My name is Lindsay Dobson and I’m a professional portrait photographer based near the village of Storrington in West Sussex, England. I am a Fellow of the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography) and I am a Fellow of The Societies (the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers). I also hold an Associateship with the RPS (Royal Photographic Society). Fellowship is often referred to as the photographer’s Everest, and is a distinction held by only a handful of photographers worldwide.
I haven’t always lived in Sussex and I haven’t always been a portrait photographer, in fact throughout my upbringing I’ve lived all over the world including countries such as Cyprus, Aden, Germany, and Northern Ireland. I was born in Northumberland and I’ve also lived all over England as a result of my father’s time as a civil servant, before finally settling just outside the rural village of Storrington. My life has been about constant change and adaptation, and I’m sure that’s why I love the constant stimulation of portrait photography on location, where no two assignments and no two clients are ever alike. I studied Combined Sciences at the University of Brighton in the early 1990s, graduating with a First Class degree in biology and biochemistry. Whilst I found my academic studies fascinating and rewarding, life in a clinical environment was even drier than I had anticipated and I constantly craved a creative outlet. I began to invest in my photography, gradually laying the foundations of my professional photography business.
There are many kinds of photographers and there are almost as many different types of portrait photographer. There are studio portrait photographers and there are also “lifestyle” or “environmental” portrait photographers. I am in the latter camp, I’m a location portrait photographer which means that my work takes place in varied environments ranging from my clients’ homes and gardens, to beaches, fields, towns, or woods – in fact anywhere that makes for an interesting or attractive backdrop. A lifestyle or location portrait photographer tells stories with their photographs, capturing natural spontaneous moments as well as more controlled images. This type of photography is quite challenging, we are a long way from the security and comfort of a studio, and we must instead immediately adapt to the places we encounter with all the constraints we are likely to be up against. I think this is why I love my work so much, each assignment is so different to the last and each and every client is unique. Homes don’t need to be posh in order to be suitable for the photography I specialise in, we’ll look for three or four areas within (and outside of) the house where we can work, or we could simply arrange to meet at your favourite place providing it’s suitable for photography – or preferably both. I don’t just photograph people, please visit our area dedicated to furry and feathered subjects: Animal and Pet Photography West Sussex.
My photographic style is simple, clean, modern and meticulous. You won’t see gimmicks, sickly filters, or gilt edging on my albums. Nor will I ask you (nor indeed will I want you) to smile for the camera in every shot, or adopt stiff traditional poses. Instead I’ll guide you, and we’ll work together to create images you’ll love. Not everybody enjoys having their photograph taken, but I hope that my relaxed style and unobtrusive manner will help the process to be as enjoyable as possible. Before every session we’ll discuss your photography and you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about our service as well as asking any questions you might have, then we’ll send you plenty of information to help you prepare. Under the Information tab above you’ll find more about our services, our products and how we work. Call me on 01903-741691 for an informal chat about your photography.
Lindsay Dobson FBIPP FSWPP ARPS
Portrait Photographer West Sussex
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