I've always enjoyed photography and have had a camera for as long as I can remember. I'll never forget the sense of pride I felt when I won a Brownie competition with a photo of my sister with the seven sisters in the background (guess what I called it...!). When we went on family holidays, I may have forgotten my toothbrush and underwear but I would always have packed a couple of rolls of 36exp film for my point-and-shoot. I'm glad that I grew up in the days of film because I think that you learn an awful lot about composing photos carefully when you only have a limited number of chances to get it right.

My first digital camera was a chunky Sony Cybershot with a tiny screen that I bought from a friend. It may not have been the world's best camera, but it opened my eyes to the possibilities of digital capture and I was hooked. In 2008 I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to travel to Thailand with work and decided I needed a decent camera for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. I bought a Nikon D40 after trying my brother's and I loved it! I'd never had an SLR before but I was determined to learn how to use it properly so that I could take more creative control over my picture-making.

Since then it's been a constant stream of photo mags and web forums as I try to improve my technique and skill. In 2010 I upgraded to a Nikon D300s and splashed out on a very decent lens. However, it's not all about the equipment. I think you can be a great photographer whatever you use to capture your images. I don't pretend to be a great photographer, but I do take a lot of pleasure in capturing the beauty of the world around me. I hope you enjoy looking at my images as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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