Weddings; Parties; Graduations; Concerts; Drama; Musical Events e.g. Jazz
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What’s the secret to taking a great photograph?
The key to a great photograph is to enable my clients to be relaxed in front of the camera. I am used to dealing with people and like to put clients at their ease.
In formal situations I will always visit the venue beforehand and establish (with my clients if possible) the best locations and viewpoints. For weddings I always have a prewedding shoot when I can establish exactly what the couple want from their final images.
What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?
Aside from location and date, the style of photos required is of prime importance. Some situations require informal reportage style throughout (to provide a story) while others require a mix of these and formal, more posed shots. Even with the latter I try to vary angles and backgounds to provide variety in the images.
What format is required? I always provide digital pictures via Dropbox but back these up with DVD copies. If a client requires an album then size (A4 / A3 etc), number of shots and finish are important considerations.
What do you love most about your job?
Dealing with people, meeting new clients and providing them with a professional finished product. For larger tasks such as weddings I always try to complete all the editing etc within a few days of the event. I do not believe in making my clients wait weeks or months. I am selective in the jobs I bid for so that I can devote the time for completing the assignment.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I retired from teaching in 2008. I decide to turn professional to build on the experience I had gained during my teaching career. Although a scientist, I always ran photographic societies, taught photography on a more formal basis and inevitably took friends' wedding photos and captured events at schools. Inevitably I have had a wide experience of dealing with people of all ages and this has served me well as a photographer. Above all, I have a passion for photography. I rarely leave the house without a camera and thoroughly enjoy every aspect of the process.
Why should our clients choose you?
My clients receive a very professional but friendly service. I aim to ensure that the images I take will be of top quality and good value for money.
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