Specialist freelance photographers Edinburgh, Glasgow, Scotland.
Today we will be looking at the subject of whether photographers should specialise in one or two specific types of photography. Now, when I started out as a trained photographer, it was my intention to work as a professional photographer in Edinburgh and around Scotland. I always enjoyed photographing landscapes and sports photography always held an interest for me, but as a trained photographer just starting out 20 years ago, I wanted to try different photographic commissions and my training enabled me to tackle all types of photography, so I worked as an interior photographer in Scotland, conference photographer in Edinburgh and a sports photographer in and around Scotland. I also did portraits, still life photography in East Lothian and studio work, but the most valuable commission I did was working for 10 years as a newspaper photographer in Edinburgh and East Lothian, this gave me an all round grounding and enabled me to realise what I was good at and what I enjoyed. I was also contacted by a design agency who saw my potential in landscape and urban photography White Light Media – Experts in Creative Comms, in addition to my all round sports photography ability. After this point an NHS organisation NHS Education for Scotland | NES contacted me to commission me for conference photography in Edinburgh and I worked for them for over 10 years, so you get the pattern here, you build up your portfolio and if you are good, you will be discovered by clients who will like your website or social media photographs.
Specialist in Conference and event photography Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate Conference and Event Photography Edinburgh and Throughout Scotland – Colin Wright Photography (edinburghphotographer.com) also working in PR photography (again a throwback from my newspaper photography days) and I do interiors, dogs, landscape and I sell infrared fine art photographs. I don’t like turning down photography commissions but I feel there are people better equipped than me to do studio work, babies school photography etc. Its all about finding your feet and trying to find your niche. I also feel it helped being a member of the Royal Photographic Society The Royal Photographic Society – Home – RPS who helped me find my way with qualifications and valuable advice along the way for ne w professionals. Now I think I know what I can do and do well and have the confidence to go for that, however, I will always consider new horizons and I remain open to new suggestions and offers. I hope this helps all you new professional photographers out there, just stick at it and work hard and you will get there.
Until next time.