It all started when I was six years old and my grandmother gave me my first camera: a Kodak Instamatic. I was hooked, and soon I was dreaming of and saving up for a better camera. Every Saturday I cycled to the camera shop, drooling for hours over expensive lenses and gadgets.
Following my apprenticeship at a local newspaper, I worked for the Kentish Times before becoming senior staff photographer on the Coventry Telegraph. I liked it so much in the Midlands that I stayed! Five years later in 1996 I set up my own freelance photography business. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Photography isn’t just something I thought I would ‘have a go at’ later on in life – it is all I have ever wanted to do. Fortunately it turned out that I was rather good at it too.
With 32 years professional experience, I have photographed a wealth of amazing places and fascinating people. Most notably, I have twice been commissioned to photograph the Queen in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace.
My pictures have been used in national media. I have undertaken numerous shoots for advertising agencies and commercial organisations, and my pictures can be seen in the buildings and reports for many large blue chip companies. And having a pilot’s licence, my work extends to taking aerial shots for individual and commercial clients.
8 years as a press photographer have honed my skills in a journalistic style often known as ‘reportage wedding photography’. I can anticipate, react to and capture what others miss – those unplanned and unexpected moments where the subject may be quite unaware of the fact that they are being photographed.
The Next Chapter…
Formerly known as Martin, I am now Katie as I am a transgender woman. I have been transitioning very publicly and positively including doing many media interviews as a trans-ambassador in order to help others in the same position who may be struggling with it as well as educating the general public. I have been overwhelmed by the hundreds of messages of support from both my friends and my clients who have seen that I am exactly the same person I was before, with the same wealth of experience and the same people-skills – but far happier! For up-to-date news about my transition, please CLICK HERE to view my transition blog. As far as my work is concerned – it’s business as usual!