendly Access
- Eden Mill
- Urban Attack
- Airfield Anarchy
- No Ego Challenge
- Superhero Foundation
- ACP Festival
- Hattie Briggs
- Dan Vickers
- James Patrick Richards (JPR)
- AIW Cricket Club
- David Conlon