It all began with a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 100...
I’ve often been asked, how did you get into photography? Where did the passion for capturing an image come from? As this is my first blog, I thought this would be a great opportunity to briefly explain how it all began.
Without a doubt, my initial interest in photography came from my dad. He was always a keen photographer from as far back as I can remember. Parties, family holidays, and the occasional airshow; thousands of shots were captured on transparency film, forming most of my childhood memories. So I was over the moon when, at the age of just 10 years old, I was given my very first camera: a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 100.
Of course my ability to take a photo was not immediate. Far from it. To a 10 year old, that Instamatic shutter release was as stiff as an old typewriter key. With so many poor shots taken, I was frequently rewarded with a 'Quality Control Advice Sticker' on my prints. Something about "Blurred, out of focus" and "Camera shake, hold camera steady".
Thankfully, I was undeterred. Thankfully, my photography got better. As did my subsequent choices of camera. First came the Zenit E; then the Pentax ME Super; next, the Canon EOS 100. All these cameras were far superior to that Kodak Pocket Instamatic 100, each one delivering vastly improved results compared to its predecessor. My photography was finally getting somewhere.
That being said, it wasn’t until the digital age that my interest in photography truly took hold. After careful research, Nikon became my brand of choice, and my thirst for photographic knowledge went through the roof in a very short space of time. I watched every YouTube video I could find. I joined a local photography group (which I subsequently ended up running). And as the hundreds of photographic magazines and books began to stack up, the decision to turn professional was a simple one to make.
Today I'm known more for my wedding and lifestyle photography. However, as this blog grows, I hope to show the broader range of my photographic interests, including: the subjects, the techniques, the choice of settings used and the thought process behind the kind of shots I like to take.
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This section of my website allows me the chance to tell you some of the stories behind my photography, not only with regards to wedding and lifestyle, but also with other photographic subjects I have a huge passion for.