Photo by Simon Watson Photography
In 2013 I decided to follow my dreams, but first let’s go back a bit!
Estate agency is my background and in 1985 after completing a two year full time 'Valuation and Estate Agency' national diploma course at Norwich City College I secured my first job as an office junior in Aylsham, Norfolk. After working for several years in corporate estate agency I was offered the chance in 1997 to run an independent business in North Walsham, which is where I remained until following that dream in 2013.
Self employment commenced in February that year as ‘John Newstead Home Inspector,’ the name reflecting my surveying qualification, which amongst other things, allows me to provide energy performance certificates (EPCs) for residential properties. But the dream was always to earn a living doing what I love – photography – and as I made new contacts, property photography rapidly became my main source of income, and it remains so today.
In November 2013 I received a call from my good friend Simon Watson, asking if I’d like to help him with a concert shoot in Norwich. 80’s band, Visage, had reformed and were playing their first gig at Epic Studios. This was the start of a photographic adventure which has lead Simon and I to music venues all around the UK, and to date we have photographed more than 150 bands. Since that time I have become an integral part of Simon’s business, Simon Watson Photography, assisting as a ‘second shooter’ at weddings and events. We have also been delighted to offer our services at several charity functions, including events hosted by Nelson’s Journey and Norwich City Football Club's Community Sports Foundation.
I live in North Walsham, Norfolk, with Lynne, my wife of 28 years, our cat Toby and Robin, our little dog. We have a grown up son, Tom, who lives in Beccles with his fiancée, Beth and our lovely little grandson, Alfie. When not taking photos professionally I enjoy taking photos (yes, it’s still my hobby,) playing lawn bowls in the summer and billiards during winter months; both these sports for our local club in North Walsham.