My photographic career is something of a backwards one.
As a teenager, I loved film photography and darkroom processing but as sometimes happens, life got in the way and I drifted away from it.
Jumping forward about fifteen years, when I am a thirty-something married father in a dead-end job, I began taking an interest in digital photography. In 2009 my lovely wife got me a Sony a230 digital camera for christmas, which I used at every opportunity, uploading my images to Flickr for all to see.
In a very short time, I was approached by another local photographer and we became friends and ultimately partners as we built up a commercial studio and client base. In the two years that folowed, I learned a difficult but valuale lesson about business and just how ruthless people are in the creative world; needless to say that I lost the studio, any share of profits that were mine and what I thought at the time was a good friend!
From there, it has taken me quite some time to rebuild my self confidence and to use my camera for anything other than family photography again…but here I am, and here is what I have learned:
– Always have a contract, even if working with trusted friends or family
– Trust nobody
– Creatives charge too much for second-rate work
Anyhow, I am back, mostly shooting for fun but will occasionally take on a paid project. I am reliable, I do not aim to rip off clients and will always strive to deliver quality work!