My Catalan mother and English father encouraged me to be whatever I wanted in life, and inspired me with their cultural differences to be fascinated by people. I love what I do and I love watching the way people talk and interact with each other, and most of my photography is about trying to capture those emotions. Communication and relaxation define my style – they’re the tools I use to get something authentic from my subjects. I’m constantly seeking honesty, personalities and stories, and it’s my intrigue in people that helps me achieve those moments. When I shoot I’m not just trying to create something, I’m studying the way people behave, watching how they respond and using that understanding to get the best image in camera.
Making a natural moment often takes a large crew of people, which means you get to have have a hell of a lot of fun while you do it. I’m lucky enough to have a great team around me, who help me work at the pace that I want to work and create what I want to create. We shoot very loose and keep things relaxed, putting people into a space and just seeing what they do.
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Then press play to see a little film of me having fun on set…
PALACIO DE HIERRO
HONORARY DOCTORATE FOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE ARTS
PORTRAIT OF HUMANITY AWARD
THE ONE SHOW, GOLD PENCIL
LUERZERS ARCHIVE, BEST AD PHOTOGRAPHER
BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
PORTRAIT OF BRITAIN AWARD
PDN ONE LIFE PHOTO AWARD
NYX GOLD AWARD
INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY GOLD AWARD
AOP AWARD FOR FASHION & BEAUTY
PDN FACES BEST IN CATEGORY
MUSE AWARDS, BEST ADVERTISING SERIES
PDN PHOTO ANNUAL COMMENDATION
MUSE AWARDS, BEST AD PHOTOGRAPHER
AOP BEST IN CATEGORY, FASHION & BEAUTY
RANGEFINDER BEST PORTRAIT AWARD
PDN THE LOOK, BEST IN FASHION AWARD
RANGEFINDER, BEST MOVING IMAGE