2020 was an interesting year for everyone, many people want to forget about it, while others want to look back at the year.
I finished university and started to focus more on the business alongside other employment. Not being able to photograph people for a while was strange, so I began to look at different ways of remote working. I began to photograph more products in different locations as I would with people. I also started to make prints and other photo gifts which I sold at craft fairs and online. I did manage to do a few portrait shoots when restrictions were eased, which I’m grateful for.
I’ve really enjoyed shooting more products and using different lighting techniques to capture them in different ways, I have been doing weekly shoots featuring various food and drink as well as other subjects to continue to challenge myself.
I feel so grateful for receiving a First Class Honours in photography, and even more grateful for receiving the Rosy Maguire Graduate Prize. Rosy was a technician at Solent University and I was lucky to meet her at one of the many open days before starting the course. Her love of the darkroom and alternative techniques really showed and was inspirational to so many. Winning this prize means the world to me and is an absolute honour. I wanted to have something that represents this honour, something that I can look at everyday. So now I have a little award on my desk as a reminder each day of the amazing time at university and all of the amazing people I was able to meet.
I was asked by 1784 Gin to take some photos of their product for their social media. I wanted to capture the bottle in a natural setting, while staying local to the pub: The Dog and Duck in Bognor Regis
It was a great experience being able to photograph for a local gin company in Bognor Regis, and use local areas which would be recognised.
In 2015, I came up with the name GS Creative Photography, a simple name which includes my initials as well as what I do. I was in my second year of college studying photography and graphic design, and the name was chosen surprisingly quick. I’ve kept the name over the last 5 years, while I continued my studies through university, and now as a freelance photographer.
The business started off as a Facebook page, slowly growing to over 500 likes now! Over time I began to put my business on various platforms and create a new website as the business grew.
I also spent years building up my portfolio, trying every kind of photography I could find. While at University, I started contacting businesses and building local relationships. I was thrilled to be trusted by so many people to photograph various subjects.
Now in 2020, I have graduated from Solent University with a First Class Honours in Photography. It’s exciting to now use everything I have learnt to grow the business further and dedicate all my time to it.
It’s lovely working with new people to capture their vision, as well as catching up with old faces each time they need fresh photography.
2020 has been an interesting year for everyone, and I look forward to what 2021 brings for the business.
GS Creative Photography Gifts is a new venture which branches off from the photography business. I have always loved printing and using different mediums to show my work, and wanted to create a photo gift business.
Over the summer, I have been selling gifts and prints at pop-up shops around West Sussex. The shop primarily has a floral theme which is one of my favourite subjects to photograph.
2020 was definitely an interesting year to finish university. From being at uni one day, to then being in lockdown a few days after. I managed to finish my project with a lot of determination and home diy (see processing film and making a homemade darkroom).
After submitting all of my work, I felt like I needed closure so I had a fake graduation ceremony at home with my close family, because who knows if there will be a ceremony next year.
This definitely gave the closure I needed to really focus on what is next, and work on new freelance ventures.
A few years ago, my grandad gave me his analogue film camera, an Olympus OM10. This stared my passion for film photography, I loved having a set amount of images I could take, and this really taught me to create better photographs.
At university, the course involved a lot of film photography and I learnt about larger formats and colour film. This year was my final year at uni, and the time was cut short due to Covid-19. I still had a lot of work to do and couldn’t imagine handing in an unfinished project.
I decided to teach myself how to develop both black & white and colour film at home, as well as scanning. The next step was making my own darkroom, it seemed like a crazy idea. But with a lot of black paint and a kit from eBay, I managed to turn my shed into a fully functional black and white darkroom in a couple of weeks!
This is something I am super proud of and love sharing with others as I know a lot of people appreciate film photography, or may even have old cameras around the house. Film photography to me is an art, and I love experimenting with different processes.