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I have worked in television and theatre as an actor for over a decade and it was during this time that I realised one major thing… I hated professional photoshoots. I never quite felt at ease and noticed that I was constantly seeing the same type of photo of myself over and over again, so I started to take more of an interest in the whole process and before I knew what had happened I was totally in love with the art of photography. I no longer dislike photoshoots, however I do find myself with a new dilemma, this being I want to be the one taking the photos! Although it’s a much nicer dilemma than the one I had previously!
I like to keep it as simple as possible, I favour the use of the natural variety, preferring the results it gives. I feel the images obtained in this manner reflect more closely that of which we view and are inspired by everyday with our own eyes. Having said this I do also enjoy getting into the studio where you can manipulat an image to create something that would be impossible to see with the naked eye in the real world. I also always try keeping the amount of fuss to a minimum when it comes to the initial shooting process.
On a shoot with me the first, and most important thing you will find is I am relaxed, so in turn you will be too! Photography should be a fun and enjoyable experience and I am constantly surprised how many people have felt uncomfortable as I did on a photo shoot! So my main goal is to make sure no one feels that way on one with me. After all how can you expect to capture images you love to look at when you felt awkward and uneasy whilst in the creative process.
How do I know I can provide this atmosphere? Well, as I mentioned earlier, I delved into this fantastic world of photography having been “the subject” of numerous shoots where I felt this sense of unease and awkwardness personally. This means I have learnt from these experiences and know how to put someone at ease instantly! I’m proud to say that often in feedback from my clients they mention that making them feel totally comfortable in front of the camera is one of my greatest assets as a photographer.