by Christina Lauder Published 09/11/2017
Tell us a little about your background, your first camera and photographic experience and your subsequent emergence as a pro.
It gives me the creative outlet I’ve always needed and this started from a very young age.
Film or digital? Is there still a place for silver halide?
Digital, not because film isn’t as good or even better but because digital is so much more convenient. The work I used to like doing in a darkroom I can now do on a computer. Also organising (and having backups of) digital files is also much easier than film.
Fuji X-T2 - I love the smaller, more convenient size and really been finding the flip up screen so useful in my portrait sessions.
Bit of detail about your own studio set-up/staffing. Why (as a customer) would I choose you?
I have a studio in my back garden and I work primarily on my own. I hope my customers choose me because I create high quality and unique portraits that they themselves could not produce.
The problem with professional photographers today is...
So many of them don’t charge appropriately. So many photographers treat their business like a part time hobby and charge people as such which has been driving down the value of our industry for years. I think as an industry we are losing respect from the buying public.
What’s the worst commercial error you have made to date?
I photographed a family believing that once they saw my portraits they would love them, regardless of the fact that their consultation led me to believe I wasn’t the right photographer for them. They didn’t like them and they didn’t buy them. The photographer they eventually used and raved about produced work nothing like mine, nor was it the type of work I would have wanted to put my name to.
How did you rectify the mistake?
I didn’t. I just learned from it.
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