Conventional wisdom says the ‘about’ page is my opportunity to tell you about myself.
The thing is, this site isn’t about me. It’s about the amazing artists I get to work with.
If I was forced to say something about myself, it would probably just be that I love music. In particular, music that’s built on a traditional foundation but then given a contemporary twist. Artists who make ‘traditional’ sound fresh. That’s the type of music I love to listen to.
Unsurprisingly, those are also the type of artists that I love to work with.
I like stuff that looks cool. I like the relationship between light and shadow. I like storytelling. I like simplicity.
But most of all I like making visual content that helps you sell tickets for shows.
Because as a musician, there really is nothing better than performing in rooms packed full with people who love you and your music. And if I can play some part in helping you achieve that, then I’m in my element.
I also photograph and interview artists for Folk Radio UK and occasionally, when we can get around to it nowadays, I film the Big Comfy Sessions. You can find me loitering on twitter and Instagram as @redwoodphotos.
Thanks for visiting and I really hope you enjoy the site.
“I’ve worked with Rob over the last 5 or 6 years and have always been excited to see the shots we get and always genuinely satisfied with the result. Rob understands photographing musicians in a way that more general photographers wouldn’t and is able to capture something distinctive and arresting about the subject in his frame. He’s always open to any ideas I have and I love the passion and pride he takes” – Wes Finch
“The Redwood Team are 100% spot on. They have produced some of the most iconic images and videos on the UK Folk Scene and are great fun to work with” – Chris Cleverley
“It’s been a real pleasure to work with Redwood. Rob is great person to plan a project with; he asks the right questions, engages with the music, listens to ideas and arrives on-site really well prepared. In our experience he always gets results so in many ways is a safe bet, but crucially he is nearly always working on something new or striving for something different and that seems to help keep his output vibrant and creative.” – Ben Savage
“Rob made me feel very relaxed filming my first ever music video. A total professional, full of creative input” – Kitty Macfarlane
“Highly professional and wonderfully innovative, I will be back for more” – Chris Fox
“We absolutely loved working with you, we had a blast and the vids are mega, so thank you!! It was all fab and fun and we will deffo be back in touch for more vids!” – Threaded
“Rob produces really beautiful, striking videos, and each one with so much care and attention to the individual artist and song. His professionalism and dedication, not to mention his extremely likeable and friendly manner, make him an absolute pleasure to work with!” – Kelly Oliver
“Rob is a delight to work with. With his gentle direction and intuitive understanding of the look and vibe I was going for, he created a perfect set of creative, striking, atmospheric portraits for my album and the accompanying publicity. One of the images ended up on the cover of Folk London – my first magazine cover. I couldn’t have been happier with Rob’s photographs and the only difficulty was choosing the best shots out of so many quality ones. I look forward to working with Rob again and will keep recommending him to other artists.” – Daria Kulesh
“You really helped to turn our vision into the real thing. It can be a daunting process but you and Helen put us at ease and in the zone to be able to create our best work” – Kim Lowings
“Rob is such a great guy to work with. He encourages you but also tells you exactly what he wants from you to make each shot work.” – Stylusboy
“That was a very fun interview/photo shoot is one great man.” – Atlum Schema
“Thanks so much for all your hard work, they’re the best photos we’ve ever had!!!’ – Fred’s House
“The photos are great. We’re really happy with them” – Dan Wilde
“Rob’s easy manner and professional approach were apparent from the outset. We relaxed into the session immediately, and he took some stunning pictures which will stand us in good stead for a long time. We cannot recommend him strongly enough for professional folk bands wishing to up their game.” – Moonrakers
“We really enjoyed working with Rob. He was prompt and professional in all of his communications with us before and after the shoot. He was always willing to listen to our ideas and feedback. Having not done a professional shoot before we were quite nervous on the day but Rob was great at putting us at ease. The time actually flew by so we must have enjoyed it! The finished products are brilliant. They’re very high quality and they give the impression we initially discussed with Rob. We would definitely recommend working with him!” – The Foxglove Trio