As a photographer, my opinion is obviously biased. However, my opinion is a deeply passionate one. Imagery is so important to all of us. Nearly everyone has access to a camera at every point of their day. Facebook, Instagram and other apps all offer instant sharing platforms. Which is amazing.
But has the digital age devalued the photograph? It was a fear of many of the film photographers when the first digital cameras came out. I suppose in a way the ratio of photos taken and photos printed might be an indicator (only 1 in every 100,000 taken) maybe because it's no longer a precious entity that took time and expense to create and it's now a form of instant gratification in the form of camera phones and cheap DSLR's you could say it's devalued.
But I don't believe that. Every image is precious. They should be cherished and printed as moments in time that can be visited over and over. It's the closest thing to time travel that we have. And photographs go on to be enjoyed for many many generations. They are the stories of people's lives.
And I suppose it's my fascination of that, the idea of immortalising moments in beauty. The photograph has the power to make even the most mundane of daily things a thing of beauty. But it's the eye of the photographer that sees these things and knows how to craft them.
6yrs its taken me to get to here and I will never stop learning. There is always more to uncover, more creativity to tap into. My whole life is dedicated to the observing, collecting and curating of moments. And of course whenever I can the opportunity to create them. The above image was the result of an idea I had. To achieve it I had to bring together a team of people, make a dress, find a model, a horse, be up at 5am and hope it would all come together. While the image below is simply me allowing my horse Pearl to be herself muddy bits and all. BOTH are beautiful and both are valuable to me in many sentimental ways.
I carry this passion and care with me to every single photo shoot I do. My approach is simple, I am creating something sentimental and of emotional value for my clients whether it's weddings or horses. My job is to create something of beauty for my client to remember a life event, a person or a horse. As a professional, I am called upon when people want something really special created. The sentimental value behind my work is priceless. And after photographing too many people and horses who are sadly no longer with us and knowing how important those images are to my clients makes it my sole purpose to continue being a photographer for the rest of my life.