Well, there's really not much to tell!!
Having left school at 16 I took an apprenticeship with the local Electricity Company, in the days when the government own them all!! I joined as an Overhead Linesman, you know, the mad idiots that climb wooden poles with leg irons with tiny spikes on them. After 20 years of working for East Midlands Electricity Board and their various owners, including Powergen, for personal reasons I took redundancy. So at the age of 36 I had no job and no prospects, and it was at this point that photography became my passion. I think I spent most of my redundancy money on developing film, as in those days (2000), digital cameras were still just a little sperm waiting to impregnate the mass photographic world!!
Over the next 10 years I tried my hand at every type of photography I could. I had images published in magazines, newspapers, periodicals and even our village parish newsletter. I had hit the big time! No, no, I really hadn't, but I loved every minute of it. In 2002 within a month of covering some local football matches and submitting them to our local paper I had enough published material to apply for, and gain, my Football League licence. So I was going to be a sports photographer!
That is until I did a family wedding in 2003 and within 3 years my company were doing 45+ weddings year and many of them in abbeys and castles. So I was going to be a Wedding photographer. That is until one wedding asked me to take some portraits at the evening reception. I bought stands, WHITE paper and a dye sub printer. We made a few hundred pounds in sales, which was better than trying to sell prints of the bride and groom after the wedding. And so began my flirtation with Event Photography.
In the 7 years since that wedding at Fawsley Hall my Social Event Photography style has changed dramatically, gone has the white background, gone are the props and in their place hopefully a more refined product for our customers. On average we cover between 180 and 210 social events a year using as many as 10 different photographer in a year. Some of you may know us as Pellier Noir
Being a complete novice in using artificial lighting I have recently caught the bug for improving my knowledge in this part of the photographic sector. My influences at the moment are people like Frank Doorhof who I think is a genius, not only in lighting but also in ways to portray a scene.
I am currently training and giving talks at exhibitions, who knows, maybe this could be new direction!
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