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.
I live in North Walsham, Norfolk, with Lynne, my wife of 30 years, our cat Toby and Robin, our little dog. We have a grown up son, Tom and two wonderful grandchildren, Alfie aged 3 and 1 year old Evie.
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.