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I love to travel and meeting new people. My work is in Manufacturing Management and Continuous Improvement, and this is why Photography is a creative hobby for me as it keeps challenging me to get better and be creative.
Richard, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion is travel, remote locations and meeting new people. I am a typical male in I love sports especially Rugby. Photography started as a hobby linked to travel; this could be a local day trip or a hike or a camping and hiking weekend right up to those holidays in another country. I want to capture the story of my travels.
Who is your inspiration in life Richard? How do you keep inspired?
The inspiration in my like are adventures, street photographers, van life people, I am getting my first Campervan in 2018, and following great models on Instagram linked to the themes I like. I find Instagram, YouTube can be great places to find inspiration but also those old movies and working with models to develop a working relationship to create ideas is also key.
We all make mistakes Richard; 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 tried to do a shoot that was a walk around the city at night using only the light we could find to get the shots. I worked with someone new, and it was made hard by the fact my photography skills were being pushed and her attitude to the shoot being an experiment. I should have worked with a model that I knew and could have been more honest about how hard I was finding the shoot technically.
Richard, 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?
As this is a hobby and secondary income I only take on work I want to do and limit myself to the number of projects take on in a year.
Please tell us, Richard, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
While living in Australia, I lived and worked in a remote location therefore when shooting portraits with s theme would do these in Brisbane or Sydney. Developing those working relationships with a model means the creative process becomes a joint effort and things like finding a location when you don't know an area become solved.
Richard, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
As I like to develop long-term working relationships, I find a collaborative process means I don't feel the need to persuade what I want. I find getting these done upfront means the process on shoot days works better.
Richard, 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?
The first time I was published following the Latex Vampire shoot with Dani Divine in Coffins & Cuties.
Richard, 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 shot my first art nude shoot this year, having got some great images from the shoot felt something was missing. I got an opportunity to work with the same model a few weeks later, and we focused on creating forms which lead to a lot more artistic images from the first shoot, always try and learn from a shoot.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Get out and shoot as often as possible to develop your skills. Got to local meetups so you can talk to other photographers and learn from them.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am looking to develop a creative collaboration that links to the themes and ideas I have. Vintage, retro, pinup, Latex, fetish particularly
Photographer Richard Mills. @marlowecv3