In 1994 Jon graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA (Honours) in German, but little idea of what to do with his life. Heeding the advice of university careers officer Jack Daniels (real name), Jon flew to Vilnius in newly independent Lithuania and spent 4 years exploring the Baltic States.
Having tried his hand at everything from language teaching to translating Lithuanian cookery books into English, Jon decided to try his luck as a freelance travel photographer.
In 1996 Jon's work for the Vilnius In Your Pocket city guide led to a chance meeting with Lonely Planet author Nicola Williams, who asked him to contribute some photos for the first edition of Lonely Planet's Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania guide. In the end one of his shots even made the cover.
This launched a career as a travel photographer and by the turn of the millennium Jon was landing sought after commissions to produce the photography for Lonely Planet's expanding range of European city guides. Commissions included Lonely Planet guides to Edinburgh (twice), Dublin, London, Paris, Stockholm, St Petersburg, Moscow and Lonely Planet's lavishly illustrated Encounter guides to Tallinn, Ljubljana, Reykjavik, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Brussels.
Between 1998 and 2008 Jon also received major commissions from the other big names in travel publishing - the AA, Berlitz, Eyewitness Travel Guides, Michelin, Rough Guides, Thomas Cook - and his stock travel images have now been used in hundreds of publications.
In 2008 Jon decided to mothball his hiking boots to be closer to home and his young family. Since then he has carved out a new niche photographing residential properties and farms throughout Scotland for estate agents and home sellers.
When he’s not behind the lens, Jon tries to keep his hand in as a translator (Lithuanian, French and German).