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Depending on the job, anywhere between £180 and £1200 per day
I am London based photographer. Having trained as an actor and worked in the profession for over 20 years (I still act occasionally) I became intrigued by the process of filming and photography. The intimacy and responsibility of shooting other people (It's always people) became a passionate obsession and I am as driven today as I was when I first picked up a camera. I love working with fashion creatives and recognise their dedication has many overtones of working on a film set. I love working together as a team and creating a visual realisation that we are all happy to share with the wider world. Our audience.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Steve. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
Coming from theatre, film and TV background, I guess my eye for detail is pretty spot on. I have a very creative imagination!
Steve, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion has always been to create and produce work that will be of interest to other people, not just to satisfy myself.
Who is your inspiration in life Steve? How do you keep inspired?
It's not 'who' but 'what' inspires me really. The answer is very simple, the human form, shape and the expressions that we make. I never stop looking for interesting faces and people to work with. I saw a young Sophia Loren (younger readers..... look her up!) working in a cafe the other day. We're shooting some pictures next month!!
We all make mistakes Steve, 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 was the second shooter at a wedding some years ago and got completely carried away with the excitement of the occasion and was horrified to discover that a lot of my shots were overexposed. Rather than pretend all was well and that Photoshop would come to my rescue, I 'fessed up' to the main photographer who told me I was an idiot and go re-shoot as much as I could. This was a valuable lesson for me. Not only the obvious one, get your exposure right, but also, not to rush things and get carried away, and more importantly, never be afraid to admit a mistake. We're only human after all.
Steve, 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?
By being realistic about deadlines, making sure good communication are evident (as an actor, I'm not bad at that....) and being honest with them at all times.
Please tell us, Steve, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
There was a time when the shoot had been planned, gear hired in, the client was happy with the model casting and on the day, the model fell ill and could not attend the shoot. I was able to find an almost identical replacement at very short notice through my extensive list of contacts. The day was saved!
Steve, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
First and foremost, I'm always shooting for the client. When we have the shots I know they love, I'll gently push the shoot into different moods, looks etc and say to the client, 'look , we've got a bit of time on our side, let's see what happens if......' Often it's one of those images that get chosen because their mind has become focussed on a particular look and they can't see any other option. However......
Steve, 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?
One of my images was featured in The Times newspaper here in the UK. That was pretty special. Oh, and blagging a press pass at a small music festival and getting a great image of Ronnie Wood thrashing the hell out of his famous Tony Zemaitis guitar.
Steve, 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 recently shot a set of images for Prangsta, a London costumiers, in their small and very cramped shop so lighting was quite difficult.However, there were amazing costumes all over the place and once we'd shot the client images, we were let loose to choose some really whacky garments that made for some great imagery.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Listen to experienced photographers, and look back at the lives and work of photographers who have been there before us. I find that a lot of younger photographers have a reluctance to check out anything over a year old!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I always look to work with new people. Often, their inspiration and vision for a shoot is something I wouldn't necessarily have thought of. What better way to be creative than to share your talents and vision with others. I'm always happy to try new things and to learn. Always!
Now for the best part Steve! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.