Photographer Shifnal Shropshire De-La-Motte
Tuesday 11th March 2014
David De La Motte Photography
5 Park Street
tel:- 01952 460 088
web address:- www.delamotte.co.uk/
e-mail:- David De-La-Motte
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David De-La-Motte has an Exhibition here.
Type business: Full Time Professional Photographer
My photographic style: modern, personal, cutting edge
My greatest strengths: my ability to relate to people to get them to relax and capture their personality.
I have been in photography: Began training in Australia in 1991 with my Uncle an international award winning journalist photographer. Full time professional in this country 1993
How I got started in photography: In 1991 spent a year in Australia with my Uncle an international award winning photographer who showed me the technical side to the industry and encouraged me to use my creative side. These skills were practised as I travelled around the world. On my return in 1993 I began my professional career as a sports photographer covering local and national events. The market became saturated with news photographers who had been made freelance so in 1994 I decided to open my first studio within an office complex. With 4 Elinchrom lights, a rz Mamia 67 couple of backgrounds and props the business was launched. We viewed by transproof projection. I photographed families, children, couples, and makeovers. Outgrowing that location we opened a high street studio in 1996. We also had our own darkroom developing negs and handprinting our orders. We also went into the journalistic style of wedding photography. Styles moved on and the white background was introduced. The age of digital was born and we moved over with the launch of the fuji S1, viewing with the fuji fv10. After a boom time the town died as customers moved to a new shopping centre, and costs began to rise. We decided to move the studio to our farm in 2001 while we looked for new premises. This allowed us to do more environmental portraits as well, and we still had the studio if the weather was against us. Technology was moving on and we moved to the Nikon D1x to shoot. The situation for family life was not ideal as we had 3 young children at the time, but customers loved the location. In 2003 we finally found our new studio which we gutted redesigned and refitted ourselves taking inspiration and feedback from our customers. We created our boutique style of studio. Moving through the Nikons we now shoot on a D3x still using the Elinchrom lights. The studio has a cove and various coloured backgrounds. We project our customers music dvd in the dedicated viewing room with surround sound. There is a beauty room, large waiting area, office, and our production room where we prep, retouch, and print all of the photographs. We still aim to be leaders rather than followers in the industry and continue to move ahead with our photography and ideas.
My photographic skills: To reach inside my customers and capture their true self in an image
My personality: laid back, fun, friendly
Geographic areas I cover: Essentially the West Midlands however we have regular customers who visit us for their updated photos from France, Isle of Man, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark
Venues I frequently attend: Any venue can be a photographic opportunity.
I found inspiration from: Life, slow down look around you, and also my Uncle David Motte who introduced me to photography.
Success in photography: Fuji Light portraiture photographer of the year 2003 & 2004. PPUK studio of the year 2006. Since opening our current studio I have not been entering competitions, just concentrating on my business. It is my goal to begin entering competitions before the end of 2010.
Photographic training: Originally with David Motte in Australia, since then keeping up with technology by reading as much as possible, and surrounding myself with great photographer friends whom I constantly learn from.
My interests outside photography: I am a gadget geek. I love technology and yes I read the manual from start to finish.
Major events: My marriage to Yvonne in 1994 who works along side me in the business. The birth of my three daughters in 1996 1998 & 2000
Why I like the SWPP: The information, friendly members, support, competitions, seminars
Tagline: lead from the front and live for today
Future plans: To continue to improve my photography, business and life.
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