I strive to create beautiful stories in an artistic, cinematic way.
I first started making films & taking photos when my parents bought me my first proper 'Bridge camera' back in 2009. Before then I had gone through a fair number of 'Point and shoot' cameras, but this bridge camera was the deal breaker! I fell in love with everything it gave me. It travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York to name a few, and I'm proud to say it withstood many sandy beaches, rain, bumps and scratches... and still works to this day! I have now passed it down to my partners 11 year old daughter who shares a passion for creating too. Awesome! Long live the Nikon P90.
That period in my life was more powerful than I ever realised at the time, I had found something I was truly passionate about and seemed to be fairly good at. Friends would often compliment my work which of course only spurred me on to create more. I then found my rhythm, and would always work hard to learn everything I could, try new things and constantly grow as a creator, be inspired and sometimes inspire others to follow their dreams too. It's safe to say, I am still learning every single day... I think as a creator in this industry there will never be an 'end point' to what you can learn. Technology and techniques are always changing, which is why I think I love it so much.
Fast forward 4 years and I have turned my 'on the side' job of Film making and Photography as a freelancer into my full time profession. I split my work load between shooting weddings here in the UK and abroad, and shooting corporate/promotional/brand content also here in the UK and abroad. I am also always open to new things and projects. I love the mix!
I am a Milton Keynes based self-shooting director, DoP, editor and Photographer.
I have had the pleasure and been very lucky to work with some great clients over the last few years, some of which can be seen in the list below.
I am experienced in working in challenging environments, working in a wide range of locations from the sweltering heat in Ghana, Africa to the mountains in Switzerland, in the pouring rain at a football match, construction sites in London to a grand venue for a wedding.
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Camera's: Canon 7D Mark ii, Canon 80D, Sony A7iii
Lenses: 10-22mm Canon, 16-35mm Sigma ART, Canon L series 24-70, Canon L series 100m Macro, Canon L series mrkii 70 - 200mm, Canon 50mm.
Lens variable ND filters.
Audio: RODE Video mic Pro Plus, RODE Video mic Pro, ZOOM H6, Tascam DR -10L Lapel Microphones.
Aerial: DJI Mavic Air
Steadycams/Tripods: Zhiyun Crane 1, Zhiyun Crane 2, Manfrotto Tripods and monopods
Neweer external flash + tripods/receiver.
A variety of Professional LED Lighting set up with diffusers
Mac user / Premiere Pro / Final Cut Pro / Lightroom CC/ Photoshop
Every good brand or organisation has a reason for why they do what they do. I'm passionate about ‘doing good’. It’s at the core of what F.J.West Films does and what it represents.
As often as I can, F.J.West Films aims to help raise awareness for causes I admire. I share their story through video and encourage others to support them by focusing on the positive stories that surround these organisations.
In March 2017 I travelled to Ghana in West Africa to help raise awareness for a registered charity - Akwaaba Volunteers. It was an inspiring week, I met some incredible people and witnessed the work they are doing to help brighten the future of the next generation in Ghana.
To find out more about volunteering and having an experience of a life time click the link below.
If you are a registered charity and would like to work together -
I would love to hear from you.