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I suffer from PTSD and photography saved my life. It has opened my eyes. I want to show the beauty in the world. Tell stories with my photographs and prove it is still good in the world. And what better way to do that but through photography.
Mark, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Photographer?
I wanted to do something different something creative, and photography was what I found. I'm passionate about getting the best image possible to tell the story I want to show or which best shows off the client and their message.
Who is your inspiration in life Mark? How do you stay inspired as a Photographer?
My inspiration is my illness. It drives me to want to get better at what I do and the more photography I do, the better I feel in myself.
We all make mistakes Mark; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
I am spending more time with my wife — the only person in the world who has supported me through some dark times.
Mark, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I work well with others; I love engaging with my clients understanding what they want their images to look like. I'm easy going I don't put pressure on the talents that I work with, as pressure leads to mistakes and mistakes lead to poorly taken images. The clients are my number one focus.
Please tell us, Mark, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
I now spend one evening a week with my wife who also works full time. I go walking with her and our five Huskies. Or we go and see a movie or go for a meal. I see my friends weekly going out eating and having a general good time doing it.
Mark, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I recently did a shoot with a lady who wanted headshots of her young child. She didn't feel that my vision of the child looking away for the camera playing enjoy herself were going to be liked by fashion blogs and magazines. I explained my vision that when taking photos of children modelling fashion, there is no better way to get a good image then them being themselves and looking natural in a photograph. She soon understood my reasoning.
Mark, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
I recently got an amazing sunset shot on the beach with one of the talents I work with. It was cold and windy, but we both battled through it to get the best image possible. That for me was the proudest moment in my photography career.
Mark, 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 did a shoot in a nice botanical garden. The talent had some nice tattoos of flowers on her arm. My creativity hit the roof; however due to the lighting I had to get work out various angles and work with my shutter speed and aperture to get the best looking images I could. I can safely say I succeeded.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Work hard. Don't sit and wait for work go out there and practice even if it means your not making any money. Practice and build your portfolio that is the importance to become a successful photographer.
Photographer: Mark Leighton-Jones @the_welsh__photographer_nw