FIRST JOB? For a few weeks I had a Saturday job in a video rental shop, my job was to put the returned boxes back on the shelves. It was really boring and the pay was terrible. I was quite relieved when they realised they didn't really need anyone to do the work.
FIRST RECORD YOU EVER BOUGHT? Prince Charming by Adam and the Ants. I remember going to Golden Disc in Southend and buying it with my birthday money when I was around 10 years old.
FIRST GIG? A-Ha at Hammersmith Odeon. My friends and I went on a coach from Southend.
WHAT'S THE STUPIDEST THING YOU DID AS A KID? I knocked my front teeth out playing on my little sister's tricycle. Thankfully it was my baby teeth so the adult ones grew in soon after.
DID YOU SIT AT THE BACK OR FRONT OF THE CLASS? All my classes were arranged alphabetically so I was always at the front. Front left to be precise.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? I wanted to be an architect but got put off by the amount of studying required. I still wish I'd done it though.
DO YOU KNOW ANYONE CALLED BOB? Yes, Bob's my uncle. Really, I have an uncle called Bob. He's my Godfather.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE STUCK IN A LIFT WITH? The Darkness. Specifically Dan Hawkins.
WHAT'S YOUR IDEAL NIGHT OUT? A nice meal followed by a loud, sweaty gig. Good food then lots of drinks, singing and dancing with friends. What could be better?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE DINOSAUR? Easy, a T-Rex. I love big monster movies and the Jurassic Park series is my absolute favourite. Basically if it's got a big monster in it (Godzilla, King Kong) I'm all for it.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE SANDWICH FILLING? It's really childish but fishfingers, with ketchup or mayo and lettuce.
WHAT'S YOUR MOST TREASURED POSSESSION? Would it be corny to say my camera? But I think it would have to be my camera. I don't honestly know what I'd do if I couldn't take photos.
WHAT HAVE YOU GOT IN YOUR POCKETS RIGHT NOW? My phone and the lens cap for my camera.
WHAT MUSIC WOULD YOU LIKE PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL? My Chemical Romance. I think Helena, The Black Parade or I'm Not Okay would work pretty well.
DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING? Lots. I used to collect cows and there are still quite a few of them around the house. I now collect vintage cameras (my favourite is in this picture), I pick them up at fairs and Ebay, none of them work so I get them very cheap. They have their own cabinet and look lovely behind glass.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK? Bombay Sapphire Gin with Tonic and Lime. I also love cocktails, my favs are a Mojito or Harvey Wallbanger.
WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS? To be an official photographer on an international tour.
Questions borrowed from various Smash Hits interviews from the 80s
On a serious note, I have been working in the industry since 2000; both as a photographer and a teacher. I have experience working in studio, location and live event environments. I have Public Liability Insurance, Professional Indemnity Insurance, an up-to-date DBS certificate, and fully vaccinated against Covid-19.