I have been interested in photography for a number of years but I would say I started taking it seriously 2 years ago.
When did you get into photography and why?
I got into photography as I was in search of a hobby which quickly changed into more as I have since been doing Photography on a semi-professional basis.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
I would say my style is mainly portraits as I love interacting with people, I’ve always leaned towards very clean images but have found myself loving the vintage film look to photo and incorporating that into my images How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
It varies from shoot to shoot, sometimes I will have a clear mood or specific shot in mind for a shoot but always happy to wing it and come out with some great shots that are completely unexpected.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
I’m always very critical of my own work so I’m just looking for an image that really stands out to me. I would like to do more shoots with a very clear story to the image in the near future (some are already being planned)
Do you have an influences you can share?
Victor of Valencia @Victorofvalencia - After meeting him at a workshop in London I was completely inspired by his amazing images, style and professionalism to his images. Peter Mckinnon @Petermckinnon - Watching pretty much all of Peter Mckinnon tutorials and Vlog along my photography journey has really motivated me into creating content. I still continue to watch everything he posts as he creates some amazing Photography videos on YouTube
What inspires you?
Seeing and image in my head come to life with a final image. I’ve always got the biggest enjoyment and inspiration out of being proud of of one of my images.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
In my eyes Yes. I am so self critical with my images but have recently been trying to turn what I would class as a bad image into something cool forcing myself to learn and be more creative.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
I currently do Photography semi-professionally but have always enjoyed creating new images and will continue to take photos for fun as well.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
I use Instagram as I find it is the best way to get your content seen by a wide audience and a good way to interact with like minded creatives. I have made countless amounts of friends through the platform and will continue to use it.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media? @victorofvalencia
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
I think that the technology in Smart Phones today has massively increased but I don’t think at the moment it will ever outmatch the professional quality of a DSLR or Mirrorless camera.
For the average picture taker that love to not take photography too seriously I think the smart phone can be a very powerful tool in creating and uploading in the moment photos and videos.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
I have alway shot on Canon cameras and haven’t been tempted by anything else. I currently have two cameras which are the 5D Mark IV and the new Canon EOS R with a range of lenses. The set up that is my constant go to is one of the above camera bodies with the 35mm 1.4L II and the 85mm 1.4L which are two of the sharpest lenses I have used and love that they give you the ability to shoot both wide and telephoto with very fast apertures.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
LA California, after visiting there last year for a holiday its now one of my dream locations to go back to and plan some cool shoots.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
My favourite photo is defiantly the one I took with @Meenleemurat this year, it was a planned location and I was completely amazed with how many amazing shots we got from the shoot. The one of her on the staircase with the natural light shining through the window is my personal favourite
In three words how would you describe your photography? Detailed, warm, natural
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones?
I think that it will greatly increases the standard of the average picture takers photos but will also narrow the gap in what people class as a professional photo. For example from my experience, the average person looking at a photo on instagram wouldn’t be able to tell if it was taken on a smart phone or professional camera. I think that all technology needs to keep advancing and I am all for companies innovating new and better tech in to smart phones and new professional cameras.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?.
I think that expensive cameras do on paper take better images but are quickly limited to the person controlling the camerCameras are becoming easier and easier to pick up and learn how to use but that doesn’t mean that every one will have the time and patience to think creatively and put in the effort into creating a “better image”.
I have heard so many times people saying to a photographer “wow thats a great photo you must have an amazing camera” but in reality they wouldn’t go to a painter and say “Wow you must have a great brush!”. It still takes a creative and talented person using the camera whether it be expensive or not. If the person using it has talent then it will reflect in the images.