by Kevin Mullins Published 31/10/2017
Tell us a little about your background, your first camera and photographic experience and your subsequent emergence as a pro.
Up until 2009 I had never thought of being a photographer. I got my first DSLR then (a Canon 300D) after reading an interview in a magazine with Jeff Ascough. I decided at the moment to give up the day job and try and become a wedding photographer.
Because I wanted a better way of life. Simple as that. These days I shoot around 35 weddings a year. That’s enough to support me and my family and I get to spend a lot of time with them. For example, I always take the whole of August off and we go to Spain for a month. Photography has been a conduit to a much better work life balance.
Film or digital? Is there still a place for silver halide?
Digital for me in a professional capacity. I still run some old Tri-X through a couple of vintage rangefinders I have.
My current camera of choice for shooting weddings is the Fujifilm X-Pro2. For my personal and life work I’ll often reach for the X100F.
Bit of detail about your own studio set-up/staffing. Why (as a customer) would I choose you?
I have a small studio but it’s just me that runs the show. My studio is a nice area to meet potential clients (though most of that is done over Skype these days). People come to me because of my style if documentary wedding photography. They understand they will get true, candid images, rather that a photographer setting up images that try to look like documentary images,
The problem with professional photographers today is...
Sadly there is often negativity and reticence towards changing trends and styles from older photographers. I like to think as I mature in the industry I am passing on wisdom and tips of the trade, rather than just being bitter that there are others out there who are getting work too.
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