I'm a freelance photographer/videographer based in Manchester. Mainly (but not limited to) working in music, such as music festivals, club nights, gigs, music magazines, artist editorial/press shoots with one priority in mind; The highest quality imagery/footage of events/parties/artists, tailored to the client's style/needs, with the quickest turnaround possible. Having learnt from the age of 13 using analog film processes, I've learnt the importance of the crafting of an photograph, spending the right amount of time and effort on getting the image and aesthetic quality desired. As soon as I could, I went out and pitched 16-year old me to the creme-de-la-creme of camera showrooms at Leica Store Manchester, where I worked and learnt about the science, technology and the magic of photography, surrounded by the most pristinely engineered cameras fresh from the factory in Germany. I was taken under their wing, trained and schooled by a team of people who have been in the industry longer than most in the country, which was the best preparation I could've asked for. Since then I have gone on to develop my skills in videography and been given the best playgrounds for honing in on those skills in a professional environment. I experimented by shooting short highlights of artists performing at venues such as The Warehouse Project, Parklife festival and Lost & Found Festival, a lot of which ended up going viral in the communities due to their cinematic yet live, intimate and impromptu style. Not only did this create huge online footfall for the promoters, venues and artists involved in the clips, but it rapidly scurried me onto working on much bigger projects like promotional videos, advertisements and short documentaries. Today, I discuss and work on a variety of long and short term projects where I work with the client and use my skills to create the highest quality outcome in the most efficient timeframe.Locked Pro Plan feature
- Main Photographer/Videographer of the 2017 season - Covering the whole show in professional grade photos & videos, enhanced for social media and niches like formatting for instagram stories, which are shot on professional cameras and converted and optimised for viewing on social media, smartphones and laptops. - On-the-night turnaround. - Often working with WHP's clients to create stunning aftermovies of events. - Working in an incredible dark space, using special techniques to make pictures look natural and bright, instead of using traditional methods (ie. unaesthetically pleasing on-camera (white) flash) - Constant and rapid importing and editing of footage captured so far and uploading to the client's device to post out straight away, giving the viewers an almost-live coverage in highlights of the event as it happens. - Organising, conducting and filming interviews with artists/promoters/owners in backstage/studio settings for use on social media.
- Official Leica Akademie Trainer for Leica Store Manchester. Training learning photographers how to get the most out of their cameras and to aid/motivate/help them when looking to pursue particular projects/goals in their art. Running this side of the business from a young age rapidly increased my knowledge of the art and not only helped me learn how to manage/interact/teach people in a professional environment, it also prepped me very well for my freelance career in photography both in the technical side and the art side. - Salesman. Dealing with customers throughout the day, welcoming in newbies and chatting and tending to regulars with friendly greetings, natural conversation and offers of tours/explanations of newly released products in the shop, demonstrations of the products in action and offering the customer the freedom to try out the product hands-on. All this with the obvious general running of the store, answering the phone, minting and maintaining the store and back-of-house, running errands for colleagues and essentially being the stores front-man. - Online assistant. Preparing and posting products to be sold on the online end of the store (eBay, ePOS, shopify etc) by doing product photography, descriptions and pricing, using the back-end of the online site. - Social Media/Online Marketing. Running the company's general online presence in it's entirety. Including posting up daily news/events/promotions and selecting and tailoring each post to be appropriate for each the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.