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I first picked up a camera as a young boy. I was taught photography at High School by a photojournalist who was the father of one of my friends. We learned everything from the basics to processing our own film. That gave me an abiding love of photography. I've been addicted ever since.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Simon. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I'm not sure it's unique but my approach to photography seems to be a little different to other photographers.
I start with the vision, then I work out the lighting, finally, I add the model or the subject. I find working from those perspectives helps me build toward a final image.
Simon, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion is light. Photography and to some extent painting are how I express that.
I started as a professional photographer a few years ago but I have been behind the camera since I was 12 yrs old.
Who is your inspiration in life Simon? How do you keep inspired?
My inspirations are many. Authors, Painters, Photographers, Musicians. I believe in the advice of Ansel Adams, who said “You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” This is my inspiration.
We all make mistakes Simon, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I mostly work alone or with other freelancers so making mistakes with others is part of the life I lead. I think most mistakes can be boiled down to a lack of detail in communication. Which is why I now make sure everything is communicated, sometimes several times over.
Simon, 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 prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Intent. That, to me, is the key to achieving the goal whether it's for a client, or yourself. Never just pick up a camera and press the shutter. The process has to start a long time before then. Start with intent, know the reason why you are taking the picture. The rest follows.
Please tell us Simon, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I'm always strategic, if I weren't chaos would reign. I use call sheets, mood boards, theme boards, location scouting notes, and images. I plan everything for a shoot beforehand. That way on the day I can focus on the creativity because the rest is taken care of.
Simon, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I was recently asked to photograph a young actress who was on the edge of a huge break in her career. A major role in a popular TV series.
I sent her a mood board and she commented that she wasn't sure about my choice of outfit for one particular look.
I kept the outfit on the rack ahead of the shoot. When she arrived and saw the outfit in person she still wasn't sure. She felt it would make her look like a soccer mom, I asked her to try it on and see, if she still didn't like it we wouldn't use it. She put it on, I shot one picture and showed her. She loved it. We did the rest of the shoot without any questions.
Simon, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My youngest daughter recently graduated with a degree in photography. I was at the graduation ceremony and knew I would get a few seconds to capture her on stage receiving her degree. I was on a balcony and the theatre was very dark with only the center of the stage lit. I knew that if I missed that one moment I would regret it forever. Everything I have ever learned about photography came into play in that moment. Lighting, Aperture, ISO, Exposure compensation. When I saw the image, of her, on stage, a big beaming smile shaking the hand of the chancellor of the university that was my proudest professional moment.
Simon, 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 working with cosplayers. They bring such creativity to a shoot and they know their characters extremely well. What I am then able to do is to take a series of images, combine them with other images I have taken in preparation and, through the wonders of Photoshop, create composites that reflect both the cosplayer, the character they are appearing as and provide an element of "otherworldliness".
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Learn, learn and learn some more. Learn about light. So many people forget that the word Photography means Light Writing. If you don't understand light you'll never be a photographer (a writer of light). Don't sweat the gear, don't sweat the post-processing, learn what makes a good composition, learn what moves you as a person and then take those pictures.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I'm always open to collaborations with brands that are seeking new images for their products, creative directors who are looking for photographers to bring a vision to life.
Now for the best part Simon! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer - Simon Salt