It proved to be some of the happiest days of my educational life - there was never a dull moment on the one-year course. My love for the profession deepened and after passing my exams, I was delighted to secure a trainee position at the Scarborough Evening News.
Working alongside a team of four other photographers, I was forced to up my game in order to cover the wide variety of subject matter on the coastal patch, and to temporarily change my camera brand in the form of the Nikon 1D. I loved every aspect of the job: the variety, the people I got to meet and the events I got to cover.
With 20 months experience under my belt I was keen to progress further and pursued a position at one of the country’s leading regional daily newspapers: The Northern Echo. Consequences on the day of my interview helped me secure the position - I literally sniffed out a story after smelling smoke en route to the office. It led me to a building fire and I leapt into action, taking pictures of the emergency services in action.
I spent 12 very happy years at the Echo - where I got to work on some incredible projects including the 2012 London Olympics and President George Bush’s visit to the North East in 2003 - before going freelance in 2015, giving me the freedom and opportunity to pursue an even wider variety of work.