“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved” - Ansel Adam
Who is Phil?
I am a 30 year old GIS Developer by day (Mappy/Geography stuff) and also happen to be a photographer! I’m based in Irvine, Ayrshire and I’ve lived here for the past 6 years with my wife Kirsty and our daughter, Eve. Despite my love of science and all things logical, my real passions lie in the arts and photography is where I let out my creative side.
I have been involved heavily in photography for over 12 years now, but I have always been interested in photographs since I was a young boy. My Dad had a Canon SLR and I loved the photographs it produced. 10 years ago, I purchased my own Canon 400D and since that point I haven’t been able to put the camera down! I am completely self taught; countless hours have been spent studying photography in my own time through books, magazines, Podcasts and most importantly, getting out there and practising! This has allowed me to develop my own style without external influence; bringing a unique, personal touch to my photography.
Since establishing my business four years ago, I've captured over 60 weddings across a variety of wedding venues throughout the UK and a large number of portrait sessions and events. My services can be booked as an individual but I also work alongside other photographers and photography students should you require more than one for your event or project. I specialise in landscape and urban photography; my work has been featured in Glasgow University’s Calendar (2008) and on their website as part of the main design. I have also photographed many bands playing live, family shoots, new born shots, sporting events and many other subjects throughout my photography experience to date.
Hobbies, interests & personality
I’m very outgoing and love to have fun, which comes across in my photography! Creating images that people will look back on to remember their experiences in years to come is what I find to be the most rewarding part of being a photographer.
In my spare time, I enjoy listening to an eclectic mix of music, playing guitar and singing, a variety of sports (mainly snowboarding and badminton) and spending time with family and friends.
2 x Nikon D810s
2 x Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Sigma 105mm f2.8 Macro EX DG OS HSM
3 Nikon Speedlight SB-910s
PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5, X and AC3 Zone controller system
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD Cards
Bowens Gemini 500R 5 head kit Studio Strobes
Lastolite Supports and Backdrops
Wescott & Bowens Umbrellas and Light Modifiers