Born and reared in rural North Northumberland, Andy has always been close to nature. Having been raised on or near farms, and with many members of his family employed in the agricultural industry, a career in a land based industry was inevitable. With an early interest in growing and exhibiting plants, horticulture was his chosen career path. He studied Glasshouse crops production at Hertfordshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture (Oaklands) in St.Albans, where he met his wife, Sylvia. After college, Sylvia was the first to be offered a job. This took them to Aberdeenshire, where they both fell in love with this part of the world.
After 10 years in this idyllic location, the unfortunate occurred, and Andy became ill with Fibromyalgia. He took up painting as a therapeutic past-time, using photographs as the basis for his paintings. Over time, he began taking his own photographs to use for his paintings. More and more he found that it was the photography that held his interest. In 2008 he purchased his first Canon DSLR camera, and has since spent as much time as his health would allow taking images and developing as a photographer.
Andy is self-taught photographer and enjoys taking full advantage of what nature has to offer in rural Aberdeenshire and beyond, whether for landscapes, flora and fauna, or as a back drop for portraits or portfolio work with local models. Because he is self taught he is prepared to try any genre of photography within his capabilities at least once.
He works primarily within the Aberdeenshire and Moray area, also visiting North Northumberland. He is currently offering a variety of photography services.
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