ManKIND Photo Project

The ManKIND photography project is my mission to do a random act of kindness for someone from every country on earth. I figured that to call myself 'the world's most helpful photographer' I needed to back it up! This gallery includes the photos and stories behind the people and countries I've connected with so far.

I've been thinking about the project for a few years, but I've officially launched it and made it public on 13th July 2013. I just realised there are two number thirteens in that date - I hope its not a bad omen!

Here's the background story and details of how I might be able to help you. Please get in touch - I'm here to help.
Afghanistan portfolioPeterborough is blessed with restaurants from all sorts of exotic cultures. The Kabul restaurant is served up great food, but did pose me with some soul searching.... Australia portfolioI was honoured to be interviewed by Andrew Hellmich from Photobizexposed who runs one of the biggest photography business podcasts in the world. My small thank you was a little gift that confused him in initially.
Brazil portfolioThis is another family portrait session where I discovered the mum's exotic heritage and offered them a special deal on their session. China portfolioDonna Yau approached me about getting some photographs of her and her boyfriend Eddie as a gift for Eddie's birthday.
Comoro Islands portfolioUntil I started the ManKIND project I'd not even heard of The Comoro Islands. It turns out that someone on my own street is from there! Here's how we met... Estonia portfolioThis is another family portrait session where I discovered their exotic heritage and offered them a special deal on their session - just for being foreign.
Finland portfolioInger Bouvet owns an interior design business called InVogue Interiors and sells furnishings through her website www.invogueinteriors.co.uk. I reached out to her as her business complements mine. Here's how I helped... Germany portfolioWhen she asked me to create a family portrait voucher as a Christmas gift I could tell from her accent that she might be German. When it turned out she was I couldn't resist topping up her voucher value by £40....
Ghana portfolioMy old school friend Judith is married to a man with Ghanaian heritage, so I helped her get some brownie points with her mother-in-law! Great Britain portfolioIt was heart-warming and heart-breaking spending the day creating free, framed, family portraits for the residents of my local dementia care home. I hope it brought a little happiness to them and their loved ones....
Guyana portfolioI met Reg around 2010 at a business networking club. Reg is the life and soul of the party. One of the greatest things about him is he brings people together.... Holland portfolioPatrick and Anna are a warm and friendly Dutch couple we met on holiday in Kenya. They loved adventure and were one of the few people who were happy to risk booking a day trip with one of the 'beach boyz' who patrol the palm trees near the resort....
India portfolioWhen Bashir and Jay told me they were revamping the Angel Spice website I was happy to create some free images for them. My way of saying thanks for the great service over the years....Indonesia portfolioThe Ayo Mandiri Foundation’s massage centre in Labuan Bajo near the legendary island of Komodo....
Italy portfolioMarco Sementa does a lot of great work helping MacMillan Cancer Support through organising charity football matches. Jordan portfolioI was visiting my old school friend Jon in London one weekend when the opportunity to tick Jordan off the list arose....
Kenya portfolioHow my lovely wife Asliza and I came to visit the Kaya Academy in Ukunda, just outside Mombasa, Kenya.... Latvia portfolioI have three photography assistants that each help me on an ad-hoc basis in exchange for me offering as much advice as they need with their photography. One of my assistants is Tatjana, a Latvian girl who's looking to be a pro photographer....
Malawi portfolioThe Gill family run an orphanage in Malawi so the least I could do when they got in touch about photography lessons was offer them two hours of free training....Malaysia portfolioThis one was easy - my wife Liza is Malay, so I’ve had plenty of opportunities to be helpful. That said my wife and her lovely family always give far more than they ever receive....
Mongolia portfolioTuya owns Tuya exclusive hair salon in Hampton and does an awesome job of my wife's hair. A perfect candidate for my ManKIND project.... Namibia portfolioOne of the great things about being a photographer is you get to meet so many great people every week. Although Jon wasn't a client - I met him when I advertised on Gumtree looking for a computer and online expert...
Nigeria portfolioPaul Odijie got in touch from Nigeria because he wanted to learn more about the business side of photography. I sent him a book which has many of the methods I use to help set me apart from the competition.... Palestine portfolioSince the spelling of Ramzi was obviously quite exotic I did what I always do and asked about his ancestry. It's one of the ways I can tick countries off my ManKIND project. I was delighted when he said he was Palestinian as I had expected that to be one of the trickier ones to tick off....
Philippines portfolioI was thumbing through the Peterborough Evening telegraph looking for someone I could help for my ManKIND project when I read a story about Nickie Kenning and her husband John's wonderful work with an orphanage in The Philippines....Republic of Ireland portfolioDiscover how and why Debbie used the power of photography to help her overcome the pain of her divorce (yes she has given me permission to write about this!)....
Romania portfolioIt was a cold and slushy February afternoon. The car wash was empty. After all, what idiot gets their car washed when the road is muddy with melted snow? Me! Find out what happened here... South Africa portfolioFor this lovely family I did a free family portrait session in the woods and included a free print for them too.
Spain portfolioMaya Qureshi contacted me as she wanted photography lessons so she could create better images of her beautiful jewellery for her new jewellery business....Sri Lanka portfolioEranga (Eva) Sekera is one of my photography students. As a doctor she is incredibly busy so I wanted to do my very best to help her get the most out of her photography....
Switzerland portfolioThe Central Wolter Hotel in Grindelwald is fabulously located under the shadow of the world famous Eiger mountain. I gave them a selection of my holiday photos to use on their website and brochures....Thailand portfolioFeeding the bedraggled stray dogs of Phuket in Thailand....
United States portfolioI was so humbled to be asked by the Dupage College in Chicago to give a webinar presentation about what it takes to be a professional wedding and portrait photographer.... Zambia portfolioAmina Chitembo is a business coach and motivational speaker who actually lives on my road. She's trained with one of the best in the business - one of my heroes - Brendan Burchard.
Zimbabwe portfolioThis lovely little family contacted me to have their family photographs taken. When I discovered they were from Zimbabwe I quickly offered them a special deal on the album they invested in.