fine art pet and animal portraits sussex
There are many ways for photographers to grow, learn, and develop their skills and artistic vision. The vast majority of the successful and talented photographers I know are self-taught, in that they’ve managed their own personal development rather than spending long periods of time in a traditional educational institution. Unfortunately photography degrees or college courses rarely prepare students well enough for the realities of the industry, and very often fall short of imbuing the necessary technical skills. Therefore most of the photographers I know come from many differing professional backgrounds and have gradually assimilated photography into their life. Self learning means different things to different people, but mostly photographers start out as hobbyists who develop a very keen interest in the their craft and who work hard to improve their image making. This commonly involves learning from books, studying other photographers, listening to talks and presentations, attending seminars, classes and high-quality courses and workshops. None of this means much if you don’t then go out and practice like mad. I think I’ve mentioned the 10,000 hour rule before!
Photography magazines play a big part in inspiring us as photographers, and I’m sure that many people reading this are likely to subscribe to or regularly purchase their favourite photography journals. We’re fortunate to have many excellent publications available here in the UK, covering all genres and interests. Although I’m a portrait photographer I take inspiration from wedding photographers, landscape photographers, architectural photographers, nature photographers – in short any area of photography can be hugely stimulating. This is why you’ll see a prolific variety of work here on my Blog, ranging from my professional portraiture to many entries in the Personal section covering landscapes, travel photography, wildlife photography, and street photography.
It’s always very interesting and informative to see how other photographers do things, irrespective of the particular discipline they work within. This is mostly why I subscribe to Photo Professional magazine, the variety of content is fantastic and you’ll see some well-known names talking openly about their work. It was an honour to be featured this month alongside David Bailey, Mark Gee, and celebrity shooter Paul Cooper.
If you’re becoming prominent in your field then it’s well worth talking about your work and your ethos. There are a lot of people out there who may well benefit from your approach and who’ll feel boosted by your achievements. I personally believe that if you truly love photography and if you strive to be as good as you can be, then chances are you’ll have a great deal to offer others. If your work is unusual, and if you have a unique style, then the magazines will probably want to hear from you, or they may even contact you themselves for an editorial feature like the one below.
I’ve recently enjoyed talking to Photo Professional’s editor Terry Hope, and telling him all about my approach to an area of my work which I find fascinating and compelling. This is the February 2014 issue (Issue 90). I don’t limit myself to the more traditional domestic pets – my animal portraiture will cover pretty much any animal I might be presented with.
If you’re interested in pet and animal photography we have a separate dedicated area just for them, which can be accessed via the top menu bar.