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In 2020 and beyond I wanted to align myself with a charitable cause that would give something back to the world we live in. It was important for me to make a contribution and do my part to offset my environmental impact. To that end I have chosen to work with The National Forest. For every wedding I photograph in 2020 and beyond I will dedicate a tree to be planted in the name of the happy couple. This is both a perfect gift to the world and a lasting memory for my clients. 

For the last five years I have been donating my time and skillset to assisting WE. 
WE is an organisation that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world around them.
Their aim is to raise awareness and bring young people together. They empower these young people to be a force for change and encourage them to get involved in both local and international issues. 
To enable the charity to spread its message to a wider audience a series of concerts are organised in major cities around the world. The concerts are called WE DAYS and they attract amazing support. 
It has been my honour to work with this organisation as an event and backstage photographer since 2015. Photographing both the London and Los Angeles events is a wonderful experience that I look forward to every year. 
As one of the lead backstage photographers it has been a privilege to work for WE and photograph the special guests that attend the concerts including celebrities and members of the Royal family. 

My work with Operation Progress - Los Angeles, came in a moment of compete serendipity!  
Operation Progress (OP) is located in the Watts area of Southern LA. Where only 47% of the population have graduated from high school. Less than 3% have a university degree. This is an impoverished area plagued by violence, drugs, gangs and a lack of quality education. There is very little hope for the children to reach their full potential and sadly they grow up unprepared for adulthood. Inevitably the cycle of poverty is repeated again and again. OP supports 92 children with expanded learning programs, academic case management and mentors who are serving Los Angeles Police Officers. It has been my honour to meet these amazing children and take their photo on my trips to LA.
This wonderful organisation are working tirelessly to ensure that the children who grow up in this area do not become caught up in the negative aspects of it. With the work that OP and the LAPD mentors are doing, these kids will be able to receive an education and go on to have a bright future. 

I wanted to make sure that some of my charity work was within this industry that I am so passionate about. So in 2018 I listed myself as a supplier for Gift of a Wedding. 
This non profit organisation works with a number of venues and suppliers to provide a wedding to those who have a terminal or life shortening illness.
Everyone deserves their “happily ever after” and I am proud to be associated with people that work to make sure this happens.


In 2014 I accompanied a group of people cycling from Barcelona to Box Hill in Surrey, England. My job was to ride in the support vehicles and capture images as we travelled up through Spain, France and finally on to the UK.
The journey took seven days and the cyclists battled through wind, rain and injury to complete their challenge.
I captured some superb moments from the back, side and roof of our support vehicles, but most importantly the team raised £30,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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