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I started photography from a very young age. Brought up in a house with a father who was also a keen photographer. He had a small bedroom as a darkroom and was always encouraging me to develop my film and prints. From this, I studied photography in collage and progressed into urbex and landscape shots. More recently encouraged by a couple of friends, I have overcome a lot to start shooting people! Self-confidence has grown and now feel more comfortable with this.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Reece. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I have my style... I see things differently to others.
Reece, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I started as a child. Maybe as young as three years old. I aspired to my father as he could turn his hand to anything.
Who is your inspiration in life Reece? How do you stay inspired as Photographer?
Trying new things. It's always nice to freshen up skills or play with some new kit.
We all make mistakes Reece; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
I live with no regrets. I take as many opportunities that I can. Doors open and close for a reason.
Reece, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
I'm laid back and relaxed, easy going some might say. I aim to please and go as far as I can to deliver what the client or customer wanted.
Please tell us, Reece, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
I work hard. I'm full time employed as an IT Technician between many schools in my area. I also make time for Photography as I feel this is a release from the stress I face day to day. Social life is what I want it to be. I have the people in my life that are important to me, those I can call upon when needed, but they also know I'm there for them. The family is important to me, and I fully support them as far as I can.
Reece, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Sometimes this is difficult. Working with different people, it is hard sometimes to judge what reaction they may have to certain situations. Building rapport with clients or colleagues is essential. Building trust is a must. People need to feel relaxed about the decisions you make and not feel like they are being pushed into something they may feel uncomfortable.
Reece, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
I was able to photograph the Aurora locally, and my Photograph made it onto the TV on two separate channels which were great! However, I feel my confidence around people has grown so much (thanks to my Photography buddies), and the ability to work with others is getting easier every time and would say that this is the proudest achievement for me.
Reece, 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 love doing creative nights at the local studio (Oak Photo in East Durham.) To have opportunities to work with models, makeup artists, and of course, other photographers have made a huge impact on my work. From learning basic lighting techniques to having a play with some lights.... Has strengthened the knowledge and gave me a concrete foundation from which to progress.
Find local creative nights. They are a fantastic atmosphere in which to learn, create, and collaborate. Opportunities like that should be taken! I wouldn't have the confidence to do what I do now without them!
Reece Carney @reece.carney