Something I get asked a lot is about my harvest mouse photography and how I managed to capture them in the wild ..... "you must have some patience!"

Well yes, I do have some patience, and I do sometimes sit waiting for animals in the wild, and I love to be able to do this.

But I don't pretend to be a pure wildlife photographer.

I haven't yet had the opportunity or freedom to travel abroad to photograph animals, for example, on safari, and also for now, I have a full time job outside of photography.

But also it's because I don't want to be restricted. 

Why should  I have to pigeon-hole myself? Animals are still animals, where ever they are.

I love to show pictures of all sorts of creatures, and aspects and details of them that might be new to people. I just like beautiful photos, and I like to create images that are artistic and ones that people will like and that might be a bit different.

I'm always open about where my shots are taken.

My harvest mice photographs are taken with a friend who breeds them, and yes they are "staged" - but it still takes patience and skill to get good, interesting and sharp photographs of them.

It's still a privilege  to get near an animal and the beautiful thing about rescue animals is that often you can get close to them and spend time observing them in a way it would be hard to do in the wild. And more importantly, you're helping and supporting the charities that work with them

I've worked closely with a local hedgehog rescue centre to produce images for cards and a calendar, and shot at the British Wildlife Centre and Cats Survival Trust, the fees for which help support the work of the organisations.

I also shoot pets, horses and dogs.

From an animal - loving perspective, I'm not so keen on zoos, unless they have lots of room for the animals to roam, but  I'm realistic enough to know the better ones do essential conservation and protection work, and also education.

With the threat to the environment and species that now exists, the work of these sort of places are becoming more important. It's not perfect but perhaps captivity is better than starvation, poaching and extinction?

And for me, I get to see the more exotic animals myself.

Shooting at a zoo or similar venue isn't easy - often the opening hours mean you have to shoot in the middle of the day, and there are usually people. barricades and distractions in shot. But it's still possible to get an interesting, artistic or characterful image of a zoo animal.

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