by Paul Wilkinson Published 16/11/2017
Tell us a little about your background, your first camera and photographic experience and your subsequent emergence as a pro.
It was always a hobby right from my first attempts with a Kodak Brownie six-20 (it was my grandfather’s.) I was fascinated by the process of peering through a small window and creating images - still am if I’m honest. I love the excitement of seeing the results (not so much the disappointment when it doesn’t quite work out!)
Film or digital? Is there still a place for silver halide?
Digital for me, though I started on film. There are things I miss - mostly the process and the darkroom - but digital is, frankly, a better, more creative process in pretty much every way you can describe and love it (photography) now more than ever!
I started with a Zenith EM SLR way back in the mid eighties. Loved it. Eventually migrated to a Pentax MZ-S (a stunning camera!) but my camera bag was stolen and, when the insurance paid up (they used to do that kind of thing) I bought a Nikon D100 as Pentax had no digital presence at that time. I haven’t looked back. The Nikon glass is simply stunning. I now drive a Nikon D5 for pretty much everything: it’s an incredible camera, fast focusing and with almost no noise - even at high ISOs. It feels completely natural in my hands: more an extension of what I’m thinking than a tool. Long may that continue!
Bit of detail about your own studio set-up/staffing. Why (as a customer) would I choose you?
We have a very cool studio that used to be Peter Aldington OBE’s architectural practice (he’s a world famous trailblazing architect and the studio reflected that desire to do something inspiring!) Mind you, it is full of stairs which can get a little tiring! There are three of us in the studio - myself as the photographer, Sarah (my wife) who runs the business and looks after our commercial clients and key accounts and Michelle who looks after our social photography (weddings and portraits) clients. This is how we able to offer a completely personal experience tuned completely to the customer depending on their needs.
Our clients choose us for numerous reasons (I’d love to think it’s always about the quality of the images but that is just a part of it) with customer service being right at the top of the list. We’re the partner photographer to Raymond Blanc’s two-Michelin-starred Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons and we have many clients who come through that route so its critical that we can offer the same level of world-class customer experience. And we do.
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