I have been a professional photographer all my working life. I would describe myself as being a technical person as my main interests apart from photography are flying and motor sport. I have a Private Pilot’s Licence and a Gliding Instructor’s Rating. Although I am now retired, it gives me great satisfaction to put something back into this wonderful profession by helping others to become qualified with their Licentiateship. I thoroughly enjoy my role as a Mentor and it gives me a great feeling that the experience I have built up over the years can be used in this way.
I have always been interested in the history of photography and the changes that have taken place over the years. In my early professional career, I had to master the art of black & white developing and printing then adapt to colour once it became useable professionally. When digital appeared on the scene, it was a whole new exciting experience for me and one which I have embraced and enjoy. Apart from commissioned projects, I have always been passionate about people, landscape and street photography. I took my first photograph when I was eight and still love photography today.
22 Years as In-Plant Commercial Photographer @ John Haig & Co Ltd Distillers Markinch Fife in charge of all photography relating to the production, marketing and selling of Scotch Whisky. This included Advertising, Public Relations and Technical Projects.
22 Years as Proprietor/Photographer in own GP business specialising in Wedding, Portrait and Commercial work. City & Guilds Photographic Technicians Certificate.
City & Guilds Advanced Photographic Technicians Certificate.
Associateship of MPA Associateship of BIPP
2015 MPA Presidential Award for services to mentoring for Licentiateship
From The MPA
Mike has been a valued member of the Association for over 25 years, he has participated actively regionally and nationally during his time with the MPA. His dedication to mentoring our members and ensuring he is providing the absolute best service to those he mentors, is reflected in the 100% pass rate of candidates who have submitted for qualifications whilst under his guidance. Mike mentors members who are submitting for their Licentiate Panels in social photography.