My first published image, and the lucky break that came after!

So, it’s been a little while since I wrote a post. I try to aim for one a month, but sometimes other commitments get the better of me. Anyway, I’ve been quite busy with photoshoots here and there, but you may remember an image I posted of Ashdown Forest. It wasn’t necessarily one of those shots that was set up because there was definitely an element of luck with the man and the dog, that appeared from out of nowhere, which I feel made the shot. For those of you who did not see it, here it is:

Ashdown Forest

Not long after I took this photo, I received a phone call regarding a local festival and having someone cover it photographically. They told me they will be producing a little A5 magazine and needed an image of the local area for the backpage. The timing literally could not be better. Considering I had done just this image of Ashdown Forest, I offered them the ability to use the photo I had taken, and they accepted.

So, this is how it turned out.

Not bad in A5, but the image here doesn’t really do it justice. Obviously I had to crop a lot of the image and rework some aspects of it, but I’m quite happy with the printed end result.

Being published, albeit on a tiny scale, gives a great boost to one’s confidence. I am very rarely happy with my own work, and struggle to ever assign any monetary value to it. But more recently, I have been finding it a bit easier, and that’s due to the fact that I do get a lot of people asking for photos, and essentially they want it for free. I don’t have the time, what with a full time job, to say yes to everything.

That said, there was one request recently where I did say yes to unpaid work. Friends and connections of mine had clearly been vouching for me, because I landed a gig working with US Hollywood star Michael Malarkey, from the Vampire Diaries. He was shooting a music video, and I was invited to document progress behind the scenes. I wouldn’t have been satisfied to just snap away – I always have to leave an artistic stamp of my own on every image.

So, without further ado, here is one of those snaps from that time I got lucky to shoot someone of global fame!

Michael Malarkey

Every step forwards is progress, no matter how small the step seems to be. When I look back now, I wouldn’t have believed I’d have come this far in such a short amount of time.


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