Brian was born in Newcastle and raised in Belford Northumberland, close to the Scottish border. He is descended, on his paternal grandmother's side, from the Elliots, a notable Reiving family. Brian studied electronics at college in Newcastle before embarking on a career in industrial automation. For the last twenty years he has run his own company that supports the British dairy industry. He has worked as a semi-professional landscape photographer for the last ten years and regularly photographs in the English-Scottish border area. Married to Teresa for over thirty years, they have two grown up children; they now live near Lanark in Scotland.
Bkephoto was set up in response to the book "In the Footsteps of Reivers" and specializes in Historical photography.