Hi, and welcome to my website, my name's Paul. I'm available freelance, as an events or Wedding Photographer. I also have a huge variety of prints available to buy online. mainly from the underwater world.
I now use a Nikon D7200 dSLR, which amongst other places, I take underwater in a Nauticam professional aluminium machined housing with up to 3 powerful strobes
I've been hired by magazine publishing companies on behalf of their clients, and had articles and images published in magazines.
I've a passion for capturing subjects in the best way I can find possible, the majority of time I shoot in manual mode to achieve the best settings in my opinion for whatever comes along my path next. I also love to write about my adventures to assist the images in telling a story, this helps encourage others to join in and mainly share the wonders of our oceans.
Shooting underwater is one of the most challenging and least popular fortés in photography. We have to shoot through a medium, being water, that also contains particles, we have to take steps to eliminate the water and particles from our subjects, we also lose light the deeper we go, so we have to replace this as we go at varied intensities. With all this to consider underwater, land photography comes naturally, and my passion bounces onto the event photography work, which I, so much, love to do.
To support my passion, I work as a CAD Engineer modelling ships.
I’m originally from the north west of England, now living just north of Portsmouth. I started diving in 1998, at the same time I started working freelance. In 2002 I bought my first digital camera and underwater housing. I established Scubysnaps in 2005. I've dived in several locations in the Maldives, Indonesia, Caribbean, Red Sea, Thailand, and of course the UK. As a PADI Divemaster, I've tried to work part time as one, but unfortunately found I have very little time available to give it my all. I also have my PADI self reliant diver, and SDI solo diver cert. I have my HSE medical and CRB cleared.
I am not much of a fan of entering photography competitions, but I have dabbled a bit and managed to achieve the finalist stage in the British Natural History Museum Wildlife Photography Competition of 2011......saying that, in October 2012 I decided to enter the British Society of Underwater Photographers Best Beginner Portfolio 2012, and won 1st place.
Earlier in 2012 I achieved a distinction in a Photography Diploma, covering a vast range in different areas of photography, not including underwater.
Thank you for reading this, please visit my "about scubysnaps" page to find out more about my award winning images!