Always keep shooting anyways, even if I’m not going to post it, I still do it. As long as you have the content, there will be a moment where I feel like I’ll just get the push to go and post it. There’s always a season where things are meant to happen.
Q: How did you get started with photography?
So my first camera was a Nikon Coolpix. I got it because I was actually into youtube and vlogging. I wasn’t really into taking pictures but that’s where my love for cameras started. I also really like nature, so when I wasn’t vlogging I’d use the camera to just take pictures of trees and branches and things like that. But I only really got into photography during the first lockdown. I think it really gave me the opportunity to tap into my creative side more.
I just took pictures and enjoyed it but in my head my approach would be kind of systematic, using the rule of thirds and things like that. I have this book by Henry Powell called “Read this if you want to take great photographs”. I read it this summer and it tells you about a load of important concepts that photographers should know, that I hadn’t learnt but they were already present in my pictures. That’s how you know it’s a gift from God.
I’m a Christian, and I was actually given a prophecy that I’d have friends and other people reach out to gift you equipment and months later one of my friends very kindly gifted me a Canon 340 D EOS which is what I use now and another friend gave me some lighting equipment. It all feels very God ordained. That’s how I got into photography. I’m still very very new to it and I’ve got so much still to learn since I've mostly always used my phone, but I’m enjoying it.
Q: Do you see photography more as a passion or a profession?
Photography, for me, is a creative outlet. I see the professional aspect as just getting paid for something that I love to do and seeing people happy with the actual product you’ve given them is a great feeling. It’s really cool but the professional side can also be a bit scary because there’s still a lot I don’t know on the legal sides of things like invoices and contracts and that kind of stuff.
Q: What's your favourite project that you've worked on?
A friend of mine was shooting a film and invited me to capture pictures of behind the scenes. I really enjoyed that experience because there was so little pressure. I got to relax and explore my own creativity without too much expectation being attached to it. I’d see a moment where people were talking and just take a snapshot. I was happy to be there and they enjoyed the pictures and are planning to use them in the future too. So I guess that’s my favourite project so far.
Q: What about your favourite image that you've captured?
My favourite picture though is one I haven’t posted though. It was at the end of a church service and everyone had left. I could have left as well, but I just felt like staying. I took the picture on my phone actually. You can see the pianist, who’s such a cool guy with a really calm vibe. He’s just playing the piano with his eyes closed and then at the back you can see someone on the floor and someone else hugging and smiling. It was a really cool moment because there’s just so much context behind the picture and the experience behind the lens was really cool too
Q: How is it shooting in church? I saw a funny post on Instagram asking why the Holy Spirit skips over the photographer/videographers when He's knocking everyone else down.
Yeah it’s fun and I really like my church’s media team. They’re really modern and on game. When the Spirit is moving, you can feel it. You can feel God's presence, but at the same time, you're so like, I use the word sheltered in a way that you're, I guess it's tunnel vision, because you're just focusing on the lens and the subject. And kind of I feel like when I'm in that atmosphere, I'm kind of hearing what God's saying, seeing the moment and trying to capture at the same time and trying not to get knocked over.
Q: What advice would you give someone who’s hesitant to start?
I would say, find people who are doing the same thing as you but who are a bit further ahead, and definitely find a community. Sometime’s that can be quite hard and I found it difficult as well. Youtube is great as well. I remember binging one of my favourite Youtuber’s videos and one of them was “How to run a photography business” and this was before I’d started taking pictures, so I don’t know why I was watching it, but obviously it was God’s plan, even from that moment. So yeah, find Youtubers and creators on Instagram and just observe how they move so that you have a rough guideline of where to go and what to do. And from there, just go for it.
Q: How do you balance trying to perfect your craft and putting out work that isn’t at the standard you desire yet
I don’t think I've mastered balancing it to be honest. But what I do try to always keep shooting anyways, even if I’m not going to post it, I still do it. Most of the images that are on my personal instagram are pictures that I took in like year 10 and I’ve only just published them. I think it takes a while. There’s so many ideas I have right now which I don’t always pursue. I don’t know if it’s fear or because it’s not been done before or not knowing how to do it. But it’s important to keep working behind the scenes. I try and do it anyway, even if I don’t feel ready to share it. As long as you have the content, there will be a moment where I feel like I’ll just get the push to go and post it. There’s always a season where things are meant to happen.
Q: Where do you wanna go with photography?
Right now I’m just taking things as they come. This summer was when I was properly like go, go go. But I also have a lot of other things that I like to do. For example, I like to sing, and my course focuses heavily on creative writing so I was really glad to come back to uni and finally write again. I guess from here on out, it's just about figuring out what I want to do. But at the same time, I feel like in the future, I'll just do everything. So embracing singing, photography, and hopefully mix it all together into one product. I don't know how yet. As far as photography projects, I don’t really have high aspirations to shoot for Vogue or anything; maybe Maverick City, something that has more purpose to me