Craig grew up on the island of Guernsey with a whole menagerie of pets; gerbils, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish, birds, cats, a dog, 2 snakes, 2 water dragons and a chameleon! Though not all at once. His first ever job was at the Parrot House and Guernsey Bird Gardens, where he went on to become head keeper. Working there is where he ultimately found his passion for photography; he simply had to capture the beauty he saw in the birds he was working with.
When the Bird Gardens closed its doors, Craig started working as a full time photo-lab assistant and part-time photographer. It wasn’t long before he realised his passion for photography fit squarely with his love of animals. He started specialising his photography, only working with pets. This was a surprise to many people; “You’re a what photographer?” “Pet, oh OK then!”. Craig ganied plenty of experience working in the photographic industry too. He loved being in the lab during those final days of the mass consumer film processing market when it wasn’t uncommon to develop 500 films in a single day. Then transitioning to work in high end professional labs developing and printing images for some of the UK’s top photographers. Seeing the rise of popularity in digital cameras and talking about the latest technology in sales roles at camera stores. Craig’s knowledge of all sides of the photographic industry put him in a fortunate position which brings knowledge and great connections to Furtography
Craig has been working as a professional pet photographer since 2001, with dogs being his specialist subjects. In 2009 Craig left the beautiful island of Guernsey, where he grew up, to seek new adventures and opportunities on the other side of the world. Craig and his husband settled in Christchurch, New Zealand and Furtography was born.
It wasn’t long until Craig’s work started getting noticed for it’s colourful and charming portrayal of pets in their natural habitats, at the park, beach or relaxing at home. His images have featured in a variety of publications, including The Daily Mail, New Zealand Geographic and DPhoto magazine.
Craig has won dozens awards for his work in the past few years, and in 2018 was named the New Zealand Portrait Open Photographer of the Year at the prestigious Nikon/New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) Iris Awards. This was the first time in the 80 Year history of the NZIPP that a portrait award was won by a photographer whose subjects were not human. In 2018 Craig also won a trio of Australian APPA awards and a category prize in the internationally contested Dog Photographer of the Year Awards run by the British Kennel Club. The winning image was in the Assistance Dogs category and was of a New Zealand war veteran and his dog. An image he originally created for the Kotuku Foundation Assistance Animals Aotearoa, a charity he is an ambassador for. Rounding of a successful 2018, Craig was also named the Canterbury/Westland Regional Photographer of the Year by the NZIPP and went on to represent New Zealand in the 2019 World Photographic Cup along with several of the country’s top photographers.
Craig is a brand ambassador for Fujifilm New Zealand and loves using their cameras for their clash of old school design and cutting edge technology, as well as incredible image quality. For those who know a little bit about the technical side of things, Craig uses a medium format camera for the majority of his work, which gives his clients unparalleled image quality.
With fast-building interest from commercial brands to have Craig shoot various campaigns, he is now focussed on working with businesses to bring their dream images to life in bright and glorious technicolor. No commercial job is too big or too small, Craig enjoys working with a variety of clients from local dog walkers to multinational dog food brands and everything in between. He still loves to meet with private clients whenever possible to photograph their beloved furry family too.