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I'm a creative soul. My passions are Music and Visuals. I started off with an interest in photography and bought my first SLR camera at the age of 15. Did a photography course in Covent Garden, where I learned to develop film in darkroom in the basement on Shelton street, and encouraged a few friends to form a camera and film making club.
I also had a long held interest in music- One of my first memories was being in the studio with Aha as they made the demo of what would turn out to be the hits ' Take on me' and ' the sun always shine on TV'.
After leaving school I played on several records including what would be the first recording with the guys who would end up being the brand New heavies- the original line up of Diana Brown & The brothers, who later splintered off to become Diana Brown & Barrie K Sharp , and the Brand new Heavies.
I also worked with Double Trouble, helping out on their remixes, and witnessed Drum & Bass DJ/ Artist Goldie's first forays in the studio with my friends 4Hero, who had him under their wing at Reinforced records.
I got a major deal of my own at A&M Records part of Universal and was signed by the Chairman of Universal Nick Philips.
I worked with Eternal, Dina Carrol, Worlds Apart, Beverley Knight, and many others, and had songs on 2 US top 10 albums - selling over 1.5 million records. I also wrote singles, and tracks on albums for X factor , Idol and High School Musical, Dance tracks and songs in different genres.
After jumping on other people's vehicles for several years, I decided to drive my own- my artist project with Mooli.
It was through developing Mooli as an artist project that I rediscovered my love of photography and making videos.
Since then I have been commissioned to take pictures for Businesses, Events, Weddings and lots more besides.
Whatever I do creatively, I put my heart and soul into it, and I have a real passion for capturing the ' vibe' of the people on my photo shoots.
I would say that my first love is natural outdoor photography, but I also have access to a couple of great photographic studios in Central London.
My aim in doing this is not to bankrupt people. I aim to deliver great pictures at sensible prices.