Daniel James Homewood
Daniel James Homewood
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I have spent most of my life working with people. I have worked as a carer, bartender and now I also work as an on-call firefighter in my hometown. Compassion for humanity informs everything I do, and in turn, this informs my photography.
Daniel James, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My number one passion in my life is a father to my four-year-old daughter. She has given me a sense of purpose and ambition to succeed, to provide a better quality of life for both of us. My photography started when I was around 11 years old. My father enjoyed photography and bought me my first camera, an original Lomo Diana. The joy of working with film has stayed with me to this day and I still regularly shoot film. But it wasn't until the last four years that my photography grew to be more than a passion and became a way of life.
Who is your inspiration in life Daniel James? How do you keep inspired?
Odd answer, but I draw inspiration from the interactions I have with people I meet, not just as a photographer but in all aspects of my life. Sometimes the most insignificant moment can stir something in me which drives the next steps I take both professionally and personally. Photographers that inspire me are Paolo Pellegrin, Michael Christopher Brown, Lynsey Addario and Dominic Nahr.
We all make mistakes Daniel James; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I guess the most prominent one for me was early on in my professional work. I offered a studio shoot for an individual or couple, as part of an auction for a charity event. There was good interest, and it raised a nice little sum for the charity, around Â£100 I think. When the auction winners contacted me, they asked if I could come to their house and make a family photo which I agreed to. When I arrived, there were around 25 people they wanted to be photographed as small groups and also a few large group shots. The whole thing was a fiasco as they were having a dinner party at the same time, the pictures were mostly awful, and they were disappointed with the results. In hindsight, I should have specified that the service I was offering was the service they had bought and been more assertive about this. It was a classic example of being new and the 'client' unwittingly taking advantage of you. It ended up making me look like a rank amateur, and it still bugs me to this day! My advice, be firm but fair-you couldn't walk into a shop and say 'well, this item is on sale so I'll have these other five items with the same reduction'!!!
Daniel James, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
Simple: be very clear with yourself what you can produce and in what time. If you can't do it, then don't take the work. Better to be honest and state that you don't have the time until X date and let them decide if they can wait. If they want you to do the work, they will appreciate the honesty. Better that than overstretch and produce bad work and lose reputation for the future.
Please tell us Daniel James, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
This applies very much to travelling for work. I always leave for a destination with a shot list. If it's a project I have been working on for a considerable amount of time, it can become quite difficult when you have limited time and a very specific range of shots you need. I have to assess how easy it will be to get the access and travel the distances to be in the place to get each shot and then work out which ones I absolutely cannot return home without.
Daniel James, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Strange question? Is this a job interview? Haha maybe putting a different point of view on the intentions of the refugees entering Europe from the general understanding in this country?
Daniel James, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment??? I would have to say every time I notice my work improving. It inspires me to keep pushing myself to the next level.
Daniel James, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I guess editing my first photo book. It was a body of personal work I compiled of my life, daughter, my failing relationship with my daughter's mum and shots from the places I visit. As there was only one copy being produced for myself, I could do whatever I wanted, and that was pretty cool. It was probably most challenging because of the highly personal nature of the content.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Shoot every day until you can consistently do good work before trying to make any money. And stick to what you enjoy, rather than trying to do a bit of everything, or it looks like an incoherent mess.Oh and persistence. For way longer than you think you will ever have to persist! 99% rejection is tough.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Working with models, stylists, MUA and hair etc. for editorial shoots.
Photographer: Daniel James Homewood@danieljameshomewood@danieljhomewoodphoto