How would you describe what you do?
I take pictures – mainly of people – but I wouldn’t label myself a portrait photographer in the traditional sense. Ideally I like photographing people in their environment.
What does a typical shoot day look like?
It could be all day in a studio – with hair, make-up and a stylist – out on location in the middle of a forest, or on a rooftop. Often if I’m sent out to shoot at a hotel where the subject is staying, with only a 20-minute shoot time, I’m normally expected to have two set-ups, with one being a cover option. Although these shoots are time-limited, they have often produced really good results; it’s so intense but everybody just gets on with it, there’s no wasted time.
What tools do you use for your work?
I use a Hasselblad H2 with a Phase One P21 back. I bought the Hasselblad when I moved to digital; it was a big investment but it’s really paid off. It definitely makes a difference to have a top-of-the-range camera, and I do feel people take notice of the tools you use. For my personal projects, I have been using a Mamiya 6 – an analogue, medium format range-finder camera.
I think it’s important to invest in your equipment, at least to have the basics; a couple of lights, a camera, and a spare body in case of break downs. (I always have a Nikon DSLR in the kit).