Since Professional Imagemaker last spoke to Barrie and Bev Downie in 2009, the world has become an increasingly difficult place for social photographers to make a living. However the recession doesn't seem to have put a damper on their expansion plans.
In 2009 Barrie and Bev decided to take on a studio to enable them to add a range of services to their business. "Now we're doing portraits and photographing newborn babies There are a lot of people who once they've got married, have babies and then they want baby photos. We never used to do it, but it's quite lucrative so now we do." Of course there are other perks of having a studio too. The controlled environment allows Barrie to recreate his signature style of wedding photography in the studio to produce fine-art style portraits. This is especially useful if the dramatic weather that he loves to photograph outside is not being cooperative on the day.
Photographing weddings for high-end clients has also opened the doors other types of work, aside from baby and family portraits. Many of Barrie and Bev's clients own their own companies, so often they choose Barrie when looking for a photographer for their next commercial assignment. Barrie has photographed all kinds of interesting jobs recently, from yachts to Rolls Royces and the inside of the Gherkin building in London. Working on commercial assignments like this is certainly a varied lifestyle and brings an interesting change from the usual photography that he does. "I still love doing the weddings, but I don't mind doing something different during the week".
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