Hi, I’m Bob the Tog
If this Bio was on a different photographer’s site it would say something about being trained by the gods of photography and my life-long dream was always to create the most perfect image which I will do on all of your projects. The thing is…. none of it would be true.
I didn’t train at college, I didn’t start taking photographs until I was in my late 20’s and to be honest in the start of my photography career, I was a bit of a blagger. I found out I enjoyed taking pictures and started to combine this with other things I loved or did on a regular basis. I took shots at gigs and when I went to some sporting event I took my camera and took pictures.
After a very short while I got quite good apparently. People started wanting to use my photos on websites, in newspapers, magazines and on myspace so I thought about taking it to the next level.
I setup my own events company and joined a news picture agency and then it all grew from there. This was the start of a very sharp learning curve.
Within a week I was out photographing football and learning about deadlines, captioning photos, metadata etc. which was all news to me at the time, and after a short while I started to get into what I love the most. Music.
I’ve now been doing music photography for press for around 4 years and have recently been awarded with an award for best Scottish music photo of the year by none other than the great Harry Benson. Not bad for a guy with no training.
My work is mostly done on a No-win-no-fee commission basis. I’ve had work appear in the Daily Record, Sunday Mail, Sunday Times, NME, the Mirror, the Sun, the Courier, Horse Magazine, SNE and probably some others that I don’t know about and haven’t paid me. (oooooo…check me! )
I still love the local stuff though, so if you are a local sports star or up and coming band, give me a shout. I’ll come along and photograph you. If you don’t like the shots you don’t pay, simple as that, I’m not a pushy businessman, I just love to take photos.
See you soon