After finishing High School I went to Art College to do a Certificate in Photography but I was frustrated with the slow speed of learning and huge amount of spare time through the week, so I left before completing my certificate when offered a job in a photographic business with a retail store and studio. I began with retail sales, and then weddings and portraiture, and was happy to be busy, productive, and learning. I still do believe that photography should be an apprenticeship based course.
Not long after I started in the photographic store, and with some experience and confidence under my belt I started working for myself from home. A little local advertising and winning over 30 local photographic competitions over a few years landed me with solid clients – the local council, newspapers, real estates, as well as weddings on the weekends – I was on call 24/7 and busy.