As a child I was obsessed with sharks. I would enthusiastically read any book on the subject and watch documentaries about the ocean over and over again. Living in England, visits to the coast were rare and as I grew older, and started my own business, swimming with sharks seemed like a distant dream. It wasn't until I decide to finally learn to scuba dive while on holiday in 2007 that I realised how much I had been missing.
I was instantly addicted to visiting the underwater world and set about making plans to fulfil my lifelong ambition, to dive with Great White sharks! After purchasing a small underwater camera I set off to South Australia for a five day expedition with the legendary Rodney Fox.
Diving and Underwater Photography became my new addiction. I successfully juggled working in the UK with extensive periods of travel and diving and spent hours underwater focusing on improving my photography skills. A last minute entry into the British Society of Photographers annual portfolio contest in 2009 resulted in a completely unexpected win and provided me with the confidence I needed to approach people within the industry and promote my work.
For the last year I have been busy researching and learning all about the shark diving industry in preparation for the launch of a new conservation project, Shark Business. After so many magical marine life encounters I decided it was time to give something back and help fight against the depletion of sharks from our oceans. I believe that the best and most efficient way to do this is through sustainable shark ecotourism.
Photography also plays a vital role in marine conservation and I hope that my images of sharks and other marine life inspire others to experience for themselves the same thrill that I felt all those years ago in Australia.