Ambitious, reliable, and creative photographer hungry for new and varied work opportunities. Recently graduated with a 2:1 in Photography at UWE Bristol along with 5 years photography work experience and three years as the President of UWE Photography Society.Locked Pro Plan feature
My role with Ambient Vista started on the promise of some summer work abroad. As I had already enough work in Bristol I didn't initially join this company despite being previously asked. Within a few months of joining, I began playing a larger role within the company by editing all the photographer's photos and sending/uploading the images to the clients alongside my own. Once doing this reliably, I then started also organising the rota and answering emails from customers and clients for Ambient Vista. During my last year at University, I was asked whether I would like a permanent role with the company once graduating, and that is what I now do. Working as a business partner, making and maintaining relationships with clients, and working as part of a team to achieve goals and expand our portfolio. Whilst in Mallorca we have been working for BH Hotel Mallorca as their main media production team. From promotional videos, cover photos, and Paparazzi photography we are on call to provide them with all the content to show their hotel at its best. In the time not spent at BH we have worked for Thomas Cook Club 18-30, and for Force 1 management working with reality stars such as Tyla from Love Island. Overall Ambient Vista has taught me many skills, from new editing techniques to etiquette when approaching clients. I have no plans to leave Ambient Vista but rather to find additional work opportunities that compliment my current work.
During my first week of moving to Bristol to start my degree, I was fortunate enough to get an in to work as a photographer over the Freshers week period. Back then my experience was limited but the Student's Union were impressed with the quality of my work and the fast turn over of the images I produced. From the initial work during Freshers, I then became their 'go to' photographer, their regular 'Lock-In' Nightclub Photographer as well as working along side their graphic designers and media production team to produce material for publication. Throughout my time at UWE I have the Student's Union to thank for my income as they have had me work on many various and exciting projects which as a result have enabled me to leave University not only with a degree to be proud of but also a substantial portfolio both visible on my own website but also on theirs. The key things I have learned from working at the Student's Union as a photographer is that freedom to be creative is important, and also to not be afraid of failure, but rather to jump on new opportunities and the chance to learn new skills.
Given that I started University, not as someone straight out of Sixth-form, but rather as a more mature student I was already aware of my ambition to seize every possible opportunity to learn, create, and expand horizons. Despite my personal life leaving me shy and reserved, I threw myself into becoming a Student Representative in order to understand more about my course, the people on the same journey as me and those who make the course a reality. This was a great opportunity, however, it wasn't the only one. Shortly after I then got in contact with some other students who were keen to create a Photography Society, as the previous one had failed. Although I do not consider myself a leader, it fell down to me to become the President of the Society, and after doing so I found myself with a wealth of positive adventures, new friends, and job offers. My only regret is that my studies took priority over paid work and paid work had to take priority over volunteer work, so I did not give the society my full attention. The degree itself has taught me the importance of self-reflection and improvement, how research reflects your work and although I may not have much patience for written work, the ability to take pride in photography projects and all the work that goes into them. During the third year of my degree, I decided to really push my comfort zone and work with a subject filled with controversy: Country Sports. My intention in doing so was to create work that questioned my own beliefs and force me to meet and work alongside people I have not previously been connected with. As intended, I became less ignorant and able to form balanced opinions of the sport, but also produce work that was separate from any personal conflict, something those involved would appreciate and be proud of. Some may deem this hypocritical but I see it rather as being devoted to what my client wants, and in the instance choosing to produce work that suits their needs and not my own, however, not losing myself in the process. Although I felt mature already before starting University there is no denying that it only furthered my development not only as a photographer but as an individual and that 2:1 wasn't just a degree in a subject but in life, and social skills also.
I came to Bedford to start a new life. Having already completed A-levels (In science based subjects) I had to pay money to study again at the same level of education so, in my mind, there was no option for anything less than perfect. In Bedford college, a mere 90 miles from home, I found an adopted family. Given I was going through an incredibly difficult time in my life, where I would go to College 3 days a week in Bedford and spend the further 4 days back in Bourton-on-the-Water working I relied heavily on support from my tutors and friends at the College. This College and its staff and pupils gave me the encouragement and confidence that has got me to where I am now. During my time there I learned valuable skills in photography that I still put to use now.
During my time at Balcarras Sixth form, I studied Psychology, Geography, Applied Science and English (As-level). Unfortunately, at this time I wasn't really sure of what I wanted to do with my future and therefore didn't put as much work in as I should have done. However, I did have my photography showcased around the school after winning a competition and it was at that point I realised my indifference for the subjects I had chosen. I left the Sixth form with 4 D grades and an understanding of what I was no longer interested in.