Well sooner or later there had to be a photographer ! I’d decided that I would only use a photographer I didn’t know (mainly so I didn’t cause offence, I have so many photographer friends that I couldn’t possibly include one of them without upsetting someone) and also that I wouldn’t directly approach a photographer and ask them to take part, I wanted the selection to be as random as possible. John’s a local photographer that I’ve been connected with on social media for a little while and his volunteering last week gave me the opportunity to meet him in real life too.
Photographing a photographer brings a unique challenge for me, I’m really not a fan of photographer’s profile pictures with cameras in them, probably because I see too many of them so the challenge was how to create a portrait without including the camera. Chatting to John beforehand I found out that his business revolves around both studio portraits (children & models) and landscapes so I decided I needed to incorporate the landscape and John went a step further and demonstrated his model moves which tied his whole business into the one image !
John has been a keen photographer for many years and I was really impressed that he can trace his love of landscapes and a distinctive style of portraiture back to his childhood. He decided to turn his hobby into a business a few years ago after a long spell of unemployment and he now shoots portraits mainly from his studio in Horwich and loves to head up to the Lakes to photograph landscapes. You can see his work on his website www.fourtwographs.co.uk.
(All images ©J Broughton Photography www.jbroughton.co.uk.)
PS – for anyone who cares about equipment I was pleasantly surprised to find that John is a fellow Sony user – there aren’t that many of us around for some reason !!