Originally from Birmingham I came to Manchester almost 20 years ago for a job and never left. Making Manchester my home and place of work in Salford has allowed me local access to the city and beyond and over the years to develop a deep connection to the place and the people that live here. Manchester is a thriving, industrious place with a deep heritage, the most amazing people and some fantastic world class architecture. All of which combine to make it an absolute pleasure to be a Manchester photographer!
Whether it is working on product shots or portraits from my home studio in Salford, on site at any of our world famous universities (yes we have three in total!). Or at one of the many businesses I work with from Fallowfield to Failsworth being a Manchester photographer means my work is never dull and different every day. I shoot for fashion, cover a huge number of events (both corporate and academic) and photograph the people of Manchester at work and play in all manner of interesting locations.
The work across the city is also so varied. Manchester has some fascinating people, often with with some fascinating ideas for shoots. One day I’m building a wall of cushions for a homewares brand, the next I’m shooting hair for ‘Vogue comes to Manchester’ with James Roberts Hair and Beauty in Manchester Boodles Jewellers. Looking back and editing always makes me smile and brings a great sense of pride in the creativity my clients often bring to the job. In addition to that we have some fantastic locations in which to shoot with fashion editorials at John Rylands Library and MMU Business School being recent highlights.
But not every Manchester job is like that, and often when covering seminars or lectures it’s a time to blend in and go unnoticed. Or in the case of headshots or portrait photography, take the lead and allow the subject to relax into the role.
So what has been the highlight of being a Manchester photographer for the last 20 years? Well, in all honesty it is the variety that the city brings that is the true highlight. Never knowing where the next job will take me or more interestingly, who it will take me too!