A Sheffield-based professional photographer, Chris has been capturing images for over 32 years, working as both a staff and freelance photographer to the local and national press, councils, as well as marketing and public relations clients.
Starting out in local government he spent the best part of 20 years capturing a variety of images for public sector use in various media including tourism, magazine, leaflets, posters, brochures, websites and personnel photography, eventually becoming the chief photographer for Sheffield City Council.
As his career grew, Chris began working at the Sheffield arena, where he was able to work with some of the biggest stars from the world of music. A great music lover Chris found a natural passion for the job and had the opportunity to work with an array of stars for over a decade.
He has gained the trust of some of the most famous and strongest willed celebrities from all areas of the industry, from Bowie to Pavarotti, Chris’ natural ability to bring out their often outgoing and extroverted personalities provided some great shots, some of which are still hanging in the arena to today.
It’s a job that’s taken him to some interesting places. From the top of tower blocks, to the bottom of graves, from helicopters overhead to coalmines down below, Chris has done it all. Having been freelance for over 14 years, he now specialises in Public Relations and Press photography working across many areas including business, sport, community news, landscape, features and portrait photography.
According to Chris, PR photography has many facets and experience is everything. Throughout the years he has cultivated strong relationships with many local and national picturedesks, PR agencies and Marketeers – producing high quality news, public relations, features, advertising and industrial photography for all editorial and web use.
A real Yorkshire character, some are startled by Chris’ somewhat eccentric personality, but as he explains it’s all part of the process of getting the perfect picture, “Some people think I joke around a lot on shoots but what they don’t realise is, I’m actually the most serious person there!” says Chris, “To me great photography means talking to your subject, putting them at ease and making them smile. In doing this you achieve natural, quality shots every time – and that’s what my service is all about.”
Biggest personal achievement – meeting the Queen and taking official pictures for Her visit to Sheffield.