A little about me if you’re interested? I’m is a self taught photographer. I studied Mechanical Engineering at University of Hertfordshire learning how things work and more importantly how to break them. I then worked in this field for 5 years, but this career path left me searching for a creative outlet. I’ve always liked photography but never thought in my wildest dreams I could make a career out of it.
In 1999 I went traveling for 12 months, I returned home with a new mindset and determination, to do something more fulfilling and challenging. Something that would engage me creatively. So I went back to college and studied to become a graphic designer. For 8 years I was successfully freelancing and had some large commercial clients, RBS, BBC, Mark Warner Holidays and dozens of small to medium businesses. It’s around this time that I had spent a small fortune in digital camera gear. Shooting anything from landscapes to pets I was you’re typical Uncle Bob about to break ranks and become a weekend warrior! I was asked if I could shoot products, headshots, even weddings for clients and friends.
I was loving my new moonlighting career as a photographer, mastering none of it and basically winging it, I was getting more and more bookings. In 2010 I made the decision to go it full time and hang up my graphic designer stylus. What could go wrong?!?
In less than a year I was almost bankrupt, unhappy and void of creativity. Spending way too much on the latest ‘must have’ camera gear. I almost bought a studio but thankfully I didn’t. Getting fixated on technicalities and ignoring my creative voice and ultimately my clients.
It was the birth of my daughter Florence in 2013 that shook me up, I was responsible for 2 amazing kids now and I had to make this work, be way more responsible, go all out and really embrace this creative career in photography, this is what I wanted to do right?
After lots of soul searching, I figured out what enables me to be the best photographer I can. I’ve found what motivates me creatively, I understand my clients better and give them unique photos that are rich with emotion and creatively engaging. This is how I love to shoot and I’m so lucky that I’m able to shoot in the style that I love.
So here I am today, still a full time photographer. Shooting a mixture of weddings and commercial work. I’ve found that creative outlet I was looking for all those years, I love what I do and never for one moment take it for granted. I’ve sold a ton of camera gear and got to know what I have left and how to use it. At times I still fail technically and creatively but I find that is the best way to learn. I set myself personal and career goals to keep me focused.
But the most important thing for me is that I have found a work/life balance that allows me to spend time with my family. Watch my kids grow up, do the school runs, go on date nights with my amazing wife and spend time at home doing DIY.
These guys, my family :)