A bit about me

I’m Owen, a Glaswegian in London, and I’ve been photographing people being themselves since 2007 – that’s a lot of happy faces! I love candid, documentary photography and making photos that remind you exactly what it felt like to be there, capturing all the moments you remember and plenty you missed, so you’ll always have a record of you, your family and friends as you really are when you get together.

Or as Don Draper might put it, “Owen’s photos make your memories last forever…” *

I also find writing about myself for my About Me page incredibly awkward, it’s much easier in person! They say you can avoid this by writing about yourself in the third person, which has the extra benefit of adding ‘authority’, but as Owen finds talking about himself in the third person incredibly cringy (even this sentence is making him shudder), he decided to go with the whole Dating Profile approach instead, so here’s a whole bunch of things you might want to know about him, and probably a few things you’d never have asked in a million years:

Me in a nutshell: tall, Scottish, friendly, creative, sourdough-baking, chilli-growing, bike-riding, Italy-loving kind of guy with a dry sense of humour and impeccable taste (of course).

Favourite TV, movies, and music: (a non-exhaustive list and ever-growing list, in no particular order) Alan Partridge, LOST, Fringe, Twin Peaks, Brass Eye, The Americans, Fargo, Shaun of the Dead, Star Wars, Blade Runner, Moon, The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, Toy Story, Goodfellas, The Parallax View, Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Orbital, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Brandt Brauer Frick, OK Go, Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Jurassic 5… Maybe I should just have put ‘eclectic’.

Favourite feast: Craft beer and pizza! I’m a big fan of American pale ale style beers, such Brewdog and Beavertown, and when it comes to pizza there’s definitely a time and a place for a big fat greasy Dominos/Papa Johns style, but I’m usually much more of a wood-oven-fired Firezza/Franco Manca kind of guy. Or, I’ll grab some of my own dough from the freezer and drown it in pepperoni, jalapeños and those amazing Crespo dry black olives

Favourite place on the planet: I’ve not had chance to see as much of the planet as I’d like, but I’m always happy with some sunshine, some sand, some relative solitude, and the sound of lapping waves. Or up a hillside anywhere in Italy…

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’re prepared to admit on your professional website? That I still own my childhood teddy bear, kept safe in a box in the top of my wardrobe, and that sometimes I take him out for some fresh air and daylight and a nice cup of tea. Yes, I’m a fully grown adult whose inner child not-so-secretly wishes Toy Story was real, and I’m not afraid to admit it!

* Disclaimer: Don Draper is not a real person, and as such he didn’t really write that slogan for me, I did. It’s a bit too cheesy for me to actually use, but I think it’s pretty accurate all the same!