I absolutely love photography, but every photographer says that, don’t they? So, let me explain the reason behind my “why”.
For me, it’s got a lot to do with my health. I’ve always been interested in photographs, capturing a moment in time, whether it be purely for art, or because it has a hidden meaning behind. It’s always been a hobby and passion of mine, and I won’t lie, I never considered it would become a career choice.
I spent many years working as a chef or in sales roles, and then I was struck down with ME. For five years I was practically bed-bound, and during that time I found photography to be a great release. In fact, it essentially became a life saver. For those five years I read everything I could get my hands on, watched countless video, and experimented with my own equipment to hone my technical skills, consuming everything I could about the topic.
It kept me occupied and most importantly, kept me sane; ensuring I had something to keep my mind ticking over.
Fast forward… and whilst ME is still a part of who I am, it doesn’t define me. I manage the condition through diet, but realised whilst I was ready to return to a working life, I couldn’t take on the rigours of a normal 9-5 job. Equally, as a Dad of three (two grown up children, and an active toddler), it was vital I had time to juggle work commitments and family time without compromising my health.
I had to be self-employed, and the only thing I felt passionate about enough to pursue full time was photography.
That is my why for becoming a photographer.
When it comes to what I photograph, I tend to focus on client shoots, portraits either corporate or personal and product photography, I find these really fulfilling because I get to work with people in short (ish) segments, and on a one to one basis (more often than not).
For me, that means I can dedicate more of my time to the needs of my clients. One of the most important things to me is really understanding the brief I’ve been given. I want to get inside my clients head, so I can live and breathe their vision, and help them turn it in to a reality through my input and creative eye. In many ways, I act as an art director, as well as a photographer. The reality is, you can’t deliver a killer image unless you really feel it. And to achieve that, you have to be invested.
Yes, that means I may be more expensive than some of the other photographers out there, because ultimately you are paying for my time and experience. Will you find someone to do it for less? Probably.
Will you find someone better? My ego could never agree to that, and I believe my portfolio speaks for itself, as do my client testimonials. The reality is, you get what you pay for.
My whole ethos is to ensure the client is the centrepiece of every job I do, and it’s always about them, not me. It’s this approach that ensures I always exceed expectations, delivering so much more than many would anticipate from a standard photo shoot. That’s the case whether it’s a family portrait, product or lifestyle shoot.
I look forward to meeting you…