I've always had a great love of photography, even before I knew I was interested in it. However, I haven't always been a photographer. Until 2005, I was a computer systems engineer working in the US, having moved there in the mid-nineties. Around the year 2000, I started to take an active interest in photography when I bought my first digital camera. By today's standards, it was pretty laughable, but the combination of art and gadgetry had me hooked.
In 2005, I moved back home to Ireland and took the leap into photography as a career. It was a big change, and a big risk. I owe the realization that it was possible to my mother who, battling with the initial onset of dementia, in a moment of lucidity told me quite firmly that I should do it. It's amazing how a mental roadblock can be broken down so simply, and I'm forever grateful to her for doing that for me.
I made the decision early on to not try and make a living from social photography (weddings, portraits etc.), as I found out pretty quickly that I didn't enjoy it. I had just left a career that I had grown to dislike and didn't want to make the same mistake again. Landscape photography was what I loved, and still do. It's the desire to pass on to others a little of what I feel when in nature at its most beautiful that makes me want to take photographs.
In 2007, I moved to rural West Cork and started running photography workshops. At first they were day-long one-to-one courses, then weekend group workshops and finally 7- and 10-day workshops around Cork and Kerry. Since then, I've led workshops all over the world - in Iceland, Scotland, Svalbard, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and the Antarctic. You might say I'm a cold-weather photographer! Some day I may add some warm destinations to the list, but the drama of these landscapes draws me back again and again.
In 2011, I opened a retail photography gallery in Killarney, Co. Kerry. As a photographer, nothing is better than other people enjoying your work, and while hard work, operating the gallery has been an intensely rewarding experience. In 2013, we expanded and the gallery is now run by an expert team who keep it running smoothly and me on my toes.
I love to teach and to pass on my knowledge and experience to other photographers. Whether you're a rank beginner looking for help with your first camera, or someone who's already expert and is looking for a fresh perspective, I'm here to help.
I have received a Fellowship from the Irish Professional Photographers’ Association (IPPA) and am a Qualified European Photographer of the Federation of European Photographers. My work has been featured in exhibitions as far flung as Japan, as well as on Irish television and abroad, and is hanging in hundreds of homes all around the globe.